Francis is Regional Head, Disputes Practices and was appointed Senior Counsel in January 2009. He practices in the areas of international commercial and treaty arbitration and litigation.
He is actively involved in cross-border commercial disputes in the areas of banking, property, financial and investment related claims. He is currently acting for an Australian energy group in a billion-dollar dispute against an Indonesian conglomerate, being the first case to be heard before the Singapore International Commercial Court. He also specialises in aviation law and advised in the class-action suit resulting from the crash of the SilkAir flight (Indonesia) and the SIA crash (Taiwan).
Francis has been recognised as a leading dispute resolution lawyer by AsiaLaw Profiles (2018, 2017), Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2014-2018), Ranked Lawyers, Chambers Global (2016-2017), Dispute Resolution Chambers Asia-Pacific (2016 and 2017), Best Lawyer in International Litigation Practice (2017 edition) (2015-2017 edition), Labour & Employment (2016 edition) Who’s Who Legal, Asia Law Leading Lawyers (2009), Global Arbitration Review (2010), and the Fifth Edition of Best Lawyers in Singapore Practice Area of Litigation (2013).
Francis is a Chartered Arbitrator, the immediate Past Chairman of the Singapore branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) and is the President-Elect of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association. He is the General Editor of “Civil Litigation in Singapore” (Sweet & Maxwell, 2017) and a member of the Rules Committee, Singapore Academy of Law.
He is currently sitting as party-nominated arbitrator of a Mauritius entity in a bilateral investment treaty (ICSID) dispute with the Government of India. He is presently assisting several Asian governments in setting up their international arbitration framework.
Yap Wai Ming was the former Secretary-General of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (2013-2015) and was the chair of the organizing committee for the Singapore IPBA annual conference held in 2010. He is a director of Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC. He counsels corporate clients on merger and acquisition transactions, project finance, and equity and debt capital markets (including Islamic finance), as well as gaming and leisure. He also acts as a sponsor to issuers on Catalist, the sponsor-supervised board of The Singapore Exchange.
Wai Ming’s dedicated and practical approach to guiding clients’ multifaceted corporate transactions has earned him recognition by legal industry publications. IFLR1000, Legal 500, Asialaw Leading Lawyers, Best Lawyers in Singapore, and Chambers Asia-Pacific have ranked him as a leading lawyer in mergers and acquisitions in Asia. Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific also recognized him as a leading lawyer in gaming and gambling law in the Asia-Pacific region. Chambers Global (2015) described him as “straightforward, eager to find solutions, and deeply involved;” Chambers Asia-Pacific (2013) mentioned him as having “quick turnaround time and ability to provide clarity and solutions;” and IFLR 1000 (2014) noted that he is “dexterous, intelligent and easy going.”
Suresh is the Head of the Commercial Arbitration Practice at Oon & Bazul LLP. His primary areas of practice are international arbitration and complex cross-border litigation. Suresh is a long standing IPBA member and has attended every IPBA Annual Conference (save one) since 2002 in Hong Kong. Suresh was a member of the IPBA Singapore 2010 Annual Conference Organizing Committee. Suresh was an Officer of the IPBA and served as the IPBA’s Membership Committee Chairperson from 2011 to 2014.
In his legal practice, Suresh has represented clients in international arbitrations concerning the automobile, construction, energy and retail industries, involving disputes over technology transfer projects, joint ventures and distributorships in jurisdictions including the United States, Japan, South Korea, India, Thailand and Indonesia. Suresh was praised by High Court Judge Quentin Loh “for acting in the best traditions of the bar in presenting his client’s case with fairness and candour. Our bar will continue to retain the respect from the public and bench alike if it is peopled by counsel like Mr Divyanathan.” (The Business Times, 19 September 2011) Suresh is regularly ranked as a leading lawyer in numerous legal publications. Recent editions of Chambers Asia Pacific quoted sources referring to Suresh as being “a very competent counsel and a good advocate: certainly a rising star” an “assured practitioner who comes across very well” in legal proceedings and a “reliable pair of hands”.
