Singhania & Partners: Advancing Fully-customized, Trusted and Authorized Law Services

(As published in Insight Success Magazine’s online edition available on this link published by Ohio bases Insight Success Media Tech LLC  publishers.)

In the present scenario, law firms are in a race to broaden topline while technology is disrupting the entire game. The current state entails law firms to shift their professional replicas towards becoming expert and master in their preferred arenas and emerging practice areas. In a continuously evolving Indian market place, law firms with an entrepreneurial spirit and high-quality practice will thrive and prosper.

Singhania & Partners LLP (Ed. 1999) is one of the prominent full-service law firms in India headquartered in New Delhi and branch offices in Bangalore and Hyderabad. The law firm is the sole Indian member of TerraLex Inc. (USA), which is a global network of 600 law offices with more than 19,000 attorneys in over 100 countries that enable them to stay well connected to serve client’s interest in different jurisdictions with their pool of trusted attorneys.

They are highly recommended by Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and Asialaw in different practice areas. Their firm offers legal services in Corporate and Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Dispute Resolution (Litigation & Arbitration), Employment, Infrastructure, Intellectual Property, and Project Finance.

Truly inspiring Leader of Singhania & Partners

Ravi Singhania, Managing Partner of Singhania & Partners, instigated his own law firm after practicing law in New York for a few years. With over two decades in the profession, today he is rated amongst India’s top corporate-M&A, infrastructure, dispute resolution, and project finance lawyers. He provides legal advice as well as strategic inputs while drafting and negotiating contracts for complex transactions. Apart from being highly ranked amongst top legal luminaries of India in independent surveys conducted by Lexis Nexis Publications and Indian Corporate Counsels Association, he is also a board member in CRISIL Ltd. and Indian subsidiaries of numerous Fortune 500 companies.

Ravi Singhania and his team operate in a close knit environment and are well-coordinated to achieve client’s goal. Their lawyers have specialized expertise to serve clients’ needs. The firm provides ample informal interaction opportunities between different teams. It has specialized teams which are quickly able to adapt to work with full-service mentality and are willing to go beyond the scope of duty to ensure best interest of the clients. Their attorneys operate in a cost effective manner. “Judicious use of client’s resources is always our priority!”- Ravi asserts.

Placing Successful Strategies to Enrich Clients Base

“Client’s interest comes first!” keeping this in mind; Singhania & Partners provides practical and cost effective dispute resolution strategies. They aim of leading clients to innovative dispute resolution strategies and seek to ensure that they are able to resolve disputes rather than win cases that involve a huge cost. For the same, Ravi and his team work with contesting parties and opposite counsels to negotiate for the clients in an atmosphere of mutual cooperation.  Such skills help them deliver valuable, as well as effective services to their clients.

Singhania & Partners devote huge time and take great interest in understanding their client’s business as well as run legal services tailored to their business needs in a timely and efficient manner. Their focus lies in delivering finest solutions to the clients while striving to handle each matter as if they were representing themselves.

According to Ravi, the success of any professional services organization like theirs lies in ensuring

the best long-term interests of clients. Singhania & Partners successfully achieves this by ensuring interest and satisfaction of their internal clients. Their major focus is directed towards their work culture because each member of the team, including  highly trained associates, legal assistants and support staffs are critical to a client’s success. Members across all levels get the opportunity to prosper. They are an equal opportunity employer. For instance, one of their court clerks is now pursuing L.L.B from Delhi University and the firm is fully supportive of his educational pursuits.

Also,  number of individuals from the current young leadership in their firm has paved their way to the level of Associate Partners from trainee associates with utmost sincerity and dedication towards their profession. They owe this to a familial vibe at their workplaces which promotes honest and independent opportunities for one and all. Singhania & Partners’s work place promotes emotional support, provides encouragement and personal recognition to the firm’s members as desired.

Additionally, they enjoy great working relationship with member firms of TerraLex network and their attorneys. Thus, they are able to serve client’s needs in different jurisdictions.

