Firms To Watch: International arbitration

Gateway Law Corporation‘s practice was enhanced following the hire of Simon Dunbar and Kevin Lim who joined from King & Spalding LLP in January 2022.
King & Wood Mallesons' international arbitration team is developing a niche in investment treaty arbitration and enforcement awards. These are particular areas of expertise for practice head Amanda Lees who joined from Simmons & Simmons in March 2021. Consultant Patric McGonigal, who relocated from the firm's Tokyo office, is another name to note.
Mishcon de Reya's dispute resolution team is a practice to watch, particularly for energy and telecoms sector disputes. Practice head Gavin Margetson, who joined from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in August 2020, is a key name to note.
Benefitting from close collaboration with its renowned Seoul-based practice, Peter & Kim‘s Singapore international arbitration practice was set up by Charis Tan who joined from DWF Singapore in April 2020. Tan is tri-qualified in Singapore, England & Wales and New York and has particular experience in international arbitration and public international law and advises States in investment treaty disputes. SeungMin Lee (who is dual-qualified in Korea and England & Wales) transferred from the firm’s Seoul office in October 2020.
Three Crowns LLP entered the Singapore market with the hire of Daryl Chew and associate Shaun Pereira, both joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP in February 2022.

International arbitration in Singapore

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance‘s five-partner dispute resolution team has expertise in both commercial and investment treaty arbitration. For the latter, Paul Tan and counsel Romesh Weeramantry are among the names to note. Practice head Nish Shetty also has experience in public international law disputes as well as a range of commercial arbitrations while Paul Sandosham is noted for his energy, infrastructure, natural resources sector expertise. The group handles matters relating to a full range of jurisdictions across the region; for India, Indonesia, and South East Asia-related disputes, Kabir Singh is experienced while Joan Lim-Casanova (who is fluent in English and Mandarin) is popular among Chinese clients. Through its formal law alliance with Cavenagh Law LLP it can act in local courts in arbitration-related issues.

Practice head(s):

Nish Shetty; Paul Sandosham; Kabir Singh; Paul Tan

Other key lawyers:

Joan Lim-Casanova; Romesh Weeramantry

Testimonials

‘Outstanding team with expertise in international construction arbitration with a focus on disputes in Singapore and Hong Kong. ’

As well as being excellent lawyers with good judgment, they are very user friendly and a pleasure to work with‘.

‘Paul Sandosham has an exceptional breadth of experience in international arbitration in infrastructure disputes covering the Middle East and Asia. Charming, highly capable and committed.’

‘A very hands on expert team. Very well coordinated. ’

‘Kabir Singh -brilliant lawyer. Very committed; dedicated; expert in his field.’

‘Clifford Chance Singapore international arbitration team provides professional and practical advice. ’

‘Paul Tan is one of the best lawyers in Singapore and the best candidate whom you can entrust the most critical cases to.’

Work highlights

  • Representing an Italian multinational oilfield services company in an AU$2bn ICC Singapore-seated international arbitration commenced against it by an Australian company, concerning the development and construction of an offshore LNG jetty and marine structures.
  • Representing two subsidiaries of a leading global financial services and banking company as respondents in an AU$700m SIAC arbitration commenced by a former mining magnate and businessman in Australia and his associated companies.
  • Acting for a holding company of a group of companies with operations and assets in the energy and mining industries in an ICC Singapore-seated arbitration concerning an ownership of shares dispute.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP‘s ‘exceptionally client-focused‘ Southeast Asia international arbitration team is particularly strong for disputes arising from shareholder and joint venture arrangements as well as major commercial contracts and counts telecoms and technology and banking and financial services among its sector specialisms. ‘Exceptional‘ practice head Alastair Henderson excels in disputes in the oil and gas, infrastructure and construction spaces, while Tomas Furlong is experienced in the TMT and energy sectors as well as disputes relating to private equity and sovereign fund investments, for which international investment law and sovereign immunity law expert Gitta Satryani is also noted. Other names to note include ‘stand-out partnerElaine Wong, who was previously based in the firm’s Tokyo office, and is popular for disputes involving Japanese parties; and Daniel Waldek who focuses mainly on the infrastructure, construction and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Henderson

Other key lawyers:

Tomas Furlong; Gitta Satryani; Elaine Wong; Daniel Waldek

Testimonials

‘I have found the team to be exceptionally client-focused and dedicated. Leadership is clear and effective and team members are energetic and hardworking. The team members are always prepared to go the extra mile to ensure that targets are met.’

‘Partner Alastair Henderson is an exceptional leader. Dynamic and authoritative but also down to earth and approachable. Inspires confidence in clients and provides clarity and direction, based on many years of professional experience in the field. A very able and persuasive advocate in hearings.’

‘Daniel Waldek is a very bright, energetic and resourceful arbitration lawyer. Willing to spend time and effort to bring innovative solutions to difficult problems. Quick on his feet in hearings.’

‘One of the largest international arbitration teams in Singapore and offers a variety of profiles amongst its partners and associates.’

‘Elaine Wong is a stand-out partner on energy and construction matters and Tom Furlong is enthusiastic and efficient when carrying out his work.’

‘As one of the top global law firms, which is famous for dispute resolution, HSF has a great presence in many Asian countries including Japan.’

‘I have been working with Elaine Wong for years. The case, which relates to several jurisdictions, is a very challenging and requires careful consideration to various stakeholders. She has been doing very well on it and I am sure that she is an excellent lawyer. She has a deep insight of the case and great leadership based on her rich experience, which impresses me very much. ’

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP‘s disputes team is a popular choice for corporate and commercial disputes in the oil and gas, construction and infrastructure sectors as well as with investors in public international law claims against states. Practice head and ‘excellent advocateWade Coriell  is noted for energy sector disputes, and head of construction disputes Emerson Holmes is a key contact for infrastructure projects. The ‘excellentPeter Chow‘s broad practice covers energy, construction, commercial issues while for investment treaty arbitration Elodie Dulac is noted. The team’s ‘very deep bench‘ also includes senior associates Jia Lin Hoe and Anisha Sud. The team recently hired Nils Eliasson who has particular experience in the energy, infrastructure, and telecommunications sectors; he joined from Shearman & Sterling in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Wade Coriell

Testimonials

King & Spalding’s team has by far the deepest bench in the field.’

Peter Chow is an excellent and professional counsel, not only very helpful to our case but also very responsible and patient in introducing the legal and procedural knowledge in relation to the litigation. He is very capable in meeting with the needs of clients for both usual legal consulting and certain special urgent legal problem-solving.’

The team has a very deep bench in international arbitration, both commercial and investment treaty. They are very easy to work with and are very thorough.’

Wade Coriell is very hardworking and thorough and is able to simplify technical matters in even the most complicated arbitrations. An excellent advocate.

Elodie Dulac is very systematic and thorough in making her arguments. She ensures that the evidence and legal support for arguments are strong.

Key clients

Shell Philippines Exploration BV

Chevron Corporation

Min Fengzhen

AsiaPhos

Chevron Overseas Finance GMBH

Woodside Energy Ltd.

BP

BHP

Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production, Ltd.

PT Kalimantan Jawa Gas

National Grid Corporation of the Philippines

Goldstar Heavy Industrial Co (Guangdong Huanghe Industry Group)

Work highlights

  • Represented Chevron in an investment treaty arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador seated in the Hague, arising from a $9.5bn Ecuadorian court judgment against Chevron for alleged environmental harm caused by historical oilfield operations.
  • Representing Shell in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of the Philippines in a US$1.5bn dispute relating to the allocation of petroleum revenues earned by Shell (one of the oil majors involved in the Malampaya gas project, which pertains to the dispute) under a petroleum service contract with the State.
  • Represented a subsidiary of one of the largest conglomerates in the Philippines in a $1.5bn shareholder dispute relating to shares in a holding company owning interests in major Philippines infrastructure projects.

