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Mr Hwang SC practices primarily as an International Arbitrator with a selective advisory practice in Singapore as Senior Counsel.
Mr Hwang SC was born in Sydney, gained entry to Oxford University by winning an open scholarship by competitive examination, and graduated with two law degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His career commenced with a teaching appointment at the University of Sydney in 1966 to 1967. He was called to the Singapore Bar in 1968, when he joined Allen & Gledhill, now Singapore’s largest law practice. He became a partner in 1972 and retired from the firm at the end of 2002 as Head of the Litigation and Arbitration Department, a position which he held for 10 years.
He served as a Judicial Commissioner (fixed term High Court Judge) of the Supreme Court from 1991 – 1992, and was appointed one of the first twelve Senior Counsel of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1997.
In 2010, he was appointed the Chief Justice of the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts after serving as the Deputy Chief Justice since 2005.
Mr Hwang SC has received specialist training in both domestic and international arbitration and mediation, and has lectured and written extensively on international arbitration and mediation. He is active in domestic and international disputes including investment treaty disputes (under ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, ICSID, AAA/ICDR, BANI, CIETAC, DIAC, HKIAC, Swiss and SIAC Rules). His arbitrations and mediations have involved disputes in Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brunei, China, Dubai, Egypt, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Russia, Malaysia (West and East), Mauritania, Macau, Mauritius, Pakistan, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, the Seychelles, St Kitts, Taiwan, Thailand, Tanzania, Turkey, UK, USA, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
He is a Council Member of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) and Board Member of the Swiss Arbitration Association. His former appointments include being: a court member of the London Court of International Arbitration ( LCIA), a trustee of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), a member of the HKIAC Advisory Council, a member of the Council of Advisers of the SIAC, as well as a panel member of more than 25 national and international arbitration centres. He has previously acted as a United Nations Compensation Commissioner (Geneva), the Vice Chairman of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC ( Paris), and the Vice President of the International Council of Commercial Arbitration (ICCA).
Mr Hwang SC was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University of Sydney on 23 May 2014, and is a Fellow of International House at the University of Sydney (having been part of the pioneer cohort of residents in 1967).
Mr Hwang SC's arbitration appointments (present and past) include being:-
Vice-Chairman of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce ("ICC") and Co-Chair of ICC Asia;
a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration;
a Vice-Chair of the Arbitration Committee D of the International Bar Association ("IBA");
a Vice-President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration ("ICCA");
a Court member of the London Council of International Arbitration ("LCIA");
a Council member of the International Council of Arbitration for Sports ("ICAS");
a Chartered Arbitrator;
a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators;
a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators;
a Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration;
an accredited arbitrator of :-
(i) Singapore International Arbitration Centre ("SIAC");
(ii) Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry ("MCCI");
(iii) Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre ("HKIAC");
(iv) British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre ("BCICAC");
(v) Indonesian National Board of Arbitration ("BANI");
(vi) International Centre for Alternate Dispute Resolution, India ("ICADR");
(vii) Indian Council of Arbitration ("ICA");
(viii) London Court of International Arbitration ("LCIA");
(ix) China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission ("CIETAC");
(x) Beijing Arbitration Association ("BAC");
(xi) American Arbitration Association ("AAA");
(xii) Permanent Court of Arbitration ("PCA");
(xiii) International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes ("ICSID");