Outside of legal practice, Suresh holds the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the Singapore Armed Forces and currently serves as the Chief of Staff of an Armoured Brigade. In the 2015 Singapore National Day Awards, Suresh was conferred the Commendation Medal (Military) for exceptional service to the Singapore Armed Forces.
Joyce A. Tan has been consistently recognized as a leading lawyer over the long years of her practice by numerous legal publications including Legal 500, Chambers, Practical Law Company, AsiaLaw, Who’s Who Legal, World Trademark Review, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, International Who’s Who of Regulatory Communications Lawyers, International Who’s Who of Internet, E-Commerce & Data Protection Lawyers, Global Communications, Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers, Global Counsel 3000, Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law, and Global Law Experts.
To quote from the reports on some of these publications based on independent research, “Joyce Tan has an excellent reputation”, “is a very well reputed lawyer”, “very focused”, “really knows her stuff”, “is admired for the quality and longevity of her practice”, “is recognized as one of the finest commercial IP lawyers in Singapore” and “a seasoned stalwart in the industry”.
Joyce’s intellectual property prowess, renowned both in the local and international arenas, is often manifested in complex matters involving the analysis and strategic deployment of IP in commercially dynamic business models. Her particular strengths lie in developing action plans, transactions and corporate and organisational structures that both leverage the opportunities, as well as avert the hazards, posed by IP as a business tool. Her breadth of involvement in IP on a routine basis, straddle the macro management of IP registration portfolios, pre-emptive protection of business positions vis-à-vis IP, and the acquisition, disposal, relocation and exploitation of IP and intangible assets.
This strong IP dimension is palpable in Joyce’s work as a transactional lawyer in corporate and commercial matters, including cross-border M&A deals, private equity investments, collaborative ventures and financing transactions. She is also widely recognised for her strong suit in TMT transactions, having pioneered many cutting-edge deals of its time, including complex technical procurement and supply transactions, the development and deployment of innovative payment systems, fintech transactions and other frontier technology projects. She continues to assist clients with high-tech payment systems at the frontiers of regulatory frameworks.
The trailblazing quality of Joyce’s practice over the years is exemplified by many “firsts” including her handling of the first teleco interconnect transaction in Singapore when the telecommunications industry was first liberalized, the nation-wide “CashCard” project which led to the first electronic road pricing implementation in Singapore and the first commercial retail smart card project in Singapore.
Joyce is a regular on the local and international lecture circuit, having developed training curricula for organizations that include government agencies and inter-governmental forums, on the subject matter covered by her extensive practice.
Senior Counsel Jimmy Yim is Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Singapore’s most celebrated Dispute Resolution practice.
He was admitted to the Singapore Bar in 1983 and appointed Senior Counsel in 1998. He was also admitted to practise in England and Wales in 1997.
Jimmy has over three decades of experience in civil and commercial law and international arbitration. In the span of his career, he has represented clients in a wide spectrum of disputes from energy, joint ventures, infrastructure, telecommunications to technology appearing as lead counsel before the Supreme Court and international arbitration tribunals under the rules of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).
Jimmy is consistently recommended by international legal ranking publications, where he has been “hailed as a brilliant litigator by market sources, and a highly experienced senior counsel” and praised as “a very sharp and very eloquent counsel”; “very quick to narrow down the key issues, craft strategic and tactical solutions, and has a lot of drive and passion in the delivery of legal arguments”; “an extremely persuasive advocate”; and “wins plaudits for his diligence and performance in international arbitration matters”.
Siraj heads the Disputes Practice of RPC Premier Law. He has a broad-based disputes practice with a focus on banking & financial disputes, commercial & corporate litigation and insolvency-related matters. He also regularly appears in international arbitrations, both as counsel as well as arbitrator. He also has corporate experience, having practiced with an international law firm between October 2002 and May 2005 working on corporate debt restructurings and mergers & acquisitions in Indonesia. He has been described as a “star” and a “senior counsel in waiting” (Legal500, 2017).
