International arbitration in Singapore
Clifford Chance operates a relatively unique model through its Formal Law Alliance with Cavenagh Law LLP, enabling it to provide a seamless offering for international arbitration and any related Singapore court applications and proceedings. The team has achieved a broad geographic coverage, with a notably strong records in disputes involving India, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and South Korea. Paul Sandosham is widely praised for his expertise in infrastructure and construction cases, while Nish Shetty and Kabir Singh are also known for large India disputes. Kelvin Teo is also rated. Harpreet Singh Nehal SC has left to launch Audent Chambers LLC.
Nish Shetty; Paul Sandosham; Kabir Singh
‘The team we work with are highly efficient, capable of grasping key points of the case and soon sorting out rough strategy to work on.’
‘They are neat and polite in writing and communication with all relevant parties, and are professional in offering suggestion and solutions. Their sourcing of domestic legal support (the country to which the jurisdiction of the contract is subject to) is also very well organized and executed, which helps a lot in winning the case.’
‘Our in-house peers would like to know the firm’s legal practices in international contract dispute resolution, the industries involved and the cooperation with local legal firms.’
‘Our sincere gratitude goes to Mr. Nish Shetty, Ms Joan Lim-Casanova and Mr. Xide Low. The are highly efficient, always on time in document deliveries and excellent in cross-examination during the case opening. The team work in high harmony and they treat the case very seriously.’
- Acting for a prime contractor in LCIA arbitration proceedings relating to a dispute arising out of the construction of a nuclear power plant project.
- Acting for the client in a dispute arising out of an investment by several private equity funds into a prominent infrastructure company in India estimated to be worth in excess of $4bn.
- Representing Churchill Mining and Planet Mining in connection with two ICSID investment treaty arbitrations against Indonesia under two bilateral investment treaties (BITs) concerning an Indonesian coal project.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP reinforced its senior bench with the relocation of newly promoted partner Tomas Furlong to Singapore from Hong Kong, providing additional expertise in telecoms, funds and finance cases. Along with the highly rated Alastair Henderson, and of counsels Gitta Satryani and Daniel Waldek, the growing team remains a force in energy, infrastructure and joint-venture and shareholder disputes. It represents a range of international oil majors, along with Korean, Japanese, Chinese and big regional South East Asia corporates, including national oil companies (NOCs) and sovereign wealth funds.
‘A leader in investment and post-M&A disputes, big ticket and high-value cases’.
‘The team has exceptional experience in the field and provides expert advice based on a solid foundation of practical knowledge acquired in many previous complex cases, including experience sitting as arbitrators as well as advising and assisting clients as counsel.’
‘Alastair Henderson is one of the leading names, very smart and does international arbitration day-in and day-out.’
‘Alastair Henderson is recognised as a leading practitioner in the field. He speaks with authority and clarity and provides valuable guidance on strategy, including alternative options to achieve the client’s objective and to ensure that their interests are protected.’
‘Daniel Waldek can always be relied on to provide fast, accurate and practical advice. He has excellent drafting skills.’
King & Spalding LLP has centred a substantial proportion of its prestigious international arbitration in Singapore, where it dominates the commercial, construction and investment treaty disputes market. Oil and gas remains its forte sector, though it is rapidly moving into other industries such as healthcare. The Singapore team has an illustrious client base and is active in multiple arbitral centres around the region and further afield. Wade Coriell leads the Asia disputes practice and has an excellent record in oil and gas cases, particularly in Indonesia and the Philippines; he is at the forefront of LNG price review disputes. Emerson Holmes is a leader in construction and engineering arbitrations, Simon Dunbar is another experienced and versatile practitioner, while Elodie Dulac impresses in oil and gas and investment treaty cases. Associate Jia Lin Hoe is also 'very impressive'.
‘The firm has pulled away from the rest with huge construction disputes, gas pricing cases and a mix of commercial and investment arbitrations. With four partners in the Singapore office, it is supported by a strong energy and infrastructure practices’.
‘King & Spalding has a top-notch arbitration team in Singapore that provides great service. They hone in on the real issues in a dispute and provide guidance based on sound legal strategy that also makes business sense.’
‘Its partners have a well-balanced exposure and experience in both commercial and treaty arbitration.’
‘Wade Coriell’s abilities as a terrific advocate and a pragmatic advisor makes him stand out among his competitors.’
