Christopher Bloch is an associate in the International Dispute Resolution Practice Group, based in our Singapore office. He represents parties in international arbitration proceedings, with significant experience in the Asia Pacific region.

    Before joining the firm, Christopher was a member of the Secretariat of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). At SIAC, he oversaw the administration of approximately 250 international arbitrations proceeding under the SIAC and UNCITRAL Rules related to a broad spectrum of industries, including energy, construction, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and shipping/shipbuilding. He assisted the SIAC Court in the drafting of the 2016 revision to the SIAC Rules, as well as the 2017 SIAC Investment Arbitration Rules.

    Prior to his time in the SIAC Secretariat, Christopher worked as an associate in the international arbitration group of a leading US law firm in Singapore and in the physical oil and gas trading group at an investment bank in New York. He has also served as a tribunal secretary in the chambers of an independent arbitrator in Singapore and is a member of the Young ICCA Task Force on the Appointment and Use of Arbitral Secretaries and co-author of the Young ICCA Guide on the Use and Appointment of Arbitral Secretaries.

    During law school, he was a member of the Editorial Board of the Pace Law Review, the President of the Student Bar Association, practiced pro bono securities arbitration at the Pace Investor Rights Clinic, and worked as a research scholar at the Institute of International Commercial Law.

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    • Acted for a production sharing contractor in an ICC arbitration in Paris involving more than a dozen other parties concerning LNG sales and supply agreements in Indonesia. Amount in dispute well over US$100 million.
    • Acted for a software developer in an SIAC arbitration in Singapore against an energy trading company arising out of the development and implementation of a customized trading platform (ETRM). Amount in dispute over US$10 million.
    • Acted in an ICC arbitration in Singapore against an Asian telecommunications company concerning a dispute arising over the design of a satellite communications project.

    Education

    • Pace University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2010
    • Loyola College in Maryland, B.A., 2006

    Admissions

    • New York, 2011
    • Singapore (Registered Foreign Lawyer)

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    Publications

    • Co-author, “The Third-Party Funding Framework: The Ever-Evolving Singapore,” Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration Blog, March 2017.
    • Co-author, Young ICCA Guide on Arbitral Secretaries, ICCA Reports No. 1, 2014.
    • Co-author, “ICC Hybrid Arbitrations Here to Stay: Singapore Courts’ Treatment of the ICC Rules Revisions in Articles 1(2) & 6(2),” 31 Journal of International Arbitration 393, 2014.
    • Co-author, “Drafting Step Clauses: An Empirical Look at Practicality & Legality,” Institute of International Commercial Law, 2010.
    • Co-author, “Cross-Border Commerce and Online Dispute Resolution: Emerging International Legislative & Systemic Developments,” N.Y. Dispute Resolution Lawyer, 2010.
    • Co-author, “Arbitration Case Law Update 2011,” Securities Arbitration, Practicing Law Institute, 2011.

    Speaking Engagements

    • Presenter, “The Launch of the Omani Centre of International Arbitration,” Oman Chamber of Commerce & Industry, February 2019.
    • Panelist, “Managing Investor Risks – International Arbitration,” Energy Council’s APAC Energy Assembly, January 2019.
    • Panelist, “Hot Topics in International Arbitration,” HIALSA Seminar, Harvard Law School, November 2018.
    • Guest Lecturer, “Institutional Perspective to International Arbitration: SIAC,” National University of Singapore, September 2018.
    • Panelist, “SIAC-CIArb Workshop Series: Arbitration at the SIAC: The Inside Track,” CIArb Singapore, 2018.
    • Panelist, “Document Management & Production in International Arbitration,” Young ICCA Skills Training Workshop, 2017.
    • Panelist, “Introducing a New Framework for Selecting a Dispute Resolution Mechanism,” Corporate Counsel Forum, 2017.
    • Panelist, “Ethical & Cultural Issues in International Arbitration,” AFIA’s 48th International Arbitration Symposium, 2017.
    • Guest Lecturer, “Institutional & Ad Hoc Arbitration,” Pace University School of Law, 2017.
    • Host, “Evolution and Innovation: Keeping Pace with the Future of Arbitration,” Young SIAC Conference, 2017.
    • Panelist, “The Role of Arbitral Secretaries,” Georgetown Law Center International Arbitration Month, 2016.
    • Panelist, “Perspectives on the Use of Arbitral Secretaries: A Debate and Discussion,” Freshfields London, 2015.
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