Thriving Values that Signify firm’s Strength

While describing the firm’s values Ravi says, “For any professional services firm/ organization in the knowledge based industry, its people are the most critical success factor. We owe our success to specialist yet cross functional teams that interact with each other in an open, cordial and supportive atmosphere as and when required. We are valued by our clients because we provide stable teams and know how to communicate and are sensitive to their needs and concerns. Our focus is long term relationship development and value creation than short term material gains for both internal and external stakeholders.”

Future Prospects

Singhania & Partners sees expansion of office spaces and are looking forward to add more members to their teams. They anticipate the growth of their practice in the years to come in the area of India Entry Strategy, Infrastructure, Energy, E-commerce and Dispute Resolution areas.

They are also seeing themselves continuously delivering the highest quality legal services to their clients for a reasonable fee. To achieve the above objectives, Singhania & Partners is constantly investing in their resources to prepare them for future leadership roles as they see themselves incorporating new practice areas and opportunities to adapt to the growing and ever-changing needs of their clients.

Book Launch- Drafting of Contracts – Templates with Drafting Notes

The book launch of Drafting of Contracts – Templates with Drafting Notes is going to be held on 15 December 2017 at 7.30pm, Juniper Hall, India Habitat Center, Lodi Road, New Delhi.

Singhania & Partners  penned this book on drafting of contracts for Bloomsbury India Professionals. Drafting of Contracts  is an essential handy guide for any draftsman or in-house counsels. It contains the practical and usable templates that can serve as a prototype for the various contracts. It  also provides a sense about the purpose and critical points of the contract. For each of the chapters, along with the templates, there is an introduction and the drafting notes,  allowing a reader to grasp the essence and importance of the clauses.

It comprises of chapters on Partnership; Procurement of Goods and Services; Mergers, Acquisitions and Joint Ventures; Real Estate; Employment; Confidentiality; Franchise Business Model; Trademark; Patent; Copyright Publishing; Agency; Hire Purchase; Turnkey/EPC; and Project Finance. A chapter is exclusively devoted to the Dispute Resolution clause and covers its intricacies with respect to different contracts.

RSVP

priya@singhania.in / +91-11-4747 1437

To confirm your attendance at the  book launch event and receive a complimentary copy.

Key Provisions of International Arbitration Institutions

This is a ready reference of important provisions for some of the popular institutional arbitrations opted by parties around the world. Specifically important provisions of the following institutional arbitrations have been extracted:-

  1. London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  2. ICC International Court of Arbitration
  3. Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
  4. Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)

General Provisions Common to Most Institutional Arbitrations

A. Request for Arbitration

Generally in different international institutions administering arbitrations, the rules requesting for arbitration deal with a written request for arbitration by the Claimant to the Registrar containing all the required and relevant information within a specified period of time from the date of the commencement of arbitration. Some institutions also contain a provision for a written response to the said request by the opposite party.

B. Appointment of an Arbitrator and formation of the tribunal

Pursuant to request for arbitration received, the respective institutions constitute the tribunal for the Arbitration. The Arbitrator can either be a sole arbitrator or three arbitrators depending on the agreement between the parties. The various Institutions of arbitrations around the world consider the prospective arbitrator’s nationality, residence and other relationships with the countries of which the parties or the other arbitrators are nationals and the prospective arbitrator’s availability and ability to conduct the arbitration in accordance with the Rules, while appointing arbitrators.

C. Seat of Arbitration and Place(s) of Hearing

The law applicable to the Arbitration Agreement and the arbitration shall be the law applicable at the seat of the arbitration, unless and to the extent that the parties have agreed in writing on the application of other laws or rules of law and such agreement is not prohibited by the law applicable at the arbitral seat.

D. Interim Relief

As per the rules of most institutions, parties are at liberty to approach the tribunal for interim measures of protection, custody, preservation etc., which are necessary to protect their respective rights. Furthermore, almost all arbitration institutions allow parties to approach courts before during or after the formation of the tribunal. In the case of emergency at any time prior to the formation or expedited formation of the Arbitral Tribunal, any party may apply to the Court for the immediate appointment of a temporary sole arbitrator to conduct emergency proceedings pending the formation or expedited formation of the Arbitral Tribunal

E. Awards

The Arbitral Tribunal may make separate awards on different issues at different times, including interim payments on account of any claim or cross-claim (including Legal and Arbitration Costs). Such awards shall have the same status as any other award made by the Arbitral Tribunal.

