EXPERT PANEL 2018 To 2021
Expert Panel Terms of Reference
ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- 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;
- Advise the Dean on CEBCLA’s activities, plans and budget;
- 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;
- Review the progress and achievements of CEBCLA against mission and vision;
- Identify industry and public sector needs which are relevant for CEBCLA to work on;
- Assist in promoting awareness of CEBCLA and its activities, including fund raising initiatives; and
- Assist in reaching out to industry and public government agencies and relevant interest groups.
CHAIRPERSON Mr Edwin Tong SC, Partner, Allen Gledhill
Edwin is Co-Head of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department and he also heads the Firm’s Restructuring & Insolvency practice. His core practice areas are in corporate and commercial disputes, restructuring and insolvency matters, and in international arbitration.
He regularly acts for private and public listed multinational companies, major international as well as local banking and financial institutions. He has acted in numerous high profile and complex litigation cases in Singapore, appearing as lead counsel at all levels of the Supreme Court. Many of his cases are landmark ones, often developing new law in Singapore. These include: Yves Bouvier v Accent Delight International  5 SLR 558, Royal Bank of Scotland v TT International  5 SLI 104, Pars Ram Brothers v ANZ Banking Group  SGHC 48, Tania Rappo v Accent Delight International  2 SLR 265, Hii Chi Kok v Lucien Ooi  2 SLR 492 and Parakou Investment Holdings v Parakou Shipping Pte Ltd (in Liquidation)  1 SLR 271.
He also has an active arbitration practice, having appeared as counsel in matters under International Chamber of Commerce, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, London Court of International Arbitration and Singapore International Arbitration Centre Rules, seated in Singapore and elsewhere in the world.
Edwin has been consistently cited and recommended for his expertise in dispute resolution and as a restructuring and insolvency practitioner in various leading legal publications. Chambers Asia-Pacific has described Edwin as “an outstanding lawyer” and “a renowned name in the market” (2017), as well as “one of the pre-eminent practitioners” (2018) in Singapore. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific cites Edwin for his “excellent leadership, hands on approach and strategic outlook” of his practice and, in the 2018 edition of IFLR1000, he was ranked as a “Market Leader”, recognising him as a standout performer in the field of restructuring and insolvency. Some of his recent matters have also been individually recognised – the PT Berlian Laju restructuring as Restructuring Deal of the Year (IFLR (2016)) and Yves Bouvier as Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Matter of the Year (2017).
Edwin is an elected Member of Parliament in Singapore for Marine Parade GRC and is the Deputy Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for the Ministries of Home Affairs and Law.
DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON, Ms Joan JANSSEN, 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.
Mr Bazul ASHHAB, Managing Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution, Oon & Bazul LLP
Bazul Ashhab is the Managing Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution leading its Litigation and the Arbitration Practice Groups of Oon & Bazul.
Bazul specialises in commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation with a broad based practice including international trade, banking, shareholders disputes, shipping, insurance, company law, insolvency and breach of fiduciary duties of agents and directors. He regularly advises banks and traders on trade finance issues. He has been involved in several trials in the High Court of Singapore involving LC fraud, duties of negotiating banks, and documentary discrepancies.
Bazul is highly regarded by the shipping industry and has significant expertise covering all facets of shipping including collision, salvage, cargo, and also advises general average, wreck removal as well as disputes arising from, charterparties, bills of lading and ship building contracts. He has been involved in several landmark shipping matters around the world. Bazul has established a reputation as the counsel of choice for his expertise in advising on both contentious and non-contentious aspects of the shipping industry. He regularly assists insurers (hull & machinery, P&I) and on issues involving facultative and treaty reinsurance.
His practice very often includes cross-border issues. He is familiar with the legal and commercial structures in place in challenging jurisdictions in Asia and Africa. Bazul has acted for clients from various jurisdictions in their disputes in Asia, Asia Pacific and Africa including, China, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Ghana.
|Mr Philip FONG, Managing Partner,
Eversheds Harry Elias LLP
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.
|Mr Joseph HE Jun, Joint Head, China Practice Wong Partnership 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.
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.
|Ms Sushma JOBANPUTRA, Partner-in-Charge (Singapore Office), 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.
Mr KOH Chia-Ling, Managing Director, OC Queen Street LLC
Chia-Ling is a digital business lawyer trained in artificial intelligence (MTech KE, NUS) and Information Security (CISSP). He is the Managing Director of OC Queen Street LLC, a Singapore law practice and a member of Osborne Clarke’s international legal practice.
As Managing Director, Chia-Ling leads a team of Digital Business lawyers, supporting businesses dealing in AI, FinTech, Blockchain, ICO, Cryptocurrency, ePayment, Cybersecurity, CleanTech, MedTech, PropTech, EdTech, ePlatforms, eCommerce, Social Media and OTT. His core practice is IP, IT, Data, regulatory, financial services and disputes.
