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Clifford Chance's substantial arbitration team benefits from the firm's formal law alliance with Cavenagh Law LLP, enabling it to handle arbitration-related court proceedings in Singapore. The 'top-notch' team 'meets high expectations at all levels' and is 'very professional, very responsive, and very knowledgeable on the legal approaches and strategies involved'. Construction and engineering specialist Paul Sandosham is 'a very assured and calming influence under high pressure during tribunal hearings'. Nish Shetty is 'the go-to adviser for India disputes' and 'is able to pick apart an expert witness’ evidence with the precision of a top surgeon'. Harpreet Singh Nehal SC provides 'very senior strategic dispute resolution advice and is very approachable'. Kabir Singh 'leads from the front and leaves no stone unturned in getting the right solution for his clients'. Counsel Kelvin Teo  'has a keen ability to grasp complex technical issues and break them down into coherent and concise descriptions that can be readily understood by arbitrators'. Associate Andrew Foo is also recommended.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's team has wide-ranging experience covering commercial, construction and engineering, and a growing portion of investor-state disputes; it has a particularly strong track record in the energy, construction, and technology and telecoms sectors. Recent work includes acting on one of the first cases to be third party funded under Singapore's new third party funding regime. Alastair Henderson heads the firm's Southeast Asia international arbitration group and 'understands Asia and the market'. Of counsel and fluent Bahasa speaker Gitta Satryani is 'one to watch'. Senior associate Daniel Waldek is also singled out.

King & Spalding LLP has 'the leading practice in Singapore' according to one rival international firm. It has 'a great oil and gas practice' in the arbitration field and attracted 'some massive construction cases'. The team continues to grow with New York and Philippines qualified counsel Jun Bautista joining from Herbert Smith Freehills' Hong Kong office to reinforce the firm's standing in Philippines-related cases. The team is also making further inroads into Indonesia disputes. Clients include ConocoPhillips, Shell, General Electric, Chevron and Samsung C&T Corporation. Department head Wade Coriell is an 'excellent and smart lawyer' and continued to represent Shell Philippines Exploration in ICSID arbitration proceedings against the Republic of the Philippines, concerning the allocation of petroleum revenues earned by Shell. Emerson Holmes is a big name in construction and engineering arbitrations, while Simon Dunbar and Elodie Dulac both provide 'a safe pair of hands', the latter gaining prominence in investment treaty cases. Though now based in London, John Savage remains 'a great name in the market', thanks to his 'gravitas and stature' and 'great mind'.

Allen & Gledhill LLP's 'excellent' international arbitration team provides an 'efficient and effective' service and is 'extremely good at strategy and perspectives'. Key figures include Chua Kee Loon, who is 'attentive to clients' needs' and delivers 'high-quality advice'; Chong Boon Leong, who is 'passionate and committed'; and Ankit Goyal, who is noted for his 'very strong India credentials'. Andrew Yeo co-heads the litigation and dispute resolution department and infrastructure and construction leader Chong Yee Leong is co-head of the international arbitration team alongside Dinesh Dhillon.

Drew & Napier LLC is a Singapore dispute resolution giant with a high degree of focus on international arbitration. It has an impressive mix of investor-state, construction and engineering, and commercial cases. Clients include the government of Laos, Lagardère Sports Asia and Longzhu Oilfield Services. The team is 'the best in town' according to one client, who praises its 'business-oriented' approach, 'deep knowledge' and 'relevant experience'. It is also commended for attracting 'big-ticket items', especially arbitration-related court proceedings, with senior figures in the team handling both litigation and arbitration work. Davinder Singh SC is chairman of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and is recommended for India-related cases, among others. Cavinder Bull SC is also recognised for Singapore-seated arbitrations, has built an impressive record in investor-state arbitrations; he is 'a great advocate in arbitration-related court proceedings', 'is smart, reasonable and fair', 'is a lethal examiner of witnesses' and 'makes a very good arbitrator'. Jimmy Yim SC is 'a super excellent lawyer', 'always provides precise and to the point advice' and 'is good at thinking out of the box'. Randolph Khoo is a go-to practitioner for China and Russia-related cases. Mahesh Rai is 'wonderfully engaging to deal with and has an incredibly relaxed manner'. Foo Yuet Min is almost exclusively focused on arbitration.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is at the forefront of investor-state disputes; it 'has deep experience in negotiations with governments and practical knowledge in handling bilateral treaty arbitration'. The Singapore team is also experiencing an uptick in commercial, construction and engineering cases. It has advised on a series of joint venture disputes and arbitrations related to exits by private equity investors. It represented the Republic of Korea in a dispute brought by Iranian investors relating to the failed sale of a key South Korea-based company. It also acted for Eurus Energy, a Japanese renewable energy investor, in a $500m Energy Charter Treaty claim against Spain arising out of Spain’s changes to its renewables tariff regime. The 'level of service is unparalleled, with rapid response times and invariably sharp and commercial advice', team members have 'an ability to ingratiate themselves with all parties' and clients highlight its 'bench strength' and ability to leverage global resources and expertise and its 'excellent ability to harness the strengths of the case through working with witnesses'. The 'very impressive' Nicholas Lingard 'gets on top of all of the detail extremely quickly', 'wins clients' trust with his practical and solution-oriented advice', is 'a fierce and effective cross-examiner', a leader in investor-state arbitrations and is noted for his Japan experience. Counsel Robert Kirkness, a 'rising star', 'is able to synthesise complex ideas and materials in a clear, concrete and simple manner', is 'strategic and commercial', 'responsive and personal', and continues to make an impression in investor-state and commercial cases, including joint-venture disputes.

