Ho Chi Minh City International Construction Arbitration Conference HICAC2024

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The Society of Construction Law – Viet Nam (SCLVN) , the International Law Faculty – Hochiminh city University of Law and are pleased to announce the upcoming Hochiminh city International Construction Arbitration Conference 2024 (HICAC2024) to be held in Rex hotel, Hochiminh city, Vietnam.

This conference aims to bring together professionals from the construction industry, legal experts, arbitrators, and academics to discuss the latest trends, practices, and developments in construction arbitration. As Vietnam continues to experience significant growth in construction activities, this conference provides a timely platform for stakeholders to exchange knowledge and insights on the challenges and opportunities facing the construction arbitration landscape in Vietnam and beyond. The conference will feature informative panel discussions, and networking opportunities to foster collaboration and promote best practices. We look forward to welcoming delegates from around the world to this exciting event.

Venue: Rex Hotel, 141 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1, Hochiminh city, Vietnam.

Conference Time: Thursday 25 – Friday 26 April 2024

Full Time (including side events): Wednesday 24 – Sunday 28 April 2024

Theme: Construction Contract and International Arbitration – When Legal traditions collide.

Side events and Networking Events:

  • (*Side Event) Wednesday April 24th, 2024, Morning (09:30-11:30): YSIAC Vietnam – Arbitrator Selection and Challenge in Construction Arbitration, Burgundy – Level M2- Novotel Centre Hotel  (167 Hai Ba Trung Street, District 3, HCMC) Register here.
  • (*Side Event) Wednesday April 24th, 2024, Afternoon (14:00-17:00): ASEAN Construction and ADR Roundtable,  session hosted by L2 i-CON International (Malaysia) in conjunction and in support of HICAC2024, in Tulip Room- Rex Hotel (141 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1, HCMC).  More information: here.
  • (*Networking Event) Wednesday April 24th, 2024, Evening (19:00-22:00): Welcome Reception for Speakers, Sponsors, and Invited Guests in iSTEAKS – (99 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1, HCMC).
  • (*Networking Event) Thursday April 25th, 2024, Evening (18:00-21:00) Gala Dinner on Floating Restaurant along Saigon River for Speakers, Sponsors, Invited Guests and Paid Guests
  • (*Side Event) Friday April 26th, 2024, Afternoon (13:30-16:00): Fireside Chat “Key Factors for a successful construction Arbitration: Competency- Capacity- Integrity?”, session hosted by CIArb Vietnam Chapter at Caravelle II Level 3 – Caravelle Hotel (19-23 Lam Son Square District 1- HCMC). Register at here.
  • (*Side Event) Friday April 26th, 2024, Afternoon (14:00-17:00): Workshop: Practies and Experiences in Resolving construction Disputes by Abbitration in Vietnam International Abbitration Center (VIAC), session hosted by VIAC at VIAC HCMC Branch (171 Vo Thi Sau street, District 3, HCMC). Register here.
  • (*Side Event) Friday April 26th, 2024, Afternoon (14:00-16:00): Workshop: Preventing disputes during contract implementation – issues related time and costs claims, session hosted by LNT&PARTNERS (level 21, Bitexco Financial Tower, No 2 Hai Trieu, District 1, HCMC). Register here.
  • (*Side Event) Friday April 26th, 2024, Afternoon (16:00-18:00): Book Launch: The FIDIC Red Book: An International Clause-by-Clause Commentary,session hosted by YKVN with supports from Wolter Kluwer and SCLVN at Opera 1 Meeting Room- Caravelle Hotel  (19-23 Lam Son Square, District 1, HCMC). Registered here.
  • (*Networking Tour) Saturday April 27th, 2024: Cu Chi Tunnel and Mekong Delta Day Tour: for Speakers, Sponsors, Invited Guests and Paid Guests
  • (*Side Event) April 27th-28th, 2024 (08:00-17:00): SCLVN-DRBF Dispute Board Administration & Practice Training Workshop, in Tulip Room- Rex Hotel (141 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1, HCMC). More information here register here.
(*Side Event) Wednesday April 24th, 2024, Morning
YSIAC Vietnam - Arbitrator Selection and Challenge in Construction Arbitration
Venue: Burgundy – Level M2- Novotel Centre Hotel  (167 Hai Ba Trung Street, District 3, HCMC)
Young SIAC
(*Side Event) Wednesday April 24th, 2024, Afternoon (14:00-17:00)
ASEAN Construction and ADR Roundtable,  session hosted by L2 i-CON International (Malaysia) in conjunction and in support of HICAC2024.
Venue: Executive Room (2nd floor – East Wing, Rex Hotel, 141 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1, HCMC). 
L2 i-CON International
(*Side Event) Wednesday April 24th, 2024, Afternoon (19:00-22:00)
Welcome Reception for Speakers, Sponsors, and Invited Guests (invitation only)
Venue: iSTEAKS - (99 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1, HCMC)
Thursday April 25th, 2024, Morning (8:00-12:00)
General Session :Conference Hall (2nd floor – East Wing, Rex Hotel)
08:00-08:30 Opening speeches
Panel P1 (08:30 - 10:00) Confidentiality and Transparency in International Construction Arbitration: Views from regional institutions
Speaker: Gloria Lim
Chief Executive Officer at Singapore International Arbitration Centre
Speaker: Jehad Abdulrazzaq Kazim
Executive Director at Dubai International Arbitration Centre
Speaker: Tejus Chauhan
Director, South Asia, Arbitration & ADR, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Speaker: Steve Kim
Secretary General at KCAB INTERNATIONAL
Moderator: Vu Anh Duong
Permanent Vice President cum Secretary General of Vietnam International Arbitration Centre (VIAC)
10:00 - 10:10 Tea Break
Panel P2 (10:20-11:30) Conflicts of civil law & common law in construction contracts: Stories from international arbitrators
Speaker: Prof.Douglas Jones
Independent International Arbitrator
Speaker: Datuk Sundra Rajoo
President of the Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution (AIADR)
Moderator: Assoc. Prof., Dr. Tran Viet Dzung
Vice Rector of Ho Chi Minh City University of Law
11:30-12:00 Keynote speech (online)
Key Speaker: Christopher Seppälä
International Arbitrator
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
Thursday April 25th, 2024, Afternoon (13:30-17:00) Conference Hall (2nd floor – East Wing, Rex Hotel)
Section A : International Construction Contract- When contract clause contradicts the Governing Law (by SCLVN)
Panel A1 (13:30-15:00) Delay Penalty and Delay Damages
Speaker: Nguyen Cong Phu
Former Deputy Chief Justice of Economic Court of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court
Speaker: Akshay Kishore
Partner at Bird & Bird
Speaker: Pardeep Singh Khosa
Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Speaker: Andrew Heng
Senior Partner at ZMM
Moderator: Trinh Nguyen
Founding partner of TNP Law, Vice chairperson of SCL Vietnam
Tea Break (15:00- 15:30)
Panel A2 (15:30 - 17:00) Force Majeure, Fundamental Change of Circumstances, and Exceptional Event
Speaker: Prof. Do Van Dai
Vice Rector of Ho Chi Minh City University of Law
Speaker: Antoine Logeay
Partner at APFL & Partners, Hanoi office
Speaker: Kelvin Aw
Partner, CMS
Speaker: Assoc. Prof. Nguyen Minh Hang
VIAC’s Arbitrator, Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law – Foreign Trade University
Moderator: Vu Thi Thinh
Associate, LNT & Partners
2024-April-25 Afternoon (13:30-17:00) Camellia Room (2nd floor – East Wing, Rex Hotel)
Section B : As East Meets West in international arbitration (by VIAC)
Panel B1 (13:30-15:00) Dynamics Of Multiple Legal Systems Regulating An International Arbitration And Implications For Choice Of Laws
Speaker: Charis Tan
Partner at Peter & Kim
Practical Challenges of multiple legal systems in International Arbitration and A few notes for Choice of Law in the Arbitration Agreement
Keynot speaker & panelist : Assoc. Prof. Duong Anh Son
VIAC’s Arbitrator, Lecturer at Faculty of Economic Law, University of Economics and Law, Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City
Multiple Legal Systems in an International Arbitration proceeding
Moderator: Ngo Thanh Tung
Managing Partner at VILAF, VIAC's listed arbitrator
Tea Break (15:00 - 15:30)
Panel B2 (15:30 - 17:00) Inquisitorial Style vs. Adversarial Style in International Arbitration & Best Practices
Speaker & Moderator: Nguyen Manh Dzung
Director at ADRs Vietnam Chamber, VIAC Listed Arbitrators, Deputy Director of Vietnam Institute for International Arbitration Research and Training (VIART) at VIAC.
A Glance of Inquisitorial Style and Adversarial Style in International Arbitration practice in Vietnam throughout the 12 years of Law on Commercial Arbitration
Speaker: Joel Quek
Partner at WongPartnership
Speaker: Do Khoi Nguyen
Partner at YKVN (Singapore), VIAC listed Arbitrator
Speaker: Dao Nhu Ngoc Linh
Associate at Rajah & Tann LCT
(* Networking Event) Thursday April 25th, 2024, Evening (18:00-21:00)
Gala Dinner on floating restaurant along Saigon river
Friday April 26th, 2024, Morning (08:30-12:00) Conference Hall (2nd floor – East Wing)
Section C : Technical Experts in Construction Arbitration - by SCLVN
Panel C1 (8:30-10:00) : Practical tips for Tribunals on using Tribunal-Appointed Experts in Civil Law Jurisdictions
Speaker: Samuel Widowson
Partner at Accuracy
Speaker: Zheng Bao Qiang
Delay Expert at HKA
Speaker: Le Quang Tam
Vice Director of Construction Inspection Center, CONINCO
Moderator: Le The Hung
Managing Partner at CNC Counsel, Vice Chairman of SCLVN
Tea Break (10:00-10:30)
Panel C2 (10:30 - 12:00): Practical tips for Parties on using Party-Appointed Experts in Common Law Jurisdictions
Speaker: Lynnda Lim
Managing Director of REX C Expert & Dispute Services
Speaker: Sezgin Ozbilgin
Head of Delay Expert Services - Asia at CCi
Speaker: Amit Garg
Managing Director at Secretariat
Speaker: Prateek Jain
Delay Expert, Partner at Masin
Moderator: Peter Scott Caldwell
Member of the DRBF Region 2 Board of Directors
Friday April 26th, 2024, Morning (08:30-12:00) Camellia Room (2nd floor – East Wing)
Section D : Third Party in Arbitration Proceeding (by Faculty of International Law- HCMULaw)
Panel D1 (8:30-10:00) Extension of Arbitration to Non-Signatory Parties to the Arbitration Agreement
Speaker: Dr.Le Nguyen Gia Thien
Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Economics and Law, Vietnam National University - HCMC
Speaker: Sanghoon Han
Partner, Lee & Ko
Speaker: Duong Hoang
Deputy Counsel, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
Speaker: Amanda Lees
International Arbitration Partner at King & Wood Mallesons
Moderator: Nguyen Thi Lan Huong
Deputy Head of the Department of International Trade Law, Faculty of International Law, Ho Chi Minh City University of Law
Tea Break (10:00- 10:30)
Panel D2 (10:30 - 12:00) Joinder and Consolidation in Construction Arbitration
Speaker: Kim Rosenberg
Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Speaker: Janice Cheng
Partner at Hogan Lovells
Speaker: Dr. Nguyen Thi Thu Trang
Special Arbitration Counsel in Dzungsrt & Associates LLC – Hanoi Office
Consolidation of construction arbitrations- Pros & cons
Moderator: Dr.Nguyen Thi Hoa
Lecturer at International Law Faculty, HCMC University of Law
(*Side Event) April 26th, 2024, Afternoon (13:30-16:00)
Fireside Chat "Key Factors for a successful construction Arbitration: Competency- Capacity- Integrity?", session hosted by CIArb Vietnam Chapter
Venue: Caravelle II Level 3 – Caravelle Hotel (19-23 Lam Son Square District 1- HCMC).
CIArb Vietnam Chapter
(*Side Event) April 26th, 2024, Afternoon (14:00-17:00)
Workshop: Practies and Experiences in Resolving construction Disputes by Abbitration in Vietnam International Abbitration Center (VIAC)
Venue: VIAC HCMC Branch (171 Vo Thi Sau street, District 3, HCMC).
Vietnam International Arbitration Centre (VIAC)
(*Side Event) April 26th, 2024, Afternoon (14:00-16:00)
Workshop: Preventing disputes during contract implementation - issues related time and costs claims
Venue: LNT&PARTNERS (level 21, Bitexco Financial Tower, No 2 Hai Trieu, District 1, HCMC)
LNT & PARTNERS
(*Side Event) April 26th, 2024, Afternoon (16:00-18:00)
Book Launch: The FIDIC Red Book: An International Clause-by-Clause Commentary, session hosted by YKVN with supports from Wolter Kluwer and SCLVN
Venue: Opera 1 Meeting Room- Caravelle Hotel  (19-23 Lam Son Square, District 1, HCMC).
YKVN
(* Networking Tour) April 27th, 2024
Cu Chi Tunnel and Mekong River Day Tour, for Speakers, Sponsors, Invited and Paid Guests
7:00 - 18:00
Tour Program
(*Side Event) April 27th-28th, 2024 (08:00-17:00)
SCLVN-DRBF Dispute Board Administration & Practice Training Workshop, organized by SCLVN and DRBF to provide training to people on Dispute Boards (DB), with certificate provided by DRBF
Venue: Tulip Room- Rex Hotel (141 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1, HCMC). 
Prof. Toshihiko Omoto
FIDIC President's List of Approved Adjudicators, Adjunct Professor at Kyoto University,
Peter Scott Caldwell
Member of the DRBF Region 2 Board of Directors
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For International Guests:

  • Conference Ticket (25-26/04/2024): 160 USD
  • Gala Dinner Ticket (25/4/2024 evening): 40 USD
  • Tour Ticket (27/4/2024): 60 USD
  • Package: Conference & DB Workshop Ticket (-15% ): 1020 USD

To register:

1/ Purchase ticket(s) with Paypal on Evenbrite: https://bit.ly/HICAC2024-Eventbrite

2/ Purchase ticket(s) with Credit/ Debit cards on Ticketbox (in VND) :  https://bit.ly/HICAC2024-Ticketbox

3/ Purchase ticket(s) by bank transfer to SCLVN bank account:

  • Bank account: 20200618 (USD)
  • Bank name: Asia Commercial joint Stock Bank
  • Swift Code: ASCBVNVX
  • Account holder name: Society of Construction Law – Viet Nam

Please email Ticket type, Guest’s information (Name/Email/Phone No.) together with bank transfer receipt to info@scl.org.vn and event@scl.org.vn.

In this inagural YSIAC event in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, a panel of six leading arbitration practitioners will examine different rules and practices in the appointment and challenge of arbitrators in the context of construction arbitration. The panel will also discuss issues arising from the new 2024 version of the International Bar Association (IBA) Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest.

9:30am – 9:45am Welcome Remarks by Ms Gloria Lim, CEO, SIAC

9:40am – 11:05am Panel Discussion

11:05am-11:30am: Q&A and Networking

Tickets: $47 / Physical Pass- Attendee

Register at: https://siac.org.sg/event/ysiac-vietnam-arbitrator-selection-and-challenge-in-construction-arbitration

Register here: https://www.l2icon.org/international/event/asean-construction-and-adr-roundtable/

The primary objective is to bring together key stakeholders, experts, and professionals from the ASEAN region to deliberate on strategies for enhancing collaboration within the construction and ADR domains. Through insightful discussions and interactive workshops, participants will explore sustainable practices, address challenges, and foster long-term partnerships. The roundtable endeavours to lay the foundation for a collaborative framework that transcends borders, starting with a dedicated focus on Vietnam, setting the stage for future regional initiatives.