Siraj was a member of the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) Rules Sub-Committee, and currently sits on the Working Group of the Professional Conduct Council (PCC) chaired by the Chief Justice of Singapore. Siraj is also a past member of the Council of The Law Society of Singapore and currently sits as a member of its Inquiry Panel since 2009.
Siraj also volunteers at the NUS Faculty of Law. He has served as a volunteer tutor in the Trial Advoacy course since 1997 as well as the Legal Case Studies course since 2006. He also helped conduct the Advocacy component of the Postgraduate Practical Law Course (PLC) conducted by the Singapore Institute of Legal Education between 2001 and 2015 and continues to volunteer as a tutor in the Negotiations course as part of the PLC.
Partner, Head of Energy, Infrastructure, Resources and Disputes practice for South East Asia
Clifford Chance, Singapore
Recognised by independent legal directories as a leading dispute resolution practitioner, Paul specialises in international arbitration and litigation focussing on disputes in the power, energy, oil & gas, infrastructure, construction, mining, resources, utilities, commodities and international trade sectors. He acts as counsel in court and in international arbitration proceedings under various arbitral rules. Paul has advised on a multitude of projects and disputes that have arisen across numerous jurisdictions, including in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, India, Lao PDR, Philippines, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, KSA, Mauritius, Maldives, Tanzania, Nigeria, China, Mongolia, Turkey and Papua New Guinea.
Paul is a qualified Chartered Arbitrator. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb), and is on the panel of arbitrators of SIAC, KLRCA, DIAC, PIA, BANI and CIArb. He sits as sole arbitrator and tribunal chairman in international arbitrations relating to various types of disputes. He is on the board of directors of CIArb Singapore Ltd and is the current vice-chairman of the Singapore branch. He is on the teaching faculty of CIArb where he teaches courses on international arbitration. Paul is vice-chairman for International Arbitration in the Law Society’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, and a member of the appointments sub-committee responsible for appointing arbitrators under the Law Society of Singapore Arbitration Scheme (LSAS). He is a member of the SIAC User’s Council. In the construction space, Paul has served as a council member, secretary, treasurer and vice-chairman of the Society of Construction Law (Singapore). He was recently appointed as a Senior Accredited Specialist (Building & Construction) by the Singapore Academy of Law.
Paul is recommended by leading legal publications including, Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Legal 500: Asia Pacific, Europe, ME, Africa, Global Arbitration Review’s 100, Who’s Who Legal – The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Construction Lawyers, Expert Guides – Commercial Arbitration and Construction, IFLR 1000 (Energy & Infrastructure) – Guide to the Industry’s Leading Law Firms and Lawyers and Asian Legal Business.
Mohan is Joint Head of Office of Pinsent Masons MPillay LLP. He is a Singapore and UK qualified dispute resolution lawyer with 30 years’ experience in advisory, commercial litigation and regional arbitration work, particularly in construction and engineering projects.
In addition to being a Chartered Arbitrator, he appears regularly as Lead Counsel in the Singapore High Court, Court of Appeal, and arbitrations. He is part of the first batch of Senior Specialists in Building and Construction Law accredited by the Singapore Academy of Law in 2018.
Mohan is actively involved in litigation/arbitration programs and publications. He is presently the Hon Treasurer of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb). His past appointments include President of SIArb, Co-Chair of the Dispute Resolution & Arbitration Committee, Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA), Chair of SCL (Singapore) and the International Construction Projects Committee, IPBA, as well as teaching appointments as Adj. Assoc. Professor, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (2003 – 2011) and Visiting Professor, Centre of Construction Law & Dispute Resolution, King’s College London (2005 – 2011).
