CIArb Australia Webinar: Mitigating Risk When Dealing with Foreign Parties



Mitigating Risk when dealing with foreign parties


You are invited to attend this webinar featuring leading in-house counsel and senior advocates who will address issues including risks in the location of the counter-party and assets, drafting suitable dispute resolution clauses, the use or arbitration v. litigation, enforcing foreign judgments and the New York Convention, choosing the seat or dispute resolution forum, choice of laws (substantive law, of the dispute, the law of the arbitration agreement, the procedural law), cross-cultural and language issues, ring fencing assets, the use of freezing orders where assets are located to aid enforcement pre, during and post arbitration/litigation as well as practical tips and guidance from experienced lawyers.

Monday, 26 October 2020
8.00pm ADST (5.00pm AWST & Singapore)
Virtual Format:
Registration Essential:
Please register by Thursday 22 October 2020.
A webinar link will be provided after registrations close.
Sue Rice, Executive Officer, CIArb Australia



Sheila Ahuja
Sheila Ahuja
Sheila is a Partner in Allen & Overy's Global Arbitration group based in Singapore. She has advised on a wide range of arbitration matters, both commercial arbitrations and investor-State arbitrations, as well as arbitration related court matters. Her experience spans jurisdictions such as Hong Kong, Singapore, England and Wales, India, Japan, Myanmar and the PRC. Sheila has particular experience of energy and infrastructure disputes, disputes arising from joint ventures and distributorship arrangements, and disputes relating to complex financial products.
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Kanaga Dharmananda
Kanaga Dharmananda SC
Kanaga Dharmananda has a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice, with emphasis on resources, finance, projects, and insolvency matters. His practice covers schemes of arrangement, company law including directors’ duties, access and pricing disputes, and international investments. He has acted as counsel in a wide range of high profile and high value commercial disputes in Court, on appeal, and in arbitrations in Australia and abroad. His practice as Senior Counsel spans a broad area of work including from the mining, energy, and commodities industries.
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Lachlan McMurtrie
Lachlan is the Group Manager Legal, Newcrest Mining Limited.
He has broad experience in corporate and commercial law matters, including small and large M&A, JVs, financing, listing rule and disclosure issues, state agreements, major projects and procurement, dispute resolution, investigations, regulatory prosecutions and complex operational matters across a wide range of jurisdictions, predominantly within the energy, resources and infrastructure sectors.
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Dr Fan Yang
Dr Fan Yang is the founding Director of International Dispute Resolution Academy. She is a former Vice Chairperson of the CIArb EAB China Committee.
She has represented clients as well as arbitrated and mediated in English and Chinese (Putonghua and Cantonese) languages. She specializes in complex commercial contracts (such as joint ventures, international sale of goods, letter of credits, carriage of goods by sea and construction contracts e.g. FIDIC and NEC) under English law, Hong Kong law and Mainland Chinese law.
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Sameer Shah
Sameer is an Advocate from India and an International Arbitrator and Mediator with an active legal practice and experience of 26 years. He is a Director of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London) - India Branch and has been giving training and education in ADR. He specialised practice in the field of Arbitration and other forms of ADR and has been appointed both as Sole Arbitrator and Tribunal Member Arbitrator in Arbitrations in varied subject matter of disputes such as construction, commercial, marine engineering etc. He also appears as Counsel of the parties in both domestic and international arbitrations.
Sameer is also an Arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Art (CAfA) – Netherlands and is the Chairman India branch of International Disputes Resolution and Risk Management Institute, Hong Kong.
Sameer Shah has his own proprietary law firm at Ahmedabad, State of Gujarat, India under the name and style of S. U. Shah & Associates and he is also a Senior Partner with Trust Legal, having offices at New Delhi, Ahmedabad and Kochi  in India . Both the firms have associates across India and in several important International jurisdictions.

Event proudly delivered by

ciarb Asian Australian Lawyers Association Society of Construction Law

We recognise and thank members of the organising team:

John Arthur, barrister and member of the Victorian Bar of over 30 years standing and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and ACICA. John’s principal area of practice is general commercial litigation including contract, sale of land, property, equity, corporations, professional negligence and succession. John is the President of CIArb Australia.

Leon Chung, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills' Dispute Resolution Group, Sydney. Leon’s practice encompasses all aspects of international law, international disputes and international arbitration. Leon is also the Vice President of CIArb Australia.

Belinda Wong, Senior Associate, Corrs Chambers Westgarth.  Belinda practices in the areas of construction and major projects disputes in the Perth office. She is also President - WA Chapter and National Executive Committee Member of AALA, and is on the Kindred Organisations Subcommittee, is co-Vice Chair of the Young Constructors Committee and on the WA Events Committee of SoCLA.


About the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Since 1915 and with over 16,000 members worldwide in over 130 countries operating in over 250 commercial sectors, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators exists for the global promotion, facilitation and development of all forms of private dispute resolution. In addition to providing education, training and accreditation for arbitrators, mediators and adjudicators, CIArb acts as an international centre for practitioners, policymakers, academics and businessmen. CIArb Australia is one of 40 branches offering institute members a prestigious, globally-recognised qualification and access to a global professional community and regular networking opportunities.