Mr Subramanian Pillai > CNPLaw LLP > Singapore, Singapore > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Arbitration, Construction, General Litigation, Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency


Subra’s practice has been primarily in the field of commercial litigation and arbitration. He heads the firm’s International Arbitration and Construction, Engineering and Infrastructure teams.

He has had an active commercial litigation practice for the last 26 years, he regularly advises and represents publicly listed companies, multi-national corporations and high net worth individuals in a variety of corporate and commercial disputes in the High Court and the Court of Appeal in Singapore.

As an accredited Arbitrator and experienced Arbitration Counsel, he has also advised and represented clients in several international arbitrations such as clients from the Middle East, India, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.


Some notable cases Subramanian acted for:

1.) Acted as lead Counsel for the Singapore subsidiary of a public listed French Conglomerate in a dispute involving the design and construction of two cement storage silo facility at Pulau Damar Laut off Jurong Island, Singapore. The claim amount was S$26 million.

2.) Acted as Counsel for a publicly listed Shipyard in a 76 days arbitration involving claims by electrical sub-contractors under a shipbuilding contract involving the building and commissioning of an oil tanker for Statoil in Norway. The claim amount was S$16 million.

3.) Acted as a Counsel in an International Arbitration in Singapore for an internationally renowned Belgian/Singapore joint venture logistics company against Professional Engineers over the structural collapse of a Petrochemical logistics facility in Rayong Province, Thailand.

4.) Advised and acted as Counsel for the former Chief Operating Officer of publicly listed Airocean Ltd in a landmark appeal against conviction and sentencing before the Honourable Chief Justice of Singapore. The charges include reckless non-disclosure of material information to the public, disclosing misleading information to the SGX and the public and three counts of Insider Trading. The charges for reckless non-disclosure of material information to the public, disclosing misleading information to the SGX were dismissed and we successfully appealed to reduce the custodial sentence for insider trading to a fine.

5.) Advised and acted for a Thai company in a successful appeal before the Court of Appeal in Singapore involving issues relating to the jurisdiction of arbitral tribunals and the enforceability of multi-tier dispute resolution clauses.


English, Tamil and Malay 


1.) Accredited Arbitrator, Panel of Arbitrators, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators

2.) Accredited Arbitrator, Panel of Arbitrators, Law Society of Singapore Arbitration
      Scheme, 2007

3.) Member of International Law Referral

4.) Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London

5.) Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators


1.) Bachelor of Laws (Honours) 1988

2.) University of Essex, United Kingdom

Lawyer Rankings

Singapore > Dispute resolution: local firms

CNPLaw LLP has a wide-ranging practice and remains noted for shareholder, construction and insolvency disputes, along with cases involving Chinese parties. The practice represented a Hong Kong company in a High Court case against two wholly-owned subsidiaries of Singapore-listed Keppel Corporation. Subramanian Pillai is an experienced hand in commercial disputes and construction cases. See Tow Soo Ling is noted for commercial, matrimonial and estate related disputes.