‘Wade Coriel is sensitive to the client’s wishes and refines strategies and legal points to accommodate. He is very thorough in preparing for a case and quick on his feet in addressing questions, whether from the client in a meeting/call or from the tribunal during a hearing.’
‘Elodie Dulac is very comprehensive in her written submissions, and writes in a precise and concise manner that gets the substance across very clearly.’
Samsung C&T Corporation
San Miguel Holdings
- Represented AsiaPhos and Norwest Chemicalsin their investment treaty dispute against the People’s Republic of China over the expropriation of their mining rights.
- Represented National Grid Corporation of the Philippines in a $500m arbitration against National Transmission Corp and Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp over the concession agreement for the Philippine electricity transmission grid.
- Representing Shell and Chevron in an ICC arbitration against the Republic of the Philippines.
Allen & Gledhill LLP has demonstrated a strong commitment to international arbitration, building a fine senior bench of talent that has a record in infrastructure, construction and engineering, and energy disputes through to big-ticket commercial arbitrations. Dinesh Dhillon, Chong Yee Leong, Andrew Yeo, Chong Boon Leong, Chua Kee Loon and Ankit Goyal are all highly rated.
Chong Yee Leong; Dinesh Dhillon; Andrew Yeo
‘The firm has deep resources and is able to staff a full team to deal with our matters. Junior members have been well trained and are able to assist with the matter effectively.’
‘Department members can speak fluent Chinese and everyone in the team devoted 120% of their efforts.‘
‘Chua Kee Loon is an exceptional attorney, strong communicator with a strategic approach. His professional background and long-standing experience in arbitration enables him to turn a complex situation touching different legal systems into a simple case that an arbitration court can handle. He is excellent in the court room, always calm and polite but absolutely focused and straight to the point.’
‘Ankit Goyal is an effective and polished arbitration lawyer with a particular focus on India-related disputes.’
‘Chong Boon Leong understands the client’s perspective and is empathetic to client’s considerations. He spends considerable time with the client and team to develop the legal position.’
Drew & Napier LLC has gained considerable traction in the arbitration market in recent years, thanks in part to the commitment, dedication and profile of key figures such as Cavinder Bull SC. The firm has made an impact in commercial and investor-state arbitrations, acting for a wide variety of regional and international clients, including governments. Jimmy Yim SC, Randolph Khoo and Yuet Min Foo are also highly rated, as is emerging figure Mahesh Rai.
Cavinder Bull SC; Jimmy Yim SC; Randolph Khoo
‘First class technical and practical advice that is consistently delivered according to the timelines required.’
‘The team was extremely thorough at each step of the dispute and ensured that they were always one step ahead. Their proactive attitude in managing the dispute enabled us to forecast several potential matters which could have hindered our case.’
‘The intensity and dedication shown by the team working on our arbitration is unparalleled and explains why Drew & Napier is such a tough opponent to have in a dispute.’
‘Cavinder Bull SC is plugged into global networks and has invested in the international arbitration space.’
‘Jimmy Yim, SC has an ability to simplify very complex and technical arguments to narrow it down to the key issues in dispute, and deliver them passionately and eloquently with fierce persuasion.’
‘Mahesh Rai was always on top of every aspect of the dispute, nothing could slip away from him. His strategic advice and sound reasoning were key in developing and framing claim.’
‘Foo Yuet Min knows her case inside out, is meticulous in her pre-hearing preparations, and is sufficiently aggressive during the interlocutory stage.’
Government of Laos
Longzhu Oilfield Services
Toshiba Mitsubishi Electric Industrial Systems
Jones Day remains best known for construction and engineering cases, particularly for South Korean contractors. The firm is also at the forefront of energy arbitrations for oil majors and smaller oil and gas businesses, along with a growing pipeline of solar disputes. Moreover, it has a growing reputation in technology-related arbitrations. The three-partner team features big name Matt Skinner, newly-promoted partner Zachary Sharpe and Simon Bellas, who focuses on construction and engineering cases linked to projects on Australia's west coast.
‘There is seamless cooperation between its international offices. We worked with the Singapore, Paris, London and Dubai offices and coordination between them was excellent.’
‘Simon Bellas has moved to Singapore and Zachary Sharpe has made partner, making this one of the best practices in Singapore.’
