Philippines & SE Asia: Annual International Arbitration & Corporate Crime Summit

  • Manila local time
     April 26, 2023
     1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This will be conducted in English and according to Manila local time. 

Legal Plus is delighted to hold its first annual forum in Manila, Philippines – Philippines & SE Asia: International Arbitration & Corporate Crime Summit – Through The Looking Glass for 2023 on Wednesday 26 April 2023 from 1pm to 6pm, followed by a networking cocktail reception. 

Join us to learn the changes and new trends that has affected businesses during and after the pandemic as well as looking through the looking glass into the near future on how Arbitration, crypto disputes and corporate crime affects your business now and the future.  Hot presentations on Construction, Energy, Disputes, Enforcement of Awards, Asset Tracing, Competition Law, Tech and more on Corporate Crime, investigations and important regional updates given to you by local and international experts who will joining us to share their invaluable knowledge and experience.  It’s a great opportunity to ask questions to Legal household names in the region, network and create business opportunities and make some new friends! We look forward to meeting you in Manila this April. 

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  • Opening Welcome by Chairman
    David Bateson, Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers
  • Opening Address & PIArb Arbitration Update
    Jesusito Morallos, Chairman, Philippine Institute of Arbitrators
  • Update in Arbitration in the Philippines — What 2023 has in Store for Local & International Companies
    John Christian Joy A. Regalado, Partner, Sycip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
  • Energy Disputes & Cross-border Issues in the Current Climate
    •  Arvin Lee, Partner, Wee Swee Teow LLP
    • Olivier Duguet, CEO & Co-founder, The Blue Circle
  • Arbitration and Mediation: Twin sisters of Dispute Resolution
    Francisco Pabilla, Jr, Member, Global Mediation Panel, Office of the Ombudsman for UN Funds and Programmes
  • Arbitration of Intra-Corporate Disputes for Philippine Corporations
    Ma. Patricia B. Paz-Jacoba, Partner, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
  • 1st Grand Panel: Enforcement of Awards — Different Regions Different Options
    Moderator: Christopher Bailey, Partner, Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance
    • Pardeep Khosa, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
    • Miriam Rose Ivan L. Pereira, P.R. Officer, Japan Commercial Arbitration Asociation (JCAA); Counsel, Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners, Japan
    • Alexandra Gerungan, Senior Partner, ADCO Law, Indonesia
    • Moses W Park, Barrister, Liberty Chambers
  • Competition Law Enforcement — Update
    Michael B Peloton, Commissioner, PCC
  • Corporate Crime in SE Asia — AML & Anti-Bribery in the Region
    • Nick Williams, Partner, Investigations, White Collar and Fraud, Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee
    • Khushaal Ved, Senior Associate, Investigations, White Collar and Fraud, Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee
  • Managing Cyber Investigations & Data Protection — Protect Your Company
    Paula Filart, Senior Associate, Disini Law
  • 2nd Grand Panel: Technology In Disputes — 2023 & Beyond
    Moderator: Miriam Rose Ivan L. Pereira, P.R. Officer, Japan Commercial Arbitration Asociation (JCAA); Counsel, Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners, Japan
    • Pui-Ki Emmanuelle Ta, Chief Executive Officer of eBRAM International Online Dispute Resolution Centre Limited
    • Jay Patrick R. Santiago, Trustee and Senior, Philippine Institute of Arbitrators
    • Jun Bautista, Counsel, King & Spalding


David Bateson, Chairman
Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers
David Bateson is a leading international arbitrator who has been involved as arbitrator in over 150 arbitrations in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South America. He has acted as chairman, party-appointed arbitrator and sole arbitrator in arbitrations under the rules of the AAA, AIAC, BANI, CIETAC, HKIAC, DIAC, ICC, LCIA, PCA, SIAC and VIAC, or in ad hoc arbitrations. He has extensive experience in disputes in a variety of industry sectors including, construction, resources, commodities, insurance, joint ventures, shareholder agreements, shipping and telecommunications. Chambers Asia described him as “pre-eminent and widely experienced”; “one of the top arbitrators in the region” who is “excellent at pretty much everything he is doing”. The Legal 500: Asia Pacific stated that David is “one of the top arbitrators in the region”. Chambers Asia also described him as “a very good arbitrator” and praises him for “writing a very good award”. It adds that he is “well able to control an arbitration” and “culturally sensitive”. He is listed in Chambers’ list of most in-demand arbitrators for Asia, who describe him as a “very popular and in-demand arbitrator for construction cases”. He is in Band 1 of Chambers’ list of in-demand arbitrators – Singapore. He has over 40 years of legal experience and is a specialist in all forms of dispute resolution including arbitration, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. He has been resident in Asia since 1980 and is now based in Singapore.
