Since 2016, Steven Howard has been Senior Legal Counsel, and from this year, Global Privacy Officer, for Sony Mobile Communications based in Tokyo, Japan. He is responsible in providing legal advice and support to several areas of Sony’s mobile business, including global sales & marketing, quality & customer service, hardware component procurement and software procurement, in addition to overseeing privacy and data protection compliance.
Before returning to Tokyo, Steven had been based in Singapore as Sony Mobile’s Asia Pacific General Counsel, responsible for all legal, compliance and regulatory matters in the region (ex-Japan, ex-Greater China). Prior to this, he held in-house and private practice positions in Tokyo and Singapore for ten years.
Steven is a graduate of the University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law and is a member of the State Bars of Hawaii and California, as well as the Inter-Pacific Bar Association.
Gmeleen Tomboc works in Sidley Austin’s Singapore office specializing in energy, M&A and corporate finance. She has worked in law firms and in-house in Singapore, Tokyo and Manila, and was seconded as the counsel for Asia to The AES Corporation, a Fortune 200 energy company. Currently, she acts as pro bono coordinator for Sidley’s Singapore and Sydney offices, and sits on the firm’s associates’ technology committee.
Having joined IPBA in 2013 as a scholar, she is now Vice-Chair of its Energy and Natural Resources Committee. In addition, she is Deputy Editor of the American Bar Association’s International Law News, and is the Singapore representative for the Harvard Law School’s Recent Graduate Network.
She received her LLM from Harvard Law School and her LLB from the University of the Philippines, and is admitted in New York, England and Wales, and Philippines.
Jihong Wang is a senior partner at Zhong Lun Law Firm and an experienced arbitrator of CIETAC. She co-chairs the firm’s construction and infrastructure department, and currently serves as the vice-chair of the IPBA Energy & Natural Resources Committee, deputy chair of the ICC China Committee on Environment and Energy, and an expert of HKIAC’s Belt and Road Committee.
As a renowned legal expert in the environmental, energy, and urban infrastructure fields, Ms. Wang provides services for the investment, EPC contracting, financing and acquisitions of, and the resolution of disputes relating to, numerous domestic and foreign energy and resource projects.
Jack Li (Zhiqiang Li) is the Founding Partner of Jin Mao Partners, the First-grade lawyer and Arbitrator. Jack commenced the legal practicing in 1990. Jack is the Vice President of Inter-Pacific Bar Association, Arbitrator of Asian International Arbitration Centre, Shanghai International Arbitration Center, Shanghai Arbitration Commission and Nanjing Arbitration Commission. Jack is the legal advisor of Administrative Reconsideration Committee of Shanghai Municipal Government, the “Shanghai Conference Ambassador” and the Executive Director of “One Belt One Road” legal Research and Service Center.
Jack has written or compiled more than thirty books such as “One Belt One Road” series of books, Arena of Lawyers, Legal Practice of Multinational M&A, Foreign Economy Law and Guide to Advising on Securities.
Jack was appraised as a model foreign legal advisor of Shanghai in 1993, outstanding young lawyer of Shanghai in 1996 and outstanding lawyer of Shanghai in 2001 and Top 10 Youth of Shanghai in 2001. Jack has been identified by an international legal grading agency as one of the Asia’s Leading Commercial Lawyers for successive nine years since 2003.
Kumar Kanagasabai is currently the Co-Head of SKRINE’s Employment Practice Group and is also the Head of the Shipping Practice Group. Kumar is named in Chambers Asia Pacific 2009 – 2018 as a leading practitioner in Employment law and named as a leading shipping lawyer in Chambers Asia-Pacific for 2014 – 2018.
Apart from shipping and employment, Kumar also has a broad commercial practice which has included acting in fraud recovery and breaches of confidentiality cases.
Head of TozziniFreire’s Compliance & Investigation practice group and member of the firm’s Executive Committee, Shin focuses her practice on Compliance matters (structuring compliance programs, designing policies, risk assessments, etc) and independent corporate internal investigations. She has almost 30 years of experience in M&A and other transactional work, and advises investors from various countries in their inbound and outbound investments. She also counsels clients on their relationships with government bodies and government investigations. Member of the Board of Directors of the Compliance Certification Board. Consistently recommended as a leading lawyer in international publications such as Chambers and Legal 500. Shin is LACCA Approved: Best Lawyers to work with for Anti-Corruption & Compliance in Latin America.
AT NISHITH DESAI ASSOCIATES
Vivek Kathpalia heads the Singapore office of research and strategy driven international law firm, Nishith Desai Associates, leading the firm’s various initiatives across East Asia including dynamic markets such as Japan and South Korea.
AREAS OF PROVEN EXPERTISE
Dividing his time between Singapore and India. Vivek co-leads the practices of Information Technology, Telecommunications, New Media and Education at NDA. Vivek has been advising clients in the complex cross-border transactions including technology deals, M&A, PE investments, regulatory & commercial matters across various industries. Drawing upon his foundational experiences as a litigator, Vivek brings valuable insights to the transactional and advisory practice.
Charandeep Kaur is a partner in the Delhi office of Trilegal. She specialises in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity investments, entry strategies and foreign direct investment. She has experience in various cross border transactions across sectors including energy, IT & ITES, automotives, education, healthcare, hospitality, foods and logistics. She is a trusted legal advisor to leading Fortune 500 companies.
Charandeep is engaged in diverse corporate practice advising clients on labour issues and enforcement issues, regulatory policy and requirements, prevailing government policies and regulations, statutory registrations, exchange control issues, investment structuring and corporate compliance.
Charandeep has been recognised as one of India’s 100 leading women leaders by the Indian National Bar Association in support with United Nations.
Charandeep is the Co-Chair of the International Bar Association (IBA) Women’s Interest Group and Co-Chair of the Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) Legal Practice Committee.
John is a partner of Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, where he has practised for more than 20 years. His practice focuses on insolvency and commercial litigation and arbitration. In his insolvency practice, John has acted for licensors and licensees of intellectual property, insolvent companies, Monitors, trustees, receivers, and secured and unsecured creditors. Much of John’s work involved complex cross-border matters. In recent years, he has had roles in some of the largest restructurings in Canada, including Sears Canada Inc., Toys ‘R Us Canada and Target Canada. He also acts as General Counsel of his firm and is a member of the firm’s Audit & Risk Management Committee. John is currently a Chair of the Insolvency Committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, an organization with members coming from more than 65 countries. In recent years, he has been recognized in the Legal 500 Canada for dispute resolution and by the IFLR 1000 for financial restructuring. John formerly served several terms as Co-Chair of the Litigation Department of his firm.
Fausto has been a corporate partner at Pérez-Llorca since January 2007. He currently heads one of the corporate teams at the Firm, as well as its Asian Desk. His main areas of practice are M&A, Real Estate and Funds. He advises on transactional work in Spain and on cross border transactions.
He features in various legal directories such as Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, IFLR 1000, Legal 500 and Best Lawyers®, having been very recently named the 2018 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” for Real Estate Law in Madrid.
QUAK Fi Ling is partner in WongPartnership LLP, a leading law firm in Singapore. Her main areas of practice are public and private mergers and acquisitions as well as other corporate and commercial transactions. She has advised private equity investors and founders of SGX-listed companies in many take-private transactions, including Asia’s largest private equity buyout of Global Logistic Properties Limited in 2018. She has also acted in M&A transactions and restructuring exercises involving assets and businesses in various sectors including real estate, infrastructure, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and hospitality. WongPartnership LLP is the first Singapore law firm to adopt artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance its due diligence processes for M&A transactions. It is part of the firm’s strategy to leverage on technology to optimise legal services for its clients.
Forrest G. Alogna is a partner at Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier specialized in cross-border mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance, including litigious and hostile situations. He is admitted to practice in Paris and New York and began his career at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York, prior to relocating to Paris in 2006.
Recent notable public matters include representing:
Gemalto in its successful defense against Atos and the recommended €4.8 billion tender offer by Thales;
Rhône Group in its strategic partnership with Eurazeo for a 30% interest in Rhône Group in exchange for €270 million in cash and Eurazeo stock;
Südzucker AG on its recent joint venture with ED&F MAN;
Airbus in connection with its acquisition of a majority stake in Bombardier’s C Series aircraft line;
vente-privee.com in connection with its €500 million acquisition of the Spanish-based online-fashion outlet, Privalia.
After graduating summa cum laude from Cornell Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review, Mr. Alogna served as a law clerk on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. He publishes and speaks regularly regarding corporate law matters. He is Vice Chairman of the board of Trustees of the American Library in Paris.
Gerhard’s practice focuses on corporate and M&A. He has an outstanding track record advising international clients in all aspects of complex cross-border M&A transactions. Furthermore Gerhard also participates regularly in international arbitration proceedings as both an arbitrator and a counsel in more than 135 actual cases.
After training as a bank clerk he studied at the Universities of Hamburg, Geneva/Switzerland, Tübingen and Harvard Law School (LL.M. 1981). Gerhard has been a partner at Gleiss Lutz since 1987. Gerhard was admitted in New York State and SDNY/EDNY 1983, to the US Ct. App. for the Federal District 2007, US Supreme Court 2009 and US Ct. App. for the Second Circuit 2010. He was also admitted as Foreign Attorney in Brussels/Belgium 1987. Gerhard has been a Professor at the University of Tübingen since 1997. He is a Life Fellow of The American Bar Foundation and Honorary Phi Delta Phi.
He is a member of the New York State (NYSBA), American (ABA), International (IBA) and Inter-Pacific (IPBA) Bar Associations (Council Member At-Large Europe), The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, German and American Societies of International Law, International Law Association (German Branch – International Securities Regulation Committee), German (DIS) and Swiss (ASA) Arbitration Associations, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCArb), AAA International – ICDR Panel of Arbitrators, SIAC (Singapore), DIAC (Dubai) International Arbitrator, KCAB (Korean) Panel of International Arbitrators, CIMA (Spain) International Arbitrator’s List, RCICA-Panel (Lagos), KLRCA (Kuala Lumpur) Arbitrator and Mediator, Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC) and Commercial Arbitration Court in Hungary.
Stephane Karolczuk is a Partner of Arendt & Medernach SA and the Head of the Hong Kong office. Stephane advises clients based in the Asia Pacific region regarding their European projects and their Luxembourg legal and regulatory questions.
As Partner in the Investment Management practice, Stephane advises international clients on all issues relating to Luxembourg investment funds (UCITS or other vehicles) including the structuring, setting-up and marketing of these funds (under UCITS or AIFMD), as well as strategies involving investments in the Asia Pacific region and questions relating to the distribution of funds in the region.
Stephane also specialises in questions relating to the internationalisation of the RMB and the opening of the PRC capital markets (QFII, RQFII, Stock Connect, QDII, QDII2, QDIE, QDLP, etc.) from a Luxembourg perspective.
In 2008, Stephane was seconded to Arendt & Medernach’s representative office in New York with a view to developing an Investment Management Helpdesk advising US clients in relation to Luxembourg investment funds questions.
Stephane has taken part in the activities of the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry(ALFI), the Hong Kong Investment Funds Association (HKIFA), the Hong Kong Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (HKVCA) and he is regularly invited to speak on Luxembourg funds related topics at conferences in the region.
Stephane graduated from the University of Brussels (Belgium) and the University of Ghent (Belgium). He is admitted to practice in Hong Kong as a Registered Foreign Lawyer, as well as in Luxembourg and Brussels.
Catrina Luchsinger Gaehwiller is a Partner in the Swiss lawfirm Froriep Legal AG, based in the Zurich office since 2007.
She advises on regulatory issues and contractual aspects relating to the financial market industry and has a broad experience across acquisition and project-financing, transactions, general corporate work, M&A in the banking sector. She has also been working on Fintech and is an advisor to the Global Blockchain Business Council.
In addition, Catrina acts as a board member for banks, security dealers and fund management companies.
Kenji Kawahigashi specialises in corporate law and securities regulations with almost 30 years of experience. He previously worked as a senior in-house counsel at Morgan Stanley Japan, and also as an in-house counsel at Japan Financial Services Agency (“Japan FSA”) and Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission (“SESC”). With his unique background, Mr. Kawahigashi provides legal advice on cross-border corporate and capital markets transactions, securities regulations, and corporate litigation.
Having acted as SESC inspector previously, Mr. Kawahigashi often provides advice and represents financial institutions registered with Japan FSA (such as brokers/dealers and asset managers) when those institutions are being inspected and/or investigated by Japan FSA and SESC.
Mr. Kawahigashi received his degrees from the University of Tokyo (LL.B. 1988) and the University of Illinois, Law School (LL.M. 1994). He is admitted to the Japanese Bar (1990) and the New York Bar (1997).
Due to his significant professional experience, Mr. Kawahigashi lectured at/for Duke University, Hosei University, Japan Securities Dealers Association, Tokyo Stock Exchange, and so on.
Mr. Kawahigashi’s recent publication includes “Funds and Financial Instruments and Exchange Law” (2010) and “Laws and legal practices on the financial business for HNWI” (2013). He is fluent in Japanese and English.
Dr. Thomas Zwissler is a partner at German law firm ZIRNGIBL, a full service business law firm with offices in Munich, Berlin and Frankfurt. His practice focuses on Corporate and Banking law as well as capital markets and corporate finance transactions.
He has extensive experience in Private Equity and Venture Capital financing, M&A-and Takeover-Transactions and Outsourcing-Projects. As a founder and leading member of the firms industry group Digital and “Industrie 4.0”, he also advises Fintech companies on regulatory and contractual issues and companies from different industries in connection with business-modelling and business-transformation projects.
Yap Wai Ming was the former Secretary-General of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (2013-2015) and was the chair of the organizing committee for the Singapore IPBA annual conference held in 2010. He is a director of Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC. He counsels corporate clients on merger and acquisition transactions, project finance, and equity and debt capital markets (including Islamic finance), as well as gaming and leisure. He also acts as a sponsor to issuers on Catalist, the sponsor-supervised board of The Singapore Exchange.
Wai Ming’s dedicated and practical approach to guiding clients’ multifaceted corporate transactions has earned him recognition by legal industry publications. IFLR1000, Legal 500, Asialaw Leading Lawyers, Best Lawyers in Singapore, and Chambers Asia-Pacific have ranked him as a leading lawyer in mergers and acquisitions in Asia. Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific also recognized him as a leading lawyer in gaming and gambling law in the Asia-Pacific region. Chambers Global (2015) described him as “straightforward, eager to find solutions, and deeply involved;” Chambers Asia-Pacific (2013) mentioned him as having “quick turnaround time and ability to provide clarity and solutions;” and IFLR 1000 (2014) noted that he is “dexterous, intelligent and easy going.”
Mr. Paolo R. Vergano is a partner at FratiniVergano – European Lawyers in Brussels, Belgium and Singapore (www.fratinivergano.eu).
His practice focuses on international trade law (WTO law, dispute settlement and trade negotiation in the areas of agriculture, services and non-tariff barriers such as sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical barriers to trade). Mr. Vergano has extensive experience in advising Governments and private parties on WTO matters and multilateral/regional/bilateral trade negotiations. He has actively participated in seven separate WTO dispute settlement proceedings and in countless EU proceedings (anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations, duty suspension applications, TRQ establishment, etc.). Since 2007, he is legal advisor to the ASEAN Secretariat.
Prior to co-founding FratiniVergano in 2007, he worked in the international trade departments of law firms in both Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium and with the External Economic Relations (REX) Committee of the European Parliament. Mr. Vergano is admitted in Belgium and is a member of the Brussels’ bar (A list) and of the IPBA, of which he is a former Chair of the International Trade Committee.
Mr. Vergano is a graduate of the Faculty of Law of the University of Torino, Italy (1995), received a Diplôme Supérieur de Droit Comparé at the Faculté Internationale de Droit Comparé in Strasbourg, France (1996) and holds a Master’s degree in International Business and Trade Law from the University of Fordham School of Law in New York, United States (1997). He teaches at the World Trade Institute in Bern, Switzerland since 2002, at the LUISS University in Rome, Italy and is a frequent lecturer and author on issues of WTO and EU law.
Raj is the Brenneisen Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas School of Law, a university-level chair, the highest scholarly accolade.
Raj practiced at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, twice winning the President’s Award for Excellence for service as a United Nations Conference on International Trade Law delegate. He is Senior Advisor to Dentons U.S. LLP.
A Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude) graduate, Raj completed Master’s degrees at LSE, in Economics, and Oxford (Trinity College), in Management, as a Marshall Scholar. His undergraduate degree (in Economics, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) is from Duke, where he was an Angier B. Duke Scholar.
Raj is author of a top textbook, International Trade Law, first treatise on GATT in nearly 50 years, Modern GATT Law, and first major book on the Trans Pacific Partnership, TPP Objectively. He is the first non-Muslim American scholar to write an Islamic law textbook, Understanding Islamic Law (Sharī‘a). BloombergQuint (India) publishes his “On Point” column.
Raj has lived, worked, and/or played in nearly 50 countries across six continents. An avid runner, he has completed three of the “World’s Major Marathons” (Boston twice, Chicago, and New York). See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raj_Bhala.
Indrani Lahiri is a Partner and an employment law specialist with the New Delhi office of Kochhar & Co. which is a top tier, full service law firm having a pan India presence with a robust and dedicated employment law practice across India.
Indrani has been recognized as the Next Generation Lawyer from India by the Legal 500 (in 2018) for the Labour and Employment law field. She has advised domestic and multinational clients on a myriad of general to complex employment law matters including redundancies, terminations, social security, employee benefits, inquiries for misconduct, disciplinary issues, complex senior level exits, trade unions, employment contracts, workplace sexual harassment, reductions in workforce, closures, employee transfers, human resource manuals, due diligences, pre and post-employment restrictions and covenants, work conditions, maternity benefits, disability etc.
She is well known and regarded for conducting workshops, trainings and awareness programs on workplace sexual harassment and inclusiveness in the workplace (anti-discrimination laws) for various companies across industries. Indrani is currently the Vice-Chair of the Labour and Employment Law Committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association.
Indrani also advises multinational clients on acquisitions, joint ventures, entry and exit strategies under the FDI policy of the Government of India and has hands on experience in handling matters concerning day to day business operations and ensuring legal compliance of multinational companies. She is also a member of the Firm’s Telecom and Media Practice Desk.
She is an alumna of Faculty of Law, Delhi University and a member of the Bar Council of Delhi, India. She has worked at Trilegal before working with Kochhar.
Paul Key Q.C. is recognised as one of the leading QCs at the English Commercial Bar. He has particular expertise and specialism in arbitration, both international commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration (including ICSID). He also regularly appears in arbitration-related Court matters, including appearing in the English Supreme Court in Jivraj v Hashwani.
He has been ranked in the top-tier (band 1) rankings for arbitration for over 10 years and has consistently been identified as one of the leading figures in that field (“a real arbitration expert”, “few can rival his expertise, ability and knowledge in the field of arbitration”, “the first port of call for important arbitration disputes”, “an arbitration guru”).
He has appeared as advocate in over 300 major international arbitrations worldwide, as well as appearing regularly before the English Courts (at all levels) and foreign Courts on arbitration matters. In addition to his extensive experience in international commercial arbitration, he is one of the very few English QCs to have real expertise in investment arbitration. He has been lead counsel in a very large number of BIT / investment arbitrations, acting both for and against States.
He is Visiting Professor in international arbitration law at King’s College, London, and has lectured and published widely in this field. He has been a long-standing representative of the UK on the ILA International Commercial Arbitration Committee and is also a delegate for the UNCITRAL Working Group on Arbitration.
Mahesh Rai is a Director at Drew & Napier LLC, one of Singapore’s top law firms and is the ICC’s Regional Representative for the Young Arbitrators Forum (Asia Pacific). He represents clients in disputes across a variety of industries including telecommunications, construction, information technology, oil and gas, shipping and commodities.
Mahesh has conducted both common law and civil law arbitrations under the rules of the ICC, SIAC, LCIA, VIAC, and UNCITRAL. In particular, he has represented several technology, telecommunication and construction companies as counsel in technically complex arbitrations. He has been recognised by the Global Arbitration Review, ranked as a Leading Lawyer for Dispute Resolution by Asialaw, listed as one of the most influential young lawyers under 40 in region by Asia Legal Business and in Singapore by the Singapore Business Review.
Wendy Lin is a Partner in the International Arbitration and Commercial & Corporate Disputes Practices at WongPartnership LLP. Wendy has an active practice in a wide-array of high-value, multi-jurisdictional, and complex disputes, both before the Singapore Courts as well as in arbitrations conducted under various arbitral rules (including the SIAC, ICC, HKIAC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ICSID rules). Amongst her many accolades, Wendy was selected as one of the four most highly-regarded litigation partners in Asia-Pacific under the age of 45 in the inaugural publication of Who’s Who Legal: Litigation – Future Leaders. She has also been recommended for her arbitration work by The Legal 500: Asia Pacific, where she was praised for being “very analytical in her approach”, and having “an excellent grasp of the law” and “sharp analytical skills”. Wendy is a Contributing Editor of the Singapore “White Book” (Singapore Civil Procedure) as well as to the Annotated Acts for the International Arbitration Act (Chapter 143A) and Arbitration Act (Chapter 10).
Hermann began his professional career in late 1989 and he has 27 years of M&A experience in New York, Paris and Germany. He was one of the founders of what is today Luther, at the time the member firm of Andersen Legal in Germany, and has recently been a founding partner of Andersen Tax & Legal in Germany, the German member firm of Andersen Global.
Hermann‘s practice focuses on advising industrial and financial investors on buying and selling businesses in M&A transactions, in joint ventures and business restructurings. He advises on international infrastructure projects, most recently in Africa and Latin America. He is also involved in international arbitration on complex disputes between business partners.
