Clifford Chance's international arbitration team is 'highly recommended for high-value energy/oil and gas international disputes' and counts banking and finance, commercial, trade and joint venture disputes among its other areas of expertise. The practice stands out for its Formal Law Alliance with Cavenagh Law LLP, which allows the team to provide both international and Singapore legal advice, including in Singapore litigation; it also benefits from the ability to leverage Clifford Chance's global network. Nish Shetty (who has a broad practice covering investment treaty and commercial disputes) jointly leads the team alongside energy, infrastructure and resources sector expert Paul Sandosham and Kabir Singh, who frequently acts for banks and financial institutions in arbitrations and has particular expertise in India-related disputes. The group was bolstered by the arrival of Paul Tan from Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP who is noted for investment treaty arbitration and arbitration-related litigation.
International arbitration in Singapore
‘Highly recommended for high-value energy/oil and gas international disputes.’
‘Paul Sandosham is very knowledgeable and a safe pair of hands. Akanksha Bhagat (associate) is a pleasure to work with. Andrew Foo (associate) is very smart and quick to learn.‘
‘They know all there is to know about running an international arbitration; they really get into the detail; and they are very effective advocates indeed, including at cross-examination.‘
‘Stand-out parters I have come across are Nish Shetty, Paul Sandosham, and Kabir Singh. Stand-out associates include Priscilla Lua.‘
- Represented an international contractor in LCIA arbitration proceedings arising out of the construction of a nuclear power plant project.
- Acting for an an Italian multinational oilfield services company in an 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 a major Indian infrastructure development company
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has an 'exceptionally strong practice with an enormous wealth of experience in complex international arbitration'. Its Southeast Asia arbitration practice group works seamlessly across four offices in Singapore, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok and, in Singapore, is led by the 'extremely able and experienced' Alastair Henderson. Henderson, alongside of counsel Daniel Waldek, is particularly strong for oil and gas, infrastructure and construction sector arbitrations, while Tomas Furlong frequently handles disputes in the TMT, energy and private equity spaces and recently promoted partner Gitta Satryani specialises in investment treaty disputes. The 'very talented' Elaine Wong (who relocated to Singapore from the firm's Tokyo office) has particular experience in disputes involving Japanese companies, including in the energy, infrastructure, manufacturing and automotive sectors.
‘An exceptionally strong practice with an enormous wealth of experience in complex international arbitration cases. A very strong team of partners and associates who work extremely well together as a team and reliably provide an excellent standard of work products and advice.‘
‘Managing partner Alastair Henderson is an extremely able and experienced arbitration counsel and arbitrator. Stays focused on the best strategies to achieve the client’s objectives and provides effective guidance in challenging circumstances. Clients appreciate his clear, authoritative advice. A compelling and engaging advocate in hearings. Daniel Waldek (of counsel) is bright, energetic and resourceful. Works tirelessly to further the client’s interests. Consistently produces written work of the highest standards. Precise and quick on his feet in hearings.‘
‘The team is quite large and therefore offers a variety of highly specialised solutions, whether by sector or geography.‘
‘Tomas Furlong is proactive and efficient. His advice was always clear and practical. Elaine Wong also stands out as a very talented lawyer.‘
‘Ms. Elaine Wong, who is a partner, is my main contact about our arbitration cases. She is an absolutely essential person for our arbitration cases. She is an excellent lawyer, especially extremely competent, honest and innovative lawyer combining attention to detail, foresight, agile response, and she also has integrity. Also she has the strategic vision and exceptional ability to see all angles. In addition, she understands our perspective and desires very well and she has the great ability to identify what is essential to win the case.‘
The disputes practice at King & Spalding LLP has an impressive reputation for acting for multinational corporates in large scale international arbitrations. It is particularly well-regarded for its expertise in oil and gas and investment treaty disputes; for the former, practice head Wade Coriell and senior associate Jia Lin Hoe are key contacts to note while Elodie Dulac specializes in the latter. Other areas of focus include construction and engineering disputes, for which Emerson Holmes is a name to note. Simon Dunbar is a popular choice for joint venture, energy and major infrastructure disputes and the arrival of Peter Chow from Squire Patton Boggs adds particular experience in China-related arbitrations. The impressive Singapore-based practice also benefits from the ability to work cross-office with the firm's global disputes practice.
Shell Philippines Exploration BV
National Grid Corporation of the Philippines
Shell and Chevron
Samsung C&T Corporation
Chevron Overseas Finance
- Advised Shell in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of the Philippines in relation to the allocation of petroleum revenues under a petroleum services contract with the state.
- Advising Samsung on several arbitrations relating to the Roy Hill Iron Ore Projects in Australia.
- Advising a joint venture of six major international oil & gas companies on an UNCITRAL arbitration concerning price reviews in an LNG sales and purchase agreement.
Allen & Gledhill LLP's international arbitration practice 'handles complex matters with confidence'. The group is particularly well-known for representing clients from South-east Asia, China, Japan, Korea and India in high-value, complex arbitrations relating to infrastructure, energy, construction and engineering projects. As a domestic firm, it benefits from the ability to handle international arbitration as well as arbitration-related litigation in Singapore. Head of disputes Andrew Yeo jointly leads the international arbitration practice alongside Dinesh Dhillon, Chong Yee Leong (who attracts praise for his 'rich experience in construction disputes'), Chua Kee Loon and the 'outstanding' Ramesh Selvaraj. Vivekananda Neelakanta is a name to note for India-related arbitration.
