IPBA 2021

Litigation Tools and Strategies that Can Be Used to Aid International Arbitration

Organised by: Dispute Resolution & Arbitration Committee

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Axel Reeg
Attorney at law

In 1993, Axel Reeg has established REEG RECHTSANWAELTE, a German niche law firm active in cross-border arbitration and litigation with associated offices in Kuala Lumpur and Madrid.

Having read law at the Universities of Munich, Singapore and Freiburg, Axel is holding a Ph.D. in law and admitted to the Bars in Germany and Spain. He lectures International Commercial Arbitration at the University of Heidelberg. Axel has extensive experience in cross-border dispute resolution, both as an arbitrator (primarily ICC, SAC and DIS), as counsel in international arbitration and before state courts. Axel has a special focus on Dispute Resolution related to Asian and Spanish speaking jurisdictions, acting both as arbitrator and as party counsel in many arbitrations involving international parties in different venues including Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong, Zurich, Madrid and Frankfurt.

Inter alia, Axel Reeg is an immediate past member of the Board of Trustees of CIArb (2013-2020), a vice chair of the DRA Committee of the IPBA. Axel is a member of ICC, ICCA, IBA, DIS, CEA and ASA. He regularly speaks and publishes on international dispute resolution topics including articles and contributions on arbitral tribunals engaging in settlement facilitation and on smart contracts and blockchain arbitration.

Koh Swee Yen
WongPartnership LLP

Swee Yen is a Partner in the Commercial & Corporate Disputes and International Arbitration Practices of WongPartnership LLP. She is currently the Vice-Chair of the IPBA Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Committee, and a member of the Editorial Board of the ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin and the ICCA-ASIL Task Force on Damages.

She has an active practice as counsel, with a particular focus on complex, high-value and cross-border disputes across a wide spectrum of matters from commercial, energy, international sales, trade, transport, technology to investment. She regularly appears before the High Court and Court of Appeal and in international arbitrations under the major institutional rules, including ICSID, ICC, ICDR, LCIA, SIAC and UNCITRAL.

Swee Yen is highly recommended for her expertise in resolving complex international disputes by various legal publications including The Legal 500, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Chambers Global, Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific and Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration. Described as being “in a league of her own”, with a “very deep understanding of the law” and “razor-sharp” in her advocacy, she is regarded as the “go-to disputes lawyer in Singapore“, who “always brings her A-game to everything she does and someone you want in your corner in a life or death situation”.


Joaquin P. Terceño
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Joaquin is an experienced advocate who represents clients in complex international disputes and negotiations, with wide experience in investor-State and commercial disputes both in international arbitration and U.S. federal courts. In addition to his expertise in international arbitration, Joaquin’s experience includes representing clients in global investigations, U.S. Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) litigation, U.S. and cross-border bankruptcy litigation, and general commercial disputes. He also has advised States on issues of public international law, including advising on compensation for victims of war crimes and the devolution of governmental authority to regional bodies.

Joaquin’s practice spans the globe, and in addition to Japan and Asia generally, he has experience representing clients based in, or facing disputes in, the United States, South America, Europe, and Africa. In addition to several States, he has assisted clients in a range of businesses, from extractive industries, including mineral resources, oil and gas exploration and production, and LNG pricing; to global financial services and investment firms, including in internal investigations; to cross-border telecommunications and technology companies, including in relation to data protection and cybersecurity; to the automotive industry, including in relation to supply chain disruption.

Leanne (Yanli) Zheng

Ms. Zheng specializes in dealing with a wide variety of complex civil and commercial disputes and white-collar crimes in China.  Ms. Zheng is Dispute Resolution Partner at Jun He LLP. Prior to that, she worked in the Beijing Office of Jones Day for 7 years at Jones Day Beijing Office and served in the Beijing First Intermediate People’s Court for 9 years as civil and commercial judge. Ms. Zheng has also shadowed several English Judges as a representative of a PRC Judge at the Royal Courts of Justice in London and worked in the London Office of Eversheds Law Firm in 2005. Ms. Zheng is Arbitrator at CIETAC, HKIAC and Shenyang Arbitration Commission, Part-time professor and graduate student instructor at Law School and Lawyer School of Renmin University, and Steering Group Member of ABA China Committee, Section of International Law; and IBA Officer of Anti-Corruption Committee.  Ms. Zheng was named ALB China 2017 Top 15 Litigators, the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 Recommended Dispute Resolution Lawyer and 2021 Benchmark Litigation star for Commercial disputes.