‘Matt Skinner is quick to understand the client’s concerns and has a good balance between legal and commercial. One can sense he genuinely wants to achieve the best solution for the client. He is also culturally understanding which is very important working with international clients.’
‘Simon Bellas brings amazing energy, humour and acumen to the process. His clients can rest assured that Simon and his team will do amazing work for them.’
‘Zachary Sharpe is an up-and-coming young partner with very good technical knowledge and strong advocacy skills.’
Hyundai Engineering & Construction
Hyundai Heavy Industries
Jacobs Engineering Group
- Successfully defended Hyundai Heavy Industries against an $8.5bn claim arising from its involvement in the Barzan gas project in Qatar.
Norton Rose Fulbright is a leader in power and oil and gas disputes. It has achieved further growth in power generation cases and South Asia disputes, particularly India and Bangladesh. Aviation is another prime sector for a team that continues to achieve prominence in investor-state arbitrations and FMCG cases. The team members appear in multiple arbitral centres and has experience in a variety of governing laws. KC Lye is a leading practitioner, supported by prominent counsel Katie Chung. The firm also has a fruitful relationship with Ascendant Legal LLC, to cover any related Singapore court applications and proceedings, with the Singapore firm's managing director Kei-Jin Chew having a particularly fine reputation. Darius Chan has moved to Fountain Court Chambers.
‘A very strong team with a breadth of experience, very good client handling skills and an excellent strategic approach.’
‘It is superb and reliable. The team is very thorough, diligent, meticulous and very pragmatic. Their service is good value for the money.’
‘KC Lye is outstanding and very experienced. I would say, he is one of the best international arbitration practitioners.’
‘KC Lye is the one you want on your side to win. He leads a high performance team that constantly delivers high quality on time.’
‘Darius Chan is extremely diligent and a very experienced for his age. He is not only good at communication and people skills, he reverts promptly and is a caring human being.’
Royal Brunei Airlines
Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company
NEPC Consortium Power
Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP has demonstrated a high level of commitment to international arbitration and is a recognised leader in insolvency and shipping cases. It is also making an impression in investor-state arbitrations and commercial disputes with a regional dimension. Head of international arbitration Andre Yeap SC and Francis Xavier SC are two respected Senior Counsels in this sector, while Paul Tan is widely praised, particularly for investment arbitration. Ng Kim Beng is noted for infrastructure disputes.
‘The team was willing to take on a unique international arbitration set of facts and to deliver legal advice as to available options that would not have otherwise been discovered.’
‘The team was able to grasp the matter at hand and formulate a strategy to assist us in our case. The team works efficiently and provided a detailed summary on the strength and weaknesses of the case.’
‘Paul Tan is accessible, thoughtful, legally creative while being commercially sensitive.’
‘Paul Tan is able to give his point of view and the relevant legal implications succinctly.’
Republic of the Philippines
Kingdom of Lesotho
Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Company
China New Machine Company
- Acted for The Republic of the Philippines in an ongoing $15bn dispute with Shell and Chevron before the Permanent Court of Arbitration, relating to the claimants’ liability to pay income taxes.
- Acted for The Kingdom of Lesotho in its successful jurisdictional challenge against an arbitration award relating to a $1.8bn mining leases dispute; this was the first time the Singapore courts have set aside an investor-state arbitral award on its merits.
- Represented China New Machinery Energy in proceedings to set aside a final award of the International Chamber of Commerce over a dispute of a power plant in Guatemala.
WongPartnership LLP is gaining further recognition for its specialist expertise in international arbitration, with the firm noted for its record in investment treaty cases, commercial arbitration and for its formidable advocacy expertise. Arbitrations involving Asia Pacific parties, especially those from South East Asia, are core to the practice. Alvin Yeo SC and Koh Swee Yen are recognised leaders in the field, along with Chou Sean Yu, Andre Maniam SC, Christopher Chuah, Hock Keng Chan and Chee Meng Tan SC.
Alvin Yeo SC
‘The WongPartnership team are specialists in the field of international arbitration and rank amongst the very best in the world. Their application of the facts to the law, to consider every detail relating to the extensive record of our case and to master complex issues of the case are unique.’
‘Alvin Yeo SC is involved in a large number of high-value disputes and has been for some time’.
‘Alvin Yeo SC is a superb lawyer, always well-prepared, an articulate and forceful advocate.’