Jesusito Morallos, Opening Address Speaker
Chairman, Philippine Institute of Arbitrators
Jesusito Morallos is both a lawyer and civil engineer. He is Chairman of Philippine Institute of Arbitrators, Past Chairman of RAIF, Past President of Philippine Institute of Construction Arbitrators and Mediators, Past Dispute Resolution Administrator of Wholesale Electricity Spot Market, and Senior Partner of Follosco Morallos & Herce. He is accredited Arbitrator of PDRCI, CIAC, PICCR, WESM, and OADR. His expertise are in construction, energy, PPP and property development. He has been appointed arbitrator in an ICC arbitration seated in Singapore and in more than 80 arbitrations in the Philippines. He has acted as counsel in a number of arbitrations before SIAC and HKIAC as well as in almost a hundred arbitrations in the Philippines. He also had part in an Originating Summons case before SICC. He has also been appointed Dispute Board member in a number of infrastructure projects. He is a member of CIArb, SCL, and DRBF.
Christopher Bailey, Moderator — 1st Grand Panel
Partner, Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance
Chris is a highly ranked international arbitration partner with 20 years of leading private practice experience. He specialises in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes with an emphasis on international arbitration, commercial litigation and criminal and regulatory investigations. Chris represents clients in a wide variety of complex high-value cross-border commercial disputes which regularly include claims for in excess of a US$ billion and predominantly arise out of the energy, resource, transport, infrastructure, financial services, media and IT sectors, with Chris having a particular expertise in oil and gas, construction and investment treaty cases. He is a Solicitor Advocate, All Higher Courts of England & Wales, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a panel arbitrator of the JCAA, KCAB and SIAC institutions and a member of the JIDRC Operation Subcommittee, AIPN Japan Sub-Chapter Committee and SIAC Users Council.
Miriam Rose Ivan L. Pereira, Moderator - 2nd Grand Panel
P.R. Officer, Japan Commercial Arbitration Asociation (JCAA); Counsel, Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners, Japan
Miriam is a registered foreign lawyer in Japan licensed in both the Philippines and the State of New York. She is a Counsel at the Tokyo office of the Japanese law firm, Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners, where she is regularly involved in cross-border transactions, inbound investments into Japan as well as international dispute resolution and compliance investigation matters. Among her volunteer activities, she serves as a Public Relations Officer of the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association, the leading arbitration institution in Japan. Miriam enjoys teaching too and recently taught a course at Temple University Japan. She also gives lectures at the Graduate School of Law of Kyushu University, where she completed her LL.M on International Economic and Business Law in 2007.
John Christian Joy A. Regalado
Partner, Sycip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
John Regalado is a Partner in SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan. He is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Arbitration practice group and has been ranked as a Next Generation Partner and Recommended Lawyer (2022, 2021, 2020) and a Next Generation Lawyer (2019, 2018, 2017) for Dispute Resolution by The Legal 500. He has also been cited in The Legal 500’s inaugural Private Practice Arbitration Powerlist: Southeast Asia 2022, which highlights the region’s leading arbitration lawyers. Mr. Regalado specializes in commercial arbitration, having represented clients in disputes before the International Chamber of Commerce-International Court of Arbitration, the Philippine Construction Industry Arbitration Commission, ad hoc arbitral tribunals, and the Philippine courts in applications for interim relief. Mr. Regalado is experienced in commercial and criminal litigation, and he has handled and tried cases before the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Court of Tax Appeals, Sandiganbayan, trial courts, the Department of Justice, and prosecutors’ offices. He also specializes in product liability cases and has successfully defended, and continues to represent, an international automobile manufacturer in product liability suits filed by consumers before (1) the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry and trial courts, and (2) prosecutors’ offices for crimes arising out of alleged violations of consumer laws. Mr. Regalado is a member of the Chamber Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a member and an officer of the Philippine Institute of Arbitrators. He is currently a lecturer at the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law.