Other key lawyers:
‘Very professional approach. Use a good strategic methodology.‘
‘Subject matter expertise is great. Presented the options to me (client) to consider, weighing the costs and benefits. Very impressed with Ankit Goyal and Vivekananda Neelakantan in the Singapore office.‘
‘As a major law firm in Singapore, has vast variety of lawyers who can handle vairous kind of issues.’
‘Mr. Chua Kee Loon has rich experience in construction disputes, especially those that involve Japanese companies. He gives advice based on his rich experience, best coordinates with affiliated Japanese law firms and is capable of forming a team best suited for the issue.‘
‘The practice has very competent and experienced lawyers. They are sensitive to costs and internal policy considerations of clients. The team handles complex matters with confidence and in a calm manner. They are also comfortable explaining complex legal issues to senior management and non legal professionals.‘
‘Ramesh Selvaraj is an outstanding lawyer. He has an excellent grasp of many areas of the law. He seeks to understand the business/technical/policy concerns of clients, and gives practical legal advice to support decision making. He is calm in the face of adversity and ambiguity, especially in complex matters. He is very approachable and patient with clients. He is also honest in his case assessments.‘
‘Very responsive to time-sensitive matters. Personal attention given to the client by the partners. Technical excellence but with business considerations.‘
‘Ramesh Selvaraj is a trusted business advisor with excellent client service. Prompt and generous with time which may not be billable. Eye is on long term client relationship rather purely driver by billings.’
‘Excellent subject matter experts, adepts at handling SIAC arbitrations, effective client handling.’
‘Ramesh Selvaraj, Nicholas Tan Pang Leong and Joshua Hiew E-Wen have been an excellent team to work with. They bring effective dispute resolution experience and we have been very pleased with both their dispute management and client management abilities.‘
- Acting for Slim Beauty House, operates one of the largest aesthetic salon chains in Japan, in a joint venture dispute with Slim Beauty House.
- Acted for a Chinese company and a South Korean company in resisting a Chinese company’s application to challenge the Tribunal’s jurisdiction under section 10(3) of the Singapore International Arbitration Act.
Local firm Drew & Napier LLC acts for multinational companies (particularly those based in Singapore as well India, China, Brunei and Indonesia) and foreign governments in commercial and investor-state arbitration. For the latter, the 'outstanding' Cavinder Bull SC, who jointly leads the team alongside Jimmy Yim, SC and Randolph Khoo, has an impressive reputation. The group is also particularly strong for disputes in the construction and engineering sector, for which Christopher Chong, Mahesh Rai and Kelvin Teo (who recently joined from Cavenagh Law LLP) are key contacts. Other names to note include Siraj Omar SC and Blossom Hing.
‘Drew & Napier LLC always provides professional and strategical advice on international arbitration and quite familiar with the rules and regulations of ICC and SIAC. All advice is provided with high efficiency. The law firm is rich in resources in different countries.‘
‘Mr Rakesh Kirpalani from Drew & Napier LLC is a person of integrity and he always provides wise, deliberate and prompt advice. He is proficient both in English and Chinese, which makes very smooth, thorough and clear communication. Furthermore, he is skilled in debate and has a clear mind and a wide range of knowledge.‘
‘Kelvin Teo provided excellent legal advice in a pragmatic and understandable manner, understanding his client’s limited legal comprehension and explaining legal and procedural issues in a simple and straight forward way.‘
‘The firm provides a first-rate service and is highly regarded in Singapore and the region.‘
‘I have worked with the following individuals in international arbitration: Cavinder Bull SC is outstanding and Siraj Omar SC is very competent.’
‘The stand-out lawyer in this area is Blossom Hing. She is meticulous in her approach to arbitration matters and has strengthened her position in this area.‘
‘Blossom Hing is by far the best arbitration lawyer at this firm. She works tirelessly to help her clients and adopts a commercial and resolute approach when advising.‘
‘Key factor that stands out from other for Drew and Napier is that the team possesses/acquires in-depth knowledge of the business and the process followed in the business which is related to the dispute.’
‘Thorough knowledge of the trade and the matter, exceptional preparedness for presenting the matter and mastery in explanation its witness and cross examing others witness.‘
‘Very impressive international arbitration team capable of handling high stakes complex multi-jurisdictional disputes.‘
‘Jimmy Yim SC’s oral advocacy is exceptional – he is eloquent and very persuasive, and has a certain presence in the tribunal hearing room. He is clearly well respected by tribunals and opposing counsel.‘
‘Christopher Chong has an impressive ability to unravel complex fact scenarios and narrow down the key issues in a short period of time. In my experience, I have not come across a better disputes lawyer when it comes to the facts.‘
Amara Hotel Properties Pte Ltd
Apollo Towers Myanmar Ltd
China National Petroleum Company
CRW Joint Operation (Indonesia)
Daelim Industrial Company Limited
Government of Laos
Lagardère Sports Asia (formerly known as World Sport Group)
Mizuho Asia Partners Pte. Ltd.
Nexans Singapore Pte Ltd
Noomadi Resorts & Residences AG
Roy Hill Holdings Pty Ltd
Subash Kabini Power Corporation Limited
Sushi-Tei Pte Ltd
- Defending Thai nationals and the former owners and operators of a leading casino in Poipet, Cambodia in claims made by Donaco International Limited and related companies (DNA Companies) for breach of restraint of trade provisions in the sale agreement, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties, and conspiracy following the sale of the the sale of the casino business to Donaco International.
