B.A, Political Science, Chulalongkorn University
LL.B, Law, Chulalongkorn University
LL.M (Oil and Gas), Law, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
As a certified professional engineer, more than 35 years of experience mainly in the execution of major construction projects relating to mine development, infrastructure, dams and hydropower. About 5 years' experience in the region and all experience was obtained in developing countries.
As Project Manager and other senior managing positions on construction sites, required extensive claims management, dispute avoidance, mediation and adjudication of potential and actual disputes to resolve problems and disputes in the most cost and time effective manners.
Recent Presentations and Guest Speaker Activities on ADR
|Apr 2021||Institute of Construction Claims Practitioners||Quantification of Disruption Costs|
|Jun 2020||Pakistan Engineering Council||Lectures on "Practical ways to manage COVID-19 claims in the Construction Industry under FIDIC forms of contract".|
|7 Jan 2020||National University of Sciences and Technology , Islamabad||Presenting a one-day workshop on Dispute Avoidance and Claims Management with the emphasis on EOT time and cost claims.|
|12 Oct 2019||Pakistan Engineering Council – Islamabad||Presenting a one-day CPD training course on Dispute Avoidance & Claims Management under FIDIC|
|21 Sep 2019||Contract & Construction Law Group – Vietnam||Short presentation on Dispute Avoidance in construction contracts|
|1 Aug 2019||International Construction Business Forum – Thimphu, Bhutan||Half day presentation on Alternative Dispute Resolutions with the Emphasis on Dispute Boards|
Avocat, Paris (2013); Solicitor, England and Wales (2010); Attorney at Law, New York (2005).
Fellow and Member of the Executive Committee (European Branch) of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb); Approved Faculty List of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; List of Recommended Arbitrators of the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw; CRCICA Arbitrator Panel; HKIAC List of Arbitrators; Dubai International Arbitration Centre; (DIAC) qualified arbitrator; AIAC Panel of Arbitrators; THAC Panel of Arbitrators; eJust (Arbitrator); Delos Arbitrator Network (Arbitrator); New Zealand International Arbitration Centre Panel Member; Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Arbitrator); Comité français de l’arbitrage (CFA).
University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
JD, May 2004, Dean’s List 2002-2004, Jessup International Moot Court
University of Lyon, Jean Moulin III Law School, Lyon, France
Spring Semester 2003 French Civil Law and European Union Law Courses
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
B.A., History, May 1999, Distinction in History
Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawai'i
Diploma with Honors, June 1995
Associate ― Mayer Brown, Paris, France (July 2014–June 2017; 3 years)
Associate ― Hafez, Paris, France (November 2011–February 2014; 2 years 4 months)
Associate ― Baker & McKenzie LLP, New York, New York (2006–2011; 5 years)
Staff Attorney ― Covington & Burling, New York, New York (2005– 2006; 1 year)
Law Clerk ― Rust Consulting, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2004–2005; 6 months); U.S. Real Estate Law.
Law Clerk ― Minnesota Human Rights Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2004; 3 months); Public International Law.
International Arbitration Trainee ― Coudert Brothers, Paris, France (1999- 2001, Summer 2003; 2 years)
International Arbitration Trainee ― Shearman and Sterling LLP, Paris, France (Summer 2002; 3 months)
Intern ― U.S. Embassy, Paris, France (Summer 1998; 3 months)
Economics Section, U.S. Department of State.
Summer Extern Law Clerk ― Supreme Court of Hawai'i, Honolulu, Hawai'i (Summer 1997; 3 months), Justice Steven Levinson.
Mr. Chinn has acted as counsel and legal advisor in international arbitrations administered by or under the rules of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). He has been involved in international arbitration since 1999.
Christopher Chinn, “Understanding Chinese State-Owned Entities,” in ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin (International Chamber of Commerce, 2019), Issue 2.
