Asia: Annual International Arbitration & Corporate Crime Virtual Summit

  • Hong Kong Local Time (GMT+8)
     December 9, 2021
     1:55 pm - 5:30 pm

This forum will be conducted in English and scheduled time is according to GMT+8 (Hong Kong Local Time).

With the pandemic and quarantine issues still in force throughout Asia, Legal Plus is delighted to announce the Asia: Annual International Arbitration & Corporate Crime Virtual Summit is schedule on Thu 9 December. 

As travel has been difficult and limited the chance to have face to face meetings with clients and potential clients throughout many countries in Asia, this virtual summit is an ideal way to provide you with information on Cross-border Disputes, Expert Witness, Enforcing awards, Construction Disputes, Cyber Investigations, TMT Disputes and more. This event is designed for creating new business and networking opportunities for law and risk firms who are interested in gaining excellent exposure and showcasing their expertise to leading Asian companies.

Register is now open to join the web-forum on 9 December 2021 and to gain up-to-date expertise and insights from our expert presenters. Complimentary registration is offered to in-house counsel from non law/consulting firms (limited quota) and Early Bird rate is available to law/consulting firm until 31 October 2021. 

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The organiser reserves the right to change the program without prior notice.

  • Opening Welcome Chair and Arbitration Update
    Paul Key QC, Essex Court Chambers London
  • Navigating Complex Shareholder Disputes in Asia
    Swee Siang Boey, Partner, RPC
  • Confidentiality and Anonymity in Hong Kong Arbitration-related Litigation
    Charles Allen, Partner, RPC
  • Arbitrating M&A Disputes – Protecting and Defending Value
    Damien McDonald, Barrister, Prince’s Chambers
  • The Virtual Reality, Seeking New Opportunities in a Changing International Arbitration World
    Sangyub (Sean) Lee, Deputy Director, KCAB INTERNATIONAL
  • Supply Chain Disputes: Does the Global Supply Chain Crisis Call for A New Paradigm?
    Thomas G Allen, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Cyber Security
    – Dakai Liu, Partner, Forensic, KPMG Advisory (China) Limited
    – Mohit Kumar, Associate Director – Cyber Response, KPMG Advisory (China) Limited

  • Litigating in Macau: An Overview
    Francisco Leitão, Partner, MdME Lawyers
  • Asset Tracing & Recovery in Cross Border Disputes
    Tavish MacLean, Senior Manager, Perun Consultants
  • Effective Management of Construction Disputes in a Virtual Age: Practical Experiences and Tips?
    Julian Cohen, Barrister, Resolution Chambers
  • Managing Cartel Investigations & Advising Whistleblowers
    Elvira Aliende Rodriguez, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
  • Grand Panel & Q/A — Enforcement of Awards — Different Regions Different Options in The Current Climate
    Moderator: Christine Artero, Independent Arbitrator
    Panellist: – Benjamin Siino, Founding Partner, Gaillard Banifatemi Shelbaya Disputes
                    Lucy Martinez, Independent Arbitrator
                   –  Velislava Hristova, International Arbitration Lawyer   