Listed below is a ready reference of important provisions of different arbitration institutions around the globe:

  1. London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  2. ICC International Court of Arbitration
  3. Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
  4. Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)

Chinese state company to proceed with steel plant claim

(As reported by Global Arbitration Review, available for the subscribers on this link.)

An ICC sole arbitrator  has agreed to hear a claim by Chinese-state owned mining company Sino Steel against an Indian iron ore group, while declining to hear a counterclaim on limitation grounds.

The news came to light through a LinkedIn post published on 26 October by Singhania & Partners in New Delhi – the firm acting for Sino Steel in the case.

It read: “Our client Sino Steel won the award relating to [a] limitation issue in ICC arbitration against MSPL Ltd at Singapore. Sino Steel’s claims were held within limitation whereas respondent’s counterclaim [for] liquidated damages was held to be barred by limitation.”

Beijing-headquartered Sino Steel, which is China’s second largest importer of iron ore, will now proceed with its case against MSPL, the flagship company of the Baldota group, which was represented by Crest Law Partners.

Hearings are taking place in Singapore with Cameron Hassall – a partner at Clifford Chance in Hong Kong – as the sole arbitrator.

The dispute arose after Sino Steel assisted MSPL in the setting up of a steel plant in the Indian province of Karnataka. According to Sino Steel’s website, the companies signed a contract in 2008 to work on a 1.2-million-ton pelletising project – involving the compression or moulding of iron ore into the shape of a pellet in the initial stages of steel production.

Production started at the plant in March 2011.

Sino Steel alleges that MSPL has since failed to pay a performance guarantee provided for in the contract. The Chinese company insists it is entitled to the money as it completed its obligations and the period for guarantee has elapsed.

The company also wants payment for additional technical services that it had carried out on the plant.

MSPL’s counterclaims are understood to have been for liquidated damages and production losses.

The region of Karnataka in southwestern India has seven iron ore mines in total, two of which are operated by MSPL.

Sino Steel v MSPL Ltd 

Sole arbitrator

  • Cameron Hassell

Counsel to Sino Steel

  • Singhania & Partners

Partners Ravi Singhania and Shambhu Sharan; senior associate Gunjan Chhabra; and associate Shashaank Bhansali

Counsel to MSPL Ltd

Crest Law Partners

Key Provisions of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)

This is a ready reference for certain important provisions of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) opted by parties.

SECTION I. GENERAL RULES

Article 1 – Scope of Application

1.1 These Rules shall govern arbitrations where an arbitration agreement (whether entered into before or after a dispute has arisen) either: (a) provides for these Rules to apply; or (b) subject to Articles 1.2 and 1.3 below, provides for arbitration “administered by HKIAC” or words to similar effect.

1.2 Nothing in these Rules shall prevent parties to a dispute or arbitration agreement from naming HKIAC as appointing authority, or from requesting certain administrative services from HKIAC, without subjecting the arbitration to the provisions contained in these Rules. For the avoidance of doubt, these Rules shall not govern arbitrations where an arbitration agreement provides for arbitration under other rules, including other rules adopted by HKIAC from time to time.

1.3 Subject to Article 1.4, these Rules shall come into force on 1 November 2013 and, unless the parties have agreed otherwise, shall apply to all arbitrations falling within Article 1.1 in which the Notice of Arbitration is submitted on or after that date.

1.4 The provisions contained in Articles 23.1, 28, 29 and Schedule 4 shall not apply if the arbitration agreement was concluded before the date on which these Rules came into force, unless otherwise agreed by the parties.

SECTION II.COMMENCEMENT OF THE ARBITRATION

Article 4 – Notice of Arbitration

4.1 The party initiating recourse to arbitration (hereinafter called the “Claimant”) shall submit a Notice of Arbitration in writing to HKIAC at its address, facsimile number or email address.

4.2 An arbitration shall be deemed to commence on the date on which a copy of the Notice of Arbitration is received by HKIAC. For the avoidance of doubt, this date shall be determined in accordance with the provisions of Articles 2.1 and 2.2.