- Acted for Sharp Corporation, a well-known Japanese electronics corporation, in a SIAC arbitration brought by and Chinese licensee, Hisense, which attempted to prevent the termination of a 2015 trademark licence agreement under which Hisense had been exclusively selling Sharp-branded televisions in North and Central America, the Caribbean and South America, excluding Brazil.
- Representing the Republic of Italy in an inter-State arbitration, concerning the exercise of jurisdiction, against the Republic of India before the Permanent Court of Arbitration arising out of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, of which there are only a handful globally.
Jones Day is a popular choice for international companies in construction and engineering-related arbitration. It also counts technology sector and M&A and joint venture disputes among its areas of expertise; it is particularly active in disputes involving investment from European and US companies, where it benefits from the ability to work with the firm's international network including colleagues in Washington DC, San Francisco, London, New York and Paris. Led by the well-respected Matt Skinner, the 'talented' team includes Simon Bellas, who specialises in disputes arising from energy and resources projects, and Zachary Sharpe, who focuses on disputes relating to capital projects and cross-border investments.
‘Alignment with in house/business interests is really key to the team’s approach to disputes – both in terms of defining as strategy and the practicalities of running a complex dispute. Great balance of partner availability/ engagement on strategic issues with associates taking the lead on the day to day handling of things.‘
‘Simon Bellas is technically fantastic but also has a terrific grasp of commercial interests and how to build and attack a strategy around achieving those objectives, even as the goal posts inevitably move.‘
‘Matt Skinner and his team is quick to understand the client.‘
‘The team are talented, experienced, keeping attention to small details that make a difference in developing a winning strategy.‘
Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd.
Hyundai Heavy Industries – HHI (now known as Korean Shipbuilding and Offshore Engineering)
Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.
- Represented Hyundai Heavy Industries in a USD$8bn ICC arising from its involvement in the Barzan gas project in Qatar.
- Successfully represented Duro Felguera in its claim against Samsung C&T Corporation relating to USD$10bn Roy Hill Iron Ore Project.
- Acting for EFG International in various proceedings relating to an arbitration award obtained by Singfor Life Insurance against EFG, including in criminal proceedings in Taiwan and civil litigation in Singapore.
Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP's international arbitration team fields 'an excellent team with strength in depth at all levels of seniority'. It assists corporates in commercial disputes, with particular experience in the oil and gas sector and is also well-adept at acting for governments in arbitrations. The 'experienced, clever and very commercially attuned' practice head Andre Yeap SC and Chuan Thye Tan SC both have broad experience, while Kelvin Poon is noted for India-related arbitration and Ng Kim Beng specialises in project disputes. The group is also praised for its 'extensive off-shore offices in Asia', with affiliate offices in China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, Laos, which it can rely on in multijurisdictional issues - including in parallel litigation. Paul Tan joined Cavenagh Law LLP.
‘An excellent team with strength in depth at all levels of seniority, R&T’s international arbitration team represents the gold standard in the region for advice, strategy and representation.‘
‘Kim Beng Ng provides excellent strategic advice and guidance.‘
‘Avinash Pradhan thinks around corners to chase down every avenue of attack.‘
‘The firm is in the top tier in Singapore. It is also the only Singapore firm with extensive off-shore offices in Asia.‘
‘Andrew Yeap SC is experienced, clever and very commercially attuned.‘
‘Francis Xavier SC is well-known in international arbitration and highly respected.‘
‘Kelvin Poon is a standout arbitration practitioner in a market that is heavily saturated. He remains calm and in control even at the most unexpected of developments. A deep thinker with a solution-oriented approach to his strategizing makes him a welcome co-counsel and opponent in even the most contentious of cases as no time is wasted ‘shadow boxing’ on ultimately irrelevant issues. His sound ethics and gentlemanly behavior in the conduct of the proceedings make him a stellar example for younger practitioners to emulate.‘
Republic of the Philippines
Kingdom of Lesotho
Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Company
Tan Chong Group
China New Machine Company
- Representing the Republic of the Philippines in ICC arbitration proceedings relating to claims for breach of contract brought by two large multi-national oil and gas companies, Chevron and Shell, relating to the companies’ liability to pay income taxes due to the Government.
- Acting for Vedanta Limited before the High Court of Singapore in applications made by Republic of India relating to a Singapore-seated arbitration which involves US$3bn 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 a major Chinese construction company, China New Machinery Energy Company, in a US$1.2bn dispute to set aside a final award of the International Chamber of Commerce over a dispute of a power plant in Guatemala.
WongPartnership LLP's international arbitration practice fields a strong team of dispute resolution experts to handling international arbitration and arbitration-related court matters. It attracts praise for its 'international outlook' with experience handling arbitrations relating to investments, contracts and projects in India, Philippines, the PRC, the Middle East and Europe. Alvin Yeo SC leads the practice alongside Sean Yu Chou (who specialises in banking and trade finance disputes) while Hock Keng Chan heads the commercial disputes team. Swee Yen Koh is noted for her broad experience in international arbitration, which spans energy, investment and trade issues. The group also counts infrastructure and construction disputes among its areas of expertise, for which Christopher Chuah and Peng Cheng Tay are key contacts. Andre Maniam SC was appointed to the Judicial Commissioner of the Singapore Supreme Court of Singapore.
‘The international arbitration has a more international outlook and experience than many in Singapore.’
