The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) visited Manila, Philippines last June 25, 2014 for its 2014 road show on its new arbitration rules and recent practices, after its successful road shows in Hong Kong, London, Frankfurt, and New York.
The event, which gave an overview of arbitration and dispute resolution through HKIAC and showcased HKIAC’s 2013 Administered Arbitration Rules (“New Rules”), was hosted by the Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (“PiArb”) and the law firm of Quisumbing Torres (“QT”). Various stakeholders, including lawyers and arbitrators from major firms in the country, professors, engineers, and members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (“CiArb”) and Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc. (PRDCI) and associate solicitors from the Office of the Solicitor General graced the event.
The road show was divided into three parts: The first was an interview with HKIAC’s Secretary-General, Chiann Biao, who gave a brief background on HKIAC and its leading role in dispute resolution in Asia and in the world, followed by an introduction to HKIAC’s New Rules by international arbitration expert Atty. Nils Eliasson, head of Mannheimer Swartling’s dispute resolution practice group in Asia. The last segment featured a mock arbitration under the HKIAC 2013 Administered Arbitration Rules between the heads of the dispute resolution practice groups of the law firm of Sycip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan and QT, Attys. Ricardo Ongkiko and Donemark Calimon.