2.00 pm – Registration
2.15 pm – Welcome and Opening Remarks
2.30 pm – Voices from the Community: Introduction of Roundtable Members
2.45 pm – Overview of ASEAN Construction and ADR Landscape
3.00 pm – Roundtable Discussions
♦ 1. Construction Contract and Law 101
♦ 2. Common Pitfalls in Contract Management
3.30 pm – Coffee Break
4.00 pm – Roundtable Discussions
♦ 3. International Arbitration: Challenges in Cultures, Languages, Legal Frameworks and Beyond
♦ 4. Effectiveness of Dispute Board (DB)
♦ 5. Finding Your Construction Technical
4.45 pm – Closing Remarks
5.00 pm – Networking Session

As the Singapore International Arbitration Centre’s (SIAC) Chief Executive Officer, Gloria works closely with the Chairman and the Board in formulating and fulfilling the vision and strategies for SIAC, and is responsible for the overall management and operations of the institution.
Gloria was previously the Director of the Legal Industry Division in Singapore’s Ministry of Law and concurrently held the statutory appointment of Director of Legal Services, heading its Legal Services Regulatory Authority.As Director of the Legal Industry Division, she oversaw the development and promotion of Singapore’s legal sector, including Singapore’s international dispute resolution regime.
Gloria headed the Singapore delegation involved in the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group II (Dispute Settlement) discussions from 2019-2021. She is experienced in legal policy and alternative dispute resolution.
Gloria graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and is called to the Singapore Bar. She holds a Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration from NUS and an LL.M from Harvard University.

Jehad is the first Executive Director of Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) and the first Emirati woman to assume a leadership position in the largest arbitration centre in the Middle East. Drawing on a wealth of knowledge gained from over 22 years of experience in the legal and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) field, Jehad has played an instrumental role in building and executing DIAC’s forward thinking strategy. Under her proactive and dynamic leadership, the Centre strives to enhance the efficiency of its operations, optimize its performance and improve its ADR services through business excellence, stakeholder engagement and innovation.
Prior to joining DIAC, Jehad was the Vice-President of the Legal Affairs Sector of Dubai Chambers where she oversaw the entire legal function of the Chambers and its international offices around the world.
Jehad holds an LL.M in Business Law from University of Hertfordshire, UK and LL.B in Shari’a & Law from the U.A.E. University.

As the Regional Director for South Asia based out of Singapore, Tejus focuses on assisting companies, counsels, and investors the region understand how they can resolve commercial disputes by raising their awareness about ICC’s Dispute Resolution Services.
In his role, Tejus advises on arbitration proceeding protocol, especially ICC Arbitration, organizing capacity building and informative events, promoting ICC’s dispute resolution services, and connecting with regional players to forge relationships that connect ICC with users and businesses. Tejus is also an avid promoter of opportunities for young practitioners and leads ICC’s Young Arbitration Forum (YAF) in South Asia.
Tejus earned his law degree in India. Upon graduation, Tejus worked as an associate with a law firm in the disputes and TMT practice. Prior to joining ICC in Singapore, Tejus has also worked as the Deputy Director – Arbitration for ICC in India and with the forensic and dispute advisory services at a Big Four audit firm.

Steve Kim is the Secretary-General of KCAB INTERNATIONAL. As a US attorney, Steve has extensive experience in the field of international arbitration and served as the Director of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association (New York). During his tenure at ICDR, he helped to grow the ICDR to become the global number one international arbitration administration center. Steve also served as a senior corporate counsel for Samsung Corning Precision Material, advising on various corporate legal matters including dispute resolution, antitrust investigation, intellectual property negotiation, JV and host of other high-profile matters. Steve then went on to become the Korea country manager for CPA Global, one of the largest intellectual property legal service providers based in UK. As a country manager, Steve achieved multiple million USD in new sales and created a new business paradigm which helped CPA Global to become the largest IP service provider in Korea and other key Asian markets. Steve served as a Korea consultant for one of the largest EU law firms, assisting the firm to develop new business in Korea and made inroads to new revenue stream in the field of dispute resolution, IP, natural resources, technology and cross-border investment.

Mr. Vu Anh Duong has over 25 years of experience at the Vietnam International Arbitration Centre (VIAC) and possesses extensive expertise in the fields of commercial arbitration, contract law, and international commercial law. He has been actively participating in various activities to promote the development of arbitration and ADR in Vietnam. Besides, with his practical experiences, Duong has been positively contributing to the law-making process, especially those in the field of arbitration and ADRs. Furthermore, Duong also devotes himself to educational activities. In particular, Duong has given lectures on commercial arbitration and contracts at several law schools and legal training institutions in Vietnam, such as the Judicial Academy of the Ministry of Justice in Vietnam., the Vietnam Bar Federation, VCCI, etc.
In the capacity of an arbitrator, Duong has served in numerous arbitrations in different roles, either co-arbitrator, sole arbitration or presiding arbitrator. His participation concerns diverse areas of dispute, including sales of goods, construction, insurance, leasing, etc. as a co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator, and Chairman of the Arbitral Tribunal.

Doug Jones AO is a leading independent international commercial and investor-state arbitrator with over 40 years’ prior experience as an international transactional and disputes project lawyer. Doug was appointed as an International Judge of Singapore International Commercial Court in 2019.
He has been involved in over 150 arbitrations which include construction, infrastructure, energy, commodities, intellectual property, joint venture, and investor-state disputes spanning over 30 jurisdictions around the world. He has extensive experience as arbitrator under the ICC, LCIA, AAA, ICDR, KLRCA, SIAC, DIAC, ACICA, Resolution Institute, AMINZ, European Development Fund Arbitration and Conciliation Rules, as well as the ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules, in disputes of values exceeding some billions $US.
Doug has extensive experience as a construction and major projects lawyer, acting for owners (both government and private sector), financiers, contractors, consultants and subcontractors, Doug has advised extensively on project structuring and financing, contract drafting and advice during project implementation and dispute resolution for major infrastructure matters, including Department of Defence facilities and equipment acquisitions, airports, ports, roads and rail projects throughout Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and USA.

Datuk Sundra Rajoo is the current President of the Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution (AIADR). He is a Certified International ADR Practitioner (AIADR) and Chartered Arbitrator with over 310 appointments in international and domestic arbitration.
Beyond his leadership role at AIADR, he has served as the past President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Chairman of the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre, Founding President of the Sports Law Association of Malaysia, Founding President of the Society of Construction Law, Malaysia and the Malaysia Society of Adjudicators, and Past President of the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Grouping (APRAG).
Datuk Sundra has been the Adjunct Professor, Law Faculty of University of Malaya, past Visiting Professor at the Law Faculty, National University of Malaysia. He was a pioneer member in the Monetary Penalty Review Committee set up under the Malaysian Financial Services Act 2013 for two terms. Datuk Sundra has also authored, co-authored and edited extensive publications, including recent work on arbitration and construction law.

Prof. Tran Viet Dung holds PhD of Law from National University of Singapore (NUS); also read international trade policy at Harvard Kennedy School. His specialisation includes international trade and investment law, competition, international dispute settlement.
He also teaches LLM Programmes of the University of West England, Jean Moulin University Law School, Montesquieu University of Bordeaux, Chulalongkorn University; member of Editorial Board of the Kutafin University Law Review (from 2014) and Vietnames Journal of Legal Sciences (from 2018).
Tran combines academic knowledge with practical experience as an international lawyer. He has practiced law at WongPartnership LLP and KhattarWong LLP in Singapore, and was the country manager for KhattarWong Vietnam (2010-2014); a founding member of DL&Partners. He has undertaken many consultancies for MNCs with respect to their foreign investment in Vietnam, as well as supported Vietnamese enterprises to conduct business abroad. He is the author of many articles, books and monographs in the field of international trade and international investment. He is recognized by prestigious international lawyer ranking organizations such as Legal500, Chambers, AsiaLaw.