4.3 The Notice of Arbitration shall include the following: (a) a demand that the dispute be referred to arbitration; (b) the names and (in so far as known) the addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and email addresses of the parties and of their counsel; (c) a copy of the arbitration agreement(s) invoked; (d) a reference to the contract(s) or other legal instrument(s) out of or in relation to which the dispute arises; (e) a description of the general nature of the claim and an indication of the amount involved, if any; (f) the relief or remedy sought; (g) a proposal as to the number of arbitrators (i.e. one or three), if the parties have not previously agreed thereon; (h) the Claimant’s proposal regarding the designation of a sole arbitrator under Article 7, or the Claimant’s designation of an arbitrator under Article 8; and (i) confirmation that copies of the Notice of Arbitration and any exhibits included therewith have been or are being served simultaneously on all other parties (hereinafter called the “Respondent”) by one or more means of service to be identified in such confirmation.

4.4 The Notice of Arbitration shall be accompanied by payment, by cheque or transfer to the account of HKIAC, of the Registration Fee as required by Schedule 1.

4.5 The Notice of Arbitration shall be submitted in the language of the arbitration as agreed by the parties. If no agreement has been reached between the parties, the Notice of Arbitration shall be submitted in either English or Chinese.

4.6 The Notice of Arbitration may also include the Statement of Claim referred to in Article 16.

4.7 If the Notice of Arbitration is incomplete or if the Registration Fee is not paid, HKIAC may request the Claimant to remedy the defect within an appropriate period of time. If the Claimant complies with such directions within the applicable time limit, the arbitration shall be deemed to have commenced under Article 4.2 on the date the initial version was received by HKIAC. If the Claimant fails to comply, the Notice of Arbitration shall be deemed not to have been validly submitted and the arbitration shall be deemed not to have commenced under Article 4.2 without prejudice to the Claimant’s right to submit the same claim at a later date in a subsequent Notice of Arbitration.

4.8 The Claimant shall notify and lodge documentary verification with HKIAC of the date of receipt by Respondent of the Notice of Arbitration and any exhibits included therewith.

Article 5 – Answer to the Notice of Arbitration

5.1 Within 30 days from receipt of the Notice of Arbitration, the Respondent shall submit to HKIAC an Answer to the Notice of Arbitration. This Answer to the Notice of Arbitration shall include the following: (a) the name, address, telephone and fax numbers, and email address of the Respondent and of its counsel (if different from the description contained in the Notice of Arbitration); (b) any plea that an arbitral tribunal constituted under these Rules lacks jurisdiction; (c) the Respondent’s comments on the particulars set forth in the Notice of Arbitration, pursuant to Article 4.3(e); (d) the Respondent’s answer to the relief or remedy sought in the Notice of Arbitration, pursuant to Article 4.3(f); (e) the Respondent’s proposal as to the number of arbitrators (i.e. one or three), if the parties have not previously agreed thereon; (f) the parties’ joint designation of a sole arbitrator under Article 7 or the Respondent’s designation of an arbitrator under Article 8; and (g) confirmation that copies of the Answer to the Notice of Arbitration and any exhibits included therewith have been or are being served simultaneously on all other parties to the arbitration by one or more means of service to be identified in such confirmation.

5.2 The Answer to the Notice of Arbitration shall be submitted in the language of the arbitration as agreed by the parties. If no agreement has been reached between the parties, the Answer to the Notice of Arbitration shall be submitted in either English or Chinese.

5.3 The Answer to the Notice of Arbitration may also include the Statement of Defence referred to in Article 17, if the Notice of Arbitration contained the Statement of Claim referred to in Article 16.

5.4 Any counterclaim or set-off defence shall to the extent possible be raised with the Respondent’s Answer to the Notice of Arbitration, which should include in relation to any such counterclaim or set-off defence:

a reference to the contract(s) or other legal instrument(s) out of or in relation to which it arises;

a description of the general nature of the counterclaim and/or set-off defence and an indication of the amount involved, if any;

the relief or remedy sought.

