ROAP ASIA – 2024 EDITION
Please meet the ROAP Asia Co-Chairs, Faculty and Convenors, comprising leading international arbitration counsel based across Asia, Australia and Europe, who also regularly sit as arbitrators and senior quantum experts:
From left to right and top to bottom, we are fortunate to have Dato' Sunil Abraham, Daryl Chew, Ara Cho, Sharon Chong, Jo Delaney, Vyapak Desai, Simon Dunbar, Jonathan Ellis, Aoi Inoue, Daniel Kalderimis, David Kim, Sae Youn Kim, Amanda Lees, Jonathan Lim, Christopher Mainwaring-Taylor, Shaneen Parikh, Shaun Pereira, Gaganpreet Puri, Mahesh Rai, Julie Raneda, Shruti Sabharwal, Huawei Sun, May Tai, Tigran Ter-Martirosyan, David Thornes, Teck Wee Tiong, Angeline Welsh KC, and Vicky Zhao. Their short bios are set out below.
Vyapak Desai heads the International Dispute Resolution and Investigation Practice at the multi-skilled, research and strategy driven international law firm, Nishith Desai Associates. A senior attorney with the firm, Vyapak specializes in bringing in the highest level of analytical and innovative input in cross border, complex contentious matters, corporate/regulatory investigations while also leading the Corporate and Securities practice in the past at the firm.
Vyapak's vast experience includes representing clients as Counsel in a host of complex cases including investment treaty arbitrations, commercial disputes related to shareholders agreements, international trade and contractual disputes across industries such as oil & gas, infrastructure, private equity, Pharma & Healthcare and TMT, in India, and all over the world. Vyapak has also cultivated expertise in bankruptcy, corporate and securities laws as well as in white-collar crimes. Known for his innovative, pragmatic and solution-oriented approach, he is also a trained mediator/conciliator and acts as arbitrator across international jurisdictions such as London, Singapore, Malaysia and India.
Expert in Constitutional, Commercial, and International Law, Vyapak has helped shape key insights within these practice areas. Vyapak is the Co-chair-council of MCIA, Director of CIArb India Branch, Convener - Indian Arbitration Forum (IAF), member of ICC India Group, Co-chair of Society of Construction Law- India (Western India Chapter), Advisory Board at MARC, Mauritius, Member of IBA, IPBA and the Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa. He has also been listed on the Panel of Arbitrators of SIAC, AIAC LCIA, THIAC, MCX/NCDEX (SEBI), and BVI IAC. Vyapak has also co-authored a chapter on Enforcing Arbitral Awards in India published by Lexis-Nexis 2017.
Vyapak is a member of the ROAP Steering Committee and was part of the faculty for the first ROAP Asia edition in 2021.
Sae Youn Kim is a senior member of the International Arbitration & Cross-Border Litigation Practice of Kim & Chang.
Ms. Kim practices primarily in the areas of international litigation and arbitration with an emphasis on commercial and international law.
Before joining Kim & Chang, she served as a judge at various Korean district courts, and practiced as a key member in major Korean law firms. Ms. Kim also sits as an arbitrator. Her expertise in international dispute resolution has been recognized by the variety of roles she holds and held in various institutions, including but not limited to a Commissioner of the Korea Trade Commission, a Vice-Chair of the Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association, a Co-Chair of the Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, and a Court member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. She is regularly selected as a leading lawyer by publications such as Chambers Global, Who’s Who Legal, Legal 500, and Asialaw.
She has co-authored various publications on several aspects of Korean law, including commercial litigation, arbitration, investment arbitration, construction, and privilege. She also speaks regularly in conferences organized by the International Bar Association, Inter Pacific Bar Association, and various arbitral institutions across the world. Besides being regularly selected as leading lawyer, she was also awarded Commended Counsel by ASIAN-MENA COUNSEL in 2016 and Woman Lawyer of the Year, by ALB Korea Law Awards in 2018.
Ms. Kim received an LL.M. from Duke University Law School in 2007, and her LL.B. from Seoul National University College of Law in 1991. She graduated the Judicial Training and Research Institute by the Supreme Court of Korea in 1994. She speaks and practices in both Korean and English.