‘Alvin Yeo and Koh Swee Yen are the stars – they are always strategic and always prepared. They are clearly trusted by clients, colleagues and arbitrators alike.‘
‘Due to Wendy Lin, who is the lead counsel and partner on a complex international arbitration brief which she is leading for my firm, WongPartnership LLP is now our counsel of choice for all litigation and international arbitration briefs. We have dealt with many barristers, silks and international law firms and none of them can even come close to sky-high standards set by Wendy and WongPartnership LLP.‘
‘Wendy Lin is astoundingly brilliant. Her fierce intelligence, creativity, tactical acumen, and determination never ceases to impress.‘
‘I know Teck Wee Tiong at Wong Partnership who is a diligent and dedicated disputes lawyer. Teck Wee has an ability to focus on core issues in a case.‘
‘I have had the pleasure of witnessing senior WongPartnership advocates, Alvin Yeo SC and Koh Swee-Yen, in the Court of Appeal on two occasions. The firms written work is excellent and Mr. Yeo is a superb oral advocate.‘
‘Wong Partnership is known for high-level work and detailed analysis. We refer work to them regularly as they are a top tier firm. I believe they are considered one of the top two firms in Singapore, including the foreign firms, in terms of reputation and quality of work. Very impressive.‘
‘The team head is Alvin Yeo, who is widely regarded as one of the top arbitration specialists in Singapore. He has built a formidable team from within, including Swee Yen Koh and Wendy Lin. Both are very active in the Asia market and are highly regarded.‘
‘Able to simplify the true nature of the case and develop the appropriate strategy to defend client’s position.‘
The Republic of India
Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels Inc.; Sureste Properties Inc.
Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Bae, Kim & Lee LLC
Independent State of Papua New Guinea
DLA Piper Singapore Pte Ltd
Sanum Investments Limited and its parent, Lao Holding N.V.
Lee & Ko
Foley Hoag LLP
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Shin & Kim
Slaughter & May
- Acting for the Republic of India before the Singapore International Commercial Court in a challenge to a arbitral tribunal’s decision on jurisdiction in an investor-state arbitration brought by Nissan against India under the 2011 Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement entered into between Japan and India.
- Representing Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels and Sureste Properties 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 brought by Global Gaming Philippines and GGAM Netherlands.
Ashurst LLP is noted for its'significant strength and depth in their construction disputes' and counts energy and financial services among its other areas of impressive sector expertise. It draws on expertise from across its global network to provide multijurisdictional teams to handle international arbitration for its impressive roster of multinational corporate clients. In Singapore, practice head Rob Palmer is a popular choice for LNG pricing disputes, he is ably assisted by senior associate Michael Weatherley .
Other key lawyers:
‘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.’
‘The team are very hands-on and hand an excellent knowledge of every aspect of the arbitration.‘
‘Rob Palmer was very much into the detail of the case and was able to provide the right level of direction and assistance to me as the expert. He also understood very well when I had concerns and worked with me to enable me to deliver a high-quality result for the client.‘
‘Michael Weatherley was assisting Rob Palmer and was extremely well versed in the case and the documents, being able to lead us to the right information immediately. His assistance was instrumental in us being able to deliver a high quality product to the client in a timely and economic manner.‘
‘Easy to work with and responsive. They always carefully listen to us, and understand the situation very well. They are very efficient, systematic and prompt in response, which is useful as we always need to come up with a solution in a short period of time.‘
‘Rob Palmer: He knows the Asian infrastructure area very well. Also, he conducts advocacy in hearings. This is helpful, because we know someone who knows are case best would conduct the hearing.’
‘Ashurst really understands our business, they raise all the right issues and we felt we had the best possible protection. Also, they are very helpful as they have good insight in the issues in Indonesia and Japan in the energy sector.‘
‘Michael Weatherley is very insightful and friendly. Very hard worker, his quality is exceptional!‘
Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow has a breadth of experience in international commercial arbitration and investment arbitration and is well-positioned in arbitration-heavy emerging markets, including India, Indonesia and China. The practice operates as a local firm and advises on domestic and international law issues, including in arbitration-related litigation, and benefits from the ability to flex Baker McKenzie’s international network. It combines its cross-border reach with strong sector expertise; practice head Nandakumar Ponniya, Wong Tjen Wee and Richard Allen have specialist knowledge in energy and construction while Ashish Chugh focuses on telecoms and industry, and Andy Leck excels in intellectual property and technology disputes.
Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore
Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore's international arbitration practice has impressive cross-border reach and is jointly led by Prakash Pillai (who has a 'has a large roster of Chinese and Indian clients') and 'true all-rounder' Sapna Jhangiani QC, who recently took silk and attracts praise for her ability 'to fulfill both the traditional solicitors' role as well as an advocate's role'. The group has expertise across a number of sectors including hospitality (where Jhangiani is particularly strong) and shipping; it also bolstered its construction disputes practice with the arrivals of Jonathan Howes and Sean Hardy from Pinsent Masons MPillay. In another change to the practice, June Yeum joined Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP in New York.
