Ms Swee Yen Koh > WongPartnership LLP > Singapore, Singapore > Lawyer Profile

WongPartnership LLP
12 MARINA BOULEVARD, LEVEL 28
MARINA BAY FINANCIAL CENTRE TOWER 3
SINGAPORE 018982
Singapore

Work Department

Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group; Commercial & Corporate Disputes Practice; International Arbitration Practice.

Position

Senior Counsel, Partner – Commercial & Corporate Disputes and International Arbitration Practices.

Career

Swee Yen has an active practice as counsel, with a particular focus on complex, high-value and cross-border disputes across a wide spectrum of matters from commercial, energy, international sales, trade, transport, technology  to investment. She regularly appears before the High Court and Court of Appeal and in international arbitrations under the major institutional rules, including ICSID, ICC, ICDR, LCIA, SIAC and UNCITRAL.

Swee Yen graduated with First Class Honours from the National University of Singapore (NUS). She was awarded the Singapore Academy of Law prize for being the top student in her final year, and won subject prizes for Evidence and Procedure and Intellectual Property Law. Swee Yen served as a Justices’ Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of Singapore before entering private practice. She also received appointments as Law Clerk to assist the Competition Appeal Board in the first and subsequent appeals lodged against the Competition Commission of Singapore’s Infringement Decisions relating to price fixing matters. She was commended for her “clear and crisp thoughts on the issue assigned to her” as amicus curiae in Huang Danmin v Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board [2010] SGHC 152.

Swee Yen is highly recommended for her expertise in resolving complex international disputes, and is named in various legal publications, including The Legal 500, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Chambers Global and Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific.

Described as being “in a league of her own”, “extremely talented”, “incredibly hard-working and persistent” with a “very deep understanding of the law” and “razor-sharp” in her advocacy by Chambers Global, sources also praise her for a “keen sense of strategy” and “great ability to quickly grasp her clients’ perspective and understand their commercial issues”.

The Legal 500 says that Swee Yen is the “go-to disputes lawyer in Singapore”, with an “ability to zone right in on the issues with precision and confidence”, and is “brilliant, decisive and fearless”. She has also been commended in Chambers Asia-Pacific for being “a tenacious litigator” that is “very hard-working and talented”.

Clients applaud Swee Yen as someone who “always brings her A-game to everything she does and someone you want in your corner in a life or death situation”. Clients also highlighted that Swee Yen is “very quick to pick things up, has great foresight and possesses the ability to identify things to focus on and things to drop”.

Languages

English, Mandarin.

Memberships

Swee Yen is the Vice-Chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee. She is also the Vice-Chair of the IPBA Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Committee, and a member of the Editorial Board of the ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin and the ICCA-ASIL Task Force on Damages. She has also served as co-chair of the YSIAC Committee and IBA Arb40, and is on the Panel of Arbitrators of the Asian International Arbitration Centre, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and Korean Commercial Arbitration Board. She is a council member of International Law Association – Singapore Branch. Swee Yen has also been appointed to the Executive Committee of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy.

She has been a member of the Rules of Court Working Party since 2005, and was also appointed as a member of the Civil Justice Commission with the mandate to effect transformative changes to the litigation process in Singapore. She is appointed by the Ministry of Home Affairs as a member of the Public Entertainment Appeal Board, and is also a member of the Casino Regulatory Authority’s Patron Dispute Committee.

Education

LL.B. (First Class Hons), National University of Singapore (2004)
Admitted to the Singapore Bar (2006)
Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of England & Wales (2008)