Christopher Seppälä is an independent arbitrator, mediator and consultant for international commercial disputes.
He is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School and a member of the New York Bar and a member (emeritus) of the Paris Bar.
He founded the international arbitration practice of the Paris office of White & Case in 1988, where he was a partner for 35 years and has acted as counsel or arbitrator in hundreds of international commercial disputes including multi-billion-dollar arbitration cases of the greatest legal and factual complexity.
He has represented private corporations and banks, as well as sovereign states or state-owned entities (Algeria, Bulgaria, Egypt, Gabon, Guinea, Iran, Kuwait, Peru and Qatar), in international arbitrations, and has served as chair of the tribunal or co-arbitrator in numerous such cases. He began his legal career in the general practice group of Sullivan Cromwell in New York.

He is a former Vice President Emeritus of the International Court of Arbitration (“ICC”) and currently serves as FIDIC’s Observer on that Court.

He is an expert on international construction contracts having served as Legal Advisor to the FIDIC Contracts Committee for the past 20 years and being Dean of the Faculty of Contracts of FIDIC Academy, FIDIC’s learning and development body.

He was a member of the working group which prepared the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts 2016 and co-chair of the Committee which produced the 2019 update of the ICC Commission’s Report on Construction Industry Arbitrations: Recommended Tools and Techniques for Effective Management.

Mr. Seppälä is a lecturer on international construction contracts to post-graduates at Paris University (Panthéon – Assas).
He is the author of The FIDIC Red Book Contract: An International Clause-by-Clause Commentary | Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory, 2023.

Mr. Phu worked as a judge for the Economic Court of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court from 1999 to 2020, in which he settled more than 1000 trading dispute cases. He was also appointed as a Deputy Chief Justice of Economic Court of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court for 14 years.

Currently, he is partner in charge of the firm’s Dispute Resolution Practice Group,and a visiting lecturer for Ho Chi Minh City University of Law, the Judicial Academy of the Ministry of Justice of Vietnam, the Academy of Supreme Court,

Mr Phu is a paneled arbitrator at Vietnam International Arbitraiton Centre (VIAC) where he is appointed in many cases.

Akshay is a Partner in our Singapore office, focusing on international commercial arbitration, adjudication, and mediation, work. Akshay is dual qualified in UK and India and he brings over 15 years of experience in the ADR and Dispute Management/ Resolution space.
Akshay has been involved in multiple disputes across ASEAN, India, China, Japan, Korea, and the Middle East, including arbitrations relating to construction of airports and other public infrastructure projects, transportation networks (including rail and road infrastructure), power plants, oil & gas projects and pipelines, development of mining concessions, commodity trade, and shipping.
Akshay often acts as the lead and arguing counsel in arbitration, adjudication and mediation matters and has the experience in advising on arbitration matters under many international arbitration rules, including, AIAC, CIETAC, DIAC, ICC, LCIA, LMAA, MCIA, SIAC, SICC and UNCITRAL.
Akshay also sits as an arbitrator and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He also sits on arbitrator panels and other administrative committees of various reputable international arbitration institutions.

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Pardeep Khosa is a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and also a director at Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC, a Singapore law corporation affiliated with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Pardeep has a broad practice focusing on commercial and civil litigation, international arbitration, and corporate crime and investigations. He has advised and acted for high-profile clients including governments, statutory boards, listed companies, and high net-worth individuals in high-value, complex, and multijurisdictional disputes relating to construction, engineering, infrastructure, shipping, oil and gas, and civil fraud. Pardeep is an accredited specialist in building and construction law. Pardeep also handles corporate/shareholder disputes and cases involving disputes relating to banking and financial services, professional negligence, public and administrative law, and employment law. Additionally, he has acted for high-profile clients in numerous defamation lawsuits. Pardeep regularly appears before the Singapore Courts and arbitral tribunals in international arbitrations under various institutional arbitration regimes, including the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).

Andrew is a Senior Partner at ZMM and leads the Construction & Energy team. He provides litigation and advisory services to clients in the construction, infrastructure, renewable energy, environmental, banking and insurance, property development as well as manufacturing industries.

Andrew represents clients across a spectrum of construction disputes in arbitrations, adjudications and at all levels of Malaysian Courts.

Andrew’s experience includes advising and handling disputes arising from construction of airport, highway, rails infrastructure, waste to energy plant, large scale solar plant, solid waste treatment plant, wastewater treatment plant, electrical transmission towers and mixed developments. Andrew also advises on compliance of construction regulatory requirements in Malaysia.

Andrew is an Adjudicator empaneled with the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) and a mediator empaneled with the AIAC and the Malaysian International Mediation Centre (MIMC).

Andrew was admitted to the Bar in England and Wales in 2006 and the Malaysian Bar in 2008.

Trinh Nguyen is one of few lawyers with dual qualification in Australia and Vietnam. Over the past 20 years, Trinh worked at international law firms prior to being a partner at a large national firm and founded a boutique law firm, TNP Law focusing on Infrastructure projects, land-based and sea-based construction front end, and back end since 2017. Trinh concurrently maintains a principal level solicitor license in Victoria, Australia. She also acts as lead counsel in international arbitration with respect to multi-million dollars disputes arisen from sea-based construction projects and complex cross-border investment disputes issues.  Recently Trinh assisted the largest Vietnamese conglomerate in coordinating the drafting and administration of construction contracts for a multi-billion dollars plant overseas.

 

Trinh has served two terms as a Vice Chair of Cross-Border Investment Committee under IPBA and has contributed and updated Vietnam Chapter Kluwer Law for Commercial Litigation Publication since 2013. Trinh is the first female fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in Vietnam. Trinh currently serves as the inaugural Chairperson of CIArb Vietnam Chapter and as a Vice chairwoman of the Society of Construction Law of Vietnam (SCLVN).

Trinh pioneers in ADR areas in Vietnam, being Australian Dispute Center accredited mediation empaneled at Vietnam Mediation Center under VIAC. Trinh was engaged as a trainer in the bootcamp training on skillset for Arbitrators of VIAC in handling international Arbitration cases.  Trinh is listed in the panel of arbitrators at KCAB INTERNATIONAL, THAC and listed by VIAC (Vienna International Arbitration Center) as arbitration practitioners for Vietnam jurisdiction.

Prof. Dr. Do Van Dai – Vice Rector of Ho Chi Minh City University of Law, Arbitrator at Vietnam International Arbitration Centre (VIAC).
Prof. Dr Do Van Dai is a Vietnamese jurist, lecturer, and Academician of the International Academy of Comparative Law – IACL. Within the legal community and public non-business units, he serves as the Vice Rector of Ho Chi Minh City University of Law and sits on the Charter Advisory Council for Case Law at the Supreme People’s Court. Additionally, he holds the position of Deputy Director at the Vietnam Institute for International Arbitration Research and Training (VIART) – a division of VIAC, and is a Listed Mediator at the Vietnam Mediation Centre (VMC).
Renowned in the realm of Vietnamese law, he has dedicated numerous years to researching and lecturing, initially in France before returning to Vietnam. Throughout his career, he has undertaken and published extensive legal research, primarily focusing on judiciary, civil law, commercial business, case studies, and commentary. Furthermore, he holds the title of Academician at the International Academy of Comparative Law (IACL), marking him as one of the initial Vietnamese members of this long-standing international law academy.

Antoine is a partner based in Hanoi and a member of the Paris bar. He has 11 years of professional experience in Vietnam and South East Asia. Before moving to Vietnam, he worked in the litigation and arbitration department of a prominent British law firm in Paris. Antoine acted as chairman of the Legal Sector Committee of the European Chamber of Commerce (EuroCham) from 2017 to 2021. He teaches international investment law to French and French-speaking students in a Master 2 (post-graduate) program jointly delivered by three French universities (Bordeaux, Lyon III and Toulouse I) and the National University of Hanoi.