‘Sapna Jhangiani is one to watch – well prepared, thorough, and pleasant to work with yet tough – a strong advocate for her clients. Her having received silk earlier this year is a testament to her high qualities.‘
‘The team, particularly Sapna Jhangiani, has vast international cross border experience having worked in many parts of the world. Many other counsel/law firms particularly in litigation have only localized experience.‘
‘The team is made up of a variety of very strong partners, each covering their own specialist areas and supported by a cast of very able juniors.‘
‘Sapna Jhangiani taking silk this year is a credit to her and the firm. She is very easy to work with, switched on and has excellent advocacy skills.‘
‘The hire of Jon Howes and Sean Hardy should be considered a huge coup for the firm which gives it real firepower and deep sectoral and geographic capabilities in the busy Asian construction disputes space.‘
‘Prakash Pillai has a large roster of Chinese and Indian clients and Junxiang Koh is a rising star with a natural ability to break down complicated matters into plain English for his clients.‘
‘The team’s two main strengths are its ability to add considerable resources/manpower when a case requires it along with the dedication and hard-work that all of the members of the team will put into their cases.‘
‘Sapna Jhhangiani QC is able to fulfill both the traditional solicitors’ role as well as an advocate’s role making her a true all-rounder.‘
Disputes 'powerhouse', Davinder Singh Chambers handles a broad range of high-profile international arbitration and arbitration-related litigation. Widely regarded as a leading name in international arbitration in Singapore, 'exceptional advocate' Davinder Singh SC established the practice in March 2019 and is supported by a strong team including Jaikanth Shankar (who 'is a star in his own right') and Pardeep Singh Khosa.
‘DSC is a powerhouse. Clients appreciate their extensive experience with, and intimate knowledge of arbitration practice before, the SIAC. Opposing counsel was clearly no match to the advocacy skills of DSC.’
‘The entire team DSC team is highly impressive. I will no longer mention Mr Davinder Singh because, as you know, he stands next to no one when it comes to arbitration practice. Jaik Shankar is a star in his own right and is obviously on his way to join the ranks of Mr. Singh give it a few more years. All their associates are all diligent, but special mention must go to David Fong who was thorough and articulate in his verbal and written presentations before client and the SIAC, and was remarkably cool under immense pressure given the voluminous records of the case and the tight deadlines of the SIAC. David Fong will be up there, I can see that happening.‘
‘Davinder is an exceptional advocate and is supported by a very capable team.‘
‘Davinder is one of Singapore’s best advocates and has the ability to get to the essence of the issues and distill what is necessary and relevant to win a case.‘
Dechert attracts praise for its 'innovative approach' to commercial, investor-state and sports arbitrations. It is particularly strong in the energy and natural resources sector where it has carved a niche in gas price review disputes. 'Outstanding lawyer' Mark Mangan leads the group and has a broad experience across these areas. Senior associates to note include Daniel Gaw, who focuses on energy and M&A disputes; Lukas Lim, who counts energy, infrastructure and construction disputes among his areas of expertise, and Ananya Mitra who is a contact for India-related disputes. Henry Defriez relocated to Washington DC.
‘The practice at Dechert Singapore is unique because they have expertise in three broad areas of arbitration – general commercial, ICSID and sports arbitration. It is difficult to find such diverse expertise in a relatively small office in Singapore.‘
‘Mark Mangan, the head of arbitration in Singapore is an outstanding lawyer. He is a great strategist and executes the strategy with his great advocacy skills. He is also a great guy and the combination is hard to find.‘
‘An innovative approach to cases.‘
‘I have seen Mark Mangan more than any other partner. He runs a very good team. Nothing flashy, just very thorough understanding of the case and excellent presentation to the tribunal.‘
Rizzani de Eccher S.p.A., Obrascón Huarte Lain S.A. and Trevi S.p.A.
SK Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd (SKEC)
- Representing Rizzani de Eccher and Trevi in a US$250m damages claim and the first ICSID arbitration brought against the State of Kuwait. The claim arises out of a billion-dollar project for the construction of a highway in Kuwait City.
- Representing former Head of Women’s Football at the Football Association of Maldives, Ms Mariyam Mohamed, in two appeals before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in which she seeks the annulment of results of elections to governance positions within the Asian Football Corporation and FIFA on the basis that the results were tainted by corruption and gender discrimination.
Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP attracts international clients with its global network and strong practices across several international arbitration centres. It is a popular choice for Chinese state-owned enterprises (particularly infrastructure companies) and Indonesian corporations, including those in the oil and gas, natural resources, mining and agrabusiness sectors. Impressive advocate Philip Jeyaretnam, SC, Ajinderpal Singh and Herman Jeremiah all have a breadth of international arbitration experience while Lawrence Teh is noted for international trade and shipping disputes.
‘The team work efficiently and effectively. They understand the client’s position to the case and put their utmost capabilities for the matters.‘
Duxton Hill Chambers
A unique offering in Singapore, Essex Court Chambers Duxton (which is linked to linked to Essex Court Chambers in London) is a group of sole practitioners and operates within a model similar to that of English Barristers. The members, which include high-profile names such as V K Rajah SC, Toby Landau SC and Chan Leng Sun SC, have experience spanning a broad range of international arbitration, including corporate disputes, energy sector and public law issues.
Harry Elias Partnership
Harry Elias Partnership (formerly known as Eversheds Harry Elias LLP prior to its demerger from the international firm) is particularly known for its 'wealth of experience in advising on questions of public international law'. Rodman Bundy is a key contact in this area, with significant experience acting for state governments in arbitration, particularly in boundary disputes. The group is also well-adept at acting for corporates commercial disputes; practice head Francis Goh counts construction, infrastructure and shipping among his sectors of expertise.