Ms. Zheng received an LL.B. Degree from China University of Political Science and Law and an LL.M. Degree and Ph.D. Degree in Civil and Commercial Law from Peking University. Ms. Zheng also received an M.A. Degree with distinction in International Comparative Law from the University of London in 2005.


Thomas Rohner

Thomas Rohner is a partner of the Dispute Group at Pestalozzi. He represents clients in litigation before Swiss courts and in international arbitration proceedings. His practice focuses on all aspects of commercial and M&A disputes, judicial assistance, and asset tracing, often in a cross-border context and involving various industries. He also acts as an arbitrator.

From 1997 until 2005, Thomas Rohner served as a part-time judge at a Swiss District Court, and he was a temporary vice-president of the Court in 2001. He chaired a chamber and acted as sole judge and as member of a panel of judges, gaining significant experience in the administration and resolution of proceedings in various legal and industry contexts.

Thomas Rohner regularly publishes and is a frequent speaker in the fields of international arbitration, procedural law, insolvency and inheritance law.
Thomas Rohner is a graduate of the University of St. Gallen (lic.iur./Dr.iur., with a doctoral thesis on insolvency law). In 2003, he graduated from the University of Chicago Law School (LL.M.). Prior to joining Pestalozzi, he worked as an international associate for a major law firm in Washington DC. In 2008, he became a partner with Pestalozzi.

Kevin Nash
Deputy Registrar & Centre Director
Singapore International Arbitration Centre

Kevin is the Deputy Registrar & Centre Director of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). Since joining SIAC in 2012, Kevin has overseen the administration of thousands of international cases under all versions of the SIAC Rules and the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.

In exercising his functions under the SIAC Rules, Kevin advises the President and the SIAC Court of Arbitration, and takes decisions on, prima facie jurisdictional objections, emergency arbitrator appointments, expedited procedure, consolidation, joinder, arbitrator appointments, challenges to arbitrators, and the scrutiny of awards. Kevin worked closely on the revisions to the SIAC Rules 2013, SIAC Rules 2016, SIAC Investment Arbitration Rules 2017, SIAC’s Practice Notes, and leads the SIAC Secretariat sub-committee on the drafting of the seventh edition of the SIAC Rules.

Kevin is a frequent speaker on contemporary issues in international commercial arbitration and investor-state dispute settlement and conducts training sessions for arbitration stakeholders around the world. He is a member of the Singapore delegation at UNCITRAL Working Group II (Dispute Settlement) and represents SIAC as an observer at UNCITRAL Working Group III (ISDS).

Kevin is qualified as a barrister and solicitor with the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Alipak Banerjee
Leader, International Dispute Resolution
is Nishith Desai Associates
New Delhi

Alipak is a Leader in the International Dispute Resolution practice, at Nishith Desai Associates, New Delhi. He represents clients in a wide range of services, with a special focus on cross-border and complex litigation and international commercial arbitration. He has experience of representing clients in institutional (SIAC, LCIA, ICC) and ad hoc arbitrations and litigation proceedings in various jurisdictions, including India, Singapore, Hong Kong and London. He has advised and represented clients engaged in media & entertainment, oil and gas, energy, manufacturing, funds and financial services sectors.

He was recently appointed as the National Rapporteur for the International Bar Association (IBA) Toolkit on International Arbitration and Insolvency (2021), by the IBA Insolvency and International Arbitration Group. He is a member of the Steering Committee at IBA Arb 40, is a Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the newly formed Young MCIA (Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration), and a member of YSIAC, YIAG and Young ICCA. The RSG India report, published in 2017, recommends Alipak as ‘excellence’ in corporate litigation. He was also nominated as an ‘Emerging Leader’ in 2019 RSG India Rankings.