5.5 If no counterclaim or set-off defence is raised with the Respondent’s Answer to the Notice of Arbitration, or if there is no indication of the amount of the counterclaim or set-off, HKIAC shall rely upon the information provided by the Claimant pursuant to Article 4.3(e) for its determination of: (a) HKIAC’s Administrative Fees referred to in Article 33.1(f) and Schedule 1; (b) the arbitral tribunal’s fees (where Article 10.1(b) and Schedule 3 applies); and (c) whether the provisions of Article 41 (the “Expedited Procedure”) may be applicable.

5.6 Once the Registration Fee has been paid and the arbitral tribunal has been confirmed, HKIAC shall transmit the file to the arbitral tribunal.

SECTION III.THE ARBITRAL TRIBUNAL

Article 6 – Number of Arbitrators

6.1 If the parties have not agreed upon the number of arbitrators, HKIAC shall decide whether the case shall be referred to a sole arbitrator or to three arbitrators, taking into account the circumstances of the case.

6.2 Where a case is handled under an Expedited Procedure in accordance with Article 41, the provisions of Article 41.2(a) and (b) shall apply.

Article 7 – Appointment of a Sole Arbitrator

7.1 Unless the parties have agreed otherwise and subject to Articles 9, 10, 11.1 to 11.4: (a) where the parties have agreed that the dispute shall be referred to a sole arbitrator, they shall jointly designate the sole arbitrator within 30 days from the date when the Notice of Arbitration was received by the Respondent; (b) where the parties have not agreed upon the number of arbitrators and HKIAC has decided that the dispute shall be referred to a sole arbitrator, the parties shall jointly designate the sole arbitrator within 30 days from the date when HKIAC’s decision was received by the last of them.

7.2 If the parties fail to designate the sole arbitrator within the applicable time limit, HKIAC shall appoint the sole arbitrator.

Article 8 – Appointment of Three Arbitrators

8.1 Where a dispute between two parties is referred to three arbitrators, the arbitral tribunal shall be constituted as follows unless the parties have agreed otherwise:

where the parties have agreed that the dispute shall be referred to three arbitrators, each party shall designate, in the Notice of Arbitration and the Answer to the Notice of Arbitration, respectively, one arbitrator. If either party fails to designate an arbitrator, HKIAC shall appoint the arbitrator;

where the parties have not agreed upon the number of arbitrators and HKIAC has decided that the dispute shall be referred to three arbitrators, the Claimant shall designate an arbitrator within 15 days from receipt of HKIAC’s decision, and the Respondent shall designate an arbitrator within 15 days from receipt of notification of the Claimant’s designation. If a party fails to designate an arbitrator, HKIAC shall appoint the arbitrator;

the two arbitrators so appointed shall designate a third arbitrator who shall act as the presiding arbitrator of the arbitral tribunal. Failing such designation within 30 days from the confirmation of the second arbitrator, HKIAC shall appoint the presiding arbitrator.

8.2 Where there are more than two parties to the arbitration and the dispute is to be referred to three arbitrators, the arbitral tribunal shall be constituted as follows unless the parties have agreed otherwise:

the Claimant or group of Claimants shall designate an arbitrator and the Respondent or group of Respondents shall designate an arbitrator in accordance with the procedure in Article 8.1(a) or (b), as applicable;

if the parties have designated arbitrators in accordance with Article 8.2(a), the procedure in Article 8.1(c) shall apply to the designation of the presiding arbitrator;

In the event of any failure to designate arbitrators under Article 8.2(a) or if the parties do not all agree in writing that they represent two separate sides (as Claimant(s) and Respondent(s) respectively) for the purposes of designating arbitrators, HKIAC may appoint all members of the arbitral tribunal without regard to any party’s designation.

8.3 Appointment of the arbitral tribunal pursuant to Article 8.1 or 8.2 shall be subject to Articles 9, 10 and 11.1 to 11.4.

Article 9 – Confirmation of the Arbitral Tribunal

9.1 All designations of any arbitrator, whether made by the parties or the arbitrators, are subject to confirmation by HKIAC, upon which the appointments shall become effective.