Other key lawyers:
‘They have a wealth of experience in advising on questions of public international law, and in appearing before the International Court of Justice and other international courts and arbitral tribunals. They are efficient, and a pleasure to work with, both for and against.‘
‘I have worked recently in particular with Mr Rodman Bundy and Mr Alvin Yap. I would rate their litigation abilities (strategy, written and oral advocacy) very highly.‘
Swiss and Singaporean individuals
Worldwide VGS BV
Government of the Republic of Singapore
Government of Colombia
Government of India
Government of Iran
Government of Slovenia
Government of Timor Leste
Government of Guatemala
Government of Bolivia
- Acted for HIL — an Indian company in the food producing industry — in an arbitration brought by its client’s joint venture partners (a large conglomerate based in USA).
- Represented 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.
- Successfully acted for BQQ (an Indonesian-incorporated company in the forestry and paper industry) in a SIAC Arbitration (at the bifurcated jurisdictional phase) and successfully resisted the respondent’s challenge against the Tribunal’s jurisdictional ruling before the Singapore High Court under Section 10 of the International Arbitration Act.
Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee's international arbitration practice attracts praise for its 'exceptional technical knowledge' particularly in energy, infrastructure and M&A disputes. It is known to 'excel in cross-border work' and frequently works with other offices across the region as well as in Paris, Washington DC and London. Practice head Kent Phillips counts Japanese and US-based companies among its clients, while senior associate Benson Lim is increasingly handling arbitrations involving Chinese parties.
Other key lawyers:
‘The arbitration team at Hogan Lovells are thought leaders in international arbitration. They are always going the extra mile to contribute to the industry, whether through speaking slots at conferences, articles, or editing specialist blogs like Kluwer.‘
‘In addition to exceptional technical knowledge, the individuals I have worked with at Hogans have boundless energy to share knowledge and contribute to industry excellence.‘
‘The firm is highly regarded for its international advisory capabilities. Their lawyers excel in cross-border work.‘
‘Mr. Benson Lim has an analytical mind and has great problem-solving skills. He is a very skilled and very experienced international arbitrator. Above all, I trust his ability to deliver excellent results and to act with integrity at all times.‘
‘The Hogan Lovells IA team in Singapore has a good spread of expertise and experience.‘
K&L Gates Straits Law LLC
K&L Gates Straits Law LLC handles investment treaty work and commercial disputes, particularly in the construction and infrastructure, telecoms and energy sectors. It particularly attracts instructions from foreign clients based in Korea, Japan, Italy and France and beneftis from strong teams in these countries, among other key jurisdictions for arbitration. Following the international firms combination with Singapore's Straits Law Practice LLC in January 2019, it can also handle local law issues. Practice head Raja Bose and N Sreenivasan SC are a key contacts.
Other key lawyers:
Yangon International Airport Limited
SK Group of Companies from Korea including : SK Shipping, SK Gas Co, SK Gas International, SK Energy
The international arbitration practice at Mayer Brown is well-adept at handling high-value disputes, particularly in the energy and infrastructure, natural resources, commodity finance and media sectors. It is frequently instructed in disputes related to Indonesia, Vietnam and India; in the latter, it is particularly active in the renewable energy space. Yu-Jin Tay leads the group alongside Hong Kong-based colleagues Menachem Hasofer and John Hickin.
The dispute resolution practice at Norton Rose Fulbright has 'bags of experience' handling international arbitration in the energy sector, particularly in disputes involving oil and gas and power generation. The one partner team is led by KC Lye (who is 'great to have on your side') and includes counsel Katie Chung. The team also benefits from access to the firm's global network and reputation in the energy sector.
‘Bags of experience. Bright, friendly, insightful. Extremely high-quality work. Very client-friendly.‘
‘KC Lye: extremely astute commercially. Great to have on your side. Works hard and a real team leader.’
‘The exceptional international arbitration team at Norton Rose Fulbright is a cut above its peers. They invest their time to understand your industry and commercial realities, and always provide practical, user-friendly legal advice. When faced with seemingly insurmountable obstacles, they take pride in being able to come up with fresh and innovative get-around and never losing sight of the ultimate end goals.’
‘Department head, KC Lye, runs a tight ship and inspires absolute confidence within the ranks. He has an astute strategic sense and is very fast to see right through the heart of complex legal and commercial issues. At the associate level, Samuel Leong, Ervin Tan and Johnson Teo also impress with their intellectual rigour and excellent client-facing skills.‘
‘KC Lye is a solid pair of hands on any dispute whilst Katie Chung is a rising star.‘
NEPC Consortium Power Ltd (a subsidiary of Edra Global Energy Bhd)
- Representing NEPC Consortium Power Ltd as claimant in an ICSID arbitration against a statutory board of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh concerning disputes over tariffs arising out of a Bangladeshi law governed long-term power purchase agreement.
Pinsent Masons MPillay
Pinsent Masons MPillay international arbitration practice wins a stream of instructions in construction, energy and infrastructure sector disputes. As a joint law venture, it combines international reach with the ability to handle related issues before the Singapore courts. Mohan Pillay is the key contact to note following Jon Howes' departure to Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore. Frédéric Gillion, who recently relocated from the firm's Paris office, Nicholas Brown and Toh Chen Han are also active in this space.
Shearman & Sterling LLP's 'stellar' international arbitration team leverages its impressive global reputation in this space in big-ticket energy, investment, and large infrastructure disputes. It regularly fields cross-office teams but counts 'terrific litigator and brilliant strategist' Daryl Chew among its Singapore-based experts. Chew heads up the practice alongside Emmanuel Jacomy, who splits his time between Singapore and Beijing. Brandon Bang moved to Bae, Kim & Lee LLC in Seoul.
