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


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Speakers for the 2018 Summit include:

Mingchao Fan

Mingchao Fan director, ICC Arbitration & ADR, North Asia and secretary, the Belt and Road Commission
ICC International Court of Arbitration

Mingchao Fan is director of arbitration and ADR for North Asia of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and Secretary to the Belt and Road Initiative Commission of ICC International Court of Arbitration. He is an experienced arbitrator with extensive knowledge of the Asia region. Being on the panels of the CAS, HKIAC, KCAB, SHIAC, etc., he served as presiding arbitrator, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator in more than 200 occasions. Additionally, he is on the steering committee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators East Asia Branch and serves as Chairman of its PRC Sub-Committee.

Before joining ICC, Fan served as deputy director, which he still is in addition to his current role with ICC, at the PRC's Supreme People’s Court Judicial Research Institute (SHUPL), a think tank which has seen him focusing on dispute resolution research on the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative.

Fan holds a PhD from the East China University of Politics and Law. He was also a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Duke University.

Brad Wang

managing counsel
CIETAC Hong Kong Arbitration Center

Brad Wang holds position of managing counsel that leads the case management team of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission Hong Kong Arbitration Center, which is the first and only overseas branch of the largest and oldest permanent arbitral institution in China. His job responsibilities include supervising case management team and answer queries from parties and their counsels before, during and after arbitration.

He is also managing counsel of the China Maritime Arbitration Commission Hong Kong Arbitration Center, which is the first and only overseas branch of the sole maritime arbitration commission in China.

Before joining CIETAC and CMAC Hong Kong, Wang worked as litigating lawyer and also has advocated in arbitration for three years, where he specialized in cross-border maritime, commercial and construction-related arbitration seated in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Wang holds law degrees from mainland China and Hong Kong, and also a GDL in the UK.

David Luk

David Luk

legal counsel
Hong Kong Airlines

David Luk works at Hong Kong Airlines as legal counsel providing legal advice on a broad range of in-house legal matters, including but not limited to operational, administrative, regulatory, competition, anti-trust, employment and contentious matters.

Prior to that, Luk worked in private practice specializing in commercial litigation, arbitration, mediation, insurance, insolvency, regulatory and anti-fraud matters. He acted for clients in Hong Kong SAR, Mainland China, European countries, Asian countries, U.S.A. and offshore jurisdictions ranging from high-net worth individuals to multi-national corporations.

Luk is a solicitor admitted in Hong Kong, an accredited mediator and a Fellow of both Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators. He was the Chairperson of Young Members Group of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (East Asia Branch), Co-Chairperson of Commercial Mediation Interest Group of Hong Kong Mediation Council, and served various committees of the Law Society of Hong Kong.

Christopher To

independent mediator and arbitrator

Christopher To is an independent mediator and arbitrator who is on the panels of various leading global alternative dispute resolution bodies. He has handled a variety of complex international cases as mediator and arbitrator (sole, chair and co-arbitrator, under various institutional and ad hoc arbitration rules).

He was previously the secretary-general of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and is currently the chairman of the east Asia branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an at-large council member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, an executive committee member of the Hong Kong Corporate Counsel Association, a council member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre. He is also an advisory board member of India International ADR Association.

In 2001-2002 he was awarded director of the year by the Hong Kong Institute of Directors for his strive towards excellence in corporate governance and is currently the deputy chairman of the Institute. In 2007 he was awarded young global leader by the World Economic Forum and is actively involved with the Forum’s affairs.

To holds qualifications in the areas of computing, engineering and law. He is an accredited mediator, chartered arbitrator, chartered engineer, chartered information technology professional and a law professor. He has written substantially on the subject of international arbitration and mediation in particular has written the leading handbook, Arbitration Law in Hong Kong, published by Lexis Nexis Butterworths as well as the leading textbook on mediation, Mediation in Hong Kong: Law and Practice by Kluwer Law.

Sharon Nye

Sharon Nye

executive director, litigation and regulatory enforcement counsel
Morgan Stanley

Sharon Nye has over 14 years of legal experience in Hong Kong, focusing on special situations, global regulatory enforcement and complex financial services litigation of significant financial or reputational risk.

In her role at Morgan Stanley, Nye manages litigation and regulatory investigations across Asia Pacific, including cross-border matters involving US or UK regulatory issues, working with a broad range of internal business clients across the region including private equity, investment banking and wealth management. Nye also manages internal investigations into employee conduct, and advises senior management on employee disciplinary decisions.

Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Nye gained extensive experience at highly regarded international law firms in Hong Kong. Sharon was also seconded to an international bank during the financial crisis to manage disputes and employee issues.

Shaun Ansell

Shaun Ansell

head of legal and compliance, Asia Pacific
GPB Financial Services

Shaun Ansell is currently head of legal and compliance Asia Pacific for GPB Financial Services, a 100% subsidiary of Gazprombank based in Hong Kong since June 2016. Before this, he was managing director and the designated compliance officer (DCO) for the Asia Pacific region for Moodys. His geographic responsibility included Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Singapore, PRC, South Korea and India and he was based in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Moody's, Ansell was the managing director and head of legal and compliance for Mizuho Securities Asia for five years. Ansell spent his years with Mizuho working out of their Hong Kong location.

James Dalton

James Dalton

senior legal counsel, dispute resolution
Standard Chartered Bank

James Dalton is a senior legal counsel at Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong. He is responsible for managing a variety of major disputes and contentious matters for the bank in the Greater China and North Asia region.

Prior to joining the bank, Dalton worked for a leading international litigation practice in London and Hong Kong, and acted for and counselled clients on complex banking and commercial disputes and investigations spanning many different jurisdictions, including throughout Asia. Dalton has been based in Hong Kong for over a decade and is admitted in England, Hong Kong and New York.

JLN Murthy

JLN Murthy

advocate and regional centre-in-charge
International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ICADR)

JLN Murthy is a post graduate in international law with a specialisation in alternative dispute resolution. He is an advocate of the High and Supreme Courts of India. He is currently the regional centre-in-charge and secretary of the International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ICADR) in Hyderabad, India.

His previous roles include legal advisor to The World Bank, a member of the WIPO Arbitration Committee, and legal consultant to the United Nations Development Programme. Murthy also previously worked as general counsel for MNCS.

Murthy was previously managing partner of Jonnalagadda LLP, a full service corporate law firm. He has been credited in training more than 1100 judges, advocates and others in ADR methods, IPR, taxation, contracts, and agreements.

He is a member of several professional bodies such as the American Bar Association, representing to Bar Council of India and Supreme Court Bar Association. He is the international panel arbitrator, mediator and conciliator for HKIAC, ICC, ICADR, AICADR, NAC and WIPO.

Karen Law

Karen Law

vice president, strategy and legal
Lan Kwai Fong Group

Karen Law is vice president, strategy and legal of Lan Kwai Fong Group (LKF). LKF is an entertainment based property development and management conglomerate having recently diversified from its property business into new businesses including entertainment, film, media and technology businesses in Asia and the US.

Before joining LKF, Law was the chief executive officer, Greater China, and the general counsel of Digital Domain Holdings Limited (DDHL). She was appointed as the general counsel in June 2015 and the chief Strategy officer in January 2016, and subsequently as the chief executive officer, Greater China, in May 2016. DDHL was a diversified investment holding company with its media, entertainment and technology businesses spanning the Greater China and the US.

Before joining DDHL, she was the head of the IP legal team in Alibaba Group supervising all IP and technology matters worldwide including transactions, trademarks, copyrights, domain names, data and technology. Law has over 15 years’ experience in managing and handling intellectual property matters globally. She has also served as board and sub-committee members in IP associations such as the INTA, CTA and at the ICANN.

Law is a qualified solicitor in Hong Kong and she holds a Master of Laws and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Hong Kong.

Masako Takahata

Masako Takahata

general counsel
Eurus Energy

Masako Takahata is general counsel for Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation, a JV between the Toyota group and Tokyo Electric Power Company, and one of Japan's most successful renewables firms. She is responsible for advising on all renewable energy projects around the globe as well as regulatory issues and dispute resolution practices.

Prior to joining Eurus Energy, her practice concentrated on M & A transactions, structured finance and regulatory issues within the financial industry, including both private practice and in-house counsel roles at Ushijima & Partners, Morgan Stanley Japan and Deutsche Bank Group.

Takahata also provides a wide range of general advice on the energy industry related policy issues as a member of the Policymaking Committee of Japan Wind Power Association. She is actively involved in the corporate counsel community, including her role as a deputy director-general of the Japan In-house Lawyers Association.

Takahata received her Bachelor of Arts degree from International Christian University. She is admitted to the Bar of Japan, a member of the Japan Federation of Bar Association and a member of the International Bar Association.

