Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Summit 2018 - Agenda September 20 2018, Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong


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08.10 Registration

08.45 Keynote speaker
Christopher To,
chairperson, Hong Kong Mediation Council, HKIAC

09.00 Updates to dispute resolution in China

  • Structural changes to China’s legal/regulatory landscape and how this will affect dispute resolution in China
  • Updates to dispute resolution in China, including the setting up of three new disputes courts for its Belt & Road initiative
  • Chinese outbound investment risks you should be aware of – how might ‘grey rhinos’ become a litigation risk?
  • Updates to China’s anti-corruption unit and how this may affect litigation and dispute resolution in China, Hong Kong and beyond

Shaun Wu, partner, Kobre & Kim (moderator)
Brad Wang,
managing counsel, CIETAC
Hugo Ngaw,
general legal counsel, Convoy Global
Alexander Shaik,
partner and general counsel, ADM Capital

10.00 Mediation in the region: a primer

  • Why companies are increasingly using mediation as a solution for resolving disputes
  • Mediation: before it goes to litigation what needs to be done? Is it effective?
  • Selecting your mediator: the importance of a good mediator to effectively resolve disputes
  • New developments in the region and their impact
  • On an international level, what developments are being made? A look into UNICTRAL's working group draft convention on enforcement of mediated settlements

Nitesh Jain, partner, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co (moderator)
David Luk,
counsel, corporate legal affairs, Hong Kong Airlines
Sharon Nye, executive director litigation counsel, Morgan Stanley
Sala Sihombing, mediator, Conflict Change
Roden Tong, head of claims - financial lines, Asia, deputy CEO, Berkley Insurance

10.50 Networking and coffee break

11.10 Regional trends and updates in investment treaty arbitration

  • What protections do investors have under investment treaty arbitration?
  • Belt & Road: opportunities and challenges that will arise from this initiative
  • Opportunities in the Indian bilateral investment treaty space
  • Emerging trend: tax-related disputes and international tax treaties, and how this will affect investment treaty arbitration

Wesley Pang, managing counsel, HKIAC (moderator)
Manini Brar, advocate, Arista Chambers
JLN Murthy, advocate and regional centre in charge, ICADR
Masako Takahata, general counsel, Eurus Energy

12.00 Conducting commercial and financial regulatory disputes in Asia

  • Regulatory updates in the Asia-Pacific region including fraud, anti-trust, bribery and anti-corruption
  • What are some challenges you might face when taking regulatory action against multinationals?
  • What local regulators are focusing on - including updated enforcement regulations for SFC, and investigations malpractices

Jessica Pyman, partner, Mintz Group (moderator)
Shaun Ansell,
head of international legal and compliance, GPB Financial Services
Jessica Bartlett,
director, financial crimes, Barclays
Jake Scrivens,
managing director and head of litigation, APAC, UBS

13.00 Networking lunch

13.50 Cross-border enforcement on the rise: what to be aware of

  • Newest developments and challenges in the enforcement of overseas judgments across the region
  • Trends: cross-border litigation on the rise, heightened levels of enforcement on antitrust across APAC
  • Enforcing foreign judgments: what are some practical considerations to be aware of?
  • Enforcing foreign judgments in India – recognition and its implications
  • How things have changed in China since its signing of the Convention on Choice of Court Agreements last September
  • Post-court judgment remedy tactics and strategies for creditors

Tim Meng, managing partner, GoldenGate (moderator)
Zarir Bharucha, partner, ZBA
Andrew Ayres QC, barrister, Maitland Chambers

14.50 Networking and coffee break

15.10 The growth of litigation funding in Asia

  • Trends and updates across the region
  • How has Singapore taken the lead in terms of litigation finance in the region?
  • Developments in Hong Kong regarding third party funding in litigation
  • What are some innovative ways of funding in the pipeline?

Clive Bowman, chief executive, Australia and Asia, IMF Bentham (moderator)
Mingchao Fan, director, ICC Arbitration & ADR, North Asia and Secretary, the Belt and Road Commission, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Mustafa Hadi, managing director head of disputes and international arbitration APAC, Berkeley Research Group
Jim Jamison, general counsel, Deloitte
Cheng-Yee Khong
, associate investment manager, IMF Bentham

16.10 Interim relief in cross-border disputes - a sharpened blade or a blunt tool?

  • The availability of interim or emergency relief across APAC courts and tribunals
  • Freezing orders / discovery orders / challenges to jurisdiction
  • What next? Making effective use of your interim relief
Matt Bower, partner, Allen & Overy (moderator)
James Dalton, senior legal counsel dispute resolution, Standard Chartered Bank
Qian Wu
, associate counsel, SIAC
Howard Wallis
, vice president, associate general counsel, FIS
Sheila Ahuja, partner, Allen & Overy

17.10 End of summit


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