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP‘s ‘very strong‘ international arbitration team is known for representing clients from South East Asia, China, Japan, Korea and India in high-value disputes relating to infrastructure, energy, construction and engineering projects. Energy, oil and gas, power and infrastructure project disputes expert Chong Yee Leong jointly leads the team alongside Dinesh Dhillon, whose broad experience includes representing multinational corporations and sovereign states in arbitration. Other names to note include the ‘very commercially savvyRamesh Selvaraj, who has a focus on disputes relating to Indonesia, Thailand and India, and Chua Kee Loon and Chong Boon Leong who are noted for project and investment disputes in the Southeast Asia region. For India-related disputes, Vivekananda Neelakantan is another key contact while William Ong regularly acts in arbitrations involving Chinese parties.

Testimonials

‘I am of the opinion that Allen & Gledhill has a very robust international arbitration practice, especially in the Asian market. The firm has a team of specialized lawyers working on international arbitration, which makes is easy to obtain expert advice on narrow and specific legal issues.

The engagement with Allen & Gledhill was also good in terms of value for money. Their fees was quite reasonable and their output was of the highest standard.

Ramesh Selvaraj has previously represented some prominent clients from India. He has worked on arbitration matters spanning across a number of sectors and is a very commercially savvy lawyer. He can handle complex matters involving laws of multiple jurisdictions with ease. I would definitely like to work with him again on a future occasion.

‘Allen & Gledhill supported us with multiple disputes involving cross-border parties, some from difficult jurisdictions. Each time, they were able to reach a resolution. Besides high-quality responsiveness, they really know how to bridge parties to find a settlement.’

‘Kelvin Kek & Vivekananda Neelakantan listen closely to understand our needs and reach our goals. This enables them to find creative ways to reach resolution, keeping our legal costs low while attaining our objectives.’

‘A&G arbitration team is very strong. From my experience, their strength and the depth of the knowledge on the case’s material was shared among the partners and associate.’

‘Partners Ramesh Selvaraj and Lim Dao Kai respectively show strong commitment in handling the case. They understand their case and documents to the details. They also master the formality of the arbitration that helps them swiftly navigate the hearing process.’

Erik Widjaja shows strong support to his partners in their respective assignments. He meets the high-expectations that partners or clients have toward an associate.

Drew & Napier LLC

Drew & Napier LLC‘s disputes resolution practice is praised for its ‘in-depth knowledge of international arbitration‘ with experience across a full range of commercial arbitrations and investor-state disputes, as well as related litigation. The group is led by leading local disputes experts the ‘phenomenalJimmy Yim SC, ‘powerful advocateCavinder Bull SC and Randolph Khoo. Siraj Omar SC is another leading name, while Mahesh Rai (who attracts praise for his ‘vast experience and commercial knowledge‘) and infrastructure, energy and resource disputes specialist Kelvin Teo are among the next generation. With an already deep bench, the team has bolstered its partner ranks with the promotions of Terence Tan and Jonathan Yap.

Testimonials

‘The team has in-depth knowledge of international arbitration. They are reliable and responsive to queries, even to urgent ones..’

‘Cavinder Bull SC is perhaps the leading counsel in Singapore today. He is a powerful advocate and skilled lawyer.’

‘Jimmy Yim SC is a phenomenal advocate. Christopher Chong is at the top of his game. He is the go-to counsel for major projects arbitrations across the region. He is backed up by a very bright and diligent team. Kelvin Teo is always focused and effective. He provides commercial and strategic advice.

‘Meryl Koh is very easy to work with and brings a level head to disputes.’

Senior associate Yap En Li is our main contact. She is sharp, meticulous, polite and always understanding even though our requests can be a little demanding at times. She understood our case very well and has a very high IQ and EQ to be able to understand the technology and technical terms that is in the case.

‘Able to react quickly and think strategically.’

Mahesh Rai provides good input based on his vast experience and commercial knowledge of the industry. Don Loo is very easy to work with and understands his clients’ needs.

Key clients

Amara Hotel Properties Pte Ltd

Association of Southeast Asian Nations

Berlanga Myanmar Pte Ltd

China National Petroleum Company

Goldbell Engineering Pte Ltd

Government of Laos

Korean Commercial Arbitration Board

Noomadi Resorts & Residences AG

Singapore International Arbitration Centre

Supersea Cable Networks Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing clients who are Thai nationals and the former owners and/or operators of a leading casino in Poipet, Cambodia in a $250m arbitration brought by Donaco International Limited alleging the breach of restraint of trade provisions in the sale agreement, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties and conspiracy relating to the sale of a casino company.
  • Successfully represented Goldbell Engineering Pte Ltd in an appeal to the Court of Appeal (CA) by Range Construction Pte Ltd which arose out of a Building and Construction Security of Payment Act adjudication determination which Range sought to set aside.
  • Acted for Daelim Industrial Company Limited, one of Korea’s leading chaebols, in a dispute with a Korean construction company relating to an aborted L+EPC contract for the construction of the largest petrochemical plant in India.

Jones Day

For ‘excellent practical advice‘ in energy, infrastructure and construction sector arbitrations, Jones Day‘s global disputes team is a practice to note. Praised for its ‘broad understanding of nuances in this region‘, the group counts disputes arising from inbound investments into APAC from the US and Europe among its other areas of specialism. Practice head Matthew Skinner combines ‘outstanding legal acumen and advocacy skills‘ with experience in joint venture, licensing, construction, and post-M&A disputes, notably in the oil and gas, pharmaceutical, mining and energy spaces. For construction disputes, Simon Bellas is a key contact while Zachary Sharpe handles commercial and investor state disputes relating to shipbuilding, oil and gas, mining, infrastructure and offshore construction projects. Senior associate Zara Shafruddin has broad experience in ICC, SIAC, LCIA, DIAC, and UNCITRAL arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Skinner

Other key lawyers:

Simon Bellas; Zachary Sharpe; Zara Shafruddin

Testimonials

‘High-quality legal advice and swift turnaround.’

The practice is made unique by a mix of team members from varied backgrounds. This includes partners who have in-house experience, partners who have worked in several geographies and have a broad understanding of nuances in this region that are relevant to dispute resolution and international arbitration.’

‘Zachary Sharpe; outstanding experience from in-house shipbuilding business in Korea.’

‘Excellent practical advice, open and straightforward communication on strategic pros and cons.’

‘Zachary Sharpe and Matt Skinner are excellent practitioners with a wealth of industry-specific experience and a deep understanding of the needs of Asia-based corporate clients. They make the difficult experience of international arbitration easier for corporate counsel by clearly communicating costs-and-benefits, identifying strategic opportunities, and maintaining an eye towards the commercial big picture.’

Matt Skinner is a stand-out partner who leads the dispute resolution team in Singapore. He is a trusted advisor to many businesses and clients and has a strong ability to foster deep relationships and trust between counsel and client. This ability and his likeability make him a star performer, in addition to outstanding legal acumen and advocacy skills.

Key clients

EFG Bank

Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd.

Hyundai Heavy Industries

Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.

Sanofi

Chevron

Work highlights

  • Represented Hyundai Heavy Industries in a $8bn ICC arising from its involvement in the Barzan gas project in Qatar.
  • Acting for EFG International in various proceedings relating to an arbitration award obtained by Singfor Life Insurance against EFG.

