Quisumbing Torres' Dispute Resolution Practice Group hosted the recently concluded Symposium on Emerging Issues in International Arbitration. The symposium was jointly organized by the Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (PIArb) and the Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration (AFIA) and sought to gather arbitration practitioners in the country to discuss the emerging issues facing them today.
Held on 23 March at Quisumbing Torres' JGC Hall, the symposium was facilitated by PIArb Senior Vice President for Development Julius Anthony Omila and moderated by Quisumbing Torres Dispute Resolution Practice Group Senior Associate Michael Macapagal. PIArb President Ricardo Ma. P.G. Ongkiko, who is also a Partner at Sycip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, as well as AFIA member Shirley Alinea of Martinez Vergara Gonzalez and Serrano law office graced the event for a panel discussion which focused on emerging issues in international arbitration.
Joining them in the discussion were Jonathan Lim, Senior Associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, Katie Chung, Senior Associate at Norton Rose Fulbright, and Kartikey Mahajan, Associate at Clifford Chance.
In conjunction with the Joint Monthly Fellowship of the PIArb and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) East Asia branch, Philippine Chapter, the symposium also featured a talk by Iain Potter, a forensic accountant at Matson Driscoll & Damico Pte Ltd. He shared valuable insights on the steps taken to improve the independence and objectivity of expert witnesses.
Around 20 participants attended the event which saw arbitration practitioners sharing and learning the best practices in the field.