‘Koh Swee Yen definitely stands out, she is straight forward, convincing, has excellent people skills and has very well thought strategies for document production and for presentation in the tribunal.’
Accor Asia Pacific
Independent State of Papua New Guinea
Swissbourgh Diamond Mines
- Acted for Swissbourgh Diamond Mines against the Kingdom of Lesotho in an investment treaty arbitration involving claims in excess of $1.9bn and in an application to set aside an investment treaty award.
Ashurst LLP's practice centres on construction and engineering disputes, driven in large part by a growing Japanese client base; it has two Japanese speakers within the Singapore team. Moreover, it is at the forefront of LNG price review disputes and has experienced an uptick in insolvency cases. Rob Palmer is an established figure in the Southeast Asia arbitration market, having been on the ground since 2003, and senior associate Michael Weatherley is noted for his advocacy skills.
‘Ashurst is very innovative and commercial in its advice. Team members think ahead, and don’t just take instructions.’
‘The thing I like most is partner availability. Someone always picks up the phone or responds quickly, and the advice is commercial.’
‘I think they strike a good balance from a cost and client management perspective.’
‘Rob Palmer has a persuasive nature, sharp wits and a calm demeanour. If we have any construction disputes or claims, I would first contact him.’
‘Rob Palmer is very focused on the client’s 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 the client.’
‘Michael Weatherley has the ability to get things done within very tight timelines and demands.He looks through the facts carefully, and comes up with appropriate and excellent drafts for pleadings. He is tenacious, insightful and one to watch for the future.’
Singapore LNG Corporation
Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow brought in Ashish Chugh from K&L Gates Straits Law LLC to reinforce its expertise in South Asia disputes, while Chan Leng Sun SC has joined Essex Court Chambers. The team is also strong in South East Asia arbitrations, including construction and infrastructure, power and energy, telecoms and investment disputes. Nandakumar Ponniya heads the Asia Pacific international arbitration practice and Richard Allen provides further commercial and investment arbitration expertise.
‘The team members are very hardworking. They have good understanding of what we expect. They are very prompt, attentive and have been able to provide us with the comprehensive guidance we need to pursue our claims in arbitration.’
‘Ashish Chugh has a keen eye for detail, offers frank and sensible commercial advice and is completely dedicated to getting the best possible outcome for the client.’
- Acted for Hydrochem in SIAC arbitration proceedings against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries over a sub-contract for the TuasOne waste-to-energy plant.
Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore
Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore has a four-partner team that has achieved broad geographical coverage, especially India, Indonesia, China and Japan. The Singapore office has also targeted disputes involving US entities. Insurance and marine are obvious fortes for the firm, but the arbitration team has also built a big presence in construction and engineering, general commercial and intellectual property. Prakash Pillai is the big name in a department that includes Sapna Jhangiani, construction partner Eugene Tan and June Yeum, who splits her time between Singapore and New York.
Prakash Pillai; Sapna Jhangiani; Eugene Tan; June Yeum.
‘Pragmatic and solutions driven. Always weighing up the option of settlement versus continuation of the arbitration.’
‘Extremely thorough with the brief and has in-depth knowledge of the matter.’
‘Sapna Jhangiani was diligent, informed and thoughtful. She never got pulled into the bluster and demonstrative discussions held and remained calm and considered in all instances.’
- Acted for POSCO International in an ICDR/AAA arbitration in New York along with the enforcement proceeding in Louisiana.
Davinder Singh Chambers
Davinder Singh Chambers is the new dispute resolution powerhouse in Singapore, having been launched by the highly acclaimed Davinder Singh SC who has demonstrated a fervent commitment to the arbitration sector in recent years; he is chairman of the Board of Directors of SIAC. He has been joined by longstanding colleagues, including Jaikanth Shankar who has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the market, and the new firm is expected to be a genuinely competitive force, particularly in Singapore-seated arbitrations and cases under Singapore law.
Davinder Singh SC
‘Davinder Singh SC has a legendary reputation for Singapore-seated cases that have a Singapore law component.’
‘Davinder Singh SC is without peer at the Singapore Bar. His cross examination skills are razor sharp. It is a joy to watch him in court.‘
Dechert has made a rapid emergence in Singapore as a true leader in the field of arbitration. It has attracted a multitude of big-name multinational clients, most notably in the energy and resources sectors, and now is routinely engaged in big-ticket and high-value cases. The firm has made a particular impression gas-price review cases and is involved in a third-party funded arbitration. Construction, shareholder and post-M&A disputes, and sports cases also feature strongly. Mark Mangan is widely praised for his technical and commercial expertise. Senior associate Henry Defriez is also making an impression.