Shaun Pereira is counsel in the Singapore office, has advised and represented States, State-owned entities and multinational corporations in disputes subject to arbitration under the ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, and AAA-ICDR rules in proceedings across the energy, construction, and financial services sectors.
He is listed in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, in which clients describe him as “impressive”, “outstanding”, and “up and coming”. He teaches as Adjunct Faculty at the Singapore Management University and has published on international arbitration in leading journals, including the Journal of International Arbitration, the Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, and the Civil Justice Quarterly.
Shaun previously served in a judicial capacity as a magistrate and assistant registrar in the High Court of Singapore and the Singapore International Commercial Court. Before that, he clerked for the Chief Justice and Justices of the Supreme Court of Singapore.
Vicky Zhao is currently a partner at JunHe LLP Beijing office. Before joining JunHe, Vicky had worked with a “magic circle” international law firm, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and other renowned Chinese law firms. During her time at SIAC, she administered more than 100 international commercial arbitrations.
Vicky is specialized in complex cross-border dispute resolution. She has represented clients in both domestic and international arbitrations under various arbitration rules, such as CIETAC, BAC, SIAC, ICC, HKIAC and UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. She also represents clients in litigations and arbitration-related court proceedings before different levels of the Chinese courts. Her practice mainly focuses on corporate and commercial dispute matters, such as private equity investment, M&A, corporate governance, joint venture, shareholder disputes, D&O liabilities, finance and securities, etc.
Vicky has been recognised as “Up and Coming” lawyer in the field of arbitration by both Chambers and Partners Global and Greater China in 2023, a “Next Generation Partner” by the Legal 500 in 2020 - 2023, and a “Future Star” in International Arbitration by the Benchmark Litigation China in 2021 - 2023.
Dato’ Sunil Abraham is a partner at Cecil Abraham & Partners. He specialises in Corporate and Commercial, Banking and Securities, Media, Telecommunications, Public & Administrative and Environmental Law disputes as well as in Arbitration disputes. He has significant advocacy experience before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Federal Court and before arbitral tribunals.
He has been recognised as a leading individual by Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Benchmark Litigation Asialaw Profiles as well as being ranked by Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific in the area of dispute resolution. He has also been recognised in Who’s Who Legal as a Future Leader in Arbitration. In 2016, he was named by Asian Legal Business in the Top 40 Under 40 Practitioners in Asia.
Daryl Chew is the managing partner of the firm’s Singapore office. He has an active portfolio of arbitrations involving a wide range of applicable laws and venues, arising from energy, construction, M&A, joint venture, and general commercial disputes.
He also serves as presiding arbitrator, co-arbitrator and sole arbitrator in institutional and ad hoc arbitration proceedings.
Chambers and The Legal 500 commend his “outstanding track record”, “superb written advocacy”, “valuable strategic input”, and recommend him for “consistently high-quality work”. Clients in these directories observe that he “scores highly for excellence in proceedings that turn on complex points of law” and describe him as “a brilliant all round talent” and a “phenomenal advocate with the ability to turn the most complex facts in a case into simple, attractive and persuasive argument”. Daryl features as a “Global Leader” in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration, which describes him as “a top name for international arbitration” with “great problem-solving skills”. Prior editions of Who’s Who Legal have ranked him as “one of the brightest” and “most highly regarded” partners in Asia Pacific. He also features in the inaugural “Legal 500 Arbitration Powerlist – Southeast Asia” and was named among “30 People to Watch in the Business of Law in Asia in 2022” by Asia Law Portal.
Daryl serves as the Chairman of the Board of Maxwell Chambers, an integrated Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) complex in Singapore established to provide best of class facilities and services for the conduct of ADR activities. He also co-chairs the YSIAC council, serves on various governmental and regional arbitration committees and lectures at several universities in Southeast Asia.
Ara Cho is a partner at Peter & Kim in Seoul. As a Korean qualified lawyer since 2011, Ara has represented clients in numerous international arbitrations under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, SIAC, and KCAB, seated in various jurisdictions and governed by various legal systems including English, Canadian, Japanese and Korean law.