(xiv) Japan Commercial Arbitration Association ("JCAA");
(xv) Korea Commercial Arbitration Board ("KCAB");
(xvi) Regional Arbitration Centre of Kuala Lumpur ("KLRAC");
(xvii) Kazakhstan International Arbitrage ("KIA");
(xviii) Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce ("SCC");
(xix) HKIAC Domain Name Dispute Resolution Panel;
(xx) World Intellectual Property Organization Domain Name Administrative Panel ("WIPO");
(xxi) SIAC- Singapore Exchange Derivatives Trading Ltd Panel of Arbitrators;
(xxii) Singapore Institute of Arbitrators;
(xxiii) Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group ("APRAG");
(xxiv) Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration ("ACICA")
a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration ("ITA") Dallas;
Member, Editorial Board, "Global Arbitration Review";
Associate Editor "Transnational Dispute Management";
Member, Panel of Conciliators, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes ("ICSID");
Member, IBA Working Party on Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration;
Council Member, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators;
Council Member, International Council for Arbitration for Sports;
Member, Advisory Board "Journal of International Arbitration";
Member, Editorial Board "Investment Online";
a trustee of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre ("DIAC");
a member of the HKIAC Court of Arbitration;
an accredited mediator and evaluator of the Singapore Mediation Centre ("SMC");
a member of the Advisory Council of the SIAC;
a member of the Advisory Council of the HKIAC
a member of the Board of Advisors ACICA
a member of the Asian Advisory Council of the American Arbitration Association ("AAA");
the Singapore correspondent for the Kluwer Arbitration Website;
Member, Advisory Board of the Faculty of Law, Singapore Management University
an Editorial Adviser to the Chinese Arbitration Association ("CAA") Journal of Arbitration, Taipei;
Member of the Advisory Board of the "Yearbook on International Investment Law and Policy" (New York)
a member of the Advisory Board of the "Journal of Arab Arbitration"
Member of the Advisory Board of "NALSAR-ICADRADR Law Review"
SCOPE OF WORK
Michael has been chair, co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator, and counsel in numerous arbitrations under ICC, UNCITRAL, SIAC, LCIA, AAA/ICDR, ICSID and BANI Rules. He has also acted as mediator in many disputes, including cross-border disputes. His arbitrations and mediations have involved disputes in the following 33 territories:
- Hong Kong
- Malaysia (West and East)
- The Philippines
- Sri Lanka
- The Seychelles
- St Kitts
Mr Hwang SC is author or co-author of the following presentations, papers and publications on dispute resolution:
Basic Definitions in the Law of Occupiers' Liability" (1968) 10 Malaya Law Review 68
Singapore correspondent for "English and International Set-off" by Philip R Wood (Sweet & Maxwell, 1989)
Author of "Legal Services in the 1990s" published in Singapore Academy of Law Journal, 1990 pages 168 - 176
"Time for rejection of defective goods" (1992) 3 Lloyds Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 334
Co-Editor of the chapter on Singapore in "Encyclopedia of International Commercial Litigation" (General Editor: Justice Anthony Colman) (Graham & Trotman, Kluwer Law International, 1991)
Co-Author of "Trends in Core Areas of Singapore Law - Equity" in "Review of Judicial and Legal Reforms in Singapore Between 1990 and 1995" (Butterworths Asia, 1996), page 185
Co-Author of "Proof of Foreign Law" in "Current Legal Issues in International Commercial Litigation" (Editor Teo Keang Sood) published by Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, 1997, page 123
Consultant Editor for "Creating and Enforcing Security in Asian Emerging Markets" (Asia Law & Practice, 1997)
Former Singapore correspondent for the "International Arbitration Law Review" (Sweet & Maxwell)
Co-author of the chapter on Singapore law in "International Privacy, Publicity and Personality Laws" (Editor: Michael Henry, Butterworths, 1991)
Co-author of the chapter on Singapore in "Carswell's Handbook of International Dispute Resolution Rules" (Editor: Babak Barin, Carswell, 1999)
Co-author of "The Role of the Singapore Courts in relation to International Commercial Arbitration" (1999) 16(4) Journal of International Arbitration at 101
"Does Compulsory Acquisition Frustrate a Contract for the Sale of Immovable Property? - Lim Kim Som revisited"  Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 379
