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KLRCA Talk Series: Role of In-House Counsel in International Arbitration
26 Mar 2015 /6:00 PM - 7:30 PM /KLRCA Bangunan Sulaiman, Kuala Lumpur

International arbitration is today the default means of resolving cross-border disputes. All businesses today are multinational and transact business internationally, and in-house counsel need to be able to guide their companies and senior management through the international arbitration process and to explain to stake-holders what the process involves and the steps to take to ensure the best possible outcome.

This two-hour seminar aims to equip in-house counsel with practical knowledge needed to effectively structure and draft dispute resolution provisions, and to leverage the arbitration process to effectively and efficiently resolve and settle any disputes that may arise.

 Seminar objectives

Learn the role that in-house counsel should play:

(i) at  the contracting and drafting stage,

(ii) once a dispute arises,

(iii) in engaging external arbitration counsel,

(iv) in settlement discussions, and

(iv) in the arbitration process itself

Learn the answers to these critical questions that every in-house lawyer should know:

 Pre-dispute: Contracting and structuring 

1. Why the arbitration clause is probably the single most important term in an international agreement?

2. What is the most misunderstood aspect of an arbitration clause that gives rise to the most problems?

3. What are common drafting mistakes and why defective arbitration clauses are found in many contracts?

4. What is the number one rule to follow in drafting an arbitration clause

5. Where can you find readily available clauses that are functional and enforceable?

 Post-dispute: The arbitration process

1. What are the first things to do when there is a potential arbitration dispute?

2. Every law firm says they do arbitration—How do you select arbitration counsel and what should you look for?

3. How can you reduce the cost of arbitrating a dispute?

4. What is the number 1 thing you can do in your company to help the arbitration process run smoothly?

5. When is the best time to settle an international dispute and how to best leverage for favorable settlement.

and more….

Speaker Profiles

The seminar will be lead by Dan Tan and Shem Khoo.

Dan Tan is on the faculty of Harvard Law School and Stanford Law School, where he teaches international arbitration and international investment law.

Shem Khoo is on the adjunct faculty of the Singapore Management University School of Law.

Dan and Shem lead the arbitration practice at JLC Advisors, a boutique litigation practice based in Singapore, with affiliated offices in New York and San Francisco.

 About JLC Advisers

JLC Advisors is a boutique litigation law firm and home to Singapore’s leading litigation, international arbitration and white collar practices. The firm’s mission is to offer market-leading expertise, with responsive partner involvement, at efficient value-drive rates.

The firm’s arbitration practice has been consistently ranked by the leading arbitration publication for the past four years as among the top of all arbitration practices in the world. We frequently appear against arbitration practices from top international law firms based on New York, London and Paris and have secured several wins against these firms.

The firm’s lawyers are also the first port of call for white collar cases, having been involved in high-profile white collar cases, including representing Nick Leeson in the collapse of Barings Bank, Chen Jiulin in respect of trading losses of China Aviation Oil, advising on corruption charges against the CEO of AirOcean, and most recently representing City Harvest Church in the much-publicised City Harvest trial.


Revantha Sinnetamby (Honorary Treasurer – Malaysian Corporate Counsel Association)

Revantha Sinnetamby is an in-house counsel with broad international experience primarily gained in the telecommunications, networking and information technology industries, and, and more recently in construction and heavy engineering. During his 15+ year in-house career he has held General Counsel positions with Bulldog Communications Limited – a UK based telecommunications services provider owned by Cable and Wireless Plc. – and SmartTrust AB – a Swedish global mobile telecommunications software provider owned by TeliaSonera. He has also been the Assistant General Counsel and Director of Legal Affairs – EMEA for Juniper Networks Inc. He holds degrees in Arts, Law and International Arbitration, and, was a Sloan Fellow at the London Business School in 2010. He is admitted to practice law in Victoria, Australia.

CPD Points

Malaysian Bar –  1 CPD Point (T3/25032015/KLRCA/KL152177/1) 

For more information

 For more information about this talk, please do not hesitate to e-mail ([email protected]). Registration can be made via e-mail or call us at 03-2271 1000

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