YSIAC Committee Members

The Co-Chairs and Members of the YSIAC Committee are arbitration practitioners aged 40 years and under from leading local, regional and international law firms, chambers and organisations based in Singapore and other jurisdictions worldwide.

Name Law Firm / Chambers / Organisation
1. Ms Wendy Lin (Co-Chair) WongPartnership LLP Singapore
2. Mr Daryl Chew (Co-Chair) Shearman & Sterling LLP Singapore
3. Ms Kate Apostolova Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Singapore
4. Ms Monisha Cheong TSMP Law Corporation Singapore
5. Ms Lijun Chui Bird & Bird ATMD LLP Singapore
6. Mr Samuel Leong Norton Rose Fulbright (Asia) LLP Singapore
7. Mr Colin Liew Duxton Hill Chambers (Singapore Group Practice) Singapore
8. Mr Benson Lim Hogan Lovells Singapore
9. Ms Gerui Lim Drew & Napier LLC Singapore
10. Ms Jennifer Lim Sidley Austin LLP Singapore
11. Ms Ng Hui Min Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP Singapore
12. Mr Ng Si Ming Allen & Gledhill LLP Singapore
13. Mr Nicholas Poon BreakPoint LLC Singapore
14. Mr Devathas Satianathan Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP Singapore
15. Mr Zachary Sharpe Jones Day Singapore
16. Mr Paul Tan Cavenagh Law (Clifford Chance Asia) Singapore
17. Ms Adriana Uson SIAC Singapore
18. Mr Sergio Nascimento Sergio Bermudes Advogados Brazil
19. Mr David Gu JunHe LLP China
20. Ms Vicky Zhao AnJie Law Firm China
21. Mr Zhao Yuxian Han Kun Law Offices China
22. Ms Sherlin Tung Withers Hong Kong SAR
23. Mr Bharat Chugh Chambers of Bharat Chugh India
24. Mr Kartikey Mahajan Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co India
25. Ms Sonali Mathur AZB & Partners India
26. Mr Lomesh Kiran Nidumuri IndusLaw India
27. Ms Dewi Savitri Reni SSEK Legal Consultants Indonesia
28. Mr Yutaro Kawabata Nishimura & Asahi Japan
29. Ms Sharon Chong Skrine Malaysia
30. Mr J.R. Robert Real MERALCO Philippines
31. Ms Khushboo Shahdadpuri Al Tamimi & Company United Arab Emirates
32. Ms Marina Zenkova White & Case LLC Russia
33. Ms Wonyoung (Karyn) Yoo Kim & Chang South Korea
34. Mr Rahul Donde Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler Switzerland
35. Mr Warathorn Wongsawangsiri Herbert Smith Freehills (Thailand) Limited Thailand
36. Ms Dharshini Prasad Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP UK
37. Mr Justin R. Rassi Debevoise & Plimpton LLP USA
38. Mr Pham Minh Thang YKVN LLP Vietnam

1. Wendy Lin 2021 Wendy Lin is a Partner in the Commercial & Corporate Disputes and International Arbitration Practices at WongPartnership LLP. Wendy has an active practice in a wide-array of high-value, multi-jurisdictional, and complex disputes, both before the Singapore Courts as well as in arbitrations conducted under various arbitral rules. Amongst her many accolades, Wendy was selected as one of the four most highly-regarded litigation partners in Asia-Pacific under the age of 45 in the inaugural publication of Who’s Who Legal: Litigation – Future Leaders. She has also been recommended for her dispute resolution and arbitration work in various legal publications where she has been variously complimented as being “a first-class advocate, with the unparalleled ability to cut through numerous complex facts and legal arguments, extract the winning arguments, and to convey them effectively, with absolute charm and ease”; “a highly distinguished litigator who fully understands and is able to manoeuvre comfortably in commercial aspects that are highly technical and complex”; and “an extremely knowledgeable and a highly-strategic thinker unfazed by the pressures of high stakes litigation with an excellent grasp of the law”.

daryl_chew Daryl Chew is a Partner in Shearman & Sterling's International Arbitration practice and Head of the Singapore Office.

He has advised and represented clients in arbitrations involving a wide range of applicable laws, arbitration rules and venues, arising from construction, M&A, energy, joint venture and general commercial disputes.