‘A very good team with strong advocacy skills and a deep bench.’
‘The team has great knowledge and is very devoted to the case. As a result of this we had a very successful outcome in an arbitration case.’
‘Mark Mangan works on the case in a hands-on manner, has great knowledge and is very capable to provide practical solutions.’
‘Mark Mangan is a very prepared advocate, remains cool under pressure. He is exceptional.’
SK Engineering and Construction
- The Singapore team worked alongside Paris colleagues to represent the construction companies Rizzani de Eccher, Obrascón Huarte Lain and Trevi in a $250m ICSID arbitration against the State of Kuwait.
Dentons Rodyk has an outstanding record in construction, maritime and aviation disputes. It is also noted for its court review capabilities, including the defence and challenge of arbitration awards, and its experience in other arbitral centres such as Seoul, London and Hong Kong. With strong advocacy credentials thanks to the presence of Philip Jeyaretnam SC and others, the team also features shipping and trade expert Lawrence Teh, Ajinderpal Singh and Herman Jeremiah.
‘Lawrence Teh is very professional and smart in using various legal techniques. He is also an experienced arbitrator having good knowledge of procedure.’
Eversheds Harry Elias
Eversheds Harry Elias remains the benchmark for public international law cases and is a growing force in mainstream commercial arbitrations. Rodman Bundy is a global leader in public international law cases, and Francis Goh is making an impression in commercial disputes.
‘It is highly professional, obviously has a lot of experience and was able to assist us with our expectations and keep us at ease with the situation.’
‘Francis Goh and his team were very engaged and gave our case full attention, as well as being mindful of time and costs. They obviously knew the papers and details inside out, not like the partner of the opposing team.’
Government of the Republic of Singapore
Government of Colombia
Government of India
Government of Iran
- Represented HIL in a joint-venture dispute with an American conglomerate.
- Acted for the owners and vendors of a Singapore trust company against the buyers for breach of sale and purchase agreement connected to the takeover of the company.
- Acted for the Government of the Republic of Singapore in two cases brought by Malaysia before the International Court of Justice in The Hague relating to Malaysia’s applications to revise and interpret the Court’s Judgment of 2008 regarding sovereignty over islands in the Strait of Singapore.
Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee is noted for energy and infrastructure arbitrations, especially for US and Japanese clients. It has experienced growth in engagements from banks and funds, and is principally active in SIAC and ICC arbitrations in Singapore. Kent Phillips leads the team and is one of the more senior arbitration specialists in Singapore. Senior associate Benson Lim is a genuine rising star, as is Henry Winter
‘I would say that Hogan Lovells is a go-to firm for international arbitration.‘
‘An excellent team for international dispute resolution work.’
‘Kent Phillips is an outstanding arbitration counsel. He is easy to work with and thorough.’
‘Kent Phillips is a strategic thinker who provides reasoned and thoughtful advice. He also is an absolute pleasure to work with, and a consummate professional.‘
K&L Gates Straits Law LLC
K&L Gates Straits Law LLC now has the Singapore law ability to support its established international arbitration practice, this following the international firm's merger with Singapore's Straits Law Practice LLC in January 2019. Raja Bose is the primary arbitration specialist partner, though many of the firm's strong litigators are also adept in the arbitration sphere. This includes investment treaty, trade, energy, engineering and infrastructure cases. It has an established record in India-related cases, though it lost Ashish Chugh to Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow in 2019. Glenn Cheng is noted for construction and engineering disputes.
Yangon International Airport
Global Indian Schools
John Deere Asia (Singapore)
Mayer Brown has a healthy flow of big-ticket disputes involving Vietnam and Indonesia, while remaining well plugged into the India market. Leveraging its sizeable geographic footprint in Asia Pacific, the firm is also able to run parallel proceedings in certain jurisdictions. It continues to act for a large number of South Korean and Japanese clients in sizeable arbitrations, and is active across the commercial, oil and gas, power and transport infrastructure segments. Yu-Jin Tay leads a relatively small but effective team.