"Stay of Proceedings Pending Arbitration" Singapore Institute of Arbitrators Newsletter (July 2000 Issue) at 6
Co-author of "The Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in Singapore"  International Arbitration Law Review at 207 (Sweet & Maxwell)
Co-author of "Mediation In Singapore: A Brief Overview" published in Asian Dispute Review, Issue 1, September 2000
Co-author of "Supreme Court of Singapore Court of Appeal refuses to stay in winding up proceedings in favour of Arbitration" (published in Bulletin of the Swiss Arbitration Association, issue 2  page 380)
Author of the chapter on Singapore in "The Art of Advocacy in International Arbitration" (Editor: Doak Bishop - Juris Publishing, Inc 2004)
Co-author of the Chapter on Singapore in the "ICCA International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration" (Kluwer 2004)
Author of the commentary on Order 69 and Order 69A of the Rules of Court in "Singapore Court Practice 2005" (Lexis/Nexis) and "Singapore Civil Procedure 2003" (Sweet & Maxwell Asia)
Author of "Arbitrators and Barristers: an Unsuccessful Challenge" (Business Law International, Vol 6 No.2 p 235, May 2005)
Co-author of "Do Egregious Errors Amount to a Breach of Public Policy?" (published in (2005) 71 Arbitration 1, 364)
Co-author of "Cross-Border Insolvency - Liquidation" in "Law and Practice of Corporate Insolvency" (Andrew Chan, General Editor) (Lexis Nexis, 2005)
Author of "Court has no power under Model Law to restrain challenged arbitrator from proceeding prior to completion of arbitration" (Transnational Dispute Management Vol 2 Issue 3 - June 2005)
Author of "Why is there still resistance to arbitration in Asia?" Chapter in "Global Reflections on International Law, Commerce and Dispute Resolution" Page 401 (Editors: Gerald Aksen et al - ICC, 2005) Liber Amicorum for Robert Briner (revised version in "Table Talk" Autumn 2006 page 4)
Co-Author of Confidentiality in Arbitration - The Criteria Adopted by Institutions"
(Singapore Institute of Arbitrators Newsletter, No.2, 2005, pp. 3-7)
Author of "Arbitration discovery requires a sense of proportion" (The Legal Media Group Guide to the World's Experts in Commercial Arbitration (2006) Page 85)
Co-Author of "Discovery in Court and Document Production in International Commercial Arbitration - Singapore" (2006 Special Supplement ICC International Court of Arbitration Bulletin 33)
Co-Author of "ADR in East Asia" (Chapter in "ADR in Business - Practice and Issues across Countries and Cultures" page 147 (Editors: J.C. Goldsmith, Arnold Ingen - Housz and Gerald Pointon, Kluwer Law International, 2006)
Co-Author of "The Role of Witness Statements in International Commercial Arbitration" page 650 (Kluwer Law International 2007).
Co-Author of "Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards", chapter in "The Asian Leading Arbitrators' Guide to International Arbitration", page 407 (Editors: Michael Pryles and Michael Moser, Juris Net, 2007)
Author of "Witness Conferencing" in "The Legal Media Group Guide to the World's Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration 2008" (Online version)
Co-Author of "Claims against Arbitrators for Breach of Ethical Duties", in "Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation" (The Fordham Papers 2007) published by Martinus Nijhoff at page 225
Editor-In-Chief of "Law Relating to Specific Contracts in Singapore" (Thomson - Sweet & Maxwell Asia, 2008)
Co-author of "Relevant Considerations in choosing the place of arbitration" Asian International Arbitration Journal, AIAJ Vol. 4, No. 2 (2008), pages 195-220
Co-author of "Survey of South East Asian Nations on the Application of the New York Convention" Journal of International Arbitration, JOIA Vol. 25, No. 6 (Dec 2008) Pages 873-892
Co-author of "Public Policy as Grounds for Annulment of or Non Recognition or Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in East Asia" (Stockholm International Arbitration Review 200 Vol 2 page 91)
Author of "Witness Conferencing and Party Autonomy" (Transnational Dispute Management Vol 7 Issue 1 April 2010
Author of "Trial by Issues" (Transnational Dispute Management Vol 7 Issue1 April 2010)
Co-Author of "Defining the Indefinable - Practical Problems of Confidentiality in Arbitration", published in the Journal of International Arbitration, Vol. 26, Issue 5 (2009), pp. 609-645, presented as The Kaplan Lecture (Hong Kong, 2008)
Co-Author of "Protecting Confidentiality and its Exceptions - The Way Forward", published in ICC International Court of Arbitration Bulletin, "Confidentiality in International Arbitration - 2009 Special Supplement", pp. 39-55.
