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MDBC / AIAC: Commercial Conundrums

December 16, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Dear MDBC members,

In a unique collaboration between the Dutch Arbitration Association (DAA) and the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) based in Malaysia, MDBC brings you the upcoming webinar entitled “Commercial Conundrums: To Arbitrate Now or Never?” on Wednesday, 16 December.

The benefits of international commercial arbitration are oft repeated – it is a mechanism of alternative dispute resolution, already set out and controlled by contracting parties, even before they could imagine disputing (would they now however, re – consider their arbitral clause?).  It is a process to resolve disputes, carved out from compliance to national laws and rules of procedure.  In fact, arbitration and the phrase “party autonomy”, have always been used hand in hand.

We are, therefore, happy to invite you to this webinar and to join the incredible panel of speakers who will be discussing the rise of international commercial arbitration as well as breaking down any changes or modernizations it may have undergone over the past few years.  Do join Edward van Geuns (Partner, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek),  Chu Ai Li (Partner, Azman Davidson & Co), and Nivedita Venkatraman (Senior International Case Counsel, AIAC), as they share all they have witnessed and experienced, and discuss the suitability and adaptability of arbitration for today’s commercial disputes.

Date:  Wednesday, 16 December
Time:  16:00 – 17:15 hrs
Platform: Zoom

16:00 hrs – Welcome Address
16:10 hrs – Webinar session starts
16:50 hrs – Q&A
17:15 hrs – End of Program


Edward van Geuns  (Partner, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek)

Edward handles disputes across the globe. His track record includes obtaining a billion dollar award in a dispute regarding a supply agreement, defeating a half a billion claim in a post – M&A dispute, and winning a fight over control of a multinational.  He handled the largest adjudication ever in Malaysia and recently obtained a 400+ million award in a construction dispute in an arbitration at AIAC.  He has experience with numerous arbitration institutions and with proceedings in the courts of many different countries.  He has handled disputes under a great variety of applicable laws including laws from civil law countries, and laws from common law countries.

Edward was the resident partner of De Brauw’s Singapore office from 2016 to 2019, where he headed De Brauw’s Asian arbitration practice.  Previously, in 2009 and 2010, Edward was seconded to the International Arbitration department of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York.  He is a founder of the Dutch Arbitration Association and a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR.  He is also an editor of a standard work on Dutch procedural law and regularly publishes on a variety of issues.

Chu Ai Li (Partner, Azman Davidson & Co)

Chu Ai Li has been a partner of Azman Davidson & Co., a pioneer Malaysian law firm in arbitration, adjudication and construction law, since 2004. She has more than 20 years of experience in legal practice and her core practice areas are construction law, arbitration, and adjudication. She acts as counsel for employers / developers, contractors, sub – contractors, and consultants in dispute resolution involving construction contracts. Drawing on her rich experience in dispute resolution, Ai Li helps clients draft construction contracts that are both workable and legally sound, as well as provide advise and solutions on contact administration issues.

Ai Li holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of London and a Master of Laws from the University of Malaya. She was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1996.  Currently, Ai Li sits in the panel of arbitrators and adjudicators at the Asian International Arbitration Centre. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators.

Nivedita Venkatraman (Senior International Case Counsel, AIAC)

Nivedita (“Nivvy”) Venkatraman is a Senior International Case Counsel at the AIAC. She oversees a diverse caseload of domestic and international arbitration, adjudication, and domain name dispute resolution proceedings, and is presently the co – editor of the AIAC Newsletter. Nivvy is a Council Member of the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre and a Committee Member of the AIAC YPG’s Maritime Committee. Prior to joining the AIAC, Nivvy was a commercial disputes and insolvency lawyer at a leading Australian law firm where she acted for government and private clients in litigious and non – litigious matters.

Her range of experience includes building & construction, town planning, debt recovery, insolvency, social security, taxation, and general commercial law disputes.  Nivvy also has experience working at a boutique insolvency & corporate advisory firm where she managed a range of bankruptcy, liquidation, voluntary administration, deed of company arrangement, and receivership matters.  She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance & Marketing) and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the Australian National University, and a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney focusing on commercial law and dispute resolution.


Sophia von Dewall (Counsel, Derains & Gharavi) 

Sophia von Dewall is Counsel at Derains & Gharavi and has acted in numerous international arbitration proceedings, as well as in legal proceedings before the Netherlands state courts.  She has handled arbitrations conducted under the arbitration rules of the NAI, CEPINA, ICC, and ICSID.  Her areas of practice include international investment disputes and international commercial disputes arising out of international contracts, joint – venture, and shareholder relationships, as well as large infrastructural projects.  She is admitted to the Amsterdam and Paris Bars.  She also acts as arbitrator in international arbitration proceedings.

Sophia obtained an LL.M. in Public International & European Law and an LL.M. in Dutch Law from the University of Amsterdam. She is a visiting lecturer in international arbitration and litigation at the University of Amsterdam.  She is also a Member of the Executive Board of the Dutch Arbitration Association and of the Investment Arbitration Committee of the Dutch Arbitration Association.  In addition, she is a Member of the ICC Task Force Addressing Issues of Corruption in International Arbitration, as well as a Member of the Dutch ICC Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

Tharshini Sivadass (Case Counsel, AIAC)

Tharshini read law under the University of London (external program) and has been called to the Malaysian Bar as an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaysia.  She is presently a case counsel at the AIAC.  Prior to that, she was in practice as an Associate working in litigation covering areas of land acquisition, commercial disputes, industrial relations, and insolvency.




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We look forward to your attendance!

With best regards,
MDBC Secretariat


December 16, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
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