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Justice Quentin Loh (moderator)

Judge of the Appellate Division, Supreme Court of Singapore / President, Singapore International Commercial Court

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. He is the Judge in charge of the Singapore International Commercial Court and concurrently, was also appointed a non-permanent Judge of the Supreme Court of Fiji from August 2018 for a three-year term. He was made an Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple in 2017. He is a member of the Judicial Committee of The Academy of Experts (2020 to date).

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.

Mr. Cameron Ford

Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

Cameron is a partner with Squire Patton Boggs Singapore practising in international dispute resolution. Until August 2019 he was Senior Counsel with Rio Tinto in Singapore practising in disputes and commercial law. As well as the usual LLB and LLM, he has a Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration, a Master of Arts in Contemporary China, and is a PhD candidate at Monash University on security for costs in international arbitration.

Cameron spent most of his career in private practice in law firms and at the independent Bar in Australia practicing in commercial dispute resolution before going in-house in 2008 with National Australia Bank and then Downer Group. He has worked as in-house counsel in Singapore since 2009 with 6 months in Mongolia.

Cameron is a Fellow of the major arbitral institutes and is on the panels of the SIAC, SIArb, AIAC, HKIAC and the Beijing Arbitration Commission. He is Chair of the SIAC Users Council Committee for Australia and New Zealand, a Member of the SIAC Users Council Executive Committee, a member of the Executive Committee of the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association and Chair of its Energy, Commodities and Shipping Chapter, Advisor to the Publications Committee of the Singapore Law Society, and is a mediator and security of payment adjudicator.

Mr. Cavinder Bull, S.C.

Chief Executive Officer, Drew & Napier LLC

Cavinder is actively engaged in trial and appellate advocacy at all levels of the Singapore courts for the past 25 years. He is experienced in handling a wide range of complex litigation and international arbitration matters, including corporate disputes, fraud, insolvency, private equity disputes, banking, telecommunications, and antitrust.

Chambers Asia-Pacific, a prestigious legal ranking publication, described him as “a pre-eminent dispute resolution practitioner with a long and successful track record” and “a highly regarded advocate with a strong track record representing investors and sovereign states in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations”.

Cavinder was on the committee that helped to draft the first set of Rules of the SICC. He is CEO of Drew & Napier, Vice-President of the Court of Arbitration of Singapore International Arbitration Centre, a member of the World Bank Sanctions Board, a Governing Board member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) and a member of the Advisory Board of the AFSA International Arbitration Rules Drafting Committee. He is also Vice-President of Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group, Co-Chairman of the Singapore Stock Exchange’s Disciplinary Committee and a member of the Securities Industries Council.

Cavinder graduated from Oxford University with First Class Honours in law and has an LL.M. from Harvard Law School. He is called to the Bar in Singapore, New York, and England. He was appointed Senior Counsel by the Chief Justice of Singapore in 2008, one of a handful to be appointed before the age of 40.

Justice Chua Lee Ming

Judge, Supreme Court of Singapore

Justice Chua began his legal career in 1984. He held various positions such as serving as Deputy Registrar and Magistrate of the Subordinate Courts (renamed as the State Courts in 2014). He also served the Supreme Court Registry. He then became State Counsel and Deputy Public Prosecutor in the Attorney-General’s Chambers in 1989. In 1991, he was appointed as Partner in Lee & Lee. Then in 1998, he joined the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation Pte Ltd (renamed as GIC Pte Ltd in 2013), where he later became the General Counsel. He was a founding member of the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association and served on various committees of the Law Society of Singapore and Singapore Academy of Law.

Justice Sir Henry Bernard Eder

International Judge, Supreme Court of Singapore

Justice Eder was formerly a Judge of the High Court of England and Wales, and was assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division and the Commercial Court from 2011 to 2015. Prior to his appointment to the Bench in the United Kingdom, he was a Barrister in Essex Court Chambers of London from 1975 to 2010, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1990. From 1999-2003, he was a Visiting Professor at University College London.