Daryl also serves as presiding, co-arbitrator and sole arbitrator in institutional and ad hoc proceedings.

Who's Who Legal: Arbitration - Future Leaders 2021 which profiles the foremost practitioners in the global arbitration community aged 45 and under, ranks Daryl as one of the "most highly regarded" partners in the Asia Pacific, while prior editions commend him as "'one of the brightest' in the Asian market, with impressive expertise in handling commercial disputes".

Daryl regularly features as a leading individual in various professional directories, including Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Asia-Pacific Legal 500 and Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific.

kate_apostolova Kate is a senior associate based in Freshfield’s Singapore office and has experience in both international commercial and investor-State arbitrations.

Recognized as one of the most highly regarded international arbitration practitioners in Asia, Kate has extensive experience representing clients in a wide-range of industries, including oil & gas, mining, nuclear power, construction, finance, technology. She has been involved in cases before the US courts, ICTY, ECHR, ITLOS, and all major arbitral institutions. She has also undertaken sovereign advisory work in international law-related areas.

Kate has a juris doctorate degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the Berkeley Journal of International Law. She is admitted to practice in New York, before the Supreme Court of the United States and the Singapore International Commercial Court.

Kate is described by clients as “a fine arbitration lawyer with outstanding knowledge in the field,” “articulate and responsive,” and “quick in analysing complex legal situations.”

img-monisha_cheong Monisha is an Associate Director at TSMP Law Corporation, a leading boutique law firm in Singapore. As counsel, Monisha has represented clients in various complex and high-value international and domestic arbitrations (under the ICC Rules, SIAC Rules and Singapore Institute of Architects Rules) and in various arbitration-related Court proceedings (involving the ICC Rules and UNCITRAL Rules). Monisha is also a member of the YSIAC Committee for 2021-2022. Complementing her active arbitration practice, Monisha specialises in construction, infrastructure and engineering disputes, regularly acting for architects, employers and contractors at all levels of the Singapore Courts, as well as in adjudication proceedings. In addition to her active litigation and arbitration practices, Monisha also has a dynamic cross-border white-collar crime practice, acting on behalf of ultra-high-net-worth individuals, state-owned enterprises and foreign-domiciled companies to safeguard their interests.

lijun_chui Lijun specialises in international arbitration and regulatory investigations and enforcement, and has acted as counsel in international and domestic arbitrations (both ad hoc and under the SIAC, ICC, LCIA, LMAA and UNCITRAL rules). The industries she has covered include banking and financial services, construction, consumer goods and retail, shipping, and energy. In addition to her work as counsel, Lijun has also been accepted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and recognised as an accredited mediator.

Lijun has substantial experience with tech disputes and regularly advises on cybersecurity and data issues and on emerging technology such as smart contracts, block chain and distributed ledger technology. Lijun speaks English and Mandarin.

img-samuel_leong Samuel Leong is an Associate in the Singapore office of Norton Rose Fulbright. His practice focuses on the aviation, energy, commodities and FMCG sectors. Apart from acting as arbitration counsel, Samuel has also been appointed as sole arbitrator in ad hoc and SIAC-administered arbitrations as well as Tribunal Secretary in arbitrations administered under the SIAC and LCIA Rules.

Samuel was ranked by Who’s Who Legal as a “Future Leader” for Arbitration in 2021.

Prior to joining Norton Rose Fulbright, Samuel was Counsel at SIAC, where he assisted in the administration of over 250 arbitrations, including arbitrations conducted under the SIAC, UNCITRAL and ICC Rules.

Samuel graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur and a Master of Laws from Columbia University School of Law, New York (as a Fulbright scholar). Samuel is admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya and is fluent in Malay.

img-colin_liew2 Colin is a highly regarded independent advocate who specialises in international commercial arbitration and complex cross-border disputes. He sits as arbitrator and acts as counsel under various arbitral rules, while many of his cases have established novel points of law before the Singapore courts. Repeatedly recognised by legal directories as one of Singapore’s leading lawyers, Colin has provided expert evidence of Singapore law to the courts of England and Wales, New South Wales and Hong Kong.

