Singapore: Technology: Effects on Arbitration and Corporate Crime in SE Asia

  • Singapore Local Time (GMT+8)
     July 21, 2022
     1:45 pm - 6:00 pm

This forum is a Hybrid Event (in-person & virtual) and will be conducted in English.
Due to COVID restrictions, limited in-person seats available.

Legal Plus brings you the all new annual tech series that will be held in Singapore titled Technology: Effects on Arbitration and Corporate Crime in SE Asia – A Game Changer for 2022, on the Thu 21 July 2022.

Boasting leading experts, locally & internationally, sharing their expertise & knowledge on essential hot topics surrounding the ever increasing complex issues in tech disputes and fraud. Such hot topics covered will include updates in SE Asia Arbitration, Arbitration clauses & International contracts, E-Discovery, Crypto disputes & challenges, Blockchain & regulatory minefields, digital crime and an excellent panel on the Use of Technology in Disputes.

Join us for our upcoming forum to gain valuable insights, knowledge and understand the current & future technology issues and benefits that all companies are now facing with the exciting but challenging times many companies and firms will deal with after the pandemic.

Registration is now open.  Contact us today or view the latest flyer for registration and program details. Download

From 26 April 2022, Vaccinated-Differentiated Safe Management Measures (VDS) will not be required but attendees will still need to wear face masks for this indoor event. Please note this is subject to change based on the Singapore Government and Venue regulations. 

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

  • Welcome Message by Chairman
    Steven Y. H. Lim, Arbitrator and Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers
  • Keynote Session — Arbitration in SE Asia — What to Expect in 2022
    Nandakumar Ponniya, Principal, Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
  • 1st Grand Panel — Use of Technology in Disputes — Asia Focus
    Moderator: Yuankai Lin, Partner, RPC Premier Law
    • Erick Gunawan, Director, Berkeley Research Group (BRG)
    • Richard Allen, Local Principal, Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
    • Christopher Nunns, Managing Director, Kroll
  • Advising on International Contracts and Arbitration Clauses in The Current Climate
    Julian Cohen, Barrister, Resolution Chambers
  • Navigating Valuation Challenges in the Crypto Dispute Landscape
    Moderator: Zach Li, Director, AlixPartners
    • Edward Taylor, Counsel, Shearman & Sterling
    • Jennifer Wu, Senior Associate, Pinsent Masons
  • Cybersecurity and Digital Crime: Preparing for WHEN We Are Hacked
    Scott Warren, Secretary, Executive Board, The Society for The Policing of Cyberspace; Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
  • Use of E-Discovery in Arbitration
    Ji En Lee, Co-Founder, Chambers Lab
  • Ond Grand Panel — Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies: Disputes and Potential Regulatory Minefields Explored
    Moderator: Ohoon Kwon, Partner, Cha & Kwon
    • Ashish Chugh, Principal, Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
    • Alice Chen, Co-founder and General Counsel, InvestaX

