Dissecting Dispute Resolution Options for In-House Counsel

Dissecting Dispute Resolution Options for In-House Counsel
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Venue : Allen & Gledhill LLP Auditorium, 30/F One Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018989

Event Start Date : Friday 12 February 2021

Event End Date : Friday 12 February 2021

Event Start Time : 11:30 am

Event End Time : 02:00 pm

Registration Start Date : Monday 18 January 2021

Registration End Date : Friday 12 February 2021

Note: Please take note that SCCA postpones the upcoming event "Dissecting Dispute Resolution Options for In-House Counsel" to 12 February 2021 as a part of precautionary measures taken for our members against the outbreak of Novel Corona-virus (nCoV) Pneumonia. 

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About this seminar


Singapore is among the most preferred dispute resolution destinations globally. In addition to being one of the top 5 arbitrations seats in the world and home to many eminent international arbitral institutions, it also now offers premium options for cross-border litigation and mediation in the form of the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) and the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC).


As part of the discussion, the members of the panel will examine the relative advantages or disadvantages of each of the dispute resolution options available in Singapore. The following topics will be covered:

  • Overview of the different dispute resolution mechanisms and recent developments in Singapore’s dispute resolution scene
  • Practical considerations to bear in mind, such as time and cost, enforceability, as well as having an appropriate panel of arbitrators or mediators
  • Drafting the appropriate dispute resolution clause
  • Expedited and summary procedures
  • Obtaining urgent interim relief (including emergency arbitrator procedures under the ICC rules)
  • Issues that arise with certain jurisdictions (e.g. India)


This seminar brings together the joint experience of Allen & Gledhill’s litigation and arbitration specialists and experienced luminaries from the in-house community and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the leading global arbitral institution.


Note for attendees: Please proceed to the event registration table at Level 1 to obtain a visitor pass to access the lifts


Programme (over lunch)



Registration - 11:30 AM


Welcome - 12:00 PM

  • Andrew Yeo, co-Head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Allen & Gledhill Singapore; Vice-chair of the International Chamber of Commerce Singapore Arbitration Group

Opening remarks - 12:05 PM

  • Dessi Silassie, General Counsel for APAC and Global Head of IP at IHS Markit, President of Singapore Corporate Counsel Association

Panel discussion and Q&A - 12:15 PM

  • Margaret Joan Ling, Partner, Allen & Gledhill Singapore
  • Vivekananda Neelakantan, Partner (Foreign Law), Allen & Gledhill Singapore
  • Rebecca Tai Andersen, Head (Legal), Hengyi Industries International Pte Ltd; Honorary Secretary and Member of Executive Committee, Singapore Corporate Counsel Association (SCCA)
  • Hazel Tang, Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Singapore
  • Aeron Hong, Senior Vice President & Head-Group Legal, Sembcorp Industries

Networking and refreshments - 1:30 PM


About the speakers

Margaret Joan Ling

Margaret’s areas of practice comprise wide-ranging matters including shareholder disputes, employment matters, defamation and sale of goods. She specialises in international commercial arbitration and litigation.

Margaret regularly advises and acts for multinational corporations in domestic and international arbitrations. In addition, she has substantial experience regarding the enforcement and setting aside of international arbitral awards.

Margaret is on the Reserve List of SIAC's (Singapore International Arbitration Centre) Panel of Arbitrators and has experience as sole arbitrator. She was also a Council Member of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and is the subject editor (arbitration) for the SAL (Singapore Academy of Law) Practitioner. She is also part of the Core Committee of the ICC Arbitration Group in Singapore.

Margaret authored the Singapore chapter of Global Legal Insights: International Arbitration 2019 and co-authored the Singapore chapter of The International Arbitration Review (10th edition).

Apart from arbitration-related matters, Margaret has appeared in cases before the Singapore International Commercial Court, Singapore High Court and Court of Appeal. She has also been appointed amicus curiae under the Supreme Court’s inaugural Young Amicus Curiae Scheme.


Vivekananda Neelakantan

Vivek’s areas of practice include international arbitration and commercial litigation, with a focus on India. Vivek has experience acting as counsel on several Singapore-seated arbitrations including in emergency arbitrator proceedings and expedited procedure arbitrations. Vivek was previously the Deputy Registrar and Head (South Asia) at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). Vivek was in private practice in India prior to his stint at the SIAC.