Colin has participated in several arbitration-related law reform initiatives and committees, and is the author of Legal Professional Privilege. He is also a member of the Rules of Court Working Party, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.

benson_lim Benson is triple-qualified in Singapore, England and Wales, and New York – part of Hogan Lovells’ multi-qualified, multilingual international arbitration team in Singapore. Fluent in English and Chinese he focuses on arbitration counsel work involving Southeast Asian and Greater China regions. Most of his work is as arbitration counsel but he has also been appointed twice as a sole arbitrator by SIAC and he has been nominated for an ICC sole arbitrator appointment. He has published numerous articles in arbitration academic journals. Furthermore, he is a CIArb Fellow and is actively involved in several arbitration committees such as ICC Singapore Arbitration Group Thought Leadership Sub-Committee, Young SIAC Committee, and SIAC Users Council.

gerui_lim Gerui is a Director of Drew & Napier LLC. She represents clients in complex and high-value arbitrations and arbitration-related Court proceedings. In addition to international commercial arbitrations, her practice includes investor-state disputes and treaty arbitrations, where she has acted for both states and investors.

Gerui studied law at Oxford University. She is named among Singapore's most influential lawyers under 40 by the Singapore Business Review (2016) and is described as “excellent” (Global Arbitration Review 9th edition (2016)) and “very skilled and extremely dedicated to the needs of the client” India Business Law Journal (June 2015 issue).

img-jennifer_lim2 Z.J. JENNIFER LIM is counsel at Sidley Austin LLP, based in the Singapore office. She focuses her practice on international dispute resolution and arbitration. Jennifer has represented clients in investor-state and commercial arbitrations, including proceedings conducted under the ICSID, ICSID (Additional Facility), and UNCITRAL Rules, as well as ICC, SIAC, HKIAC and LCIA arbitrations seated in Hong Kong, Singapore and New York. She also has broad experience advising on general transnational litigation matters, including arbitration-related court proceedings and complex cross-border disputes. Since 2019, she has been recognized as a “Future Leader” in international arbitration by Who’s Who Legal, a publication focused on a selection of outstanding lawyers aged 45 or under.

Jennifer is qualified in New York, Hong Kong, and Singapore (Registered as Foreign Lawyer), and she is bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese. She is a member of the ICC Task Force ‘Addressing Issues of Corruption in International Arbitration.

img-ng_hui_min Hui Min is in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Department of Dentons Rodyk, the world’s largest law firm. She is effectively bilingual in English and Chinese, and has a broad range of experience, including commercial and contractual disputes, arbitration, commodities disputes, international trade, employment law and real estate and property-related disputes.

She acts for multinational companies, listed companies, small and medium enterprises, governments and private individuals.

Her fluency in Chinese has enabled her to communicate and connect well with the many PRC clients that she has worked with. She has a good understanding of the culture and mind-set of her PRC clients and has demonstrated strong abilities to leverage on her knowledge to consistently provide effect legal support to her clients.

img-ng_si_ming2 Si Ming is a Partner in the Litigation Practice of Allen & Gledhill LLP.

He acts in a wide range of arbitrations arising from regional disputes over financial transactions, building and infrastructure projects, commodities, companies and shareholders, and commercial joint ventures. He is well-versed in the major arbitration rules such as the SIAC Rules, and proficient in arbitral processes such as expedited procedure arbitration and emergency arbitration.

Si Ming also regularly represents clients before the Singapore courts in applications that are brought in relation to or in support of arbitration proceedings.

img-nicholas_poon Nicholas is a director of Breakpoint LLC, a boutique dispute resolution outfit that specialises in commercial litigation and international arbitration disputes. He has advised and represented international banks, Fortune 500 companies, state-owned enterprises, public-listed entities and high net worth and prominent individuals in disputes between shareholders, joint venture partners, financing counterparties, employers and contractors, among others. Other than arbitration, Nicholas also specialises in conflict of laws and its effects and implications on cross-border transactions and disputes. His publications on these two topics have been cited by Courts and commentators around the world.

img-devathas Devathas is 8 years into practice and questioning, on a daily basis, what it means to be young (whatever it is, he insists he still is). He graduated valedictorian of the class of 2013 at Singapore Management University, clerked at the Supreme Court of Singapore for two years, and has been at Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP since, where he is now partner.