Chia-Ling’s Fintech work was recognised in the inaugural FinTech chapter of Who's Who Legal: Banking 2018. He has also acted in a number of high profile IT/IP disputes, the most recent of which were PropertyGuru Pte Ltd v 99 Pte Ltd  SGHC 52, a copyright infringement case, and Main-line Corporation v United Overseas Bank Ltd  SGHC 285, a patent infringement case. His publications include the chapters on Data Protection, Digital Evidence and Computer Crimes in the E-Commerce volumes of Halsbury’s Laws of Singapore, and Intellectual Property Arbitration, Arbitration in Singapore – A Practical Guide, Sweet & Maxwell, 2014. Chia-Ling is regularly cited in the Legal 500 and Chambers for IP and TMT.
Mr Saswata MUKHERJEE, General Counsel – Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos and M&A - SEAA
Saswata has worked for Unilever Legal group since 2002 working in several portfolios worldwide. From beginning 2017 He is based in Singapore and responsible as General Counsel for Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos and also heading M&A for South East Asia & Australasia and North Asia.
Previously he was based at London as Global Legal Operations Director and was part of Unilever’s Legal Management Team. In his previous role he was responsible for external legal provider strategy and implementation of law firm panels. Saswata was also overseeing Unilever’s Legal transformation agenda and ensuring the talent pool has the right learning tools by creating & maintaining a Learning Academy for Legal function. The role also is responsible to drive simplification and IT synergy and opportunities for the entire legal group including contract management and matter management tools.
Prior to the move to London, Saswata was Legal Director SEAA, overseeing the cluster and involved in all issues/key projects most notably M&A’s. Saswata also led the Competition Law work for Unilever in Asia (South Asia, North Asia and SEAA).
Saswata also acted as Legal Director (Board member) for Unilever Asia Pte Ltd (Unilever’s office in Singapore) leading a team of lawyers managing all legal & compliance issues. Saswata moved to Singapore in 2007 to undertake a specialised Supply Chain Legal Business Partner role and thereafter moved to corporate commercial roles in 2011.
Saswata wants to spend his spare time with his family and travelling to different countries. Saswata is also an avid football fan.
|Mr Nandakumar PONNIYA, Principal, Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow LLC
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.
Mr Stephen Revell, Senior Corporate Partner, Asia Practice Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Stephen is the senior corporate partner in our Asia practice and a member of our global transactions team.
Stephen splits his time between Hong Kong and Singapore. His specialisations include debt and equity securities offerings, especially those with cross-border elements – he has worked on listings on over 15 different stock exchanges. Stephen also has extensive cross-border M&A experience. He has acted for buyers, sellers, targets, financial advisers and management boards, and sees issues from all perspectives. In addition, Stephen has broad experience of advising on regulatory and corporate governance issues; he regularly trains boards and advises upon corporate governance best practice. He has broad sector experience and, as a 'hands-on' partner, gets fully involved in all drafting and negotiations. Stephen has practiced in the United States, throughout Europe and in Asia and has worked on transactions in over 50 countries – he is known for his global perspective and local knowledge.
Stephen also leads the firm's StrongerTogether initiative, our network of relationship firms around the world that allows us to deliver Freshfields' services to clients in any market.
Mr Paul Sandosham, Partner, Clifford Chance, Singapore
Recognised by independent legal directories as a leading dispute resolution practitioner, Paul specialises in international arbitration and litigation focussing on disputes in the power, energy, oil & gas, infrastructure, construction, mining, resources, utilities, commodities and international trade sectors. He acts as counsel in court and in international arbitration proceedings under various arbitral rules. Paul has advised on a multitude of projects and disputes that have arisen across numerous jurisdictions, including in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, India, Lao PDR, Philippines, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, KSA, Mauritius, Maldives, Tanzania, Nigeria, China, Mongolia, Turkey and Papua New Guinea.
Paul is a qualified Chartered Arbitrator. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb), and is on the panel of arbitrators of SIAC, KLRCA, DIAC, PIA, BANI and CIArb. He sits as sole arbitrator and tribunal chairman in international arbitrations relating to various types of disputes. He is on the board of directors of CIArb Singapore Ltd and is the current vice-chairman of the Singapore branch. He is on the teaching faculty of CIArb where he teaches courses on international arbitration. Paul is vice-chairman for International Arbitration in the Law Society’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, and a member of the appointments sub-committee responsible for appointing arbitrators under the Law Society of Singapore Arbitration Scheme (LSAS). He is a member of the SIAC User's Council. In the construction space, Paul has served as a council member, secretary, treasurer and vice-chairman of the Society of Construction Law (Singapore). He was recently appointed as a Senior Accredited Specialist (Building & Construction) by the Singapore Academy of Law.
|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.
|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.
EXPERT PANEL 2014 To 2017
Last updated on 11 Jun 2018 .