Learning & events

A tale of two 'seats' - Astro v Lippo case

Date TBA | La Trobe University City Campus

Tuesday, 11 September

5.30 - 6.00pm registration and networking
6.00 - 7.30pm presentation

Please join us to hear Albert Monichino Q.C. and Dr Ozlem Susler for a session on the case Astro Nusantara International BV v. PT Ayunda PrimaMitra [2018] HKCFA 12, in which the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal (overturning first instance and appeal decisions) refused to enforce a number of arbitral awards (totalling US $130 million) made in Singapore in favour of Astro (a Malaysian conglomerate) against Lippo (an Indonesian conglomerate) in respect of a failed joint venture. The Singapore Court of Appeal had earlier refused to enforce the awards in 2013 on the grounds of lack of jurisdiction. The arbitration was commenced in 2008, almost 10 years before the HKCFA decision.

Albert Monichino will analyse this long-running saga and distil the lessons to be learned from the Singapore and Hong Kong case law, in terms of jurisdiction and enforcement of awards. He will also discuss proposed amendments to the New Zealand Arbitration Act that seek to address some of the effects of the Singapore Court of Appeal decision, which is viewed by some commentators as impeding the efficiency of the arbitration process.

Dr Susler will comment on the case and its potential impact in Australia. She has also conducted research about the case in her latest article and will be moderating the presentation.

About the presenter and commentator

Albert Monichino QC - presenter

Albert Monichino Q.C. is a Chartered Arbitrator and Grade 1 Arbitrator on the Resolution Institute Panel of Arbitrators. He is listed in Doyle’s 2017 Guide as a Leading Arbitration Barrister in Australia. Albert has a general commercial litigation practice in the Supreme and Federal Courts, and also in commercial arbitrations (both domestic and international).

Dr Ozlem Susler - commentator

Dr Ozlem Susler is a researcher and lecturer at La Trobe law School where she co-ordinates and teaches international commercial arbitration and contract law in the JD programme. She holds a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London), an L.L.M. in Global Business Law and a doctorate in international commercial arbitration. Ozlem is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and a member of Ciarb.

Resolution Institute expresses appreciation to La Trobe University for their support of this event.