His practice involves a mix of arbitration and litigation. He has acted in and advised on a range of matters including SIAC (first and foremost), ICC, JCAA and LMAA arbitration proceedings, court-related arbitration matters, SICC proceedings and general litigation.

Outside of practice, he teaches (or at least thinks he teaches) at the Singapore Management University School of Law as adjunct faculty. He is also a CLAS volunteer, an assessor under the COVID-19 Temporary Relief legislation, and an avid supporter of greener arbitrations.

img-zachary Zac Sharpe focuses on international disputes resolution with an emphasis on international arbitration and cross-border disputes arising out of major capital projects and investments. He has advised across a range of industries, including oil & gas, mining, infrastructure, engineering and construction, shipping, manufacturing, and trade.

Zac's experience includes arbitration proceedings in major arbitration centers around the globe (London, Geneva, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Seoul) and under various arbitration rules and procedures, including ICC, LCIA, ICSID, LMAA, SIAC, HKIAC, and ad hoc proceedings in a number of jurisdictions. He has significant experience in disputes arising out of oil & gas, mining, infrastructure, shipbuilding, and offshore construction projects across Asia, Europe, Australia, and in the Middle East. Zac also advises on investor-state claims arising under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties.

paul_tan Paul is a Band 1 leading individual for international arbitration (The Legal 500 Asia Pacific). He is called to the Singapore and English bars. His ‘’impressive commercial disputes practice’’ includes instructions as lead counsel before international arbitral tribunals, the Singapore International Commercial Court, and arbitration-related litigation. His cases often involve complex issues of private and public international law.

His experience includes a significant placement with “magic circle set” Essex Court Chambers in London (as a Singapore Academy of Law scholar) where he worked on commercial and public international law cases before the English courts and international tribunals, and a stint as a foreign stagiaire with LaLive in Geneva.

Paul teaches international arbitration and speaks internationally on the subject. He has also been appointed as an expert to the Singapore delegation to the UNCITRAL’s Working Group on Arbitration.

adriana_uson As Head (Americas) of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Adriana oversees SIAC's activities in North and South America. She has broad experience as an arbitration practitioner - having served as arbitrator, international arbitration lawyer, and Counsel in the SIAC Secretariat.

Adriana first joined SIAC as Counsel, during which time she administered over two hundred cases under the SIAC Rules and UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, with a particular focus on disputes involving States, State-controlled entities, and intergovernmental organisations. She was involved in the drafting of the SIAC Rules 2016, SIAC Investment Arbitration Rules 2017, and the SIAC Practice Notes on third party funding. She was also a key contributor in the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb) working group that published the SIArb Guidelines on Party-Representative Ethics.

Prior to rejoining SIAC, Adriana was a disputes lawyer at a leading international law firm in Singapore, where she advised and represented clients in international commercial and ICSID arbitrations.

Adriana is an active member of the Young SIAC Committee (YSIAC) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Singapore) Young Members Group.

img-sergio_nascimento Sergio Nascimento is a lawyer in the Arbitration and Litigation practice of Sergio Bermudes Advogados in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He also worked for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton as Foreign Associate in New York during the years of 2017 and 2018.

Sergio represents clients in litigation and commercial arbitration disputes, both domestic and international, participating in hearings, addressing oral arguments and negotiating settlements. He has also provided a number of legal opinions on commercial disputes and statutory interpretation.

Sergio graduated from University of Sao Paulo Law School and earned an LL.M. degree from University of California, Berkeley, USA.

He is admitted to practice in Brazil and New York.

He speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish.

david_gu David is a partner of JunHe LLP, a leading law firm in China. At JunHe, he specialises in dispute resolution, regulatory compliance and energy and infrastructure practices. During his legal career, David worked at several Chinese and international law firms in Beijing and Hong Kong for more than twelve years and represented Chinese and foreign companies in arbitration proceedings under the arbitration rules of ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, SCC, LCIA, CIETAC, BAC etc. David is also experienced in representing foreign companies to resolve complex commercial disputes in Chinese courts and arbitration institutions, as well as assisting Chinese companies at courts of England and Wales, USA, Italy, Singapore and Hong Kong etc.

