5.13. A View from Singapore and SIAC on Russia-Related Disputes

Friday, May 21
12:30 - 13:30

Channel 4
Open Access Live Stream

Track: 5. Dispute Resolution. Litigation and Arbitration Practice. Criminal Law
Discussion session

Singapore is now ranked alongside London as the most preferred seat of arbitration in the world and SIAC is the second most preferred institution. In 2020, SIAC received 1,080 cases, including two sets of related cases, with a total sum in dispute of USD 8.5 billion. In the past five years, parties from more than 100 jurisdictions have resolved their disputes at SIAC across a range of of sectors and applicable laws.

Russian parties are increasingly choosing Singapore as an arbitration forum of choice on the strength of Singapore’s reputation for transparency and neutrality, ease of doing business, modern ‘best-in-class’ legislation, pro-arbitration stance of the Singapore courts, deep roster of specialised arbitration professionals, and approach to unilateral sanctions imposed by other countries.

The panellists in this session will discuss and consider the following issues of interest for Russian parties:

  • SIAC and the Singapore dispute resolution ecosystem
  • Perspectives from the SIAC President and Secretariat, Counsel, Arbitrator, and In-House Counsel
  • Strategies for the effective resolution of disputes at SIAC
  • SIAC’s practices and procedures for disputes involving Russian parties
  • Singapore’s approach to unilateral sanctions imposed by other countries


Dmitry Dyakin

Co-Head of the Dispute Resolution Parctice at Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners, Member of a Users Council of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)


Dmitry B. Dyakin is an advocate, a Partner and Co-Head of Dispute Resolution practice at Rybalkin, Gortsunyan and Partners in Moscow. He is a recognised expert in the field of dispute resolution and international arbitration.

Dmitry holds an Honours Degree in Law from the Moscow State Social University (2000), a Master’s degree in Private Law (M.P.L.) from the Russian School of Private Law (2007), a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the New York University School of Law (USA) (2009), and the Executive MBA degree from the London Business School and the Columbia Business School (2013).

Dmitry is a member of the SIAC User’s Council. He is also  included in the list of arbitrators of many arbitral institutions.

Dmitry has vast experience resolving international commercial and investment disputes. He represents leading Russian and international companies operating in various industries in high-profile proceedings, with many of them becoming landmark precedent-setting cases for the Russian community of legal practitioners. He possesses wealth of experience in handling arbitrations both as a sole arbitrator or a member of an arbitral tribunal. He regularly takes part as an expert on Russian law in court and arbitration proceedings abroad.

Dmitry has been continually recommended as a leading dispute resolution and international arbitration expert by highly regarded legal directories such as The Legal 500 EMEA, Chambers and Partners, Global Arbitration Review, The Best Lawyers in Russia, Who’s Who Legal, Pravo.RU-300, and Kommersant. He is included in The Legal 500 “Arbitration Powerlist: CIS and the Caucasus” for 2020.


Gary Born

President of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)


Gary Born is the President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration.

Mr Born is Chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP and is one of the world's preeminent authorities on international commercial arbitration and international litigation. He has served as counsel in over 675 arbitrations, including several of the largest arbitrations in ICC and ad hoc history, and has sat as arbitrator in more than 250 institutional and ad hoc arbitrations.

Mr Born is ranked by peers and clients as one of the leading international arbitration practitioners in the world. Among many accolades, Mr Born has received the Global Arbitration Review inaugural "Advocate of the Year" award, the Client Choice award for "Best International Arbitration Practitioner" and the Best Lawyers "London Arbitration Lawyer of the Year" award. He is one of only two practitioners globally to achieve "starred" status for international arbitration in the Chambers and Partners guides and the sole practitioner in London. In 2018 Chambers and Partners recognized him for his "Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession".

Mr Born has published a number of leading works on international arbitration, international litigation and other forms of dispute resolution. He is the author of International Commercial Arbitration (Second Edition, Kluwer 2014), the leading treatise in the field, which has received the American Society of International Law's Certificate of Merit for High Technical Craftsmanship and OGEMID's Book of the Year award for 2009. Other recent works include International Arbitration and Forum Selection Agreements: Drafting and Enforcing (Fifth edition, Kluwer 2016). He is an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and Tsinghua University, Beijing, and teaches regularly at law schools in Europe, Asia and North and South America.

Edmund J Kronenburg

Managing Partner, Braddell Brothers


Edmund Kronenburg is the Managing Partner of Braddell Brothers LLP, Singapore’s second-oldest independent law practice founded in 1883, and aptly described as Singapore’s “unique boutique”  with an established reputation as a leading, specialist Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution practice. 

