Evolving Legal Dispute Landscape in the Southeast-Asia

Syazana Yahya Moderated a Panel at the ALB Virtual Summit

1. ALB In-house Legal Summit 2020

Asian Legal Business (“ALB”) held its inaugural virtual summit from 14 – 16 October 2020, bringing together more than 500 leading senior-level corporate counsel, business leaders and private practice lawyers from all across the region.

2. The Virtual Summit Programme

Across the three-day summit, there were more than 40 speakers including Glenn Seah (Head Legal, Compliance and Corporate Secretariat, Singapore Exchange Limited), Hazel Tang (Counsel, International Chamber of Commerce), Lisa Mather (VP, Chief International Counsel, PayPal).

The line-up of the programme included panel sessions on the following topics:

a. M&A Transactions: Assessing the Next Wave of Deal Flow in India;
b. Doing Business in India in the New Normal;
c. Staying Ahead of the Curve: Anticipate, Innovate and Communicate;
d. Cross Border M&A in Emerging Markets;
e. International Arbitration Against Indian Parties by Virtual Arbitration in Singapore;
f. Power of an Innovative GC: Different ways GCs are Being Challenged to Pursue Innovation and Thrive in Time of Unprecedented Change;
g. Practical Approaches to Debt Restructuring in Indonesia;
h. Fine-Tuning Your Dispute Tactics: Strategies That Work;
i. Crisis Management – How can In-house Counsel Anticipate New Business Risks and Adapt to the Uncertain Normal?;
j. Stepping Up Your Game: Guide for the Modern General Counsel

3. Syazana Moderated a Panel on “Fine-Tuning Your Dispute Tactics: Strategies That Work”

Our Ms Syazana was invited to moderate the panel session on “Fine-Tuning Your Dispute Tactics: Strategies That Work”, during which the panellists discussed effective commercially sensible dispute resolution tactics especially in the wake of Covid-19. The distinguished panel comprised of:

a. John K. Arthur (Barrister and Member of the Victorian Bar of 30 years),
b. Stephen Trevis (Head of Markets Legal Asia Pacific and South East Asia, Barclays Bank PLC),
c. Smrity Sudan (Group Legal Head, UD Trading Group),
d. Corey Whiting (Legal Counsel, Head of Litigation, Kuok Singapore Limited Group) and
e. Jonathan Tay (Legal Counsel, Hitachi).

Ms Syazana invited the panellists to share their perspectives on dispute resolution trends in Asia, how to combine litigation / arbitration with other dispute resolution mechanisms to achieve an effective outcome, factors that should be considered before choosing the appropriate dispute resolution method and forum and how General Counsels can effectively work with external counsels to resolve disputes.

The audience came out of the panel session with useful and practical tips on how to effectively deal with commercial disputes.