Ara has acted as counsel in cases concerning a range of large-scale international projects including thermal power plants in Middle East, a nuclear power plant in Middle East, a refinery plant in Africa and real estate developments in Korea and Australia, as well as distribution contracts concerning pharmaceutical products and others. Ara has also represented a state party in an investment treaty arbitration focusing on tax issues.
Ara participated in the Committee for Amendment of the Korean Arbitration Act as an assistant researcher and is a contributing author of “Arbitration Law & Practice”, a Korean language textbook on international arbitration.
Ara graduated from Seoul National University (School of Law, LL.B) in 2007, and received a Master of Law degree from Stanford Law School’s International Economic Law, Business and Policy program in 2017.
Ara is described by her clients in Chambers and Partners 2022 (Asia-Pacific) as “well recognised in the market, working hard and acting as the lead counsel for the case” and being “excellen[t] in both oral and written advocacy.”
Sharon Chong is a Dispute Resolution Partner at Skrine and her portfolio includes aviation, international arbitration, joint venture and shareholders’ disputes, commodity disputes, fraud & asset recovery and insolvency & restructuring.
She acts as an advocate in a wide array of cross-border disputes and has appeared at all tiers of the Malaysian courts and in international arbitrations in Asia and Europe.
Sharon is the Immediate Past President of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the Maxwell Chambers Steering Committee and the YSIAC Committee. In addition to her work as counsel, Sharon sits as arbitrator and has served as sole arbitrator in AIAC, SIAC and ad hoc arbitrations. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators (FMIArb). She is also on the panel of arbitrators of AIAC, SIAC, HKIAC, KCAB and THAC.
Sharon is a member of INSOL International and a founding member and current Co-Chair of the Malaysia Network of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation. She is also a faculty member of the Bar Council of Malaysia’s Advocacy Training Course.
Sharon has been recognised by various legal publications including The Legal 500, Chambers Asia-Pacific and Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific. She has been described as “extremely responsive and savvy”, “clear-thinking and decisive”, her “skillset, integrity, intelligence and dedication to the case and client surprises all the time” and has “impressed” with “both her round-the-clock availability and her ability to get up to speed with sometimes complex matters”. She is also recognised in the Global Arbitration Review 100 as a “name to know”.
Jo is a partner at HFW and has over 20 years of experience in complex cross-border projects and disputes based in Sydney and London. Jo is experienced in all forms of dispute resolution, including mediation, expert determination, arbitration or litigation.
Jo's passion is international arbitration. She draws on extensive experience in commercial, construction and investment arbitrations under the ICC, ACICA, SIAC, LCIA AAA, UNCITRAL and ICSID arbitration rules in a diverse range of industries, including energy, resources and infrastructure, construction, telecommunications and information technology. Jo has acted for private parties and States in many investment treaty cases under the UNCITRAL and ICSID Arbitration Rules.
Jo is one of Australia's two members of the ICC Court of Arbitration and involved with ACICA, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and The Pledge Steering Committee.
Jo was part of the faculty for the first ROAP Asia edition in 2021.
Simon Dunbar is co-founder and Joint Managing Director of Dunbar & Lim Chambers, a boutique Singapore law firm specialising in international arbitration.
He acts as both advocate and arbitrator, focusing on joint-venture, energy, technology, infrastructure and investor-state disputes. In around 19 years of practice, including more than 17 years based in Singapore, Simon has been involved in some of Asia’s most complex and high-value disputes.
Simon is admitted to practise in Singapore, England & Wales and New York, and has experience of both common and civil law systems.
In addition to his work as counsel, Simon regularly sits as arbitrator. He has served as sole or presiding arbitrator in arbitrations under the SIAC, ICC and UNCITRAL Rules, as well as ad hoc arbitrations, and has issued multiple awards over the last 13 years. Simon is listed on the panel of arbitrators of various arbitral institutions, and is an accredited mediator. He serves on the ICC Singapore Core Committee and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Among other accolades, Simon has been recognised in the legal directories as “an unbelievably good lawyer” who “goes the extra mile for clients” and “shows a mastery of international arbitration procedures”. He has also been described as an “eminent arbitrator” and “a formidable advocate”, with “deep experience in the region and an appreciation of the cultural nuances.”
