Asian International Arbitration Centre Asia ADR Week 2022

Event Details
Date & Time
3 October 2022 - 8 October 2022

Virtual and In-person


HKA is proud to sponsor and speak at this year’s Asia ADR Week as the event’s Gold sponsor.

Homer’s Odyssey, is one of the most significant literary works since antiquity – chronicling the adventures of Odysseus, who embarked on a decade long journey to reunite with his kingdom and family – touching the hearts of many and foretelling a course marked with determination, perseverance and relentless ambition as relevant in today’s world. Similar to his journey, the ADR landscape has faced several uncertainties and challenges particularly in the last two years.

Since its inception, the AIAC has served to act as “compassus” – a symbol of finding the right path in navigating through the uncharted terrains of ADR. This year’s Asia ADR Week 2022 promises to showcase the strides made in this Odyssean journey and how in facing new challenges, the AIAC will serve as a compass in guiding practitioners, stakeholders and businesses in finding their way through conflict resolution in the most comprehensive and efficient manner. In keeping to the theme, “Compassus: The Odyssean Course to Modern ADR”, participants can expect to be steered in the right direction with discussions on best practices, innovative approaches to ADR, and legal developments – all with the guidance of “compassus”. And as with the needle pointing North, the AIAC is unwavered in its commitment to the industry in fielding itself unto unfamiliar terrain and in mapping a new course, fit for the modern ADR world.

HKA Partner, Shamila Neelakandan will join a distinguished panel of speakers and discuss the topic ‘The Guided Way: Future Fee Arrangements in Arbitration‘.

Much has been said about the viability of third-party funding in Malaysia. And whilst we have yet to see a progressive shift domestically, the international market for third-party funding has expanded, evolved and become more competitive. The rules governing financial arrangements between lawyers and clients have also changed. Recently, Singapore passed a bill to permit Conditional Funding Agreements (CFAs). CFAs provide parties with an alternative to traditional fee arrangements and third-party funding (TPF) by enabling part or all of their lawyers’ fees and costs, as well as an uplift fee, to be conditioned on the outcome of the dispute. This session will discuss the framework of CFAs from a Hong Kong, Singapore, UK and Australia perspective, and what Malaysia can take away from this in looking to implement both CFAs and TPF domestically.

Event Details

Date: 3 – 8 October 2022
Time: 9am to 6pm (Networking starts at 6pm)
Venue: Virtual and In-person (to be advised)

HKA Speaker

Shamila Neelakandan
Partner, Head of Operations Malaysia and Singapore, HKA

Shamila Neelakandan is a dual qualified Lawyer (Malaysia and UK) with 26 years of legal, contracts and commercial experience in the construction industry. She is also a Fellow with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is an empanelled arbitrator with the AIAC. Shamila commenced her career in 1996 as a lawyer focusing on dispute resolution in Malaysia before developing her career as a solicitor in the UK (Osborne Clarke). In 2007, Shamila moved to project consulting and has over the last 15 years successfully acted for clients in the power generation and water desalination, oil & gas, and rail & infrastructure sectors throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.  

Shamila’s area of experience include tender negotiations, procurement, commercial strategy and claims management. She continues to undertake advocacy work in consulting services through presentations and case management services in dispute resolution proceedings. Shamila now heads the Malaysian and Singapore operations and has a profit and loss responsibility within the business for the local region.

Event Details
Date & Time
3 October 2022 - 8 October 2022

Virtual and In-person


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