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Successful Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group Conference includes sessions delivered by Vasanti Selvaratnam QC and Professor Colin Ong QC

30th January 2020

Vasanti Selvaratnam QC and Professor Colin Ong QC were delighted to be invited to speak and moderate at the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (APRAG) Conference 2020 hosted by Thailand Arbitration Centre (THAC).
Around 300 high-level attendees from many countries across the World participated in discussions ranging from new opportunities for legal convergence to produce more predictable outcomes in arbitration to interaction with international commercial courts, new trends of challenges made against arbitrators, the Singapore Convention and significant new developments in the sphere of arbitration.
Vasanti Selvaratnam QC spoke on the topic of perennial problems faced by lawyers and end-users in civil and common law jurisdictions whilst Professor Colin Ong QC moderated a session regarding the new trend of challenges made against arbitrators. He also delivered the formal closing remarks of the APRAG Conference in his capacity as the newly appointed Chairman of International Advisory Board of Thailand Arbitration Center.

Vasanti Selvaratnam QC’s International Commercial Arbitration practice covers a wide range of industry sectors and institutional rules. She is currently involved either as Counsel or Arbitrator in live arbitrations governed by ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, SIAC, LMAA and LOF Rules and has a particular interest in Middle East, India and Asia related disputes where she has a wide client base. She has made new law in the field of International Commercial Arbitration by establishing that compliance with a friendly discussions clause in a contract between Asian parties was a binding condition precedent to the right to invoke arbitration - see Emirates Trading Agency v PMEPL [2014] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 457.

Professor Colin Ong QC has acted as lead counsel and arbitrator in over 350 international arbitrations worldwide and court cases at Brunei, English and Singapore courts since 1992. He has a global practice and broad experiences as both counsel and arbitrator in commercial matters. He generally acts in complex high value disputes as lead counsel and is consistently listed as one of the Most In Demand Arbitrators by Chambers & Partners. He is listed as a top-30 global arbitration practitioner worldwide in the biennial Expert Guides: Best of the Best (Arbitration) (2017 and 2019) and is ranked a Thought Leader by Who's Who Legal in the fields of Arbitration, Construction and Litigation. He is also Advisory Governing Council of the Indonesian National Board of Arbitration and Appointing Council of the Chinese-European Arbitration Centre (CEAC) in Germany.

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