Simon was part of the faculty for previous ROAP Asia editions in 2022 and 2023.
Jonathan Ellis is a partner at HKA and is based in the Singapore office. He is a forensic accountant with nearly two decades of experience and specialises in both the quantification of damages and valuations, in particular in dispute contexts. He has worked on matters before the UK and Singapore High Courts as well as in ad hoc, SIAC, LCIA, ICC, HKIAC, UNCITRAL and ICSID arbitration forums. He has provided oral testimony on a dozen occasions, in both court and arbitration, and has been engaged as a tribunal appointed expert.
Jonathan has advised and supported clients in mergers and acquisitions transactions, corporate restructuring, financial reporting, and expert determination. He is experienced across multiple sectors including energy, power, pharmaceutical, mining, and manufacturing. His consulting experience also includes advising utility suppliers in the Middle East, in respect of both water and power.
Since 2017, Jonathan has been recognised among the leading arbitration expert witnesses worldwide by Who's Who Legal, where he has been classified as a “Global Elite Thought Leader” and a “National Leader” in the inaugural Southeast Asia Arbitration list.
Jonathan holds a master’s in accounting and management science and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Asia Pacific Institute of Experts. He is a member of the Association of International Energy Negotiators and the thought leadership group of the Singapore ICC Arbitration Group.
Aoi Inoue is a partner and the Head of the International Arbitration Practice at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune. He specializes in international arbitration and litigation. He represents clients in a wide range of business disputes, including joint venture, construction projects, licensing, distributorship, franchising, complex financial products, labor & employment and product liability. He has acted as counsel in a number of international arbitrations under various rules including the ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, AAA-ICDR, JCAA, CIETAC and UNCITRAL. He also serves as arbitrator and has been appointed to the panel of arbitrators of the JCAA, KCAB INTERNATIONAL and Japan Sports Arbitration Agency (JSAA). He currently serves as an executive director of the Japan International Dispute Resolution Center (JIDRC) and a director of the Japan Association of Arbitrators (JAA). He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC). He has been recognized as a leading arbitration lawyer in Chambers & Partners, Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders, The Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation and Best Lawyers.
Mr. Inoue received his LL.B. from the University of Tokyo, and holds an LL.M. from Columbia Law School. He is admitted to practice in Japan and New York. He worked for Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, a New York law firm as a visiting attorney (2010 to 2011) before he resumed his position at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune. He co-authored Law and Practice of International Commercial Arbitration (Maruzen-Yushodo, 2016).
Daniel Kalderimis is a specialist barrister based in New Zealand with a dedicated focus on advocacy in international arbitrations across the Asia-Pacific region. He is admitted in New Zealand, New York and England and Wales.
Daniel was formerly a partner at Chapman Tripp, where he founded and led its international law team. He is widely recognised as a leading authority in international arbitration and cross-border dispute resolution. He regularly acts as counsel in international arbitrations and has experience as an ICC arbitrator. Daniel acted on the first bilateral investment treaty arbitration held in New Zealand. He also regularly appears in significant commercial litigation before New Zealand courts.
Daniel is New Zealand’s representative to the ICC commission and national correspondent to the United Nations for the New York Convention and UNCITRAL Model Law. He co-authored a guide to the ICSID Convention and Arbitration Rules and contributed to New Zealand’s leading arbitration textbook. In 2018, he gave the keynote address at the AMINZ-ICCA conference in Queenstown.
Daniel graduated first in his year at the University of Wellington (LLB Hons, first-class honours; BA) and studied at Columbia Law School (LLM), where he received the Fulbright-Buddle Findlay Award and was an associate-in-law. He worked in London as a senior associate in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s international arbitration group.
Daniel is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Wellington; a member of the LCIA, the International Bar Association, the International Law Association and the American Society of International Law; and a fellow of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand.
Daniel was part of the faculty for the first ROAP Asia edition in 2021.
David Kim is highly regarded for his extensive experience in assisting clients with a broad range of international arbitration matters.