Norton Rose Fulbright is at the forefront of intra-Asia disputes and has a sizeable senior bench of partners and of counsels. The team is fast developing additional connections to North Asia clients and is increasingly active in South Asia, including India. The department has a fine record in power and energy disputes, including upstream oil and gas cases. The 'excellent team' is noted for its 'response times, professionalism, knowledge and diligence'. Kah Cheong Lye is praised for his 'intellectual firepower and best advocacy'; he is 'commercially astute and an experienced tactician',  a 'very good team leader' and 'identifies issues and addresses them'. Of counsel Katie Chung is an 'intimidating opponent', 'cuts to the chase', 'knows her stuff' and is 'really impressive'. Of counsel Darius Chan has 'a great future ahead of him', is 'excellent with clients', 'hard working', 'bright' and 'very articulate'.

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP's 'efficient and highly skilled' team 'is undoubtedly one of the leading firms in Singapore and in the region' thanks to its longterm commitment to international arbitration. The firm has impressed in commercial, construction and engineering, and investor-state disputes. Andre Yeap SC, 'an experienced counsel' who 'is always well prepared, knowledgable and tenacious in presenting his client's case', continued to represent the Republic of the Philippines in ICC arbitration proceedings over breach of contract claims brought by Chevron and Shell relating to their liability to pay income taxes due to the government. Paul Tan is 'one of the stars of his generation', 'highly intelligent', 'personable' 'knows the arbitration space' and 'has the ear of the tribunal and clients'. Francis Xavier SC is 'very experienced and well regarded' and Ng Kim Beng is recommended for construction and engineering disputes. Tan Chuan Thye SC is also highly recommended.

WongPartnership LLP has an 'outstanding' track record in investor-state disputes, commercial arbitration and construction cases and 'has accumulated genuine international arbitration knowledge'. The 'superb' team is regarded as 'more international' than many of its Singapore rivals and often receives referrals from international firms; 'its preparations and planning are very thorough and its advice and strategy are meticulous'. Its international standing has also led to engagements in arbitrations seated outside of Singapore. Alvin Yeo SC's 'wisdom and powers of persuasion are phenomenal' and he is 'very articulate', 'very intelligent' and 'impressive'. He led the team that represented Swissbourgh Diamond Mines and related parties in court proceedings relating to an investment treaty arbitration against the Kingdom of Lesotho. Swee Yen Koh is 'a local star', 'meticulous over detail and has an instant grasp of the key issues'. Wendy Lin is 'responsive', 'displays maturity and acumen that are well beyond her years' and 'is a very good strategist who always thinks several steps ahead'. Construction specialist Christopher Chuah, Andre Maniam SC, Tan Chee Meng SC and Chan Hock Keng are also recommended.

Ashurst LLP continues to focus primarily on construction and engineering disputes, and oil and gas cases. It has made a particular impression in large-scale power project arbitrations. The team advises a range of North Asian contractors and a growing number of Australian clients and is noted for its 'prompt responses', 'strong industry experience, primarily in the contentious construction space', 'very strong business acumen' and 'easily digestible advice'. Rob Palmer 'leaves no stone unturned', is 'a go-to partner for anything related to infrastructure and construction', and has a 'persuasive nature, sharp wits and a calm demeanour'. Former office head and arbitration specialist Ronnie King has transferred to Tokyo. Senior associate Michael Weatherley is 'tenacious', 'insightful' and 'one to watch for the future'. 

