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Expert Panel Terms of Reference

Role and Responsibilities

  1. Advise the Director and Deputy Director to ensure that CEBCLA’s activities are aligned with its vision and mission, as well as its commitments to external sponsors if any;
  2. Advise the Dean on CEBCLA’s activities, plans and budget;
  3. Endorse CEBCLA’s corporate governance and approval frameworks for activities and use of funds so as to ensure the accountability, efficiency and effectiveness of CEBCLA;
  4. Review the progress and achievements of the CEBCLA against mission and vision;
  5. Identify industry and public sector needs which are  relevant for CEBCLA to work on;
  6. Assist in promoting awareness of CEBCLA and its activities, including fund raising initiatives; and
  7. Assist in reaching out to industry and public government agencies and relevant interest groups.


Lee suet fern Resized CHAIRPERSON Mrs LEE Suet Fern, Managing Partner, Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC

Lee Suet-Fern is the Managing Partner of Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC.  She is a member of the Board of Morgan Lewis (the largest law firm in the United States) and also a member of the Morgan Lewis’ International Leadership Team.

Her extensive professional work experience has been focused on mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt capital markets, and corporate finance. She has been involved in many significant corporate transactions in Singapore and the region and has won many professional awards and accolades.

Amongst others, she is a member of the Executive Committee of the Senate of the Singapore Academy of Law where she also chairs the Cluster on Legal Education and Studies and is a former President of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association. She serves on the board of the World Justice Project and is an international director at 2 Fortune 100 companies.

Suet-Fern graduated with a double first from Cambridge University and is a Barrister-at-Law at Gray's Inn London. She was admitted to the Singapore Bar in 1982 winning the Prize for top candidates.  She has practised law in London (with Norton Rose) and Singapore.

Justice Quentin Loh resized DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON, The Honourable Justice Quentin LOH Judge, Supreme Court of Singapore

Quentin Loh was appointed a Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court of Singapore on 1 September 2009 and a Supreme Court Judge on 1 June 2010. Prior to his joining the Bench, he was the Deputy Managing Partner of Rajah & Tann LLP from December 2003 to 12 August 2009. He was a key member of its international arbitration group as well as head of the Construction & Projects and Insurance and Reinsurance practice groups.  Prior to joining Rajah & Tann in 2001 as a member of its Executive Committee, he was Managing Partner of Cooma, Lau & Loh, a firm he co-founded in 1978.  He was appointed Senior Counsel in 1999.  Until his appointment as a Judicial Commissioner, he was also a director of Maxwell Chambers, a dedicated building for holding arbitrations.In private practice, he has appeared as counsel in numerous domestic and international arbitrations, (SIAC and non-SIAC, ad hoc arbitrations, ICC, HKIAC).  He has represented parties in arbitrations not only held in Singapore, but also in Malaysia, Hong Kong, England and Paris.  He has also been appointed as arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations.  He argued and established that the Singapore Courts do not have the jurisdiction to injunct arbitrators or halt arbitrations under the Model Law pending arbitrator challenges or setting aside injunctions, [2004] 2 SLR 14.

Kelvin Chia resized Mr Kelvin CHIA, Managing Partner, Kelvin Chia Partnership

Kelvin is the managing partner of the firm and actively engages in both contentious as well as non-contentious workHis practice extends to a wide range of commercial matters with particular focus on intellectual property litigation, cross-border commercial transactions and arbitration. He has litigated on trademark and design infringement, copyright protection, breach of confidentiality and misuse of trade secrets. He has also represented clients in intellectual property and trade-related disputes before the ICC in London and Hong Kong. One of the major IP matters handled by him involved disputes over a manufacturing and trade mark licensing arrangement which became the subject of arbitration in London and resulted in trademark rectification proceedings in multiple jurisdictions.

Philip Fong resized Mr Philip FONG Managing Partner,
Eversheds Harry Elias 

Philip was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1995. In the same year he joined Harry Elias Partnership LLP as a partner, where he stayed and became the Managing Partner in 2010.Prior to joining the private sector as a legal practitioner, Philip served as the Assistant Director in the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD), a specialist enforcement agency tasked to combat complex commercial crimes. His last appointment in CAD was Head of Financial Investigation Unit, the first anti-money laundering taskforce in Singapore.Philip's practice is centred on commercial dispute resolution, which includes litigation, international arbitration and mediation. Philip is a member of a clinical trial review ethics committee in the National Health Group as well as several committees in the Law Society of Singapore. Philip is also admitted to the Bar in Brunei Darussalam since 2012.

Joseph He1 resized Mr Joseph HE Jun, Joint Head, China Practice WongPartnership LLP

Joseph is the Joint Head of the China Practice and is a Partner in both the Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions and the Capital Markets Practice of WongPartnership LLP.His main practice areas are corporate finance, equity capital markets, foreign investment, mergers and acquisitions and property development in the PRC.Joseph graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Yunnan University (PRC) and obtained Master of Laws from both China University of Politics and Law in Beijing and McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific (U.S.). He was also a Visiting Scholar at the School of Law, Columbia University (U.S.) from 1990 to 1991. Joseph is admitted to the Bar of the People's Republic of China.