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP‘s international arbitration practice group combines strong regional coverage across South East Asia with local law capabilities. It has a particular reputation for handling disputes involving States and those within oil and gas sector, as well as arbitration-related litigation. Senior partner Andre Yeap leads the practice alongside Kelvin Poon who counts India-related disputes, construction and projects arbitrations among his areas of specialism. Other key contacts include Francis Xavier for investment-related claims and the ‘strategicNg Kim Beng for disputes arising from construction and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Andre Yeap SC; Kelvin Poon

Other key lawyers:

Francis Xavier SC; Ng Kim Beng; Tan Chuan Thye SC; Avinash Pradhan

Testimonials

‘We were very impressed with both the legal advice provided as well as the way the team interacted with us. They were proactive and professional and very personable at the same time. The preparation of our witnesses in the arbitration hearings were detailed and done in a very diligent manner. We would highly recommend working with this practice again.’

‘The team I worked with is the construction disputes team – they were very communicative with the client and highly service oriented. The advice is practical and makes a lot of business sense to me. ’

‘ Ng Kim Beng stands out. His thinking is strategic and quick. He is apt to view the whole picture of a complex situation and understands how to navigate through complicated situations. He is a great lawyer.’

‘Overall a professional team with strong legal background combined with a personable approach.

Tan Chuan Thye and Avinash Pradhan are very experienced, calm and balanced, excellent communicators.

‘ The important point that makes this practice unique is the capability of the teamwork, they are working professionally and timely manner. ’

‘The most differential from other competitor is that their quality of works and timing, as well as the way they deliver their useful and practical advice’.

Key clients

Republic of the Philippines

Vedanta Limited

China New Machine Company

Hilton

Oxley Consortium Pte Ltd

The Government of an Asian country

Work highlights

  • Representing the Republic of the Philippines (the Government) in ongoing arbitration proceedings before the ICC brought by Chevron and Shell against the Government in relation to Claimants’ liability to pay income taxes due to the Government.
  • Representing Vedanta in two matters relating to a Singapore-seated treaty arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules arising from its $3.8bn claims against the Republic of India under the United Kingdom-India Bilateral Investment Treaty arising from India’s retrospective usage of legislation to impose capital gain taxes and interest in relation to certain sale proceeds.
  • Representing China New Machinery Energy Company in $1.2bn proceedings to set aside a final award of the International Chamber of Commerce over a dispute of a power plant in Guatemala.

WongPartnership LLP

WongPartnership LLP‘s dispute resolution team offers ‘crystal clear‘ advice in a range of commercial and investor-state arbitration and frequently handles challenges to arbitral awards in the Singapore courts. Alvin Yeo SC and Chou Sean Yu jointly lead the team and alongside Koh Swee Yen SC are leading names in the market with broad experience. The firm has a strong projects and construction disputes practice, for which Christopher Chuah, Peng Cheng Tay and Josephine Choo are noted for their specialism, while Hock Keng Chan is highlighted for arbitrations relating to China and South Korea. The ‘absolutely phenomenalWendy Lin, the ‘impressiveSmitha Menon and ‘strong advocateMonica Chong Wan Yee are among the other key contacts to note.

Practice head(s):

Alvin Yeo SC; Chou Sean Yu

Testimonials

‘Wendy Lin is absolutely phenomenal. She is a first-rate advocate: incisive, persuasive, quick on her feet and fiercely determined. Her brain works at lightning speed. She is able to grasp and process complex facts, legal and technical issues, and extract the best points for a client very quickly.

‘Wendy Lin is a formidable cross-examiner, charming and a real pleasure to work with.’

‘The team is able to analyse your case in a systematic way. They will focus on the keys problems, tackle them one by one. By simplifying the complex dispute that allows you to see light at the end of the tunnel. ’

‘The individuals are very precise in picking up every detail in the case they are working on. With the vast knowledge and research, they are able to stand out from their competitors.’

‘We dealt with a gender, age and ethnically diverse range of lawyers, which was pleasing. They clearly have the technical expertise but their interpersonal skills were also great, and they made good use of technology during the pandemic in order to make contact easy. Their matter management and communication was excellent. The entire team was incredibly responsive. They did a good job of gaining a good understanding of the complex nature of our business.’

‘Smitha Menon’s energy, confidence and advocacy was impressive. Her jurisdictional technical knowledge was excellent. Adnaan Noor’s work was solid. ’

‘Wong P team is one of the best teams in Singapore that we have worked with. What we impressed the most is their ability to manage matters in a very cost-efficient manner and their extensive knowledge of business and technical aspects of the law. The team is known to be one of the best solution providers in the market with a focus on arbitration-related matters. Compared with other firms, their advice is crystal clear and hit all the marks. The team is also diverse with a lot of female rising stars. Ideal team for arbitration matters!’

Monica Chong Wan Yee is very quick in responding to clients’ needs in a very short time frame but in a very calm and convincing manner. We usually contacted Monica because of her ability to quickly understand foreign law concepts. She is not only a strong advocate who is excellent on her feet and a joy to work with. To sum up, she is very bright, positive and client-friendly.

Key clients

Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels Inc.

Sureste Properties, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Acting for Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels Inc. and Sureste Properties, Inc. (collectively) in two proceedings before the Singapore High Court to set aside and resist enforcement of the Partial Award and Final Award rendered by an arbitral tribunal in a Singapore-seated arbitration under the United Nations Commission of International Trade Law Arbitration Rules 2010.
  • Acting for Amazon.com NV Investment Holdings LLC in ongoing SIAC proceedings, including in emergency arbitrator proceedings, to restrain the sale of assets belonging to Future Retail Limited, a listed Indian company.

Ashurst LLP

Ashurst LLP‘s international arbitration team is particularly active in LNG pricing disputes. For which practice head Rob Palmer, ( who is also ‘a go-to partner for anything related to infrastructure and construction‘) is noted. Recently promoted partner Michael Weatherley has ‘exceptional knowledge of arbitration‘ with a focus on the energy, resources, construction and infrastructure spaces.

Practice head(s):

Rob Palmer

Other key lawyers:

Michael Weatherley

Testimonials

‘Their strengths are high-quality professional services, global network, and a lot of experience with construction projects and international arbitration proceedings. Prompt responses, strong industry experience, primarily in the contentious construction space, very strong business acumen and easily digestible advice.’

‘Rob Palmer Based in APAC region for many years and knows the region very well. He is a go-to partner for anything related to infrastructure and construction. Particularly knowledge of power plant projects.’

‘The construction arbitration team exude confidence and the ability to converse with clients in that industry at a level that demonstrates their deep understanding of the issues.’

‘I worked with Rob Palmer who was deep in to the detail of the matter and understood and could articulate all of the issues in detail. ’

‘Plenty of experience with construction projects and international arbitration proceedings in the Asia region. Significant strength and depth in their construction disputes and international arbitration team.’

‘Rob Palmer (Partner – Singapore) is very focused on clients’ needs and concerns, gives sound legal advice in relation to complex contractual dispute matters, and is always looking for a strategy that is in the best interests of clients.’

‘The team has gone from strength to strength. With Michael Weatherley’s promotion to partner, this is now undoubtedly one of the premier arbitration practices in the market. Their experience, particularly in respect of energy and infrastructure disputes, is second to none. They are commercial and strategic in their thinking, very responsive and, ultimately, deliver results. Combined with their ability to draw on the broader Ashurst network when needed, I would have no hesitation instructing them when the next big dispute arises.’