Hermann can use his wide range of contacts he has established through his leadership roles in the International Bar Association (IBA) and the American Bar Association (ABA).
The industry focus of Hermann’s practice is on the logistics, services and manufacturing sectors.
Hermann is the editor of a highly reputed textbook on business acquisitions of which in 2019 the 6th edition will be published. He is also a frequent speaker on international conferences on topics relating to corporate law and the management of law firms.
Mr. Philippe Shin is a senior foreign attorney at Shin & Kim. Mr. Shin’s main areas of practice include crossborder investments, general corporate transactions, mergers & acquisitions, and labor law. Mr. Shin has been involved in many cross-border investments and joint ventures between Korean and foreign investors, as well as major acquisitions by foreign companies of Korean businesses.
Bin Qi (Ben) is the Managing Partner of Jin Mao Partners, based in its Beijing Office. Ben has rich experience in Corporate Development Strategy, IT Industry, Merger & Acquisition, Anti-trust, Capital Markets, Venture Capital, Private Equity and Cross-border Transaction.
Ben represents many Fortune 500 clients in their China business developments and operations. He also represents many China domestic clients in some complex cross-border investment deals. He also advises many Private Equity funds and Chinese start-up companies in their fund-raising and pre-IPO investment or financings. Ben is also an expert in structuring and advising cross-border IP licensing deals. He has in-depth insights on how to manage a complicate M&A transaction as well as integration, particularly in TMT industry. In 2015, he was awarded by American Lawyer and China Law & Practice as “Deal of the Year in TMT Sector”.
Prior to joining Jin Mao Partners for his private practice, Ben worked for IBM and Siemens as in-house counsel.
He received his LL.B from East China Politics and Law Institute, Shanghai, his LL.M and Ph.D from Renmin University Law School, Beijing, and S.J.D. from School of Law, University of British Columbia, Canada.
Eriko Hayashi is a partner of Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners. She was admitted in Japan in 2001 and in the State of New York in 2007. She graduated from Kyoto University’s Faculty of Law in 2000 and New York University‘s School of Law in 2006. She is a Co-Chair of the Cross Border Investment Committee of the IPBA. Her practice covers corporate, M&A and commercial contracts with a special focus on cross-border transactions. She also deals with cross-border dispute resolution and global compliance issues.
She regularly advises international clients, especially U.S., European and Chinese companies, on Japanese legal issues. In addition, given her experience of being the head of the firm’s Shanghai office for six years, Eriko advises Japanese companies on their business activities abroad with a particular focus on China and other Asian countries. After she returned to Japan in 2016, she began also actively assisting Japanese companies in their business activities in the U.S. and Europe.
She is highly regarded for her deep knowledge of a wide variety of industries, such as machinery manufacturing, electronics, real estate, energy (including renewable energy), life science and high-technology sectors, including innovative start-up businesses.
Heiko Wiechers is a corporate lawyer focussing on domestic and cross-border transactions and reorganisations. He advises his clients on foreign investments and on joint ventures, in particular with a focus on Asia.
Heiko’s clients include international groups as well medium-sized companies and family businesses. He has long-standing experience with shareholder disputes and advising family-owned companies on M&A transactions.
He joined CMS in 2002 and was made partner in 2009. In 2007/2008, he spent 10 months working with a leading law firm in New Delhi. Prior to becoming a lawyer in 2000 Heiko served as an officer in the German Air Force and was trained as a business administrator with Siemens AG.
Rohitashwa is a partner in J. Sagar Associates. His practice focuses on Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets & Securities laws, and General Corporate Commercial laws. Rohitashwa has significant experience in matters relating to FDI in India, overseas investments by Indian companies, the Indian Takeover Regulations, joint ventures, asset sales, and corporate reorganizations. He has represented financial and strategic investors and investee companies in a wide variety of investments. Rohitashwa has extensively represented underwriters and issuers in diverse industries in a wide variety of Capital Markets transactions, including IPOs, QIPs, GDRs, and FCCB offerings.
Prior to joining JSA, Rohitashwa worked with White & Case in their Singapore office. At White & Case, he represented various multinational businesses, state-owned entities, private equity and venture capital investors in S-E Asia.
Rohitashwa has practiced civil litigation for three years in the High Court of Patna and in the Supreme Court of India. Rohitashwa has an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and is admitted to practice in the State of New York.
Mr. Wayne Wang specializes in China inbound and outbound M&A and energy and resources and practices in Zhong Lun Law Firm’s Guangzhou and Hong Kong offices.
Prior to joining Zhong Lun Law Firm as a partner in August 2014, he had worked with Allens Arthur Robinson, a top tier Australian law firm in their Shanghai and Hong Kong offices as a senior associate / senior consultant for 9 years (5 years in Shanghai and 4 years in Hong Kong).
In the past 13 years, he has advised innumerable multi-national companies from Australia, North America, Europe, Singapore or Japan on their investment or M&A projects in the PRC.
He is bilingual, admitted in mainland China, Hong Kong and Australia, and well understands the cultures of both China and the west. He is listed on the “Panel of Leading Lawyers for Belt and Road Projects” of All China Lawyers’ Association in 2016. He is experienced in helping international companies understand the complexity of PRC laws and business practice and delivering creative and practical solutions.
Christopher is a corporate/M&A lawyer at Gleiss Lutz, one of the leading law firms in Germany, and a member of the firm’s Asia practice. He specializes in cross-border M&A transactions with a focus on EU inbound transaction by Japanese and other Asian investors. In addition, he advises international corporations on general corporate matters. Christopher studied law in Passau, Germany, and Kyoto, Japan. He lived two years in Japan where he worked, among others, at the Japan Fair Trade Commission in Tokyo. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Frankfurt with a study on Japanese sureties’ law.
Ben is an experienced M&A expert and leads the Firm’s North Asia practice in Sydney. He is a hands-on transactional lawyer whose practice focusses on advising corporates from Australia and North Asia on their M&A transactions in the Asia Pacific.
Ben’s experience is across the full spectrum of corporate transactions including takeovers and schemes, restructures, joint ventures, strategic investments and private acquisitions & disposals. Ben brings this breadth of experience to add real value to the transactions he works on and has become a trusted adviser to his clients.
Head of Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Finance Practice
Oon & Bazul
With over 20 years of experience, Shiao Ning’s main area of practice is in public and private mergers and acquisitions covering domestic and cross-border transactions, across a broad range of industries. Her other expertise extends to capital markets covering initial public offerings, rights issues and private placements, as well as private equity and venture capital related matters, SGX compliance work and general corporate advisory.
She is a member of the Law Society of Singapore, the Singapore Academy of Law and the Inquiry Panel of the Law Society of Singapore. She is also a Senior Teaching Fellow at the Singapore Institute of Legal Education and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Singapore Management University’s Law Faculty.
Chambers Asia Pacific ranks Shiao Ning as a Recognised Practitioner and Asialaw Leading Lawyers recognises her as a Leading Lawyer in the area of Corporate/M&A. She is also listed as a recommended lawyer for Corporate/M&A by Legal 500 Asia Pacific where clients have commended her as being ”highly effective”, “responsive and helpful” with “expertise in private equity investments”.
Dr. Markus Rasner is a German qualified corporate lawyer and partner with Oppenhoff & Partner where he co-heads the private equity practice and heads the China and ASEAN desks. Markus specialises in advising domestic and international corporate groups, family-run enterprises and financial investors on M&A and private equity transactions. He has extensive expertise in advising on all aspects of complex private and public corporate transactions and has built a significant track record in mid-cap (up to €500m) transactions. In addition, he has more than 15 years of experience in advising on M&A insurance matters for leading insurance providers. Markus regularly speaks and publishes on current topics in M&A and private equity. Prior to joining O&P, he was a partner with other German law firms and started his career in 2003 with the private equity team of a leading international law firm in Frankfurt. In 2008/09 he worked as a foreign attorney with one of the most renowned law firms in Singapore.
Taisuke Kimoto is a corporate partner at Pillsbury Law, and licensed to practice law in Japan and California. His advice on U.S. corporate laws takes into account the difference between U.S. and Japanese laws. Taisuke’s practice focuses on M&A transactions, including mergers, asset and stock acquisitions, and joint ventures; general corporate matters, including distribution and licensing arrangements, technology transfer agreements; employment matters, including employee policies, discrimination and wrongful discharge matters; and dispute resolution by advising the difference between the U.S. and Japanese legal systems, and any cultural differences often embedded in cross border deals.
Sharanya Ranga is a partner at Advaya Legal, a full service commercial law firm based out of Mumbai in India. She is a corporate lawyer having over 17 years’ experience in handling corporate and commercial transactions, cross-border M&A, joint ventures, investment transactions, India entry and exit strategies, foreign direct investments and general corporate advisory relating to doing business in India.
She advises tech/emerging tech companies on the myriad legal touch points for their businesses in the sharing economy, especially relating to technology transfers and data protection and data privacy. She also counsels companies on labour and employment issues, focusing on anti-harassment law and the complaint redressal/investigation process.
She writes and speaks regularly on aspects relating to doing business in India, entrepreneurship and technology.
Mr. Picharn Sukparangsee is the Managing Partner of Bangkok Global Law.
He graduated with his LLB from Thammasat University in Thailand and obtained his certificate from the Bar Association of Thailand. He furthered his studies and obtained his LLM from Warwick University and King’s College London, University of London respectively.
His expertise includes his legal and tax services regarding M&A transactions, securities law and taxation law of Thailand and double taxation agreements.
He renders his legal advice to Thai companies and multinational corporations doing business in Thailand, Thai government authorities and foreign government authorities.
He is an active member of a lot of international legal organizations and domestic organizations including the International Bar Association or the IBA, the International Fiscal Association or the IFA, the Inter-Pacific Bar Association or the IPBA, the Thai Chamber of Commerce or TCC, the American Chamber of Commerce of Thailand or AMCHAM of Thailand , the British Chamber of Commerce of Thailand or the BCCT , the European Association for Business and Commerce or EABC and the International Chamber of Commerce (Thailand) or ICC (T).
He is actively and regularly involved and is a speaker at domestic, regional and international legal conferences.
His contribution has been made to the surveys of Doing Business by the World Bank.
Susmit Pushkar is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution practice group and is based out of the New Delhi office. Susmit has diverse and rich experience in advising Clients across industries and laws. He regularly appears before the trial courts, the High Courts and the Supreme Court of India.
Susmit advises corporate houses in relation to investigations by government agencies alleging bribery, money laundering, corporate fraud or other offences and other enforcement actions, including attachment of properties; representing Clients through trial in criminal courts and appellate proceedings. He assists clients in corporate investigations relating to fraud, harassment, competition, etc.
Susmit regularly handles high stake and complex litigation involving multiple stakeholders and regulatory bodies. He advises clients in relation to competition litigation, including cartel and abuse of dominance. Over the last 14 years, Susmit has represented clients across several industries in their commercial, corporate, shareholders and other disputes before courts and arbitral tribunals, including international commercial arbitrations.
Chambers & Partners notes Susmit as being “increasingly recognised in the market for “some stellar work” in the dispute resolution and white-collar crime spaces”. Susmit has been recommended by Legal 500 in the White Collar Practice. He has been noted as a competition lawyer by GCR 100 2018. He regularly speaks in seminars on legal issues impacting the industry.
Lim Koon Huan is the Head of Skrine’s Competition and Trade Remedies Practice Group. She also co-heads the Compliance Practice Group, focussing on anti-corruption practice.
She is listed as one of the world’s leading practitioners in The International Who’s Who of Trade & Customs Lawyers, through her wide range of experience in the international trade disputes and remedies work, as well as been involved in numerous trade petitions field with both Malaysian and overseas on the imposition of tariffs, anti-dumping and safeguards duties.
Koon also specialises in anti-corruption/compliance program work and is an experienced commercial litigator with a general practice focussing on conventional banking, Islamic banking and finance, insolvency, shareholders, corporate and civil disputes and acting for clients in various industries across multiple jurisdictions.
Daniel Yi is a senior foreign counsel at Yulchon LLC who specializes in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, overseas investments, projects, general corporate, insurance and mobility. Mr. Yi has substantial experience in representing multinational and Korean clients on complex cross-border corporate and finance transactions.
Immediately prior to joining Yulchon, he practiced at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP in its Tokyo office. Mr. Yi graduated from University of California, Los Angeles, where he received his B.A. degree in economics/international area studies, and Harvard Law School, where he received his J.D. degree. He is licensed to practice in New York.
Greg heads Winkler Partners corporate transactional practice. His practice spans capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, corporate restructurings, and a variety of other general corporate transactions. Greg currently focuses on mergers and acquisitions and private equity investments in Greater China. Recently, he has begun assisting clients with blockchain and distributed ledger technology matters.
Greg has prior experience in New York and Hong Kong assisting global banks and other corporate clients execute public and private securities offerings as well as cross-border acquisitions. Greg is the co-founder of Asiad, a boutique investment company focused on online technology startups in Asia, where he maintains a board seat.
Greg is admitted in the State of New York and registered as an Attorney of Foreign Legal Affairs with Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice. Greg received his J.D. from the University of Virginia, School of Law and a B.A. from Harvard University.
Matt Komatsu focuses his practice on cross-border mergers & acquisitions, formation of joint ventures and corporate law. After studying in the US, he was seconded to the Civil Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Justice, where he worked on amendments to the Japanese Companies Act and the research of corporate laws in various jurisdictions. His expertise in the corporate law area enables him to advise on a wide-range of corporate governance issues involving Asian companies and to handle M&A transactions in multiple jurisdictions.
Ashish leads the International Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice at Nishith Desai Associates (www.nishithdesai.com) and divides his time between India and Singapore. He specializes in advising investors and joint venture partners in contentious situations and is particularly adept in managing shareholder disputes. His focus areas include commercial litigation, international arbitration, corporate insolvency and white collar crimes.
Ashish started his practice with the M&A team and was involved in various acquisition transactions, private equity investments deals and mezzanine debt financing transactions. With the corporate background, he moved to dealing with commercial disputes. He has since successfully represented several prominent individuals, private equity investors and corporate houses before the courts in India and in numerous international arbitrations. He has also represented clients in multiple construction disputes. He has an excellent record of building and implementing cogent strategies for resolution of complex international disputes.
He is a regular speaker at law schools and seminars and actively contributes to various international publications. He is an honorary overseas member of the Commercial Bar Association (England & Wales) & member of Delhi Board of the Indian Lawyers Association. He is a registered foreign attorney in Singapore.
Shigehiko Ishimoto, an attorney-at-law admitted in Japan (1994) and New York (2001), is a partner of Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, one of the leading law firms in Japan. As a core member of the firm’s China and Asia Practice Group and Trade law Practice Group, and chief representative of its Shanghai office, he has been dealing with a large number of investment and transaction cases related to China and other East Asian jurisdictions, and also has abundant experience in advising Japanese trade law issues to Japanese and foreign companies.
Till is a corporate/M&A partner of Noerr LLP. He advises German and foreign financial and strategic investors regarding mergers & acquisitions and private equity transactions. He is an expert in complex multinational transactions. As a corporate lawyer, Till has special expertise in complex joint ventures, reorganizations and complicated restructurings (including cross-border restructurings). He regularly advises Asian clients with significant in-bound investments in Germany and is also head of the Firm’s China Desk in Frankfurt. Till has frequently been recognised as a leading lawyer for corporate/M&A in law directories.
Kenichi Sekiguchi is a partner at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto and a core member of its cross-border M&A advisory team. His practice ranges from advising on M&A transactions and establishment of joint ventures to general corporate matters and M&A related disputes. He advises both domestic and international clients including industrial clients as well as private equity firms in a variety of transactions. His wide range of experience enables him to provide comprehensive advice including matters relating to post acquisition strategy.
André Brunschweiler is a Partner with the Swiss law firm LALIVE and part of LALIVE’s dispute resolution team. In 2013/14 he was seconded to a leading Chinese law firm in Beijing, where he primarily worked on cross-border corporate and M&A matters. Back in Switzerland, he focuses on commercial and corporate dispute resolution (litigation) and dispute management, including shareholders’ disputes, where his commercial/corporate background is of great benefit.
Pádraig is a Partner at Hong Kong law firm Tanner De Witt. His practice focuses on venture capital and related corporate work including advice on private equity and debt financings, investment negotiations and completion, preparing documents to implement deal terms and advising on the range of common issues for emerging companies such as corporate structuring, IP licensing, equity incentive plans, and shareholder disputes. He represents both investors, strategics, and founders.
Pádraig has represented companies within specific verticals of fintech, insurtech, regtech, medtech, edutech, and cleantech. Pádraig’s practice also includes assisting clients on licensing, regulatory and compliance. His experience in this area has enabled him to advise clients on a number of innovative, complex fintech projects. He is at the forefront of advising on legal issues for emerging businesses using blockchain technology.
Pádraig is a mentor, and provides legal training programmes, for a number of accelerator programmes. He is also a regular speaker at various startup events and a blogger on the tech startup scene. Finally Pádraig advises companies of all sizes on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, and joint ventures as well as on investment structures, and regulatory and governance issues for investments into a range of asset classes.
Chartered Arbitrator, Accredited Mediator, Adjudicator and Barrister-at-Law
Dr. Christopher To is an independent mediator and arbitrator who is on the panels of variousleading global alternative dispute resolution bodies. He has arbitrated a variety of international cases involving both ad-hoc and institutional arbitrations; and has mediated many internationaland domestic cases. He is an accredited mediator, chartered arbitrator, chartered engineer, chartered information technology professional, barrister-at-law and a law professor. As former Secretary-General of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Dr. To managed to elevate Hong Kong’s status as the regional dispute resolution hub of Asia.
Aditya Bhargava is primarily involved in the banking and finance, and the debt capital markets and structure finance practices of the firm. He regularly advises banks and financial institutions (including foreign portfolio investors) on a wide range of financing matters including providing cross border financings, structured finance, plain vanilla and syndicated rupee term loans, ECB facilities, ODI facilities, APSAs, project finance, acquisition financing, trade finance, acquisition of distressed assets, payments and cash management, subscription to debentures (secured, unsecured, and subordinated), and the issuance of regulatory capital (in the form of subordinated debt and BASEL III compliant bonds).
Aditya’s practice also includes advising banks and non-banking financial corporations on regulatory matters, including outsourcing of services and assessment of new transactional products. He was also seconded as legal counsel to ANZ in Mumbai for 1 year to assist the branch set-up team enabling the re-entry of ANZ into India after receipt of in-principle approval from the RBI.
IFLR1000 (2019 edition) has identified Aditya as a “Leading lawyer – Rising star” and AsiaLaw notes that he is “very approachable and has provided us with sound legal advice on our transactions. He is willing to go the extra mile to ensure the client’s requirement is fulfilled”.
Yuri Suzuki is a partner in the Tokyo based law firm Atsumi & Sakai, heading the firm’s Fintech Team.
Ms. Suzuki deals with a wide range of banking, finance and capital markets issues, with a particular well acknowledged reputation in regard with financial services regulation, loans, asset finance and securitization. Given her strong technical skills and market knowledge in financial industry matters, she is also well regarded for her work on a wide variety cases on Fintech issues, including payment services, cryptocurrencies, ICO, invoice trading, marketplace lending, crowdfunding, APIs and insurtech.
She is currently a secretariat member of the Fintech Association of Japan, a legal advisor of the Japan Blockchain Association and an advisor of the MUFG Digital Accelerator Program.
Dr. Net Le is a partner in charge of LNT & Partners’ Infrastructure and Financial Services practice group, which is widely renowned for its capacity to tackle complex assignments. His deals have been highly regarded and contributed to the Firm’s title of Deal Firm of the Year by ALB Thomson Reuters. His signatory transactions include major ODA infrastructure projects, complex ICC arbitrations, oil refinery, and oil rigs.
Dr. Le has been selected as a leading lawyer in the fields of project finance, international arbitration, and infrastructure by IFLR1000, Legal 500 and Chambers Global since 2009. In 2012, Dr. Le was awarded the title of “Lawyer of the Year” by Vietnam’s Ministry of Justice. He is a lecturer of civil law at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Law, and has authored textbooks that have been published in Vietnam and internationally.
Dr. Le is also an arbitrator at the Vietnam International Arbitration Centre (VIAC) in which he has chaired or co-arbitrated more than 30 cases. Prior to co-founding LNT & Partners, Dr. Le worked at Baker & McKenzie and Clifford Chance.
Monalisa leads the Energy Practice Group of PJS Law. Her expertise in the energy sector has made her the top choice as legal counsel to the major players (local and foreign) in the industry, as well as for new investors seeking to gain entry into this dynamic area of the Philippine economy. Her leadership in the energy practice group has earned the group and herself several international and Philippine awards/citations.
Monalisa is recognized as “Market Leader” in the areas of Energy and Project Development and leading practitioner in the Asia-Pacific. The Firm’s transactions led by Monalisa has earned several awards recently including the coveted “Philippine Deal of the Year” and “M&A Deal of the Year” awards given by Asian Legal Business– Philippine Law Award in 2017. Monalisa herself has been continuously cited as “Leading Lawyer” in several financial and legal publications in the Asia-Pacific. Monalisa’s experience in the field of Energy is recognized particularly as it started during the time when there were no female practitioners in the field that was then dominated by men both in the legal profession and in business.
Monalisa is also a professor at the Ateneo de Manila Law School in Makati City. She teaches courses on Energy Law and Global Legal Practice.
Tracey Epps is a Trade Law Consultant at Chapman Tripp, New Zealand’s leading full-service law firm. Tracey has over 18 years’ experience as an academic, advisor and negotiator; including seven years as a senior advisor in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFAT) Legal Division. She was Lead Legal Counsel for New Zealand’s negotiating team in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, and chaired the Legal and Institutional Working Group.
