ICDR And SIAC Open Singapore Office – American Arbitration Association

Manuel P. (Jun) Bautista, Jr. Appointed As Director To Expand Business Development In Asia

NEW YORK, October 15, 2007 -LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – The International Centre for Dispute Resolution® (ICDR), the international division of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the leading arbitral institution in Asia, jointly announced today that the ICDR Singapore office will officially open its doors October 17, 2007, coinciding with the start of the annual International Bar Association (IBA) conference. It was also announced that Manuel P. (Jun) Bautista, Jr. will serve as director of the office.

“This is a major step towards the establishment of Singapore as a leading arbitration center in Asia,” said Richard W. Naimark, senior vice president, ICDR. “The demand for alternative dispute resolution in Asia is on the rise, the ICDR saw its Asian caseload increase by 34 percent last year, from 100 cases in 2005 to 134 in 2006.”

Professor Lawrence Boo, deputy chairman, SIAC added, ”We are delighted to be taking our joint venture with ICDR to the next level. With the recruitment of Jun, we hope to further reach out to US companies doing business with Asia. Outside the Asian region, US parties continue to be the largest user of SIAC arbitration and I am confident that ICDR Singapore will enhance institutional arbitration services for them in Singapore.”

Mr. Bautista previously worked as a law firm associate in the Philippines and served as a Law Clerk to Justice Conchita Carpio Morales of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.
He holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from New York University School of Law and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the University of the Philippines, College of Law. Mr. Bautista is admitted to the Bar in New York and the Philippines.

About the ICDR
The International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) was established in 1996 as the international division of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) to further enhance the delivery of conflict resolution services around the globe. In May 2001, the ICDR opened a European office in Dublin, Ireland to better serve the growing number of users in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In February 2006, the ICDR opened an office in Mexico City, Mexico through a joint venture with the Mediation and Arbitration Commission of the Mexico City National Chamber of Commerce (CANACO). In October 2007, the ICDR opened an office in Singapore through a joint venture with the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). As a full-service global conflict management provider, the ICDR administers worldwide dispute resolution proceedings under a set of rules consistently applied by the ICDR, rather than under numerous sets of national rules applied by unfamiliar foreign court systems. Please visit us at www.icdr.org.

About the SIAC:
The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) is a leading arbitral institution in Asia. It offers parties a neutral and independent forum to resolve their commercial disputes and provides the necessary institutional support. Established in 1991, SIAC has managed over 1000 cases, involving parties from the Americas, Europe, Asia and other parts of the world. Two-thirds of these cases involve non-Singaporean parties. SIAC provides the following services: it helps parties to appoint their arbitrator when they are unable to agree; it manages all the financial accounts between parties and the arbitrator according to published transparent guidelines; it monitors and supervises the progress of the arbitration; and it assists parties in arranging the logistics, facilities and services for the arbitration.

Wayne Kessler, Vice President, Corporate Communications
American Arbitration Association
(212) 716-3975

Sabiha Shiraz, Registrar
Singapore International Arbitration Centre
(65) 6334 1277

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