Norton Rose announces board appointment to the Singapore International Arbitration Centre
22 September 2010
Norton Rose (Asia) LLP, the international legal practice, today announced that dispute resolution partner Guy Spooner has been appointed to serve on the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Board of Directors from 1 October 2010. His appointment together with Chelva R. Rajah SC follows the stepping down of Sundaresh Menon, the current Deputy Chairman, to assume the office of Attorney-General.
The SIAC was established in July 1991 as a not for profit non-governmental organisation to meet the demands of the international business community for neutral, efficient and reliable dispute resolution in Asia. The SIAC is committed to complete neutrality and independence in its role as an international arbitral institution. SIAC’s operations are overseen by the Board of Directors that comprises luminaries in the international arbitration arena.
Guy Spooner is a dispute resolution partner with Norton Rose (Asia) LLP based in Singapore, where he is head of the practice’s Asia international commercial arbitration and dispute resolution practice group.
Guy Spooner has served as a Director of Maxwell Chambers since November 2008 and he will step down as a Director to join the Board of SIAC. His contribution to the establish Maxwell Chambers in Singapore, the world’s first integrated arbitration facility, will bring a depth and breath of experience that will augment his expertise within the SIAC Board.
The SIAC Board members from 1 October 2010 will include:
Michael Pryles (Chairman), an independent arbitrator, Australia
Cavinder Bull SC, Drew & Napier LLC, Singapore
Judith Gill QC, Allen & Overy, UK
Pierre-Yves Gunter, Python & Peter, Switzerland
Chelva R Rajah SC, Tan, Rajah & Cheah LLP, Singapore
David Rivkin, Debevoise & Plimpton, USA
John Savage, King & Spalding
Pallavi S. Shroff, Amarchand Mangaldas, India
Guy Spooner, Norton Rose (Asia) LLP, Singapore
Byung Chol Yoon, Kim & Chang, Korea
Guy specialises in all forms of litigation and arbitration, with particular experience in shipbuilding, energy, international trade, commodity, insurance, and infrastructure and transportation disputes. He is responsible for the Norton Rose Group’s arbitration practice in Asia and has considerable experience in the arbitration field, having practised in London, Hong Kong and then Singapore for the last 11 years.
Guy is qualified in England, Hong Kong and Australia.
Guy Spooner commented; “To be appointed to the board of such a highly respected international arbitration centre, particularly with so many well regarded lawyers from around the world, is a great privilege and honour. Choosing to resolve disputes by arbitration can reduce both the risk, and the perception of risk, in many cross- border business transactions and this in itself can help to unlock opportunities and encourage investments around the region. The growth of international arbitration in Singapore reflects the pivotal role that Singapore plays in facilitating business and investment all across Asia.''
Maxwell Chambers is an example of an arbitration facility designed specifically to serve the needs of the international business and legal community and has been well received by those who use it. Similarly, the SIAC has very successfully evolved into a leading forum for dispute resolution by taking an impartial, inclusive and international approach in developing its rules and procedures. This is an exciting time for arbitration in Singapore and for the SIAC and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to participate and hopefully make a contribution to its development."
The Norton Rose Group dispute team in Asia now consists of 6 partners, 2 Of Counsels and a total of 23 lawyers, with 12 dispute resolution lawyers based in Singapore.
The legal directory Chambers Asia 2010 recently wrote about the dispute resolution Singapore practice,
"Norton Rose (Asia) LLP has one of the largest and most varied dispute resolution practices of any international law firm."
‘One of the strongest teams region‑wide.’
‘A regionally recognised dispute resolution heavyweight.’
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