Ma. Patricia B. Paz-Jacoba
Partner, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Ma. Patricia B. Paz-Jacoba is a partner in SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, and a member of the firm’s litigation and arbitration, tax, and intellectual property practice groups. Ms. Paz-Jacoba has been cited as a Next Generation Lawyer and Rising Star by Legal 500 Asia Pacific. She has also been selected for inclusion in The Legal 500’s inaugural Arbitration Powerlist: Southeast Asia Region for 2022, and is shortlisted as “Lawyer of the year (Litigation)” in The Legal 500 Southeast Asia 2023 Awards. She has deep experience in dispute resolution for clients operating in highly regulated sectors, including in domestic and international arbitrations both institutional and ad hoc, and in court procedures in aid of arbitration. She also has expertise in complex commercial litigation, shareholder and director disputes, white collar crime investigations and prosecutions, intellectual property rights prosecution and enforcement, and tax litigation. Ms. Paz-Jacoba is an accredited arbitrator of the Philippine International Center for Conflict Resolution, and is a recognized ADR Practitioner in Arbitration by the Philippine Department of Justice–Office for Alternative Dispute Resolution. She is also a member of the Philippine Institute of Arbitrators and the Intellectual Property Association of the Philippines, Inc.
Arvin Lee
Partner, Wee Swee Teow LLP
Arvin Lee is a Partner of Wee Swee Teow LLP, a 111-year-old Singapore law firm. He is an Arbitrator of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, the Beijing Arbitration Commission, the Chinese Arbitration Association (International), an Adjudicator of the Financial Institutions Dispute Resolution Centre (Singapore), and a Member of the Appeals Board of the Ministry of National Development, Singapore. He focuses on energy-related disputes (conventional and renewables). Arising from the downstream oil and gas work, he has built up a commodities trading and trade finance disputes practice, which recently includes acting as co-lead counsel on letter of credit issues governed by Singapore law for a Pertamina subsidiary against the paying bank in relation to an LC dispute in excess of US$23m before the Singapore International Commercial Court (and the appeal before the international division of the Singapore Court of Appeal filed by the opponents); being lead counsel for an established Taiwan petrochemical trader against a Big 5 global commodities trading house in relation to a sale and purchase dispute in excess of US$6 million in two consolidated SIAC arbitrations, and for a PRC mining company in 2 SIAC trade finance arbitrations (amounts in dispute in excess of US$7 million) against another Big 5 global commodities trading house and a regional petrochemical trading company. On the renewable energy front, he has a focus on wind and solar, and his experience includes being lead counsel for a Southeast Asian wind power developer in its project finance claims against private equity investor in an SIAC arbitration, with total amount in dispute in excess of US$20 million, for a Southeast Asian wind power developer in relation to attempts by private equity investor to exercise conversion rights to take over control of the developer at project level pursuant to an accelerated repayment provision; and for a Fortune 100 Enterprise’s renewables arm in a solar dispute against a regional contractor in ICC arbitration. Arvin started his dispute resolution career with Michael Hwang S.C., working in his Chambers as an Associate and at the DIFC Courts as Manager – Law and Policy (Consultant). Arvin is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) and the International Dispute Resolution Academy (HK). He holds a certificate in Hedging and Management of Energy Price Risk (2021) from the SMU Academy. He holds law degrees from Harvard (LL.M.) and the LSE (LL.B., Hons. 1st).
Nick Williams
Partner, Investigations, White Collar and Fraud, Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee
Nick Williams is a leading figure in Asia-Pacific’s cross-border investigations market. In the investigations space, Nick works with clients in relation to compliance, bribery and corruption issues across a broad range of industries. His work spans Asia-Pacific and he is ranked in legal directories for his investigations work. He works on important client mandates which arise through their exposure to crossborder legislation such as the FCPA. Nick has worked with clients in dealings with regulators relating to bribery and corruption issues, and guides clients through difficult situations arising from their business in Asia-Pacific. He is described in Legal 500’s 2021 Asia Pacific guide to White Collar Crime as “a growing force in investigations”. While he works across all industries, Nick has a particular focus on the oil & gas sector, large infrastructure projects and pharmaceutical & life sciences industries.
