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    • Robert Kirkness - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Kristine Koh - Oon & Bazul LLP
    • Wei Xian Kelvin Teo - Cavenagh Law LLP
    • Daniel Waldek - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

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Clifford Chance leverages its formal law alliance with Cavenagh Law LLP to assist clients with arbitration proceedings and Singapore court-based applications. Nish Shetty advised the Indian government on setting up the Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration. Paul Sandosham, Harpreet Singh Nehal SC and Kabir Singh are also recommended. Wei Xian Kelvin Teo made counsel.

King & Spalding LLP leads in global investment treaty cases and oil and gas matters; the firm acted for Reliance Industries during its $2bn oil and gas dispute with the government of India, and represented Garanti Koza in an ICSID arbitration against Turkmenistan. Wade Coriell relocated from Houston to lead the firm’s Asia arbitration practice, while John Savage splits his time between London (where he is now based) and Singapore. Emerson Holmes joined from Jones Day.

Allen & Gledhill LLP’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and global multinationals. Dinesh Dhillon’s experience spans sectors such as aviation, manufacturing and construction, and Chong Yee Leong specialises in contentious energy (including oil and gas), infrastructure and power matters. Ang Cheng Hock SC, Edwin Tong SC, Andrew Yeo and William Ong are also recommended.

At Allen & Overy, Judith Gill QC, who relocated from London to Singapore in September 2015, and recently promoted partner Andrew Battisson are key contacts. In the commercial arbitration space, the team particularly excels in energy-related work, and banking and finance disputes. Investment treaty cases are another strong suit; Gill led a cross-office team in defending the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in ICSID proceedings issued by a Turkish company.

Drew & Napier LLC handles disputes that have little or no nexus to Singapore; Cavinder Bull SC, Gerui Lim and others successfully challenged an arbitral ruling enabling a Macau-based investor to bring expropriation claims aggregating $900m against the government of Laos. Davinder Singh SC, Jimmy Yim SC and Randolph Khoo are other experienced practitioners.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s Alastair Henderson leads the firm’s international arbitration practice in South-East Asia, and is vastly experienced in disputes involving construction, oil and gas, and infrastructure. Elsewhere, Henderson’s team handles cases involving public international law, shareholder issues and joint venture disputes. Gavin Margetson, whose practice is split between Singapore and Bangkok, Gitta Satryani and senior associate Daniel Waldek are also recommended.

Industry veteran Guy Spooner jointly heads Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice with KC Lye. The firm undertakes high-stakes cases for clients such as Brunei National Petroleum, Chandler Corporation and Malaysia Airline Systems.

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP’s client following spans Asia and beyond, with its team handling commercial arbitrations and investor-state work. Practice head Andre Yeap SC and Paul Tan are representing The Republic of Philippines in ICC proceedings against Shell and Chevron over the payment of income tax.

Strong in commercial and investment treaty cases, WongPartnership LLP acted for Sanum Investments and Lao Holdings in a landmark jurisdictional appeal connected with bilateral investment treaty arbitration claims against the government of Laos for the alleged misappropriation of gaming investments. Alvin Yeo SC’s heavyweight team includes Andre Maniam SC and Tan Chee Meng SC. Pamela Tan and Sim Mei Ling made partner.

Ashurst LLP is particularly strong in high-value multi-jurisdictional disputes involving energy, resources and infrastructure. Rob Palmer is leading a cross-office team in an arbitration centred on the construction of a chemical manufacturing plant in South-East Asia. Ronnie King relocated to Singapore from the London office, while Ben Giaretta made the opposite move.

Baker McKenzie.Wong & Leow handles cross-border arbitrations mainly for multinational clients. Leng Sun Chan SC’s team includes Nandakumar Ponniya, Andy Leck and Celeste Ang. Recent hires Wong Tjen Wee and Rian Matthews joined from Eldan Law LLP and White & Case LLP respectively. Chan was appointed chair of the global international arbitration practice in July 2015.

Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore’s sector strengths include insurance and reinsurance, aviation, shipping and international trade. Eugene Tan specialises in Indonesia-related construction and infrastructure cases; Prakash Pillai primarily focuses on the Indian market, and its interplay with other jurisdictions; and June Yeum and recently promoted partner Sapna Jhangiani are also recommended. Brian Nash retired from the partnership but retains a position as a consultant.

DLA Piper’s workload spans general commercial arbitrations, sector-specific disputes and investor-state cases. Yu-Jin Tay is particularly knowledgeable about markets in Indonesia, China, South Korea and Japan, while John Goulios specialises in insurance disputes. Of counsel Matthew Shaw is also recommended.

Dentons Rodyk handles domestic and internationally seated arbitrations involving a range of institutional and ad hoc rules. Philip Jeyaretnam SC’s team includes insurance and aviation expert Vi Ming Lok SC and Ge Huangbin, a specialist in China-related matters. Iain Sharp’s arbitration experience is complemented by his expertise in international trade and commodities. Lawrence Teh is also recommended.

Eversheds LLP’s Singapore office is a hub for the firm’s international arbitration practice in Asia. Oommen Mathew’s caseload includes shareholder disputes, oil and gas matters, and infrastructure-related cases, and Rodman Bundy is experienced in public international law arbitrations. Iain Black and of counsel Loretta Malintoppi are other active practitioners.