Edmund is admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor (Singapore) and Solicitor (England & Wales).  He also has rights of audience at the AIFC Court, Astana International Financial Centre, Kazakhstan.  He has over 23 years’ experience in dispute resolution, litigation, and arbitration, regularly appearing as counsel before the Singapore courts as well as in international arbitrations.  His diverse practice includes commercial and corporate disputes, energy and natural resources, media and telecommunications, breach of confidence, defamation, employment, medical and healthcare disputes as well as pre-emptive relief and injunctions including Worldwide Freezing Injunctions.

In addition to his work as counsel, Edmund actively sits as an Arbitrator.  He has conducted arbitrations seated in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam, as Sole Arbitrator, Tribunal Chairman / Presiding Arbitrator and Tribunal Member.  He is a Fellow of the CIArb, SIArb, MIArb, AMINZ, HKIArb and PIArb and has been admitted to the arbitrator panels / lists of 17 international arbitral institutes, worldwide.

Edmund has received wide recognition in the Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, Best Lawyers, Benchmark Litigation, Who’s Who Legal and Asialaw guides. He has been variously described by the Legal 500 as “aggressive”, “articulate”, “good strategist and communicator”, “trusted confidant”, “good advocate”, “best in class” and providing “great, practical, no-nonsense advice in international arbitrations". Chambers (Asia-Pacific) has reported a source stating that Edmund “has the ability to think beyond the conventional and has brilliant ideas in terms of legal strategy”.  Asialaw cites the following client-feedback : “Kronenburg is a strategist and tactician par excellence …”

Kevin Nash

Deputy Registrar and Director, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)


Kevin is the Deputy Registrar & Centre Director of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). Since joining SIAC in 2012, Kevin has overseen the administration of thousands of international cases under all versions of the SIAC Rules and the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules across a range of seats and governing laws. The total sum at issue in these cases exceeds USD 50 billion.

In exercising his functions under the SIAC Rules, Kevin advises the President and the SIAC Court of Arbitration, and takes decisions on, prima facie jurisdictional objections, emergency arbitrator appointments, expedited procedure, consolidation, joinder, arbitrator appointments, challenges to arbitrators, and the scrutiny of awards. Kevin worked closely on the revisions to the SIAC Rules 2013, SIAC Rules 2016, SIAC Investment Arbitration Rules 2017, SIAC’s Practice Notes, and leads the SIAC Secretariat sub-committee on the drafting of the seventh edition of the SIAC Rules.

Kevin is a frequent speaker on contemporary issues in international commercial arbitration and investor-state dispute settlement and conducts training sessions for arbitration stakeholders around the world. He is a member of the Singapore delegation at UNCITRAL Working Group II (Dispute Settlement) and represents SIAC as an observer at UNCITRAL Working Group III (ISDS).

Kevin holds a BA from Mount Allison University and a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School. He worked at one of Canada’s prominent ‘Seven Sister’ law firms and then went on to study an LLM in International Commercial Arbitration at Stockholm University.

Kevin is qualified as a barrister and solicitor with the Law Society of Upper Canada. He speaks English and French.

Natalia Zaitseva

Senior Lecturer, Chair of Legal Support for the Market Economy, School of Legal Studies, The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Deputy General Director for Legal Services at JSC Power Machines



  • In 1998 Natalia was admitted to the Law School of the Rostov State University (currently known as the South Federal University). She specialised in Civil Law. In 2003 she obtained a degree in Law with honours.
  • In 2010 she obtained a degree in Economy (Finances and Credit) from the Financial University at the Russian Government and a master's degree in Finance from the New Economic School.
  • In 2011 she defended her Ph.D. thesis in The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration and obtained a Ph.D. degree in law.

Professional Background

  • Civil service class rank: Councillor of State Civil Service of the Moscow City, 3rd class.
  • Natalia worked at the Reform Management Centre, OJSC RAO UES of Russia, Moscow, and participated in developing a temporary and a final distribution strategy in the electric power industry and the electric power industry target model after liquidation of OJSC RAO UES of Russia and provided legal support for the reform.
  • Natalia worked as Head of the Corporate Strategy Division for OJSC RAO UES of Russia, Moscow.
  • Natalia was Deputy Head of the Corporate Relations & Financial Assets Office at the Moscow City Property Department.
  • She was also Councellor representing the Russian Federation in the EAEU Court.

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