Kelvin Aw is a Partner and Co-Head of Infrastructure Construction and Energy Disputes practice in CMS Singapore. He is a Senior Accredited Specialist for Building and Construction recognised by the Singapore Academy of Law. He is a fellow of the Singapore and Chartered Institutes of Arbitrators, and an accredited Senior Adjudicator with the Singapore Mediation Centre. In addition, he has served on the Council of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and chaired its publications committee and has taught construction law modules at the National University of Singapore.
Kelvin is consistently ranked as a leading individual for construction by the Chambers Asia-Pacific: Leading Lawyers for Business and by The Legal 500. He has been recognised by the 2020 to 2023 Best Lawyers, as well as Benchmark Litigation for construction law in Singapore.

Associate Professor, Dr. Nguyen Minh Hang is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law – Foreign Trade University, and is also an arbitrator at the Vietnam International Arbitration Centre – VIAC and a mediator and Secretary General of the Vietnam International Commercial Mediation Center – VICMC. She has more than 20 years of experience in teaching and consulting at many businesses, corporations and corporations across the country such as EVN, PVN, VNPT, Viettel, Vingroup, Tan Cang, FPT, Panasonic Vietnam, Lixil Vietnam… as well as such as for VCCI, VASEP and many professional associations in contract law and international business law. She has participated in conciliation and arbitration councils (as a member of the Abitration Council and President of Abitration Coucil) in many disputes regarding international goods sales contracts, construction contracts, ship charter contracts, and disputes. internal business…

Vu Thi Thinh is senior associate of LNT&Partners with over 5 years of experience working at the Hanoi branch and LNT (Singapore). While working at LNT, she participated in contract advising and represented domestic and international Employers, as well as the Contractors in dispute resolution at international arbitration centre (VIAC, SIAC, ICC) in relation with construction, infrastructure and energy projects.

Charis specialises in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration and public international law.

She is admitted in three jurisdictions (Singapore, England & Wales and New York) and her experience includes investment and commercial arbitrations under the rules of major arbitration institutions, including ICSID, ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, KCAB and SCC, as well as ad hoc proceedings under UNCITRAL Rules. Charis is appointed as Counsel and Arbitrator in both commercial arbitration and State-to-State cases.

Charis is also co-editor and author of Investment Protection in Southeast Asia, A Country-by-Country Guide on Arbitration Laws and Bilateral Investment Treaties (Brill, 2017).

Charis has been named in Who’s Who Legal, Global Arbitration Review (GAR), and Asia Pacific Legal 500. An initiative she spearheaded for the training of Government officials was awarded the Asia Pacific FT Innovative Lawyers Award.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Duong Anh now serves as Lecturer of the Faculty of Economic Law, University of Economics and Law, Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City. Mr. Duong Anh Son is a highly experienced and reputable lecturer with over 20 years of working experience at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Law. His areas of expertise include economic law, contracts, and international trade. In his academic activities, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Duong Anh Son has also participated in writing many textbooks, reference works, and monographs, and has participated in many scientific research projects. He regularly participates in conferences and seminars on economic law, contracts, and international trade. In addition, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Duong Anh Son is Listed Arbitrator at the Vietnam International Arbitration Center (VIAC).

Tung, as the founding partner of VILAF, has played a pivotal role in the firm’s evolution. In the late 1990s, he acquired the firm as a majority stakeholder from the former owner, Maurice Nguyen. He has since then committed, together with other partners, to build VILAF as a platform in which local and international talents can join and grow their career profoundly. Under his leadership, the firm grew, initially in collaboration with Clifford Chance, and independently since 1999. Tung’s visionary leadership has fostered the development of all the current partners at VILAF.
Specializing in corporate practice, M&A, and dispute resolution, Tung is renowned for his professionalism, exceptional work efficiency, and commitment to achieving results. His reputation extends far and wide, acknowledged by clients and peers, in both the international and local business communities. Over the past three decades, he has advised a multitude of multinational clients, remarkably contributing to their success in navigating the complexities of doing business in Vietnam.

Mr. Nguyen Manh Dzung is founding chairman of Dzungsrt&Associates LLC. He has over 30 years of experience in the settlement of maritime, commercial and investment disputes through domestic litigation and international arbitration.
His practice areas include admiralty and maritime law, arbitration, dispute resolution & mediation, commercial law, contracts, insurance and reinsurance, international law, international trade, litigation and transportation. He has become a full-time arbitrator and is listed on various panels of arbitrators of VIAC, KCAB International, HIAC, SHAC and HKIAC. He is the first Vietnamese Member of the ICC Court of international arbitration and ICC Taskforce on ADR and Arbitration. He has regularly been appointed as co-arbitrator and presiding arbitrator in various arbitrations on international sale contracts, service contracts, shipping agency contracts, consultancy and design contracts, business co-operative agreements, supply contracts, joint venture contracts, marine insurance policies, M&A transactions, supply chain and logistic service contracts, leasing contracts, partnership agreements, contracts of carriage of goods by sea, loan agreements, etc. under different arbitration rules

Joel QUEK is a Partner in the Commercial & Corporate Disputes, and International Arbitration Practices.
His main areas of practice are in litigation and international arbitration, involving commercial, corporate, shareholder and employment disputes across a range of sectors including energy, commodities, gaming, finance, transport, construction and healthcare. Joel also has an active investment treaty arbitration practice, acting for both private investors and State parties.
Prior to entering private practice, Joel served as a Justices’ Law Clerk to the Chief Justice and Judges of the Singapore Supreme Court. His experience also includes a placement with Fountain Court Chambers in London where he worked with barristers and King’s Counsel on a variety of matters in the English commercial courts. In 2019, Joel was appointed amicus curiae to assist the Singapore High Court on issues concerning the imposition of penalties under s 94A of the Income Tax Act.
Joel is currently a tutor for trial advocacy in the National University of Singapore and previously taught commercial conflict of laws in the Singapore Management University.

Nguyen Do is a member of YKVN’s International Arbitration team. During his 13-year tenure at YKVN, he has worked on most of YKVN’s complex and high-value international arbitrations including construction, oil & gas, project, debt restructuring, investment, professional liability, and shareholders’ disputes. These matters include arbitrations conducted under the VIAC, SIAC, ICC, and UNCITRAL rules seated in and outside of Vietnam.
Nguyen frequently writes on Vietnam-related arbitrations. His articles have been published in major arbitration publications including Kluwer Law International, Global Arbitration Review, the International Arbitration Review, and the International Comparative Legal Guide to International Arbitration. He is also the co-editor-in-chief of the Vietnamese version of the FIDIC 2017 Second Edition suite (Red, Yellow and Silver books).
Nguyen is qualified in both Vietnam and Washington State. Nguyen received his JD (2007) and MBA (2003) from Gonzaga University, Washington State, USA.

Linh is a qualified lawyer admitted to the Hanoi Bar Association, and is an Associate based in Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers’ Ho Chi Minh office. She practices in both contentious and non-contentious matters with the focus on alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including negotiation, mediation, and international arbitration.
With her education background specialised in dispute resolution, following by years of experience working as a senior counsel of a leading arbitration institution in Vietnam where she handled hundreds of arbitrations and mediations, Linh possesses knowledge in multiple areas of law and skills for ADR proceedings. As a lawyer, Linh advises clients in numerous contentious and non-contentious matters of diverse nature, including trade, construction, energy, investment, insurance, etc. Linh also represents clients in negotiations, mediations, arbitral proceedings, and court proceedings at all levels. As a young practitioner, she is also keen on participating in other community activities such acting as speakers at ADR events, giving visiting lectures, contributing legal research, coaching moot teams, etc.