‘Michael Weatherley’s meteoric rise to partner came as no surprise – he understands our business and our commercial drivers and puts his exceptional knowledge of arbitration to great effect in delivering positive outcomes. I appreciate his responsiveness and the clarity of thought that he brings to the strategy table. He has undoubtedly learnt a lot from Rob Palmer, who is also exceptional.’

Work highlights

  • Representing various sellers of LNG in high-value (in excess of US$1bn) price review negotiations and SIAC and ICC price review arbitrations.
  • Successfully represented a Japanese contractor in obtaining a $80m SIAC arbitral award (plus interest and costs) following the termination of a Consortium Agreement for the construction of a geothermal power plant in Indonesia.
  • Representing a syndicate of lenders in AU$500m dispute concerning the financing of numerous resources projects and related debt-to-equity swap upon the borrower’s default (SIAC arbitration in Singapore with associated litigation in NSW, Australia and Singapore)

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow‘s ‘highly skilled and very commercial‘ dispute resolution group is experienced in a range of commercial and investment arbitration with particular strength in India and Indonesia-related disputes. Nandakumar Ponniya leads the team and, alongside Tjen Wee Wong and Richard Allen, has specialist knowledge in energy and construction sectors, while for TMT sector disputes, Ashish Chugh is a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Nandakumar Ponniya

Other key lawyers:

Ashish Chugh; Tjen Wee Wong; Richard Allen

Testimonials

‘A very strong international arbitration practice in Singapore.’

‘Nandakumar Ponniya is a good persuasive advocate.’

‘Huge reach across the region and ability to bring in the right people at the right time. The team is highly skilled and very commercial, so this really helped clients understand their options and get really good outcomes for them.’

‘Nandakumar Ponniya is a very savvy operator. He really understands the dispute and works with the client to get the best results for them both in the dispute and through mediation or settlement.

Ashish Chugh has also been very good, he is fully on top of the material and is very sensible.

‘They understand the issue and have expertise in that field’.

Key clients

Allianz SE

PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk

LafargeHolcim Bangladesh Limited

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore

Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore‘s ‘exceptional‘ international arbitration team has a strong reputation for India-related work as well as disputes involving Indonesian and, increasingly, US parties. Practice head Prakash Pillai splits his time between litigation, arbitration and insolvency matters. For projects and construction matters, Eugene Tan (who ‘is exceptional in his ability to manage complex international arbitrations‘), Jonathan Howes and Sean Hardy are key contacts. Sapna Jhangiani departed to Attorney-General’s Chambers in September 2021.

Practice head(s):

Prakash Pillai

Other key lawyers:

Eugene Tan; Jonathan Howes; Sean Hardy; Rachel Tan; Junxiang Koh

Testimonials

‘The International Arbitration and Disputes team at Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore is exceptional in terms of legal acumen.’

Eugene Tan is exceptional in his ability to manage complex international arbitrations that can be both fact-intensive and complex in legal issues. Rachel Tan in Eugene’s team is a standout senior associate, with fine attention to detail and is always a pleasure to work with.

Junxiang Koh is an excellent, cooperative and smart lawyer. It was a pleasure to work with him in a SIAC international arbitration.’

Davinder Singh Chambers

Disputes boutique Davinder Singh Chambers has a breadth of international arbitration experience including in the mining and energy sectors. The ‘exceptionalDavinder Singh leads the practice which includes the ‘excellent strategistJaikanth Shankar, Pardeep Singh Khosa and the ‘very smartDavid Fong who all combine international arbitration and arbitration-related litigation experience.

Practice head(s):

Davinder Singh, SC

Other key lawyers:

Pardeep Singh Khosa; Jaikanth Shankar; David Fong; Gerald Paul Seah

Testimonials

‘ The team knows its way around the Singaporean courts and SIAC systems, and is in a very good position to advise clients on the practical considerations of adopting and implementing litigation strategy. ’

‘Davinder Singh and Jaikanth Shankar are exceptional, both in their legal analysis and advocacy. They need no further introduction.

Among the younger lawyers we worked with, David Fong and senior associate Gerald Paul Seah have to be specifically mentioned. Both showed mastery of the facts of the case and demonstrated excellent client hand-holding throughout the process.

‘Provides effective, strategic and sound advice. Approachable and prompt.’

‘Highly specialised international arbitration practice. Absolute market leaders.’

‘Davinder Singh-exceptional. Jaikanth Shankar -extremely capable and works very closely with Davinder. David Fong- very smart, with a bright future ahead.’

‘Davinder Singh is the pre-eminent dispute resolution lawyer in Singapore. This is the go-to firm for any dispute resolution matter in Singapore, and the team possesses deep capabilities in international arbitration having worked with prominent legal firms across the world on several high-profile matters involving very large sums.’

‘Jaikanth Shankar has been excellent and extremely responsive. He possesses a very keen mind that gets to the crux of complex issues instantly while retaining the solid ability to communicate plainly and simply his thoughts and strategy to the non-legally trained. He is an excellent strategist and lawyer to engage if you desire to achieve the desired goals and outcomes while having very good client communications and attention – often a rarity in other big law firms in Singapore.’

Dechert

Dechert‘s ‘very strong‘ international arbitration team is regularly instructed in energy and natural resources, including price review disputes; corporate and post-M&A; sports sector; and investor-state disputes. The ‘exceptionalMark Mangan leads the practice which includes senior associates Lukas Lim (who ‘has a sharp mind and is developing good advocacy skills‘) and Ananya Mitra, who is strong for India-related disputes and investor-state arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Mark Mangan

Other key lawyers:

Lukas Lim; Ananya Mitra

Testimonials

This is a very strong team led by Mark Mangan. I have been consistently impressed with their advocacy and professionalism in several high stakes arbitrations.

Mark Mangan comes across as the hardest working lawyer in the business, he is just so incredibly well prepared. No stone is left unturned, even if only to be able to explain why an issue is irrelevant or a red herring. An exceptional lawyer. Mark is supported by Lukas Lim, a very capable associate who has a bright future ahead of him. ’

‘Excellent partner-level attention, deep industry knowledge, and a very careful, meticulous and strategic approach to constructing the case. ’

‘Mark Mangan – very thoughtful, calm and meticulous. A strategic thinker who turns over every aspect of each approach to evaluate possible strengths and weaknesses, but without losing sight of the bigger picture and the key commercial issues. Ananya Mitra – incredibly hard working and always helpful and super responsive. ’

‘The intellect of the team is unrivalled. They are trusted by clients with some of the largest disputes arbitrated in Asia.’

‘This team thoroughly prepares for their hearings, so that nothing could possibly surprise them. Their written submissions are superb, and their oral advocacy is focussed and sharp, sticking to the relevant and material points and ignoring peripheral nonsense. It is a very effective approach which has led to excellent results in all the cases in which I have seen them.

‘Mark Mangan gets to the crux of the problem quickly and navigates to the best possible outcome. Lukas Lim has a sharp mind and is developing good advocacy skills.’

‘Working with Mark Mangan as a partner and Lukas Lim as an associate. I believe Mark has excellent arbitration lawyer capabilities with great cross-examination skills.’

Key clients

ExxonMobil

Omni Bridgeway

Rio Tinto

SK Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd

Mariyam Mohamed

Rizzani de Eccher S.p.A.

Members of the Yildiz family in Turkey and Yildizlar Holding SSS

DIH International Limited

Sinopec

Hunan Maixiang Food & Beverage Investment Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for a consortium of oil and gas companies in Asian LNG price review arbitrations, which were first of their kind raising complex issues of jurisdiction and the merits.
  • Successfully represented Mariyam Mohamed, former head of Women’s Football at the Football Association of Maldives, in two CAS arbitrations relating to the alleged Asian Football Confederation (AFC) discrimination against women in its constitutional documents and in the conduct of the 2019 AFC elections, and that the AFC committed a denial of justice and tolerated unfair interference by powerful third parties in the conduct of its elections.