JoanJanssen Ms Joan JANSSEN 2 Director-General, Ministry of Law

Joan obtained her LL.B (Hons) from the National University of Singapore in 1988 and her LL.M from the University of Cambridge in 1993. She was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1989 and as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1995.Joan commenced her legal career as a litigator in Singapore, and served as a Justices' Law Clerk. She was a partner at a leading local firm before moving to London in 1995, where she practised as a solicitor with a magic circle firm and specialised in finance transactions. On her return to Singapore, she continued to practice English law, with a focus on regional capital markets transactions.After 18 years at magic circle firms, Joan joined MinLaw in 2013 and heads its new policy advisory team. She also sits on various committees of the Singapore Academy of Law and the Singapore Institute of Legal Education.

SushmaJobanputra Ms Sushma JOBANPUTRA, Partner, Jones Day

Sushma Jobanputra is a banking and finance lawyer with broad experience acting for lenders, borrowers, and financial advisers on a variety of financing transactions, including acquisition finance, secured and unsecured syndicated lending, and structured finance. She also has acted for lenders and other creditors in cross-border restructurings.Prior to joining Jones Day, Sushma was a partner at a Magic Circle firm in London where her practice focused on structured and acquisition finance. Most recently, she was a managing director at Barclays Capital, heading a team in the structured transactions department, with responsibility on behalf of the bank for the execution of all large complex structured transactions with other financial institutions and multinationals.Sushma was included as one of Asia's "Hot 100" lawyers for 2011 by Asia Legal Business magazine, which recognizes lawyers who are leaders, movers and shakers, and dealmakers in Asia.Sushma was born in Rwanda and lived in India, Canada, France, and England prior to moving to Singapore. She is fluent in English, French, Hindi, and Gujarati.

Minn Naing Oo resized Mr MINN Naing Oo Managing Director, Allen & Gledhill (Myanmar)

Minn is Managing Director of Allen & Gledhill (Myanmar) Co., Ltd. and a Partner of Allen & Gledhill LLP.He was previously the Chief Executive Officer and Registrar of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, and before that, a Director at the Ministry of Trade and Industry Singapore, with oversight for Singapore's trade agreements and World Trade Organisation-related matters, including policy review, formulation and negotiations.He has presented papers and spoken at numerous conferences and seminars on international arbitration and international trade. He has also written and is co-author of several articles on competition policy and trade agreements.Minn graduated from the National University of Singapore with an LLB in 1996. After he was called to the Singapore Bar in 1997, Minn was in legal practice before he obtained an LLM in 2001 from Columbia University as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.Minn is a member of the Promotion of Singapore Law Committee of the Singapore Academy of Law and the Legal Committee of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry.  He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.

Ponniya_Nandakumar resized Mr Nandakumar PONNIYA, Principal, Baker & McKenzie

Nandakumar (Kumar) Ponniya is a principal in the Dispute Resolution Practice Group of Baker & McKenzie in Singapore. Mr. Ponniya is seasoned in international arbitration with a focus on building, infrastructure and construction law. He regularly advises on infrastructure projects such as rail systems, oil and gas facilities, and utilities plants, as well as commercial and residential developments across the Asia Pacific region.

Mr. Ponniya is listed as a leading dispute resolution lawyer in Singapore, with Chambers Asia Pacific 2012 noting that he “has a full and comprehensive knowledge of international arbitration and good analytical skill in dealing with cross-border commercial disputes”. Chambers Global 2013 has described him as “extremely technically proficient and commercially savvy”. He has been listed in the Guide to the World's Leading Construction Lawyers 2013 and further identified as a “rising star” in the Guide to the World's Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration 2013. Benchmark Asia Pacific 2013 has recognized him as a “leading disputes star” and “leading litigation star” in Singapore.

Farhana Siddiqui resized

Miss Farhana SIDDIQUI, Partner, Withers LLP and WithersKhattarWong

Farhana is a transactional lawyers specialising in public and private M&A work with an emphasis on private equity and acquisition finance. She has extensive experience in all types of M&A structures, shareholder and joint venture arrangements, restructuring, structuring of investment funds, advising on portfolio management, exit strategies and financial regulatory advisory work, all of which have cross-border elements. Farhana is a co-instructor at SMU’s School of Law for Drafting in Corporate Practice. Farhana is a contributing editor of Halsbury’s Laws of Singapore Volume on Securities and Woon’s Corporations Law Chapter on Takeovers and Mergers.

geraldsingham resized Mr Gerald SINGHAM, Partner,  Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP 