Manini Brar

Manini Brar

Arista Chambers

Manini Brar is currently a member of Arista Chambers (India), which has a robust international commercial and investment arbitration practice. She has previously worked as a Deputy Counsel in the Hong Kong office of International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). In this capacity, she assisted the ICC Court in its supervision of numerous international arbitrations.

Brar has acted as a counsel in, and advised on, a range of arbitration matters, construction disputes and investments in major infrastructure development projects. Her experience includes working with one of India’s leading law firms and practicing as an advocate before the Delhi High Court, India.

Brar is qualified to practice in India and in England & Wales. She is an alumnus of the University of Cambridge, where she studied public international law and received two prestigious scholarships. She is also trained as a tribunal secretary pursuant to the HKIAC Tribunal Secretary Training Programme.

Jim Jamison

Jim Jamison

general counsel

Jim Jamison is the general counsel for Deloitte China. He has worked in East Asia for 20 years. He graduated in law from the University of Cambridge, and trained as a solicitor with Linklaters in London. He then joined Clifford Chance, and became a partner in their Hong Kong office, specialising in litigation and arbitration in the financial services industry. He worked on some of the most high profile litigation matters of the time in Hong Kong, including the Peregrine collapse, and the Nina Wang litigation. During this time he served as a council member of the Law Society of Hong Kong, the chair of its claims committee and a director of the Solicitors' Indemnity Fund.

In 2008 Jamison moved to Tokyo to become Clifford Chance's resident dispute resolution partner in Japan, and to head the firm's East Asia international arbitration practice. In 2011 he returned to Hong Kong to take up his current role at Deloitte, a former client. There he leads a multi-jurisdictional team of lawyers providing legal services to a firm of some 15,000 professionals in the accountancy and consultancy industries in 21 locations across East Asia. He is a council member of the HKIAC.

Sala Sihombing

Sala Sihombing

Conflict Change Consulting

Sala Sihombing is a full-time accredited mediator for both family and general mediation (HKMAAL HK, NMAS Australia, FINRA US, CEDR UK). She has been appointed to the HKIAC Panel of Arbitrators for Financial Services Disputes. Sihombing originally qualified as a solicitor (admission UK 1995 / HK 1996) having completed her LLB at the University of Bristol (UK).

Following a few years in private practice in litigation, Sihombing moved to in house legal (Peregrine / Credit Agricole). She spent 11 years on the institutional equity trading floor of Morgan Stanley HK working in non-market risk and then product development.

Having decided to pursue a career in ADR, Sihombing attended the Straus Institute at Pepperdine University (USA) and received her LLM in 2012. On return to Hong Kong, she set up an ADR practice, Conflict Change Consulting and works full-time as a mediator. In addition, Sihombing teaches as an adjunct in the LLM ADR programme at the University of Hong Kong and is on the Organising Committee for the Children’s Issues Forum. She also supports Cognatio Law, a New Law company as their legal officer.

Roden Tong

Roden Tong deputy chief executive officer – Hong Kong, head of claims, financial lines – Asia
Berkley Insurance Asia

Roden Tong started his career as a solicitor in Hong Kong focusing on insurance related and commercial litigation. In 2007, he joined a multinational insurer as in-house claim specialist and thereafter promoted to be the regional claim manager to oversee all financial lines and specialty large loss across North Asia.

In 2016, he joined Berkley Insurance Asia as deputy chief executive officer for the Hong Kong branch and head of claims, financial lines for Asia. Tong has extensive experience in handling complex financial lines claim matters, including Lehman-related investment mis-selling issues, US class actions against Hong Kong and PRC companies, and major fidelity claims.

Alongside with his work, Tong has a passion for social service. He is currently a council member of the Law Society of Hong Kong. He also serves in various committees and working groups including the Standing Committee of Practitioner Affairs, Standing Committee on Standard and Development, Standing Committee on Members Services, Consents Committee and the PIS Panel Solicitors Selection Board.

Mustafa Hadi

Mustafa Hadi

managing director
Berkeley Research Group

Mustafa Hadi leads Berkeley Research Group’s disputes and international arbitration practice in the Asia-Pacific region. He specialises in addressing issues of valuation, damages, and accounting in complex commercial and investment treaty disputes, including M&A, private equity, joint venture, shareholder, breach of contract, and intellectual property disputes.

Hadi has been instructed as an expert in international arbitration and in court, and is experienced in oral testimony. His experience spans matters involving the ICC, UNCITRAL, HKIAC, DIAC, and CIETAC, and in the courts of the UK, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Ireland, the Cayman Islands, the BVI, Bermuda, and the Bahamas.