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow is best known for construction and engineering, energy, and oil and gas disputes. 'The level of service is first class', and the team 'has unparalleled knowledge and contacts, especially in Southeast Asia'. The firm's localised Singapore practice also enables it to handle arbitration-related proceedings in the Singapore courts. Nandakumar Ponniya is highlighted for Indonesia construction and engineering cases and 'provides practical, on the ground advice that clients need'. Leng Sun Chan SC, former global head of arbitration, has joined Essex Court Chambers. Ashish Chugh joined from K&L Gates in March 2019.

Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore is praised for its regional expertise and continues to be at the forefront of shipping, trade and commodities, insurance, and construction and infrastructure cases. The 'quality of service is excellent' with clients recognising its abilities in managing arbitrations in various jurisdictions, including those in Singapore, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia and South Korea. Prakash Pillai has a strong regional profile, with a particularly strong track record in India. Sapna Jhangiani 'identifies real issues and sticking points and proposes solutions which are pragmatic and beneficial'. June Yeum is recommended for South Korea disputes and Eugene Tan is noted for construction cases.

Dechert's fast-growing practice is considered a future market leader by clients and peers alike. The team 'is going places', 'a growing force', 'has won a lot of new mandates' and is 'entrepreneurial in its approach'. 'Superb' practice head Mark Mangan is 'incredibly hard working', 'a great advocate', 'good cross examiner', 'has an ability to assimilate a large amount of highly complex data' and is 'brilliant at tactics'. The team is making a solid impression in investor-state disputes, energy and natural resources cases and construction arbitrations, and has also experienced a notable uptick in post-M&A disputes. Mangan and the team are noted for their knowledge of SIAC arbitration rules and have a broad geographic scope, ranging from Southeast Asia to South Korea and the Middle East. The department was also engaged in one of the first third-party funded arbitrations in Singapore.

Dentons Rodyk has shown tremendous commitment to the arbitration sector, earning significant engagements in the infrastructure and construction, shipping and trade, and commercial sectors. The team is also noted for its expertise in arbitration-related court proceedings, with Philip Jeyaretnam SC 'commanding the respect of the court' and often acting as arbitrator. The firm represented ARV Offshore, the Thai oil and gas project management company, in resisting the application made by two Burmese oil and gas companies to vary the terms of a Mareva injunction granted by the Singapore court; the High Court directed that the proceedings be heard in the arbitral tribunal. Immensely experienced arbitration specialist Lawrence Teh is recognised for shipping and trade disputes.

Eversheds Harry Elias is a leading presence in public international law cases thanks to the eminent Rodman Bundy, who 'is the undisputed number one for boundary cases'. He has extensive Southeast Asia experience and has an unparalleled record in state-to-state disputes. The team also has private sector experience, including in aviation, shipping, construction, shareholder and joint venture disputes; Francis Goh led the team that represented the owners and vendors of a Singapore trust company that lodged a claim against the buyers for breach of the sale and purchase agreement for the company's takeover.

Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee has further consolidated its position in energy (including oil and gas) and infrastructure cases. The Singapore team handles a significant volume of SIAC and Singapore-seated ICC cases, most notably for US-based and Japanese clients. Disputes involving India, Indonesia, China, Russia and the CIS, Dubai and Vietnam are a feature of the department's recent work. The team is 'excellent and first class', 'practical, commercial and technically sound', 'a good option for construction matters' and is praised for its ability to draw on expertise and resources from its international offices. Kent Phillips is 'a formidable disputes lawyer who is tactically astute, commercial and determined to help his clients achieve the best results'. Senior associate Henry Winter 'has the ability to quickly understand complex construction issues', and senior associate Benson Lim 'displays great potential to grow and develop in his role'.

Jones Day remains most active in construction and engineering as well as energy disputes. The team is also increasingly active in IP-related, warranty and indemnity and distributorship cases. It continues to be closely associated with North Asian clients, especially Japanese and South Korean businesses; the team has worked on a series of major Korean disputes. Clients include Hyundai Engineering & Construction, Hyundai Heavy Industries and Chevron. Practice head Matthew Skinner and of counsel Zachary Sharpe are both recognised for their construction and engineering expertise.

K&L Gates has seen a further increase in India-related cases, power matters and offshore oil and gas disputes. The team has demonstrated an aptitude for arbitrations featuring white-collar crime elements, regulatory investigations and investment treaty overtones. The 'outstanding' practice is praised for its 'seamless and high-calibre service across multiple jurisdictions'. Raja Bose is 'business friendly' and 'totally committed and on top of matters all the time'.  Glenn Cheng is recommended for construction and engineering disputes. Ashish Chugh joined Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow in March 2019.