Co-Author of "New Developments in Arbitration in Singapore", Asian International Arbitration Journal, AIAJ Vol. 5, No. 2 (2009), pages 210-222
Author of "Arbitration of Trust Disputes" in "The Legal Media Group Guide to the World's Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration 2009"
Co-Author of "Determining the Parties' True Choice of the Seat of Arbitration and Lex Arbitri" in Liber Amicorum for Ulf Franke (published in Between East and West: Essays In Honour of Ulf Franke) (Editor: Kaj Hober, Annette Magnusson, Maria Ohrstrom, pages 225 -237 (Juris , 2010)
Author of "Ten Questions Not to Ask in Cross-Examination in International Arbitration" in The Art of Advocacy in International Arbitration (Second Edition) (Editors: Doak Bishop and Edward G. Kehoe) (Juris Net, 2010, page 431)
Co-Author of "The 2007 Amendments to the New Zealand Arbitration Act 1996- - A Commonwealth Perspective" in (2010) New Zealand Law Journal, pages 153-156
Co-Author of "Effective Cross Examination in Asian Arbitrations" in Take the Witness: Cross Examination in International Arbitration (Editors: Lawrence W. Newman and Ben H Sheppard) (Juris Net 2010, page 269)
Co-Author of "Singapore's Adoption of The 2006 UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration Amendments", The Paris Journal of International Arbitration (Les Cahiers de l'Arbitrage) 2010(1) pages 305 -307
Co-author of the chapter on Singapore in "Arbitration in Asia" (Michael Moser - General Editor), (Juris 2010)
Co-Author of "Recent Developments in Defining "Investment", ICSID Review - Foreign Investment Law Volume 25, Number 1 (Spring 2010)
Co-Author of "Definition of "investment - A voice from the eye of the storm" published in Asian Journal of International Law, Vol 1 Issue 1 (2011) pp 99 -129
Co-Author of “Model Procedural Order on Confidentiality (Goff Lecture 2010)” (Transnational Dispute Management Volume 8 Issue 2 May 2011)
Co-Author of “A proposed Model Procedural Order on Confidentiality in International Arbitration: A Comprehensive and Self Governing Code” (2012) Volume 29 Issue 2 Journal of International Arbitration pp138 - 170
Co-Author of “Egregious Errors and Public Policy – Are the Singapore Courts too Arbitration Friendly?” published in SAL Conference 2011 – Singapore Law Developments (2006 – 2010) pp19 – 55
Co-Author of “Issue Conflict in ICSID Arbitration” (Transnational Dispute Management Volume 8, Issue 5 December 2011)
Co-Author of “Investment Treaty Arbitration in Asia: Contemporary Issues and Challenges” (Transnational Dispute Management Volume 9 Issue 3 April 2012
Author of “What Does It Take To Be An International Arbitration Centre?” (NALSAR ADR Review Volume 1 page 58, 2012)
Co-Author of “A proposed Model Procedural Order on Confidentiality in International Arbitration: A Comprehensive and Self Governing Code” (2012) Volume 29 Issue 2 Journal of International Arbitration pp138 – 170
Co-Author of “A Contextual Approach to the Obligation of Confidentiality in Arbitration in Singapore: An Analysis of the Decision of the Singapore High Court in AAY and Others v. AAZ” Volume 28 Number 2 (2012) Arbitration International Journal pp 225 – 242
Co-Author of “When Should Video Conferencing Evidence be Allowed?” September 2012 Singapore Law Gazette pp 25-31
Co-Author of “Issue Conflict in ICSID Arbitrations” Chapter in Arbitrators’ Insights: Essays in Honour of Neil Kaplan (Liber Amicorum) (Eds.: Bao, Lautenschlager.), Sweet & Maxwell, Hong Kong 2012 pp 131 – 168
Co-Author of “Corruption in Arbitration – Law and Reality” Asian International Arbitration Journal, Volume 8 No. 1 pp1 – 119
Author of "Selected Essays on International Arbitration," a collection of Mr Hwang’s essays written over the past decade and his insights into important issues in international arbitration
Scholarship winner and holder of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from Oxford University, 1962-1966
Partner, Allen & Gledhill, Singapore for over 30 years.