Alejandro Lopez Ortiz, Patricia Ugalde-Revilla & Christopher Chinn, “The Role of National Courts in ICSID Arbitration,” in ICSID Convention After 50 Years: Unsettled Issues (Crina Baltag ed., Kluwer 2017).
Arthur Rovine and Christopher Chinn, “Balancing the State’s Regulatory Rights with the Investor’s Jurisdictional Rights in International Arbitration,” in New Horizons of International Arbitration: Collection of Essays 132 (Anton V. Asoskov, Alexander I. Muranov and Roman M. Khodykin eds., Nauka Prawa 2015).
Christopher Chinn, “Arbitration: International Justice in an Era of Globalization,” Finalist for the Laureate of the Arbitration Academy 2011 (Prize Winning Essay), International Academy for Arbitration Law, available at http://arbitrationacademy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Christopher-Chinn-1.pdf
Contributor, Baker & McKenzie International Litigation and Arbitration Alerts newsletter (2006–2010).
Grant Hanessian and Christopher Chinn, "The U.S. Model for International Class Action Arbitration," (2009) 75 Arbitration: The International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Management, No.3, 400.
David Zaslowsky and Christopher Chinn, "The American Red Cross Dispute," Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice, 2009, Vol. 4, No.2, 91.
Arthur W. Rovine and Christopher Chinn, "The International Arbitrator's Duty to Investigate Conflicts: The United States Approach," Transnational Dispute Management (transnational-disputemanagement.com), July 2008, Vol. 5, issue 4.
Christopher Chinn, "Arbitration of Antitrust Claims in the United States and Europe," (2008) 74 Arbitration: The International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Management, No.4, 439.
Researched and edited leading arbitration textbook with W. Laurence Craig, International Chamber of Commerce Arbitration, 3rd Edition, 2000.
Having been called to the Bar of England & Wales, Christopher practised as a barrister in London before returning to Singapore where he soon became best known for his shipping, construction, and commercial practice. Between 1995 and 1998, Christopher served as a Judicial Commissioner of the Singapore Supreme Court. Christopher now practises as an arbitrator. He has served in over 130 international arbitrations conducted either on an ad hoc basis or under, amongst others, AIAC
(formerly KLRCA), DIFC-LCIA, HKIAC, ICC, ICDR, JCAA, KCAB, LCIA, LMAA, SCMA, SIAC and UNCITRAL arbitration rules seated in various civil and common law jurisdictions. Christopher’s appointments as an arbitrator and mediator include the following: • Co-arbitrator in an ICC arbitration concerning a commercial dispute involving Middle-East and South-East Asian parties • Chairman in an ICC arbitration concerning a construction dispute between a Middle-East party and an Asian party • Chairman in an ICC arbitration concerning an infrastructure project in the Middle-East • Chairman in a SIAC arbitration concerning the procurement of telecommunications network equipment in Cambodia involving, inter alia, a Chinese party • Chairman in an ICC arbitration concerning the construction of a power plant in a South Asian state involving a state entity and a Chinese party • Chairman in a SIAC international arbitration involving Middle-East and Chinese parties concerning a distributorship dispute • Chairman in a JCAA international arbitration concerning the automotive components industry in Korea, Japan and Germany • Co-Arbitrator in a SIAC international arbitration concerning an escrow agreement • Co-arbitrator in a Bilateral Investment Treaty dispute between a foreign party and an Asian state • Ad hoc arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules between foreign companies and an Asian government in relation to an oil & gas production sharing dispute • Co-Arbitrator in an LCIA international arbitration concerning a mining dispute in Mongolia • Chairman in an ICC international arbitration concerning the construction of a cement plant in Qatar • Sole Arbitrator in a SIAC international arbitration involving Korean and East Asian interests concerning an acquisition dispute • Chairman in a number of ad hoc international arbitrations concerning military & defence procurement contracts in a South Asian state • Chairman in various arbitrations (ad hoc and institutional) in Asia in respect of share subscription disputes • Chairman in an ICC arbitration concerning the construction of a business development complex in South Asia • Chairman in an HKIAC international arbitration concerning