Mediation Seminar in Bangalore, India and MOU with the Indian Institute of Arbitration and Mediation

10 September 2015

The Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC) partnered with local Indian mediation organisations – the Centre for Advanced Mediation Practice (CAMP) and the Indian Institute of Arbitration and Mediation (IIAM) – to organise a mediation seminar in Bangalore on 10 September 2015.

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The seminar featured a presentation by SIMC Chairman, Edwin Glasgow QC titled “Building Bridges Through International Mediation – Perspectives from Singapore and a panel discussion moderated by Mr S Ramaswamy, Chair of the GC Section, Indian National Bar Association on the theme “Mediation – Critical Tool to Resolve Corporate Disputes“. The panellists came with a wealth of experience and featured corporate counsel, mediators, disputes lawyers and combinations of all of the above, including:

  • Ms Kavitha Gupta, Senior Counsel – APAC, Hitachi Consulting
  • Mr Samuel Mani, Advisor, Centre for Advanced Mediation Practice and formerly Head of Legal, Infosys Limited
  • Mr Lomesh Kiran Nidumuri, Partner, IndusLaw
  • Mr G Shivadass, Principal Partner, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan
  • Mr Anil Xavier, President, IIAM

Edwin’s presentation set the tone for a lively discussion on lessons that could be drawn from the Singapore experience in both domestic and international mediation and whether these could inform the experience of India. In particular, the audience was interested in when mediation would be suitable, the benefits of mediation and arb-med-arb clauses, how to appoint the right mediator, how to be trained as mediators and how mediators and mediation institutions can maintain credibility and assure quality to users.

The interest in mediation generated was palpable. During the dinner and networking session that followed, many of the approximately 80 participants continued to seek out the panellists and other representatives from CAMP, IIAM and SIMC to ask further questions and carry out discussions.

In addition, SIMC and IIAM took the opportunity to sign a Memorandum of Understanding, pledging to, among other things, continue in their cooperation to promote commercial mediation in India.

SIMC would like to thank its co-organisers CAMP and IIAM for their unstinting support and dedication to the success of the event.

SIMC was also in Delhi and Mumbai for seminars on 7 and 9 September, which you can read more about here.