In addition to her work on TPP, Tracey provided advice on all aspects of trade and investment law, including trade in goods and services, international disputes (the Australian apples dispute and various World Trade Organisation disputes in which New Zealand has been a third party).
At Chapman Tripp, she advises government and private sector clients on all aspects of international trade law. Most recently, she has been assisting eight Pacific Island governments in the implementation of PACER Plus (a free trade agreement signed between New Zealand, Australia and a number of Pacific countries).
Tracey has authored and edited a number of books and articles in the field, including, including International Trade and Health Protection: A Critical Assessment of the WTO’s Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (Edward Elgar Press, 2008); Research Handbook on the WTO and Technical Barriers to Trade (Edward Elgar Press, 2013 – co-edited with Michael Trebilcock) and Reconciling Trade and Climate Change: How the WTO can help address climate change (co-authored with Andrew Green, Edward Elgar Press, 2010).
She teaches International Trade Regulation and International Investment Law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Otago. She is vice chair of the International Trade Committee in the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA), and regularly attends international conferences in the field of international economic law.
Christian Chin is a partner with Allen & Gledhill in Singapore. Christian’s areas of practice include venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, joint ventures, employment law and general commercial contracts.
Christian represents investment and commercial banks, private equity and sovereign funds and strategic corporate clients on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity transactions. He also acts for venture capital investors and companies in VC funding rounds.
Christian has been a Legal Case Studies Instructor at the NUS Law School and a lecturer and instructor for the Corporate & Commercial Practice module of the Singapore Bar Examinations. He has been cited as a notable individual in Corporate and M&A by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and also noted for his work in M&A by IFLR1000.
Vanessa is a corporate partner in Fangda Partners’ Hong Kong office. Vanessa has extensive experience in corporate matters, including venture capital, equity capital markets transaction, mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and TMT transactions.
Prior to joining Fangda Partners, Vanessa spent twelve years with a magic circle firm in Hong Kong and was the Head of Legal in Asia with a proprietary venture capital fund of one of the leading asset management firms in the world for over two years.
Vanessa is qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong (2002) and England and Wales (2003).
Joyce A. Tan has been consistently recognized as a leading lawyer over the long years of her practice by numerous legal publications including Legal 500, Chambers, Practical Law Company, AsiaLaw, Who’s Who Legal, World Trademark Review, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, International Who’s Who of Regulatory Communications Lawyers, International Who’s Who of Internet, E-Commerce & Data Protection Lawyers, Global Communications, Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers, Global Counsel 3000, Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law, and Global Law Experts.
To quote from the reports on some of these publications based on independent research, “Joyce Tan has an excellent reputation”, “is a very well reputed lawyer”, “very focused”, “really knows her stuff”, “is admired for the quality and longevity of her practice”, “is recognized as one of the finest commercial IP lawyers in Singapore” and “a seasoned stalwart in the industry”.
Joyce’s intellectual property prowess, renowned both in the local and international arenas, is often manifested in complex matters involving the analysis and strategic deployment of IP in commercially dynamic business models. Her particular strengths lie in developing action plans, transactions and corporate and organisational structures that both leverage the opportunities, as well as avert the hazards, posed by IP as a business tool. Her breadth of involvement in IP on a routine basis, straddle the macro management of IP registration portfolios, pre-emptive protection of business positions vis-à-vis IP, and the acquisition, disposal, relocation and exploitation of IP and intangible assets.
This strong IP dimension is palpable in Joyce’s work as a transactional lawyer in corporate and commercial matters, including cross-border M&A deals, private equity investments, collaborative ventures and financing transactions. She is also widely recognised for her strong suit in TMT transactions, having pioneered many cutting-edge deals of its time, including complex technical procurement and supply transactions, the development and deployment of innovative payment systems, fintech transactions and other frontier technology projects. She continues to assist clients with high-tech payment systems at the frontiers of regulatory frameworks.
The trailblazing quality of Joyce’s practice over the years is exemplified by many “firsts” including her handling of the first teleco interconnect transaction in Singapore when the telecommunications industry was first liberalized, the nation-wide “CashCard” project which led to the first electronic road pricing implementation in Singapore and the first commercial retail smart card project in Singapore.
Joyce is a regular on the local and international lecture circuit, having developed training curricula for organizations that include government agencies and inter-governmental forums, on the subject matter covered by her extensive practice.
Trinh is one of a few Vietnamese nationals who are qualified to practice law in both Australia and Vietnam. She holds a Master of Laws (advanced) in Commercial Laws from Queensland University (Australia). She is a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia and a member of the Ho Chi Minh City Bar Association.
Previously practiced at international firms such as Freehills, Phillip Fox (in Vietnam) and HopGood Ganim (in Australia) and leading Vietnamese law firms over the past fifteen years, Trinh has turned her experience gained from large practice into a unique service style that helps her boutique practice survive and grow in a niche legal market.
Trinh served as a Board Member of the Pacific International Arbitration Centre until 2010. Trinh is currently a Vice chair of Cross –border Committee of IPBA for her second term 2018-2019. Prior to practising law, Trinh was a journalist of the most popular Newspaper in Vietnam and was awarded a scholarship for advanced journalist in Asia by the International Journalism Institute held in Berlin.
Trinh is the second person in Vietnam obtaining license as a commercial mediator and one of the first two lawyers in Vietnam having completed the CIArb Diploma on International Arbitration and passing Award Writing Exam. Trinh pioneers in the field of investment mediation having taken part in an advanced training programme on Investment Arbitration in Paris, the second intake of its kind, jointly organised by ICSID, Energy Charter Treaty, UNCITRAL and CEDR, IMI. Trinh’s current practice areas focus on construction/infrastructure projects and real estate where she represents large international and national developers, construction companies, engineering consulting companies in both, the front end and back end of construction laws.
Trinh advises and assists clients in disputes resolution at VIAC. She acted as counsel in the arbitration proceedings with respect to disputes arisen from complex commercial transaction and construction and oil and gas disputes valued at multi-million dollars.
Trinh handles trade, investment with experience in energy and construction. She acts as counsel for one of the largest petroleum company in an international arbitration arising from non-performance of the contract and claims for variations.
Dr. Jürgen Hartung is specialised in advising on data protection and IT law issues with a focus on outsourcing, IT projects and e-commerce. His experience covers, e.g. GDPR compliance projects, Internet of Things, mobile services, internal investigations, international transfers of personal data, data breaches, etc. Furthermore, Jürgen Hartung advises on compliance issues, including internal investigations and the structuring of internal compliance organisations. He is also the firm’s contact person for the South-East Asia region.
Jürgen Hartung is cited as the most recommended lawyer for data protection in Germany by kanzleimontor.de, recommended as a leading lawyer in Who’s Who Legal, Expert Guide to the World’s Leading TMT Lawyers, Juve Germany, and for his international experience in Legal 500 and Chambers Global. Handelsblatt / Wirtschaftswoche named him “IT lawyer of the year” for 2019.
Jürgen Hartung is a partner of Oppenhoff & Partner. From 2000 to 2007 he was an Associate and Managing Associate at Linklaters LLP. He studied law and international politics at the Universities of Tübingen (Dr. iur.) and Wales, Aberystwyth, and as part of his legal training worked 1999-2000 for an American law firm in New York. Jürgen Hartung is a frequent author and speaker.
Partner, Head of Admiralty Group, Chairman of Management Committee
Wang Jing & Co. Law Firm
Mr. Chen is experienced in handling complex maritime cases concerning maritime casualty, shipping & trade, ship-building &financing, maritime fraud, among which over 30 are selected by PKULAW.CN as precedents of reference value. He has been invited by the PRC Supreme Court to participate in legislation concerning liability limitation of maritime claims, oil pollution damages and establishment of insurance system for civil liability of oil pollution damage. He is now an arbitrator of Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration and also an arbitrator of China Maritime Arbitration Commission.
Mr. Chen was the leading author contributing to Chambers Global Practice Guides-Shipping- China Chapter in 2018. From 2013-2018 he has been consecutively rated by Chambers & Partners and ALB as Outstanding Shipping and Maritime Lawyer & Band 1 Lawyer in Shipping Practice; LEGALBAND Top Chinese Lawyers (Bank 1 – Admiralty & Maritime). He was awarded “20-year Dedication” by Guangzhou Lawyers’ Association in 2016 and this year he is selected as one of the Top Ten Eminent Lawyers for Handling Foreign-related cases in Guangzhou.
Christine Chen is a partner at Winkler Partners, overseeing the employment practice where she advises multinationals on employment matters in Taiwan. Her practice covers contentious and non-contentious employment work, including advising on mass redundancy plans, employee handbooks, individual termination matters, and localization of employment agreements (including restrictive covenants and trade secrets protection). She is also an experienced IP litigator, having won the largest trademark infringement award ever in Taiwan for a luxury brand. Christine is Vice-Chair of the IPBA Scholarship Committee and a member of the Employment Committee.
Björn Otto is a certified employment lawyer and partner of international law firm CMS. A main focus of Björn’s practice is on outsourcing and restructuring as well as privatization. As Co-Head of the firm’s cluster of excellence “Restructuring and Insolvency”, Björn has particular expertise in regards to (national and international) boardroom codetermination, matrix structures of multinationals, insolvency specific employment law, European and SE (Societas Europaea) Works Council issues and cross-border reorganization projects.
Björn is a member of the IPBA, the IBA, the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA) and the Labor Law Group of the German Bar Association.
National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law (NUS Law)
Alan K. KOH is a Research Associate at the Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS) of the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law (NUS Law), and an Associate Editor of the Asian Journal of Comparative Law (Cambridge University Press). A multilingual Asian jurist, his research focuses on comparative corporate law in Asia with special emphasis on Singapore and Japan.
His work is published in leading journals such as the American Journal of Comparative Law, Modern Law Review, Law Quarterly Review, Journal of Corporate Law Studies, Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, Asian Journal of Comparative Law, and 商事法務 (Japan). His sole-authored monograph comparing four jurisdictions, Shareholder Protection in Close Corporations, will be published by Cambridge University Press.
Alan previously taught at NUS Law as a Sheridan Fellow, and held visiting appointments at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law (Hamburg, Germany), Nagoya University, and Osaka City University. Prior to joining CALS, Alan worked in corporate and commercial litigation.
Simon Cartwright is a transport and trade law specialist, with particular expertise in shipping, marine insurance, logistics, commodities trading, trade finance and international debt recovery. He acts for shipowners, operators, exporters and importers, logistics companies, ship agents, brokers, port operators, P & I Clubs, marine underwriters and commodities traders.
Simon is qualified in New Zealand and England and holds practising certificates for both jurisdictions. Simon has extensive maritime law experience, handling both dry and wet shipping matters, including charterparty disputes, carriage of goods claims, ship build/ship repair disputes, collisions, groundings, and claims arising from damage to hull and machinery, as well as non-contentions matters such as the sale and purchase of vessels.
Simon regularly assists clients with commercial issues arising from domestic and international trade. He advises on, drafts and assists with the negotiation of bill of lading terms, charterparties / charterparty clauses, commercial shipping / logistics contracts, ship build contracts, trade finance instruments, and contracts for the sale and purchase of goods.
Douglas A. Codiga is a Member of the firm concentrating his practice in the areas of energy and environmental law, with an emphasis on regulatory and administrative proceedings and dispute resolution. Mr. Codiga founded Hawaii’s first Climate and Sustainability Law Practice Group in 2007 and frequently publishes and lectures on clean energy, climate change, and environmental law and policy. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America and holds the highest Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Professional Rating of AV (Preeminent). Mr. Codiga earned his J.D. from the Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii, and his L.L.M. from Yale Law School.
Kwan Kiat currently heads the firm’s Restructuring & Insolvency practice group, which is the largest dedicated legal practice in the country dealing with banking and financing disputes, corporate insolvencies, business advisory, workouts and debt restructurings, and enforcement of creditors’ rights.
He is cited and recognised in the field of restructuring and insolvency in Chambers Asia Pacific, The Legal 500Asia Pacific, IFLR 1000, Asialaw Leading Lawyers, and Best Lawyers.
Called to both the Singapore and New York bar, Kwan Kiat’s practice comprises both disputes and advisory work. He has advised and acted for local and foreign banks and accounting firms in both domestic and cross-border disputes. He has also advised and acted for banks and accounting firms in various banking disputes, liquidations, receiverships and judicial management of both local and foreign companies.
Apart from regularly advising and acting for banks and accounting firms in Singapore in the whole gamut of insolvency proceedings, from liquidation, receivership to judicial management and schemes of arrangement, many of the matters Kwan Kiat acted in had a strong cross-border element.
Kwan Kiat lectures regularly on topics relating to insolvency law and restructuring, and is the Deputy Subject Coordinator for insolvency law and practice for candidates training to be called to the Singapore bar.
Ronaldo Veirano is the founding partner of Veirano Advogados, considered among the leading law firms in Brazil with more than 270 attorneys across the country, and is a highly regarded legal expert, recognized internationally for his statesmanship, facility with sophisticated legal issues and significant network of global contacts. An erudite and accomplished speaker, Mr. Veirano is frequently invited to address international audiences on a variety of complex legal subjects, trade issues and other topics that affect companies, countries and their growth.
Mr. Veirano is a member of several national and international associations and plays a role in top management of several of these organizations. Mr. Veirano is also the Chairman Emeritus of World Services Group (WSG), a global network of leading law firms and other professional services providers.
This formative experience early in his career gave him a rare insight into the challenges faced by in-house counsel and he has continued to utilize this knowledge to build the strong firm that Veirano Advogados is today.
David Ward is a partner in the firm’s Restructuring and Insolvency Group, and Commercial Litigation Groups. David has a litigation emphasis to his insolvency practice, with a particular focus on creditors’ rights and remedies in reorganizations and liquidations under Canada’s major insolvency and corporate statutes.
A Member of the International Insolvency Institute, David acted as counsel in the cross-border reorganization that involved the first application between Canada and the United States of the Committee J Cross-Border Insolvency Concordat.
David is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, teaching the International Insolvency Law segment of the University of Toronto’s Global Professional Master of Laws Program.
Fernando is a partner of the Corporate and Energy teams for CMS Carey & Allende. His practice focuses on M&A, energy, corporate law and in the development and financing of projects within the areas of agribusiness and energy, representing national and foreign companies, public entities and foreign governments.
Fernando has advised national and foreign companies in the participation of public and private tendering processes for infrastructural works. He advises on renewable energy and agribusiness projects, in all of their stages, including the consolidation of rights on future exploitation, project finance, construction of works, and the negotiation of contracts giving way to project exploitation.
His experience also includes the representation of shareholders in the exercising of rights before other shareholders or corporations of which they are a part, in all applicable instances.
Fernando has been endorsed by Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500, IFLR1000 and Acritas Stars.
Dr. Simone Nadelhofer is a Partner at Swiss law firm LALIVE and is based in the Zurich office. She specialises in white collar crime and regulatory investigations and advises clients on compliance and remedial action. She is regularly retained by corporate clients in large scale cross-border investigations by Swiss and foreign authorities, including U.S. authorities. She also assists clients in international legal or administrative assistance cases, as well as victims of crime in tracing and freezing of assets. Simone Nadelhofer also regularly acts as counsel in complex commercial disputes before state courts.
Simone Nadelhofer is admitted to the bar in Switzerland. She holds a PhD., summa cum laude, from the University of Lucerne. She also holds a Master of Advanced Studies in Economic Crime Investigation from Lucerne Business School (MAS ECI, 2007). She is the incoming chair of the IPBA Anti-Corruption and the Rule of Law Committee and a member of the Expert Board of the Master Studies in Economic Crime Investigation.
Steve Ahn is a partner of the Seoul-based SEUM Law, which is the leading Korean law firm in the startup and venture capital space. Steve represents investors, entrepreneurs and startups in a wide range of cross-border matters and increasingly on blockchain and cryptocurrency-related matters.
Before joining SEUM, Steve worked on the investor-side, serving as the Chief Legal Officer and Korea Head of the startup accelerator TriBeluga. Before TriBeluga, Steve worked at a large Korean firm (Bae, Kim & Lee LLC) where he advised MNCs and private equity funds on corporate and M&A transactions.
Martin Polaine is a barrister of over 30 years’ experience, a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb) and a Fellow of the Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution (FAiADR). He has advised states, corporates and NGOs in Africa, Asia and Europe on dispute resolution, public international law and international/transnational criminal law. His practice includes international arbitration (including state-investor disputes), anti-corruption/asset recovery, financial regulatory, treaty negotiation and drafting, international human rights law, the law of armed conflict, international co-operation and statehood/immunities. He also has a complementary background as a former senior prosecutor.
He has had conduct of numerous complex and sensitive cases, with a particular focus on those with an international element and serves as an expert for international organisations (including Commonwealth Secretariat, Council of Europe, EU, UN agencies and the OECD).
Martin has extensive experience in advising at ministerial and senior official level. His wide-ranging representational roles have included MLA treaty negotiation and serving as the UK’s legal representative on the OECD Working Group on Bribery.
He is a published author of legal texts, including ‘Corruption & Misuse of Public Office’ (Oxford University Press), and is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars.
Aoi Inoue is a partner at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune specialising in international arbitration and litigation. He represents Japanese and foreign companies in a wide range of business disputes, including sales of goods; joint venture; distributorship; licensing; franchising; complex financial products; labour and employment; product liability; and construction. He has acted as counsel in a number of international arbitrations under various rules including the ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, JCAA and UNCITRAL. He serves as a vice-chair of the Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA). He teaches international arbitration at Keio University Law School as an adjunct lecturer. He has been recognised as a leading arbitration lawyer in Who’s Who Legal (2018, published by Law Business Research).
Mr. Inoue received his LLB from the University of Tokyo, and holds an LLM from Columbia Law School. He is admitted to practise in Japan and New York. He worked for the New York law firm Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP as a visiting attorney (2010-2011) before he resumed his position at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune.
Hiroe Toyoshima is a partner of Nakamoto & Partners and focus on insolvency and restructuring matters as well as civil and commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation cases including employment issues. She has extensive experience handling with corporate rehabilitation and restructurings and distressed M&A which are always connected with employment matters. She has been involved in a number of corporate rehabilitation cases as a debtor’s council.
Hiroe lectured the Japanese employment system in the webinar of the California Bar Association and the Japanese insolvency system, work out system and international insolvency for the foreign students at Kobe University.
Ba Linh is a seasoned and technically skilled transactional lawyer with more than 20 years of legal practice, focusing primarily on energy and natural resources, projects and infrastructure, public-private partnerships (PPP), project finance, leveraged and acquisition finance, debt and equity capital markets, derivatives and structured products.
Ba Linh has extensive transactional experience and skills in civil and common law jurisdictions, having previously based in Hanoi, HCMC and Melbourne. He has acted for international banks, joint lead arrangers, MLAs, ECAs, sponsors, infrastructure and energy funds, private equity firms, institutional investors and major works contractors.
Ba Linh has been consistently ranked as a leading lawyer in numerous independent authoritative guides to law firms in Vietnam, including Legal 500, IFLR1000, Chambers Asia Pacific and Asialaw.
Client testimonials include “Ba Linh is a very experienced lawyer in oil and gas, energy, infrastructure and project financing”, “one of the best energy and infrastructure lawyers in Vietnam”, “top quality, particularly in oil & gas and energy”, “responsive and always willing to go the extra mile”, “he thoroughly understands clients’ business needs and provides practical advice”.
Sean Muggah is a partner with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, and practices out of the firm’s Vancouver office. He is the Vancouver Leader of the firm’s Electricity Markets Group, and acts as corporate commercial counsel on a variety of electricity and energy related transactions. Sean has represented utilities in the development and implementation of renewable energy calls for power, and has experience negotiating and managing power purchase agreements for wind, biomass, waste heat, run-of-river, reservoir and natural gas projects. Sean also practices in the area of public-private partnerships and infrastructure development, with experience advising on corporate/commercial aspects of publicly procured infrastructure projects.
Robert S. Pé is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of Arbitration Chambers in Hong Kong and London. He was in private practice with major international law firms for over two decades and the Chambers legal directory described him as a “Top-flight” lawyer, who commands “the highest levels of respect in the market”. Since 2017, he has been an independent arbitrator and mediator. He is a member of the Council of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the ICC’s International Court of Arbitration and the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR. Mr. Pé is of Anglo-Myanmar heritage and visits Myanmar frequently. He has advised extensively on commercial law reform in the country and has been driving efforts to establish a credible arbitration centre there. He is a Visiting Professor of the Global Masters Programme in Law at Kobe University and gained his M.B.A. from the London Business School and his LL.B. from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Asya is a Counsel with CMS Singapore. Her main practice areas are in the construction, oil & gas/energy and shipbuilding sectors, where she provides dispute resolution as well as front-end advice on engineering, procurement and construction projects. In the 2018 Legal 500 Asia Pacific rankings, Asya was described as “an emerging talent in offshore construction matters”. Asya also practices in the general commercial, international trade and commodities sectors.
Asya is primarily a dispute resolution practitioner, advising and acting for clients in international commercial arbitrations, subject to various arbitral rules. She also sits as an arbitrator, and is a member of the AIAC (previously known as KLRCA) panel of arbitrators. Asya is admitted in Malaysia and Singapore. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Regional Director for South Asia, ICC Arbitration & ADR
ICC International Court of Arbitration, Singapore
As Director, Abhinav focuses on helping companies, investors, and attorneys in the Region understand how they can efficiently resolve international commercial disputes by raising their awareness on the ICC’s Dispute Resolution Services and its commitment to international arbitration, the procedure, and thought leadership. Prior to serving as Regional Director as the Court’s first Indian Director, he was also the first Indian Deputy Counsel of the Court, where he gained first-hand experience working on arbitrations arising out of common law jurisdictions, in particular working with parties from the United Kingdom, India, Singapore and other regions of Asia. Mr. Bhushan is a regular contributor to various publications on developments in international arbitration and Indian arbitration law.
