Dispute Resolution: Singapore

Our disputes team has cutting-edge experience, acting both as counsel and as arbitrators. The team consists of experts in all forms of dispute resolution with a focus on:

  • Negotiating Settlements
  • International Arbitration
  • Cross-border Litigation
  • Corporate Crime & Investigations

Our team includes practitioners with a proven track record of advising clients in Asia as well as investors into the region, on disputes, crisis management and other matters which cause problems and disruption. They regularly act as counsel in proceedings before the main arbitral institutions in the region, especially SIAC and the ICC, and have overseen litigation and enforcement proceedings in the courts of Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Japan, China, Bangladesh and Mongolia.  

Our work spans a range of sectors, including:

Natural resources are often the subject of hard-fought disputes. We regularly advise governments, multinationals and private companies on their stakes and operations in the energy, mining and resource-exploitation industries across Asia.

Our lawyers' recent experience includes:

  • Pursuing a SIAC arbitration claim of over USD 100 million for the contractors under an oil and gas Production Sharing Contract for a block in Kalimantan, Indonesia – the claim concerns operation costs incurred in the final years of the PSC, which were not recovered when the PSC expired.   
  • Bringing Thai Arbitration Institute claims of USD 315 million for a Thai oil and gas exploration company against a helicopter services provider – the contract was for a transportation network for various offshore platforms in the Gulf of Thailand.
  • Defending an Indonesian operator against a SIAC arbitration claim for US$218 million arising out of a Joint Operating Agreement for an oil and gas development block in Sumatra.
  • Advising a multinational energy company, on the restructuring and potential sale of its Myanmar assets, including potential litigation and arbitration issues relating to the application of Myanmar tax law to the relevant oil and gas concessions.

Our lawyers' recent experience includes:

  • Pursuing a SIAC arbitration claim for USD 37 million on behalf of a German telco service provider against its Singaporean partner in a joint venture for the construction, operation and servicing of 3G cellular network towers in Myanmar.
  • Representing a Japanese subsea telecoms cable company in ICC arbitration proceedings worth over USD 150 million relating to the installation of a submarine telecoms cable from India to France via the Red Sea.
  • Overseeing ICC arbitration claims for a tower contractor against a South African telco provider, including delay claims and other technical issues relating to the phased roll out of network towers across the country.
  • Bringing an ICC arbitration claim on behalf of a leading Japanese telco for USD 50 million of liquidated damages arising out of the delivery into geostationary orbit of a defective telecommunications satellite.

Singapore has become one of the international hubs for the cryptocurrency industry, with a number of leading cryptocurrency exchanges basing their operations in the country. Asia-based parties to SAFTs, ICO documentation, trading and platform agreements, crypto mining partnerships and DeFi lending and yield farming often choose Singapore as their forum for dispute resolution.  

  • Click here for details of our specialist Blockchain Group at the firm. 

Our lawyers' recent cryptocurrency disputes experience includes:

  • Representing a Bitcoin investor seeking to recover over USD 50 million of BTC after it was fraudulently stolen during a cold wallet hack – third party disclosure orders were successfully secured and required a leading cryptocurrency exchange to identify the hackers and trace the stolen assets.
  • Advising a consortium of investors in connection with the ICO of a Vietnamese cryptocurrency, after the crypto assets were not delivered in accordance with the SAFT.

  • Click here for details of our specialist Hospitality & Leisure Group at the firm.

Our lawyers' recent experience includes:

  • Advising a global hospitality operator in connection with claims under the hotel management agreement for a prestigious hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
  • Representing the owner of a hotel on Ko Samui, Thailand in arbitration claims arising out of the construction and subsequent collapse of part of the resort following storms on the island.

Singapore has long been one of Asia's leading hubs for international trade.  Both its courts and renowned arbitration centres (SIAC and SCMA) are popular choices for dispute resolution in the sector.   

Commodities disputes are often time-sensitive and require an understanding of the commodity involved.  We have acted for and against traders of oil and gas, metals, grain, fabrics, and electronic components, and s of credit, trade finance fraud, and trade insurance.

Our lawyers' recent experience in this sector includes:

  • Representing a Japanese trading company in making recoveries under a trade insurance policy covering losses arising out of the sale of plastics to Russian and Chinese buyers
  • Obtaining a SIAC award for a UAE coal trading company in respect of claims under contracts for the sale, purchase and shipment of coal from Indonesia to India
  • Advising a Japanese metals trading company in connection with a long-standing agreement to purchase copper base bars containing precious metals from electronic waste, including allegations of fraud relating to the sampling process
  • Representing a Singapore-listed company in arbitration concerning back-to-back trading of biodiesel fuel, including complex fraud allegations relating to shipping documents and requiring expert evidence on trade finance and Chinese customs laws.
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