Dentons Rodyk

Dentons Rodyk‘s international arbitration is particularly popular with Chinese state-owned corporations and Indonesian clients and counts energy and natural resources, construction, shipping and international trade, and banking and finance among its sector specialisms. Herman Jeremiah and Lawrence Teh lead the practice following Philip Jeyaretnam SC’s appointment as a judicial commissioner of the Singapore Supreme Court. Ajinderpal Singh is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Herman Jeremiah; Lawrence Teh

Other key lawyers:

Ajinderpal Singh

Testimonials

‘The team in Dentons Rodyk which I worked with was responsive and very professional. They were easy to work with, yet extremely impressive in their ability to produce results. ’

Herman Jeremiah was good to work with – he was responsive and clearly explained his strategy to the client and to us as instructing solicitors.’

‘The lawyer I work with stands out because he values us as clients and put in order the facts, looks for solutions, reviews the facts carefully and the applied regulation.’

Duxton Hill Chambers

Formed in 2021, Duxton Hill Chambers is made up of ‘an elite band of advocates‘ praised for their ‘genuine arbitration expertise plus strong Singapore law knowledge‘. The group’s impressive members include former Attorney-General of Singapore V K Rajah SC (who has ‘has quickly established an excellent reputation as an international arbitrator‘); Toby Laundau QC (who is noted by one client as ‘one of the best advocates out there‘), and Chan Leng Sun SC who has a breadth of commercial arbitration expertise. Juniors to note include Tham Lijing (who ‘is known for his effective and concise legal advocacy‘) and ‘strong and effective advocateColin Liew.

Other key lawyers:

Toby Landau QC; VK Rajah SC; Tham Lijing; Chan Leng Sun SC; Colin Liew; Calvin Liang

Testimonials

This practice is unique in having both Queen’s Counsel and Senior Counsel available. The outstanding legal expertise that Duxton Hill Chambers offers is unparalleled.

Tham Lijing is known for his effective and concise legal advocacy in Court, and the ability to think out of the box. He is also willing to challenge the status quo and interpretation of legal issues in Court.

Toby Landau QC is easily one of the best advocates out there, and he is great to work with.’

VK Rajah SC has quickly established an excellent reputation as an international arbitrator. He brings to the job extensive prior experience as a counsel, judge and Attorney-General.

Chan Leng Sun is a leader in the field, yet is collaborative and remains a team player.

Of the juniors, look out for Colin Liew. I suspect he will be a silk one day. He had a great 2020 and is a strong and effective advocate. For someone who is utterly reliable, look no further than Calvin Liang.

This is, I think, a unique practice for Singapore. It is, effectively, an elite band of advocates who practice in a Chambers model. It is, by definition, innovative – and what makes it so is the fact that it is independent of any UK set. So it augments, as well as reinforces, the work of big UK and US and local firms – while also allowing for co-counsel in the US manner in arbitral hearings.

Genuine arbitration expertise plus strong Singapore law knowledge.’

Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee

Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee attracts praise for its ‘wide capabilities in the arbitration space‘ and specialises in handling disputes in the energy, infrastructure and construction sectors. ‘Good strategic commercial advocateKent Phillips leads the team and is particularly active in disputes involving Japanese parties, while the ‘thorough and tenacious‘ senior associate Benson Lim excels in China and Singapore–related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Kent Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Benson Lim

Testimonials

‘Benefits from being part of an international law firm. Wide capabilities in the arbitration space, which is my only exposure to the firm.’

The team values a more personal relationship with their clients and collaborating counsel. It’s not just about doing the job, it’s also maintaining a good personal relationship where communication lines are wide open‘.

‘Kent Phillips – sound judgment, solid personality with great experience of international commercial arbitration.’

Benson Lim is commercially astute and is able to provide tailored and strategic advice.

‘Kent Phillips – a good strategic commercial advocate who can read an arbitral tribunal well. Good commercial knowledge of the energy construction sector and informed about the needs of the business.’

‘We had a particular arbitration matter where Benson Lim’s sensible advice saw to its speedy settlement and helped us avoid cost escalation. Overall, Benson is very thorough and tenacious. His advice is always detailed – he will drill deep into the issues to ensure that we cover all the bases.

Kent Phillips is a top disputes lawyer, and fantastic to work with. He is highly strategic and always looks after his client’s interests. Benson Lim is another up and coming star in the market‘.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown‘s international arbitration team is well-versed in energy, infrastructure, construction and TMT sector disputes. The ‘excellentYu-Jin Tay (who is particularly active in disputes involving Singapore and Indonesia) leads the team alongside Hong Kong-based Menachem Hasofer and John Hickin. Paul Teo‘s arrival in Singapore from Baker McKenzie bolstered the group’s energy and projects international arbitration expertise, as has Kay-Jannes Wegner who has joined from Kim & Chang in South Korea.

Practice head(s):

Yu-Jin Tay; Menachem Hasofer; John Hickin

Other key lawyers:

Paul Teo; Kay-Jannes Wegner

Testimonials

‘Solid litigation and arbitration practice comprising of quality team members.’

Yu Jin Tay is creative, resourceful, and very articulative in expressing his argument. ’

‘Yujin Tay is an exceptionally excellent arbitration lawyer who can make difference in providing creative solutions tailored to Asian disputes based on his deep understanding of the reality of disputes in Asia.’

‘While other global law firms in Singapore are not so familiar with the reality and practical solutions of dispute cases in Asia, Yujin Tay is the person who has abundant experiences, networks and capacity to provide both global standard skills and creative solutions tailored to Asian disputes.’

‘I have worked with Yu-Jin Tay. He is the best. He understands both the Singaporean and the Indonesian mentality and legal system. ’

Norton Rose Fulbright

Recommended for ‘complex, comprehensive, multijurisdiction disputes‘, Norton Rose Fulbright‘s international arbitration team is experienced in commercial and investor-state energy and infrastructure disputes. Practice head KC Lye (who is described by one client as ‘the partner you want on your side for the long game‘) has a breadth of experience while the ‘particularly impressive‘ recently promoted partner Katie Chung specialises in the energy sector issues. The ‘bright and commercially astute‘ associate Samuel Leong is particularly popular among Malaysian and aviation sector clients. The group is also growing its technology, telecoms and infrastructure disputes experience.

Practice head(s):

KC Lye

Other key lawyers:

Katie Chung; Samuel Leong

Testimonials

‘NRF Singapore arbitration team are capable of processing complex, comprehensive, multijurisdiction disputes with a strong legal grip and sound commercial, client-oriented strategies and execution.’

‘KC Lye is the partner you want on your side for the long game. His ability to communicate difficult matters clearly with top management is unique.’

‘Katie Chung is particularly impressive. ’

‘The NRF team has deep expertise in the area of international arbitration. They are strategic in their approach, and cross-border matters are familiar territory to them. I enjoy working with the NRF team – they are highly responsive, pleasant and you just get the sense that they too, are enjoying their legal practice. They know their stuff, and they know it well. My go-to for international arbitration matters in this region. ’

‘Samuel Leong is a one to watch for the future. His experience as a former case counsel with the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) gives him a unique edge over his peers. I have no hesitation in engaging Samuel Leong as a counsel or arbitrator, given his prowess and technical expertise in the area of international arbitration. As counsel, he has an uncanny knack of always being right on how arbitrators would think or approach a particular issue. You would want him by your side. Bright, commercially astute and pleasant.’