Earlier in his career, Hadi worked as a strategy consultant, advising private equity funds, financial institutions, and corporate clients on commercial due diligence, market entry, and corporate strategy.

Hadi regularly presents to law firms on damages and valuation issues, and facilitates advocacy workshops on the cross-examination of expert witnesses. He has also been a guest lecturer on the LLM in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution course at the University of Hong Kong.

Hadi is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and a member of the Academy of Experts. He holds an MA in physics from Cambridge University.

Wesley Pang

Wesley Pang

managing counsel

Wesley Pang is a managing counsel of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. He was formerly a senior associate at Shearman & Sterling where he worked in the firm’s New York office, from 2008-2010, as a member of the litigation group, and as a member of the international arbitration group in Paris and London from 2010-2017. His practice focused on cross-border litigation and government regulatory investigations, as well as commercial and investor-State arbitrations.

He has served as a co-vice chair of the International Investment & Development Committee of the ABA Section of International Law (2016-2017), and holds a JD from Columbia University School of Law, as well as an LLB and BSc. from King’s College London. He is admitted to practice law in New York.

Sebastian Ko

Sebastian Ko

regional director and senior legal counsel
Epiq Group

As regional director, Sebastian Ko oversees the review teams for Epiq Asia-Pacific, including the review centers in greater China, India, and Japan, to provide managed review services and staffing solutions to law firm, banking and corporate clients. He manages the hiring and training of reviewers, and works closely with partners to manage local and cross-border eDiscovery reviews around Asia. He assists clients in designing and executing strategies to conduct for investigations, litigation and arbitration, utilizing the latest technologies and industry best practices. Ko is also in-house legal counsel for Epiq in Asia.

Andrew Ayres QC

Andrew Ayres

barrister and arbitrator
Maitland Chambers

Andrew Ayres is British but has lived all over the world. His 21 year litigation and arbitration practice is based in London, at Maitland Chambers in Lincoln’s Inn. He is principally an advocate, appearing before all courts in London, and internationally as arbitration counsel. His main activity is appearing as leading counsel before the London Commercial Court in cases concerning parties who have little connection with England. These cases generally involve injunctive relief in support of litigation or arbitration worldwide, as well as commercial disputes proceeding to a full trial.

Ayres is an experienced fraud, asset tracing and enforcement practitioner. The first edition of Civil Fraud: Law, Practice & Procedure, Sweet & Maxwell, with Andrew’s contributions, is published in September 2018. He is also known for his expertise in disputes relating to banking and finance and financial services, derivatives and structured products, shareholder and company law issues, offshore trusts and corporate structures (including those based in Cayman and the BVI), insolvency and restructuring, international trade, joint ventures, aviation, and succession and family trusts and asset claims.

Ayres deals with a wide range of international disputes, including Chinese outbound investment and BRI matters, and especially those with an English or common law element.

Matt Bower

Matt Bower

Allen & Overy

Matt Bower is a partner in Allen & Overy's litigation and dispute resolution department. Bower advises investments banks, financial institutions and other clients in High Court litigation in England and Wales and Hong Kong and regulatory investigations.

Bower has particular experience of disputes arising from derivative, syndicated loan and asset management complaints and extensive trial experience, having acted among other matters for six former non-executive directors of Equitable Life in defending one of the largest claims ever brought before the English Commercial Court against individual directors.

Bower has substantial experience of advising clients on the conduct of regulatory investigations in the Asia-Pacific region, having advised on some of the most high profile benchmark investigations in the region concerning financial services and competition issues.

Sheila Ahuja

Sheila Ahuja

Allen & Overy

Sheila Ahuja is a partner in Allen & Overy's global arbitration group based in the Singapore office, having previously been based in Hong Kong. She has advised on a wide range of arbitration matters and arbitration related court matters involving various jurisdictions such as Hong Kong, Singapore, England and Wales, India, Myanmar, Malaysia, the Philippines and the PRC. Ahuja represents clients who consider her ‘star material’, ‘sharp’ and ‘very personable’, in both commercial arbitrations and investor-State arbitrations.

Ahuja has particular experience of energy and infrastructure disputes, disputes arising from joint ventures and distributorship arrangements, and disputes relating to complex financial products.

Ahuja is a member of the proceedings committee of the HKIAC, the steering committee of the IBA Arb 40 and the steering committee of the Young MCIA (Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration). She is also a contributing author of Alternative Dispute Resolution: The Indian Perspective, published by Oxford University Press in May 2018. Ahuja speaks English, Sindhi, Hindi and Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin).