Admitted to practise in Singapore, England and Wales, West Malaysia and Victoria, Australia.
Judicial Commissioner, Supreme Court of Singapore, 1991-1992
Senior Counsel, Supreme Court of Singapore since 1997
United Nations Compensation Commissioner (Geneva), 2000 - 2003
Deputy Chief Justice, Dubai International Financial Centre Courts 2005-2010
Chief Justice, Dubai International Financial Centre Courts 2010 - 2018
President, Law Society of Singapore, 2008-2010.
Singapore's Non-Resident Ambassador to Switzerland 2003-2013.
Vice Chairman, International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (Paris) 2006-2009
Vice President, International Council of Commercial Arbitration, 2002 - 2010
Vice Chairman, International Bar Association, Arbitration Committee D, 2001 - 2003
Member, Permanent Court of Arbitration (The Hague), 1995 - 2010
Member, ICSID Panel of Arbitrators (Washington DC) since 2000
Member, HKIAC Court of Arbitration since 2001
Council Member, International Council of Arbitration for Sports since 2006
Trustee, Dubai International Arbitration Centre since 2007
Council Member, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, 2005-2006
Member, Executive Committee of the lnstitute of Transnational Arbitration, (Dallas), 2002 - 2008
Member, IBA Working Party on "Guidelines on Conflicts of lnterest in International Arbitration", 2001 - 2004
Member, HKIAC Advisory Council since 2009
Member, Council of Advisers of Singapore International Arbitration Centre since 2009
Member, Committee to review the Optional Arbitration Rules of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, 2012
QUALIFICATIONS AS ARBITRATOR
Accredited Arbitrator of more than 20 international and national arbitration centres
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
QUALIFICATIONS AS MEDIATOR
Mediator and Evaluator, Singapore Mediation Centre
ACADEMIC AND EDITORIAL APPOINTMENTS
Adjunct Professor, National University of Singapore since 2005
Member, Advisory Board of the Faculty of Law, Singapore Management University since 2007
Member, Advisory Board of the Journal of International Arbitration since 2006
Editorial Adviser to the Chinese Arbitration Association Journal of Arbitration, Taipei since 2001
Associate Editor, online arbitration journal "Transnational Dispute Management" since 2005
Member, Editorial Board of "Global Arbitration Review" since 2005
Singapore Correspondent, Kluwer Arbitration Website since 2002
Member, Advisory Committee of the Journal of Arab Arbitration since 2009
Guest Lecturer for:
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Entry, Fast Track and Diploma courses in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Hong Kong (2000 - 2007)
National University of Singapore - King's College London MSc in Construction and Arbitration Law (2004 - 2008)
Singapore International Arbitration Centre - Panel of Arbitrators Training Course (2005)
ICC Course on ICC arbitration, Bangkok (2005)
- Sophia University, Tokyo (2005)
- Course Director, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators Fellowship course (2006 - 2007)
King's College London-Dubai International Arbitration Centre - Advanced Course in International Arbitration Dubai (2006-2008)
International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) Symposium, Singapore (2007)
University of Lucerne, Switzerland (2008)
Swiss Arbitration Academy, Zurich (2010)
City University, Hong Kong (2010)
Hong Kong University, Hong Kong(2010)
Singapore Management University (2011)
Listed in "The International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration (2005)" as "Singapore's leading lawyer for commercial arbitration expertise"
Listed in Global Arbitration Review (2006) as Asia's top arbitrator
Named in PLC Which Lawyer (Yearbook 2008) as "Sole practitioner Michael Hwang is another pre-eminent expert, especially in arbitration, where he competes with some of the best-known local and international firms for instructions" and ranks him as one of the four leading dispute resolution practitioners in Singapore