‘The NRF Team bring standout levels of dedication and responsiveness for international matters across multiple jurisdictions.’

‘They have various departments and all are fully well versed with their skills. They work well with their clients and billing are done as work progresses.’

‘Very good firm with a strong international network.’

Key clients

NEPC Consortium Power Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing NEPC Consortium Power Ltd (NEPC) in a $30m ICSID arbitration claim against a statutory board of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh relating to long-term power purchase agreements for the construction and operation of a power plant built on a floating barge in Haripur.

Pinsent Masons MPillay

Pinsent Masons MPillay‘s risk advisory practice is best known for international arbitration arising from infrastructure and energy projects and counts joint venture disputes among its other areas of expertise. Practice head Mohan Pillay and Nicholas Brown are key contacts, as are Sam Boyling who is popular among Chinese clients, and Frédéric Gillion who joined the practice from the firm’s Beijing and Paris offices, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Mohan Pillay

Other key lawyers:

Sam Boyling; Frédéric Gillion; Nicholas Brown; Hai Song Tan

Testimonials

‘Good client empathy and strong and sound sense of direction. Highly focused on client objectives.’

‘Nicholas Brown – A great lawyer. Mohan Pillay – One of the best in the region. Associate Hai Song Tan – A rising star’.

Nicholas Brown has great experience and expertise in the sector, and is a master strategist‘.

Mohan Pillay’s experience shows in his strategic advice to clients and in his understanding of how the Tribunal thinks‘.

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP‘s ‘global approach‘ to international arbitration sees it handle a range of disputes including those relating to power, oil and gas, cross-border investment and large infrastructure projects.  Emmanuel Jacomy splits his time between Singapore and Beijing and is particularly active in China-related matters as well as, increasingly, those relating to Pakistan and African jurisdictions. Daryl Chew and Shaun Pereira departed to Three Crowns LLP in February 2o22.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuel Jacomy

Key clients

Electricité de France

The People’s Republic of China

Kot Addu Power Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing the People’s Republic of China in an ICSID arbitration brought by German company Hela Schwarz GmbH under the China-Germany bilateral investment treaty.
  • Representing a North American subsidiary of Electricité de France in an ICC arbitration in New York initiated by a North American energy company in relation to the implementation of a put agreement.
  • Representing Kot Addu Power Company Limited in an ICC arbitration in Singapore against the Pakistan Water Power and Development Authority (WAPDA) in relation to Power Purchase Agreements.

Stephenson Harwood LLP

The international arbitration team at Stephenson Harwood LLP handles a mix of energy, maritime and international trade and investment treaty cases.  Offshore oil and gas sector disputes expert John Simpson and Michelle Yong who focuses on shipping, oil and gas, and international trade disputes jointly lead the team. Chris Bailey‘s arrival from King & Spalding adds a breadth of experience in disputes involving Japanese trading houses. Timothy Cooke joined Reed Smith LLP.

Practice head(s):

John SimpsonMichelle Yong

Other key lawyers:

Chris Bailey; Daryll Ng

Testimonials

Our go-to partner is Michelle Yong. An amazingly driven and focused partner who does not stop until she gets us the maximum outcome possible.’

Daryll Ng and John Simpson are both very approachable and responsive. They’re both very helpful and commercial.

They are our go-to team for dispute resolution. They are able to see the big picture but not miss the small details. Their work ethic and commitment to supporting their clients is a class act. They spend a lot of time and energy getting to know the clients to a depth and breadth that we have not experienced elsewhere. They leverage technology to connect across jurisdictions and time zones to provide us with advice and support on a 24 hour basis. The firm also has a culture of promoting women and locals.

Michelle Yong is the full package – sharp and incisive with the perfect balance of legal prowess and commercial insight. Michelle not only gets the plot but more often than not is able to write the story to the conclusion her clients need.’

Daryll Ng and John Simpson are both very approachable and responsive. They’re both very helpful and commercial.

Key clients

Berge Bulk Shipping

Work highlights

  • Advising an international shipping company on a disputes arising out of the EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) contract for transhipment facilities for a clean coal power plant.
  • Advising major creditors on a-chartered bulk carrier dispute over discharging cargoes against letters of indemnity instead of bills of lading.
  • Advising creditors of TPT Shipping on issues arising from the collapse of TPT Shipping in New Zealand, including underlying claims relating to the fraudulent procurement of delivery of numerous cargoes of logs in India without production of the original bills of lading.

White & Case Pte. Ltd.

White & Case Pte. Ltd.‘s international arbitration team has ‘outstanding strength especially in the energy field‘ where it is particularly well known for oil and gas sector disputes and LNG price review arbitration. With ‘deep knowledge of the industry‘, practice head Matthew Secomb is a key name to note in this area; he is highly recommended for investment treaty, commercial and construction arbitration. Recently promoted partner Aditya Singh and associate Philip Tan are also ‘outstanding‘.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Secomb

Other key lawyers:

Aditya Singh; Philip Tan

Testimonials

‘W&C team is committed to delivering a very high-level legal work: always available, always trying to get the full picture of their client’s activity in order to better craft their arbitration strategy. They were particularly flexible during the pandemic crisis and open to use their client’s technological tools. ’

‘Very bright and hard-working team ably led by Matthew Secomb. Excellent on complex international arbitration matters. Matt is a superb advocate – gets to the core and pertinent issues of a case quickly, excellent drafting and very effective cross-examination style.’

Aditya is an exceptional lawyer, too. It is a pure joy to work with him. His analytical and writing skills are top class and his wit and humour add a flavour to your team. He is truly client-focused and someone you can grow together as a professional.

‘Matthew Secomb is an exceptionally knowledgeable counsel, a masterful strategist and a deft communicator. His work product and our interactions have been truly outstanding.’

‘Aditya Singh and Philip Tan were outstanding in demonstrating in-depth knowledge of each’s subject matter/workstream, high level of preparation and readiness at each stage of the process, and effective communicators.’

‘White & Case has a worldwide strong dispute resolution team. They have outstanding strength especially in the energy field.’

‘We often work with Matthew Secomb in the Singapore office regarding LNG related disputes. He possesses deep knowledge of the industry and always provide insightful legal advice but without leaving the commercial aspect of the case.’

‘White & Case team stand out in the quality of work as well as its efficiency. The team is capable of identifying key issues in challenging circumstances, building the most efficient action plan while communicating with clients and 3rd party professionals, thus resulting in the best outcome using very reasonable amount of fee.’

Key clients

Inpex Operations Australia Pty Ltd.

Saudi Arabia

Work highlights

  • Representing Inpex in disputes regarding the pricing of works for an onshore Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) processing facility that is part of a $40bn LNG project developed by Inpex.
  • Representing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in an ICSID arbitration brought against the Kingdom by Samsung Engineering on the claim that arises under the bilateral investment treaty between the Republic of Korea and the Kingdom.

Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy‘s international arbitration excels in commercial disputes in the energy and banking sectors and counts public international law work among its areas of experience. The group’s expertise spans several key jurisdictions, practice head Sheila Ahuja, who handles a range of commercial and investment treaty arbitration, also specialises in India-related matters; counsel John Rainbird is particularly active in arbitrations relating to Thailand, Japan and Myanmar, while senior associate Jae Hee Suh has particular knowledge of the Korean market. Senior associate Cheryl Teo is popular among Singaporean clients facing international disputes.