Samuel is a Partner at Accuracy and based in Singapore. He is leading the construction disputes practice in APAC. Samuel has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry and specializes in providing independent expert opinions in construction disputes for matters in relation to programming, delay, and disruption. Samuel has gained substantial experience in the UK, the Middle East, and Asia, enhancing his capabilities in dispute resolution and claims. He holds prestigious memberships and qualifications, including being a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and holding a Master of Laws Degree in Construction Law and Arbitration. Samuel is recognized in Who’s Who Legal, has testified as an independent and tribunal appointed expert in arbitrations proceedings under ICC, DIAC, ADCCAC and SIAC rules. He has also been appointed and testified as an independent expert on matters of planning and delay in the High Court of Singapore.

Baoqiang Zheng is a delay expert with over 20 years of experience in construction dispute avoidance and dispute management.

As a specialist in project planning and forensic delay analysis, Baoqiang has worked on various major international projects in over 20 countries across Asia, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America, regarding the preparation and defence of claims, disputes and arbitrations on behalf of owners, contractors, and subcontractors. He has been appointed as a delay expert in arbitrations and cross-examined.

Baoqiang is recognised by Who’s Who Legal in various categories, including Consulting Experts, Construction and Arbitration. He was recently recognised by Who’s Who Legal as a Global Elite Thought Leader in Construction 2023.

Baoqiang has extensive experience in buildings, infrastructure, oil and gas, power and transportation projects. He has provided contract administration, contractual and commercial management, due diligence, procurement, contract negotiations, disruption analysis, and estimating and cost management services.

Mr. Tam graduated as a Civil Engineer from Hanoi University of Civil Engineering and has continuously worked at Consultant and Inspection Company of Construction Technology and Equipment (CONINCO) from 2002 to present, currently a Deputy Director of the Construction Testing and Inspection Center, CONINCO.

Mr. Tam is currently a Construction Judicial Inspector and Member of the Vietnam Non-Destructive Testing Association,

Recognized as an experienced Real Estate and Construction Lawyer, Hung regularly advises project developers, contractors, and various consultants on investment, construction, and real estate in Vietnam. Hung’s clients include Hoa Binh Group, How Yu, Lecade, Eurowindow, PVInvest, Nha Trang Bay Investment Group, Kurihara, COFICO, Pado, Sinh Nam.
Hung’s extensive experience and solid relationships has provided these clients with exceptional and valuable legal advice and wide range of services, ranging from contracts, construction, and real estate to dispute resolution.
Ranked as one of a few lawyers in Vietnam who understands real estate and the construction industry in depth, Hung regularly conducts comprehensive FIDIC contract management training courses. Hung’s sole purpose is to help Vietnamese practitioners to be consistent with that of international standards with respect to construction contracts and real estate.

Lynnda Lim is a dispute resolution professional with over 20 years working experience in the construction industry. She is delay and quantum expert witness in adjudication, arbitration and court. She also act as advisor to developers, construction and engineering companies, specialist supply trades on various issues in commercial/construction contracts and dispute resolution proceedings within Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, China, Vietnam, Japan and other jurisdictions. Lynnda holds qualifications in Construction Management, International Arbitration and Law. A Chartered Construction Manager and was Accredited NEC3 Project Manager, she is an Accredited Expert Witness of the Academy of Experts UK, Panel Arbitrator of AIAC and MIArb, Accredited Mediator, Fellow of CIArb, Fellow of RICS UK, MIArb and the Malaysian Society of Adjudicators, a Member of CIOB, SIArb and SCL Singapore. Lynnda is certified to act as Adjudicator in Malaysia. She is also speaker for public seminar and in-house training.

Sezgin is the Head of Delay Expert Services (Asia) at CCi, based in Singapore. He is a testifying delay expert with 17 years of experience in complex building and infrastructure projects. Sezgin has provided service to project owners, main contractors, and subcontractors concerning mediation, arbitration and litigation matters, across both public and private sectors, including oral testimony, cross examination and hot tubbing.
Sezgin has dealt with diverse delay-related issues in major capital projects, including oil and gas, power, greenfield urban development, subsea pipelines, mining, wastewater processing, utilities infrastructure, solar farm, transportation infrastructure, and commercial, residential, and technical building projects. His professional experience extends internationally, including Australia, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, India, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Romania.
Sezgin has been consistently recognized by Who’s Who Legal as a future leader, a national leader, and a global leader for the past 6 years

Mr. Garg is Managing Director of Secretariat’s Asia-Pacific operations. He specializes in construction disputes and has extensive experience in performing delay analysis, measuring productivity, and reviewing project delivery systems. His experience ranges across a wide range of large and complex projects, with a particular focus on oil & gas, energy and transportation projects.

As part of these engagements, Mr. Garg has testified on numerous occasions in arbitrations under the rules of ICC, ICSID, AAA, DIAC, DIFC, HKIAC, SIAC, ADCCAC, AIAC, PAM, and ad hoc arbitrations, in various jurisdictions across the world. He has been consistently named as “Global Elite Thought Leader” by Who’s Who Legal (WWL).

Mr. Garg has completed the executive management programme at Harvard Business School. He has a master’s degree in engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s degree from Indian Institute of Technology, India.

Prateek Jain, a Partner at Masin, is an esteemed testifying delay expert with over 12 years of experience. His expertise lies in Forensic Delay/Quantum Analysis and providing Expert Witness and Testimony Services. Prateek has played a pivotal role in resolving disputes worldwide, offering meticulous analyses across diverse EPC sectors.

His extensive experience spans projects in Manufacturing Plants (Chemical, Medical, & Metallurgical), Power Plants (Thermal, Nuclear, & Hydro), Roads and Highways, Buildings and Infrastructure Projects (Residential & Commercial), and Pipelines (Petrochemical, Water, & Sewerage).

Prateek holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. His role as a Claim/Delay Analyst and Expert Witness has been instrumental in various ad-hoc and Institutionalized international Arbitration proceedings, as well as other Dispute Resolution mechanisms.

A civil engineer with many years’ experience in project managing major construction works, Peter has served on various forms of dispute board in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan,. He has also been appointed regularly as mediator, arbitrator and adjudicator for a wide variety of disputes or projects in Asia involving parties from around the world.

He is a Chartered Arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and an accredited mediator in Hong Kong.

Previous appointments include Secretary-General of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Chair, Society of Construction Law in Hong Kong and Chair, Hong Kong Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Dr. Le Nguyen Gia Thien is Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law, and Head of the research group of the Institute of International and Comparative Law, University of Economics and Law, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City. He holds a Doctor of Laws degree (classified cum laude) from Osnabrück University, Germany.
He participated and completed many in-depth courses on arbitration and mediation of major institution in Europe, such as German and International Arbitration (Frankfurt am Main, 2015), Cologne Arbitration Academy (Cologne, 2015), Arbitration Academy Paris Arbitration (Paris, 2016), Prague Mediation Academy (Prague, 2017), Course on International Investment Arbitration (Madrid, 2018), Austrian Arbitration Academy (Vienna, 2018) and Swiss Arbitration Academy Sy (Geneva/Zurich, 2018/2019).
Dr. Thien has nearly 50 scientific works, including in-depth books and articles published in domestic and foreign scientific journals specializing in law, focusing on the main research directions of international commercial arbitration and arbitration. domestic, commercial mediation, international private law and comparative law.
Besides his academic work of research and teaching, Dr. Thien is also very actively involved in practical activities on arbitration and mediation. Mr. Thien is a registered arbitrator, mediator and Chairman of the Science and Training Council of the Southern Commercial Arbitration Center (STAC), in addition he is also an arbitrator and mediator of the Arbitration Center. Ho Chi Minh City Commercial Arbitration Center (TRACENT), Central Commercial Arbitration Center (MCAC), Thai Arbitration Center (THAC, Thailand), Asian International Arbitration Center (AIAC, Malaysia) and Institute of Arbitration Japan Commercial Assets (JCAA).

Sanghoon is an arbitration partner in Lee&Ko’s International Arbitration team. He is also a Chair of the International Construction Dispute Resolution Practice group within the team. His practice focuses on dispute resolution, commercial litigation, international arbitration, construction disputes and investor-state dispute.