Mayer Brown's Singapore team has made significant progress in Vietnam, where it has represented a party in one major joint venture dispute and clients in a number of other significant arbitration cases; the firm has two offices in Vietnam. Indonesia is another key market, as is India, which has provided the team with a mixture of solar power and other disputes. Oil and gas, including gas pricing disputes, is another key area. The practice acts for an impressive number of Korean and Japanese clients, thanks in part to the presence of senior name Yu-Jin Tay, who has 'an impressive network of clients and contacts in the region', 'is very responsive', 'very knowledgeable and very sharp', 'strategically very sound and very experienced in international matters'.

Pinsent Masons MPillay is a 'longstanding leader' in construction and engineering cases. The team represents a number of North Asian contractors in arbitration proceedings and is a growing force in energy, mining and resources disputes. Jon Howes is a leader in construction and engineering cases, and Mohan Pillay has extensive experience in arbitration-related court proceedings.

Shearman & Sterling LLP has a growing team of international arbitration specialists with a number of new additions at associate level. The team has an 'extremely strong practice in investment and construction arbitration', along with energy (including oil and gas) and joint venture disputes; it has also experienced notable growth in shareholder cases. It has 'a deep understanding of the needs of its Asia-based clients' and is praised for 'adapting to the needs of Chinese clients'. Singapore managing partner Daryl Chew is 'a superb trial advocate', 'a brilliant all round talent', and a 'very smart young partner who is unshakeable under pressure and leaves no stone unturned'; he was part of a multi-office team that represented Areva as claimant in an ICC arbitration in Stockholm against Finnish utility company Teollisuuden Voima Oyj. Emmanuel Jacomy splits his time between Beijing and Singapore, is 'very creative and always strives to find the best arguments', 'speaks very good Chinese', 'has financial background to deal with the quantum issues' and 'his expertise in investment treaty arbitration and his public international law background is highly regarded'. Associate Brandon Bang is 'quiet but firm, and deals very well with Korean clients'.

Stephenson Harwood LLP has a built a highly credible international arbitration practice following the arrival of top practitioner Timothy Cooke in 2017; Cooke is a barrister by background and 'an outstanding advocate' who 'is particularly suited to complex arbitration issues' and 'masters his brief thoroughly'. He and the team have experienced a notable uptick in investment-related disputes, acting for a range of corporate and private equity investors. The department upped its status in oil and gas cases, particularly in Indonesia and the Philippines, and in telecoms and power disputes. Myanmar is another key jurisdiction for the firm. Clients include Jaguar Energy Guatemala, Tarek Damerji, Petrobras Singapore and Jindal Steel and Power. The team is 'extremely responsive', impresses with its 'strategic thinking and guidance', and is 'cost effective'. Michelle Yong is 'great', 'very responsive' and 'on top of the case at all times'.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP has gained prominence in shipbuilding, oil and gas, trade and commodities, and aviation disputes. The 'fantastic' team is 'extremely responsive', 'very commercially astute with an excellent understanding of clients’ needs', the 'service is top notch', and clients praise its commodities and international trade expertise. Dan Thompson is 'hands on', 'a heavy-hitting partner', 'has a really strong grasp of both the commercial and legal aspects' and 'his strategic awareness is unsurpassed'. Alex Hookway 'is an outstanding senior associate, who is extremely hard working, responsive and intellectually immense'. Marcus Gordon has transferred to Hong Kong.

White & Case Pte. Ltd. has expanded regionally with new partners in Seoul and Sydney, providing the Singapore team with additional resources and firepower. The Singapore department remains at the forefront of construction and oil and gas cases, most notably for Korean, Japanese and Chinese clients; the practice has made a particular impression in gas price review cases. Matthew Secomb is 'a proper arbitration lawyer' and continues to earn accolades thanks to his international expertise and experience.

Allen & Overy's team has undergone significant change with the retirement of Judith Gill and the departures of Andrew Battisson to Norton Rose Fulbright in Sydney and Andrew Pullen to Fountain Court Chambers. Sheila Ahuja now leads the Singapore team having transferred from Hong Kong; she has a strong focus on Singapore-seated arbitrations involving Indian parties; Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar are also key sources of disputes. Ahuja supported Hong Kong-based Matthew Gearing in representing BG Exploration and Production India and Reliance Industries in their production sharing contract dispute against the government of India.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP continues to impress in construction and engineering disputes. It is praised for its 'broad experience', expertise in identifying clients' needs and its 'bigger picture' perspectives. Practice head Gavin Margetson delivers 'clear, concise and robust legal advice', is 'very practical, pragmatic and commercial' and 'focused on achieving the best possible outcome'; he is 'an outstanding practitioner who combines excellent strategic judgement with close attention to detail and strong client-handling skills'. James Clarke is recommended for construction and engineering disputes and of counsel Roger Milburn is 'an excellent, committed and articulate lawyer who is performing at the level of a partner'.

