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SICC support bill passes

Singapore’s parliament has passed the Supreme Court of Judicature (Amendment) Bill 2017, giving the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) jurisdiction to hear international commercial arbitration-related court proceedings, CMS Singapore reported.

The amendment clarifies that the SICC can hear matters related to, among others, the enforcement or setting aside of arbitral awards that are traditionally referred to the High Court for adjudication.

BTG opens second office

Osborne Clark’s best friend in India, BTG Legal, has opened an office in Bengaluru. The office has three lawyers and is currently located in a WeWork space.

BTG Legal is headed by Prashant Mara, who was an associate at Osborne Clark in Germany before returning to Mumbai to set up the firm in 2014. BTG Legal currently has 20 lawyers, which includes four partners.

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