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Steven Y. H. Lim, Forum Moderator
Arbitrator and Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers
Steven is an arbitrator and barrister. He has over 80 appointments as presiding, sole, co-arbitrator and emergency arbitrator, seated in Singapore, England, USA, India, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. He is also instructed as lead counsel in arbitrations. He is a member of the English and Singapore bars. Steven has extensive experience with SIAC, ICC, UNCITRAL Rules, SCMA, KCAB and ad hoc cases involving Asia- Pacific jurisdictions and farther afield, and is on the SIAC, HKIAC, ICDR, KCAB, JCAA, CIETAC panels, amongst many others. Steven is noted in legal directories as “the perfect arbitrator”, “he is always on top of his cases and has a very good judgment and excellent manner”, “a fair-minded and extremely capable arbitrator”, “an outstanding up-and-coming superstar with a nice and sensible manner”, “a highly respected figure across the gamut of APAC-related commercial disputes”, and “an excellent counsel with excellent understanding of law and great commercial insight”.
Nandakumar Ponniya, Keynote Speaker
Principal, Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
Nandakumar (Kumar) Ponniya heads the Dispute Resolution Practice Group in Singapore and the region, and also chairs the Asia Pacific International Arbitration Practice. He is widely acclaimed in international arbitration and cross-border litigation, with particular expertise in the areas of construction, technology and energy. His practice includes dealing with disputes arising from corporate and commercial matters, and managing multi-jurisdictional restructuring and insolvency. With over 20 years' experience, Kumar has handled disputes and matters across various industry sectors and jurisdictions, serving clients in Asia and beyond. He is qualified to practice in Singapore, England & Wales and New York; and is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Ohoon Kwon, Moderator, 2nd Grand Panel
Partner, Cha & Kwon
Ohoon Kwon is a Partner at Cha & Kwon. He concentrates his practice in the area of corporate law, with focus on finance, information technologies and international law. Most recently, he has advised several blockchain companies on their cryptocurrency related projects. His work includes ICO (initial coin offering), off-shore incorporation, licensing, legal opinion drafting for whitepapers, STO(security token offering) and Non-fungible Tokens (NFT). He also has experience in foreign exchange regulations in Korea especially on cross-border cryptocurrency and fiat exchange, along with other AML regulations. His work extends to highly regulatory fields including MLM (multilevel marketing) regulations and anti-bribery laws in Korea. He has successfully implemented major compliance initiatives within large corporations. Native in English, Ohoon has previously worked as an inhouse counsel in MNCs including Amway Korea, Bausch & Lomb Korea and Blizzard Entertainment Korea. He has organized several regulation reform projects involving government and legislative staffs and represented the private sector. Admitted to practice law in the Republic of Korea, He is a member of the Korean Bar Association. Ohoon served as a director at Inhouse Counsel Forum (IHCF), the largest inhouse counsel society in Korea.
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.
Christopher Nunns
Managing Director, Kroll
Christopher is a managing director in Kroll’s Expert Services practice, based in Singapore. He is a highly respected quantum and delay expert with 40 years of experience in the construction industry, working with both contractors and consultants. Christopher’s experience has been gained while working in a wide range of sectors including commercial, residential, mining, utilities, oil and gas, and infrastructure. He was based in Singapore for 30 years, primarily involved in dispute resolution, arbitration, contract administration and claims management. He has given expert evidence for arbitration and court proceedings on numerous occasions and is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences. He holds a master’s degree from Oxford University. He is a past chairman of the Society of Construction Law in Singapore, was a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Editorial Advisory Panel and was also accredited as an adjudicator.
Ashish Chugh
Principal, Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
Ashish is a Local Principal in Singapore's Dispute Resolution Practice Group. He is qualified to practice law in England & Wales, India, New York and Singapore. Ashish represents clients in a range of industries including aviation, commodities, construction, hospitality, investment funds , office stationery, oil and gas, power, shipping, technology and telecommunications. He has broad experience in international arbitrations with seats in Dubai, Hong Kong, India, London, Malaysia, New York and Singapore under a variety of ad hoc and institutional arbitration rules, including AAA, DIFC-LCIA, HKIAC, ICC, KLRCA, LCIA, SIAC and UNCITRAL. Ashish is experienced in supervising, coordinating and managing complex court-based commercial litigation in Asia Pacific.