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Paul Key QC, Summit Chairman
Essex Court Chambers London
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 longstanding representative of the UK on the ILA International Commercial Arbitration Committee and is also a delegate for the UNCITRAL Working Group on Arbitration.
Christine Artero, Panel Moderator
Independent Arbitrator
Christine is a full-time arbitrator with The Arbitration Chambers (Singapore) and Fountain Court Chambers (London and Singapore). She is educated in both the civil law and the common law traditions, and she is admitted to the Paris Bar and as a solicitor in England and Wales. Christine is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. Christine has served as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and presiding arbitrator in arbitrations administered by the ICC, SIAC, LCIA, HKIAC, KCAB and PCA, as well as in ad hoc arbitrations. Her experience spans a broad range of commercial disputes, including joint venture and shareholder disputes, fraud cases, construction and infrastructure projects, shipping, shipbuilding, heavy machinery manufacturing, agency and distributorship agreements, hotel services, employment, sale of goods and general contractual disputes. Prior to launching her career as independent arbitrator, Christine worked in private practice, at Shearman & Sterling, as counsel at the LCIA, where she oversaw the administration of over 200 arbitrations, and as tribunal secretary to over 80 arbitral tribunals at The Arbitration Chambers. As adjunct professor, Christine teaches International Arbitration at the University of Toulouse 1 (France), and regularly lectures at other leading institutions.
Julian Cohen
Barrister, Resolution Chambers International
Julian has 30 years of specialist experience of heavyweight international, and domestic, disputes. Sums in dispute in his cases vary from small to in excess of USD 2 billion. In addition to acting as counsel, he also regularly sits as an arbitrator. Julian has over 10 years’ experience in the MENA region, including 2 years based full time in Dubai, and an ongoing long-term commitment to the region. Julian has been involved in projects and disputes in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Oman, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Benin, Sierra Leone and Mali. Julian was called to the Bar in England & Wales in 1990. He was with Pinsent Masons’ Construction Disputes practice in London and Hong Kong from 1993 to 2009. He left Pinsent Masons as a partner in 2009, and was called to the Bar in Hong Kong in 2010. Julian is particularly well known for his heavy weight practice in relation to the Construction and Engineering sectors; the Energy, Oil and Gas sectors; and International and domestic arbitrations.
Charles Allen
Partner, RPC
Charles Allen focusses on Commercial Disputes. He is a solicitor advocate supporting clients in domestic and cross-border litigation as well as in international arbitrations across numerous jurisdictions. During the course of more than 20 years of practice in Asia, Charles has been involved in a wide range of disputes before the Hong Kong courts as well as in other jurisdictions around the region, including China, Singapore and India. Charles also specialises in domestic and international arbitration across a range of industries and has extensive experience under various rules including HKIAC, ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and LMAA. He has handled numerous institutional and ad hoc arbitrations as counsel, and has also sat as arbitrator. Among others, Charles is on the arbitrator panels of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and the Law Society of Hong Kong. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Charles is a versatile and "very sharp and tactical lawyer" who represents clients on a variety of commercial disputes. He acts for a range of clients, including individuals, private and listed companies, multinationals, conglomerates and financial institutions. Charles is ranked as a leading individual in Chambers Asia Pacific 2020.
Swee Siang Boey
Partner, RPC
Elvira Aliende Rodriguez
Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Elvira Aliende Rodriguez is a partner in the Antitrust practice. She focuses on Spanish and EU competition law. Elvira advises clients across a range of sectors, including air transport, chemicals, telecommunications, energy, pharmaceuticals, steel, hotel accommodation, textiles and financial services. She has extensive experience in advising clients on Article 101 (restrictive agreements) and the equivalent provisions under Spanish law. She has also participated in State aid procedures and in Article 102 (abuse of dominance) cases before the EU competition authorities. She has in-depth knowledge of working before the European Commission and the European Courts.
Dakai Liu
Partner, Forensic, KPMG Advisory (China) Limited
Dakai leads KPMG’s Forensic Technology service in China as well as the forensic practice in southern China. Dakai has over 15 years of combined experiences in providing Cyber Incident Response, E-Discovery, Data Analytics and investigation services. He stared his career in KPMG Holland and relocated to Shanghai in year 2011. Dakai started his Forensic Technology career at KPMG The Netherlands and has been working with different teams across Europe ever since. He was on various international projects where he spent years working in UK, German, Belgium for projects serving different large multinational corporations. In 2011, Dakai relocated to KPMG’s Shanghai office, where he continued to provide technology solutions to oversea companies as well as supporting engagements in regards to internal auditors, cyber security, risk and compliance, fraud prevention/detection, anti-corruption