9.2 The designation of an arbitrator shall be confirmed on the terms of: (a) Schedule 2; or (b) Schedule 3; as applicable, in accordance with Article 10 and subject to any variations agreed by all parties and any changes HKIAC considers appropriate.

Article 14 – Seat and Venue of the Arbitration

14.1 The parties may agree on the seat of arbitration. Where there is no agreement as to seat the seat of arbitration shall be Hong Kong, unless the arbitral tribunal determines, having regard to the circumstances of the case, that another seat is more appropriate.

14.2 Unless the parties have agreed otherwise, the arbitral tribunal may meet at any location outside of the seat of arbitration which it considers appropriate for consultation among its members, hearing witnesses, experts or the parties, or the inspection of goods, other property or documents. The arbitration shall nonetheless be treated for all purposes as an arbitration conducted at the seat.

Article 19 – Jurisdiction of the Arbitral Tribunal

19.1 The arbitral tribunal may rule on its own jurisdiction under these Rules, including any objections with respect to the existence, validity or scope of the arbitration agreement(s).

19.2 The arbitral tribunal shall have the power to determine the existence or the validity of the contract of which an arbitration clause forms a part. For the purposes of Article 19, an arbitration clause which forms part of a contract and which provides for arbitration under these Rules shall be treated as an agreement independent of the other terms of the contract. A decision by the arbitral tribunal that the contract is null and void shall not necessarily entail the invalidity of the arbitration clause.

19.3 A plea that the arbitral tribunal does not have jurisdiction shall be raised if possible in the Answer to the Notice of Arbitration, and shall be raised no later than in the Statement of Defence referred to in Article 17, or, with respect to a counterclaim, in the Reply to the Counterclaim. A party is not precluded from raising such a plea by the fact that it has designated, or participated in the designation of, an arbitrator. A plea that the arbitral tribunal is exceeding the scope of its authority shall be raised as soon as the matter alleged to be beyond the scope of its authority is raised during the arbitration. The arbitral tribunal may, in either case, admit a later plea if it considers the delay justified.

19.4 If a question arises as to the existence, validity or scope of the arbitration agreement(s) or to the competence of HKIAC to administer an arbitration before the constitution of the arbitral tribunal, HKIAC may decide whether and to what extent the arbitration shall proceed. The arbitration shall proceed if and to the extent that HKIAC is satisfied, prima facie, that an arbitration agreement under the Rules may exist. Any question as to the jurisdiction of the arbitral tribunal shall be decided by the arbitral tribunal once confirmed pursuant to Article 19.1.

19.5 HKIAC’s decision pursuant to Article 19.4 is without prejudice to the admissibility or merits of any party’s pleas.

Article 23 – Interim Measures of Protection and Emergency Relief

23.1 A party may apply for urgent interim or conservatory relief (the “Emergency Relief”) prior to the constitution of the arbitral tribunal pursuant to the procedures set out in Schedule 4 (the “Emergency Arbitrator Procedures”).

23.2 At the request of either party, the arbitral tribunal may order any interim measures it deems necessary or appropriate.

23.3 An interim measure, whether in the form of an order or award or in another form, is any temporary measure ordered by the arbitral tribunal at any time prior to the issuance of the award by which the dispute is finally decided, that a party, for example and without limitation:

maintain or restore the status quo pending determination of the dispute;

take action that would prevent, or refrain from taking action that is likely to cause, current or imminent harm or prejudice to the arbitral process itself;

provide a means of preserving assets out of which a subsequent award may be satisfied; or (d) preserve evidence that may be relevant and material to the resolution of the dispute.

23.4 When deciding a party’s request for an interim measure under Article 23.2, the arbitral tribunal shall take into account the circumstances of the case. Relevant factors may include, but are not limited to:

harm not adequately reparable by an award of damages is likely to result if the measure is not ordered, and such harm substantially outweighs the harm that is likely to result to the party against whom the measure is directed if the measure is granted; and

there is a reasonable possibility that the requesting party will succeed on the merits of the claim. The determination on this possibility shall not affect the discretion of the arbitral tribunal in making any subsequent determination.