Sanghoon handles a wide variety of international arbitration cases and has represented both Korean and foreign clients in arbitration proceedings conducted under the arbitration rules of major international arbitral institutions. Sanghoon specializes in large-scale, complex commercial and construction disputes and regularly represents companies in disputes in Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Particularly, Sanghoon also made a name for himself in the Korean international arbitration community as an investor-state.
dispute specialist in representing the Republic of Korea in three separate investor-
state dispute matters brought by the U.S. hedge funds, Mason and Elliott, and the
U.S. real estate firm, Gale Investments, respectively. Recently, he represented a
Korean investor in an investor-state dispute against Vietnam. Further, before joining Lee&Ko, he was a key member of the team working on the Lone Star investor-state arbitration case, the first ever investor-state claim brought against Korea and one of the largest claims in ICSID history.

Sanghoon serves on the KCAB’s International Panel of Arbitrators and has acted as an arbitrator in disputes under the rules of KCAB. He also serves on Executive Committee of the Korean Council for International Arbitration.

As a the Deputy Counsel of the SIAC Secretariat, Duong assists the Court of Arbitration and the Registrar in the provision of case management services and works with the Strategy & Development Team to promote arbitration. Prior to joining SIAC, Duong worked as a counsel at a leading international arbitration centre in Vietnam where she administered domestic and international arbitration matters conducted under the auspice of the arbitration law of Vietnam and UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. She thereafter practiced international arbitration with the Singapore office of a leading Vietnam-based law firm where she focused on Vietnam-related matters in construction and petroleum sectors.

Amanda leads the South-East Asia Disputes team of King & Wood Mallesons. Having been based in Singapore for 11 years and with more than 22 years’ experience in dispute resolution in the region, Amanda is an expert in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration in the Asia Pacific region. She also acts as international counsel in complex cross border litigation including instructing on proceedings in the Singapore International Commercial Court appealed to the Court of Appeal.

Amanda acts as counsel in large complex disputes across a range of industries, with a particular focus on construction, infrastructure, energy and resources and technology disputes.

Amanda sits as an arbitrator regularly (including on a number of Vietnamese disputes) and has had 22 appointments as arbitrator by SIAC, ICC and LCIA, including as emergency arbitrator, expedited arbitrator and presiding arbitrator. Amanda is listed on the panels of SIAC, HKIAC, ICDR (AAA) and JCAA.

Amanda is a Fellow and Director of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in Singapore and Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. As part of the CIARB Faculty, Amanda has taught international arbitration to hundreds of lawyers and other professionals throughout Asia.

Ms. Huong received a Master’s degree in law from Nagoya University, Japan in 2012 within the framework of Human resources Development scholarship funded by the Japanese government. She is currently a PhD Candidate at University of Lausanne, Switzerland. She is also a researcher at Centre of Comparative, European and International Law, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Mrs. Huong teaches and researches in the area of international trade and investment law, international dispute settlement, trade-investment and sustainable development. Mrs. Huong has published many articles and books in the field of international trade and investment law. Her most recent books include: Investor-State dispute settlement: legal issues and practice in the context of intergartion, Ho Chi Minh City National University Publishing 2018 (Co-editor and Co-author) and Investor-State Arbitration: Rules-Procedures-Practices, Ho Chi Minh City National University Publishing, 2021 (Co-editor and Co-author).

Kim Rosenberg is a Partner in Freshfields’ Global Projects Disputes Group. She has over 20 years of experience in international construction arbitration, which she has supplemented by completing a Masters in Construction Law. Kim is ranked in Chambers Global UAE for Construction: Dispute Resolution and was included in the inaugural Legal 500 Arbitration Powerlist Middle East 2023. From an industry perspective, Kim was chair of the committee that drafted the 2nd edition of the UK Society of Construction Law’s Delay and Disruption Protocol. She is a committee member of the Society of Construction Law (Gulf) and a Board member of the International Construction Law Association. Kim is co-editor and co-author of the Sweet & Maxwell publication Dealing with Delay and Disruption on Construction Projects. Kim also sits as an arbitrator in construction disputes. She is a qualified lawyer in England and Wales and Australia, and a foreign registered legal consultant in Dubai and Singapore.

Janice is a Partner in the Construction and Engineering practice in the Hong Kong office of Hogan Lovells. She has extensive experience in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious construction matters, including matters relating to contractual interpretation, defects, delay, extension of time, and payment. Janice has spoken extensively on construction and arbitration issues including on security of payment legislation, expert independence, pain/gain sharing, professional negligence and typical claims for time and money. Janice is acknowledged for her contribution to “The Annotation Ordinances of Hong Kong – Arbitration Ordinance (Cap. 609)” published in 2014 (including the 2018 and 2022 Reissue). Janice also sits on the Council of the Society of Construction Law Hong Kong.

Dr. Nguyen Thi Thu Trang is a special arbitration counsel in Dzungsrt & Associates LLC – Hanoi Office. For over 12 years, as a key member of the Arbitration & ADR Group in Dzungsrt & Associates LLC, Ms. Trang has extensive experience in many arbitrations with total value worth millions of USD conducted at ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, and VIAC and arising from international trade, construction and infrastructure projects, energy sector, retailers, investment arbitration and, recognition and enforcement of various institutional and ad-hoc foreign arbitral awards in Vietnam. For consecutive years, Ms. Trang has been recognized as one of the “Next Generation Partners” in Dispute Resolution in Vietnam in 2019 and 2020 and “Leading Individual” in 2021, 2022 and 2023 by Legal 500 Asia Pacific. She was also listed in The Arbitration Powerlist: Southeast Asia 2022-2023 and won the 2024 Client Choice Award in Arbitration and ADR in Vietnam.

Dr Nguyen Thi Hoa has been a lecturer at Ho Chi Minh city University of law in Vietnam since September 2019, where she teaches and researches international business law, international commercial arbitration law, international commercial contract negotiation and drafting skill. In addition, since April 2022, she is also a reviewer for the Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction (indexed on Scopus – 1st quartile in 2020–2022) of the American Society of Civil Engineering. She is also currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Society of Construction Law in Vietnam (SCLVN). Before becoming a lecturer, she worked as a legal adviser in the Department of Justice of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam (2010–August 20219) and her job involved advising on public–private partnership contracts, construction law, investment law, international dispute resolution, promotion of commercial arbitration, recognition and enforcement of decisions of foreign authorities, etc. In December 2018, she finished her PhD thesis with honours at Panthéon-Assas Paris II University in France on the topic of ‘Dispute resolution procedures in the international construction sector under FIDIC forms of contracts’. From September to December 2018, she worked as an intern in a construction law firm in Paris. From March 2023, she has been also invited to act as expert witness for the dispute brought to international arbitration tribunal.

Register here.

 

More information: https://www.viac.vn/en/news-events/[hicac-2024-side-event]-n1589.html

With the growth of the country’s economy, construction is being seen as one of key sectors undergoing significant breakthroughs and changes over time. However, under this situation, disputes in this sector have been considerably increasing. According to statistics of the Vietnam International Arbitration Centre (VIAC), in 2023, construction disputes saw a significant rise compared to previous periods, ranking fourth among industries whose disputes were handled by VIAC. It can be said that most of the construction disputes have great value and are immensely complicated. These disputes stem from different causes, such as disputes arising from issues on designing and consulting, claims for compensation due to delays or quality failures, and other claims for terminating contracts.

With the aim of discussing common types of construction disputes and issues arising during settlement proceedings, the Vietnam International Arbitration Centre (VIAC) organizes the Workshop “Practices and Experiences in resolving construction disputes by arbitration in Vietnam International Arbitration Centre (VIAC)”. This event is within the framework of the “Ho Chi Minh City International Construction Arbitration Conference 2024” organized by the Society of Construction Law Viet Nam, Ho Chi Minh City University of Law and Vietnam International Arbitration Centre (VIAC)

▷ INFORMATION

Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM on 26 April, 2024

Venue: Vietnam International Arbitration Centre – Ho Chi Minh City Branch, 5th Floor, 171 Vo Thi Sau Street, Vo Thi Sau Ward, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City

Agenda: Please kindly find this link for your reference.