Tim Meng

Tim Meng

managing partner

Tim Meng has served as managing partner at GoldenGate Lawyers since its establishment in 2007. GoldenGate Lawyers is a dynamic boutique law firm, and basically works for foreign interests in China. The Firm provides a full range of legal services for large multinational companies, as well as individuals, which endeavors to provide high quality services and practical solutions to its clients through the close cooperation among its lawyers and professionals with diversity expertise.

Meng earned his LLB from Beijing University Law School in 1990, and his LLM from the American University in 1996. He was admitted to the Chinese National Bar in 1994 and to the New York Bar in 1998.
Meng is a top and well-recognized litigator in China, and has been endorsed by Chambers & Partners and many other peers as a leading arbitration attorney and IP attorney. Among others, he was recognized as China Arbitration year of the Year by CorpINTL in 2011, as Arbitration Lawyer of the Year by DealMakers in 2012, as a Local Disputes Star in China in 2013, and as one of the Top 15 Chinese Litigators by ALB in 2014.

Clive Bowman

Clive Bowman

chief executive - Australia and Asia
IMF Bentham

Clive Bowman is based in Sydney and is chief executive - Australia and Asia. He also heads IMF Bentham's case selection committee and investment managers committee.

Bowman has a degree in economics and an honours degree in law from the Australian National University. He also holds a graduate diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia and has completed the IPAA Advanced Insolvency course.

After working as a lawyer in large law firms in Sydney and London, Bowman became involved in litigation funding in 1997 and has been with IMF since it listed on the ASX in October 2001. He was a director of IMF from 23 February 2011 to 5 January 2015. He has extensive experience in litigation and litigation funding with a particular focus on insolvency and large scale multi-party litigation.

Cheng-Yee Khong

Cheng-Yee Khong

associate investment manager
IMF Bentham

Cheng Yee Khong leads IMF Bentham's Hong Kong office and works closely with the Singapore office to assess and manage funded cases throughout Asia, including arbitration, litigation and insolvency claims.

Khong is an international arbitration specialist and lawyer with a global career. She has lived and worked in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, France and Malaysia and advised on matters throughout the Asia Pacific region, Europe, U.S.A. and the Gulf.

Khong began her career as deputy counsel for the International Chamber of Commerce International Court of Arbitration Secretariat (ICC) in Paris, before qualifying as a solicitor with leading global law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London and working in the International Arbitration Group in Paris on international commercial / investment treaty arbitrations. During this period, she had the opportunity to assist the litigation team in representing an Asian State before the French courts in relation to a terrorist kidnapping. She then returned to Asia to join leading Malaysian law firm Shook Lin & Bok in Kuala Lumpur. Subsequently, Khong was appointed by the ICC as the regional director to head its Asia liaison office in Kuala Lumpur. She was subsequently promoted as the director and counsel to the ICC in Hong Kong, where she helped launch the ICC's Asia Office and was in charge of developing and managing ICC arbitrations in the Asia Pacific region.

Khong is fluent in English, French and Cantonese and has conversational Malaysian, Indonesian, Mandarin and German.

Zahir Bharucha

Zahir Bharucha


Zarir Bharucha has over 25 years of cross border litigation and international litigation experience. He qualified with Linklaters in the City and has been involved with several high-profile disputes. Notable amongst these, was a long running London arbitration against the Government of India on behalf of Enron Corp and ONGC on behalf of Enron Oil & Gas and BG. He has served as counsel and arbitrator in international arbitrations involving SIAC, UNCITRAL Rules, as also ad hoc arbitrations. Zarir writes prolifically and has recently written on the Delhi High Court ruling on the Indo UK BITS. His experience entails advising and acting:

  1. in an arbitration relating to a ship building contract for foreign owners against an Indian ship yard;
  2. in an arbitration arising out of a dispute relating to construction of a power plant for a US multinational against an Indian company;
  3. in an arbitration against an Indian state-owned oil entity relating to the operation of an FPSO off Indian waters;
  4. on the first Burmese arbitration venue Singapore arising out of a dispute relating to a shareholder’s agreement for a brewing company in Myanmar;
  5. on behalf of multiple investors in a metals business on successful UNCITRAL arbitration claims in London, and subsequent court enforcement actions in India;
  6. for an Asian coal producer in claims brought regarding the termination of a bulk handling contract at a port in India, including arbitration and court proceedings in Hong Kong, India and Indonesia


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