‘Yu-Jin Tay shows creativity and develops a practical strategy based on deep understanding of proceedings. His network with business and government people throughout South East Asia makes him totally different from other experienced international arbitration practitioners.’
‘Yu-Jin Tay is extremely smart, professional and helpful. He reasons, writes and speaks very well.’
Pinsent Masons MPillay
Pinsent Masons MPillay has a tremendous arbitration heritage, particularly in the construction and engineering fields. Moreover, it has the litigation backup in Singapore to address any related court applications or proceedings. The firm has a strong association with North Asian construction contractors. Jon Howes is a prominent construction arbitration practitioner and Mohan Pillay is recognised for arbitration and court-related applications and proceedings.
Shearman & Sterling LLP has outstanding global credentials in international arbitration and this is very much in evidence in Singapore where office managing partner Daryl Chew leads an especially impressive team. The group, which includes a variety of nationalities, is noted for construction and infrastructure, energy, and joint-venture and shareholder disputes; infrastructure and oil and gas are growth areas. The team is active in South East Asia disputes involving Chinese parties and is gaining ground in Korea cases, following the launch of an office in Seoul; the highly rated Singapore associate Brandon Bang is a Korean speaker. Partner Emmanuel Jacomy splits his time between Beijing and Singapore, and is a key figure for Chinese clients.
‘A diversified and efficient team. It is fully aware of the needs, culture and expectations of clients in Asia Pacific, providing strategic and full scope advice to clients.’
‘It is very experienced in international arbitration and working with other counsels and arbitrators.’
The People’s Republic of China
- Acted for Kot Addu Power Company in an ICC arbitration against the Pakistan Water Power and Development Authority relating to a power purchase agreement dispute.
Stephenson Harwood LLP is a burgeoning player in the arbitration market, particularly in investment disputes and in offshore oil and gas cases. It has extensive experience in Indonesia, Vietnam, China and the Philippines. Post M&A, joint venture, shareholder and power cases also feature strongly along with shipping and charterparty arbitrations. Timothy Cooke is a recognised leading name in the arbitration field, while Michelle Yong has a strong name in shipping disputes, as does John Simpson who joined from Ince in 2018.
‘An excellent team for international arbitration. It has strong fundamentals, a thorough understanding of arbitration rules and procedures.’
‘The team provides commercially savvy advice. The advice leverages off really deep legal expertise, but applies a commercial rationale to the strategy which means efficient solutions to highly complex issues.’
‘Timothy Cooke is brilliant. He assimilates information and facts quickly and has a sound understanding of arbitration rules and procedures. He produces succinct responses, is very hands-on and engages directly with client.’
‘Timothy Cooke is an outstanding advocate for international arbitration. He is exceptionally bright and hardworking. He can take the most complicated matter and distil it into a clear and persuasive case. He has a calm and commanding presence in hearings. Arbitrators really listen to him.’
‘Michelle Yong is sharp, focused, patient, has a good sense of timing and is a great strategist.’
‘John Simpson is a brilliant strategist, coordinating the large team of lawyers, experts and witnesses. He is very commercially-minded and knows the law at the back of his hand. He is very experienced in offshore disputes and shipping disputes.’
Jaguar Energy Guatemala
- Acted for Jaguar Energy Guatemala / AEI Guatemala Jaguar in coordinating actions in various countries to enforce the arbitral award against the plaintiff’s assets.
- Acted for Tarek Damerji in resist the application to set aside an SIAC arbitration award.
White & Case Pte. Ltd. continues to impress in construction and oil and gas arbitrations, notably a recognised leader in gas price review cases and LNG supply disputes. The geographically diverse practice represents a large number of Japanese clients and the team frequently works alongside oil and gas specialist colleagues in Tokyo. Matthew Secomb is a leading figure in gas price review cases, having brought his experience from Europe to Asia. Aditya Singh is a key name at the associate level.
‘The team is very experienced in the energy sector.’
‘Matthew Secomb is excellent. He has a lot of experience, is hardworking, and provides clear advice.’
Allen & Overy
Allen & Overy is noted for Singapore-seated disputes involving Indian entities. It has a particularly fine record in energy, banking and finance, commercial and investment treaty cases. Sheila Ahuja has an excellent regional profile having previously practised in Hong Kong.
BG Exploration and Production India
Nissan Motor Co
- Acted for BG Exploration and Production India and Reliance Industries in a London-seated arbitration against the Government of India under the UNCITRAL Rules 1976.