Mr. Kim's experience in international arbitration matters includes, among other things, acting as legal counsel for many different clients in various arbitration cases before the ICC, SIAC, ICSID, HKIAC, KCAB, and LCIA, as well as in ad-hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL rules. He has represented multinational corporations, government entities, defense contractors, and high-profile individuals in numerous commercial disputes related to construction, shipping, military contracts, energy and natural resources, telecommunications, intellectual property, and investor-state matters. Prior to commencing his professional work in 2008 as an arbitration practitioner in Korea, Mr. Kim worked as a litigator in Canada.
Mr. Kim has also previously served as an adjunct professor at the Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea, and is a faculty member for the Delos Dispute Resolution ROAP Asia.
Mr. Kim has been recognised as a leading practitioner by Chambers and Partners Global and Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific, which describes him as someone whose "advocacy is logical, persuasive and tempered", who "will go the extra mile to take care of his clients" and who is “the next-generation leader of the Korean arbitration world". David is also ranked in The Legal 500 and Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific as a "dispute resolution star” and was named as an "outstanding young partner" in Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific (2016). In 2019, Mr. Kim was named a "next-generation leader in arbitration" by the KCAB, the first time the Board has awarded such a distinction.
David was part of the faculty for the first ROAP Asia edition in 2021.
Amanda is a partner in the Singapore office of King & Wood Mallesons. She has been based in Singapore for 11 years and has more than 22 years’ experience in cross border dispute resolution in the region.
Amanda acts as counsel in large complex disputes across a range of industries, including energy and resources, commodities, construction, finance, insurance, telecommunications, technology, manufacturing and consumer goods. She has appeared in ad hoc arbitrations and arbitrations under the leading institutional rules (ICC, LCIA, SIAC, HKIAC, DIFC-LCIA). In addition, Amanda advises client on investor state dispute settlement and represented the Republic of Indonesia in its successful defence of a US$580M claim under the India-Indonesia BIT, which was arbitrated under the UNCITRAL Rules and administered by the PCA.
Amanda has had 22 appointments as arbitrator by SIAC, ICC and LCIA, including as emergency arbitrator, expedited arbitrator and presiding arbitrator. Her appointments have involved parties from 17 different jurisdictions represented by a wide range of counsel. Amanda is listed on multiple institutional panels.
Amanda is a Fellow and Director of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in Singapore and has taught international arbitration courses to hundreds of lawyers and other professionals throughout Asia.
She is a regular speaker at international conferences, has published widely on international arbitration and is ranked as a leading individual for international arbitration by Legal 500 and ‘most in-demand arbitrator’ in Chambers Global.
Jonathan Lim is Partner at WilmerHale in London. He has represented governments and private corporations in commercial and investment arbitrations under all major arbitration rules sited across Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. He has also advised governments in Africa and Asia on a range of public international law issues and the drafting of arbitration legislation. In addition to his practice as counsel, Jonathan has a developing practice as an arbitrator, with appointments as sole and party-appointed arbitrator in proceedings seated in Europe and Asia. Jonathan also co-teaches a course on international arbitration at the National University of Singapore each January. He is listed in Who's Who Legal as a Future Leader in International Arbitration as one of ten “most highly regarded” individuals in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He has been described in directories by clients and peers as "a very smart all-round lawyer with a strong work ethic," “extremely capable and hardworking,” and “a sure bet as a future global leader.”He is also a Regional Editor of the Delos Guide to Arbitration Places (GAP).
Jonathan was part of the faculty for the first ROAP Asia edition in 2021.
Christopher Mainwaring-Taylor is a partner in Allen & Overy’s international arbitration group in Singapore. He has extensive experience of acting as counsel and advocate in international commercial and construction arbitration proceedings under a variety of governing laws and rules, including those of the ICC, SIAC, LCIA, ICSID, DIAC and UNCITRAL.
He has also represented clients in emergency arbitrations, arbitration-related court proceedings, mediations and adjudications. His court work includes proceedings relating to the challenge and enforcement of arbitral awards, as well as anti-suit injunctions to prevent litigation commenced in breach of arbitration agreements.