practices, FCPA and UK-Bribery compliance, due diligence, data acquisition and preservation, Anti Money Laundry, litigation support engagements. Dakai lead various Digital investigation engagements in China to assist client and its external counsel exploring facts lay beneath different ERP data sources. He has significant knowledge working with different local ERP packages as well as global ERP solutions to identify, extract, map, modelling, analysis and visualizing data from different angles, transform such information into meaningful business interpretations. Dakai combines his extensive knowledge of data analytics with his system development skills to assist clients from various industries. Including provide information system solution to meet client’s specific requirements on fraud/loss prevention and detection related issues. Dakai also specialized in E-Discovery by assisting clients and their internal and external counsels to collect, preserve and analyze large volume of structural and un-structural data. He provides technical inside and identifies factual findings in related to various commercial investigations and litigations. Over the past years, Dakai has been leading numerous large E-Discovery projects in China for pharmaceutical companies. In the past few years, Dakai helped clients investigate urgent cyber breaches such as ransomeware, phishing attacks, etc. by providing Incident Response service in Mainland China.
Mohit Kumar
Associate Director — Cyber Response, KPMG Advisory (China) Limited
Mohit is a seasoned cyber forensic professional with over 11+ years of experience in both Offensive Cyber and Cyber Défense Operations. He is part of KPMG Global Cyber Response Team and has lead, managed multiple engagements in Asia and Globally, and is currently based in Shanghai for over past 2.5 years. He specializes in assisting organizations in building capability to defend themselves against cyberattacks, investigate incidents and strengthen their overall cyber security posture. He has worked across various sectors and some of his significant engagements in the past were ransomware breach investigations, data thefts investigations and email attack investigations. In today’s webinar, he will be discussing cyber investigation overview and case studies about ransomware attack and business email compromise attack.
Thomas G. Allen
Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Thomas G. Allen is a Partner and Global Lead for International Disputes at Kilpatrick Townsend. His practice focuses on international commercial and investor-state arbitration. Tom has participated in arbitrations seated throughout Asia and advises companies in a variety of industries. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Committee of the Inter- Pacific Bar Association. Tom acts as arbitrator and is a member of the roster of arbitrators for the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association. He is a frequent lecturer on international arbitration topics and is a former adjunct professor in the international arbitration discipline. Tom is a primary member of the firm’s Construction & Infrastructure team with an emphasis on energy generation and industrial projects. He also represents clients in disputes centered on manufacturing, M&A, aviation, and technology licensing. Tom additionally litigates arbitration-related issues in U.S. trial and appellate courts. He also counsels corporations on U.S. government investigations and enforcement proceedings.
Francisco Leitão
Partner, MdME Lawyers
With a strong focus on dispute resolution, civil and criminal litigation. Francisco is the head of the litigation, arbitration & dispute resolution practice at MdME Lawyers, having joined the firm following several years practising law. Francisco is one of the most active litigation lawyers in the Macau jurisdiction. He has assisted and represented several local and international companies and individuals in their Macau-based disputes, including corporate and property litigation, high-profile commercial and construction disputes, bankruptcy proceedings and mass labour litigation, as well as in infraction proceedings, before the Macau regulators in a number of areas. Francisco’s experience in recent years includes acting for clients such as a public transportation concessionaire in voluntary bankruptcy proceedings, a leading financial services provider in civil claims related to securities investment, several international engineering and construction companies in contractual disputes and arbitration proceedings against local gaming and hospitality operators, a multinational security company in mass labour litigation, and several overseas gaming operators in their Macau-based debt recovery proceedings in Macau. He has also acted in many of the highest-profile cases in the Macau Courts in recent years, in such diverse roles as criminal defence, attorney against charges of corruption of public officials, racketeering or drug trafficking, or counsel for international real estate developers in administrative appeals and civil claims against the Macau Government in connection with nullified or reclaimed land concessions. Francisco is also frequently requested to take part as Macau counsel in multi-jurisdiction teams handling complex cross-border litigation. In that capacity, he has partnered with other leading litigation practitioners.
Sangyub (Sean) Lee
Sangyub (Sean) Lee, the Deputy Director of KCAB INTERNATIONAL, is mainly in charge of promotion of institution by managing diverse networks of the international arbitration community, also administering arbitration cases in English and Korean as a case manager. Before joining KCAB, he had worked as a journalist and an in-house counsel for the Korea Economic Daily, one of the most influential local newspaper companies. He had a role in trying to keep the public informed of KCAB’s achievements and potential through writing a variety of articles, especially covering international arbitration.