He is also an avid promoter of arbitration-related training opportunities for lawyers, corporate counsels, judges and other important stakeholders. Additionally, Mr Bhushan is the co-chair of ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF), Asia Chapter. Further, as part of the ICC’s initiative to develop arbitration in India and South Asia he advises and engages with the law firms, practitioners and users on the procedures and practices of international arbitration, especially ICC arbitration. Before joining the ICC, Mr. Bhushan completed his LLM at the Columbia Law School and earned a certificate in foreign and comparative law. He was also a member of the Columbia International Arbitration Association and a research assistant. He earned his first law degree from the Government Law College, Mumbai, India. Upon graduation, he worked as an associate with Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe, in Mumbai, India.
Marion Smith QC practices from 39 Essex Chambers in London, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. She specialises in complex, high value commercial and construction disputes for UK and international clients. She has extensive experience litigating matters before domestic courts and tribunals as well as in international arbitration where she has appeared before institutional and ad hoc tribunals, including under the Rules of the ICC, LCIA, LMAA and the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. She has significant expertise in arbitrations where the law of the contract is not the law of England & Wales. She has been appointed as sole and co-arbitrator and as an expert determiner and has provided expert evidence in foreign proceedings on English law. Marion is a Visiting Senior Lecturer in the School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary University of London and a Professional Fellow of Aston University. She is noted as a leading silk by the leading legal directories and is described by Chambers & Partners as “technically superb, great at very complex matters and very personable.” She is a trustee of the CIArb and a member of the International Committee of the Bar Council of England and Wales.
Steven Shin is a commercial litigator at Maples and Calder, and is based in the firm’s Hong Kong office. Maples and Calder is an international law firm advising on the laws of the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Ireland, Jersey and Luxembourg.
Steven’s practice focuses on various forms of shareholder disputes, with an emphasis on representing public and private companies in dissenting shareholder litigation arising out of the statutory merger regime in the Cayman Islands. He has extensive experience representing clients across a broad range of complex disputes, including those involving contentious insolvency issues, corporate governance, international franchises, large-scale construction projects, property and product liability claims.
Prior to joining Maples and Calder, Steven was a member of the commercial litigation and insolvency team at a leading litigation firm in New Zealand, where he acted for and advised private liquidators, the Official Assignee and creditors on a range of insolvency matters. Steven also undertook criminal prosecution work as a Crown prosecutor.
Conrad is the founding partner of Kwok Yih & Chan, and has been a partner of an international firm in Hong Kong for 10 years before that. He obtained his law degree in both Hong Kong and Mainland China, and was admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 1994.
Conrad specialises in public takeovers, cross border M&As, private equity transactions, capital markets fund raisings (including IPOs) and transactions, corporate governance and regulatory investigation.
His experience over the last 25 years has been across many sectors, such as financial/securities, TMT and fintech, real estate, mining and energy, manufacturing/retailing and medical and pharmaceuticals. He speaks fluent English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
Conrad is a member of the Takeovers and Mergers Panel and Takeover Appeals Committee of the SFC, a member of Disciplinary (Panel A) of the Hong Kong Institute of certified Public Account, and a member of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. He has regularly been named as a leading lawyer in legal publications, including the IFLR and Chambers Global.
Mr. Wang Zhengzhi is the Senior Partner at Beijing Globe-Law Law Firm (Globe-Law), Arbitrator at China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), Arbitrator at Beijing, Xian and Hefei Arbitration Committees. Mr. Wang has extensive practice experience on IP service for national and international enterprises. The team led by Mr. Wang has hosted 2005 Top Ten National IP Case (Copyright of Network Plug), 2008 Beijing Top 10 foreign merchant IP Protection Case (World Executives’ Trademark and trade name Conflict), 2009 Beijing Top 10 IP Cases/ 2009 50 Classic Cases of Chinese IP (fire curtain patent), 2013 Top 10 cases of Patent Appeals (Dyson Invalid Patent ), 2016 50 Classic IP Cases of the Supreme Court of China (Time-honored Brand TONGDEFU trademark and Anti-Unfair Competition).
Mr. Wang was awarded ‘The First National Intellectual Property Talented Leader’, ‘SME International Service Star’, and ‘Beijing Outstanding Intellectual Property Lawyer’. He was nominated as Candidate for Ten National Young Jurists in 2016.
Prior to joining SMPP, Ron has nearly 20 years of experience with various law and big four consulting firms. He has significant experience in emerging markets, oil and gas projects, cross border structuring, transfer pricing, M&A and corporate reorganizations.
His recent consulting experiences includes:
Developing market entry strategies
Designing repatriation structures
Advising on real estate investment structures
Tax planning for executive expatriates
His area of key expertise compromises of market entry strategies, corporate and commercial law, M&A, real estate, employment law, tax and customs.
Praised as having “very wide vision”, Kala Anandarajah, Head, Competition & Antitrust and Trade Practice, is a leading lawyer, a Commended External Counsel of the Year 2016 by the In-house Community, an Asia Legal Award 2017 nominee, named ‘Singapore Best Competition & Antitrust Lawyer’ by Best Lawyers 2015, cited as a Band 1 Trade Lawyers by Chambers Global, cited in Top 100 Women in Antitrust in the World by GCR, a winner of Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards for Competition in 2014 and 2015, and conferred the Public Service Medal (PBM) by the President of Singapore. A pioneer in competition and trade in Singapore/region, Kala has been involved in major cartel/abuse investigations, cross-border multijurisdictional merger filings, leniency applications, dawn-raids, complaints, counselling and compliance. On trade, Kala is active in advising on export controls, WTOs, FTAs, trade agreements, permits & licensing, anti-dumping & safeguards, customs, customs valuations & duties, and product liability amongst others. Her work also extends to employment, corporate governance and regulatory.
Mr. Vincent Wang is an Equity Partner with Tsar & Tsai Law Firm. Vincent serve as the vice chair of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association Competition Law Committee and has advised clients on abuse of dominance, merger control, cartel, unfair competition, and false advertising issues. Vincent is also an experienced trial lawyer and frequently represents publicly traded companies and multinational corporations in their disputes relating to the enforcement issues, international investments, labor disputes, criminal defense/prosecution, cross-border transfer of goods and merchandise, insurance claims, competition law, government procurements, civil disputes, banking disputes and construction defects.
Anand regularly represents and advises MNCs, GLCs, foreign and Malaysian enterprises on Competition Law in industries as diverse as financial services, telecommunications and multimedia, pharmaceuticals, insurance, logistics, hospitality, FMCG, manufacturing and the automotive sector, amongst others. Anand’s competition clients come from sectors as diverse as consumer goods and services, financial services, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and manufacturing and distribution. Anand has successfully handled several competition law investigations resulting in closures without findings of infringement including for Giga Shipping and Nexus Mega Carriers, amongst others. Anand has been recognized as an “Expert” in the Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers from 2013 to 2018.
Anand regularly appears as Counsel for taxpayers before the Special Commissioners and the superior courts of Malaysia and many of his cases have been reported and are landmarks in Malaysian tax law.
Anand has acted in numerous leading tax cases, including for the Malaysian Bar, Castrol (Aspac Lubricants), MUI, ExxonMobil, Multi-Purpose Holdings Berhad, Seabanc Kredit, Paramount (M) (1963) Sdn Bhd, Bandar Utama City Corporation, SGS Singapore, Wincor Nixdorf, Petronas Penapisan, AIACL, SUEP Properties Berhad, Shell Refining, United Malacca Berhad and many others.
Ms. Tankiang is a Senior Partner of the law firm of Villaraza & Angangco. Ms. Tankiang has special expertise in the fields of taxation, mergers & acquisitions, finance, and power & energy. She is also an active member and officer in various local and international law associations. She earned her Bachelor of Arts (Honors) major in Economics from the De La Salle University, graduating summa cum laude in 1977. She also obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law in 1981, graduating cum laude and valedictorian. Ms. Tankiang earned her Master of Laws degree from Harvard University in 1986.
Ms. Tankiang has been active in the Inter Pacific Bar Association where she has acted as Publications Chair, Webmaster, and Committee Coordinator.
Ms. Hui is a partner of JunHe’s Hong Kong office and based in Beijing. She is an antitrust and M&A lawyer, specialized primarily in cross border antitrust and mergers and acquisitions foreign investment and general corporate matters. Ms. Hui has extensive experience in antitrust practice, including handling complicated merger control filings (e.g. Shell’s acquisition of BG Group, Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood, Dell’s acquisition of EMC etc.); defending antitrust investigations on alleged anti-competitive practices in China; applying for leniency for certain infringement actions under the Anti-Monopoly Law; providing compliance advice and trainings to multinational companies in different industries.
Sung Man Kim, currently a Partner at Lee & Ko, has worked at the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) for over 10 years, where he held key positions including Head of Monopoly Monitoring, International Affairs, Standardized Contracts and E-Transaction Protection Teams. A renowned specialist in Competition Law, he is Vice President of the Antitrust Community of the Seoul Bar Association.
Mr. Kim’s notable casework includes: 1) Semiconductor and CRT international cartel cases, in which he successfully represented domestic and foreign companies in various competition authority investigations, including the KFTC and in the US, Canada, and EU. He also represented companies in various civil suits, many ending in acquittal or reduction; 2) International corporate mergers, in which he effectively represented companies to various competition authorities; 3) Successful representation of large corporations (such as Samsung Electronics) susceptible to frequent investigation by competition authorities. Mr. Kim brought about a ground-breaking ruling that effectively limited the scope of such investigations; 4) Representation of 12 banks in fixed interest rates case and overturning the KFTC’s original verdict in the Court.
Mr. Kim’s expertise includes: 1) Cartel disputes involving leniency reports; 2) Various forms of unfair trading practices including E-commerce, subcontracting transactions, affiliation distribution and franchises.
Atsushi Yamada is a partner at the Tokyo office of Anderson Mori & Tomotsune focusing on competition law. Prior to joining Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, he has worked at a Tokyo office of a US law firm and a local Japanese firm after serving as a judge at the Tokyo District Court as well as other courts. With such background, Mr. Yamada has extensive experience in litigation and general corporate matters.
His competition law practice covers all aspects of competition law including assisting clients in investigations by competition authorities (cartels/dominance/unfair trade practices), representation in courts/tribunals challenging decisions made by competition authorities, follow-on civil litigation, and merger filings. He also provides advice relating to structuring new businesses and compliance programs. His clients include both multinational and Japanese companies in various industries, such as information technology, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, construction, transportation, financial institutions and trading houses.
Attorney at Law, admitted in N.Y. and Japan | F.C.I.Arb. Head of Global Japan Practice
Orrick Tokyo Law Offices
Yoshi is the Executive Director of Japan Association of Arbitrators, and Co-Convener of Japan Chapter, CIArb., taking a lead for opening up the new international dispute resolution centers and the mediation center in Japan. One of very few F.C.I.Arb. in Japan and ranked as BAND 1 by Chambers and the leading lawyer by Legal 500 for international Dispute Resolution. Arbitrator listed by JCAA, KCAB, SIAC, and Mediator, as Japan specialist by SIMC. Specialized in cross-border dispute resolution, including IP, Anti-Trust, PL, and commercial litigation, compliance investigation, and cybersecurity. Published many books such as “Cybersecurity for Litigation and Compliance” and “Cross-Border Dispute Resolution Strategy,” and many articles for JCA Journal, Asia Business Journal and NBL, etc. Also conducted huge number of seminars/training sessions requested by ICSID, Energy Chartered Treaty (Cybersecurity for International ADR), Bar Associations (Singapore, Hawaii, California and various associations in Japan), and the Japanese Courts and the Japanese Government. He is heading Global Japan Practice for Orrick, which he joined together with his litigation team, in 2011, from Paul Hastings for which he headed dispute resolution practice in Japan. Graduated from Harvard LL.M. and teaching various Law Schools including University of Tokyo, Hitotsubashi, and Keio.
Urs Weber-Stecher is a partner with Wenger & Vieli Ltd. and heads the firm’s arbitration team. He has more than 20 years’ experience in international arbitration and acted in numerous cases as arbitrator and counsel. In recent years he started to extend his dispute resolution practice to commercial mediation. His practice includes disputes concerning competition law, intellectual property, commercial contracts, agency, distribution and license agreements, corporate law, mergers & acquisitions in a wide range of industries incl. energy and natural resources (incl. gas price disputes), construction, engineering, machinery, information and communication technology, defense, telecommunication, pharmaceuticals, medical engineering, commodity trading, food production.
Urs Weber-Stecher has been teaching as lecturer for international arbitration at the Law School of the University of Zurich since 2001. He currently is the president of the Commission of Arbitration of ICC Switzerland and the president of the Swiss Arbitration Academy. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and member of a number of arbitration panels. He regularly gives lectures on topics in international arbitration.
Twenty-nine years of experience handling tax litigations and controversies for multi-national Energy, Retail, Technology and other businesses, including transfer pricing, foreign tax credits, and partnerships. Administrative practice includes IRS audits, Appeals, APAs, and Competent Authority proceedings.
Editor of The Transfer Pricing Answer Book (Practising Law Institute);
Co-author of BNA Tax Management Portfolio No. 891-2nd, “Transfer Pricing: Audits, Appeals, and Penalties”;
Adjunct Professor, Transfer Pricing, Selected Topics, Georgetown Law Center;
Law Clerk to Hon. Frank M. Johnson, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit (1989-1990);
Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division (1990-1995).
Min Young Sung is a Partner at Yulchon LLC in Seoul, Korea. He practices primarily in the areas of tax litigation and tax planning and strategy focused on international taxation and outbound investment. He has represented many multinational companies in tax audit defense, Tax Tribunal appeals and before the Courts in Korea. He also provides services related to tax and customs issues of Japanese subsidiaries in Korea and had secondments at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune and Nishimura & Asahi in Tokyo, Japan. Before joining Yulchon, he served for three years as a Judge Advocate in the Republic of Korean Army.
Mr. Sung received his LL.B. and M.A. from Seoul National University, where he specialized in tax law, and LL.M. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law. He is a member of the Korean Bar Association.
Neil graduated LLB (Hons) from Victoria University and, after six years at Clifford Chance in London, he became a partner in Buddle Findlay in 1995. He heads that firm’s tax practice, specialising in corporate and international income tax and GST issues, as well as contentious tax matters. He has multi-jurisdictional experience in banking, capital markets, derivatives venture capital and private equity transactions. Neil is currently the Convenor of the New Zealand Law Society’s Tax Law Committee, and in that role he is frequently involved in tax developments in New Zealand. Neil is a Council member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, and he has also recently been instrumental in establishing Buddle Findlay’s Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Practice Group (because someone had to do it).
Partner and Chair of Antitrust / Competition & Marketing Law Group
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Tony’s business law practice is focused on competition law and foreign investment law. Working across a wide range of industries, Tony assists clients in clearing transactions through the Canadian Competition Bureau and through Canada’s foreign investment review regime.
In his competition law practice, Tony provides advice and representation in relation to mergers, unilateral conduct, cartels, and other competition law matters. Tony regularly advises companies on how to structure competitor collaborations, distribution and other arrangements to avoid competition law problems, and counsels companies, governments and professional and trade associations on the scope of permissible activities.
Tony has been listed in a wide range of reports and surveys as one of Canada’s leading competition law/foreign investment review lawyers, including Global Competition Review; Chambers Global; Who’s Who Legal; PLC Cross-border Competition Handbook; Global Counsel Competition Law Handbook; and Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers. He is a past Chair of both the Foreign Investment Review Committee and Mergers Committee of the Canadian Bar Association Competition Law Section.
After starting his career as an Associate in the Colombian firm Cavelier Abogados, he worked as foreign attorney in Harkins Cunningham LLP in New York, and in Uría Menéndez in Madrid, Spain. Mr. Mafla joined Brigard & Urrutia in 2006 and is Partner of the firm since 2015, focusing on the Corporate Law/M&A, and Customs and International Trade practices. Mr. Mafla is admitted to practice law in Colombia (2001), in the state of New York (2006) and in the United States Court of International Trade (2015).
Attorney with wide expertise in commercial law, international business law, mergers and acquisitions, and customs and international trade. Mr. Mafla is also an arbitrator at the Center for Conciliation and Arbitration of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá, and currently is the Chairman of the Investment Committee of the Colombian American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM Colombia). He is also member of the Academic Committee of Customs and Foreign Trade of the Colombian Institute of Tax Law.
Mr. Mafla is an attorney from the School of Law of Universidad de los Andes, and obtained a specialization in Business Law from Universidad Externado in Colombia. He also holds an LL.M from New York University School of Law. Aside from his legal practice, Mr. Mafla has been Professor (undergraduate and postgraduate studies) of Commercial Law and International Economic and International Trade Law at Universidad Externado, Universidad de los Andes, ICESI and EAFIT in Colombia.
Mr. Mafla obtained the scholarship Lucía Patiño at Universidad de los Andes in 1999. He has been recognized as leading lawyer on international trade by Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal since 2012.
Mr. Junlu Jiang specialises in labour and social security law. He has advised numerous Chinese state-owned enterprises and multinational companies on employment issues and settlement schemes.
Mr. Jiang has obtained outstanding achievement in providing legal advice on recruitment, employment contract, non-compete, and class action in labour dispute arbitration and litigation for our clients. He also has rich experience in dealing with trade unions, collective bargaining and industrial actions.
Mr. Jiang is one of the first few persons to receive Ph.D. in labour law in China. The Legal Affairs Office of the PRC State Council appointed Mr. Jiang as the leader of a research team in the process of drafting the PRC Employment Contract Law.
Mr. Jiang is currently serving as the Deputy Chair of China Social Law Society, the Honorary Chair of the Beijing Labor and Social Security Law Society, and the Guest Professor of the law schools of Peking University, Tsinghua University and Renmin University.
Mr. Jiang has been ranked as the first tier of leading individuals by Chambers Asia Pacific from 2009 through 2016.
Devin’s practice focuses on international trade litigation before U.S. courts, dispute settlement panels established under the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Body. He also advises on a broad range of other litigation matters in U.S. courts at both the trial and appellate levels, including issues arising under administrative and patent law. Super Lawyers recently named Devin a “Rising Star” in Washington, D.C. (2019).
Prior to joining Akin Gump, Devin served in the U.S. Government for nearly a decade in various roles in the Judicial and Executive Branches. Most recently, he served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Evan J. Wallach of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Before that clerkship, he worked as a Senior Attorney in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of the Chief Counsel for Trade Enforcement and Compliance, representing the Commerce Department in some of the most significant antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings arising over the last decade. Devin began his career as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Judith M. Barzilay of the U.S. Court of International Trade, assisting her on matters before the Trade Court and in actions assigned to her when she sat by designation on other U.S. courts.
Olivia is a co-founder of Wellington Legal in Hong Kong. She is an experienced litigation solicitor who has worked in London and Hong Kong. Her practice focuses on contentious work.
Olivia has acted for parties in litigation covering a wide variety of areas, including complex property ownership disputes, director and shareholder disputes, contract disputes, fraud cases, injunction proceedings, debt recovery, insolvency & bankruptcy.
She is also experienced in personal injury & fatal accident claims and is editor for Wolters Kluwer’s PrimeLaw Hong Kong Tort Cases.
Olivia is a Fellow member of Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators and has acted as counsel in arbitrations.
For criminal defence, she successfully defended cases which attracted media attention.
Olivia was appointed as Adjunct Professor of Beijing Normal University in September 2018.
She graduated with an LL.B.(Hons) from Queen Mary University of London and Diploma in Legal Practice from University of Exeter. She qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales in 2003 and Hong Kong in 2012.
Prior to establishing Wellington Legal, Olivia worked for several top tier firms in the UK, a leading law firm in Hong Kong and as Legal Counsel for a listed company.
13 years in the banking sector (Assistant Director of the Legal Department at Ahli United Bank)
Certificate of honor of the ideal employee
1 year in the government sector (Deanship of Student Affairs at Kuwait University).
4 years in the private sector in the profession of law
On 1/2/2017, a special office named (office of lawyer Areej Abdel Rahman Hamada for legal counsel and law practices) was established
Specialized in commercial, civil, administrative, commercial and arbitration law.
Restricted Arbitrator in Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Member of The Women’s Socio-Cultural Association
Member of the Kuwaiti Lawyers Association
Former member of the Committee for the Defense of the Rights of the Child, Kuwait Association of Lawyers
Chairman of the Economic Committee of Kuwait Association of Lawyers
Writer in the Kuwaiti newspaper of Al-Anbaa
Participated in many conferences, symposiums and seminars in and outside Kuwait
Activist in social communication
Seeks to strengthen the role of women in the community
Conducted several studies, including:
A comparative study to combat the crimes of information technology – published in Al-Anbaa Newspaper
Study of the DNA Code – published in Al-Anbaa Newspaper
Study of the issue of marital rape – published in Al-Anbaa Newspaper
Study of the electronic media law
Study of Kuwait’s industrial legal environment in comparison with other countries
Smile and Law Initiative which is the first of its kind in the Middle East where legal information is disseminated in a simplified manner by drawing up the text of the National Fund for Small and Medium Enterprises Law in cooperation with the artists of the caricature.
The initiative to establish a specialized stock exchange for small and medium enterprises.
The initiative of documentary film to raise the industrial issue and the need of this sector for many legal economic legislation.
Member of the Kuwaiti Journalists Association
Member of the International Federation of Journalists
Dr Colin Ong Legal Services (Brunei); Eldan Law LLP (Singapore); 36 Stone (London)
International arbitrator and lead counsel. President, Arbitration Association Brunei Darussalam (AABD); Vice President, Appointing Council; Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC); Advisory Governing Council, Indonesian National Board of Arbitration (BANI).