23.5 The arbitral tribunal may modify, suspend or terminate an interim measure it has granted, upon application of any party or, in exceptional circumstances and upon prior notice to the parties, on the arbitral tribunal’s own initiative.

23.6 The arbitral tribunal may require the party requesting an interim measure to provide appropriate security in connection with the measure.

23.7 The arbitral tribunal may require any party promptly to disclose any material change in the circumstances on the basis of which an interim measure was requested or granted.

23.8 The party requesting an interim measure may be liable for any costs and damages caused by the measure to any party if the arbitral tribunal later determines that, in the circumstances then prevailing, the measure should not have been granted. The arbitral tribunal may award such costs and damages at any point during the arbitration.

23.9 A request for interim measures addressed by any party to a competent judicial authority shall not be deemed incompatible with the arbitration agreement(s), or as a waiver thereof.

SCHEDULE 4

Emergency Arbitrator

1. A party requiring Emergency Relief may, concurrent with or following the filing of a Notice of Arbitration but prior to the constitution of the arbitral tribunal, submit an application (the “Application”) for the appointment of an emergency arbitrator (the “Emergency Arbitrator”) to HKIAC.

2.  The Application shall be submitted in accordance with any of the means specified in Article 2.1 of the Rules. The Application shall include the following information:

the names and (in so far as known) the addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and email addresses of the parties to the Application and of their counsel;

a description of the circumstances giving rise to the Application and of the underlying dispute referred to arbitration;

a statement of the Emergency Relief sought;

the reasons why the applicant needs the Emergency Relief on an urgent basis that cannot await the constitution of an arbitral tribunal;

the reasons why the applicant is entitled to such Emergency Relief;

any relevant agreement(s) and, in particular, the arbitration agreement(s);

comments on the language, the seat of the Emergency Relief proceedings, and the applicable law;

confirmation of payment, by cheque or transfer to the account of HKIAC, of the amount referred to in paragraph 6 of this Schedule (the “Application Deposit”); and

confirmation that copies of the Application and any exhibits included therewith have been or are being served simultaneously on all other parties to the arbitration by one or more means of service to be identified in such confirmation.

3. The Application may contain such other documents or information as the applicant considers appropriate or as may contribute to the efficient examination of the Application.

4.   Two copies of the Application shall be provided, one copy for the Emergency Arbitrator and one copy for HKIAC.

5.  If HKIAC determines that it should accept the Application, HKIAC shall seek to appoint an Emergency Arbitrator within two days after receipt of both the Application and the Application Deposit.

6. The Application Deposit is the amount set by HKIAC, as stated on HKIAC’s website on the date the Application is submitted. The Application Deposit consists of HKIAC’s administrative expenses and the Emergency Arbitrator’s fees and expenses. The Emergency Arbitrator’s fees shall be determined by HKIAC by reference to his or her hourly rate subject to the terms set out in Schedule 2. HKIAC may, at any time during the Emergency Relief proceedings, decide to increase the Emergency Arbitrator’s fees or HKIAC’s administrative expenses, taking into account, inter alia, the nature of the case and the nature and amount of work performed by the Emergency Arbitrator and HKIAC. If the party which submitted the Application fails to pay the increased fees and/or expenses within the time limit fixed by HKIAC, the Application shall be dismissed.

7.    Once the Emergency Arbitrator has been appointed, HKIAC shall so notify the parties to the Application and shall transmit the file to the Emergency Arbitrator. Thereafter, all written communications from the parties shall be submitted directly to the Emergency Arbitrator with a copy to the other party to the Application and HKIAC. A copy of any written communications from the Emergency Arbitrator to the parties shall also be copied to HKIAC.

8.    Article 11 of the Rules shall apply to the Emergency Arbitrator, except that the time limits set out in Articles 11.7 and 11.9 are shortened to three days.

9.    Where an Emergency Arbitrator dies, has been successfully challenged, has been otherwise removed, or has resigned, HKIAC shall seek to appoint a substitute Emergency Arbitrator within two days. If an Emergency Arbitrator withdraws or a party agrees to terminate an Emergency Arbitrator’s appointment under paragraph 8 of this Schedule, no acceptance of the validity of any ground referred to in Article 11.6 of the Rules shall be implied. If the Emergency Arbitrator is replaced, the Emergency Relief proceedings shall resume at the stage where the Emergency Arbitrator was replaced or ceased to perform his or her functions, unless the substitute Emergency Arbitrator decides otherwise.