Vivek is a member of the Reserve Panel of Arbitrators of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and a regional representative of the ICC Young Arbitrators’ Forum (YAF) Committee for South-East Asia.

Vivek graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and was admitted to the Bar Council of Delhi in 2006. 


Rebecca Tai Andersen

Rebecca is the Head of Legal of Hengyi Industries International Pte. Ltd., an oil and gas trading, refinery and petrochemical company based in Singapore. Its holding company owns a world class refinery and petrochemical plant in Brunei. Rebecca advises on all legal issues in oil & gas trading transactions involving all oil refined and petrochemical products, shipping, treasury functions, sanctions and derivatives including ISDA master agreement. She has extensive experience in dispute resolution, particularly in the areas of arbitration and litigation. Rebecca plays a significant role in the Group, offering counsel in matters relating to risks, sanctions, corporate governance and anti-corruption.

Rebecca graduated with an LLB (Hons) from the UK and started her career practising as a litigation and corporate lawyer with the Global Ernst & Young Law and thereafter became a corporate in-house lawyer in the Energy and Shipping Industry for many years till present. Rebecca has since been a General Counsel in a United States listed company and various public listed companies in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.

Rebecca is the Honorary Secretary of Singapore Corporate Counsel Association. She is a Fellow and Council Member of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb) and a Fellow with the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators (MIArb) and Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution (AIADR). She is on the arbitration panels of Singapore International Arbitration Centre (Reserve Panel of SIAC), Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) as well as AIADR. Rebecca currently serves as the Vice-Chair in the Continuing Professional Development Committee of SIArb and Vice-Chair of the Activities Committee of SIArb. In August 2019, Rebecca has been appointed to sit in the Committee of Beihai Asia International Arbitration Centre (BAIAC) the first ever international arbitration centre, established by China in Singapore to serve the region for disputes arising from the Belt and Road Initiative and ASEAN trade. She is instrumental in drafting the Arbitration Rules of BAIAC by working as one of the Sub-Committee Working Group to draft the said Rules. In September 2019, she has again been appointed as a legal expert pool in the field of arbitrator of Benchmark Chambers International (BCI), the base of the Supreme People's Court of the People's Republic of China (“SPC”). BCI is one of the 4 foreign law ascertainment centers designated by SPC and one of the 4 foreign law ascertainment centres of the China International Commercial Court.

Rebecca has been re-appointed by the Honourable Justice Vinodh Coomaraswamy and the Honourable Justice Kannan Ramesh to continue serving as a committee member in the Promotion of Singapore Law Committee (PSL), which promotes the use of Singapore law internationally. The Honourable Justice Chua Lee Ming also re-appointed her in the committee of Commercial Precedents Committee to, amongst others, deliver a repository and commercial precedents to be offered on the Singapore Academy of Law’s LawNet Portal. Rebecca is part of the Working Group of the PSL which established the Venture Capital Investment Model Agreements (VIMA), launched by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon in October 2018.


Aeron Hong

Aeron Hong is the Head of Legal at Sembcorp Industries Ltd., an integrated energy player operating in 15 countries. Sembcorp owns and operate power plants (thermal and renewables), water/waste plants and utilities centres in Singapore, Vietnam, Myanmar, China, UK, Bangladesh, South America and the Middle East.

Aeron handles projects and M&A work from greenfield development, brownfield acquisitions and project financing. In his 19 years at Sembcorp, he has also managed various disputes (court proceedings and arbitrations) in India, UK, China and Singapore.

Aeron has a LLB (Hons) from the UK and he was admitted to the Bar from the Middle Temple (London) in 1995.


Hazel Tang

Hazel Tang is the Counsel in charge of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration case management team in Singapore.

Before that, Hazel was the Centre Director of the Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC), an arbitrator, and an accredited mediator in Singapore and Shanghai.

Hazel was also a Partner with a leading Singapore law firm with a regional presence, and was based in China for a period of time. Hazel’s experience covers a wide range of contentious and non-contentious work in the construction and infrastructure industry, and she has effectively represented clients in international arbitration, litigation, adjudication and mediation proceedings.


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