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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has largely influenced and brought about significant changes to the way we solve disputes. We have already seen judicial systems twist and turn to adapt to the new “norm,” so what will this mean for the future of disputes?

We are pleased to introduce Baker McKenzie’s Dispute Resolution annual video update series. Across six video updates, our speakers recap the highlights and developments in 2020. A full topic list as well as the speakers for each topic and the link to all episodes, is available below:

Episode 1: Restructuring and Insolvency by Emmanuel Chua.

Episode 2: Compliance by Celeste Ang.

Episode 3: Commercial Litigation by Kumar Ponniya.

Episode 4: Construction by Daniel Ho and Tjen Wee Wong.

Episode 5: Arbitration by Ashish Chugh.

Episode 6: Employment by Celeste Ang.


Nandakumar Ponniya is a Principal in the Dispute Resolution Practice Group Baker & McKenzie in Singapore. Nandakumar is seasoned in international arbitration with a focus on building, infrastructure and construction law. He regularly advises on infrastructure projects such as rail systems, oil and gas facilities, and utilities plants, as well as commercial and residential developments across the Asia Pacific region. Nandakumar can be reached at [email protected] and +65 6434 2663.


Celeste Ang is a member of the Dispute Resolution team at Baker & McKenzie Singapore. The specialised areas in which she has experience include employment and labour law, intellectual property, and oil and energy related disputes. Ms. Ang is recognised as an up-and-coming lawyer in the area of litigation by Chambers Asia Pacific 2013, where she is described as a “‘down-to-earth, persuasive, strong and confident lawyer.” Celeste Ang can be reached at [email protected] and + 65 6434 2753.


Tjen Wee Wong is a Principal in the Dispute Resolution Practice Group in Singapore. His practice covers international arbitration, commercial litigation, and adjudication under the Singapore Security of Payment Act. Tjen Wee is particularly noted for his work relating to infrastructure and construction. Apart from construction disputes, he also handles a broad range of commercial, MCST, shareholder, and employment disputes. Tjen Wee's wealth of experience in international arbitration involves the major arbitral rules including UNCITRAL, ICC, SIAC and KLRCA; with conduct of hearings in multiple jurisdictions such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. His litigation expertise encompasses disputes in commercial law, banking and financial services, building and construction law, and insolvency law. Tjen Wee is a recommended lawyer in Construction on Legal 500. Tjen Wee can be reached at [email protected] and + 65 6434 2686.


Ashish Chugh is a Local Principal in the Dispute Resolution Practice Group of Baker & McKenzie in Singapore. Ashish represents clients in a range of industries including aviation, commodities, construction, hospitality, investment funds , office stationery, oil and gas, power, shipping, technology and telecommunications. He has broad experience in international arbitrations with seats in Dubai, Hong Kong, India, London, Malaysia, New York and Singapore under a variety of ad hoc and institutional arbitration rules, including AAA, DIFC-LCIA, HKIAC, ICC, KLRCA, LCIA, SIAC and UNCITRAL. Ashish is experienced in supervising, coordinating and managing complex court-based commercial litigation in Asia Pacific. Ashish regularly speaks on topical dispute resolution issues at leading industry conferences, events and in-house client seminars throughout Asia, particularly India. He actively speaks cutting-edge technology such as distributed ledger technology (including blockchain) and smart contracts. Ashish also receives arbitrator appointments. Ashish can be reached at [email protected] and + 65 6434 2233.


Richard Allen is a Local Principal in the Singapore office of Baker McKenzie and a member of the Firm's Global Dispute Resolution Practice Group. His practice covers a broad spectrum of contentious and non-contentious work, including commercial and competition litigation, international arbitration, public law and regulatory advice. He is a member of the Law Society of England & Wales, the LCIA Young International Arbitration Group, the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), the International Law Association, the American Society of International Law and the International Legal Network of Avocats Sans Frontières. Richard Allen can be reached at [email protected] and + 65 6434 2663.


Emmanuel Chua is a senior dispute resolution lawyer with expertise acting for multinational clients in complex, cross-border disputes and situations across Asia. Emmanuel is experienced in coordinating and managing international arbitration and litigation processes across Asia, and has appeared as lead counsel in these proceedings. He also has significant experience in financial restructurings and formal insolvency processes (including schemes of arrangement, judicial management and liquidation), and has been featured on business media (including Bloomberg and The Business Times) for his perspectives in the space. Leveraging off this depth of experience, Emmanuel also regularly advises on risk avoidance and mitigation strategies, including contingency planning and strategic advice, often from a cross-jurisdictional perspective. He has also been appointed as arbitrator in international arbitration proceedings. Emmanuel can be reached at [email protected] and + 65 6434 2337.