2019 01 March

Recognition of International Arbitration and its Enforcement in Myanmar |  Yangon


Insight and Strategies for an Efficient International Arbitration at SIAC and Recognition of International Arbitration and Its Enforcement in Myanmar

DFDL, in collaboration with CMS and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), invite you to join us at this forthcoming  Arbitration Road Show on “Insight and Strategies for an Efficient International Arbitration at SIAC and Recognition of International Arbitration and Its Enforcement in Myanmar” on Wednesday, 14 November 2018 at Melia, Yangon, Myanmar.

Singapore and SIAC are frequently chosen by parties from diverse legal systems and cultures to resolve their cross-border disputes. In the last few years, SIAC has handled a growing international caseload of increasingly complex, high value claims involving parties from over 55 jurisdictions, including Myanmar.

Myanmar’s arbitration landscape has changed significantly with the entry into force of the Arbitration Law 2016. The new law covers both domestic and international arbitration and brings Myanmar more rigidly into line with international best practices and standards. The Arbitration Law is commercially attractive to investors, giving them added peace of mind when it comes to doing business in the country, and is in support of with Myanmar’s most recent foreign investment promotion policies.

Against the backdrop of these developments and the increased investment flows across the South East Asia (SEA) region, this seminar will provide an effective platform for corporations involved in economic activities in SEA to identify risk management strategies and effective dispute resolution mechanisms for investments and collaborations in Myanmar.

The seminar will provide a comprehensive overview of the SIAC Arbitration Rules (6th Edition, 1 August 2016) and illustrate examples of how the Rules have been implemented in practice to efficiently resolve commercial disputes.  Our assembled panelists will share their insights and offer practical guidance on doing business in Myanmar.

The seminar will also present an overview of one of the key concerns with respect to arbitration in Myanmar — the recognition of foreign arbitral awards and their enforcement in Myanmar, including grounds for recognition or refusal, challenges and legal issues that may arise, and how the process operates in practice.

Date: TBC

Time: 8:30am
Venue: Melia Yangon

Fees: free for CCI member
10USD for non-member


  • Recognition of international arbitration and its enforcement in Myanmar – William D. Greenlee, Jr. Partner and Managing Director and Nishant Choudhary, Deputy Managing Director, DFDL Myanmar.
  • Recognition of foreign arbitral awards and their enforcement in Myanmar – Steven Lim, Senior Partner, CMS Singapore and Piyush  Prasad, Associate Counsel, SIAC.


Steven Lim

Senior Partner

CMS Singapore

Steven is an advocate and arbitrator. He has more than 25 years’ experience in international dispute resolution and arbitration in the Asia-Pacific region. He appears as an advocate in international arbitrations and regularly sits as sole, party appointed and presiding arbitrator. He is a panel arbitrator with the SIAC, HKIAC, ICDR, KCAB and AIAC, has sat in ICC and SCMA cases, and also as an Emergency Arbitrator. Steven has received recognition as a leading individual in international dispute resolution and arbitration in Singapore, Hong Kong and Asia-wide in the Chambers and Legal 500 directories, where he has been described as “a prominent counsel in arbitration”, “very impressive advocate”, “respected for his incisive mind”, “peers point out his sharp intellect”, “respected both as arbitration counsel and increasingly active arbitrator”, “an excellent communicator – he identifies the salient issues to pursue and lets you know what the game plan is. He focuses people’s minds on those issues”, “excellent at assessing the merits of a client’s position”, and “commended as a lawyer who strives to better his understanding of client needs” and has been noted for his “rising profile as an arbitrator”.

Piyush  Prasad

Associate Counsel

SIAC Singapore

Piyush earned his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from the National Law University, Jodhpur and is qualified to practice law in India and New York (admission pending). As a Senior Associate in the dispute resolution team of one of the largest Indian law firms in New Delhi, he represented clients in arbitrations and litigations. He earned his Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree, on a scholarship, from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was the Vice-President of the International Law Society. Piyush is fluent in English and Hindi.


William Greenlee

Partner & Managing Director

DFDL Myanmar

William’s practice focuses on M&A, project finance and securities. He is involved in negotiating, structuring, documenting and managing large private equity and opportunity-fund companies and transactions. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Oregon in Asian Studies with a minor in East Asian Literature and Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco, California. William is a member of the State Bar of California, State Bar of Nevada, State Bar of California International Law Section and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association. He is based in our Yangon office and is head of DFDL’s China Desk. He speaks English, Mandarin, Thai and basic Indonesian.

Nishant Choudhary

Deputy Managing Director & Head of Myanmar Banking & Finance Practice

DFDL Myanmar

Nishant is based in the Yangon office and has more than eleven years of experience practicing law. In addition to banking and finance, his areas of expertise include telecommunication, power generation, oil and gas, real estate, general corporate, and competition law. He has extensive Myanmar experience and has advised on several high-end transaction in sectors such as power, telecommunication, oil and gas and real estate. Nishant has also extensively advised on some of the major financial transaction in Myanmar, including several high value offshore project financing, the largest (also the first) onshore syndicate financing of Myanmar foreign banks branches and the licensing of one of these branches. Nishant has large experience in the Micro Finance Institution (MFI) sector, where he has assisted with the licensing of MFIs and financial structuring of MFIs for loan provision purposes. He holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in business and finance law from The George Washington University Law School, Washington DC. He has authored several articles, some of his recently published articles are on recent MFI notification of MBSC by ASEAN MENA In-house Congress and on use of copyright assets as a security at IFLR. He speaks English, Hindi and Urdu.

Registration: https://www.ccifrance-myanmar.org/en/event/recognition-of-international-arbitration-and-its-enforcement-in-myanmar