The Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (PIArb) and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) East Asia Branch (Philippine Chapter) held last 22 February 2018 their second Joint Monthly Fellowship for the year at Quisumbing Torres. Attended by a number of in-house counsels and known arbitration practitioners in the Philippines, the meeting featured Jay Patrick R. Santiago, Associate in QT's Dispute Resolution Practice Group as speaker.

During his presentation on Cultural and Legal Considerations in International Mediation, he focused on the practical application of Hofstede's cultural dimensions in international mediation. He also highlighted important legal considerations when a party mediates overseas, e.g. differences in mediation laws, immigration requirements, taxation, mediator accreditation requirements, and drafting of mediated settlement agreements.

"We will see more mediations involving parties of different nationalities as multi-tiered dispute resolution clauses, such as Med-Arb and Arb-Med-Arb, gain popularity." explained Jay Patrick Santiago, Associate in Quisumbing Torres' Dispute Resolution Practice Group.

Jay specializes on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and regularly acts as a party representative in arbitral proceedings. He was a member of a Philippine government-organized technical working group that proposed amendments to the Philippines' ADR law. Prior to rejoining Quisumbing Torres this year, Jay was counsel at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) for over three years. As HKIAC Counsel, he proposed revisions to the HKIAC Mediation Rules. He was also a contributor to the book "Asia Mediation Handbook" that was published in 2015 by Sweet & Maxwell.#

QT and PIArb

QT supports PIArb in its efforts to promote arbitration as a preferred mode of alternative dispute resolution in the Philippines. The firm is one with the institute in its advocacies and activities, which include monthly fellowships and several of its arbitration and mediation courses. PIArb's mission is to educate neutrals, empower users and enlighten members. To realize these goals, the institute utilizes four main channels, namely professional development programs, research and public education, advocacy, and member development. The firm's dispute lawyers continue to promote PIArb initiatives through active leadership in various working committees: Donemark J. L. Calimon (President), Jay Patrick R. Santiago (Vice President for International Initiatives [Hong Kong]), Jared P. Amoroso (Senior Vice President for Advocacies), Grace Ann C. Lazaro (Corporate Secretary), Bianca Gatmaitan-Santos (Treasurer), and Jason Rudolf Arteche (Assistant Corporate Secretary).

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