The types of disputes David has acted for include international trade, construction and public infrastructure, M&A and joint venture, IP related licenses, financing and derivative products as well as recognition and enforcement of foreign court judgments and arbitral awards.

David is qualified to practice in China and New York state. He graduated from Nanjing University, China (LLB), Duke University (LLM) and Washington University in St Louis (LLM/JD).

vicky_zhao Vicky is a partner at AnJie Law Firm based in Beijing. She is specialized in complex cross-border dispute resolution. Before joining AnJie, Vicky worked for a “magic circle” international law firm in Hong Kong. From 2013 to 2015, Vicky was Counsel and Senior Manager (China) at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) where she administered more than 100 arbitrations.

Vicky has handled international arbitrations under various arbitration rules, such as SIAC, ICC, HKIAC, CIETAC, BAC, ICSID and UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. She also represents clients in litigations and arbitration-related court proceedings before different levels of the Chinese courts. Her practice covers a wide spectrum of dispute matters, including commercial, general corporate, investment, finance, capital markets, international trading, IP and energy, etc.

Vicky graduated from Georgetown University in Washington DC with an LLM in international arbitration, the Chinese University of Hong Kong with an LLM in international economic law, and the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing with an LLB.

zhao_yuxian Yuxian Zhao is an associate with Han Kun Law Offices in Shanghai. His practice focuses on complex commercial disputes. He has represented clients in disputes subject to arbitration under the rules of the CIETAC, HKIAC, ICC, SHIAC, SAC, and UNCITRAL, in the areas of finance, investment, energy, trade, TMT, and entertainment. He has also advised on annulment or enforcement of arbitral awards.

Yuxian received his J.M. (in PRC law) and J.D. (in U.S. law) from Peking University School of Transnational Law, and LL.M. from Harvard Law School.

sherlin_tung Sherlin is a partner in the international arbitration and litigation team at Withers.

She is a specialist in cross-border disputes, international commercial arbitration, and multi-jurisdiction litigations. With over a decade of experience, Sherlin has advised clients in Asia, the Americas, and Europe on all phases and aspects of cross-border disputes (both litigation and arbitration). Sherlin also advises clients on the enforcement of international arbitral awards and/or court judgments. Sherlin has a rare set of skills given her unique background. Her career has given her the ability to be involved in all roles of a dispute. Given this experience, she is able to understand the overlaying objectives of not only of her clients but also the strategies implemented by counterparties, how arbitral tribunal members/judges think, and how arbitral institutions/courts operate.

Sherlin is a U.S. qualified attorney (California and New York) and a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Hong Kong. She is a native Mandarin Chinese and English speaker, has working proficiency in Spanish and basic German skills. She has spoken extensively on international arbitration and commercial disputes in conferences and seminars worldwide.

bharat_chugh Bharat graduated in law in 2011 and in 2013, at the age of 23, secured 1st Rank in the Delhi Judicial Service Exam and was appointed as a Civil Judge/Metropolitan Magistrate where he served in various judgeship assignments in the 4 years that he spent at the Bench. In 2016, he resigned from judgeship and returned to the practice of law. Bharat has served as a Partner at L&L Partners (New Delhi) where he represented clients in litigation/arbitration in India and abroad, with a strong focus on International Arbitration & White Collar Crime. Bharat has served on various committees/policy discussions and has also been appointed as amicus curiae by the High Court. Bharat has also conducted various training programmes for judges, law-enforcement, investigators, prosecutors, arbitrators, company secretaries, resolution professionals, and corporate counsel. Bharat was featured in LexisNexis' book - 'On the Rise: Inspiring Stories of Young Legal Professionals in India' (2017). Bharat received the Young Lawyer of the Year Award (Male) in 2018 from INBA. Bharat was recently featured by BusinessWorld in its list of 'Top 40 under 40 in Legal''. Bharat currently practices as an independent arguing counsel in courts/tribunals in India.

kartikey_mahajan Kartikey is a Counsel in the disputes practice of Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. Kartikey’s practice focuses on international arbitration matters, complex multi-jurisdictional litigation and white collar investigations. Kartikey has experience in representing clients in ad-hoc and institutional arbitrations (including under ICSID, ICC, LCIA, SIAC, HKIAC, AAA and GAFTA Rules) seated in both common law and civil jurisdictions around the world.