First ASEAN practising lawyer to be Queen’s Counsel and elected Master of the Bench of the Inner Temple (2010); Chartered Arbitrator; Law Professor (civil and common law). LL.B (Hons)(Sheffield); LL.M; Ph.D (Queen Mary). FCIArb, FMIArb, FSIArb; DiplCArb. Author of advocacy; arbitration and law texts.
Handled over 350 arbitrations and recognised as a top 30 arbitration practitioner worldwide by Expert Guides: Best of the Best 2017 (Arbitration). One of 18 Most-in-Demand Arbitrators (Asia-Pacific Chambers & Partners 2019) and described as “top person in the field,” Who’s Who Legal Arbitration 2018:- “a world-renowned arbitration counsel who “always manages to make complicated issues appear unbelievably straightforward“. WWL Arbitration 2019:- “maintains a worldwide reputation for his skill in arbitration….great experience in both civil and common law“. Chambers & Partners 2019: “an extremely creative and charismatic lawyer” and “the best cross-examiner that I have seen….a star performer with a brilliant legal mind, and an excellent advocate with a compelling style.“
Ms. Maxine Chiang is a Partner of Chiang & Partners Attorneys-at-Law (Taiwan). She specializes in commercial transactions, Fair Trade Law, corporate counselling and intellectual property rights with an emphasis on infringement and enforcement of intellectual property rights, merger and acquisition as well as foreign investment into Taiwan.
Tatsu, qualified in Japan, graduated from Tokyo University (Faculty of Law), National University of Singapore (LL.M.), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Leaders Program) and Singularity University (Executive Program). After serving as an International Lawyer at Drew & Napier LLC in Singapore, he founded his own firm of Nakayama & Partners in Tokyo in 2015. Also he launched the Institute of Global Challenge Institute in 2017 to foster and activate global activities for Japanese nationals. His expertise ranges widely among international transactions including global governance and compliance issues. He is now the Chair of the Membership Committee and the Secretary General of the Japan Fund in the IPBA. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Anne-Karin Grill is a partner at Vavrovsky Heine Marth Attorneys-at-Law. She is an experienced international arbitration lawyer specializing in commercial dispute resolution and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and advises clients in arbitration proceedings in accordance with the rules of key arbitral institutions. Also, she has an excellent track-record in advising international clients in investor-state arbitrations. In addition to her advocacy work in arbitration before international tribunals, Anne Karin regularly serves as (sole) arbitrator and acts as CEDR accredited mediator in multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes.
Who’s Who Legal (2019) ranks Anne-Karin among the leading Austrian arbitration practitioners and emphasizes her personal dedication in defending her clients’ interests (“she always helps secure a positive result”). In 2017, Anne-Karin was part of the team named “Arbitration Practice that Impressed the Most” by Global Arbitration Review.
Anne-Karin is a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and serves on the Board of the Austrian Arbitration Association (Arb|Aut). She is a lecturer at the University of Vienna and a sought-after speaker at international conferences on current dispute resolution topics. She is also the author of a number of publications on the subject.
Shanti has a broad commercial practice, representing clients in commercial litigation and arbitration, both domestic and international. She acts as counsel and arbitrator, and represents parties in arbitrations held domestically and internationally under the Rules of the KLRCA, SIAC, ICC and UNCITRAL. Her experience covers a wide range of disputes including banking, commercial and corporate, and technology related disputes.
She regularly acts for banks, regulatory bodies and corporations in relation to consumer protection, data protection and privacy, defamation, entertainment, multimedia and communications dispute matters.
Shanti also has experience in the area of competition and antitrust laws, and offers advisory services, compliance audits and legal representation in competition law investigations and disputes. Specific industries she has represented in her competition practice include the pharmaceutical, insurance, energy, travel, banking, automotive, entertainment and retail sectors.
Shanti advises on regulatory compliance and activities coming under the purview of various authorities including the Securities Commission, the Anti-Corruption Commission and the Communications and Multimedia Commission.
Benjamin Hughes is an independent arbitrator and adjunct professor at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law. He has been appointed as chair or co-arbitrator in over 100 international arbitrations under the rules of the ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, KCAB, AAA/ICDR, LMAA, SCC, SCMA, CIETAC, AIAC/KLRCA, ACICA, CAA, DIS, ICC, JCAA, VIAC and UNCITRAL (administered and ad-hoc). He has also acted as sole arbitrator in emergency and expedited proceedings and is on the panel of arbitrators of numerous arbitral institutions. Who’s Who Legal says “Benjamin Hughes is recognized by clients and peers as one of the foremost arbitrators in Asia,” while Chambers & Partners lists Ben as a “Most In-Demand Arbitrator” in the Asia-Pacific region.
Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, KCAB INTERNATIONAL
SUE HYUN LIM is the Secretary General of the new international division of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, KCAB INTERNATIONAL. Among her various responsibilities Ms. Lim oversees KCAB’s international arbitration case management process, ensuring the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the procedures under the KCAB International Rules, as well as leading the public relations efforts to further enhance the standing of KCAB INTERNATIONAL – and Seoul as a seat of arbitration – among international users.
A Korean licensed attorney, and also admitted to the New York State bar, Ms. Lim was a partner at Bae, Kim & Lee LLC, where she advised and represented clients in numerous international arbitration cases as well as in international litigation matters. In 2010-2011, Ms. Lim studied at the New York University School of Law (LL.M.) after which she worked as visiting lawyer in Debevoise Plimpton LLP.
Featured in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration Future Leaders 2018, she has actively and continuously spearheaded efforts to promote international arbitration of Korea. Ms. Lim has written and co-written a number of published pieces, and is a contributing author to Arbitration Law in Korea: Practice and Procedure (Juris Publishing, 2012), the 2016 edition of Arbitration, Practice and Law (Parkyoungsa, 2016), and most recently the Global Practice Guide for Litigation in South Korea (Chambers and Partners, 2017).
Steven Y. H. Lim is as an advocate and arbitrator. He acts as sole, co-arbitrator and presiding arbitrator and lead counsel in international arbitrations. Steven is on the SIAC, HKIAC, ICDR, KCAB and AIAC panels and has acted as arbitrator in ICC, SCMA, UNCITRAL and ad hoc cases, and as Emergency Arbitrator in disputes involving Asia-Pacific jurisdictions including Singapore, India, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
Steven is recognised as a leading individual in international arbitration in Chambers and Legal 500, for his “rising profile as an arbitrator”, “very extensive arbitration experience, both as counsel and as arbitrator”, “is respected both as arbitration counsel and increasingly active arbitrator”, “is well known as a high quality individual”, “a pragmatic international arbitration professional who turns out quality work every time”, is “respected for his incisive mind”, “peers point out his sharp intellect”, and as “a prominent counsel in arbitration” and “very impressive advocate”.
Steven has experience across a broad range of commercial disputes covering private equity investments and M&A, banking, insolvency, agency, licensing, hotel management, oil and gas and energy, coal, mineral, agricultural commodities, offshore services and engineering, shipbuilding and construction.
Lars is a partner in in the international dispute resolution group of Nishimura & Asahi’s Tokyo office. He regularly advises Asian clients, in particular from Japan, on German and European law issues, spanning a broad range of industries and subjects from international disputes, commercial negotiations, to internal investigations and compliance. He also advises leading German and European companies on their business activities in Asia. He has particular experience in contentious proceedings involving post-M&A, commercial, manufacturing, construction, and distribution matters in areas such as life sciences, automotive and energy. Lars also deals with cases involving governments, and has advised foreign investors and states on issues of foreign direct investment and public international law, including related negotiations and investor-state disputes. He has been involved in more than 40 international arbitrations as counsel, arbitrator or tribunal secretary under the arbitration rules of institutions such as the DIS, ICC, Swiss Chambers, NAI, ICDR, KCAB, JCAA, SIAC and ICSID, as well as under UNCITRAL Rules. He is recommended for his expertise in international arbitration by Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration, Legal 500 (Germany) and Euromoney Expert Guides.
Thomas Rohner is a partner of the Dispute Group at Pestalozzi. He represents clients in litigation before Swiss courts and in international arbitration proceedings. His practice focuses on all aspects of commercial and M&A disputes, judicial assistance, and asset tracing, often in a cross-border context and involving various industries. He also acts as an arbitrator.
From 1997 until 2005, Thomas Rohner served as a part-time judge at a Swiss District Court, and he was a temporary vice-president of the Court in 2001. He chaired a chamber and acted as sole judge and as member of a panel of judges, gaining significant experience in the administration and resolution of proceedings in various legal and industry contexts.
Thomas Rohner regularly publishes and is a frequent speaker in the fields of international arbitration, procedural law, insolvency and inheritance law.
Thomas Rohner is a graduate of the University of St. Gallen (lic.iur./Dr.iur., with a doctoral thesis on insolvency law). In 2003, he graduated from the University of Chicago Law School (LL.M.). Prior to joining Pestalozzi, he worked as an international associate for a major law firm in Washington DC. In 2008, he became a partner with Pestalozzi.
The Honourable Wayne Martin AC QC was Chief Justice of Western Australia between 2006 and his retirement from the bench in July 2018. Prior to his appointment he practised at the Western Australian Bar in the field of commercial litigation, mainly involving disputes in the mining, energy, resources, construction and financial sectors. His practice included international and domestic arbitration. As Chief Justice he created and managed the Arbitration List of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and he has published many decisions in that field (and others). He is a qualified and experienced mediator. Since leaving the Bench he is taking appointments as a mediator and arbitrator.
Yoshihisa Hayakawa serves as a professor of law at Rikkyo University, Tokyo. He also teaches and researches in a number of foreign universities including Columbia University, Cornell University, QM College of University of London and Australian National University. He also serves as a partner at Uryu & Itoga, Tokyo. He serves as a counsel in many cases of transnational litigation and international commercial arbitration as well as serving as an arbitrator in many arbitration cases. He also serves as a representative from Japan for a number of inter-governmental organizations including UNCITRAL, APEC and Hague Conference on PIL. And he serves as President of Japan National Committee of UIA, Japanese Member for Commission on Arbitration and ADR of ICC and Japanese Member of Users Council of SIAC.
Co-chair of International Dispute Resolution Practice
Sae Youn Kim co-chairs the International Dispute Resolution Practice at Yulchon LLC. Ms. Kim practices primarily in the areas of litigation and arbitration with an emphasis on commercial and international law. Before joining Yulchon, she served as a judge at various Korean district courts. Ms. Kim is licensed to practice in Korea and New York and is regularly selected as a leading lawyer by publications such as Chambers Global, Legal 500 and Asialaw. She also sits as an arbitrator in various international cases, and is a vice chair of the Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Committee of the IPBA.
Alec Emmerson is a well-known international arbitrator based in Dubai with particular experience in the Middle East and Asia.
He was a disputes lawyer with Clyde & Co from 1977 until the end of 2017. He worked in Guildford, London, Hong Kong (1984 to 1996) and Dubai (1999 to 2017). As party counsel Alec handled hundreds of institutional and ad hoc arbitrations in many different jurisdictions. Since retiring early as a partner and becoming a consultant in 2008 he has sat as a sole or co-arbitrator or chair in close to 150 arbitrations across a wide range of commercial sectors and jurisdictions including in London & Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia.
Since 1 January 2018 he has worked as a full-time arbitrator and mediator with ADR Management Consultancies.
He is a member of the LCIA Court and a Trustee and Chief Executive of DIFC Arbitration Institute.
Alec has been listed as a leading arbitrator by GAR since 2009 and is platinum ranked by Newton Arbitration where he is called the ‘Dean of Arbitration’.
Robert is a partner in Dentons’ Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group based in Hong Kong.
He specialises in international arbitration and cross border litigation, as well as various forms of alternative dispute resolution, with particular experience in the financial services, technology and energy sectors.
Robert is ranked as a leading individual for Dispute Resolution: Arbitration in Chambers Asia Pacific 2019 and as a Recommended Lawyer for both Arbitration and Litigation by Legal 500 Hong Kong 2019.
Chambers Asia Pacific 2019 reports that Robert “receives considerable praise from both clients and peers, who consider him to be ‘a very experienced and well regarded’ lawyer in the arbitration area” and that “one interviewee further singles out that he is ‘phenomenal in his ability to spot the issues and prepare a suitable strategy to resolve said issues in the most beneficial manner possible.“
Among various appointments, Robert is Co-Chair of the IPBA’s Dispute Resolution & Arbitration Committee, a Council member of The Law Society of Hong Kong and a member of the HKIAC’s Belt and Road Advisory Committee.
Robert is also a member of the HKIAC’s List of Arbitrators.
Neerav Merchant has over 22 years of experience in dispute resolution, arbitration, litigation, enforcement of foreign judgments and awards, asset recovery, technology and telecommunication, intellectual property, employment, anti-corruption, and real property matters.
He has been with Majmudar & Partners, an Indian law firm having national presence, for just above 12 years. Neerav is very active with global organisations such as IBA and the IPBA, and he is highly ranked by the Chambers & Partners, Asialaw, India Business Law Journal, etc.
Neerav regularly speaks at several international forums, including seminars and conferences hosted by Asian Legal Business, International Bar Association and Law Society of England and Wales.
Dr. Rouven Bodenheimer specialises in conflict resolution and renders advice on IP law, corporate law and construction law in particular. Besides civil court proceedings he has been involved in numerous arbitration cases governed both institutionally (DIS, ICC, LCIA, SCC, DIAC, VIAC, DIA and CAS) as well as ad hoc arbitration. He has garnered significant experience as co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator, chairman and counsel in various arbitration proceedings both domestically and internationally. He is particularly experienced in disputes involving difficult technical issues including IP disputes and complex commercial aspects.
Upon completing his formal legal education, Dr. Bodenheimer published a doctoral thesis on a trade law topic in a comparative perspective under German and English law and obtained an additional master’s degree in business mediation.
Dr. Bodenheimer has lectured mediation and international arbitration at the joint master’s programme of two prestigious German universities. He served as Professor for International Law at the University of Applied Management, Erding.
Dr. Bodenheimer served as co-chair of under-40 member organisation of the German Institution for Arbitration. He is an active member of the International Bar Association’s arbitration committee and currently serves as an officer of the International Construction Projects Committee (ICP). He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb).
Peer-appointed, he is considered as one of the future leaders in international arbitration.
Santiago is an Associate in the International Arbitration Group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in New York. He works mainly in investment arbitration proceedings between foreign investors and Latin American States. Before joining Freshfields, Santiago got his LLM at Harvard Law School and worked in leading firms in Uruguay and China.
Maëva is qualified in France, England and Hong Kong. She has worked for boutique business law firms in Paris and for local firms in Hong Kong with international client basis. She founded SLOTINE| Hong Kong solicitor’s firm in 2016, with a focus on cross-border business law. The core practice of the firm is Corporate (mergers & acquisitions, venture capital and private equity deals as well as corporate governance). SLOTINE | Hong Kong solicitor’s firm is in association with UGGC Avocats, the largest independent French law firm with offices in Paris, Shanghai, Bruxelles and Casablanca.
Maëva has also created a company secretary in Hong Kong – MLS Company Secretary Ltd – to ensure efficient support for M&A transactions as well as for day-to-day requirements of clients with high compliance standards. MLS Company Secretary has recently expanded to Singapore.
Wiebe is a licensed tax and civil law attorney in the Netherlands, and founded his own Tax boutique, BloomTax B.V., based in Amsterdam, in April 2014. He is a tax advisor on international transactions, international structurings and investments in and through the Netherlands. Although his practice predominantly comprises Dutch and foreign based corporate clients, he also advises a considerable number of private clients on their personal income tax position and cross border tax aspects. Apart from tax advice, BloomTax B.V. also provides tax compliance services, more specific preparation and filing of corporate income tax and personal income tax returns.
His client base ranges from start ups to listed companies. Before setting up his own firm, Wiebe worked for nine years at Dutch full service law firm Van Doorne, where he gained experience both in complicated cross border tax structuring as well as integrated advice with other legal disciplines.
Wiebe is a member of the Dutch and Amsterdam Bar and the International Fiscal Association (IFA).
Wiebe is an active member of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA). Between 2012 and 2015 Wiebe was the President of the AIJA Tax Law Commission. Between 1 September 2017 and 1 September 2018 he was the President, and currently he is the AIJA Immediate Past President until 7 September 2019.
Ian Gamble is tax counsel in Canada. He represents public and private clients in the mining, forestry, telecommunications, oil & gas, energy, and real estate sectors. His extensive corporate, business, and international tax experience includes cross-border structures and financing, foreign affiliates, M&A transactions, partnership and trust structures, tax opinions, executive compensation, CRA audit defense, and tax litigation.
Lyn is a partner of Forest Harrison, a firm that serves clients with Asian connections or business links to Asia. Lyn specialises in commercial, corporate and governance law in litigation and dispute resolution areas. Lyn started the firm from 2006 with her partner and the firm has now tripled in size and revenue.
Other than her legal practice, Lyn holds governance roles. She is the Chair of Foundation North – the largest community trusts in New Zealand, with assets in excess of NZD1billion; a council member of AUT University; a board member of Asia New Zealand Foundation and Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board as well as various private companies.
Richard Goldstein, a founding member of the IPBA, is the senior partner of his law firm with offices in New York & London which deals exclusively with US immigration, nationality & visa issues.
Richard was the founding chairman of the IPBA immigration & nationality committee as well as for the same committee of the IBA. He has lectured extensively in the U.S., Europe and in Asia and has been travelling to Japan twice a year since 1980 on behalf of the firm’s clients as well as to lecture to various Japanese business groups and for the ministry of justice, Keidanren, and other Japanese government organizations.
Richard has been an active member of the American immigration lawyers association and has served on its board of directors as well as having been president of its chapter in New York City. He has lectured as well before several American universities including a recent lecture at Harvard Law School.
Richard travels extensively on an international basis on behalf of his clients to guide and assist them in their strategic decisions on their visa planning and consular applications.
Having begun his professional career almost forty years ago he looks forward at this time to being of assistance to a new generation of lawyers as well as maintaining his friendships and loyalty to the IPBA and its members.
National University of Singapore (NUS), Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS)
Dr. Dan W. Puchniak is the Director of the National University of Singapore (NUS) Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS), the Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Journal of Comparative Law (Cambridge University Press), and an Associate Professor at NUS Law. He has published widely on comparative, Asian, Singapore, and Japanese corporate law and governance.
Dan has received numerous domestic and international awards for his academic research and teaching and has held visiting academic positions at leading universities around the world, including Chulalongkorn University, Melbourne University, Moscow State University, Nagoya University, Oxford University, Queen’s University, Seoul National University, University of Chicago, University of Tokyo, University of Trento, University of Victoria, Vanderbilt University, and Yangon University.
In the upcoming year, he will be a visitor at Columbia University, Radzyner Law School, Stanford University, and the University of Tokyo. Dan has been placed on the NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award Honour Roll as recognition for receiving the university wide NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award three times.
Prior to entering academia, Dan worked as a corporate commercial litigator at one of Canada’s leading corporate law firms.
Daniel is a founding partner of Eldan Law LLP. Prior to establishing the firm he was an equity partner in an established law practice with international reach. Eldan Law LLP is a full service firm of more than 40 fee earners and is a member firm of the international legal network Lawyers Associated Worldwide.
Daniel was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Singapore Bar in 1994. He graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1993 and also has a Masters of Law degree from Columbia University, where he graduated as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar for superior academic performance. He is a qualified arbitrator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an associate mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre, and also empanelled as an adjudicator of the KLRCA. He is also an elected Council member of the Law Society of Singapore.
Over the years, Daniel has developed an extensive broad-based practice in commercial disputes resolution and international arbitration. His major areas of practice are construction law, intellectual property law and corporate disputes. He was lead counsel in two recent Singapore High Court decisions concerning enforcement of Adjudication Determinations under the Security of Payments Act, one of which confirmed that the Court may sever an invalid portion of the Adjudication Determination. He was also lead counsel in several High Court reported cases concerning termination of licence agreements and trade secrets litigation. He is also recommended as a leading expert in IP litigation in Asia IP Experts 2018.
His clients include major MNCs such as Philips Electronics and public listed companies such as LHN Group Limited which is listed on the Singapore and Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
He is also the General Editor of the Law and Practice of Injunctions, Interim Measures and Search Orders in Singapore (published by Thomson Reuters in 2017).
Daniel often acts as instructed lead counsel engaged by other law firms in matters at the High Court and the Court of Appeal. He has also been lead counsel in arbitrations administered by the SIAC and the ICC.
He has taught students at the National University of Singapore classes on court advocacy and written submissions, and also teaches at the Post Graduate Law Course conducted by the Singapore Institute of Legal Education.
Swee Im Tan is a Barrister-at-Law (Middle Temple), an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow of the Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building, a Fellow of the Malaysian Society of Adjudicators, a Fellow of the Dispute Board Federation an arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator on the panel of the Asian International Arbitration Centre, a qualified adjudicator, a Malaysia Construction Industry Development Board Accredited Mediator, and holds a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration.
Swee is an international arbitrator member of 39 Essex Chambers. She is also a consultant at Tan Swee Im, Siva & Partners, a legal firm in Malaysia she founded, which focuses on the construction, infrastructure and energy sectors. She was in-house counsel for a public listed company and has extensive arbitration experience. She was a key member of the drafting team on the first independent power plants in Malaysia, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the Malaysia-Singapore Second Crossing projects and many other major projects in Malaysia as well as internationally. Swee is one of only five lawyers in Malaysia named in Who’s Who Legal for the practice area of Construction.
Swee’s experience in the construction industry ranges from the early procurement strategy stage, contract drafting, advisory during the project life, through to dispute resolution. Swee has had a role in much of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline and Malaysia’s infrastructure projects.