Other key lawyers:
‘Daryl Chew is a terrific litigator and brilliant strategist.‘
‘They are very knowledgeable. They give us options and the pros and cons of each option and in the end, they give us what will be the best solution for the company, without any material impact to the company itself.‘
‘The coordination in the team is very good which makes us our job easier. It’s easy to understand what action should be taken next. I think another important thing in this arbitration team is the communication between the firm and the client. What we have been experiencing with the arbitration team so far is that they give us very straightforward solutions without forgetting the minor things that might be impacted so that it would give us certain comfort to take that solution or strategy.’
‘Daryl Chew has been giving us very good advocacy in our potential dispute. His input has helped us to build a strong legal case and a very valuable strategy. As the leader of the arbitration team, he is able to provide us with advice that is simple but persuasive.‘
‘Stellar team, very responsive and nice to work with.‘
‘Daryl Chew is a great lawyer. He is very creative and legally on point. It is a pleasure to work with him.‘
‘The team is very attentive to the need and expectations of its client. Besides offering legal analysis and advice, the team is able to give very constructive commerical and strategic advice when dealing with dispute matters, leveraging on the team’s legal expertise.‘
‘Daryl is able to grasp the commercial essence of a case very quickly. He uses his legal expertise and experience to offer not only legal advice to clients but also the best approach to a dispute/arbitration case.’
‘Shaun Pereira’s legal work is outstanding among the associates I have worked with. The memos and the letters he draft read very well and are very concise.‘
Kot Addu Power Company (Kapco)
The People’s Republic of China
- Representing the People’s Republic of China in an ICSID arbitration brought by Hela Schwarz GmbH concerning claims brought under the China-Germany bilateral investment treaty.
- Representing Kot Addu Power Company Limited (KAPCO) in an ICC arbitration in Singapore against the Pakistan Water Power and Development Authority (WAPDA). The dispute arises from Power Purchase Agreements and is governed by English law.
Stephenson Harwood LLP's international arbitration practice counts investment disputes, maritime and international trade and energy sector matters among its areas of specialism and is particularly active in the Indonesian oil and gas industry. Michelle Yong and John Simpson are focused on maritime and international trade disputes. The group offers both international and Singapore law expertise through its Formal Law Alliance with Singapore law firm Virtus Law LLP. Timothy Cooke joined Reed Smith LLP.
Jaguar Energy Guatemala / AEI Guatemala Jaguar
Vitol Asia Pte Ltd
Petrobras Singapore Private Limited
- Acted for Jaguar Energy Guatemala in in the Singapore Court of Appeal in resisting the setting aside of a substantial ICC arbitral award.
- Acting for an international media company in multiple arbitrations funded pursuant to Singapore’s first third-party funding portfolio deal.
- Acting for a EPC contractor in a $800m offshore construction dispute concerning a deep water oil and gas production and storage platform.
White & Case Pte. Ltd.'s international arbitration practice 'is experienced in dealing with complicated international disputes'. It is particularly well-known for oil and gas disputes where it has significant experience in LNG price review issues. Matthew Secomb has an impressive reputation in this specialised field and is ably assisted by recently promoted counsel Aditya Singh. The group is frequently instructed by clients based in Japan and Korea and benefits from the ability to work closely with the firm's Tokyo-based LNG experts.
Other key lawyers:
‘Our case is basically dispute on technical grounds but the adjacent legal issues are complicated. For such case we require very efficient internationally experienced team. This team is experienced in dealing with complicated international disputes.‘
Inpex Operations Australia Pty Ltd.
- Representing an Asian energy company in a major LNG pricing dispute expert determination.
- Representing a consortium in a SIAC arbitration seated in Singapore in relation to a dispute arising out of a contract to design, procure and construct a refinery & petrochemical plant in a Southeast Asian country.
- Representing an industrial manufacturer, and its subsidiaries in a Singapore-seated UNCITRAL arbitration relating to the engineering, procurement and construction of a coal-fired power plant in a Southeast Asian country.
Allen & Overy
Allen & Overy's 'highly experienced' international arbitration practice fields breadth of expertise in a full range of sectors, with particular experience in energy disputes, banking and finance arbitrations and investment treaty and public international law. Practice head Sheila Ahuja and counsel John Rainbird are key contacts in Singapore; the team also benefits from the firm's strong regional presence, with the ability to work seamlessly with arbitration specialists in based in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Perth.
Other key lawyers:
‘A very professional highly experienced team offering consistent quality advice which balances commercial imperatives.‘
‘John Rainbird has done a tremendous job supporting us on matters. The depth of his legal experience combined with his commercial insights has provided us with great support, and confidence, on delicate matters.‘
‘Pragmatic, sincere and on the ball, is how I would best describe this team. They have all their bases covered.‘
‘Sheila Ahuja has this unique ability of putting forth her clients’ case before a tribunal with unbelievable ease.‘
(1) Royal Dutch Shell, (2) Reliance Industries Limited (RIL).
- Representing Shell and RIL in a London-seated arbitration against the Government of India under the UNCITRAL Rules 1976 in relation to claims which have arisen under two (Indian law governed) Production Sharing Contracts in respect of oil and gas fields off the west coast of India.
- Representing Nissan in a high-profile Singapore-seated arbitration against India under the 2011 Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between Japan and India and the 2013 UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. It concerns the non-payment and delayed payment of certain investment incentives promised to Nissan regarding their setting up of an automobile manufacturing plant in the State of Tamil Nadu.