NOTICE: Limited quantities available. The organizing committee possibly close the registration at any time once the number of paticipants reach the limit.

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For further information, please contact:

Ms. Luong Phuong Anh – Phone: 028 3932 1632 – Email: anh.luong@viac.org.vn

Register at: https://www.lntpartners.com/event-seminar/seminar-preventing-disputes-during-contract-implementation—issues-related-to-time-and-cost-claims-hoi-thao-phong-tranh-phat-sinh-tranh-chap-khi-thuc-hien-hop-dong—cac-van-de-lien-quan-den-khieu-nai-thoi-gian-va-chi-phi

At the Seminar “Preventing Disputes during Contract Implementation – Issues Related to Time and Cost Claims”, speakers will discuss the legal framework and regulations, and share experiences related to construction contract performance. The Seminar is a valuable opportunity for contractors, investors, consultants, experts and other stakeholders to gain a deeper understanding of claims, disputes and related legal issues, as well as practical experience in preventing disputes and managing risks in construction projects.

Presentation language: Vietnamese

Format: Hybrid (RSVP)

Registere at: https://ykvn-law.com/book-launch-the-fidic-red-book-an-international-clause-by-clause-commentary/

The event is designed to mark the release of Christopher Seppälä’s book, “The FIDIC Red Book: An International Clause-by-Clause Commentary”.

Time: 4 – 6PM | 26 April 2024

Venue: Caravelle Hotel, Opera 1 Meeting room

Networking drinks to follow from 6PM, Rooftop Bar, Caravelle Hotel

Take the day to venture outside the city and to explore some of Vietnam’s most iconic sites. Explore the impressive network of underground routes and bunkers that make up the Cu Chi Tunnels. Then, hop on board a boat to cruise along the Mekong Delta, and learn about Vietnamese culture and tradition.

Rise early to meet your guide from Vietnam Travel Group in your hotel lobby for a convenient pickup at 7:AM. From your hotel, make the scenic drive to the historic city of Cu Chi. Explore the city’s intricate system of tunnels, with the chance to crawl through the narrow spaces and witness the intertwining kitchens, bunkers, hospitals, and meeting rooms throughout. Also, sit back and watch an insightful documentary to learn more about the tunnel system, and its locally crafted traps.

Around midday, we go to My Tho, a province of the Mekong Delta region. Upon your arrival, board a boat to cruise up the Mekong. Experience the region of the Delta that is comprised of 4 animal named islands—Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix, and Turtle. Along the ride, witness the daily lifestyle of riverside locals.
We have lunch there.

Next, journey into smaller waterways to see the agricultural richness of the area covered with fruit orchards, coconut groves, and bee-keeping farms. Then, experience some of the local flavors as you enjoy some honey tea, seasonal fruits, and coconut candy as you listen to the accompanying Vietnamese folk music. Finally, sit back in your comfortable bus for a convenient ride back to your hotel at 6:00 PM

Professor Omoto has over 45 years’ experience in the construction industry in some 30 countries. He is an Adjunct Professor on Contract Management and Dispute Resolution at the Graduate School of Management of Kyoto University (MBA), Japan and received the DRBF’s Al Mathews Award for Dispute Board Excellence in 2012. He was the first Asian appointed to the FIDIC President’s List of Approved Adjudicators.

An outstanding example of his continuous promotion of Dispute Boards is his leadership in the establishment by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (“JICA”) of a program of training on use of Dispute Boards for contracts financed by that agency throughout Southeast Asia (included Vietnam).”

 

A civil engineer with many years’ experience in project managing major construction works, Peter has served on various forms of dispute board in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan,. He has also been appointed regularly as mediator, arbitrator and adjudicator for a wide variety of disputes or projects in Asia involving parties from around the world.

He is a Chartered Arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and an accredited mediator in Hong Kong.

Previous appointments include Secretary-General of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Chair, Society of Construction Law in Hong Kong and Chair, Hong Kong Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Ho Chi Minh City International Construction Arbitration Conference HICAC2024

 

The Society of Construction Law – Viet Nam (SCLVN) , the International Law Faculty – Hochiminh city University of Law and are pleased to announce the upcoming Hochiminh city International Construction Arbitration Conference 2024 (HICAC2024) to be held in Rex hotel, Hochiminh city, Vietnam.

This conference aims to bring together professionals from the construction industry, legal experts, arbitrators, and academics to discuss the latest trends, practices, and developments in construction arbitration. As Vietnam continues to experience significant growth in construction activities, this conference provides a timely platform for stakeholders to exchange knowledge and insights on the challenges and opportunities facing the construction arbitration landscape in Vietnam and beyond. The conference will feature informative panel discussions, and networking opportunities to foster collaboration and promote best practices. We look forward to welcoming delegates from around the world to this exciting event.

Venue: Rex Hotel, 141 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1, Hochiminh city, Vietnam.

Conference Time: Thursday 25 – Friday 26 April 2024

Full Time (including side events): Wednesday 24 – Sunday 28 April 2024

Theme: Construction Contract and International Arbitration – When Legal traditions collide.

Side events and Networking Events:

  • (*Side Event) Wednesday April 24th, 2024, Morning (09:30-11:30): YSIAC Vietnam – Arbitrator Selection and Challenge in Construction Arbitration, Burgundy – Level M2- Novotel Centre Hotel  (167 Hai Ba Trung Street, District 3, HCMC) Register here.
  • (*Side Event) Wednesday April 24th, 2024, Afternoon (14:00-17:00): ASEAN Construction and ADR Roundtable,  session hosted by L2 i-CON International (Malaysia) in conjunction and in support of HICAC2024, in Tulip Room- Rex Hotel (141 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1, HCMC).  More information: here.
  • (*Networking Event) Wednesday April 24th, 2024, Evening (19:00-22:00): Welcome Reception for Speakers, Sponsors, and Invited Guests in iSTEAKS – (99 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1, HCMC).
  • (*Networking Event) Thursday April 25th, 2024, Evening (18:00-21:00) Gala Dinner on Floating Restaurant along Saigon River for Speakers, Sponsors, Invited Guests and Paid Guests
  • (*Side Event) Friday April 26th, 2024, Afternoon (13:30-16:00): Fireside Chat “Key Factors for a successful construction Arbitration: Competency- Capacity- Integrity?”, session hosted by CIArb Vietnam Chapter at Caravelle II Level 3 – Caravelle Hotel (19-23 Lam Son Square District 1- HCMC). Register at here.
  • (*Side Event) Friday April 26th, 2024, Afternoon (14:00-17:00): Workshop: Practies and Experiences in Resolving construction Disputes by Abbitration in Vietnam International Abbitration Center (VIAC), session hosted by VIAC at VIAC HCMC Branch (171 Vo Thi Sau street, District 3, HCMC). Register here.
  • (*Side Event) Friday April 26th, 2024, Afternoon (14:00-16:00): Workshop: Preventing disputes during contract implementation – issues related time and costs claims, session hosted by LNT&PARTNERS (level 21, Bitexco Financial Tower, No 2 Hai Trieu, District 1, HCMC). Register here.
  • (*Side Event) Friday April 26th, 2024, Afternoon (16:00-18:00): Book Launch: The FIDIC Red Book: An International Clause-by-Clause Commentary,session hosted by YKVN with supports from Wolter Kluwer and SCLVN at Opera 1 Meeting Room- Caravelle Hotel  (19-23 Lam Son Square, District 1, HCMC). Registered here.
  • (*Networking Tour) Saturday April 27th, 2024: Cu Chi Tunnel and Mekong Delta Day Tour: for Speakers, Sponsors, Invited Guests and Paid Guests
  • (*Side Event) April 27th-28th, 2024 (08:00-17:00): SCLVN-DRBF Dispute Board Administration & Practice Training Workshop, in Tulip Room- Rex Hotel (141 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1, HCMC). More information here register here.