Kartikey also advises clients on white collar, fraud and corruption issues, and as well as on internal and regulatory investigations (DOJ, MAS, SFO, CBI and FINMA). He has also represented clients in litigation proceedings in various jurisdictions like the United Kingdom, DIFC, India, Singapore, Hong-Kong, Cyprus, and Iraq.

Kartikey is qualified to practice in England & Wales, the State of New York and India. He has previously worked in London and Singapore, and regularly advises clients on cross border disputes with an Indian element. His experience spans across private equity, energy, infrastructure, telecom and media industries.

sonali_mathur Sonali Mathur is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution practice at AZB & Partners in Mumbai. She specialises in international/ domestic arbitrations across various sectors including insurance, infrastructure, renewable energy, steel and coal. She was involved in a landmark Supreme Court case which distinguished the concepts of ‘seat’ and ‘venue’ of arbitration, as well as enforcement of an international treaty arbitration award against a state in India. She also specialises in complex commercial and regulatory litigation.

Prior to joining AZB, Sonali was a counsel associated with the Chambers of Senior Advocate, Janak Dwarkadas. Sonali is a regular speaker at arbitration conferences, and has authored several publications, including on investor- state arbitration. She is also a part-time professor of arbitration law at Government Law College, Mumbai since 2014.

She graduated with Honours from Government Law College, Mumbai in 2007, and did her Masters in Law from Columbia University, New York in 2009.

lomesh_kiran Lomesh has experience advising and representing clients on all aspects of dispute resolution, primarily complex civil & commercial litigation and arbitration matters (both domestic and international). He has experience in representing clients before various arbitral tribunals on a wide variety of commercial disputes, and before courts for interim relief(s) and challenging arbitral awards. In many disputes, he has acted as a lead counsel before the arbitral tribunals (conducting trial and arguments), as well as courts. Lomesh obtained Masters in Law (LL.M.) from New York University School of Law, New York, where one of his areas of focus was on international arbitration and dispute resolution. Asian Legal Business (ALB) featured Lomesh in its 3rd edition of “Forty Under Forty” lawyers in the Asia-Pacific region for 2017. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2017) lists Lomesh as a recommended lawyer for Dispute Resolution. He regularly speaks at conferences and has authored several articles.

img-dewi_reni2 Dewi Savitri Reni (Vitri) received her Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) in 2005 from the University of Indonesia, where she was honored as the Leading Student for both the Faculty of Law and the university. Vitri received a Fulbright scholarship to study law at the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned her Master of Laws (LL.M.) in 2008. Her areas of practice include M&A, environmental law, debt restructuring and insolvency, transportation law, foreign investment law, and civil and criminal litigation.

Vitri was recognized as Dealmaker of the Year at the 2020 Asian Legal Business (ALB) Indonesia Law Awards and Indonesia Lawyer of the Year at the Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Awards 2020. She is recognized as a leading lawyer for dispute resolution in Chambers Asia Pacific 2021 and is named a Notable Practitioner for project development and M&A in IFLR 1000 2021.

Vitri is admitted to practice law in both Indonesia and New York.

yutaro_kawabata Yutaro Kawabata frequently acts as counsel in international arbitrations under the SIAC, UNCITRAL, ICC, JCAA and other institutional rules. During his career at Nishimura & Asahi, he has represented numerous multinational companies in various industries, such as the automobile, pharmaceutical, electronics, food & beverage, apparel and franchise industries. Mr. Kawabata’ s ambition is to provide efficient and practical services to clients in relation to disputes with international aspects using his experience of many years spent living outside of Japan. He also focuses on providing advice on the resolution of commercial disputes, in particular termination of capital and business alliances and termination of continuous long term contracts under Japanese law.

sharon_chong Sharon Chong is a dispute resolution partner at Skrine, Malaysia. Her portfolio focuses primarily on aviation disputes, international arbitration, corporate and commercial litigation, fraud and asset recovery, and shareholders’ disputes. She regularly appears at all tiers of the Malaysian courts, and has acted in a wide array of cross-border disputes as well as international arbitrations in Asia and Europe (including arbitrations administered by ICC, AIAC, SIAC and TAI).

