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A Profile of the Singapore Mediation Centre

The Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC) is a nonprofit organization established in 1997 to provide commercial mediation services. It is structured as a company limited by guarantee of the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL). The SMC was launched by the Honourable Chief Justice Yong Pung How on 16 August 1997.

With the support of the Singapore Judiciary, the SAL, the Ministry of Law (MinLaw) and various professional and trade associations, the SMC has successfully spearheaded the mediation movement in Singapore and continues to promote the use of mediation and other nonconfrontational dispute-resolution methods.

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Chapter 15 Petition Results in Order Granting Recognition as a Foreign Main Proceeding

On Dec. 7, 2005, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Burton R. Lifland (S.D.N.Y.) entered the attached order granting recognition as a foreign main proceeding, and the relief requested by the petition filed under chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code by Jeffrey John Lloyed as foreign representative in ad of a scheme of arrangement sanctioned by the High Court of Justice of England and Wales pursuant to §425 of the Companies Act of 1985 of Great Britain.

The remaining documents filed in the U.S. chapter 15 proceeding may be viewed via PACER through the web site of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York: The case number is 05-60100 (brl).

Agenda for the 2006 Annual Spring Meeting

International, Litigation and the Young and New Members Committee will join forces to present a fun, cutting-edge program entitled “Dueling International Courtrooms.″ The program will showcase U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Barry Russell (C.D. Calif.) and Superior Court Judge J.M. Farley (Toronto) battling over a recognition of a foreign proceeding and determination of a debtor's center of main interest under chapter 15 and Canada's BIA.

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Summary of Court Cases Resolved Through Mediation, ADR: Trends and Other Mechanisms, Aternative Dispute Resolution