Swee regularly sits as arbitrator and adjudicator, in addition to her many years as counsel in arbitrations and adjudications. She is a member if the Expert Advisory Committee on the Asian International Centre new Standard Form Contracts and the Architects Association PAM Contract 2006 Review Committee.
Guilherme Rizzo Amaral is one of the founding partners of Souto Correa Cesa Lummertz & Amaral Advogados (Brazil). He heads the Dispute Resolution (arbitration and litigation) practice at the firm, area in which he focuses his practice both as counsel and as an arbitrator. He is a Full Member of the Commission of the ICC International Court of Arbitration on the Belt and Road Initiative and is highly involved with Asian clients and their businesses in Brazil. Visiting Scholar at Queen Mary University of London, he also holds a Master’s degree and a PhD in Civil Procedural Law in Brazil, having authored books and various legal articles. His latest book, “Judicial Precedent and Arbitration: Are Arbitrators Bound by Judicial Precedent?” (Wildy, Simmonds & Hill, 2018 – 2nd edition), addresses the different approach given by US, UK, Brazil and China to the impact of court precedents on arbitration. Guilherme has taught Civil Procedural Law at Universities and post-graduation programs and is a guest speaker in international events taking place in the US, UK and China, among other countries. He was a member of a committee that assisted the Brazilian House of Representatives in the drafting of the bill of the new Brazilian Code of Civil Procedure. Guilherme is also a Legal Expert of the Chinese non-profit organization Benchmark Chambers International (Base of the Supreme People’s Court of China for Discerning Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Foreign Law) and is recommended as a prominent lawyer in Litigation and Arbitration in recognized guides such as Chambers & Partners (Global and Latin America), LACCA, Legal 500 and Leaders League.
Barrister, International Advisory and Dispute Resolution Unit
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A dual-qualified barrister and Chartered Accountant, Jane is ranked for energy disputes, construction and international arbitration (Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners) and recognised in Who’s Who Legal: Construction as a Thought Leader. Jane acts as lead or co-counsel in international arbitrations and dispute boards, and counsel in arbitration related litigation. Jane’s practice focuses on disputes arising in the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors in Asia Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, the Russian Federation and CIS and Latin America, with particular expertise in arbitrations concerning complex major and mega projects. Jane is the ICCA nominated member of the Expert Advisory Committee assisting the 6th Working Group of the Permanent Forum of China Construction Law. She is an officer of the International Construction Projects committee at the IBA, and was previously Managing Editor of Construction Law International journal. Jane is vice-chair of the International Advisory and Dispute Resolution Unit at 3VB.
Jane is described in the Legal 500 as ‘Devastatingly good for complex cases’ and ‘The most competent construction advocate; very experienced in international disputes’ who is ‘Absolutely first rate’ and ‘A superb lawyer and an excellent litigator’. Chambers & Partners describes Jane as ‘A sophisticated advocate’ who is ‘Very good in cross-examination’ and whose ‘eloquence and grasp of the technical and financial elements of complex cases is remarkable’.
Jane also accepts appointments as an international arbitrator and dispute board member. She was the first appointee of the Scottish Arbitration Centre and is an experienced sole, co- and presiding arbitrator under many different institutional rules and applicable/procedural laws. Jane is a panel arbitrator for the SIAC (Reserve panel) and the Asia International Arbitration Centre, and a member of the Society of Construction Arbitrators, and the African Arbitration Centre.
Gregory Vijayendran is a Disputes Partner in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group of Rajah & Tann. While having a broad practice in civil and commercial litigation, he also specializes in banking and insolvency.
Apart from advising on banking and insolvency matters, Gregory served previously as Chairman of the Law Society Insolvency Practice Committee and Deputy Chair of the Insolvency Practitioners’ Association of Singapore. He has worked on law reform initiatives with the Insolvency and Public Trustee’s office on the proposals to introduce draft omnibus insolvency legislation.
An INSOL member, he has been recognised by Best Lawyers in Singapore (2019) for Insolvency and Reorganisation law. Who’s Who Legal (2017) also identifies him as an ‘expert’ for Restructuring and Insolvency.
Gregory is a prolific author who has most recently served as updating Editor for Woons Corporation Law on the insolvency chapters.
Alison Foster is a highly successful public lawyer with particular expertise in contentious taxation and regulation. Her cases almost always involve EU law and arguments on Human Rights. She has appeared in some of the highest profile cases at all levels.
Alison won Barrister of the Year 2016 at the Modern Law Awards and Professional Discipline Silk of the Year at the Chambers Bar Awards 2017.
Her in-depth public law and regulatory knowledge, and outstanding advocacy have led to instructions across most areas of regulation and taxation for domestic and foreign clients. She specialises in complex matters requiring careful, persuasive advocacy and her clients also include financial and legal professionals here and abroad. She sits as a deputy High Court Judge of the Chancery Division and of the Queen’s Bench Division and is Joint Head of Chambers at 39 Essex Chambers.
The directories list her as a leading barrister in each of her specialisations. She is described (2018 / 2017 directories) as: “Very impressive. She is very clever, handles clients exceptionally well and has great instincts as an advocate.”; “…absolutely excellent and everything you want in a silk…very approachable and clear”; “An apparently effortless command of the legal and procedural frameworks involved and she has an excellent strategic view of a case. Crucially, she is thoughtful, humane and yet realistic with clients.”; and “A wonderful barrister; high on the list for difficult cases”.
Ms. Galbete is an expert in international tax planning and business restructuring.
She was assigned to the Shanghai office from November 2011 to December 2014. Before that, she had worked in our Barcelona office since December 2005, practicing international taxation and advising multinationals on acquisitions, disinvestments and financial transactions.
She is now in Barcelona, where she continues her practice in tax advice with an international focus, such as crossborder M&A and expatriation issues. She is a member of the Cuatrecasas Asian Desk, handling inbound and outbound investment projects in the main Asian markets, including China, India, Japan Korea and Singapore, and the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia.
Academia and Business
Ms. Galbete has lectured in the Master in Business Administration at the EAE Business School, Spain. She is also an active member of the finance and taxation working group of the European Chamber of Commerce in China and the legal working group of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce.
During her stay in China, she lectured at several seminars organized by these two institutions for entrepreneurs and practitioners. She has also lectured in summer courses organized by the law school of the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.
Since returning to Spain, she has lectured at the Catholic University of Valencia in the Master in Juridical, Economic and Social-Political Studies of Commercial Relationships in China.
Emerico O. De Guzman, ACCRALAW Managing Partner. Practice Areas: Appeals, Employment/Labor Standards, Labor Relations, Mergers and Acquisitions, Outsourcing, Employment Related Litigation. Education: LL.B., BS (Psychology) – University of the Philippines. Special Studies: Academy of American and International Law, Dallas, USA, 2005; Labor Management Cooperation, Asian Productivity Organization, Japan, 2000; Program on Negotiations – National University of Singapore/Kennedy School of Government 1999; Affiliations: Co-Chair, Legal Practice Committee, Inter-Pacific Bar Association; Member, Executive Committee, Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law (SWIICL); Director/Past President, Philippine Bar Association; Past President, People Management Association of the Philippines; Employer Representative, National Tipartite Industrial Peace Council.
Veena Gopalakrishnan is a senior employment lawyer at AZB & Partners and is based out of Bangalore. AZB & Partners is a top tier full service law firm and is one of few firms in India having a dedicated employment law practice. As an employment lawyer at AZB & Partners, she focuses on providing strategic and practical counsel to employers across industries on a wide range of issues pertaining to Indian employment law, keeping in mind rapidly evolving workplace dynamics. A significant portion of the practice is focused on assisting employers mitigate risks of litigation and ensuring compliance with Indian law. She regularly advices clients on complex employment law issues pertaining to workforce structuring, senior managerial exits, reductions in force, closures, employee transfers, integrations pursuant to corporate transactions and cross-border employee benefits.
Veena has been chosen as the exclusive winner of the Client Choice Award, 2019, presented by International Law Office in partnership with Lexology, for the Employment and Benefits category for India. Veena was conferred the Women Super Achiever Award in February 2017 by the World HRD Congress, a forum for human resource professionals.
Timothy Ng handles both domestic and cross border litigation and arbitration. He regularly appears before the Singapore Courts, arbitral or adjudication tribunals on a broad range of construction and/or commercial related disputes including professional negligence.
His clients include a foreign government, international contractors, MNCs and professionals.
He is particularly experienced in disputes in relation to the following:
Complex Construction Disputes — having led teams in various construction disputes involving highly technical issues relating to water treatment systems, railways, airports, integrated resorts, hotels, theme parks and conservation buildings; and
Commercial Related Disputes — eg. commercial crimes, corporate insolvency and shareholder disputes.
Ryan Goldstein is the head of Quinn Emanuel’s Tokyo Office and lives full time in Japan. Ryan focuses on arbitration as well as complex business litigation matters in the U.S., including intellectual property and complex litigation.
In 2015, Ryan was named one of the world’s leading patent professionals for his work in Japan by IAM Patent 1000, where he was described as a “polyglot” and “terrific communicator…who notched up courtroom victories for a wide array of electronics entities.” Ryan has been ranked in the categories of Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property by Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific, and Legal 500 Asia Pacific numerous years in a row. Ryan was also recently recognized by The Nikkei as one of Japan’s Top 10 Lawyers for Foreign Law. He has also been named a “Local Disputes Star” for Arbitration, Antitrust, IP, and Class Action by Benchmark Asia-Pacific.
Ryan has unique expertise in advising Japanese clients and litigating on their behalf. Ryan teaches at Tokyo University and Doshisha University. He has appeared in over 50 Japanese publications, and is a CNN commentator, in Japanese.
His book on negotiation, The Weapons of Negotiation, is being published in Japanese by Diamond Publishing and now available.
Rong Liu graduated from the Swansea University, obtaining her master’s degree in international maritime law. She is a Partner of Globe-Law based in Shanghai. She has more than 16 years of working experience as a lawyer and as an arbitrator of the China Maritime Arbitration Commission (CMAC) since 2018.
Rong Liu mainly focuses on the field of maritime disputes. She has represented ship-owner companies, port companies, shipyards and insurance companies and handled numerous maritime disputes such as marine insurance, ship collision, ship repair and building, carriage of goods, freight forwarding oil pollution and charter party cases. She also works as a legal counsel in international trade companies, state-owned companies. She was honored as Leading Pioneer of Foreign-related Lawyers in China.
Heida heads the China business team at Kensington Swan in New Zealand and is qualified to practise in England & Wales, Hong Kong and New Zealand. Heida has significant experience in all aspects of corporate and commercial law. She specialises in advising overseas clients on mergers and acquisitions, cross-border investments, including purchase, establishment and sale of businesses and assets, formation of joint ventures with domestic businesses, and raising of capital. Heida assists clients with all stages of these transactions from due diligence, through to documentation preparation, negotiation and advising on regulatory and approval processes. She also advises HNW clients on a wide range of commercial and wealth protection arrangements.
Felicia is an experienced advocate who specialises in dispute resolution, with a particular focus in commercial, employment and insolvency disputes. Prior to joining TSMP, she spent several years in the dispute resolution department of one of the big four firms, before moving on to head up the China practice at another firm where she represented clients across industry sectors on a full range of legal issues and high-level cases.
From Felicia’s dispute resolution background, her clients have come to expect nothing but direct, comprehensive and commercially savvy advice, especially since she also spent years as a senior in-house counsel at the Jurong Town Corporation where she had a diverse portfolio advising senior management on projects spanning the divestment of multi-million dollar properties, construction and infrastructure disputes, regulatory compliance and collaborations with other government agencies.
TSMP specialises in high-end corporate and commercial legal work and was named the Boutique Law Firm of the Year 2016, Transactional Boutique Law Firm of the Year 2017 and Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year 2018 in the ALB SE Asia Law Awards.
Eric is a partner with the southgate firm in Tokyo, where he focuses on cross-border M&A and venture capital. Eric began his career in 2000 in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, working with startups in all stages of their growth, form incorporation and commercial transactions to financings and exits, and with VC funds. Eric spent 8 years at an international law firm in Tokyo before co-founding southgate in 2015.
Eric teaches a course on venture capital at Keio Law School, the first course ever offered on this topic at Keio, and another course on M&A.
Eric has been recommended by Chambers Asia-Pacific and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific in their 2018 Corporate/M&A sections.
Saravana has appeared in benchmark litigations with a sizeable volume of wins in tax disputes. Praised for his ability to “think outside the box” and “innovative approach” in interpreting the law, Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 acknowledged Saravana for being “dynamic, eﬃcient and helpful”. Meanwhile, Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 commented that clients have remarked, “His tax knowledge is very in-depth and he is fast at responding.”
He was recently recognised as one of Asia’s leading lawyers in Asialaw Profiles 2019 and named one of the 40 top lawyers under 40 years old in Asia by Asian Legal Business. He is consistently ranked highly on Chambers Asia and The Legal 500 and is praised for his “perceptivecommercial acumen and highly refined knowledge of Malaysia’s tax laws, which have made him an invaluable and trusted adviser.”
Saravana is an Adjunct Professor with Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) and chairs the Taxation Section of LAWASIA.
Partner, Commercial & Corporate Disputes and International Arbitration Practices
Koh Swee Yen is a Partner in the Commercial & Corporate Disputes and International Arbitration Practices at WongPartnership LLP.
She has an active practice as counsel, with a particular focus on complex, high-value and cross-border disputes across a wide spectrum of matters from commercial, energy, international sales, trade to investment. She regularly appears before the High Court and Court of Appeal and in international arbitrations under the major institutional rules, including ICSID, ICC, ICDR, SIAC and UNCITRAL.
Swee Yen is the vice-chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee, and also a member of the Editorial Board of the ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin and the ICCA-ASIL Task Force on Damages.
Swee Yen is recommended in various legal publications, including The Legal 500 and Chambers Asia-Pacific. Regarded as “exceptional“, “in a league of her own“, “an especially good courtroom advocate“, “brilliant, decisive and fearless” and “very well known for her arbitration practice and knowledge“, sources also praise her for a “keen sense of strategy” and “great ability to quickly grasp her clients’ perspective and understand their commercial issues“. She is known to “fight tooth and nail for her clients” and regarded as one of the “outstanding members of the next generation” under the age of 45 in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders 2017.
Ms. Seungmin Lee is a partner at Shin & Kim and a member of the firm’s International Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Ms. Lee has provided advocacy for Shin & Kim’s major clients in arbitration cases under the rules of ICC, KCAB, SIAC, HKIAC, LCIA and UNCITRAL. Ms. Lee is qualified in Korea, England and Wales, and is admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Dr. Chris Chang-Hyun Song is a partner at Shin & Kim’s Corporate/M&A Group. His main practice focuses on M&A, private equity, venture capital, joint venture, corporate restructuring, corporate governance and corporate dispute. He has extensive experience in many landmark transactions in the fields of finance, technology, media, telecommunication, contents, platform, energy, chemistry, distribution and logistics. Dr. Song has been distinguished as a leading lawyer by Chambers, Asialaw Profiles, Legal 500 and Legal Times.
Dr. Song received an LL.M. degree from Columbia Law School as well as a Doctor of Juridical Science (J.S.D.) degree in Corporate and Finance Laws from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. He teaches M&A and corporate law at Seoul National University School of Law and Yonsei University School of Business. Dr. Song regularly publishes various legal articles and periodic columns on corporate & finance laws and actively participates in various academic societies and conferences as a speaker and panel member.
Cameron is Senior Counsel with Rio Tinto in Singapore practising in disputes and commercial law. As well as the usual LLB and LLM, he has a Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration, a Master of Arts in Contemporary China, and is a PhD candidate at Monash University on security for costs in international arbitration.
Cameron spent most of his career in private practice in law firms and at the independent Bar in Australia practicing in commercial dispute resolution before going in-house in 2008 with NAB and then Downer. He has worked as in-house counsel in Singapore since 2009 with 6 months Mongolia.
Cameron is a Fellow of the major arbitral institutes and is on the panels of the SIAC, SIArb, AIAC, HKIAC and the Beijing Arbitration Commission. He is Chair of the SIAC Users Council Committee for Australia and New Zealand, a Member of the SIAC Users Council Executive Committee, Corporate Counsel Liaison for the IBA Asia Pacific Forum, Chair of the Singapore Chapter of the International Law Section of the Australian Law Council, on the Executive Committee of the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association and Chair of its Energy, Commodities and Shipping Chapter, Advisor to the Publications Committee of the Singapore Law Society, and is mediator and security of payment adjudicator.
Mr. Aloysius Goh is the Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore International Mediation Centre where he oversees SIMC’s strategic development and also serves as the Registrar of the centre.
Aloysius has more than 15 years of commercial mediation experience and he specializes in complex cross-cultural disputes. His cases have included high stakes mediations involving infrastructure, corporate shareholding, insurance, finance, employment, and commodities trading disputes.
Aloysius started his professional career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he focused on developments in China. Thereafter, he served as general counsel to a Singapore state university and was also engaged by a government-linked healthcare investment vehicle to pioneer a mediation unit for medical negligence disputes.
Aloysius has Masters degrees in Law and Education Leadership from the NUS and Boston College respectively. He is a certified international mediator and trainer.
Eva Cole focuses her practice on civil antitrust litigation, class actions, and international cartel investigations led by enforcement agencies around the world. She has particularly distinguished experience representing clients in the electronics, sports, and private equity industries.
Eva’s practice areas comprise a range of complex commercial litigation including antitrust, class action, and sports and entertainment law litigation. Eva has represented clients in all stages of litigation, including appeals. Eva also provides antitrust compliance counseling and advice to private equity companies whose portfolio companies face a host of complex antitrust issues.
In recent years, Eva’s practice principally focuses on international cartel investigations and class actions. Her experience extends from representing clients, both corporations and individuals, in government investigations brought by antitrust authorities around the world, including the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, Europe, Hungary, Korea, Mexico, and New Zealand to the civil side of cartel cases, where she represents clients in multi-district and related class actions. Eva has also represented various companies in antitrust lawsuits involving a range of federal and state antitrust claims.
Eva regularly represents NFL players in disputes with NFL clubs over player contracts and other labor issues arising under the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Ganesh Chandru is an Executive Partner at Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan (“L&S”) and heads the firm’s International Arbitration Practice Group. He also specialises in Commercial Litigation. He is admitted to practice in India, England & Wales and Singapore, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK and the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.
Prior to relocating to New Delhi in 2015, Ganesh spent more than 16 years in Singapore during which time he worked with some top International law firms and Singapore law firms. Between 2002 and 2007, Ganesh was the Counsel & Assistant Registrar of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (“SIAC”). He supervised the administration of about 500 arbitrations during his 5-year stint at SIAC and also pioneered SIAC’s initiatives in India.
Ganesh’s practice encompasses advising and representing parties in international arbitration matters (under Rules of SIAC, ICC, LCIA, SCMA, UNCITRAL as well as ad hoc) and in arbitration matters seated in India that are conducted pursuant to the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996. He also advises and represents parties in litigation matters before the courts. He has handled cases arising from transactions relating to Oil & Gas; Infrastructure, Projects & Construction; Power / Energy; Telecom & IT; Banking & Finance; Joint Ventures and other general commercial matters.
Hiroyuki Tezuka is a partner at Nishimura & Asahi, and heads the firm’s international dispute resolution practice group. He specializes in international commercial litigation and arbitration. He has been involved in a number of international arbitrations as counsel, sole-arbitrator, co-arbitrator, or chairman, including before the ICC, JCAA, AAA-ICDR, VIAC, KCAB and SIAC.
Hiroyuki serves as an executive director of the Japan Association of Arbitrators, was a vice-chair of the Arbitration Committee of the IBA Legal Practice Division, and is a committee co-chair of the Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Committee at the IPBA. Since 2013, he has been a member of SIAC’s Court of Arbitration. From 2013 to 2016, he taught international arbitration at the University of Tokyo, School of Law as visiting professor. Since 2016, he has been a member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law, the ACICA council, the Seoul IDRC Advisory Board and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb). He is also a member of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) for Japan and since 2018 he is a Council member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law.
Mitsuko (Mimi) Miyagawa graduated from Harvard Law School (LLM 1993) and the University of Tokyo (LLB 1984). She has been admitted to the bar in Japan (1986) and in the State of New York (1994). She has over 30 years’ experience as an international lawyer, and is also known as an IP specialist, ranked as one of the best IP lawyers in Japan. She has represented clients in arbitration and litigation, including infringement litigation, between Japanese and foreign parties. She has also actively worked as a member of several committees related to IP rights organized by the Japanese government, such as the IP Strategy Headquarters of Cabinet, and currently serves as a member of the Customs Dissatisfaction Review Committee and its IP subcommittee in the Ministry of Finance. Ms. Miyagawa is a lecturer on IP law at Keio Law School, a Director of Japan Association of Arbitrators, and Secretary General of the IP Center of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations. Professional Memberships include IBA, IPBA, ABA, INTA and AIPPI.
Karen Gough practises internationally as counsel, attorney-at-law, arbitrator, adjudicator and ADR neutral. She specialises in complex construction, engineering, professional negligence and general commercial disputes whether resolved by litigation, arbitration or ADR. She represents a wide range of clients including governments, government agencies, local authorities, educational institutions, contractors, sub-contractors, and major commercial organisations. Her construction practice includes disputes concerning private domestic and commercial industrial and retail developments, major public works and infrastructure projects including water, sewage and power plants, nuclear facilities, hospitals, prisons, schools, roads, rail, and sea defences.
