46 countries sign the Singapore Convention on mediated settlements today

After extensive discussions between member states, the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation, also known as the Singapore Convention, was signed today. A total of 46 countries signed the Convention, including the world’s two largest economies, the US and China, and several of the largest economies in Asia. This is the … Read more

Singapore International Mediation Centre signs MOU with China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission and Korean Commercial Arbitration Board

The Mane Forum was held today in Singapore on the eve of a historic moment – the signing of the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation, also known as the Singapore Convention. This morning, the Singapore International Mediation Centre signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China International Economic and Trade Arbitration … Read more

Launch of Asia Pacific Guide to Privilege 2019

Please click here to access a preview of the Guide. We are pleased to launch the 2019 edition of our Asia Pacific Guide to Privilege. Businesses are increasingly faced with multi-jurisdictional disputes where evidence rarely falls within the borders of a single country and complex legal privilege issues often surface when dealing with communications across multiple … Read more

A significant step towards simpler judicial procedures and reduced re-litigation: Hong Kong and the Mainland sign a broader arrangement to recognise and enforce judgments in civil and commercial matters

On Friday 18 January 2019, Hong Kong and the Mainland reached a milestone by signing the Arrangement on Reciprocal Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters between the Courts of the Mainland and of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (“Arrangement“). When taken together with other similar arrangements that are in train, … Read more

China proposes dedicated “Belt and Road” court

Supreme People’s Court Monitor has published a highly informative article on proposals by the SPC relating to China’s “Belt and Road” initiative.  These include establishing a dedicated court, along the lines of the Singapore International Commercial Court, to hear Belt & Road disputes.  Click here to read the piece. Our thanks to Susan Finder of … Read more

PRC signs the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements: a step forward in the resolution of cross-border litigation

On 12 September 2017, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) signed the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements (Convention).  The Convention, in force since 1 October 2015, seeks to provide certainty in cross-border litigation by allowing parties to choose the exclusive court in which any disputes arising under a commercial agreement will be resolved.  … Read more

Arrangement on mutual taking of evidence between Hong Kong and Mainland

The Arrangement on Mutual Taking of Evidence in Civil and Commercial Matters between the Courts of the Mainland and Hong Kong (Arrangement) recently came into force on 1 March 2017, announced by the Department of Justice.  The Arrangement is introduced to offer greater certainty and enhanced efficiency for obtaining of evidence between the Mainland and … Read more

Guide to Dispute Resolution in Africa: 2nd edition

Herbert Smith Freehills has published an updated second edition of our Guide to Dispute Resolution in Africa, a publication summarising the key dispute resolution procedures and trends in each of Africa's 54 diverse jurisdictions. In the light of the recent growth in China, India and Japan's business interests in resource-rich Africa, the Guide may be of interest to corporates in Asia seeking new economic partnerships … Read more