a joint venture dispute in China involving Chinese parties • Chairman in two LCIA international arbitrations concerning an oil rig dispute in Papua New Guinea • Chairman in an ICC international arbitration concerning a pharmaceutical-related dispute • Sole Arbitrator in a KLRCA international arbitration concerning the construction of a commercial complex in Malaysia • Sole Arbitrator in a SIAC international arbitration concerning a share subscription dispute in Thailand•Chairman in an ICC international arbitration concerning the procurement of frequency for the operation of a mobile phone network in a South Asian State • Chairman in an ad hoc international arbitration under UNCITRAL arbitration rules concerning a software development & operation dispute • Co-arbitrator in a SIAC international arbitration concerning the construction of a major container terminal in South-Asia • Co-arbitrator in an SCMA international arbitration concerning the construction of six multi-purpose platform supply vessels • Chairman in an HKIAC international arbitration concerning a shipbuilding dispute in China • Chairman in an ICDR international arbitration concerning an agency agreement in respect of electronic products in Taiwan • Chairman in an ICDR international arbitration concerning a construction contract in Korea • Co-Arbitrator in a SIAC international arbitration involving European and Thai parties concerning the supply of coal • Chairman in an ICC international arbitration concerning an infrastructure development dispute in Vietnam • Chairman in an HKIAC international arbitration concerning the construction of a gas synthesis plant in the PRC • Co-Arbitrator in an LCIA international arbitration concerning a gas production sharing dispute in Ecuador • Co-arbitrator in an ICC international arbitration concerning a mining investment dispute in Indonesia • Chairman in an ICC international arbitration involving Korean and South Asian parties concerning an infrastructure construction project • Mediator in a SMIC Mediation concerning a construction/engineering dispute in Myanmar • Mediator in a shareholder dispute between Singapore parties • Mediator in a construction dispute between a U.S. party, Middle East and Asian party • Mediator in an ICDR dispute between an Asian party and a US party in respect of an oil & gas dispute • Mediator in an ICDR dispute between a European party and an Asian party concerning an alleged breach of contract in respect of a software agreement
His arbitration practice encompasses investment as well as all aspects of commercial disputes including construction, corporate, maritime, energy, communication, military & defence procurements involving the laws of various common and civil law jurisdictions including those of Cambodia, Denmark, England & Wales, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, New York, Oman, Pakistan, PRC, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Christopher has also served as mediator in commercial, construction and shareholder disputes both international and domestic.
Christopher has contributed to various books and articles on arbitration. His representative publications include: • Assignments ‘Mid-Arbitration’: Some Practical Considerations Chapter 2 in Jurisdiction, Admissibility and Choice of Law in International Arbitration, Liber Amicorum Michael Pryles (2018) • Equality of Arms in International Arbitration: Do Rules and Guidelines Level the Playing Field and Properly Regulate Conduct? – An Arbitrator’s Perspective ICCA Mauritius (2016) • Obstacles and Opportunities - Whither Summary Dispositions? Festschrift Neil Kaplan (2012) • Opportunities in multiparty maritime arbitration in ANZ Maritime Law Journal (2011) • Party Autonomy - The Turning Point, Dispute Resolution Int’l, Vol. 4 No. 1 (2010) • The Asian Perspective on Advocacy Chapter in Doak Bishop’s The Art of Advocacy in International Arbitration (2nd ed., 2010)
2017 Thailand Arbitration Centre (THAC) in co-operation with Standards and Competencies in Mediation Advocacy (SCMA) – Mediation Training Course on the practice, use and applications of mediation 2017 Singapore Academy of Law – INSEAD Law Firm Leadership Programme (SILLP) 2016 Singapore Mediation Centre – Strategic Conflict Management for Professionals (Modules 1&2) 2001 Rolls of Solicitors (England and Wales) 1987-1988 The University of Hull, Master of Laws (International Law) 1987 Admitted – Advocate & Solicitor, The Supreme Court of Singapore 1982-1986 The National University of Singapore, Bachelor of Laws