- Acted for Nissan Motor Co in a claim against India pursuant to the 2011 Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between Japan and India concerning investment incentives which were promised to Nissan regarding its establishment of a manufacturing plant in Tamil Nadu.
Blackstone & Gold
Blackstone & Gold was launched in June 2019 by Baldev Bhinder having left Joseph Tan Jude Benny LLP. The new arbitration boutique specialises in energy, oil and gas (especially midstream), and commodities disputes. It advises a range of commodities traders in particular. Bhinder speaks both Hindi and Bahasa, and has an especially strong record in Indonesia disputes; he is a growing name in metals cases.
‘Baldev Bhinder is a quality lawyer, who is technically and strategically adept’.
‘Baldev is stellar. He is plugged into the cases, the commodities market and has a great instinct for his cases. He is able to measure up his opponent as well as the judge when running the cases.’
Bangladesh Steel Rerolling Mills
Shun Shing Group
- Represented LH Asian in a $10m claim against an oil trader with multi-jurisdictional aspects in Singapore, China and Vietnam.
- Acted for New Zone Intertrade FZE, the commodities trader, in a claim in excess of S$20m.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is primarily noted for representing Korean and Japanese clients in construction and engineering disputes, particularly cases that have a nexus with Singapore and South East Asia. Gavin Margetson and James Clarke are highly rated in this regard. Former of counsel Roger Milburn has joined Litigation Capital Management, the litigation funder.
‘The team was a real pleasure to work with. It was hardworking, smart, with a good grasp of the issues in the case and an excellent handle on what the clients needed.’
‘James Clarke was absolutely outstanding. A rare balance of intellect, commerciality, tact, energy and grasp of both the detail and the big picture. And to top it all off a thoroughly nice person. He was a joy to work with.’
Samsung Construction & Technology (Korea)
Hyundai Construction Equipment (Korea)
SK Engineering & Construction (Korea)
Essex Court Chambers Duxton
Essex Court Chambers Duxton is, unusual for legal businesses in Singapore, a group practice that operates under an English barristers' chambers and model linked to Essex Court Chambers in London. The members of the group have particular expertise in commercial, corporate and financial litigation, arbitration, public law, and public international law instructions. Toby Landau SC is a notable name as an English silk who was called to the Singapore Bar in 2017; Chan Leng Sun SC is another active silk at the set; and Colin Liew is a notable junior counsel. V K Rajah SC – a former attorney-general of Singapore – primarily sits as an arbitrator.
HFW Singapore LLP
HFW Singapore LLP is very much part of the arbitration establishment in Singapore, with a particularly stellar record in trade and commodities, energy and transport disputes; shipping and offshore oil and gas are particular fortes. The team represents parties from all over the world and appears in multiple arbitral venues, notably the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) and SIAC. Paul Aston is a heavyweight arbitration specialist, as is commodities specialist Chris Swart. Chanaka Kumarasinghe is recommended for energy disputes and Adam Richardson is an up-and-coming name in trade and commodities.
‘The team is very efficient, knowledgeable, cost effective and able to draw on colleagues from its other Asia Pacific offices in order appropriately service the needs of the case. In my view, it ought to be the first choice for clients that want a first class service at a competitive rate.’
‘Chris Swart is praised for his personal contact, attention and care, readiness to listen and explore possible solutions and avenues together with the client.’
‘Paul Aston goes the extra mile and is very broad in his commercial practice base, which gives him a distinct commercial edge over competitors whose specialism is more narrow.’
- Acted for KC Maritime in the enforcement of a refund guarantee.
- Represented India-Engineering, Procurement and Construction in a $15m liquidated damages claim.
Linklaters has a fine Asia disputes practice, which has a growing element of arbitration as part of it. Jelita Pandjaitan is a well-rounded disputes and investigations practitioner with genuine pedigree in international arbitration. Melvin Sng heads the Asia dispute resolution team and has an extensive record in international arbitration.
‘Jelita Pandjaitan does a mix of things but is extremely bright and a quality lawyer.’
Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC has maintained a strong flow of arbitration engagements, notably in the shipping, oil and gas, insurance and construction cases. Daniel Chia and Wendy Tan are the key partners. Construction specialist Kelvin Aw has joined CMS Holborn Asia.