She has undertaken a number of high profile commercial disputes including Azevedo and Alvarez v Imcopa Importacao, Exportacao E Industria De Oleus Ltda and Others, concerning the legality of consent payments in corporate debt restructuring proposals; a number of disputes arising from share purchase agreements; a substantial and long-running banking dispute arising out of an international commodities transaction in Jamaica; and a number of other complex disputes involving financing and guarantees for major commercial developments. In 2015 she appeared in the Privy Council case of National Housing Trust v Y P Seaton & Associates Company Limited a case about the power of an arbitrator to award compound interest under a commercial agreement governed by Jamaican law. Karen also acts for clients in insolvency/insolvency related disputes. She is the immediate past chairman of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Insolvency Licensing Committee, being the first lay chairman of this important RPB for the regulation of insolvency practitioners in the UK, and in 2017 was elected as a Council Member of the UK Society of Construction Law.
Qiu Huixiang is a Senior Assistant Director in the Enforcement Division of the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (“CCCS”). In the 5.5 years that she has been with the CCCS, she has been involved in a wide range of work relating to the three prohibitions of the Singapore Competition Act. As a lawyer in the CCCS, Huixiang is responsible for leading investigations, merger assessments, appeals, providing advice on legal policy and reviewing legislation administered by her agency. More recently, Huixiang has also been involved in conducting interviews and assessing evidence relating to matters under the Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) Act.
Head, Legal – Global Banking, Group Corporate & Legal Services
Maybank Kim Eng (MKE) & Maybank Investment Bank Berhad (MIBB)
Dalvin Kaur has recently been appointed Head, Legal – Global Banking, Group Corporate & Legal Services, in addition to her current portfolio as Regional Head of Legal Maybank Kim Eng (MKE) & Maybank Investment Bank Berhad (MIBB), primarily responsible for legal risk management in areas of investment banking products, encompassing Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Derivatives, Asset Management, Brokerage, Corporate Banking, Global Banking and Transaction Banking, including Litigation.
Dalvin joined Maybank in 2013 as Regional Head Legal, MIBB/ MKE. She has more than 20 years of experience in the legal industry, first qualifying in Albar & Partners, Malaysia. She then spent 14 years in top global law firms in London, Allen & Overy and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, primarily in Structured Finance, subsequently in-house investment banking advisory with Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank, London, Director, Legal in Structured Credit Markets, Securitisation, Distressed Assets and Islamic Derivatives.
Upon her return to Asia, Dalvin successfully set up the Regional Legal Platform for MKE & MIBB from inception, building a team of 20 lawyers across Asia Pacific region, hubbed out of Malaysia. Dalvin has successfully transformed the in-house legal function from “traditional in-house counsel” lawyers to business counsels, demonstrating value add and providing strategic, solution driven legal advice, across investment banking product areas including litigation. Dalvin was awarded the South East Asia In-House Lawyer of the Year and Investment Banking In-House Team of the Year by Asian Legal Business (ALB) in 2015.
Dalvin holds a Masters in Law (LLM) from King’s College, London (Banking and Finance) and Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP) at University Malaya. She holds her LLB (Hons) from King’s College, London. She was admitted to the Malaysian Bar Council in 1998 and thereafter, the Law Society of England & Wales.
Currently serves as the Regional General Counsel for SAP’s Asia, Pacific and Japan, based in Singapore since 2014 and is a member of the region’s Senior Executive Team. Educated and first admitted to practice in the United States (New York 1992), he has global experience having held positions in private practice in Paris, France prior to joining SAP as counsel for SAP France and then served as the Regional General Counsel for SAP’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region based out of Paris. Mark also currently serves on the board of directors for the Singapore Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Vice President Legal and Chief Corporate Compliance Officer
Shell Petroleum Corporation
Jannet Cruz-Regalado is the Vice President Legal and Chief Corporate Compliance Officer of Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation. Before assuming the corporate compliance role, Jannet used to be responsible for managing and supervising a sizeable portfolio of litigation and arbitration in the Asia Pacific region. Today, she is responsible for managing around 130 cases in the Philippines that involve commercial, civil, criminal, tort, environmental & employment matters. Prior to joining Shell, she was corporate secretary of First Lepanto Corporation and was a litigation counsel at the Carpio, Villaraza and Cruz Law Firm. She graduated with high honors with degrees in Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Magna cum laude) and Bachelor of Laws (graduating at the top 5 of her class) from the University of the Philippines. During her stint at the University, Jannet was a student leader, academic honor society member and was very active in intra-university debates and moot court competitions. She teaches property law, credit transactions, land titles and deeds and labor law at the College of Law of the University of the Philippines, De La Salle University and Lyceum of the Philippines. Jannet is also active in several local and international legal / professional organizations.
Vishnu is a partner at J. Sagar Associates (JSA) and is a senior member of the energy & infrastructure practice group. His practice covers diverse areas of infrastructure development and investment, infrastructure regulation and real asset construction.
He focuses on advising clients across different sectors Energy (Power), Communications (Telecommunications & Broadcasting), Transport (Surface Transport including Railways & Metro systems), and Urban Infrastructure.
In these verticals, he advises clients on investments in the energy & infrastructure space, structuring and negotiating construction contracts, development and delivery of infrastructure assets, regulatory and restructuring aspects of infrastructure projects and contract & claim management in relation to construction contracts.
Vishnu has been practicing law for more than 15 years and has extensive experience in advising investors, developers, lenders, multilateral institutions and governmental agencies on procurement, equity, debt, construction, development and divestment of infrastructure assets.
IFLR 1000 has ranked Vishnu as a Recognized Practitioner for India in the energy and infrastructure market.
Barunesh is the founding partner of August Legal (an Indian law firm with offices in New Delhi & Patna) and is currently the Chair of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Committee of the IPBA. He has a legal career spanning over 19 years of extensive work on large and complex commercial transactions and disputes representing foreign companies (including Fortune 500 companies with businesses in India) as well as large domestic companies including of the biggest Indian PSU’s. Barunesh became the youngest partner in one of India’s largest law firm and went on to establish the Tokyo and Singapore offices of that Firm. In the process, he became the first Indian applicant for Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi (Registered Foreign Attorney) status in Japan in 2008. Subsequently, he founded August Legal in the year 2010. Barunesh’s legal practice includes advising many technology start-ups in India.
Hideaki Roy Umetsu is a partner at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto. He focuses on international and domestic M&A transactions, anti-corruption, international trade, global compliance matters including establishing appropriate global compliance programs for oversea subsidiaries, and conducing or assisting internal investigations and implementing preventive measures on oversea subsidiaries. He was admitted to the bars in Japan (2004) and New York (2010). Umetsu was educated at the University of Tokyo (LL.B., 2003) and the University of Chicago Law School (LL.M., 2009). From 2006 to 2007, he worked as an associate director at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, and he also worked as a foreign associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell from 2009 to 2010. He has actively served as a member of study groups or committees organized by the Japanese governments in relation to oversea risk management or global climate change issues.
Shanshan Xu is one of the pioneers who have developed the legal practice of customs & trade compliance in China, which has won wide recognition among multinational clients and has been rated as China Best Customs and Excise Lawyer in 2017. Ms. Xu is a senior partner at Hiways Law Firm with 20 years experience and her practices cover corporate and regulatory compliance, customs and trade compliance, intellectual property, shipping and logistics, arbitration and litigation.
Selena practices intellectual property law in the Toronto, Canada office of Gowling WLG. She is active in both intellectual property litigation matters and patent prosecution before the Canadian patent office. She is frequently recommended for IP litigation and patents, and is the first woman to have achieved the Certified Specialist designation for patent law, granted by the Law Society of Ontario.
Selena is active in several professional organizations, including the American Bar Association and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. She also serves as a chair of the professional women’s group at her firm.
Mr. Williams is a partner in K&L Gates’ Singapore office. Mr. Williams works across the Commercial Disputes & International Arbitration, Investigations, Enforcement & White Collar and Restructuring & Insolvency practice groups.
He has experience advising and acting in, and where applicable instructing local for such purpose to appear and advise, in international commercial dispute resolution, international arbitration, corruption-related matters and internal corporate investigations, securities enforcement & receiverships, corporate restructuring & workouts, liquidations and voluntary administrations across multiple jurisdictions.
His clients in the Commercial Disputes & International Arbitration practice include private & public companies in the infrastructure, construction, shipping, marine insurance and oil & gas industries.
In the Investigations, Enforcement & White Collar space, Mr. Williams has experience in corruption-related matters and internal corporate investigations, including matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other international anti-corruption legislation. As part of this practice, Mr. Williams conducts investigations into alleged misconduct, as well as into prospective and existing foreign agents, commercial advisers and business partners. Mr. Williams has been recognized in the Future Leaders category published in Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2018.
His clients in the Restructuring & Insolvency practice include private & public companies, banks & financial institutions, insolvency accounting firms and corporate creditors & debtors. Mr. Williams has been recognized by Global Restructuring Review’s ‘Names to Know in Singapore’ – a profile of the leading figures in Singapore’s restructuring and insolvency market.
Partner (San Francisco and Silicon Valley Offices), Co-Managing Partner (Taipei)
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Chris is an experienced first-chair trial lawyer representing high technology companies in patent, copyright, trademark and trade secrets litigation, and other high-stakes commercial disputes. He has represented companies in the computer hardware and software, semiconductor, telecommunications, biotechnology, and consumer products industries in federal and state courts throughout the United States, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He also has extensive experience litigating Covered Business Method and Inter Partes Review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Chris also regularly advises clients on privacy and cybersecurity issues and is designated a Certified International Privacy Professional/US by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Chris is based in Pillsbury’s San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices, and is also the co-Managing Partner of Pillsbury’s Taipei office.
Shobna Chandran, a Partner at Dentons Rodyk, has more than 12 years’ experience in leading high stakes arbitration, litigation matters and insolvency and restructuring matters. Shobna maintains an active portfolio in the Singapore courts and before tribunals constituted under the major regional arbitral institutions, and seated both in Singapore and internationally. She has also managed global investigations by regulators, and has an active contentious regulatory practice.
Shobna’s niche is in regional mandates with a South East Asian and South Asian focus. Shobna’s clients include global financial institutions, major private equity funds and multinational corporations.
Shobna is a rising star in international arbitration and dispute resolution, actively contributing to thought leadership publications and speaking at international conferences. In recognition of her prominence in international arbitration, Shobna holds leadership positions in the Singapore Chapter of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Young Members Group, and is a faculty member of the National University of Singapore’s International Arbitration Academy. Shobna is a founding member of the Women in Practice Task Force and serves on the Academy of Law’s Professional Affairs Committee, addressing topical issues of legal practice.
Shobna was recently named in Singapore Business Review’s 40 and Under as one of country’s top next generation lawyers.
Patrick Chu is a member of the Taiwan Bar Association. He is an experienced litigation lawyer at Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law, and his main practice areas include dispute resolution, corporate reorganization, bankruptcy, consumer protection, anti-trust law, media/sports law and distribution/franchise contract.
Patrick represents many international financial institutions and international companies handling civil actions and advising on many potential disputes and compliance issues for them. Patrick also assists international TV-content providers and media businesses with regulatory issues and contract reviews. Such extensive experience in handling disputes and litigation and insights from having advised multinational companies in various industries enable Patrick to offer his clients sophisticated legal solutions. In addition to handling English matters, Patrick worked for Japan Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu Law Firm as a visiting lawyer and is very experienced in Japan related legal affairs and Japanese matters.
Tracy graduated from National University of Singapore with a Master Degree of International Business Law, together with a dual major degree of both Law and English Literature in her undergraduate phase.
She started legal practice in 2013 and specializes in corporate compliance and governance, tax, labor issues, cross-border transaction and related litigation. She has served as a legal consultant for several multinational enterprises and domestic companies.
She is a currently a committee member of Suzhou Foreign Affairs Committee of Suzhou Bar Association.
Kirindeep Singh is a senior partner in our Litigation & Arbitration Practice. Kirin graduated with LLB (Hons) from the University of Leeds in 1995 and with a BCL from Oxford University in 1997.
Kirin’s primary practice areas are construction and engineering, energy, arbitration, general civil and commercial litigation and anti-bribery and anti-corruption. In construction and engineering, Kirin has been involved in numerous disputes in adjudication, arbitration and litigation. He represents owners, developers, consultants, and contractors in construction and engineering disputes under standard form and bespoke contracts. He has acted for parties in various energy disputes in the region and major infrastructure, building and redevelopment projects in Singapore such as the MRT North-East Line Projects, the MRT Circle Line Projects, the Deep Tunnel Sewage System, the construction of Khoo Teck Phuat Hospital and the redevelopment and expansion of the National University Hospital. In addition, Kirin has been involved in the drafting of various construction and engineering contracts, EPC Contracts pertaining to the Oil & Gas industry and has often advised on project planning and risk management issues from inception to completion of the project.
Besides advising local clients in various disputes both in Court and at arbitration, Kirin has been involved in various regional matters and commercial arbitrations as well, including those in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Mauritius, India and Hong Kong.
Kirin has handled a wide range of civil and commercial litigation work, including contractual claims, claims in tort, employment matters, insurance-related claims, professional negligence, performance bonds, equity and trusts, banking work, property-related matters, landlord and tenant disputes and professional disciplinary proceedings.
In the area of anti-bribery and anti-corruption, Kirin advises various MNCs and global brands on issues of compliance including their entertainment and gift policies. Kirin has also managed internal global investigations by MNCs and large conglomerates.
Kirin is a contributor to the Singapore Precedents of Pleadings and speaks on a regular basis at various arbitration and construction and engineering conferences in Singapore and overseas. His teaching and training experience includes being an Associate Lecturer for Construction Law, Bachelor of Building and Project Management Programme, SIM University, teacher and trainer for the Law Society of Singapore’s SILE Advocacy Course and tutor for the National University of Singapore’s Trial Advocacy Course.
Kirin’s paper “Arbitration And Public Policy – Is The Unruly Horse Being Tamed?” was awarded Excellent Legal Paper Award at the IPBA 2013 Conference in Seoul, South Korea.
Kirin is named as a Recognised Practitioner for Construction, Chambers Asia Pacific 2016, 2017 and 2018, and in the Euromoney Guide to the World’s Leading Construction Lawyers (2nd Edition) for his construction practice. Kirin is also the Chair of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association’s International Construction Projects Committee and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Francis is Regional Head, Disputes Practices and was appointed Senior Counsel in January 2009. He practices in the areas of international commercial and treaty arbitration and litigation.
He is actively involved in cross-border commercial disputes in the areas of banking, property, financial and investment related claims. He is currently acting for an Australian energy group in a billion-dollar dispute against an Indonesian conglomerate, being the first case to be heard before the Singapore International Commercial Court. He also specialises in aviation law and advised in the class-action suit resulting from the crash of the SilkAir flight (Indonesia) and the SIA crash (Taiwan).
Francis has been recognised as a leading dispute resolution lawyer by AsiaLaw Profiles (2018, 2017), Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2014-2018), Ranked Lawyers, Chambers Global (2016-2017), Dispute Resolution Chambers Asia-Pacific (2016 and 2017), Best Lawyer in International Litigation Practice (2017 edition) (2015-2017 edition), Labour & Employment (2016 edition) Who’s Who Legal, Asia Law Leading Lawyers (2009), Global Arbitration Review (2010), and the Fifth Edition of Best Lawyers in Singapore Practice Area of Litigation (2013).
Francis is a Chartered Arbitrator, the immediate Past Chairman of the Singapore branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) and is the President-Elect of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association. He is the General Editor of “Civil Litigation in Singapore” (Sweet & Maxwell, 2017) and a member of the Rules Committee, Singapore Academy of Law.
He is currently sitting as party-nominated arbitrator of a Mauritius entity in a bilateral investment treaty (ICSID) dispute with the Government of India. He is presently assisting several Asian governments in setting up their international arbitration framework.
Jacques Buhart focuses his practice on cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Jacques has also developed substantial knowledge of various industries, including nuclear, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, paper and energy. He is head of the Firm’s Paris and Brussels offices.
In his cross-border transactional practice, Jacques has represented, among others, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in its attempt to acquire Alstom with Siemens, Canon in its acquisition of OCE, Total in its acquisition of Elf, Belgacom, Metsäliitto in various acquisitions and divestitures in Europe, Toyota Motor Corporation in setting up its plant in France, Sonera the former Finnish incumbent telecom operator in corporate matters in Turkey and Central Europe, TUI in acquisitions in France, Atos Origin in acquisitions of Banksys in Belgium, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and numerous other French and international public and private companies on public bids, acquisitions and sales of entire businesses and divisions, divestitures and joint-ventures.
Jacques has served on the faculty of law at the University of Tokyo since 2004. He has published widely on topics of mergers and acquisitions. He served as chair of the International Bar Association’s section on business law from 2001 to 2003. He is a member of the board of the Sorbonne Law School.
Liyao was born and grew up in China, and received her education from primary school to post-graduate university in China. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws (International Economic Law) and Master of Laws (Economic Law) at Chinese universities, and later commenced a Doctorate of Civil Law in Germany.
Liyao then studied law in Australia, and qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia. Because Liyao grew up and was educated in China and Germany, and has also studied law in Australia, Liyao understands both the civil law and common law systems. Liyao is therefore uniquely placed to provide legal and commercial advice. Liyao specializes in taxation, cross-border investment, migration, and Chinese legal matters generally.
Kenneth J. Stuart, Of Counsel to Becker Glynn, practices in the areas of securities, finance and cryptocurrency matters, corporate and commercial transactions, including public and private offerings; tender offers; hedge funds; private equity; venture capital; bank and other asset-based lending; securitizations; mergers and acquisitions (domestic and cross-border); project financing; joint ventures, partnerships and limited liability companies; and advises clients on corporate governance matters.
Mr. Stuart has handled several landmark “firsts” in corporate and securities law, including the first SEC registered public offering of limited liability company securities; first publicly-offered securitization of a future revenue stream; first formation of a master limited partnership with a tender offer/roll-up of multiple limited partnership interests; and first leveraged lease/project financing of an electric generating facility, including transmission lines.
He is a graduate of the College of William & Mary, Columbia University Law School and has an LL.M. degree from Georgetown Law School.
Samuel Scoles is a Senior Trade Advisor at White & Case who oversees and manages the Firm’s international trade advisory and reporting services in the Asia-Pacific. He advises clients on trade and regulatory developments in the region, including bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements, rules of origin, domestic labeling, product standards, and other customs and regulatory issues of the automotive, agribusiness, electronics, manufacturing, and petrochemical sectors. He has also worked on antidumping investigations and reviews involving products from Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand.
Samuel completed the Mastering Trade Policy Executive Education Program at Harvard University and obtained an MA in International Economics and Southeast Asian Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). For several years, he served on the Free Trade Agreement Panel of Advisors formed by IE Singapore, an agency under Singapore’s Ministry of Trade & Industry. Samuel began his career with White & Case in Washington, DC in 2001 and is currently based in Singapore. He regularly publishes and presents on topics relating to international trade and is ranked Band 1 for International Trade/WTO Consultants in Asia-Pacific by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019.
Sung Hyun RYU joined Lee & Ko in 2012 and has been working as a tax partner based on his work experience and knowledge gained from his years at the National Tax Service as a deputy director. While at the National Tax Service, he not only handled tax litigations but also served as a member of the Taxation Dispute Review and Council Committee as well as the Joint Review Working-level Committee where he specialized in tax appeal matters such as claims for judgment on propriety before tax, objections, claims for review and claims for trial.
Sheryl G. Bartolome obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree in 2007 from the University of the Philippines College of Law after completing Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communication from the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication in 2003. She also attained Master of Laws in Commercial and Company Law at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands in 2017. She is a Member of the U.P. Portia Sorority, the U.P. Women Lawyers’ Circle, and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association.
Ms. Bartolome’s main practice areas are Corporate Law, Taxation, Labor Law, and Civil Law.
Julia is a young lawyer that has been advising clients on matters relating to technology, data protection, telecommunications, electronic commerce and digital media for over six years. Head of the Data Protection and IT Law department of her law firm. Her clients include national and international companies, as well as multinational corporations in the telecommunications and social media.
Siong Sie is a partner in the Tax and Revenue practice. Apart from his legal qualifications, he is also a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant and an Associate Member of the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia. He acts for taxpayers on all aspects of tax and revenue law including advisory and planning, audit and investigation, dispute resolution and litigation. Prior to joining Skrine, he was a treasury manager cum in-house counsel for Tesco Malaysia. He also has four years of experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Kuala Lumpur and two years of tax practice with a local tax firm.
Jay Shim, a partner in the Tax Group, is a leading expert in the areas of Overseas Investment, Energy, Offshore Funds, Tax Dispute Resolution and International Arbitration & Cross-Border Litigation involving joint ventures.
Mr. Shim leads the firm’s international tax planning and transactions practice. He also has extensive experience with international project finance and structured products. His client base is largely comprised of foreign MNCs, private equity and hedge funds. He has also assisted Korean companies and Korean government owned companies invest into large infrastructure and oil & gas projects in Russia. In addition, Mr. Shim has served on several expert panels established by the National Tax Services and the Ministry of Strategy and Finance on matters dealing with procedures and policies affecting foreign companies and foreign owned Korean companies. He has also assisted the Ministry of Strategy and Finance draft tax laws and regulations relating to controlled foreign corporation, advance tax treaty clearance, partnership taxation and transfer pricing.
Lee Wong is the Head of Family Services, Asia at Lombard Odier.
Lee is responsible for leading Lombard Odier’s wealth planning and family services proposition, which is a key component of the Bank’s growth strategy in the region.
Before joining Lombard Odier, Lee has over 18 years of experience in the wealth management industry. She joined from Union Bancaire Privée in Singapore, where she was Head of Wealth Planning for South Asia and was responsible for leading a team advising high net worth clients regarding their family wealth transition needs, family governance, as well as philanthropic aspirations.
Lee holds a Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Singapore. She is a Chartered Trustee appointed by the Singapore Trustee Association.