2018 Mylene was appointed as a Mediator with Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC). 2017 Mylene became a Partner and Managing Director of OTP Law Corporation. 2015-2017 Mylene practices at OTP Law Corporation where she oversees a corporate and commercial portfolio. 2006-2014 Mylene’s time and interest were engaged, in a private capacity, in the sourcing, networking, structuring and developing of private initiatives having a regional emphasis and an international reach. Her work was for companies and private individuals, managing the transactional work whether through joint ventures or tender consortiums, and in industries ranging from energy, especially in the environmental waste-to-power sector, FMCGs, oil and gas upstream work, real estate acquisitions, to infrastructure and property development, commodities. With an eye constantly on shaping opportunities into value propositions, her work included deal origination, proposal papers, executive summaries and presentation to Boards, due diligence, corporate strategy and structuring, project financing, negotiations. She developed/operated/managed interests and businesses from resulting projects with participation from committed multi-party alliances; she also procured financing/funding interest from banks, private equity and venture capital firms for large-scale projects. 2004-2006 In this time, Mylene set up and ran her law firm MYLENE CHUA & ASSOCIATES (Advocate & Solicitor, Proprietor). This was a corporate and commercial practice set up and committed to deal-origination and providing whole business solutions to clients. Mylene is never far from working with consultancies with niche strengths, synergizing and structuring regional commercial and funding propositions within a legal framework in the areas of regional infrastructure construction, oil/gas exploration/production, urban planning projects. 2000-2004 Mylene was Vice-President (Legal) at a listed Temasek-linked engineering technology company with core business areas in Aerospace, Electronics, Marine and Land Systems and was involved in work with strong established commercial counterparties, as well as in matters relating to government contracts and contractors.
Her experience included: Mergers And Acquisitions: She negotiated and completed the acquisition of investments in technology companies and conducted and co-ordinated due diligence work especially in the area of intellectual property rights across varying jurisdictions. A matter for some pride was her work, within a diverse project team, in the negotiation and acquisition of several shipyards in the United States. US-specific Experience: Her work required working familiarity then with Hart-Scott-Rudino filings (US anti-trust filings), CFIUS clearance (US national security clearance), special security agreements (SSAs), technical assistance agreements (TAAs), US export control regulations. Material Projects: Mylene negotiated and concluded vessel construction contracts for 3 platform service vessels (PSVs) with the world’s largest operator of such vessels, and also finalized the Conditions of Contract for regional project tenders.
Contracts: Her everyday work involved negotiations, drafting and overseeing the implementation of Master Agreements relating to Research and Development, Procurement, Production/ Construction/ Manufacturing/ Technology Licensing/ supply and\ distribution; and MOUs/JVs and collaborative strategic alliances, both locally and internationally.
Litigation Management: As in-house counsel, she managed material litigation matters, including also, arbitration and mediation within both government and industry. Compliance and Policy/Administration:
Her work involved:
1996-2000 Before serving in-house, Mylene was a lawyer at a medium-sized corporate finance law firm of about 12 lawyers, and assisted in
1993-1996 Mylene was the Senior Legal Counsel at a listed US-led international constructor engaged actively in the building of primary infrastructure (oil platforms and pipelines, toll-roads, power-plants) mainly in Asia, the Middle-East, Africa and South America. Mylene’s portfolio was demanding; but here she found her project legs, with wide and varied exposure to work that required the marrying of a strong independent streak with a good natural sense for working together with industry and government.
1990-1992 Mylene started out with a general practice law firm of about 20 lawyers engaged in civil and commercial litigation, conveyancing, and criminal work.
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