Fountain Court Chambers

London & Singapore

Christine Artero

Christine is an independent arbitrator, Door Tenant of Fountain Court Chambers (London and Singapore), and full-time Resident at The Arbitration Chambers (Singapore).

A dual-qualified lawyer, she is educated in both the civil law and the common law traditions, and she is admitted to the Paris Bar and as a solicitor in England and Wales.  Christine has extensive experience in international arbitration, and a substantial practice in Asia and in Europe.  She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.

Christine has served as arbitrator in arbitrations under the rules of the ICC, SIAC, LCIA, HKIAC and KCAB as well as in ad hoc arbitrations.  She has also acted as sole arbitrator in expedited proceedings.

Her experience spans a broad range of commercial disputes, including joint venture and shareholder disputes, fraud cases,  construction and infrastructure projects, shipping, shipbuilding, heavy machinery manufacturing, agency and distributorship agreements, sale of goods and general contractual disputes. She has handled issues in relation to the law applicable to the contract, the seat of arbitration and challenges to jurisdiction, applications for joinder, consolidation and security for costs, and she has conducted several arbitrations with non-participating respondents.

Prior to launching her career as independent arbitrator, Christine practised international arbitration at Shearman & Sterling in London. Thereafter, she joined the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) as counsel where she oversaw the administration of over 200 arbitrations. In 2014, Christine moved to Singapore where she joined The Arbitration Chambers and was appointed Tribunal Secretary to over 80 arbitral tribunals under all major arbitral institutions (including ICC, HKIAC, LCIA, SIAC, ICDR and KLRCA arbitrations) as well as ad hoc arbitrations.

As adjunct professor, Christine teaches International Arbitration at the University of Toulouse 1, and regularly lectures at other leading institutions.  She also regularly speaks at international arbitration conferences.

Who’s Who Legal Arbitration – Future Leaders 2019 – described Christine as “THE rising star in Singapore among arbitrators” for her expertise in cases involving both common and civil law traditions as well as in commercial disputes across a range of industries.”

Recent Practice

  • Party-nominated arbitrator in an HKIAC arbitration seated in Hong Kong, between a Swiss company and a Chinese company in relation to an agreement for the supply of pharmaceutical products governed by New York law.
  • Sole arbitrator in 3 LCIA arbitrations seated in London, between an Irish company and Peruvian and Armenian individuals in relation to loan agreements governed by English law.
  • Sole arbitrator in an ad hoc arbitration seated in Hong Kong, between a company incorporated in the BVI and a Chinese company in relation to a charter party governed by English law.
  • Sole arbitrator in a KCAB arbitration between a Singapore company and a Korean company in relation to a serviced residence management contract governed by the laws of the Republic of Korea.
  • Sole arbitrator in an SIAC arbitration between a company incorporated in Cyprus and a Singapore company in relation to a manning agreement governed by Singapore law.
  • Sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration between a Korean company and a Taiwanese company in relation to a collaboration agreement entered into between the parties for the performance of a government contract for the supply of heavy railway equipment. This matter involved preliminary issues in relation to the law applicable to the contract, the seat of arbitration and a jurisdictional challenge.
  • Sole arbitrator in an SIAC arbitration between an Austrian company and a Singaporean citizen in relation to an agreement for the sale and purchase of shares governed by Singapore law; proceedings conducted under the SIAC Expedited Procedure.
  • Sole arbitrator in an ad hoc arbitration between a Singaporean company and an Indian company in relation to a charterparty governed by English law. Non-participating Respondent.
  • Sole arbitrator in an ad hoc arbitration between two Singaporean companies in relation to a charterparty governed by English law.
  • Sole arbitrator in an ad hoc arbitration between an Indonesian company and a Singaporean company in relation to a shipbuilding contract governed by Singapore law.
  • Sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration between a Chinese company and a South Korean company in relation to an agreement governed by Singapore law for the sale and purchase of heavy industrial equipment; proceedings conducted under the ICC Expedited Procedure (1 March 2017).
  • Sole arbitrator in an ad hoc arbitration between a Singaporean company and a South Korean entity in relation to a contract governed by Singapore law for the sale and purchase of commodities.
  • Party-nominated arbitrator in a SIAC arbitration between a Malaysian company and a Nigerian company in relation to the sale and purchase of a vessel governed by Singapore law.
  • Sole arbitrator in an ad hoc arbitration between a German company and a BVI company in relation to a charter party agreement governed by English law. Non-participating Respondent.
  • Sole arbitrator in an SIAC arbitration between a Singaporean company and a Cambodian individual in connection with two loan agreements and a guarantee agreement governed by Cambodian laws. This matter involved interim decisions on jurisdiction and unpaid costs.

Education

  • Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales
  • Admitted to the Paris Bar
  • Paris Bar School (Ecole de Formation du Barreau de Paris), Paris, France
  • Post-graduate degree (DESS), University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, Paris, France
  • Post-graduate degree (DEA) (Honours), University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, Paris, France

Languages

  • English
  • French (native)

Appointments and Memberships

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
  • Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (FSIArb)
  • Listed on Panels of Arbitrators of the SIAC, HKIAC, IAI, AIAC, JCAA and TIAC
  • Member of the LCIA, ASA, LCIA Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG), Young SIAC (YSIAC) and ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF)

Recent Teaching and Speaking Engagements

Recent teaching:

  • Adjunct Professor, International Arbitration, University of Toulouse 1, Toulouse, France
  • Adjunct Professor, “Comparison between two legal systems: Common law and Civil law” at Sorbonne-Assas International Law School, LL.M. in partnership with INSEAD and with the Paris Bar School, Singapore Campus
  • Adjunct Professor, International Business Law / International Arbitration, ESSEC Business School, Singapore Campus

Recent speaking engagements:

  • GAR, 2nd annual Who’s Who legal future leaders: arbitration conference, Fireside chat on how to make it as an arbitrator – London (June 2019)
  • ICC West Coast Conference, Tools for timeliness – San Francisco (April 2019)
  • Paris Arbitration Week, Pinsent Masons, The Rise of Procedural Paranoia in International Arbitration – And how to address it – Paris (April 2019)
  • SIArb Conference, Developments in Singapore Arbitration – Singapore (February 2019)
  • SIAC Academy, SIAC Expedited Procedure – Tokyo (September 2018)
  • ICC – 4th Asia Conference on International Arbitration, ICC Expedited Procedure – Hong Kong (June 2018)
  • Co Chairs’ Circle Global Conference – Should arbitrators impose limitations on submissions and/or evidence to keep proceedings manageable? – Rome (May 2018)
  • AIAC – Asia ADR Week 2018, How to draft an arbitration clause – Kuala Lumpur (May 2018)