Zhu Jifan, Executive Director (Vice-Chairman of Beihai Arbitration Commission)

November 25, 2021

Mr Zhu Jifan 朱际范 is Vice-Chairman of Beihai Arbitration Commission and Executive Director of Beihai Asia International Arbitration Centre. Born in December 1965, he graduated from the Law Department of Central South University, Hunan. He is also a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute of Arbitration of Guangxi University for Nationalities, Shi Liang Law School of Changzhou University and tutor at the China-Portugal Law School. Mr Zhu is also an arbitrator of the arbitral commissions of Beihai, Nanning, Liuzhou, Guilin, Fangchenggang, Chongzuo, Baise, Zhanjiang and arbitrator of the International Arbitration Court of the Kyrgyz Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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Kevin Tan

August 10, 2021

Kevin has a broad-based disputes practice focused on international arbitration and commercial litigation. He is a Partner, Dispute Resolution at Rajah & Tann Singapore. Kevin has acted in a wide variety of disputes including oil and gas, shipping, investor against state, employment and fraud. Prior to entering private practice, Kevin served as a Justices’ Law Clerk and Assistant Registrar of the Supreme Court of Singapore. Kevin publishes widely in the field of international dispute resolution and has most recently been featured in Singapore Business Review’s 2020 list of most influential lawyers aged 40

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Cathryn Neo

August 10, 2021

Cathryn Neo is a bilingual (English and Mandarin), dual-qualified (Singapore and Australia (Vic)) lawyer in Ashurst ADTLaw’s Dispute Resolution team in Singapore. She  has a broad commercial disputes practice with experience in international arbitration, insolvency and restructuring, and mediation. She has handled high-value commercial disputes under SIAC, ICC and HKIAC rules in the financial as well as energy and construction sectors.  An accredited HKIAC Tribunal Secretary, Cathryn has assisted tribunals in numerous institutional and ad hoc arbitrations in her previous role as an Associate for one of the leading arbitrators, Michael Hwang S.C. In addition to her experience in international arbitration, Cathryn also worked with a panel of judges at the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts on issues relating to the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards. Cathryn regularly assists clients in managing cross-border litigation, including before the Australian, Brunei and Indonesian courts. She advises and acts for global financial institutions in several prominent contentious insolvency and restructuring matters in the Singapore courts. Cathryn is also an accredited mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre. She has co-authored a book chapter and several case reports on landmark arbitration decisions which are published in Kluwer Institute for Transnational Arbitration Case Reports. Cathryn sits on the Women in Practice Sub-Committee of the Law Society of Singapore and the SIArb Continuing Professional Development Committee.

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Uriel Lynn

August 10, 2021

Mr Lynn is the President of the Tel-Aviv and Central Israel Chamber of Commerce and President of the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce. He has an illustrious career in the private and public sectors as well as politics. He began his career as a barrister before moving to the corporate sector as a director of major corporations including state-owned enterprises. He also held key public sector positions such as Director of Israel North America Investment Authority, Governor of State Revenues and Director General of the Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure. From 1984 to 1992, Mr Lynn was also a Member of the Israeli Parliament (11th and 12th Knesset) during which time he was Chairman of the Energy Committee and Road Safety Committee. Most notably, he was also Chairman of the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee (12th Knesset) where he led major reforms which included steering no less than 95 new laws, thus gaining the status as one of the most influential lawmakers in Israel.

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Ibrahim Shehata

August 10, 2021

Ibrahim Shehata is a partner and the head of international arbitration practice at Shehata & Partners Law Firm, Cairo, Egypt. He has extensive experience in international commercial arbitration, arbitration-related litigation, and complex banking and finance litigation. He has participated in various arbitration cases seated in Cairo, Dubai, and Paris under the auspices of various institutional rules including ICC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, DIAC, and CRCICA. Ibrahim publishes regularly in the field of international arbitration in various publications and is currently in the process of publishing the first English-Language treatise on Arbitration in Egypt with Kluwer Law International.

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Walter Chen Fayun 陈发云

August 10, 2021

Walter Chen is a Senior Counsel and Partner of Grandall Law Firm, Nanjing. He has over 26 years of experience in advising clients domestic and foreign on litigation and non-litigation matters. His areas of practice include international litigation and arbitration, cross-border investment and M&A, international trade, corporate, maritime, construction, and other foreign-related legal affairs. He is one of the very few leading international dispute resolution practitioners in China who can effectively handle cases in both English and Chinese language as counsel and arbitrator. Walter Chen has a proven track record for handling complex and high-profile legal matters such as the automobile joint venture project between Jaguar Land Rover and Chery Automobile, which was rated as the “Best Deal of the Year 2012” by China Business Law Journal, Hong Kong; and the civil and commercial cases concerning disputes arising from cross-border investment, mergers & acquisitions, joint venture contracts, international trade, domestic sale & purchase, agency agreement, letter of credit, banking, refund guarantee, shareholder disputes, product liability, as well as real estate projects heard before Chinese courts at various levels, Hong Kong High Court, US Federal District Courts, CIETAC, SHIAC, and a variety of overseas arbitration institutions such as HKIAC, ICC, SIAC and LMAA, inter alia, by teaming up with an American law firm, he once successfully represented a well-known Chinese automobile enterprise in allegedly the largest case against Chinese business sued overseas with claimed amount of over USD 15 billion, which was transferred from a US federal district court and heard in HKIAC. Over the years he has been awarded with honors such as Top 10 Lawyers of the Belt and Road in China (2018) ,Top 10 Lawyers Engaged in Cross-Border Legal Affairs in Jiangsu Province (2018) and Man of the Year in China’s Legal Service (2016).

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Steven Walker QC

August 10, 2021

Steven Walker QC is a British Queen’s Counsel with an international arbitration practice. Early in his career, he worked for the international law firm Allen & Overy. Since then, he has built a formidable reputation acting as an international commercial lawyer with a specialisation in international arbitration and a focus on energy, oil & gas, mining, commercial/corporate/financial, construction and engineering disputes. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and acts as Counsel and as arbitrator. Steven is a member of Six Pump Court Chambers, London and also maintains offices in Edinburgh and Perth, Western Australia. He is based in Perth, Western Australia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and works in Europe, the Arabian Gulf, Asia Pacific and internationally. He was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh in 2009, an Honorary Lecturer of the Centre for Energy, Petroleum, Mineral Law & Policy, University of Dundee in 2002 and appointed Seminar Director & Lecturer on the Professional Seminar Training Programme of the Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore 2014. He was appointed visiting lecturer on international commercial arbitration by the University of Notre Dame, Australia in 2017. Steven is co-author of the leading international book Pleading in Arbitration – A Practitioner’s Guide published by Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson Reuters 2012.  A second edition was released in 2017.

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