10.    If the parties have agreed on the seat of arbitration, such seat shall be the seat of the Emergency Relief proceedings. Where the parties have not agreed on the seat of arbitration, and without prejudice to the arbitral tribunal’s determination of the seat of arbitration pursuant to Article 14.1 of the Rules, the seat of the Emergency Relief proceedings shall be Hong Kong.

11.    Taking into account the urgency inherent in the Emergency Relief proceedings and ensuring that each party has a reasonable opportunity to be heard on the Application, the Emergency Arbitrator may conduct such proceedings in such a manner as the Emergency Arbitrator considers appropriate. The Emergency Arbitrator shall have the power to rule on objections that the Emergency Arbitrator has no jurisdiction, including any objections with respect to the existence, validity or scope of the arbitration clause(s) or of the separate arbitration agreement(s), and shall resolve any disputes over the applicability of this Schedule.

12.    Any decision, order or award of the Emergency Arbitrator on the Application (the “Emergency Decision”) shall be made within fifteen days from the date on which HKIAC transmitted the file to the Emergency Arbitrator. This period of time may be extended by agreement of the parties or, in appropriate circumstances, by HKIAC.

13.    The Emergency Decision may be made even if in the meantime the file has been transmitted to the arbitral tribunal.

14.    Any Emergency Decision shall:

be made in writing;

state the date when it was made and summary reasons upon which the Emergency Decision is based (including a determination on whether the Application is admissible under Article 23.1 of the Rules and whether the Emergency Arbitrator has jurisdiction to grant the Emergency Relief); and

be signed by the Emergency Arbitrator.

15.    Any Emergency Decision shall fix the costs of the Emergency Relief proceedings and decide which of the parties shall bear them or in what proportion they shall be borne by the parties, subject always to the power of the arbitral tribunal to determine finally the apportionment of such costs in accordance with Article 33 of the Rules. The costs of the Emergency Relief proceedings include HKIAC’s administrative expenses, the Emergency Arbitrator’s fees and expenses and the reasonable and other legal costs incurred by the parties for the Emergency Relief proceedings.

16.    Any Emergency Decision shall have the same effect as an interim measure granted pursuant to Article 23 of the Rules and shall be binding on the parties when rendered. By agreeing to arbitration under these Rules, the parties undertake to comply with any Emergency Decision without delay.

17.    The Emergency Arbitrator shall be entitled to order the provision of appropriate security by the party seeking Emergency Relief.

18.    Any Emergency Decision may, upon a reasoned request by a party, be modified, suspended or terminated by the Emergency Arbitrator or the arbitral tribunal (once constituted).

19.    Any Emergency Decision ceases to be binding:

if the Emergency Arbitrator or the arbitral tribunal so decides;

upon the arbitral tribunal rendering a final award, unless the arbitral tribunal expressly decides otherwise;

upon the withdrawal of all claims or the termination of the arbitration before the rendering of a final award; or

if the arbitral tribunal is not constituted within 90 days from the date of the Emergency Decision. This period of time may be extended by agreement of the parties or, in appropriate circumstances, by HKIAC.

20.    Subject to paragraph 13 of this Schedule, the Emergency Arbitrator shall have no further power to act once the arbitral tribunal is constituted.

21.    The Emergency Arbitrator may not act as arbitrator in any arbitration relating to the dispute that gave rise to the Application and in respect of which the Emergency Arbitrator has acted, unless otherwise agreed by the parties to the arbitration.

22.    The Emergency Arbitrator Procedures are not intended to prevent any party from seeking urgent interim or conservatory measures from a competent judicial authority at any time.

23.    In all matters not expressly provided for in this Schedule, the Emergency Arbitrator shall act in the spirit of the Rules.

24.    The Emergency Arbitrator shall make every reasonable effort to ensure that an Emergency Decision is valid.