Winnie Tam SC, JP is a barrister, international arbitrator and mediator practising from Des Voeux Chambers in Hong Kong. She is also an overseas member of the London barristers chambers 8 New Square, and holds qualification to practice in Singapore and Australian Capital Territory. Winnie served as Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar between 2015 to 2017, and now heads the Bar’s two practice development committees. Winnie is the former Co-chair of the Forum for Barristers and Advocates of the International Bar Association, and a member of the Policy Committee in the IBA Bar Issues Commission.
Winnie is a panel arbitrator of CIETAC, HKIAC, SCIA, and JAMS, a member of CI Arb and a fellow of HKIArb. She was appointed Senior Counsel of the Hong Kong Bar in 2006, and a Recorder of the Court of First Instance, High Court, in 2015. Apart from his work as a leading barrister in intellectual property and commercial litigation and arbitration, Winnie has sat as presiding arbitrator and co-arbitrator in a number of international joint venture, investment, commercial, entertainment and IP disputes under UNCITRAL, ICC, HKIAC, CIETAC and SIAC rules, with Chinese and English used as the language of the proceedings. She is a frequent speaker in international conferences on arbitration, intellectual property, and bar issues.
Riccardo G. Cajola is an attorney at law, licensed to practice in Italy and admitted before the Court of Cassation.
Riccardo’s practice is focused on Italian and cross-border transactional and commercial work, principally in the area of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, transactions, corporate financing and joint ventures.
In addition, Riccardo frequently advises and represents on tax disputes and complex tax Court proceedings, about – for instance – challenges on group transfer pricing policies.
During his career, Riccardo has represented clients such as Ferrero Fsc Luxembourg, Seiko Epson Kabushiki Kaisha, Pearson Plc., Panasonic Italia spa, Saint Gobain Emballage, Mr. Patrick Solvay, General Electric Osmonics, ABN Amro, Hanking Electronics (Liaoling) Co. and IS Partners A/S.
He currently serves as President of the Supervisory Board of Epson Italia Spa and as member of the Supervisory Boards of several other subsidiaries of multinational companies.
Riccardo is author of the Italian Chapter of “International Corporate Law Compendium”, published by Aspen Publishers – Wolters Kluwer Law & Business (2009 and 2010 Editions) and regularly contributes articles to several domestic law reviews.
As well, he is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences.
Mr. Santamaría is the Head of the Mining & Natural Resources Department at Lloreda Camacho & Co. He holds a Law degree from Universidad del Rosario, two postgraduate degrees in Financial Law from Universidad de los Andes and in Administrative Law from the Universidad del Rosario, and a post-graduate degree in Antitrust Law from the University of Konstanz in Germany.
Ignacio has more than 25 years of experience in matters related to Mining Law, including mining joint ventures structuring, option agreements /purchase agreements of mining titles and related; building, construction and operating mining agreements, easements, mining due diligence processes, representation of clients before administrative authorities, litigation processes in connection with mining and land restitution, credit agreements and documents to secure the credit agreements, nullity and reinstatement of rights actions before the administrative courts, and negotiation with communities of all types of agreements including previous consultation processes, forest reserve extraction processes and environmental permitting in general.
Ignacio has been ranked Band1 in Natural Resources–Mining by Chambers & Partners for two consecutive years. Additionally, he has been invited by the National Association of Industries to be a speaker at the XII Feria Minera 2016, and by the IPBA 2018 at the annual meeting – Current Trends on Environmental Law event.
Ryotaro Yamamoto is a partner at Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners. He has a wide range of experience in raising funds for start-ups, venture capital investments, mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments and general corporate transactions for start-ups. He graduated from the University of Keio (B.A.(Policy Management)) in 2004 and Nagoya University Law School in 2007. Prior to joining Oh-Ebashi in 2015, he worked for Linklaters and White & Case, Tokyo. He has taught as an adjunct instructor at the Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University (Laws related to start-ups) and School of International and Area Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (Business laws) since 2016.
Pieter de Ridder is the Managing Partner of Mayer Brown’s Singapore office and a member of the Global Tax Transactions and Consulting Group. Pieter was previously based in Indonesia and Hong Kong and has over 25 years of experience in Asia advising multinational companies and institutions with interests in one or more Asian jurisdictions on their inbound and outbound work.
His practice focuses on advising tax efficient structures with respect to direct investment, restructurings, financing arrangements, private equity, supply chain, intellectual property and real property structures into or from Asia.
Pieter regularly advises on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, private equity, administrative actions and tax rulings, coordinating unilateral and bilateral advance pricing arrangements, tax incentive negotiations with investment authorities, maritime, structured finance, trade, contract manufacturing as well as regional property investment structuring. In Indonesia, he advises on direct investment and financing matters. He also regularly advises on investment and restructuring matters into India, including tax strategies vis-a-vis India’s General Anti Avoidance Rule, and his work involves advising on and coordinating tax matters for clients doing business in Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar and the Philippines. He is a member of the Think Tank of advisers to an Indian law firm in connection with the proposed Indian Draft Corporate Tax Code legislation.
Pradeep Pillai’s area of practice is in litigation and arbitration. His principal focus is general commercial disputes; as well as domestic and cross-border insolvencies. He is also actively involved in dispute advisory work relating to employment and corporate/shareholder disputes. Pradeep regularly appears as lead counsel in High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings as well as lead counsel in international arbitrations.
Pradeep has been recognised as a leading dispute resolution, international arbitration, employment and restructuring and insolvency lawyer by various publications.
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 recognised Pradeep’s considerable expertise in employment litigation and ranked Pradeep as the only lawyer in Band 1 for Employment with clients stating that he is “very, very responsive”. Pradeep was also ranked for Restructuring and Insolvency.
In Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017, clients say he is “sharp in his analysis and provides commercial solutions to the issues we face, which are fast and cost-effective.” The directory also notes that Pradeep “He has a lot of energy and is extremely responsive. He has broad experience in commercial litigation which he is able to bring to employment matters.”
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2014 stated that Pradeep is “highly rated by clients, one of whom noted: ‘I was very impressed by his availability and the fact that he struck a good balance between commercial expediency and legal value.’ He handles employment disputes, and is also well known for his broader litigation capabilities.”
Céline Aymé-Wauthier is admitted to practice in Paris and New York and specializes in International arbitration.
Ms. Aymé-Wauthier started her career with the ICC International Court of arbitration in Paris where she supervised more than three hundred ICC arbitration cases involving companies from Europe, Africa and the Middle-East. During six years, she developed an expertise in complex ICC arbitral proceedings.
She thereafter joined the Paris-based law firm Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier where she acted as counsel in numerous international commercial and investment arbitral proceedings conducted in English or French.
Ms. Aymé-Wauthier moved to Bangkok in 2018 where she now practices as counsel, expert before State courts and assistant to Arbitral Tribunals.
Ms. Aymé-Wauthier holds an LL.M. in International Legal Studies (International Business Law) from the American University Washington College of Law (Washington DC) and a Master’s Degree in International and European Law from the University of Paris-Nanterre.
Alfred is a construction and dispute resolution lawyer based in Hong Kong.
He has a special focus on construction litigation and arbitration for clients which variously include government departments, statutory bodies, employers, engineers, architects, contractors and subcontractors. Alfred also represents clients in construction-related criminal investigations and prosecutions.
He is experienced in handling both contentious and non-contentious construction matters. In addition, Alfred sits regularly as arbitrator on domestic and international arbitration cases which involve construction clients. He is frequently involved in a wide range of cases in the Hong Kong court, such as applications for the stay of proceedings in favour of arbitration, applications for the recognition of arbitration awards and the execution of awards against award debtors and applications for interim relief. Alfred also advises clients on corporate finance, M&A, funds, joint venture, shareholders, property and employment disputes, as well as insolvency and restructuring matters.
Abadi Abi Tisnadisastra (Abi) is a partner in AKSET Law, Indonesia. His practice covers a broad range of corporate areas, including M&A, joint ventures, financing, capital markets and foreign investment. In past years, he has been involved in numerous acquisitions and investments in companies from various industries including banking, financial services, information technology and financial technology. He has a particular focus on financial services and information technology.
He is a graduate of Parahyangan Catholic University (Sarjana Hukum degree) and holds dual Masters Degrees in Law and Information Technology from Bond University, Queensland, Australia.
Mr. Binh Tran is a partner in charge of the firm’s Real Estate & Infrastructure Practice Group, and brings with him more than 17 years of legal experience. Mr. Binh Tran has advised clients on a wide variety of matters covering all aspects of the real estate industry, including project implementation, land use rights and property ownership-related matters, property acquisition transactions and taxation matters, and real estate project development procedures.
Mr. Binh Tran has been recognized for his involvement in the development of numerous prominent and successful property projects in Vietnam. He comes recommended by The Asian Lawyer and Asia Law Profiles in 2015, named in the finalist of M&A Lawyer of the Year by The Asian Lawyer and as leading lawyer for Construction & Real Estate by Asia Law Profiles in 2015. He was also conferred with the certificates of merits by the Mayor of HCMC, Vietnam, in 2007 and 2008 for excellent contributions towards the development of the City Southern New Urban Center.
Senior Partner and Head of International Arbitration
Oon & Bazul LLP
Suresh is a Senior Partner and the Head of International Arbitration at Oon & Bazul. Suresh is highly regarded for his expertise in international arbitration. His cases have involved disputes on technology transfer projects, joint ventures and distributorships in the automobile, construction, pharmaceuticals, energy and retail industries, across jurisdictions including the United States of America, Japan, South Korea, India, Thailand and Indonesia.
He has experience in both ad-hoc arbitrations as well as institutional arbitrations governed by International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Rules, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Rules and UNCITRAL Rules where the substantive laws of the contracts have included Swiss law, Japanese law and Indonesian law.
In addition to arbitration, he also practices complex commercial litigation in the Singapore High Court.
Outside of legal practice, Suresh holds the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the Singapore Armed Forces and currently serves as the Chief of Staff of an Armoured Brigade. In the 2015 Singapore National Day Awards, Suresh was conferred the Commendation Medal (Military) for exceptional service to the Singapore Armed Forces.
Ngosong Fonkem, (JD, MBA, LLM), is a senior advisor at Addison-Clifton LLC. He assists U.S. and foreign companies with day-to-day compliance with U.S. trade laws and related audits, investigations, intervention, and civil enforcement proceedings, and with conducting business in Asia.
Mr. Hong Bui is a Partner of LNT & Partners. Being a Corporate and M&A lawyer, he is in charge of the firm’s Corporate practice group. He aids foreign investors in their commercial objectives in all aspects of investment in Vietnam, and is familiar with establishing businesses and contractual arrangements, asset and company acquisitions, private equity matters and business restructurings. He advises on issues such as corporate governance, contractual matters, employment and dispute settlement. Mr. Hong Bui’s valuable experience extends into numerous practice areas, including: manufacturing; food and beverages; trading and retail; franchising; insurance; fintech; logistics; education; healthcare and pharmaceuticals.
Mr. Hong Bui is a frequent contributor to local and regional business publications. He is also a regular speaker at conferences and seminars on foreign investment, M&A and restructuring, contracts, employment, and dispute settlement in Vietnam.
Roland Falder is a founding partner of Emplawyers – Lawyers for Employers – a German employment law boutique in Munich, which represents employers in all labour and employment law matters. He has previously been a partner in large international law firms for more than twenty-five years.
Roland Falder is a specialist in international cross border labour and employment law matters, especially the secondment of employees, the international coordination of Incentive programs and compliance regulations as well as individual and collective terminations and corporate reorganisations.
Further he is one of the leading German experts on employee data protection (GDPR and German Data Protection Law) and Trade Secrets.
Roland Falder frequently lectures about German and Chinese as well as international employment law and has published books and articles on numerous issues of German and Chinese employment law.
He is a longstanding member of the Arbitration Board (Schiedsgericht) of the German professional Hockey leagues DEL 1 and 2 and has a vast experience in sports and other arbitration proceedings.
Roland Falder currently is living in Thailand, but frequently travels within Asia, Europe and North America.
Tom heads up the firm’s financial services practice in the Middle East. He is a member of the firm’s global fintech and blockchain teams.
He advises insurers, banks, intermediaries, asset managers, fintech start-ups and regulators on all aspects of their business throughout the region. Tom has a keen interest in the disruptive nature of new technologies to traditional businesses in the financial sector and how both market participants and regulators work together to foster innovation in a compliant manner. He works with a number of international and regional businesses focussed on the transformative effects of blockchain and tokenisation and has advised local government authorities on the application of blockchain to their service offerings.
Clients describe Tom as being ‘highly responsive’ and a lawyer who provides ‘practical, commercial advice with unsurpassed industry and sector knowledge’.
Tom regularly speaks at events and writes on innovation in the financial sector across the Middle East and is a member of several working groups tasked with reviewing and commenting on new regulation in the market.
Yvonne is the Founder and CEO of Aquifer Institute, a not-for-profit public company that is developing cutting-edge technology solutions and protocols for alternative financing and proactive risk management in the commodities space.
Yvonne has spent 14 years in the commodities markets, trading physical and derivatives at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), Societe Generale and Morgan Stanley. She lead the launch of Metals Products in Asia at Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group, she contributed to the development of new markets and securities linked to blockchain and cryptocurrency as a member of the Digitalisation group.
Makoto Takemiya is a co-founder and co-ceo of Soramitsu. He has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed scientific papers and actively engages in research. He has an M.S. in Computer Science from the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Tokyo.
Manuela Cavallo is the founding partner of the Italian firm Portolano Cavallo and one of the members of the executive committee with responsibility over HR matters. She is one of the few Italian women to have been identified among the top attorneys in Italy in the Corporate Governance/M&A sector in recent years by the major rankings.
She is also a transactional lawyer with a strong focus on deals in the Fashion and Entertainment industry. Her work also includes film financing deals and international film co-productions.
Manuela is currently a member of the Board of New York University Alumni Association and Chair of the Organizing Committee of the 2019 Annual Congress of AIJA International Young Lawyers association) in Rome. She was formerly President of the Corporate and M&A commission.
She is very active in promoting and supporting initiatives about diversity and inclusion of women. She is one of the founders and former Vice-president of the Professional Women’s Network in Rome, an association to enhance gender balanced leadership.
Before founding the firm, Manuela worked with Baker & McKenzie in Rome.
Manuela graduated cum laude in 1998 from LUISS Guido Carli School of Law. In 2005, she obtained an LLM in Corporations from NYU School of Law.
Mark is a highly experienced corporate and commercial lawyer. He advises New Zealand and international companies on a range of matters such as M&A, securitisations, capital raising, private equity, venture capital, corporate recovery and international investment.
Mark also leads the firm’s technology, media, telecommunications and IP practices, which act for a wide range of clients from start-ups to global brands on local and international matters.
In 1997 Mark founded his second law firm Lowndes which combines the partner accessibility and client-focus of a boutique firm with the knowledge and range of specialist expertise of a large commercial firm.
Alongside his corporate advisory work, Mark holds various company directorships and trusteeships in NZ and internationally. He is a Certified Member of the Institute of Directors and has served as a mentor for the Institute of Directors’ New and Aspiring Directors Programme.
Mark is active in IPBA and is Vice-Chair of the Legal Practice Committee.
Mark is recommended as a leading lawyer by prominent international legal industry directories including Chambers Global, Legal 500 (‘Highly Recommended’) and Asialaw Profiles (‘a Market Leading Lawyer’).
Mark was a finalist for the Managing Partner of the Year award in the 2018 New Zealand Law Awards.
Dushyantha is a Partner in the Corporate and Commercial Law department at Sudath Perera Associates (www.sudathpereraassociates.com), one of Sri Lanka’s leading law firms, as well as head of its Investments, Mergers & Acquisitions (IMA) practice.
Dushyantha has extensive experience in advising clients (ranging from high net worth individuals and start-ups to MNCs, PE funds and international financial institutions) on a wide variety of corporate transactional and finance matters, including foreign direct investment and public-private partnerships in Sri Lanka.
Amira is a Senior Associate at Gateway Law Corporation in Singapore (http://www.gateway-law.com/).
Amira’s practice has a core focus on IP, tech, data protection and cybersecurity laws. Amira has had significant experience in various aspects of both the contentious and non-contentious side of IP practice. Apart from that, she continues to engage in general corporate advisory work involving confidential information and trade secrets, regulatory and technology-related issues, as well as Singapore’s data protection and cybersecurity regime. Amira has increasingly also advised on Singapore employment laws for several multinationals on their Singapore office hires, equity compensation, employee benefits and social contributions amongst others.
Julie Raneda is Counsel in Schellenberg Wittmer’s (https://www.swlegal.ch/en/) international arbitration group in Singapore. She represents clients in complex international commercial arbitrations and acts before international arbitral tribunals in a broad range of disputes including licence and distribution agreements, international construction and engineering contracts and joint venture agreements. She also has significant experience in matters relating to trade sanctions and regularly sits as an arbitrator.
Before moving to Singapore, Julie practiced in Geneva and London. Julie was admitted to the Swiss Bar in 2011 and to the Singapore bar in 2016 (foreign lawyer).
James Jung is the Director of Programmes, Asia-Pacific at The College of Law Australia and New Zealand. He is responsible for the academic oversight of the full range of programmes provided by The College in the Asia-Pacific region.
Before joining The College, James worked as a lawyer at the New Zealand’s Financial Markets Authority (FMA), where his role included advising on the development and implementation of new financial markets (securities) law, assessing applications for licences, advising on the use of regulatory powers and engaging with market participants, including financial advisers, brokers, licence applicants and issuers.
In addition to James’ work at The College, he continues to practise law as a Consultant at Hesketh Henry where his main duties include working with international clients.
James is a Council member of the IPBA and is the Chair of the IPBA’s Legal Development and Training Committee.
James holds a BA, LLB, MA (Hons), and LLM (Hons) from the University of Auckland. James is admitted to practise in both New Zealand and Australia (New South Wales).
Raphael Tay was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1986. He has been a Notary Public since 2007 and a Registered Trade Mark Agent since 1998. He graduated in Law and Politics in 1983 from the University of Bournemouth and obtained a post-graduate diploma in South East Studies from the University of Kent, Canterbury in 1984. Prior to joining the firm, he was a partner in the law firm of Chooi & Company.
Having been in practice for over 30 years, encompassing both local and international work, he has extensive experience in various areas notably Corporate and Commercial, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Information and Technology Law. He has advised on various international projects, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructuring, divestments and general corporate and commercial work. Raphael has developed an extensive regional practice over the years.
In 2017, he advised on a share sale transaction in GHL Systems Berhad to a London-based private equity fund Actis Stark which was identified by The Edge Malaysia as the Best M&A Deal of 2017. His team was also nominated as a finalist for the category of ‘Overseas Practice Law Firm of the Year’ in the Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards of 2018.
Clients have commended him for having not only “an in-depth understanding of both the legal aspects and commercial needs in respect of ICT matters” but also an appreciation for “the pitfalls of the IT and software industry” and the ability to provide “practical legal solutions to our problems.”
He provides “sound legal advice” and helped clients “see things from the business perspective, which was very crucial.”
Raphael is the Vice-Chair of the IPBA’s Legal Development and Training Committee.
Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group Leader
McDermott Will & Emery
Michael P. Chu is the local Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group leader in McDermott Will & Emery’s Chicago office and focuses his practice on all aspects of patent law, including complex litigation, opinions and prosecution. Mike is also currently co-chair of the Firm’s Racial & Ethnic Diversity Committee.
In his litigation practice, Michael handles patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright matters, including trials, hearings, post-grant proceedings (including IPRs and PGRs) and mediation. His experience also includes complex patent cases, design patent cases, International Trade Commission (ITC) investigations and a strong appellate practice before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Michael also has extensive experience working with clients on litigation, licensing, regulation and import/export issues in Asia (including China, Japan, Korea and the Philippines) and in Europe.
Michael maintains a strong domestic and international licensing and enforcement practice, and has extensive experience with issues relating to overseas outsourcing, particularly with respect to consumer products, electronics, software and medical devices. Michael has also counseled his clients regarding the infringement and validity of patents. Leveraging his litigation and enforcement experience in combination with his two decades of experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications, Michael advises his clients on strategic growth and management of worldwide intellectual property (IP) portfolios, including audits, competitive analyses, and prosecution to maximize the value of his client’s IP assets. His technical experience extends to housewares, chemical processes, food production, packaging, medical devices (including drug delivery systems, infusion devices, test equipment, subcutaneous devices and software), cancer immunotherapies, papermaking, manufacturing methods, software, displays and automotive components.
Besides Michael’s legal practice work, he is involved in a large number of community work which include serving as the President of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) in 2009-2012, Board Chair of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms in 2016, and Board Chair of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Chicago from 2011 to present.
Michael holds a Juris Doctor from the College of William and Mary School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois.
Michael is a Council member of the IPBA and is the IPBA’s Regional Coordinator for North America.
Ryosuke Kono is a partner at Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners. He represents clients in a number of complex tax litigation and administrative controversies. He also advises on tax matters in various types of domestic and cross-border transactions.
His practice covers a wide range of tax issues, including transfer pricing, anti-tax haven rules (CFC rules), withholding rules, depreciation, permanent establishment (PE), customs duties as well as issues relating to cross-border restructuring, mergers and acquisitions and joint venture.
He previously served as a Review Officer (International Examination) for the Review Division (Large Enterprise Examination) of the Osaka Regional Taxation Bureau, where he handled a broad range of complex tax issues.
Mariana has more than 12 years of experience in the field of Corporate external communication, management of communication strategies, crisis management, public relations and sustainability initiatives. In recent years, heading the communications division of one of the largest construction conglomerates in Latin America, Mariana has been focused on business crisis management, specializing in the analysis of media discourse, with the aim of identifying actors, interests and strategies behind an attack or denounce, drawing as an important conclusion that nothing is what it seems.