Named in Who's Who Legal 2008 (Commercial Arbitration) as "the most highly nominated individual" in (the Directory's Singapore) research a "quite outstanding lawyer having received multiple nominations from within Singapore and overseas" and an "illustrious figure in the local market" who "has a practical sense and a wealth of knowledge"
Named in Chambers Asia 2008 as "a world - class arbitrator" who is "brilliant, popular, prominent, incisive and decisive" and "always one of the first names to be mentioned ... in regional arbitration"
Named in Who's Who Legal 2008 (Commercial Litigation) as one of 7 recommended litigators for Singapore
Named in PLC Cross-Border Dispute Resolution Handbook 2008/9 as one of the 3 top dispute resolution practitioners in Singapore
Described in Asia Pacific Legal 500 2008/9 as "in terms of diversity of cases and sheer academics prowess, there is no finer Senior Counsel working in Singapore today"
Listed in The Best of the Best 2009 as one of the top 38 international commercial arbitration practitioners in the world
Guide to the World's Leading Commercial Arbitration Experts (8th Ed, 2009) describes him as having received personal nominations for inclusion placing him in the world's top 15 in this field.
Named in "PLC Which Lawyer (14th Ed) Yearbook 2009" as one of the 3 top (leading) individual dispute resolution practitioners in Singapore
Described in "Who's Who Legal - Commercial Arbitration 2010" as "very meticulous, versatile and a household name"
Name in "Guide to the World's Leading Litigation Lawyers (9th Ed)" as one of Singapore's leading litigation lawyers
Named in "The International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers 2010" as being among 421 of the world's leading construction lawyers
Named in "Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2010" as one of the most highly acclaimed legal experts in the Asia Pacific region following an extensive survey of senior corporate executives, in-house counsel and private practice lawyers
Named in "Guide to the World's Leading White Collar Crime Lawyers (5th Ed, 2010)" as one of the recommended lawyers for Singapore
Named in "Finance Monthly" as "Arbitration Law Firm of the Year Singapore" for 2010
"Chambers Asia 2010" ranks him in Band No 1 for arbitrators in Asia, and describes him as "he put Singapore on the arbitration map - he is a doyen of the scene, with tremendous breadth of knowledge and a sensible, reliable and innovative approach"
Named in Dealmakers Annual Awards 2010 as award winner in the categories of "Commercial Arbitration Law Firm of the Year" and "Business Crime Law Firm of the Year"
"Chambers Asia-Pacific 2011" describes him as "He has a formidable reputation and is regarded as an 'extraordinary, standout arbitrator' with a controlled approach to arbitration which 'gets everybody working together rather than against each other and makes things much better from the perspective of getting the right result'...He is a highly respected figure in the [litigation] market, praised by market sources as "one of the brightest, most brilliant minds in Singapore".
"Global Arbitration Review" named him as one of the 7 short-listed candidates for the Inaugural GAR "Arbitrator of the Year" award for 2011
Selected by peers for inclusion in the 3rd Edition of "Best Lawyers" listed for Singapore in the areas of Arbitration , Mediation and Litigation for 2011
Named in PLC Cross-Border Dispute Resolution Book 2011/2012" as one of the leading lawyers for Singapore
Named in "The Best of the Best 2011" as one of the top 39 commercial arbitration practitioners in the world
Global Arbitration Review named him as one of the 8 short listed candidates for the GAR “Best Lecture or Speech” award for 2012
Chambers Asia Pacific 2012 lists him as one of three “Star Individuals” in the International Section of “Most in Demand Arbitrators” and describes him as “undoubtedly a star and in the A-League for arbitrators…he put Singapore on the map for arbitration and his practice crosses the globe…he wins universal acclaim for the precision of his legal analysis…he is very efficient and very clear in identifying the issues and keeping to sensible hearing times…he is rightly viewed above the rest; when you are before him, you always need to be prepared for intellectual questions which go beyond the immediate issues”.