Practice head(s):

Sheila Ahuja

Testimonials

‘A&O is technically very competent. Their work is always timely. They are determined and strong-minded. They fight their corner hard but never unreasonably. It is a great strength to be thought reliable and the A&O offices of which I have experience (mainly HK and Singapore) are widely regarded as a safe and reliable pair of hands. ’

Sheila Ahuja is always immaculately prepared. Her written and oral advocacy is first class. Her witness management is impressive. She makes everything she says and does seem reasonable. She does not often take bad points, and when she does, is quick to concede them when they are put to her in a new light. She is a trustworthy advocate and an effective one. she manages her team well and appears to enjoy excellent relations with all those involved.’

‘Always available on short notice, excellent communication skills and proactiveness.’

Great teamwork internally, with efficient work division‘.

‘Sheila Ahuja is very knowledgeable in her field. Her advice is to the point, crisp and right way more often than not.’

‘It is a very strong and diverse team of excellent lawyers.’

‘John Rainbird has impressed with his thorough knowledge of the case, his excellent case management and superb written and oral submissions. ’

‘Allen & Overy has wonderful experience and knowledge on international arbitration. Their scope of work covers commercial, construction, and treaty arbitration. We are always happy to work with the lawyers at Allen & Overy.’

Key clients

BG Exploration and Production India Limited (BG)

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL)

Nissan

The Republic of Korea

Work highlights

  • Advising the Republic of Korea as the lead international counsel in two high-profile investment treaty disputes, against a Malaysian investor and a Chinese investor, respectively, with a combined value of over $3.7bn.
  • Advising Nissan on a claim against the Republic of India pursuant to the 2011 Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between Japan and India in connection to certain outstanding investment incentive sums owed to Nissan by the State Government of Tamil Nadu.
  • Advising Shell (formerly BG) and Reliance on multi-phased arbitration proceedings commenced under the UNCITRAL Rules against the Government of India relating to disputes exceeding $5bn arising out of two production sharing contracts, and also advising them in related court proceedings.

Blackstone & Gold

With ‘excellent knowledge of the industry‘, Blackstone & Gold is noted for upstream and downstream commodities sector disputes. It is popular among lenders, international traders and insurers in international disputes in the oil and gas, metals and minerals spaces. Energy sector arbitration specialist Baldev Bhinder leads the team which includes Raman Kaur, who excels in construction, trading, shipping disputes.

Practice head(s):

Baldev Bhinder

Other key lawyers:

Raman Kaur ; Shane Sim

Testimonials

‘Baldev Bhinder is well known in the market for his commodities work and network. His understanding of international trade is second to none and he brings that expertise to any claim or arbitration’

‘Customised approach to service levels where you able to engage them for a quick response and timely advice. Both Baldev and Shane Sim are well versed in matters related to our request and go the extra mile to ensure our requests are professionally addressed whether it is a Singapore-related matter or abroad. In present times, where quick turnaround and sound advice is key to our business, our stakeholders are extremely pleased with their level of expertise.’

‘Subject matter expertise is key besides their reach to other legal teams as we manage an international business. Besides the service levels and taking matters as a priority and urgent stands out as a quality compared to others especially when you are dealing with many stakeholders. ’

‘Blackstone & Gold provide a bespoke legal service with a personal touch that some of the bigger law firms can’t match or take for granted. Even when we are not sending B&G cases they will always look for opportunities to educate us about what is going on in the markets and how to spot potential pitfalls. B&G are simple to deal with, they are flexible in terms of billing and most importantly, they are pragmatic. ’

‘Baldev Bhinder is the first person I contact if I have a question about the commodity market. He has immense knowledge regarding that topic and he is unquestionably an expert in that field. Whilst I appreciate his technical ability, the thing I admire the most is his integrity and his willingness to help regardless of whether there is a financial incentive. He cares about people and that shows in his work. It is a pleasure to know and deal with him. ’

‘We were recommended BG because they are a specialist commodities law firm. They have a strong reputation in the sector and their experience in Vietnam, Bangladesh and Indonesia was very helpful to our business. ’

‘Excellent knowledge of the industry, in particular on commodity-related disputes. Very practical advice’.

Key clients

EFA Group

MRI Group

Listed steel trader

NS Bluescope

Singapore trading company

Work highlights

  • Advising lenders in a LCIA dispute involving an O&G project with claims in excess of $50m.
  • Acting for a leading trading house against a Chinese smelter in SIAC proceedings for claims of about $15m.

HFW Singapore LLP

HFW Singapore LLP‘s dispute resolution team is strong for trade, commodities and maritime international arbitration. Key contacts include the ‘outstandingChanaka Kumarasinghe who has energy, offshore oil and gas sector expertise and Adam Richardson whose experience covers international trade, commodities and shipping matters. Paul Aston, who counts shipping, transport, insurance and energy disputes among his specialisms, stepped back from the partnership and remains as a consultant while Dan Perera‘s arrival from Reed Smith LLP adds complementary energy, resources and commodities sector expertise.

Practice head(s):

Chanaka Kumarasinghe; Adam Richardson; Dan Perera; Paul Aston

Testimonials

‘Capable and experienced in the shipping and commodities sectors.’

‘Chanaka Kumarasinghe – unique expertise in the field of offshore vessels. Excellent client management. ’

Chanaka Kumarasinghe is outstanding, and without question, a “go-to” person in the marine and marine engineering spaces.’

Key clients

White Oak

K&L Gates Straits Law LLC

K&L Gates Straits Law LLC‘s ‘flexible and pro-active‘ international arbitration team is popular among large corporates as well as family-owned businesses in commercial disputes. It has particular expertise in the shipping and commodities space which is among practice head Raja Bose‘s broad areas of specialism. Other key contacts include managing partner Sreenivasan Narayanan, Henry Kim who has a growing roster of Korean clients and focuses on the energy, infrastructure and natural resources sector disputes, and senior associate Robert Houston, who has particular investor-state arbitration expertise.

Practice head(s):

Raja Bose

Other key lawyers:

Sreenivasan Narayanan SC; Muralli Rajaram; Henry Kim; Robert Houston

Testimonials

‘K&L Gates was very flexible and pro-active in every minute to cope with the problems we were facing. ’

‘Henry Kim’s biligual skill (English, Korean) perfectly resolves the language barrier. He always puts the client’s interest first. In every meeting, we felt like being safeguarded by him. He is very responsive and punctual. He is very detail-oriented.’

Deep knowledge of the oil and gas industry. Bilingual capability to communicate with the customers. Timely legal advice.’

Collaboration within the team and excellent teamwork good communication skills with customers.’

Key clients

SK Shipping,

SK Gas Co

SK Gas International

SK Energy of Korea

L&S Cable & Systems

Laqshya Media

Right Angle Media

Global Indian Schools

38 Degrees Pte Ltd & 1880 Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for 38 Degrees Pte Ltd (the Defendant), in a dispute against Quayside Investments Pte Ltd (the Plaintiff) that arises out of a loan agreement, related security documents and a document known as the ‘Deed of Rights’.
  • Representing Yiannos Papadopoulos in an unfair dismissal claim against Verifone Singapore Pte Ltd and/or Verifone Systems Inc.
  • Represented a prominent high-net-worth individual and his wife in an appeal to the Court of Appeal against a High Court decision, that amongst others, dismissed their application to set aside an arbitral award pursuant to section 24 of the International Arbitration Act, Article 34(2)(a)(iii) and Article 34(2)(b)(ii) of the UNCITRAL Model Law.