Chris focuses on disputes arising out of major projects across a range of sectors, including energy and natural resources, power and infrastructure. He has a particular expertise in construction disputes, including a large number of arbitrations and adjudications relating to claims for extensions of time, disruption, variations, additional costs, liquidated damages, disputed bond calls, major defects, force majeure and terminations. Those claims have arisen on a wide variety of projects including onshore and offshore LNG facilities, power projects, refineries, petrochemical plants, ports, marine vessels and commercial buildings.
Chris’ experience also includes a number of upstream energy (oil & gas) disputes, as well as investment treaty arbitrations and disputes arising under joint venture, shareholder and concession agreements across a range of sectors.
Prior to relocating to Singapore, Chris was a partner in A&O’s Paris office and before that led the firm’s Middle Eastern International Arbitration practice from 2012 – 2018, based in Dubai. Having started his A&O career in London more than 21 years ago, he has therefore worked in a number of world’s major arbitral hubs.
Chris is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and sits as an arbitrator.
Chambers 2024 notes that “Chris Mainwaring-Taylor is an experienced construction and commercial arbitration lawyer in Singapore. He acts in matters emanating from energy, natural resources and infrastructure projects. ‘He understands the industry and client demands. He always delivers excellent service as expected by the client.'”
Shaneen has over two decades of experience and is qualified to practice as an advocate and solicitor in India, and as a solicitor in England & Wales.
Shaneen focuses on arbitration (both domestic and international) having represented clients in several industry sectors and a wide variety of disputes relating to commercial contracts, shareholder issues, infrastructure, power and construction projects, financial and structured products, infrastructure and white collar crimes. She has represented parties in arbitrations before the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) as also in ad hoc arbitrations.
Her practice also covers complex commercial litigation in a wide variety of disputes, including in relation to company law issues, intellectual property, writ jurisdiction and those mentioned above. She has represented clients in several headlining matters before the Supreme Court of India, High Court, National Company Law Tribunal as well as other courts and tribunals across the country. Her expertise has been in advising foreign and Indian clients in respect of their dispute resolution strategy, framework as also cross-border disputes.
Shaneen is a published writer and speaker and is involved in various dispute resolution-related initiatives. She has been a speaker at several conferences and is a published author, including a chapter on the public policy challenge to enforcement of arbitral awards in the book ‘Enforcing Arbitral Awards in India’, published by Lexis Nexis; a chapter in the book ‘Repositioning India for Arbitration’, published by Oakbridge, and as co-author of a chapter for the India Supplement to the CPR Corporate Counsel Manual for Cross-Border Dispute Resolution.
Shaneen was appointed as a Member of the SIAC Court of Arbitration and is on the LCIA Users Council for India. She also serves as an ambassador of Asia Pacific Arbitration Group of the International Bar Association.
Shaneen has been recommended by Who’s Who Legal, as a Future Leader in arbitration and a Notable Practitioner in Dispute Resolution by Asia Law. Shaneen is also ranked by Chambers & Partners for her dispute resolution practice.
Shaneen was part of the faculty for the first ROAP Asia edition in 2021.
Gagan Puri is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal Disputes and Investigations in New Delhi. As the leader of the Risk and Regulatory practice in India, he has experience with financial statement fraud, embezzlement, and asset misappropriation, bribery and corruption, diversion of funds, economic offences, trade sanctions, regulatory non-compliance, and code of conduct violations.
Mr. Puri has worked on some of India’s highest-profile matters relating to forensic accounting, disputes and regulatory investigations. He works closely with clients and their legal advisors to provide support and strategic advice in crisis events like business reputation, loss of life and property, sudden adverse operations impact, adverse regulatory action and cyber-attacks.
Mr Puri has provided expert testimony in domestic and international arbitration in multiple jurisdictions and in litigation in India, the Middle East, Asia, the U.S. and the U.K. Topics include joint venture disputes, family disputes, interests of minority shareholders, fraud, management disputes, high-value contractual claims, quantum and damage computations, contractual disputes, valuations, intellectual property, and forensic analysis of business matters.
Mr. Puri has also worked on pro-bono initiatives related to the public interest. He is featured in Who’s Who Legal under Consulting Experts and Arbitration Expert Witness and he contributed to the Forensic Accounting and Investigation Standards published by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Prior to joining A&M, Mr. Puri was the India Leader for Forensic services at PwC. Prior to that he held leadership positions in forensics and disputes in India, Southeast Asia and the U.S.