Gerald Singham is a partner in Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP 's Corporate Practice Group.Gerald's principal areas of practice are commercial and corporate law. His practice focuses on a broad range of corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and foreign direct investment. He has considerable experience in corporate and cross-border transactions.Gerald's practice also covers competition law and he has experience advising a broad range of industries on competition law matters. He deals with all aspects of competition law including merger notification, notifying anti-competitive agreements for guidance and decision, handling investigations by the Competition Commission of Singapore and the drafting and reviewing of agreements and practices for compliance with competition law.He is actively involved in community work including serving as a member of the National Crime Prevention Council and a member of the Casino Regulatory Authority, both appointments made by the Minister for Home Affairs. He was awarded the Public Service Medal (Pingat Bakti Masyarakat) in 2006 and the Public Service Star (Bintang Bakti Masyarakat) in 2009 by the President of Singapore in acknowledgement of his community work. He is Vice Chairman of which is a committee tasked to promote racial harmony in Singapore. He is appointed by the Minister for Law as a Master Mediator under the Community Meditation Centres Act. Gerald is also a member of the Promoting Singapore Law Committee under the auspices of the Singapore Academy of Law. Gerald was presented with the "Minister for Law Appreciation Award" in acknowledgment of his more than 10 years of service to the Ministry in service to the public.Gerald is a past president of the World Law Group, an international alliance comprising 11,000 lawyers from 50 law firms in over 40 commercial cities globally. He also serves as a director on the board of several companies.Gerald has been listed in the International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists 2013 and 2014. He has also been consistently recognised by Asialaw as a Leading Lawyer for General Corporate Practice since 2006. In addition, for his Corporate and M&A work, he has been recognised by Chambers Global and Chambers Asia as a Leading Individual, and The Practical Law Company as a recommended lawyer.

Chester Toh Resized Mr Chester TOH Head, Integrated Regulatory Practice Director, Rajah & Tann Asia

Mr Chester Toh joined Rajah & Tann Asia as a Partner in our Integrated Regulatory Practice after leaving Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in 2010. He brings with him years of cross-border and regional experience having previously worked in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Beijing.In his earlier days of practice in Singapore, Chester was actively involved in the consultation process for the enactment of Singapore's Competition Act and advised a number of multinational companies on competition law compliance and enforcement. During his time in Hong Kong and Beijing, he was similarly active in counselling clients on the introduction of a proposed competition law in Hong Kong and the implementation of China's Anti-Monopoly Law.With both specific and broad-based regulatory experience, Chester is well-positioned to undertake, organise and assign resources for regulatory work within the Integrated Regulatory Practice, ensuring that our clients receive maximum benefit from the Firm's combined experience, seamless informational flow and industry know-how. He is appointed Head of our Integrated Regulatory Practice in January 2014With the recent economic reforms in Myanmar, Chester is also very much involved in the Firm's foray into this new emerging market and co-heads our Myanmar Practice. He has been regularly advising a number of multinational companies and Singapore companies in their investments into Myanmar.

Stefanie Yuen Thio1 resized Mrs Stefanie YUEN THIO, Joint Managing Director, TSMP Law Corporation

Stefanie Yuen Thio is the Joint Managing Director of TSMP Law Corporation, and heads its corporate practice division. TSMP Law Corporation is a boutique corporate and commercial law firm in Singapore specializing in complex and cutting edge work. Stefanie has been consistently recognized as a Leading Lawyer in the areas of Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Markets and Corporate transactions by international legal journals, including the Asia Pacific Legal 500, IFLR and Chambers. She holds a LL.B.Hons from the National University of Singapore and has been in practice for more than 20 years.Stefanie is an independent director of ARA-CWT Trust Management (Cache) Ltd, the manager of CacheLogistics Trust, which is listed on the Singapore Exchange. From February 2004 to July 2005, she was also a non-executive director of Del Monte Pacific Limited.Stefanie is active in charitable and voluntary organizations, including Dover Park Hospice where she served for 5 years on its Governing Council and as Chairperson of its Fundraising Committee. She is currently a director of Operation Smile Singapore Ltd, a Singapore charity dedicated to giving free cleft operations to needy patients in less developed countries, which she helped to set up. She is also a director in Community Foundation of Singapore. She is also the Secretary and fund raising chair of IC2Prephouse Limited, a Singapore charity and Institute of Public Character that provides support to low vision youth. Stefanie is a past Member of the Council of the Law Society of Singapore, and of the Ethics Committee and the Corporate Practice Committee. In June 2012, she was appointed to Working Group on the Fourth Committee on the Supply of Lawyers, chaired by Judge of Appeal, V K Rajah.

Mr Alastair Henderson, Managing Partner, South East Asia, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Alastair Henderson heads Herbert Smith Freehills' arbitration practice in Southeast Asia.  He is also the firm's managing partner in Singapore.   He is recognised among the region's leading experts in the field of arbitration and international dispute resolution.

Alastair qualified as a lawyer in England in 1990 but has worked in Asia for more than 20 years.  He handles trade, investment, finance and other disputes across many sectors and industries, with particular experience in energy, construction, infrastructure and projects. His clients include government agencies and public bodies, international banks, multinationals and leading regional companies. Alastair also serves as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and presiding arbitrator.  He is a fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a regular speaker and writer on topics relating to international dispute resolution.


Last updated on 29 Sep 2017 .