Protect Your Company’s Bottom-line - Hosted by the Legal & IPR Committee

Professor Nadja Alexander, Academic Director, SIDRA, Bonnie Hobbs, Managing Director and Associate General Counsel, Accenture, Josephine Hadikusumo, Legal Counsel – Regional, Texas Instruments, and Associate Prof Joel Lee, Chairman, Singapore International Mediation Institute

Venue : Maxwell Chambers, 32 Maxwell Road, #03-01, Singapore 069115

Date : April 06, 2017

Time : 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Price : $0.00

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The Business Case for Developing Dispute Resolution Strategies in Singapore

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Join AmCham Singapore and Singapore International Mediation Centre for a lively discussion with dispute resolution experts and learn how to structure your regional business to gain maximum legal protection through what Singapore has to offer.  This session will go beyond an introduction to arbitration and dispute resolution processes and instead focus on prudent strategies that are aligned with corporate growth.

Singapore has positioned itself as an international dispute resolution hub in Asia by providing a complete suite of services for international arbitration, international litigation and mediation. Recognized as a preferred seat of arbitration in Asia, Singapore provides more options to parties facing cross-border disputes who need tailored solutions that meet their needs. Mediation, in particular, is a key component of Singapore’s ambitions as it complements both arbitration and litigation by offering an avenue for parties to amicably solve their problems with the aid of a professional facilitator. It can help parties fast-track their way to obtaining an enforceable arbitral award or order of court if used in conjunction with other modes of dispute resolution.

Hosted by AmCham's Legal & IPR Committee and Singapore International Mediation Centre

About the Panelists:

Professor Nadja Alexander
Academic Director

SIDRA is led by its distinguished Academic Director, Professor Nadja Alexander (BA/LLB (Qld), Dip Internat (Vienna), LLM, D.Jur. (Tübingen).

A prominent mediator, educator, consultant and writer, she is an internationally recognised thought leader and a recognised name in the field of negotiation and dispute resolution and brings with her a rich and diverse set of knowledge, expertise and experiences.

Nadja is an experienced conflict resolution professional with a cross-cultural and international practice. She sits on the international mediation panels of Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia and is listed in the International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation. Nadja practices in the English and German languages.

Bonnie Hobbs
Managing Director and Associate General Counsel

Bonnie Hobbs is currently Managing Director and Associate General Counsel at Accenture, where she serves as the Director of Litigation & Dispute Management for the Asia Pacific. Bonnie graduated from the University of Virginia and the Washington and Lee University School of Law before being admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 1992, and is also admitted in New York and California.  Prior to her work with Accenture, Bonnie served for ten years with an international law firm in New York, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles, and for ten years with the US Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California.  She is also the President of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Singapore Chapter.

Josephine Hadikusumo
Legal Counsel – Regional
Texas Instruments

Corporate generalist attorney with diverse legal experience in private practice, inhouse and academia
15 years PQE
Admitted to three jurisdictions; High Court of Malaya, High Court of Sabah & Sarawak, and Supreme Court
of New South Wales
Accredited Mediator at the Singapore Mediation Centre
Board of Director, Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI)
Adjunct Faculty - Singapore Mediation Centre

Professional Experience
Commercial transactions, cross-border negotiations and in-house legal matters ranging from employment
to environmental, procurement and trade compliance laws
Support sales & distribution group as well as manufacturing
Highly adaptable, multilingual, excellent communication skills, able to function independently, enjoys
team-work & collaboration

Specialities: Cross-border negotiations, clinical trial agreements, corporate transactions, international trade, employment law, training and education, mediation & negotiation, mergers & acquisitions, manufacturing legal support.

Associate Prof Joel Lee
Singapore International Mediation Institute

Joel Lee is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, the National University of Singapore. Joel co-pioneered the teaching of Negotiation and Mediation in the Singapore Universities and has played a significant role in furthering the development of mediation in Singapore, not just in education but in practice. A graduate of Victoria University of Wellington and Harvard Law Schools, Joel is an affiliate partner with CMPartners (USA) and a principal mediator with and the Training Director of the Singapore Mediation Centre.

Joel is an adjudicator with the Financial Industry Disputes Resolution Centre and was a member of the International Mediation Institute's Independent Standards Commission and Intercultural Taskforce. He was also a key member of the Ministry of Law’s Working Group on International Commercial Mediation. Joel is presently the founding Chair of the Board of the Singapore International Mediation Institute.

Joel has taught overseas at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), University of Law, Economics and Science of Aix‐Marseille (Aix‐en‐Provence France) and Anglia Law School (UK) and is the co-editor and co- author of the book "An Asian Perspective on Mediation" and the General Editor for the Asian Journal on Mediation. In 2011, Joel was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award which is the National University of Singapore's highest teaching award.

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