Alliance Offshore Drilling
Viking & Offshore Marine
- Engaged by Shanghai Shipyard to act as part of its multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional international team in respect of four rig building contracts, which triggering a dispute resolution mechanism governed by an LMIA Arbitration.
- Represented Viking & Offshore Marine in a $70m SIAC claim arising out of land rigs bareboat charter agreements.
- Acted for Q&M Dental Group in an SIAC arbitration against a Chinese dental clinic owner arising out of a suite of documents for investment by Q&M into China.
Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP's Singapore team works closely with colleagues in Hong Kong, Tokyo and elsewhere. It is well known for its capabilities in telecoms, technology and intellectual property disputes. A number of the senior team members have US trial experience, providing strong advocacy credentials and a more assertive approach to arguing cases. The team's client base largely centres on Japanese, European and US multinationals. Craig Celniker leads the Singapore group, having previously spent ten years in Tokyo.
‘A very business-oriented team and very supportive of negotiation and arbitration. It is well prepared.’
‘They are very practical people and focused on their customers’ needs. It runs a partnership approach, not a supplier-customer relationship.’
Oon & Bazul LLP
Oon & Bazul LLP has a core focus on shipping, energy and trade and commodities disputes. It continues to represent a number of Japanese entities in Singapore-seated arbitrations, thanks to strong connections to several Japanese law firms. Furthermore, it has a South Korean native within the team enabling a wider focus on North Asia clients. Suresh Divyanathan is a recognised arbitration specialist and Bazul Ashhab is a rounded dispute resolution expert. Highly rated former senior associate Kristine Koh has left to become assistant director at the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
Shanghai Dingheng Shipping Co
- Acted for Shanghai Dingheng Shipping Co, the technical managers of the MT GOLDEN BRILLIANT V1603 vessel in arbitration proceedings against the charterer Astra-KLK, which resulted in a settlement.
Reed Smith LLP
Reed Smith LLP is principally known for shipping, trade and commodities, and energy and natural resources disputes. The firm is also making an impression in investor-state cases. Through its FLA with Resource Law LLC, it is also able to provide a seamless service in arbitration-related court proceedings. Barry Stimpson leads the team, which features the highly rated Kohe Hasan.
‘They team is very experienced in the energy space.’
‘Kohe Hasan’s commitment to her craft remains unparalleled over the many years I have known her. She is extremely passionate, engaging, tactically very astute and her experience in transactional matters gives her an edge as she is able to appreciate the commercial nuances of a matter better. Kohe truly understands and embraces the diversity of South East Asian cultures.’
‘Barry Stimpson is creative in his thinking and never misses a beat.‘
Shook Lin & Bok LLP remains noted for insolvency, banking, commercial and fraud cases. It has seen a particular uptick in disputes involving banks against insurers. The team has a strong background with Indian and Indonesian clients and has expanded its client base to Chinese and Japanese entities, among others. Sarjit Singh Gill SC, David Chan, Probin Dass and Joseph Tay are notable figures.
- Acted for a major Indian cooperative in an arbitration involving a claim against a US-listed company and one of its major shareholders. The arbitral tribunal made a $40m award in favour of the client.
- Acted for a Singapore bank in its dispute with credit insurers which refused to make payment upon default by the debtors. The bank has since commenced arbitration proceedings against the credit insurers in Singapore.
- Represented a local bank in a dispute with credit insurers for refusal to accept liability when the debtor defaulted.
Simmons & Simmons has an impressive flow of headline cases, including commodity trading and investor-state disputes. Projects and construction, and TMT arbitrations are also prominent for the team led by Amanda Lees.
‘Strong commercial arbitration offering with good understanding of regional markets. Starting to make inroads on investor-State arbitration work too with recent high-profile win for Indonesia in a treaty arbitration.’
‘Eric Chan is responsive, commercial and strategic. Amanda Lees is great to have on your side. She has a no-nonsense attitude and is completely focused on securing her clients’ objectives.’
Government of Republic of Indonesia
- Successfully representing the Republic of Indonesia in a $580M claim under the India-Indonesia BIT
Watson Farley & Williams LLP
Watson Farley & Williams LLP remains best known for shipbuilding and oil and gas disputes. Trade and commodities, along with aviation cases are also fortes for the team. Dan Thompson is an experienced figure in oil and gas, trade and commodities, construction and infrastructure.
Brunei Gas Carriers