Francis Xavier

Leaders in Law endorses Francis Xavier as our exclusively recommended International Arbitration Law expert in Singapore. If you wish to get in touch with Francis please use the contact information provided above.

Francis is Regional Head, Disputes Practices of Rajah & Tann and was appointed Senior Counsel in January 2009. He practises in the areas of international and treaty arbitration and cross-border commercial litigation.

He specialises in corporate and commercial disputes especially in the areas of corporate, banking, property and financial and investment related claims. He also specialises in aviation law and advised in the class-action suit resulting from the crash of the SilkAir flight in Indonesia in 1997 and the Taiwan SIA crash.

He is currently sitting as party-nominated arbitrator of a Mauritius entity in a bilateral investment treaty (ICSID) dispute with the Government of India. He has also been appointed as counsel for an Asean government in an ICSID arbitration involving a European state investor.

Francis has recently been appointed as Chairman of the Listings Appeals Committee, an independent committee set up by the Singapore Exchange, to which parties can appeal against disciplinary actions taken.

He is a Chartered Arbitrator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK. He is the current Chairman, Singapore Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, Singapore Academy of Law and the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators. He is on the Panel of Arbitrators at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre; Singapore Institute of Arbitrators; Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration; Kigali International Arbitration Centre, Rwanda; Japan Commercial Arbitration Association; and the Indian Council of Arbitrators.

Firm Description:

Rajah & Tann Singapore is a leading full-service law firm in Singapore and one of the largest in South East Asia, having worked on many of the biggest and highest profile cases in the region.

Rajah & Tann Singapore is a member firm of Rajah & Tann Asia, one of the largest regional networks that brings together leading law firms and over 700 fee earners in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam; with each offering the highest standards of service to locally based clients while collectively having the capability to handle the most complex regional and cross-border transactions and to provide excellent legal counsel seamlessly across the region.  Our firm’s geographical reach includes Singapore-based regional desks focusing on Japan and South Asia.  Further, as the Singapore member firm of the Lex Mundi Network, we offer our clients access to excellent legal support in more than 100 countries globally.


Michelle Bannister

MICHELLE BANNISTER focuses her work on international commercial arbitration, particularly cross-border disputes before major arbitral institutions, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC).

Michelle has been involved in all phases of international arbitrations, from filing of the claim to hearing and award, and is particularly experienced in complex cross-border disputes involving large multi national companies.

Firm Overview:

Sidley Austin LLP, formerly known as Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP, is a general practice law firm based in the United States, with a focus on expertise in transactional and litigation matters.

Piotr Nowaczyk

Citizenship: Polish



Master of laws, Poznań (1976), postgraduate study in business law,

Bar Research Center at the Polish Bar Council, Warsaw (1988),

Ecole de Formation du Barreau, Paris (1992)






admitted as advocate, Poznań (1984); avocat, Paris (1993), advocate, Warsaw (1994), ex-partner 大成 Dentons, former Salans (1998-2014), ICC Court member (2003-2015), Delegate to the United Nations at the Working Group Arbitration & Conciliation (UNCITRAL),  President of the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce (2006-2009), Chartered Arbitrator (2010), DAB/DRB member/chairman. FIDIC Accredited Adjudicator (2015)


Areas of
Agency, aviation, banking, commercial contracts, competition, consortia, construction, corporate, defense, distributorships, energy, engineering, environment, fashion, FIDIC, franchising, investments, infrastructure, insurance, IP, IT, joint ventures, licenses, media, mergers & acquisition, oil & gas, personal injuries, privatization, sales & purchases, sport, technology, telecoms, transportation.

English, French, German, Polish, Russian, some Italian.





Chartered Arbitrator, fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb); life time member of Indian Arbitration Council, member of: VIAC International Advisory Board; Danish Arbitration Institute, Law Society of England & Wales; IBA Arbitration Committee (Sub-Committee on Conflicts of Interest 2008-2010); member: ASA, CEA, CEPANI, DIS, ICA, ICCA, ITA, ÖVS, PSSP, SAA, UIA, expert WIPO, FIDIC independent consultant, dispute board adjudicator;

Dispute Board Federation (DBF) and International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)


Chairman, sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator or counsel in over 300 arbitrations, handled in English, French, German, Czech, Polish and Russian.


Arbitration Seats: Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Lithuania, Moldova, Monaco, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and U.S.A.




Parties from: Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Chanel Islands, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Hong-Kong, India, Iran, Ireland, Ile of Man, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Korea, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Moldova, Mongolia, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, U.K., U.S.A.


Laws Applied: Austria, Belarus, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Florida, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Lithuania, Minnesota, Moldova, Panama, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, UK, USA (American Federal Law).


Co-arbitrators from: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Moldova, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, U.K., U.S.A.


Panels of



VIAC, AAA-ICDR, WIPO, INTA, ACICA, Tribunal Arbitral du Sport, ICAC Kyiv, ICAC Moscow, IHK, KLRCA Malaysia, CEPANI, HKIAC, KCAB, SIAC, The Cairo Regional Centre, Dubai International Arbitration Center, CIETAC, Teheran Regional Arbitration Centre, Polish Bank Association, Polish Chamber of Information Technology; major courts of arbitration in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republik, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia.






















“United Nations for a Better World” – Medaille, 1985


Particularly recommended in the field of intellectual property law and recognized as an expert in court dispute resolution, mediation and arbitration by Legalease (European Legal Experts catalogue, since 2001), nominated as one of the leading practitioners by Who’s Who Legal – Commercial Arbitration, since 2007, named as leading individual in Practical Law Company Yearbook 2008 and 2009, highly recommended for dispute resolution by Global Chambers Report.

Rated “as the best arbitrator and counsel” in Poland by Who’s Who Legal – Commercial Arbitration, 2008 (p. 4, 2nd column).

PLC Which Lawyer? has listed the name as Leading Individual in Dispute Resolution since 13th edition (2008).

Selected to be included since the 2010 edition of Best Lawyers in Poland in the specialty of Arbitration and Mediation.

Gold Cross of Merit granted by the President of the Republic of Poland for services rendered to arbitration and to the promotion of Poland as an arbitration venue.

Exclusive winner of the Arbitration category for Poland of the ILO (International Law Office) Client Choice Award 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Chambers Global 2013 and Chambers Europe 2014 decided on the individual nomination to the list of The World’s Leading Lawyers in the field of Dispute Resolution (Poland), arbitration international (Europe-wide) and Most in Demand Arbitrators (Europe-wide) and listed the name in the Chambers Legal Directories.



Founder Editor in Chief of Biuletyn Arbitrażowy, co-author of UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules Commentary, more than 100 articles on arbitration and mediation.