He is widely regarded as an expert in the areas of commercial disputes, civil claims and international arbitration involving all aspects of commercial law including banking, shipping, of goods, commodities, oil/gas and insurance. He was previously the Senior Editor of Scrutton on Charterparties and Bills of Lading. He also acts as an arbitrator/mediator.

Mr. Nicholas Lingard

Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Nicholas Lingard is a partner in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Singapore office, and head of Freshfields’ international arbitration group in Asia.

Named “International Arbitration Lawyer of the Year” at the 2018 Asia Legal Awards, Nick represents both investors and States in high-profile, politically complex cases across Asia and the world, as well as maintaining a broad commercial disputes practice across a variety of industries, under all the major arbitral rules, and under all major systems of law. Nick is an expert member of the Energy Charter Treaty Secretariat’s Legal Advisory Taskforce, and writes and speaks widely on international arbitration, including as co-author of the second edition of A Guide to the SIAC Arbitration Rules (Oxford).

A former law clerk to the Chief Justice of Australia, the Honourable A.M. Gleeson AC, Nick was educated at the University of Queensland, where he graduated at the top of his class in law and Japanese, and Harvard Law School, where he was a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow.

Mr. Toby Landau, QC

Queen's Counsel, Essex Court Chambers

Toby Landau QC is a member of the Bars of Singapore, England & Wales, New York, the BVI and Northern Ireland, and registered in the DIFC.  He practices from Essex Court Chambers Duxton (Singapore Group Practice) in Singapore, and Essex Court Chambers in London. As Counsel, he has a broad commercial and international practice in Singapore and London. He has argued hundreds of major international commercial, investor-State and inter-state arbitrations, as well as numerous ground-breaking cases in the highest courts of England, Singapore, Hong Kong, Pakistan and the Caribbean including, by way of example, Halliburton v Chubb; Enka v Chubb; Dallah v Pakistan; Jivraj v Hashwani; Ust-Kamenogorsk v AES; IPCO v NNPC before the UK Supreme Court; Minister of Finance / 1MDB v IPIC and Janah v Benkharbouche before the English Court of Appeal; First Media v Astro in the Courts of Singapore and Hong Kong; and Hubco v Wapda in the Pakistan Supreme Court. Since April 2012, he has served on the Panel of Advisers to the Attorney-General of Singapore.  As Arbitrator, he has extensive experience sitting as Chairman, Co-arbitrator and sole arbitrator in commercial and investor-State disputes under most of the world’s leading ad hoc and institutional rules. He is Visiting Professor at Kings College London; Court Member of SIAC; Fellow of the CIArb. He holds a first-class law degree and a first class BCL from Oxford University (Eldon Scholar), and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School (Kennedy Scholar). 

Ms. Una Khng

Deputy Divisional Registrar, Singapore International Commercial Court

Una Khng is a Deputy Divisional Registrar of the Singapore International Commercial Court (“SICC”) Registry. She is also an Assistant Registrar in the Companies, Insolvency, Trust and Arbitration cluster of the Supreme Court Registry, and part of the Court of Appeal Registry. She is, and has been, actively involved in the work of the SICC since its establishment including the continual development of the SICC’s practice and procedure.

Una graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2005 with a First Class Honours degree in law. She was named valedictorian of the Graduate Diploma in Singapore Law class of 2006 at the National University of Singapore.

She commenced her career as a Justices’ Law Clerk with the Supreme Court and clerked for both the High Court and the Court of Appeal during her stint.

She joined the dispute resolution department of Drew & Napier LLC in January 2008. During her time with Drew & Napier LLC, she was involved in a broad range of work in the areas of international commercial arbitration and commercial litigation. She handled several claims involving complex financial structured products and joint venture and shareholder disputes. She also acted and advised in matters relating to breaches of trust, fraud, misrepresentation, white-collar crime and judicial review, among other things. She left Drew & Napier LLC as an Associate Director and joined the Supreme Court as an Assistant Registrar in August 2013.

Una has taught at the law schools of the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Management University and was appointed Young Amicus Curiae by the Supreme Court of Singapore in 2009/2010.