Richard Allen
Local Principal, Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
Richard is a Local Principal in Baker McKenzie’s Dispute Resolution and International Arbitration groups, based in the Firm's Singapore office. He is also a member of Baker McKenzie's Energy, Mining & Infrastructure and Industrials, Manufacturing & Transportation Global Industry Groups. Richard’s practice covers a broad spectrum of advisory and contentious work with an international angle, including commercial arbitration, international investment arbitration, commercial litigation and both public and private international law. He advises and represents clients across a wide range of industries, with a particular focus on oil & gas, power, commodities and aviation. Richard is one of the Singapore office's innovation ambassadors and has been involved in several of the firm's accelerator projects, as part of Baker McKenzie's global innovation program, "Reinvent".
Zach Li
Director, AlixPartners
Zach has over a decade of experience in advising clients on valuation, economic loss, and accounting issues, primarily in the contexts of litigation, arbitration, and expert determination. His range of experience includes investor-state disputes, post- acquisition disputes, shareholder disputes, valuation of businesses, and loss-of-profit claims. Zach has prepared reports for submission to Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, and US courts, as well as to HKIAC, ICC, ICDR, LCIA, ICSID, and UNCITRAL under their arbitration rules. Clients benefit from Zach’s industry experience in the automotive, aviation, construction, education, energy, financial services, gaming, hospitality, insurance, metals and mining, oil & gas, pharmaceutical, and real estate sectors. Zach is a member of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada and the Chartered Business Valuators Institute. Zach is fluent in English and Mandarin.
Edward Taylor
Counsel, Shearman & Sterling
Edward Taylor is counsel in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration practice. Based in the firm’s Hong Kong office, he represents and advises companies, States and State-owned entities in commercial and investment treaty disputes. His practice includes disputes related to TMT, energy, infrastructure, joint ventures, M&A, private equity, and real estate. He is dual-qualified in England and Wales (solicitor advocate) and Hong Kong (solicitor). Edward is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (FHKIArb).
Jennifer Wu
Senior Associate, Pinsent Masons
Jennifer Wu is a Senior Commercial and Tech Disputes lawyer at Pinsent Masons. She manages and leads the Hong Kong TMT and Data Team. She has a particular focus on cross border cyber, tech and data related issues, protecting systems, software and information held online for businesses. She has acted as the lead advisor for many trusted international and local clients and has been commended for her strategic advice in Court litigation and International Arbitration. Outside of her work, Jennifer champions equality and is part of 2 diversity and inclusion groups in Hong Kong, Women in Law Hong Kong and CIArb East Asia Branch. She is also the current co-chair of CIArb East Asia Branch’s Young Members Group and a HK45 Committee Member.
Yuankai Lin
Partner, RPC Premier Law
Specialising in complex and high-stakes cross-border litigation and arbitration, Yuankai Lin acts for clients in sectors such as Technology, Communications and Media; Retail; Entertainment & Sport; Consumer Life Sciences & Healthcare and Aviation. An experienced dispute resolution lawyer, Yuankai frequently does his own advocacy in both litigation and arbitration matters. He has a very international practice having acted in disputes involving a wide range of jurisdictions including Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, China, Russia, South Korea, Bangladesh, India and the United States. He has acted for clients at all levels of the Singapore Courts as well as in arbitrations administered by the SIAC, ICC, KLRCA (now AIAC), LCIA and UNCITRAL Rules. He has also been invited by various organisations to present on investigations and compliance matters in Singapore, Vietnam and South Korea. Yuankai is an accredited mediator and has been on the Singapore Mediation Centre’s Panel of Associate Mediators since 2014. He has experience mediating disputes at the Supreme Court and State Courts of Singapore and, as counsel, frequently acts for clients in mediations as well. He is a member of the Singapore Mediation Centre’s Panel of Coaches, which is entrusted with the responsibility of training and mentoring the next generation of mediators in Singapore. In 2016, Yuankai was also appointed by the Supreme Court of Singapore to the Young Amicus Curiae programme to assist the Supreme Court in cases involving novel points of law or important issues of public policy. Yuankai is admitted to the Singapore bar as both solicitor and barrister and practices out of Premier Law LLC.
Erick Gunawan
