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Singapore Investment and Dispute Resolution Forum: Insights into Doing Business in ASEAN Countries

Organizer:            ASEAN-Japan Centre, Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB)
Co-organizer:       Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
Supporter:            Japan International Dispute Resolution Center, Japan Association of Arbitrators,
                            Japan In-House Lawyers Association, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) (plan)
Date/Time:           15 November 2019  13:30-16:10  (Registration from 13:00)
Venue:                 Sunflower Hall, Tokyo Prince Hotel
                            (English-Japanese simultaneous interpretation)

Registration:        Please register here. (Click the “English” button on the top right)

13:30 Start of Seminar

Opening Remarks
Mr. Masataka Fujita, Secretary General, ASEAN-Japan Centre


“The SIAC Advantage: An Overview of SIAC and the Benefits of Choosing SIAC for Japanese Parties”
Ms. Lim Seok Hui, CEO, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)

Panel Session I: “Negotiating Contracts: A Guide for Business Teams With Transactions and Projects in ASEAN Countries”


  • Elements of effective contracts for trade and investment in ASEAN countries
  • The impact of differences in local legal systems on projects and transactions in ASEAN countries
  • Mitigating risk in emerging markets
  • Overcoming differences in business customs and practices in Japan and ASEAN countries
  • Considerations when selecting a partner in ASEAN countries

  • Mr. Yoshihiro Takatori, Partner, Orrick

  • Ms. Masako Takahata, General Counsel, Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation
  • Mr. Christopher Koh, Partner, Allen & Gledhill LLP
  • Mr. Hideaki Roy Umetsu, Partner, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
14:55-15:10 Refreshment Break
Panel Session II: “Effective Dispute Resolution with Parties from ASEAN Countries”


  • The benefits of arbitration for cross-border transactions and investments involving ASEAN parties
  • Mediation and Arb-Med-Arb in the context of ASEAN disputes
  • Enforcement of arbitral awards in ASEAN countries
  • Third-party funding of arbitrations involving ASEAN parties
  • Interim awards and emergency arbitrator decisions: potential uses and enforceability


  • Mr. Yutaro Kawabata, Partner, Nishimura & Asahi


  • Mr. Yoshimasa Furuta, Partner, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
  • Mr. Zachary Sharpe, Partner, Jones Day
  • Ms. Julia Jiyeon Yu, Partner, Oon & Bazul LLP
16:10 End of Seminar