Mr Elijah Putilin, FCIArb is a co-founder of Putilin Sippel. He has been recently appointed as Court member of the Tashkent International Arbitration Centre and holds a position of Adjunct Professor at the American University of Central Asia.
Immediately prior to co-founding Putilin Sippel, Mr Putilin worked as a Deputy Head of Legal Services at the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) and Secretary General of the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC).
As part of the AIAC and ADNDRC, Mr Putilin co-led a team of counsels and supervised more than 3,000 adjudication, arbitration, mediation and domain name disputes cases referred to the Centre. Mr Putilin also played an instrumental role in revision of the AIAC’s rules and the Arbitration Act 2005.
Before he joined the AIAC and the ADNDRC, Mr Putilin had practiced principally from Moscow offices of Squire Patton Boggs and Clifford Chance. He represented and advised clients in more than 50 cases before SCAI, SCC, LCIA, ICC, ICDR and ICAC (Russia) tribunals, foreign and domestic courts of all levels, including the RF Supreme Court, and international trade tribunals.

Dr Harald Sippel, MBA FCIArb is a co-founder of Putilin Sippel. He also holds an appointment as the Academic Director at the Bali International Arbitration and Mediation Center.
Working for large law firms and specialist boutique practices in China, Korea, Germany and Austria, Dr Sippel gained extensive and multifaceted experience in dispute resolution over the course of his 10 years+ career. In addition to being involved in over 2,000 adjudication, mediation and other ADR proceedings, he also acted in several hundred arbitration proceedings as an arbitrator, counsel and tribunal secretary, Head of Legal Services at an arbitral institution and in-house counsel.
Dr Sippel is also a specialist mediator with the Singapore International Mediation Centre and acts as a member of the Editorial Board of the Asia Pacific Mediation Journal.
Closely plugged in to the international networks of dispute resolution, Dr Sippel previously held an appointment with the International Council of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (now KCAB INTERNATIONAL; 2017-2018), was a Member of the Global Steering Committee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ Young Members Group (2017-2020) and acted on the Global Advisory Board of the ICDR Y&I, the international branch of the American Arbitration Association (2017-2018).
Dr Sippel’s expertise as a leading arbitration practitioner has widely been recognised. He has been listed as a Future Leader (Arbitration) by Who’s Who Legal & the Global Arbitration Review for the years 2017-2019.

Mr James Ding, FSIArb is of counsel at Putilin Sippel. Mr Ding has extensive experience in construction, engineering and infrastructure disputes with a keen interest in corporate and commercial litigation. He has advised clients in major construction and building projects in Malaysia and represented parties in adjudication and arbitration proceedings as well as appeared as counsel at both the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Prof. Dr Islambek Rustambekov  is of counsel at Putilin Sippel. Prof. Rustambekov is an immediate past Head of the Department of Legal Protection of the Interests of the Republic of Uzbekistan in International and Foreign Organizations at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Uzbekistan. He is also a Deputy Rector for Academic Affairs at the Tashkent State University of Law. Prof. Rustambekov represented the Republic of Uzbekistan and State-owned Enterprises in investor-State and commercial arbitrations under the rules of ICSID, ICC, SCC, VIAC, as well as ad hoc proceedings conducted under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. Prof. Rustambekov regularly sits as an arbitrator and is often retained as an expert on public international law and the laws of the former Soviet Union Republics.



Putilin Sippel is an international dispute resolution boutique firm founded by professionals sharing almost 20 years of experience in the field. We combine expertise gained at top international law firms with a profound understanding of the Asian market and cultures to deliver the best solution to our clients. Not forming part of a large firm setting, we can act faster and react to changes and our clients’ demands with great speed.

Our adaptable structure allows flexible pricing, including alternative fee arrangements and we can handle cases of any size and complexity while delivering high-quality work at all times.

Putilin Sippel operates a barristers' chamber model and our members divide their time between Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Moscow, Bishkek and Tashkent.



We have acted in hundreds institutional and ad hoc arbitrations either as arbitrators, counsel, tribunal secretaries, in-house counsel and when leading the case management team of an arbitral institution.
We represented and advised clients from the energy, construction, banking & finance, pharma and TMT sectors in arbitrations conducted pursuant to the rules of virtually all major arbitral institutions, including ICSID, ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, SCAI, LCIA, SCC, DIAC and VIAC.


As part of the Malaysian adjudication body, the Asian International Arbitration Centre, we supervised several thousand adjudication proceedings conducted under the Construction Industry Payment & Adjudication Act 2012 (CIPAA) and acted for the Director of the AIAC in addition to advising parties and adjudicators on all procedural aspects of the case.
Our members also acted as adjudicators and represented Malaysian and foreign employers and contractors in dozens of adjudication and related court proceedings under the CIPAA.


We believe that the efficiency of alternative dispute resolution system lies in the hands of its users. As such, our members often work with governments to support on-going legal projects striving to enhance the ADR framework. To wit, our members recently:

  • delivered a five-day course on international commercial arbitration for government officials, dispute resolution practitioners and students in a Central Asian state;

  • advised the government of a Central Asian state on the revision of its arbitration law;

  • guided the government of a Central Asian state on the reform of its Civil Code; and

  • prepared a working paper for the government of a South East Asian state to be presented at the UNCITRAL Working Group II meeting.


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