He is one of the General Editors of Singapore Construction Adjudication Review and the Singapore Journal of Construction Law, and co-author of “The SICC Handbook – A Guide to the Rules and Procedures of the Singapore International Commercial Court” (Sweet & Maxwell, 2016). He is also one of the chapter authors for the Singapore Academy of Law Annual Review of Singapore Cases’ chapter on building and construction law.
Yee Leong is the Co-Head of the Firm’s International Arbitration practice. His primary area of practice is in international arbitration focusing on the areas of energy, oil and gas, power and infrastructure projects in Singapore, Malaysia and the region. In practice for more than 29 years, Yee Leong is recognised as a leading international dispute resolution practitioner in the Asia-Pacific region. Yee Leong is a Chartered Arbitrator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He is a Director of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and also on the panel of arbitrators for SIAC, Asian International Arbitration Centre and CIArb Presidential Panel of Arbitrators. He is also a Jurisdictional Council Member for Singapore for Inter-Pacific Bar Association and Chairman for Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee for the Law Society of Singapore. Yee Leong also served as a director of Singapore LNG Pte Ltd from 2011 to 2015. In 2018, he was among the inaugural batch of select practitioners to be recognised as a Senior Accredited Specialist in Building and Construction Law by the Singapore Academy of Law.
Kirindeep Singh is a senior partner in our Litigation & Arbitration Practice. Kirin graduated with LLB (Hons) from the University of Leeds in 1995 and with a BCL from Oxford University in 1997.
Kirin’s primary practice areas are construction and engineering, energy, arbitration, general civil and commercial litigation and anti-bribery and anti-corruption. In construction and engineering, Kirin has been involved in numerous disputes in adjudication, arbitration and litigation. He represents owners, developers, consultants, and contractors in construction and engineering disputes under standard form and bespoke contracts. He has acted for parties in various energy disputes in the region and major infrastructure, building and redevelopment projects in Singapore such as the MRT North-East Line Projects, the MRT Circle Line Projects, the Deep Tunnel Sewage System, the construction of Khoo Teck Phuat Hospital and the redevelopment and expansion of the National University Hospital. In addition, Kirin has been involved in the drafting of various construction and engineering contracts, EPC Contracts pertaining to the Oil & Gas industry and has often advised on project planning and risk management issues from inception to completion of the project.
Besides advising local clients in various disputes both in Court and at arbitration, Kirin has been involved in various regional matters and commercial arbitrations as well, including those in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Mauritius, India and Hong Kong.
Kirin has handled a wide range of civil and commercial litigation work, including contractual claims, claims in tort, employment matters, insurance-related claims, professional negligence, performance bonds, equity and trusts, banking work, property-related matters, landlord and tenant disputes and professional disciplinary proceedings.
In the area of anti-bribery and anti-corruption, Kirin advises various MNCs and global brands on issues of compliance including their entertainment and gift policies. Kirin has also managed internal global investigations by MNCs and large conglomerates.
Kirin is a contributor to the Singapore Precedents of Pleadings and speaks on a regular basis at various arbitration and construction and engineering conferences in Singapore and overseas. His teaching and training experience includes being an Associate Lecturer for Construction Law, Bachelor of Building and Project Management Programme, SIM University, teacher and trainer for the Law Society of Singapore’s SILE Advocacy Course and tutor for the National University of Singapore’s Trial Advocacy Course.
Kirin’s paper “Arbitration And Public Policy – Is The Unruly Horse Being Tamed?” was awarded Excellent Legal Paper Award at the IPBA 2013 Conference in Seoul, South Korea.
Kirin is named as a Recognised Practitioner for Construction, Chambers Asia Pacific 2016, 2017 and 2018, and in the Euromoney Guide to the World’s Leading Construction Lawyers (2nd Edition) for his construction practice. Kirin is also the Chair of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association’s International Construction Projects Committee and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Edmund and his team from Braddell Brothers acted for PT First Media over 2010 – 2018 in successfully resisting the enforcement (in Singapore, then Hong Kong) of a US$250 million SIAC arbitration award obtained against FM and two other companies by Malaysia’s Astro group.