CMS has a significant Asian client base, including Chinese and Korean businesses, and handles an impressive volume of construction and infrastructure cases related to India. The broad practice also encompasses M&A and private equity, licensing, gaming and commodity disputes. The arbitration team is also able to leverage its formal law alliance with the Singapore law practice of CMS Holborn Asia and its lead partner Lakshanthi Fernando. Former Singapore partner Jeremie Witt has moved to HWL Ebsworth in Australia. The hugely experienced Steven Lim joined 39 Essex Chambers in April 2019.

HFW Singapore LLP is primarily known for commodities, energy and transport disputes. The team has extensive experience of SIAC proceedings, including shipbuilding disputes and offshore energy-related arbitrations. Paul Aston is an experienced hand in international arbitrations, while Chris Swart is noted for commodities disputes and Chanaka Kumarasinghe for energy and oil and gas arbitrations. Newly promoted partner Adam Richardson provides further expertise in commodities and shipping disputes.

Joseph Tan Jude Benny LLP is recommended by clients for mid-value energy, trade and commodities disputes. Much of the team's work centres on upstream and midstream oil and gas cases. The 'top quality' practice is 'great to work with' and 'what it lacks in numbers it makes up in talent and passion'. Baldev Bhinder has left the firm to launch new firm, Blackstone & Gold.

Linklaters has continued to elevate its standing in international arbitration, thanks to the efforts of high-quality partner Jelita Pandjaitan and her team which has gained prominence in Indonesian upstream oil and gas disputes; Pandjaitan and several others in the department speak Bahasa Indonesia. Experienced figure Melvin Sng now splits his time between Hong Kong and Singapore, and is particularly active in M&A and private equity investment-related arbitrations.

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC remains noted for shipping, oil and gas, insurance and construction cases. The team has an especially strong record in Indonesia disputes. Wendy Tan, insurance expert Justyn Jagger, and Daniel Chia have extensive contentious experience, including in arbitrations, while Kelvin Aw is recommended for construction disputes and associate Kenneth Chua is 'a true advocate in every sense of the word',  'is very thorough in analysing and presenting the issues' and 'gives the assurance to clients that he leaves no issues or details unturned'.

Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP has gained greater recognition following the arrival of Craig Celniker from the firm's Tokyo office; he now splits his time between Singapore and Hong Kong. Celniker is a respected trial lawyer with deep international arbitration experience, particularly in the intellectual property space. Technology, infrastructure, warranty and indemnity, and trade cases are also core to a practice that acts for a number of Chinese and Japanese clients, along with a range of multinational technology businesses.

Oon & Bazul LLP is noted for shipping, energy and trade and commodities disputes. Suresh Divyanathan has an outstanding reputation, particularly with Japanese clients that he represents in disputes throughout Southeast Asia and India. Bazul Ashhab provides further senior level gravitas. Senior associate Kristine Koh is also singled out.

Reed Smith LLP is recommended by clients for mid- and lower-value disputes. It has a fine record in shipping, trade and commodities, and energy and natural resources disputes. It delivers 'great value for money, excellent responsiveness, and astute advice on arbitration strategy and process'. Barry Stimpson's 'depth of experience in arbitration really shows in advice on strategy' and Kohe Hasan has 'drive, panache and almost religious commitment to top quality client service'; her 'transactional experience also gives her an understanding of the commercial pressure points of any dispute'. Simon Jones and Calvin Chan are also key partners.

Shook Lin & Bok LLP remains noted for insolvency, banking, commercial and fraud cases. The team represents a number of Indian and Chinese clients in arbitral proceedings. It acted for the receivers, FTI, in a case against the promoters of a resort in Thailand, with proceedings taking place in Singapore and involving an anti-suit injunction to prevent the promoters from pursuing their claim in Thailand. Sarjit Singh Gill SC, Probin Dass, Joseph Tay and David Chan are key members of the team.

Simmons & Simmons' Amanda Lees is very much part of the Singapore arbitration community. The team impresses with its market share of India disputes, commodity trading disputes and investment treaty arbitrations. Working alongside colleagues in London, it represented the government of the Republic of Indonesia in a bilateral investment treaty arbitration brought by Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys under the India-Indonesia bilateral investment treaty (BIT). It also acted for Tozzi Industries in a dispute with Bumi Armada Offshore and Bumi Armada Berhad regarding the floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) for the Madura BD gas field in Indonesia; proceedings were eventually transferred to the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) where judgment went in favour of the client in September 2017.

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