Workshop on Management of risks and disputes in prominent energy project – Toward sustainable energy development in Vietnam

Duration: 1.30 pm  – 5.30 pm

Venue: Caravelle Saigon, 19-23 Lam Son Square, District 1, HoChiMinh City, Vietnam

Format: In-person event


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Disputes in the energy sector present a range of challenges for stakeholders in the industry. Construction and energy sector disputes undeniably dominate international arbitration both in number and value, with the highest value arbitral awards arising from arbitrations in these fields.

Furthermore, policy and regulatory risks appear to represent a major barrier for renewable energy investments, while at the same time, insurance coverage or alternative risk mitigation is strongly limited. This emphasizes the need for new risk transfer solutions to ensure a sustainable growth of renewable energy.

Vietnam is also on the list of countries with great potential to invest in new renewable energy sources such as solar, wind power, biomass electricity, dual-sea electricity and Biogas in addition to available energy sources such as Liquefied Natural Gas, Hydroelectricity and coal power. Taking advantage of the existing potential, management of risk and disputes resolution in the energy sector is the way toward sustainable energy development in Vietnam.


1.00 pm – 1.20 pm Registration
1.20 pm – 1.30 pm Welcome remarks
Representative of Vietnam International Arbitration Centre (VIAC)

Session 01: Legal framework for deployment of energy projects and dispute resolutions – Vietnamese & regional contexts

1.30 pm – 2.30 pm Representative from Ministry of Industry and Trade
Representative from Ministry of Planning and Investment
Mr Bac Chau | Vice Secretary General of VIAC
Mr Neil Nucup | Senior Counsel of Permanent Court of Arbitration
2.30 pm – 3.00 pm Discussion

Moderator: Mr. Truong Trong Nghia | Partner, YKVN

3.00 pm – 3.10 pm Tea break

Session 02: Legal risks & dispute management in conventional energy projects – Insiders’ views

3:10 pm – 4.10 pm Ms Amanda Lees | Partner, King & Wood Mallesons
  Ms. Shamila Neelakandan | Partner, HKA
  Mr Matthew Finn | Senior Managing Director, Ankura
  Dr Colin Ong KC | Senior Partner, Dr. Colin Ong Legal Services
  Ms Quynh Anh Ngo | Managing Partner, EPLegal
4.10 pm – 4.40 pm Discussion

Moderator Chou Sean Yu | Partner, Wong Partnership

Session 03: Renewable energy projects (solar, onshore/offshore wind power, waste-to-energy, biomass) – Foresee the risks and potential disputes

4.40 pm – 5.25 pm Mr Giandomenico Zappia | CEO of Enel Green Power Vietnam, Board member of EUROCHAM
  Mr Kazuhide Ohya | Partner, Nishimura&Asahi  
  Mr Tigran Ter-Martirosyan| Director of Accuracy
 5.25 pm – 5:55 Discussion

Moderator: Mr Nguyen Ngoc Minh | Dzungsrt & Associates

5.55 pm – 6.00 pm Closing remark
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