Berkeley Research Group (BRG)
Erick Gunawan is a director based in BRG’s Singapore office. He has over fifteen years of experience in forensic consulting, compliance investigations, information governance, eDiscovery, data identification, and collection. He has managed document review for both contentious and non-contentious matters. Before joining BRG, Mr. Gunawan worked for a specialist consulting firm, where he led the strategic design and implementation of end-to-end forensic technology services. He managed large-scale eDiscovery, information governance, and review services in sectors including finance, life sciences, and energy. He has provided eDiscovery consultancy services regarding financial and economic issues in complex litigation and disputes cases. He also worked for a Big Four professional services firm and in-house with several leading law firms. Mr. Gunawan is a certified Legal Lean Sigma practitioner and holds various computer forensics accreditations. He is highly proficient in Relativity, Nuix, EnCase, Cellebrite, Brainspace, RapidMiner, Ringtail, and Axcelerate. He is a native speaker of Bahasa Indonesia.
Alice Chen
Co-founder and General Counsel,InvestaX
Alice Chen is the Co-founder and General Counsel of InvestaX. InvestaX is a MAS-licensed platform offering end-to-end solutions for the primary issuance, tokenisation, and secondary trading of digital securities in the private securities markets. InvestaX leverages the best of TradFi (traditional finance) and DeFi (decentralized finance) concepts to bring technology-driven investment products and innovation. Alice spent more than 10 years in private practice with prominent international law firms across multiple jurisdictions (US, China and Japan) prior to her entrepreneurial journey. Alice is actively engaged in the Fintech and blockchain communities in Singapore and beyond, regularly speaking, presenting and mentoring in the areas of Fintech, blockchain and entrepreneurship. She is a regular guest lecturer at Singapore Management University Academy in the area of Digital Assets and Blockchain and also teaches an IBF accredited course in Blockchain and Digital Securities. Pioneering a new industry requires her to constantly engage with regulators, policymakers and multilateral agencies across markets. She is currently the Chair of the Singapore Fintech Association Digital Financing Subcommittee and also a Charter Member of TechGC.
Ji En Lee
Co-Founder, Chambers Lab
Ji En recently left practice to build Chambers Lab, a legal innovation startup focused on helping lawyers practice better. He believes that, with intelligent use of technology and global human resources, the practice of law can be effective and enjoyable at the same time. Prior to this, Ji En was an associate at a global law firm in Singapore. He has extensive experience in dispute resolution (both civil and criminal matters) and competition law. Ji En has been actively involved in the legal tech and legal innovation space for the past 7 years. He was the founding Deputy Chairperson of the Asia-Pacific Legal Innovation and Technology Association (ALITA) and the Chapter Organiser of Legal Hackers Singapore. He was part of a Working Group formed by the Singapore Computer Society and the Singapore Academy of Law to help the Singapore government develop strategies for the legal workforce in view of tech disruption in the industry. He is a regular speaker on issues relating to technology and innovation in law, and has been invited to speak at conferences in many countries, ranging from Korea to Italy to Singapore. Ji En read law at the National University of Singapore on the ASEAN Undergraduate Scholarship and graduated in 2017. He is Malaysian, and he speaks English, Mandarin, Malay, Cantonese and Hokkien.
Scott Warren
Secretary, Executive Board, The Society for The Policing of Cyberspace; Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
Scott Warren is a licensed US attorney who began his legal career litigating and arbitrating civil cases in California before moving to Japan in 1993. He wrote the Japan Employers Handbook for CCH before spending 13 years as in-house counsel as the first foreign general counsel for Sega Enterprises, and then as senior corporate attorney for Microsoft, getting Xbox launched in Asia. In those capacities, he also handled a breadth of matters including overseeing several competition matters, other litigation disputes, IP licensing, transactional agreements, anticounterfeiting and anti-cybercrime efforts, employment matters and internal investigations. He was the Asia Regional Managing Director for Legal Technologies for a large risk consultancy and now oversees Epiq Systems, a world leader in legal technologies, providing eDiscovery and document review services in North Asia, working with corporations, and the law firms that support them, on issues where the Law and Technology collide. Many of those have involved competition matters in various industries and countries in Asia. As such, he has been working in and around digital evidence in Asia for the last 20 years.

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