Khushaal Ved
Senior Associate, Investigations, White Collar and Fraud, Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee
Recognised as clients’ “go-to resource in the region”, Kush is recommended by Chambers Asia-Pacific and Asian Legal Business as a Rising Star with “authority beyond his years”. Kush leads internal and government investigations for clients across Asia Pacific. Kush has led investigations from the Singapore office for six years, and has prior experience at Hogan Lovells’ London and Washington, D.C. offices. Kush is dual qualified in England and Wales and California, and is able to provide local nuance to international issues. Kush counsels clients on preventative and reactive compliance; from dawn raids and policies and procedure preparedness to whistleblower complaints and regulatory reports. He deescalates crises, advises on international trade, sanctions and export controls and resolves clashes within the workplace. Kush uniquely has multi-FCPA case experience, and leads these matters from Asia, with experience of multiple representations in front of numerous regulators including importantly the U.S. Department of Justice, SEC, SFO, AGC, CPIB, MAS and KPK. Kush leads the Pro Bono activities for the Singapore office, with an active practice especially for environmental corruption and social injustice. He was recognised as a global nominee for TrustLaw’s Lawyer of the Year (2022) for these efforts.
Jay Patrick R. Santiago
Trustee and Senior VP, Philippine Institute of Arbitrators
Jay Patrick R. Santiago is an independent ADR practitioner based in the Philippines. He is an attorney in the Philippines and a qualified solicitor in England & Wales with over a decade of legal experience in Hong Kong and Manila. He has acted as an arbitrator, counsel, party representative, and tribunal secretary in multiple domestic and international arbitrations. His current role in a tech company allows him to deal with various legal issues in the ASEAN region. Jay is currently a Trustee of the Philippine Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the Professional Development & Education Committee of the Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution, and the Co-Chair of the CIArb YMG Philippine Chapter. Jay is an accredited arbitrator of the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, the Philippine International Center for Conflict Resolution, and the Office for Alternative Dispute Resolution of the Philippines, which qualifies him to be an arbitrator in arbitrations involving government agencies in the Philippines. He is part of the Expert Pool of the Benchmark Chambers International & Benchmark International Mediation Center. Jay obtained his LLM degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and his JD degree from the Ateneo De Manila University. He regularly conducts lectures on various topics relating to international arbitration, private international law, investment treaty arbitration, insolvency proceedings, and alternative dispute resolution.
Pui-Ki Emmanuelle Ta
Chief Executive Officer of eBRAM International Online Dispute Resolution Centre Limited
Ms Ta is currently the Chief Executive Officer of eBRAM International Online Dispute Resolution Centre Limited. With over 15 years of experience in international arbitration and case management, she has supervised hundreds of international arbitration cases in a wide range of jurisdictions and economic sectors. As Counsel of the Secretariat of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC, Asia Office in Hong Kong (2016-2021), she was responsible for managing the Hong Kong team, including administration of Asia-related arbitration cases. She is qualified to practice at the Paris bar.
Pardeep Khosa
Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
Pardeep Khosa is a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and also a director at Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC, a Singapore law corporation affiliated with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Pardeep has a broad practice focusing on international arbitration, commercial and civil litigation and corporate crime and investigations. Pardeep regularly appears before the Singapore courts and arbitral tribunals in international arbitrations under various institutional arbitration regimes, including the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Pardeep has acted for companies, high-net worth individuals, governments and statutory boards in complex and multijurisdictional disputes and arbitrations across various sectors, including energy, construction, engineering, and infrastructure. Pardeep also handles corporate, shareholder and joint venture disputes, as well as disputes involving contractual disputes and civil fraud. Pardeep has received recognition for his disputes work in several legal publications and directories including the Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal. He was also recently listed as a National Leader, Southeast Asia for Commercial Litigation by Who’s Who Legal and Best Young Lawyer Under 40 by Asian Legal Business.
Francisco Pabilla, Jr
Member, Global Mediation Panel, Office of the Ombudsman for UN Funds and Programmes
Bing Pabilla is a member of the Global Mediation Panel, Office of the Ombudsman for United Nations Funds and Programmes with Duty Station in New York. He trained to become a mediator in the Philippines and US and was instrumental in the establishment and supervision of a number of Philippine Mediation Center (PMC) Units in the various court houses as a consultant of the Philippine Supreme Court. His paper entitled, “Learning from Experience: Travails of a Court-annexed Mediator,” was among the conference papers selected by the Asian Mediation Association (AMA) for presentation during the 5th AMA Conference held in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2018. He held key positions at the Philippine Mediation Foundation, Inc. (PMFI), and the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc. (PDRCI). He continues to serve as a resource person in mediation trainings sponsored by the Philippine government and various international organizations.