Linklaters

Linklaters‘ disputes resolution team handles joint venture and shareholder disputes and acts for Indonesian entities and international investors in Indonesia in international arbitration. Head of the Asia dispute resolution Jelita Pandjaitan is particularly strong for disputes in the financial, and energy and resources sectors while senior partner Melvin Sng has a wealth of experience in investment arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Jelita Pandjaitan

Other key lawyers:

Melvin Sng

Testimonials

Melvin Sng’s experience in Hong Kong is invaluable, as he is able to provide perspectives covering a broader spectrum of jurisdictions than most lawyers in Asia, on a practical level‘.

Melvin Sng provides pragmatic and sound advice, without sugar coating and in the best interests of his clients. He excels in the ability to think out of the box, with the perfect balance of conservatism to place his clients in the best possible position‘.

LVM Law Chambers LLC

Dispute boutique LVM Law Chambers LLC‘s ‘efficient and highly responsive‘ international arbitration practice handles a broad mix of corporate, insurance, energy and infrastructure disputes. Led by Joseph Lee, the team includes the ‘strategic and versatileLok Vi Ming.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Lee

Other key lawyers:

Lok Vi Ming; Qabir Sandhu

Testimonials

‘The team at LVM are focused on delivering results for the clients and at the same time very professional in the way they conduct their cases. ’

‘Lok Vi Ming and Joseph Lee are outstanding practitioners who bring a wealth of experience to bear to the cases they conduct.’

‘The team is efficient and highly responsive to clients’ needs and requirements. They propose practical solutions with clients’ interests at heart.’

‘Lok Vi Ming – strategic and versatile. Bilingual and thus able to handle clients who appreciate such capability’.

‘Joseph Lee is a deep thinker and gets results. Lok Vi Ming has vast knowledge of experience. Qabir Sandhu is a  good listener and able to digest what the client wants while finding some middle grounds when the client doesn’t understand or get’.

They work well together and in sync. Able to converse with any of the team and have them all on the same page.’

Key clients

MS First Capital Insurance Ltd

ONI Global (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd,

ONI Global (Taiwan) Co., Ltd

ONI Global Pte Ltd

Cardinal Health Japan G.K.

Unipec Singapore Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing a major state-owned oil trading company in arbitration proceedings against a terminal storage operator in Singapore for fraudulent misrepresentation as to cargoes worth about SGD$32m.
  • Acted for a Myanmar joint venture partner in a dispute with one of the world’s largest commodities trading companies in a shareholder dispute.
  • Acted for a major Asian healthcare supplement company against a global healthcare supplement company based in the United States in arbitration proceedings based in the United States.

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC‘s international arbitration team is particularly well-known for international trade and maritime disputes. Shipping, energy sector dispute specialist Wendy Tan and the ‘excellentDaniel Chia (who counts construction and shareholder disputes among his areas of expertise) jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Wendy Tan; Daniel Chia

Testimonials

‘Daniel Chia stands out as an excellent advocate. Reasonable, cool and thorough.’

Key clients

PetroChina International (Singapore)

Chinaoil (Singapore) Int’l Pte Ltd

Thaumas Marine Ltd (part of Coastal Contracts Bhd)

GPK Marine Management Services Group

CR11-CC-Gates JV

Vela Management Participation Pte Ltd

HP Enterprise Limited

Convexity Limited

Gracious Land

Shanghai Shipyard

Work highlights

  • Acting for Shanghai Shipyard in connection with a dispute over four Rig Building Contracts with a cumulative value of over $500m.
  • Secured a resounding victory for a prominent Malaysian businessman in his long and hard-fought claim in an international arbitration against an Asia-based private investment firm.
  • Represented Gracious Land Pt in a dispute with Oxley Gem relating to a sale of various hotel and mixed development sites to Gracious Land which were aborted by Oxley Gem’s various breaches of the terms of the sale.

Morrison Foerster (Singapore)

Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP‘s dispute resolution team has particular experience in international arbitrations relating to Japan and China and is popular among technology sector clients. Craig Celniker and Daniel Levison jointly lead the practice which benefits from the ability to work cross-office with the firm’s global network.

Practice head(s):

Craig Celniker; Daniel Levison

Oon & Bazul LLP

Oon & Bazul LLP handles a breadth of disputes across the region. Suresh Divyanathan, who regularly acts for Japanese and Korean clients, leads the team alongside managing partner Bazul Ashhab who has a breadth of dispute resolution experience including in the shipping sector, for which Kelly Yap is also noted. Restructuring and insolvency expert Keith Han joined from Clifford Chance.

Other key lawyers:

Keith Han

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLP  has notable sector specialism in private equity, international trade, commodities and energy and natural resources which the team handles commercial international arbitration. Practice head Kyri Evagora is a name to note for energy and natural resources disputes while Kohe Hasan is recommended for disputes relating to Indonesia and Cambodia. Timothy Cooke, who specialises in disputes arising out of private equity transactions, joined from Stephenson Harwood LLP alongside senior associate Germaine Chia. Other changes include Dan Perera‘s departure to HFW Singapore LLP.

Practice head(s):

Kyri Evagora

Testimonials

‘Timothy Cooke is a pleasure to work with. Wide and deep experience in many sectors. Over-arching expertise in arbitration, particularly in the region, but also more widely. Someone who can be relied on for difficult and complex assignments.’

Timothy Cooke is a superb international arbitrator‘.

The team is always responsive, always punctual, and always makes you feel like you are in good hands and confident as to the quality of the representation you are receiving‘.

Timothy Cooke is excellent in every way – a strong and effective advocate, as well as a highly commercial and strategic operator, always putting client interests first‘.

 

Shook Lin & Bok LLP

Shook Lin & Bok LLP‘s dispute resolution team has a breadth of experience in cross-border arbitration. Practice head David Chan specialises in finance disputes, and is ably supported by Sarjit Singh Gill SC who is popular for international arbitration proceedings involving Indian parties, and Probin Dass and Joseph Tay who focus on shipping and construction disputes, respectively.

Practice head(s):

David Chan

Work highlights

  • Acted for a major Indian agriculture and fertiliser cooperative in arbitration proceedings against its Australian joint venture partner company, a Delaware corporation listed in the US, and the controlling mind of the joint venture partner company – both domiciled in Australia.
  • Acting for a local bank in an arbitration claim against credit insurers.
  • Acting for the Singapore arm of a prominent Chinese company in arbitration proceedings against a major Russian bank in respect of a dispute arising from a Global Master Repurchase Agreement.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs‘ international arbitration team is particularly strong for gas price review and shipping and commodities sector disputes as well as investment treaty arbitration. The latter strength was added with the arrival of Rodman Bundy and associate Alvin Yap from Harry Elias Partnership in 2021; the duo’s arrival followed that of mining, construction and shipping disputes specialist Chris Swart who joined in 2020 from HFW Singapore LLP. Australian-qualified barrister Cameron Ford who is particularly active in the mining and commodities sector and energy and natural resources disputes expert Barry Stimpson are other key contacts.

Other key lawyers:

Cameron Ford; Rodman Bundy; Chris Swart; Barry Stimpson; Alvin Yap

Key clients

The South Asian subsidiary of a multinational renewable energy company

An Australian mining services company operating in India

Government of India

Government of Guatemala

Government of Colombia

Government of Bolivia

Work highlights

  • Represented an Australian mining services company in an SIAC arbitration over the breach of a long-term services contract at an Indian mine site arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic and involving issues of force majeure.
  • Representing the Government of India in proceedings brought by the Government of Italy under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea before a PCA arbitral tribunal arising out of the shooting by two Italian marines stationed on an Italian oil tanker off the coast of India that resulted in the death of two Indian fishermen.