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Focus on Commodities, Minerals and Energy Arbitration ( 26 July 2018 )
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About the Seminar:
The talk will commence with a brief examination of the various participants in the commodities from mining/ trading to delivery of the commodity with an emphasis on coal mining and trading, the kind of contracts and governing laws in use, and the types of arbitration seen in joint venture coal mining and trading. From the speakers experience in mining/getting (extraction) and delivery to load port and final delivery to discharge port and arbitrations relating thereto, they will then examine the issues that regularly arise in such arbitrations, relating both to substantive law and arbitration procedure such as dispute resolution provisions, protective measures, disclosure requests and expert witness evidence.
The talk will close with a discussion of opportunities in this area for arbitration practitioners in Singapore, and will be followed by a Q&A session and interactive discussion with participants.
Join us for free flow of wines, beers, soft drinks and food after the seminar!
 Seminar Programme:
5.00 – 5.30pm Registrations and Standing Buffet Reception
5.30 – 5.45pm

Opening Remarks by Chairperson

Andrew Pullen - Barrister, Fountain Court Chambers 
5.45 – 7.00pm

Panel Discussion | Q&A Session

Joseph Lopez - Partner,Joseph Lopez LLP
Ben Lawson - Chief Operating Officer, PT. Sanaman Coal International
7.00 – 7.15pm Q&A Session
7.15 – 8.15pm Networking Drinks

About the Speakers:

Mr. Joseph Lopez is a lawyer who has been in legal practice for more than 25 years, specializing in litigation, international commercial arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. Joseph’s practice covers a broad range of corporate and commercial dealings and includes acting for multinational corporations in the commodities, construction, manufacturing and projects industries. In particular, Joseph has extensive experience in commodities disputes sector (especially in coal mining and trading). He has acted as lead counsel in international arbitration for government linked companies and major international coal mining and trading companies. Joseph has extensive experience in both institutional and ad hoc arbitration. Joseph is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the Law Society of Singapore and Singapore Academy of Law. 
Mr. Mr. Ben Lawson first came to Indonesia in 1996 for infrastructure projects throughout S.E. Asia. Over the years he has represented and/or consulted for many international conglomerates and has been active in infrastructure, bulk commodities trading, mining, energy (Coal, Oil & Gas), Petrochemicals/fertilizers and business development consulting sectors. In addition to his role as Chief Operating Officer at PT. Sanaman Coal International, Mr. Lawson is Senior Partner and Head of Advisory at Cakrabuana Ventura Indonesia, Managing Partner at Inticon Consulting, and is also currently the Vice-Chairman of both the Djakarta Mining Club and the Coal Club Indonesia, organizations promoting exploration and sustainable mining practices, with a combined 1,800 members. Mr. Lawson was Expert Staff for energy affairs to the RI Minister of Small & Medium Enterprises during Indonesia’s energy transformation period, and has been a speaker and/or chairperson at the most prestigious infrastructure, investment, mining and energy related conferences throughout Asia. In addition, he conducts televised interviews and regular print interviews / editorials for many major publications and companies. Mr. Lawson acts as Expert Witness in coal and trade related arbitration cases under ad hoc as well as institutional arbitrations under International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) proceedings. Mr. Lawson fluently speaks Indonesian, at a contractual/legal level of proficiency.

About the Chairperson:

 francisgoh Mr. Andrew Pullen is an experienced dispute resolution lawyer and advocate. He specialises in international arbitration, with experience of both commercial and investment treaty arbitration. He is a member of the Bar of England & Wales and is a registered foreign lawyer with the Singapore International Commercial Court. Prior to joining Fountain Court Chambers, Andrew practised for 15 years as a solicitor. Andrew has extensive experience in both Asia and Europe, having been based in Singapore (since 2011) and previously in London. Andrew has acted for clients in Asia, Europe and South America across a variety of business sectors, including finance, energy, automotive, defence, utilities, steel, manufacturing, brewing and media. He has acted in cases determined under common law and civl law systems and held under a wide variety of arbitral rules (ICC, LCIA, SIAC, SCMA, SCC, JCAA, AAA, Swiss Rules, UNCITRAL, and ICSID), in London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Stockholm, The Hague, Tokyo, Washington D.C. and Zurich. 

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(includes refreshments & materials, if any)

Early Bird Rate
(Valid only until 26 May 2018)
Regular Rate
SIArb Members S$ 60.00 S$ 70.00
Members of:
Marine Offshore Oil & Gas Association (MOOGAS); Regional Arbitral Institute Forum (RAIF); Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA); Society of Construction Law Singapore (SCL (S))
S$ 80.00 S$ 90.00
Others S$ 110.00 S$ 120.00
Location Orchid Ballroom, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #04-85, The Central (Clarke Quay), Singapore 059817
SILE CPD Points -
Practice Area: Alternative Dispute Resolution
Training Level : General
Public CPD Points : 1


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