Michael B Peloton
Commissioner, PCC
Prior to joining the PCC, Commissioner Michael B. Peloton was the Board Director at the Philippine Reclamation Authority. In 2019, he was appointed as overseer of the Insurance Commission. He also served as a technical assistant at the Office of the President in 2016, and as a consultant thereafter. Commissioner Peloton has 17 years of experience in private law practice. He was also a Constitutional Law professor at the Ateneo de Davao University and IT professor at the University of Immaculate Concepcion. Commission Peloton earned his Bachelor of Laws and Computer Science degrees from Ateneo de Davao University.
Olivier Duguet
CEO & Co-founder, The Blue Circle
Olivier is the CEO and co-founder of The Blue Circle. Prior to its establishment, he was the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Société Francaise d’Eoliennes (SFE) between 2001 and 2007. Under his management, the wind IPP became the largest in France, with 125MW of wind power projects and 20MW of hydro power in operation as well as a pipeline of 1,000MW in development before being sold to the Italian Utility Sorgenia in 2007. Olivier was also President of Nature Energies Photovoltaic from 2009 to 2011, active in solar rooftops in France. Olivier holds a Master in Law from University Pantheon-Assas Paris and an MBA in Finance from University of Paris-Dauphine. Olivier is a French national.
Alexandra Gerungan
Senior Partner, ADCO Law
Alexandra Gerungan is a seasoned litigator with over two decades of experience in dealing with litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Alex, as she is more commonly known, has represented high-profile clients in a wide range of litigation and dispute resolution matters, including civil lawsuits, arbitration, employment, debt recovery and restructuring, insurance claims, police and anti-corruption investigations, compliance and internal investigations, as well as general corporate or commercial issues. Alex has been recognized as a top litigator by numerous local and international legal publications. Alex received her bachelor degree from the University of Indonesia and her master degrees in European and International Business Law from Leiden University. She is the member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIARB).
Moses W. Park
Barrister, Liberty Chambers
Moses W. Park is a dispute resolution lawyer practicing as a barrister (trial advocate) based in Hong Kong. His practice mainly focuses on conduct and resolution of cross-border and international commercial arbitration and litigation. He has handled a broad spectrum of commercial work with an emphasis on civil fraud, assettracing /recovery, enforcement of foreign arbitral awards/judgments, family office as well as shareholder disputes. Moses has expertise concerning recovery strategies and emergency relief measures related to fraud including Mareva injunctions, Norwich Pharmacal orders and asset tracing proceedings. He is well versed in the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards process in Hong Kong. His clients have included multi-national corporations and businesses as well as high and ultra-high net worth individuals. Moses specialises in multi-jurisdictional financial crime and regulatory matters. He advises financial institutions on cross-border fraud and asset recovery related issues and has particular expertise in conducting complex multi-jurisdictional asset tracing. His experience spans a wide range of industry sectors, particularly, financial services, family offices and private equity funds. His work extends to regulatory fields (providing advice on matters governed by securities and banking legislation). Lately, he has been advising international clients on regulatory issues relating to overnance and regulation of family offices. He is currently serving in the Committee of Arbitration at the Hong Kong Bar, the Committee of Commercial Law & Practice at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Hong Kong.
Jun Bautista
Counsel, King & Spalding
Jun Bautista, a counsel at King & Spalding’s International Arbitration practice group and based in Singapore, represents clients across a number of industries in international arbitrations under various rules as well as ad hoc proceedings, with a particular focus on Asia. Jun has been listed as an “Arbitration Future Leader” by Who’s Who Legal and has also been recognized in Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific and Legal 500. Prior to joining King & Spalding, Jun was based in Hong Kong for almost a decade and worked in the international arbitration groups of Herbert Smith Freehills and Baker Botts. He was also previously the founding director of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) in Singapore, an associate at SyCip Salazar Hernandez and Gatmaitan, and a Court Attorney for Justice Conchita Carpio Morales of the Philippine Supreme Court. Jun has also been teaching international arbitration since 2009.
Paula Filart
Senior Associate, Disini Law
Paula is a Senior Associate of Disini Law and is leading the data privacy practice of the firm. She graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a bachelor’s degree in Management Engineer and obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Philippine College of Law. She has handled several data privacy compliance projects involving enterprisewide and process-specific privacy impact assessments for various companies, including those engaged in retail, mining, telecommunications, technology solutions providers, e-commerce platforms, and social media platforms. She is also involved in advising clients on multi-jurisdictional cross-border data transfers. Currently, she is a lecturer at the University of the Philippines Open University DPO Certification Program.

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