Mr. Puri earned a degree in commerce from the University of Delhi. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Julie Raneda is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's international arbitration practice in Singapore. She represents clients in international commercial, investment and sports arbitration matters.
Julie has been involved as counsel in complex arbitrations seated in civil and common law jurisdictions under various arbitration rules (in particular ICC, SIAC, SCAI, UNCITRAL, CAS, VIAC). Her main areas of expertise include construction and engineering, energy, pharmaceutical/life sciences, manufacturing and international sales. She is also developing a practice as an arbitrator.
After completing a degree in international relations at the Graduate Institute Geneva, Julie graduated with a law degree from the University of Geneva. Julie Raneda joined Schellenberg Wittmer in 2008. She also practiced at a leading international law firm in London in 2014–2015. Julie was admitted to the Swiss Bar in 2011 and to the Singapore bar in 2016 (foreign lawyer). She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb).
Julie is the chair of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) South East Asia Chapter and co-chair of the IPBA Next Generation Committee. Julie is AIJA's National Representative in Singapore and a co-founder of the Women's Business Society established in Geneva in 2012. Julie Raneda is recognized as a top arbitration practitioner by Who's Who Legal (2017-2021), and has been described by clients and peers as "excellent advocate, calm and persuasive" combining "all qualities of an outstanding arbitration practitioner".
Julie was part of the faculty for the first ROAP Asia edition in 2021.
Shruti is a Partner with the Firm's Dispute Resolution Practice. She specialises in domestic and international arbitrations as well as commercial litigations.
Shruti regularly represents and advices clients, both private and state entities, in commercial arbitrations and litigations. She has acted for Indian and foreign parties, in arbitrations seated in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Paris, Dubai and London conducted under the auspice of institutions such as International Chamber of Commerce, London Chamber of International Arbitration, Singapore International Arbitration Centre, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes and in ad-hoc proceedings. She also acts for clients before various forums including the Supreme Court of India, High Courts of Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Ahmedabad besides others.
Her area of focus is the construction and infrastructure industry, power sector including oil and gas, manufacturing sector, hospitality industry etc. She has worked on disputes arising from concession agreements, joint venture agreements, construction agreements, hotel management agreements, share purchase agreements, supply and distributors agreements, which have arisen under the laws of India, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, United Kingdom and involved aspects of international law.
Huawei Sun specializes in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration and has represented clients in cases conducted under the ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, SIAC, HKIAC, ICSID and CIETAC arbitration rules. She has significant experience working as counsel and arbitrator on disputes involving cross-border M&A, energy and resources projects, financial products and construction projects, with governing laws including English law, Hong Kong law, Singaporean law, French law, Swiss law, Dutch law, Malaysian law and Chinese law. Huawei has advised MOFCOM on various investment treaty issues and achieved victory for China in Ansung v. China (ICSID Case No. ARB/14/25).
Huawei sits as arbitrator and is listed on the HKIAC and CIETAC Panel of Arbitrators. She is also a member of the HKIAC Appointment Committee.
Huawei is recognized in Dispute Resolution: Chambers Asia-Pacific, Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal and other major directories. Peers and clients describe her as “a reputed investment arbitration expert”, “very thoughtful and with meticulous attention to detail” ‘She is absolutely first rate, incredibly astute and a strategic thinker”.
Huawei is qualified in the State of New York. She is a native Mandarin speaker and fluent in English, and was part of the faculty for the first ROAP Asia edition in 2021.
May Tai specialises in cross-border China-related and Asian commercial and investor-state arbitrations. She regularly advises governments, government-owned entities, and commercial clients (including financial institutions and energy companies) in Asia, Europe, and the United States, including acting as counsel and advocate in arbitrations under various rules and court proceedings. She is a leading practitioner in a number of directories.
In addition to her arbitration practice, May was China Managing Partner of Herbert Smith Freehills from 2017 to 2020 and Asia Managing Partner from 2020 to 2023.
Following her retirement from partnership in 2023, May now sits regularly as an independent arbitrator and Emergency Arbitrator in HKIAC, SIAC, CIETAC and ICC proceedings.