Sharon is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators. Additionally, she sits as an arbitrator and is on the panel of arbitrators of AIAC and SIAC. In 2017, she was appointed as a member of the Ad-hoc Arbitration Panel for the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.

Sharon is actively involved in the arbitration circuit. She frequently participates in conferences, both as speaker and moderator, and contributes arbitration-related articles. Most recently, she co-authored the chapter on “Corporate Dispute Resolution” in the practitioner’s guide “Arbitration in Malaysia: A Practical Guide”.

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2018 recognised Sharon as a “Future Star” in Commercial Disputes.

img-jr_robert_real Rob is an international lawyer experienced in civil litigation, arbitration, and adjudication of commercial and regulatory disputes. He currently heads the Privacy Policy and Risk Management Division of the Manila Electric Company where he advises the entire One Meralco Group on privacy and data protection matters ranging from policy management to commercial contract negotiations. He also leads the Group’s dispute resolution team on issues involving data security.

Prior to joining Meralco, Rob was a dispute resolution lawyer at a regional law firm in Singapore, where he represented clients in international commercial arbitration and civil litigation. He was also a research associate at the National University of Singapore Centre for International Law and senior court attorney at the Office of the Chief Justice of the Philippines.

He is presently an adjunct professor in the Philippines, teaching constitutional law, public international law, and ICT law. He has chaired panels and presented scholarly works at international conferences in the area of international dispute resolution, ASEAN law, comparative law, and human dignity.

khushboo_shahdadpuri Khushboo Shahdadpuri is an Associate at Al Tamimi & Company. Her practice focuses on complex international dispute resolution. She has represented government agencies and private corporations in cross-border litigation and arbitration mattes across a wide variety of industries such as oil & gas, energy, construction, infrastructure, investment and shareholder disputes, amongst others.

Khushboo has also worked with the Immediate Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at the Hague.

Khushboo graduated from Columbia Law School (as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar) and King’s College London. She is admitted to practice in Singapore and New York. She publishes regularly on arbitration related topics.

marina_zenkova Marina Zenkova is a senior associate in the Dispute Resolution practice at White & Case focusing on international arbitration and commercial litigation. She represents clients in contractual, corporate, financial and other commercial disputes, often complex and multi-jurisdictional, as well as in insolvency proceedings – another area where Marina has solid experience and expertise.

Marina has represented clients in arbitration proceedings conducted under the auspices of leading arbitration institutions. She has recently spent a year on secondment to the Middle East office of a major oil company where she dealt with a wide spectrum of dispute resolution issues with a focus on construction arbitration.

Marina graduated from Novosibirsk State University (Law Faculty). She is fluent in Russian, English and French.

karyn_yoo Wonyoung Yoo is a senior associate in the International Arbitration & Cross-Border Litigation Practice at Kim & Chang.

Wonyoung specializes in representing Korean and international clients in complex international disputes. She has successfully advised Korean, European and Chinese companies, including foreign private equity firms in complex multijurisdictional disputes of various subject matters, including construction, shipbuilding, intellectual property, pharmaceuticals, and mergers and acquisitions. She has acted as counsel in arbitrations under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the London Court of International Arbitration, the International Center for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association, and the London Maritime Arbitrators Association.

Wonyoung received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center and is admitted to practice in New York.

img-rahul_donde Rahul is Counsel at Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, Geneva, Switzerland. He has acted as arbitrator, counsel and secretary of the arbitral tribunal in over 30 international arbitration proceedings under both ad hoc and institutional arbitration rules.

Peers and clients consider Rahul as the “go-to person for any dispute with connections to India and Europe” and “a true common law expert with broad experience of the civil law approach”. He has been consistently recognized as “Expert”, “Rising Star” and “Future Leader” by the major legal directories including Expert Guides, Legal500 and Who’s Who Legal.

