As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a profound impact on businesses, companies have started to look at the medium- to long-term implications of this crisis. We have seen how various industries are embracing and accelerating digital transformation as a way to achieve operational efficiencies, meet business demands and in avoiding, mitigating and resolving disputes during this time. 

We invite you to join us on Friday, 21 May 2021 as we take a closer look at the future of disputes in Asia Pacific. Our 90-minute webinar features a panel discussion on the “Digital Transformation of Disputes” and will cover the following themes:

  • Technology and artificial intelligence in dispute resolution
  • Impact of digital disruption in business – risks and potential disputes
  • Cybersecurity risks

Following the plenary, Baker McKenzie partners and principals across the region will host two breakout sessions for an in-depth discussion on the present developments and trends in the key areas. We welcome your participation in these discussions by sending us any questions you would like us to address during the session. You may send your questions via email to Cristina Akot.

Ask the Experts:
Breakout session 1
Ask the Experts:
Breakout session 2
International arbitration; or Cross-border litigationConsumer activism, class actions and litigation funding; or Investigation of non-compliance; or Restructuring & Insolvency

You can view the full agenda and speaker line up here.

Please click here to join the webinar and register for your preferred breakout sessions.

You can also watch the video chat series here.

Nandakumar Ponniya

Nandakumar (Kumar) Ponniya heads the Dispute Resolution Practice of Baker & McKenzie in the Asia-Pacific. Kumar is listed as a leading international arbitration lawyer in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 and was also named a Litigation Star in the Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific 2020. Chambers Asia Pacific 2021 quotes “the ‘well respected’ Nandakumar Ponniya for having led commercial and investment arbitrations and notes that he is especially recognised for his focus on construction and contractual issues. He has also been described by clients as being “intellectually sharp and street smart” (Legal 500) and "very savvy and well connected" (Chambers Global). Further, he has been recognised for being "sensitive to commercial realities” (Chambers Asia Pacific) and providing "practical, on the ground advice that clients need” (Legal 500). Kumar is a member of the Expert Panel of the Centre for Cross-Border Commercial Law in Asia (CEBCLA) and is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He serves on statutory tribunals such as the Income Tax Review Board and the Law Society’s Inquiry Panel. In addition, Kumar also serves as an adjunct assistant professor at the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Management University, where he conducts the International Projects Practice and Law as well as the International Construction Law course. Kumar has a broad focus on dispute resolution with specialist expertise in international arbitration, commercial litigation, and corporate restructuring and insolvency. His particular areas of industry focus include construction, technology, energy and financial services. With more than 20 years of experience, Kumar has an in-depth understanding of the legal and regulatory frameworks of the major Asian markets. His wealth of experience is drawn from handling disputes for government, state-owned enterprises, multi-national corporations and regional industry leads arising from a variety of commercial transactions and investments, as well as complex engineering and development projects in Singapore, ASEAN and the wider Asia Pacific region.