Damien McDonald
Barrister, Prince’s Chambers
Damien is a barrister with Prince’s Chambers in Hong Kong and Outer Temple Chambers in London, focusing on international arbitration. He was initially admitted as a solicitor in Australia in 2001 and has practised with leading disputes firms in Melbourne, Darwin, London, Shanghai and Beijing. Before joining the bar in 2020, Damien was an international arbitration partner with a leading Chinese law firm in Hong Kong. Damien deals with a broad range of commercial and contractual disputes, including M&A, shareholder, joint venture, and private equity/fund-related disputes. He has experience across a range of sectors ranging from minerals and resources, petrochemical, private equity, and funds, IT and systems integration and general commercial. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an arbitrator on the HKIAC List of Arbitrators and Asian International Arbitration Centre Panel of Arbitrators. He is also a CEDR qualified mediator.
Tavish MacLean
Senior Manager, Perun Consultants
Tavish has specialised in forensic accounting for over 9 years, covering both local and cross-border engagements. His areas of expertise include valuations, insolvency, litigation support, and due diligence matters. He has completed numerous civil and criminal litigation support and forensic accounting assignments relating to assettracing, commercial fraud, employee fraud, anti-money laundering and terrorist financing, organised and serious crimes, internal audit, damages claims and shareholders disputes. His experience spans a broad range of industries, including accounting & auditing, securities & commodities trading, casinos & hospitality, real estate, construction, telecommunications technology, and manufacturing. Tavish's practice covers investigations, corporate advisory, quantum of damages calculations, expert witness assignments, and litigation support.
Benjamin Siino
Founding Partner, Gaillard Banifatemi Shelbaya Disputes
Benjamin Siino is a founding partner of Gaillard Banifatemi Shelbaya Disputes and is recognized as “one of the best French experts in enforcement of arbitral awards”. Prior to founding Gaillard Banifatemi Shelbaya Disputes he was a partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP where he practiced for more than ten years. His experience includes international ad hoc arbitrations, including under UNCITRAL Rules, and institutional arbitrations under the Rules of the ICC and ICSID, with a strong focus on energy, investment and general commercial arbitrations, as well as arbitrations related to Africa. Benjamin has secured many landmark victories for his clients, including a major victory on behalf of Algeria in a dispute with Orascom TMT, where the Tribunal dismissed USD 4 billion claims brought by Orascom TMT. Benjamin also acts as counsel in litigation proceedings before French courts, with a focus on proceedings to seek the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards and foreign judgments. Notably, Benjamin is heavily involved in the enforcement of the USD 50 billion award on behalf of the majority shareholders of the former Yukos Oil Company against the Russian Federation, across multiple jurisdictions. Benjamin is featured in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders 2020. The publication, which is based upon an independent survey of general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide, profiles the foremost practitioners in the global arbitration community aged 45 and under. It notes that Benjamin “has great advocacy skills” and that he is considered as “one of the best French experts in enforcement of arbitral awards”.
Lucy Martinez
Independent Arbitrator
Lucy Martinez is an independent arbitrator, with experience as sole, co-, or presiding arbitrator in ACICA, HKIAC, ICC, LCIA, and SIAC arbitrations, including in expedited proceedings, governed by the laws of Australia, England & Wales, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, and Thailand. She also acts as independent counsel, and has extensive experience advising and representing private and sovereign clients in disputes relating to investment treaties, contracts, and/or national investment legislation, including in AAA, ICC, ICSID, LCIA, UNCITRAL, and ad hoc arbitrations, governed by international and domestic law (common and civil law). Her industry experience includes energy (oil, gas, electricity, mining), telecommunications, satellite technology, banking, finance, insurance and reinsurance, trademarks, shipping, sports, supply of goods, gambling, and leisure sectors. Ms. Martinez is also a Sessional Lecturer in International Arbitration (part-time) at the University of Queensland, in Brisbane, Australia. For more information, please see www.
Velislava Hristova
International Arbitration Lawyer
Velislava Hristova specialises in investor-state arbitration, complex commercial disputes and public international law. She has experience in investment, commercial, energy, post-M&A and financial services disputes under the rules of ICSID, ICC, LCIA, SCC, BCCI and in ad hoc proceedings gained while working at law firms in London, Vienna, Stockholm and Sofia. Velislava is Co-Founder of the Young Bulgarian Arbitration Practitioners. She frequently publishes and speaks on topics in the fields of International Arbitration and Oil & Gas and takes part in capacity-building initiatives in Europe, Asia and Africa. Currently, Velislava is a Dispute Resolution Fellow of the Section of Dispute Resolution of the American Bar Association and a Diversity Fellow of the International Law Section.

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