Rahul has specific experience in disputes relating to natural resources (water, oil, gas, renewable energy), commercial (agency, distribution, sales, purchase, services agreements) and corporate laws. Rahul has worked in Switzerland and India for several years and has expertise in complex commercial and investment disputes in both common law and civil law systems.

Rahul is also an Honorary Lecturer at Aberdeen University.

warathorn_wongsawangsiri Warathorn is a seasoned litigator with over 15 years of experience. He specialises in advising and representing clients on contentious issues with international elements. He has worked closely with clients throughout the entire dispute resolution processes including Thai court litigation, domestic and international arbitration. He also acts as member of Young SIAC (YSIAC) Committee at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC).

He has been consistently ranked as one of the most recommended and highly regarded dispute resolution lawyers in Thailand by Legal 500, Chambers and Partners, Who's Who Legal and Asian Legal Business top 40 Under 40 lawyers.

Warathorn was admitted to practice in 2004. He received a bachelor's degree in law (Frist Class Honours) from Chulalongkorn University and masters' degree in law (Honours) from Northwestern University School of Law in the United States. Warathorn is qualified as a Thai Barrister-at-Law and is a current member of the Thai Bar Association.

Warathorn is also a facilitator of the Thai Institute of Directors (IOD) Director Certification Program and Director Accreditation Program. He is also a guest lecturer at several national law schools. He is the author of the Thailand chapters of The International Arbitration Review (The Law Reviews 2015-2018) and the Dispute Resolution Law Guide (LexisNexis 2018).

dharshini_prasad Dharshini practices in the International Arbitration Group of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in London where she focuses on complex multi-jurisdictional disputes. She has advised States, State entities and multi-national corporations on commercial, investment and public international law issues. Dharshini has also represented clients in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations (including under the ICC, SIAC, LCIA, and UNCITRAL rules) sited in civil and common law jurisdictions. She has experience with disputes in a number of industries, including oil and gas, mining, manufacturing, automotive, pharmaceuticals, private equity and technology licensing.

Prior to joining Wilmer, Dharshini worked at a leading law firm in Singapore where her practice focused on international arbitration and litigation. She also worked at the United Nations International Law Commission in Geneva on issues of public international law, including the immunity of State officials and the scope and application of most-favoured nation clauses.

Dharshini is recognized as a “Future Leader” in Who's Who Legal: Arbitration and is qualified to practice in Singapore, England and New York. Clients describe her as a "strategic thinker" and "destined for great things." Apart from her work as counsel, Dharshini contributes to industry publications and is an Assistant Editor for the Journal of International Arbitration. She also speaks on issues of international arbitration and has taught at New York University (Paris) and at the Austrian, SIAC and London School of Economics arbitration academies.
img-justin_r Justin R. Rassi is a senior associate in the International Dispute Resolution Group of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, resident in New York. He has a broad-gauged practice that focuses on international arbitration and international litigation.

Justin has particular experience in mining, natural resources, and contract disputes arising out of Australia, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. He has represented clients in international commercial and investment arbitrations administered by major arbitral institutions, including SIAC, ICC, ICSID, and LCIA, in addition to ad hoc arbitrations governed by the UNCITRAL Rules.

Prior to joining Debevoise, Justin clerked for the Hon. Justice V.M. Bell AC of the High Court of Australia and practiced in the dispute resolution group of a leading international law firm in Australia.

Justin received an LL.M. from the New York University School of Law specializing in International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration (“IBRLA”), where he held the Arthur T. Vanderbilt scholarship and graduated at the top of the IBRLA specialization. He also holds an LL.B. with First Class Honors and a B.Com with Distinction from the University of New South Wales. Justin is admitted to practice in the State of New York and in the State of New South Wales.

img-pham_thang Thang Pham is a partner of YKVN based in Singapore. His arbitration practice focuses on complex cross-border matters. He has represented the Government of Vietnam, major State-owned enterprises, foreign investors and other Vietnamese companies in Vietnam related matters, including investment arbitrations, oil & gas and taxation arbitrations, corporate restructuring, shareholder disputes and other contentious situations.

Thang has a LLB from Hanoi Law University, a LLM from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and is dual-qualified in Vietnam and California. He is described by clients as "exceptionally talented counsel" and "a rising star".
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