May has published several articles on arbitration and dispute resolution and is regularly invited to speak at conferences on such topics. She has also taught arbitration at Tsinghua University Law School for a number of years.
Tigran Ter-Martirosyan is a Director in the Singapore office of Accuracy, focusing on the valuation of businesses, intangible assets and damages, as well as on accounting issues in international arbitration and litigation. He has performed valuations and damages assessments in a variety of sectors including mining, oil and gas, financial services, technology and telecoms.
Tigran has been appointed as an expert witness and advisor, including by arbitral tribunals, and has been involved in arbitration matters under SIAC, HKIAC, ICC, LCIA, SCC, SCAI, and UNCITRAL rules, and litigation in Singapore, Hong Kong, UK, Australia, and offshore jurisdictions. His experience also includes valuation for the purposes of mediation, expert determination, M&A, restructuring and tax.
Tigran has been featured as a leading expert witness in Who’s Who Legal Southeast Asia and global rankings.
David Thornes is a Partner with Accuracy and has been based since 2016 in the Singapore office, which he established.
He has extensive experience in providing advice and support to clients in various situations, including disputes, crisis and transactions.
Overall, David has gained more than 18 years of experience in expert assignments, transaction support and forensics, out of which more than 16 years with Accuracy.
He is regularly appointed as quantum expert in disputes, in particular on matters involving the quantification of loss of profits and the valuation of shares. David has delivered oral testimonies before arbitration Tribunals (ICC, SIAC) and in Court.
David benefits from an engineering background and graduated in 2002 from Ecole Centrale Paris, one of the leading French engineering schools.
Teck Wee Tiong is a partner in the Commercial & Corporate Disputes Practice at WongPartnership LLP. His main areas of practice are in multi-jurisdictional, complex, high value, commercial and corporate disputes. Teck Wee represents and acts for global private, public, and state-owned clients in the Singapore Courts and in international arbitrations under the rules of major arbitral institutions and in ad-hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Rules. Teck Wee also advises and acts for both private investors and State parties in investment treaty arbitrations.
He has represented and acted for clients in a variety of disputes across a wide range of industries including general contractual disputes, shareholders’ and joint venture disputes, banking and finance, private equity funds, commodities trading, and construction disputes. Teck Wee has also appeared in the Singapore Courts to enforce and/or challenge the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards.
Teck Wee also teaches International Legal Process at the National University of Singapore and Pre-Trial Practice in Civil Litigation at the Singapore Management University.
Teck Wee was part of the faculty for the first ROAP Asia edition in 2021.
Angeline Welsh KC is a commercial litigator with over 15 years of experience and specific expertise in international arbitration. She has appeared (unled) before the English Commercial Court, the English Court of Appeal and conducted substantial advocacy before both commercial and investment treaty arbitral tribunals. She has also appeared (led) before the Supreme Court and the Privy Council, as well as various courts in the Caribbean. In addition, Angeline has substantial experience in handling cases involving issues of public law, constitutional law and human rights law.
Prior to being called to the English Bar in 2015, Angeline was Counsel and Solicitor Advocate with a major international law firm. She has litigated a broad range of commercial disputes, including those in the energy, telecoms, financial, construction, manufacturing and shipping sectors, before the English courts, courts in the commonwealth and arbitral tribunals under the LCIA, HKIAC, ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL and BVI IAC rules. Angeline also regularly sits as arbitrator.
In 2020, Angeline was recognised as a Global Leader for Arbitration by Who’s Who Legal, having been recommended for some time as both a Thought Leader and Leading Junior at the English Bar for arbitration. She is described in Chambers 2020 (UK and Global) as having an “impressive mastery of the details of the case and of technical legal arguments” as well as “[e]xtremely hands-on, approachable and a real team player.” Angeline was named as a ‘Star at the Bar’ by Legal Week in recognition of her “excellent judgement and leadership qualities” and not being frightened to tackle novel and difficult areas of law, or “to deal head-on with the more complicated aspects of a case”.
Angeline is a member of the ROAP Steering Committee. She was part of the faculty for the inaugural ROAP edition in 2020.