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Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Nandakumar Ponniya

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Dispute Resolution

Position

Nandakumar (Kumar) Ponniya is the Head of the Dispute Resolution Practice Group in Singapore and the region, and the Chair of International Arbitration practice in Asia Pacific. He is widely acclaimed in international arbitration and cross-border litigation, particularly in construction, technology and energy. His practice includes dealing with disputes arising from corporate and commercial matters, and managing multi-jurisdictional restructuring and insolvency. With over 20 years' experience, Kumar has handled disputes and matters across various industry sectors and jurisdictions, serving clients in Asia and beyond. He is qualified to practice in Singapore, England & Wales and New York.

Career

  • New York~United States (2002)
  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (1998)
  • Singapore (1996)

Languages

English; Tamil

Member

  • Singapore Mediation Centre
  • Society of Construction Law, Singapore
  • Law Society of Singapore

Education

National University of Singapore (LLB) (1995)


Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration

Leading firms

Within: Leading firms

Baker McKenzie handles cases ranging from engineering and construction matters through to commodities and joint ventures disputes. In Singapore, Nandakumar Ponniya handles cases with Indonesian elements; another contact of note is Andi Kadir, who practices as part of the firm's Indonesian affiliate. Wynn Pakdeejit in Bangkok also handles both arbitrations and the enforcement of their awards. As far as the Chinese-speaking world is concerned, David Liou in Taiwan is also notable. The firm also includes investment treaty specialist Jo Delaney in Australia. Leng Sun Chan SC is now part of Essex Court Chambers.

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Indonesia

Foreign firms

Within: Foreign firms

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow focuses on banking and finance, projects,  capital markets, and dispute resolution. James Huang heads the finance and projects team and is supported by Chin Chew. Dispute resolution specialist Nandakumar Ponniya is also recommended.

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Singapore

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

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.

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Singapore: Construction

Construction – Local firms

Within: Construction – Local firms

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow's team is 'sharp, thorough and sensitive to business considerations'. The group's expertise ranges from project financing, procurement strategies, drafting and negotiating contracts, through to risk management  and dispute resolution. Recent highlights include handling a number of high-value, cross-border claims, some of which have gone to arbitration. In other work, the team is assisting a client with reviewing tender documents for a large-scale public infrastructure project for which it intends to bid together with a joint venture partner. Practice head Nandakumar Ponniya and Wong Tjen Wee are 'highly intelligent and strategic thinkers'. Martin David specialises in project finance and transactional work and Sheik Umar focuses on dispute resolution work, including adjudications.

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Singapore: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution – Local firms

Within: Dispute resolution – Local firms

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow continues to act for multinationals in big-ticket and multi-jurisdictional disputes in South East Asia. The Singapore team is appearing more frequently in the Court of Appeal and is increasingly active in compliance and investigations, thanks in part to the efforts of Celeste Ang and Weiyi Tan. Restructuring, energy, shareholder, product liability, IP and tax disputes are also key areas of growth. The team is 'excellent, proactive and responsive', 'a safe bet for large complex cases' and 'displays acute commercial sensitivities and strategically anticipates issues down the line'. It acted for a number of major telecommunications providers and content providers in private criminal copyright proceedings before the State Courts of Singapore, against retailers of illicit streaming devices. Leng Sun Chan SC is 'efficient and user-friendly', 'a team player' and 'is a meticulous and persuasive advocate with a wide range of experience within shipping and in more general commercial disputes'. Nandakumar Ponniya is 'intellectually sharp, well connected and street smart'. Andy Leck is recommended for IP litigation.

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