Energy and commodities boutique Blackstone & Gold has a breadth of experience in international arbitration in the region. Founded by Baldev Bhinder in 2019, the group leverages its strong sector expertise in cross-border disputes within which it acts for lenders, international traders and insurers.
Bangladesh Steel Mills Ltd
Idemitsu International Asia
- Advising lenders in a LCIA dispute involving an oil and gas 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
- Advising numerous oil and gas traders in sale contracts and trade investigation issues affected by the high-profile court restructurings of Hin Leong and Zenrock in the Singapore court.
HFW Singapore LLP
HFW Singapore LLP is a popular choice for international arbitration with a particular reputation for trade, commodities and maritime disputes. Paul Aston is noted for his breadth of experience while Chanaka Kumarasinghe is highlighted for his energy, offshore oil and gas sector specialism. Through its formal law alliance with Singapore law firm AsiaLegal LLC, the practice is able to handle both international and local law issues. The group lost commodities expert Chris Swart to Squire Patton Boggs.
Front Puffin (managed by Rubicon Singapore) as FPSO Owners, Opponent’s FASL (Nigerian Charterers & Operators)
Linklaters' disputes team increasingly handles international arbitration and benefits from a network of experts in key arbitration centres. Jelita Pandjaitan has a strong reputation for financial and energy and resource arbitration.
Established by Lok Vi Ming SC in 2016 following his departure from Dentons, disputes focused firm LVM Law Chambers LLC frequently instructed in international arbitration and is particularly active in telecoms and aviation. Joseph Lee jointly leads the practice and frequently acts for state-owned and listed companies based in PRC and Hong Kong.
Other key lawyers:
International SOS Pte Ltd
Cardinal Health Japan G.K.
Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC continues to handle a breadth of international commercial arbitrations. It also counts international trade and maritime disputes among its areas of specialism, for which Wendy Tan is a key contact. Daniel Chia's impressive practice spans construction, engineering, energy and insurance, among other sector.
‘Daniel Chia and his team are impressive in large complex arbitrations, from my perspective as an arbitrator. Daniel is a very impressive advocate, calm, measured, reasonable.‘
GPK Marine Management Services Group FZ LLC
Charisma Energy Limited
Philippines Foremost Milling Corporation
Viking & Offshore Marine
Marco Polo Marine
Coastal Offshore (Labuan) Pte Ltd and Thaumas Marine Ltd (part of Coastal Contracts Bhd)
Chimbusco International Petroleum (Singapore) Pte Ltd
- Advising Shanghai Shipyard’s in multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional international dispute with Opus Offshore Limited over four Rig Building Contracts with a cumulative value of over US$500m.
- Successfully obtained a highly time sensitive urgent mareva injunction for Pacific Bulk Panamax a leading Hong Kong-based operator of chartered-in Panamax bulk vessels in respect of its dispute with an elusive charterer.
Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP's disputes practice continues to be instructed in a steady stream of international arbitration matters. The Singapore team works closely with colleagues in Japan and China and is regarded by one client as the 'go-to team for China disputes', while Craig Celniker is a name to note for Japan-related arbitration.
‘Go-to Team for China disputes: skilled litigators with deep knowledge of local law and practices. Tenacious, hard-working, always prepared.‘
‘Craig Celniker and Sarah Thomas (in Hong Kong): no time wasted with these seasoned disputes lawyers. They get to the point yet remain reasonable and unfailingly polite.‘
Oon & Bazul LLP
Oon & Bazul LLP’s international arbitration experience extends across shipping, aviation, international trade, oil and gas and projects, among other sectors. Suresh Divyanathan, who is popular among Japanese and Korean clients in arbitration, leads the practice which benefits from the expertise of disputes expert Bazul Ashhab. Kelly Yap is noted for shipping and China-related disputes.
Reed Smith LLP
Reed Smith LLP handles commercial international arbitration and through its Formal Law Alliance with Resource Law it can handle related issues before the Singapore courts. Kyri Evagora, who specialises in the energy and natural resources sector, joined from the New York office to leads the practice following Barry Stimpson's move to Squire Patton Boggs. Kohe Hasan is a popular choice for disputes involving parties in Indonesia and Cambodia. Timothy Cooke joined from Stephenson Harwood LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Kohe Hasan; Timothy Cooke
Shook Lin & Bok LLP's international arbitration practice is particularly strong for banking and finance, energy and trade and shipping sector disputes. Practice head David Chan and Probin Dass are noted for their respective finance and shipping expertise, while Sarjit Singh Gill SC has broad disputes experience.
- Acting for a major Indian cooperative in an arbitration involving a US$40m claim against a US-listed company and one of its major shareholders, both domiciled in Australia.
- Representing a major Singaporean Bank in a US$30m dispute with credit insurers.
- Acting for a listed South Korean commodities trading firm in a claim brought by a Bangladeshi commodities trading firm for non-shipment of steel cargo.
Simmons & Simmons
Simmons & Simmons' international arbitration team has particular experience acting for asset management and investment funds, financial institutions, TMT and life sciences sector companies. It also has growing experience in advising state governments in bilateral treaty arbitration. The team is now led by Mohammed Reza following the departure of Amanda Lees who joined King & Wood Mallesons in March 2021.
Government of Republic of Indonesia
- Successfully acted for the Republic of Indonesia in the defence of a $US580m claim under the India-Indonesia BIT over an investment in a coal project in Indonesia.
- Acting for a commodity trading company in an oil trading dispute with an Eastern European government.
- Acted for a global risk and strategic consultancy firm in a complex joint venture dispute that was successfully resolved.