Lawyers at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are praised for their ‘deep and sophisticated analysis and advice’ in high-stakes multibillion-dollar global investment treaty disputes and commercial arbitrations. Nicholas Lingard, who practises in Singapore and Tokyo, is leading a cross-office team representing a Japanese renewable energy investor and its Dutch subsidiary in an investment treaty claim against the Kingdom of Spain. Senior associate Robert Kirkness is also recommended. Lucy Reed (who was succeeded by Lingard as practice head) acts as a consultant to the firm following her retirement from private practice to join the Centre for International Law at the National University of Singapore as a director.

Although Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee saw Jonathan Leach depart for Eversheds LLP in London, it recently hired Kent Phillips from Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. The group handles both commercial arbitration work and investor-state cases. Maurice Burke heads the dispute resolution practice in South-East Asia.

Led by Raja Bose, K&L Gates’ team is particularly active in high-value, cross-border construction cases. Other strengths include offshore oil and gas, power, mining and natural resources disputes. Glenn Cheng, who recently joined from Nabarro LLP, is another key practitioner, as is Ashish Chugh.

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC’s strong track record in high-value, multi-jurisdictional business-critical matters complements its deep sector knowledge in areas such as energy, finance, insurance, projects and infrastructure. Justyn Jagger, Timothy Cooke* and Wendy Tan are key partners.*Since publication, Timothy Cooke has joined Stephenson Harwood LLP.

Construction and infrastructure-related international arbitrations are strong suits at Pinsent Masons MPillay, which is also instructed in energy, insurance and technology-related disputes, among other areas. Jon Howes and Sean Hardy acted for NRW in an arbitration concerning contractual issues arising from the Roy Hill Mining Project. Mohan Pillay, Nicholas Brown and senior associate Boon Tat Yeo are also recommended.

At Watson Farley & Williams, Marcus Gordon leads the practice, which regularly handles oil and gas and shipbuilding arbitrations. Gordon himself has particular expertise in floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) disputes, and contentious issues involving oil rigs and oilfield development, among other areas. Dan Thompson is representing a shipowner in a complex high-value shipbuilding dispute.

Oil and gas and construction cases are bedrocks of the practice at White & Case Pte. Ltd., which excels in handling high-value and complex multi-jurisdictional matters for global clients. Aloke Ray leads the team, which was strengthened by the arrival of Matthew Secomb, who relocated from Paris in 2015.

High-value international arbitration is a major growth area at Braddell Brothers LLP. Led by Edmund Kronenburg, the team handles a broad spectrum of cases involving SIAC, ICC and UNCITRAL rules, among others. Another strength lies in emergency relief applications. Tan Kok Peng, Lye Huixian and Kevin Ho are other names to note.

Paul Aston leads Holman Fenwick Willan Singapore LLP’s team, which has sector expertise in commodities, offshore oil and gas, construction, aviation and shipping. Chanaka Kumarasinghe has experience handling disputes in places as far afield as Brazil and Nigeria, as well as in jurisdictions throughout Asia.

Dan Tan and Shem Khoo focus on international arbitration at boutique firm JLC Advisors LLP, which primarily undertakes cases with an Asian connection. Highlights include acting for three respondents in SIAC arbitration proceedings brought by L Cap in a $40m dispute over the sale of Ku De Ta.

At Jones Day, of counsel Zachary Sharpe has construction and shipbuilding arbitration experience. Matthew Skinner is representing an oil company in a dispute connected with the development of an oil and gas field in Thailand. Mike Pollen left the firm, as did Emerson Holmes, who moved to King & Spalding LLP.

Nabarro LLP’s Singapore managing partner Steven Lim, who heads the firm’s international arbitration practice in Asia, deals with a gamut of disputes, including those involving construction, banking, M&A, trading contracts, and oil and gas. Consultant Gerlando Butera is another name to note. Glenn Cheng joined K&L Gates.

Oon & Bazul LLP’s Bazul Ashhab has been particularly active in oil and gas sector disputes, while his other areas of expertise include contentious issues involving banking, shipping and international trade. Suresh Divyanathan leads the team, which includes Kelly Yap and recent hire Chenthil Kumarasingam, who joined from Quahe Woo & Palmer LLC.

RPC Premier Law handles arbitration involving areas such as insurance, trade finance, joint ventures and shareholder conflicts, and energy. Investment treaty work is a growth area. Practice head Mark Errington and Iain Anderson are key individuals in the team, along with Jonathan Wood and Christopher Neilson, who both relocated from London.

Reed Smith LLP’s vast geographical footprint sees it instructed in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations in Singapore, the wider Asia-Pacific region and further afield. Barry Stimpson’s team includes energy and natural resources specialist Simon Jones, and recent hire Calvin Chan who joined from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Shearman & Sterling LLP marks an uptick in commercial arbitration instructions and investment treaty work. Newly promoted partner Daryl Chew is part of a cross-office team representing Areva and Siemens as claimants in ICC arbitration proceedings arising from the construction of a nuclear power plant in Finland. Emmanuel Jacomy was recently promoted to counsel.

Shook Lin & Bok LLP handles complex disputes for clients such as multinational companies and banks. Pradeep Pillai, Probin Dass and senior associate Ashwin Singh Riar are representing a Turkish fashion company at the SIAC in a joint venture dispute with an Indian apparel company over the construction of a factory in Bangalore. Sarjit Singh Gill SC, Edmund Eng and David Chan are also recommended.

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