Earlier, in 2008, Edmund and his team successfully acted for PT Lirik Petroleum in its ICC arbitration against PT Pertamina (Persero) and PT Pertamina EP, which has since become a landmark case concerning the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in Indonesia.
Who’s Who Legal : Litigation (2018) says that Edmund is “one of Singapore’s highest-regarded litigators and arbitration counsel”. The Legal 500 (Asia-Pacific) has described him as “aggressive”, “articulate”, “good strategist”, “trusted confidant”, “good advocate” and “best in class”. Chambers & Partners cites a source as saying that “[Edmund] has the ability to think beyond the conventional and has brilliant ideas in terms of legal strategy”.
Pradeep Pillai’s area of practice is in litigation and arbitration. His principal focus is general commercial disputes; as well as domestic and cross-border insolvencies. He is also actively involved in dispute advisory work relating to employment and corporate/shareholder disputes. Pradeep regularly appears as lead counsel in High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings as well as lead counsel in international arbitrations.
Pradeep has been recognised as a leading dispute resolution, international arbitration, employment and restructuring and insolvency lawyer by various publications.
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 recognised Pradeep’s considerable expertise in employment litigation and ranked Pradeep as the only lawyer in Band 1 for Employment with clients stating that he is “very, very responsive”. Pradeep was also ranked for Restructuring and Insolvency.
In Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017, clients say he is “sharp in his analysis and provides commercial solutions to the issues we face, which are fast and cost-effective.” The directory also notes that Pradeep “He has a lot of energy and is extremely responsive. He has broad experience in commercial litigation which he is able to bring to employment matters.”
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2014 stated that Pradeep is “highly rated by clients, one of whom noted: ‘I was very impressed by his availability and the fact that he struck a good balance between commercial expediency and legal value.’ He handles employment disputes, and is also well known for his broader litigation capabilities.”
Helming WhiteFern LLC is Anparasan, a highly regarded practitioner with more than 25 years of experience in Disputes and Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is a member of the Disciplinary Tribunal appointed by the Chief Justice and a member of the Inquiry Panel appointed by the Law Society. He is also an accredited Mediator. He focuses on both the contentious and non-contentious aspects of insurance and reinsurance, with a particular focus on general liability, casualty claims, financial lines, professional indemnity and construction/ engineering claims. Anparasan regularly handles high value and complex claims for most of the major insurance companies in Singapore. He is a preferred choice of insurers to handle high profile and sensitive disputes. Anparasan is recommended in his practice area by Chambers and Asia Pacific Legal 500, and has been named in several editions of the AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers and the International “Who’s Who” of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers in Singapore which quotes as follows:
“Many are very impressed by Anparasan’s legal and negotiation skills and his ability to find good and practical solutions. He has been commended to be “knowledgeable, objective and competent” and is highly regarded as “someone who easily gains the trust of clients”.
Apart from insurance matters, Anparasan is a veteran in handling general litigation matters. As an experienced advocate, Anparasan has conducted numerous trials and appeals in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. He has also acted as counsel in a number of landmark decisions which have been reported in Law Reports and Law Reviews.
Regional Director for South Asia, ICC Arbitration & ADR
ICC International Court of Arbitration, Singapore
As Director, Abhinav focuses on helping companies, investors, and attorneys in the Region understand how they can efficiently resolve international commercial disputes by raising their awareness on the ICC’s Dispute Resolution Services and its commitment to international arbitration, the procedure, and thought leadership. Prior to serving as Regional Director, he was the first Indian Deputy Counsel of the Court, where he gained first-hand experience working on arbitrations arising out of common law jurisdictions, in particular working with parties from the United Kingdom, India, Singapore and other regions of Asia. Mr. Bhushan is a regular contributor to various publications on developments in international arbitration and Indian arbitration law. He is also an avid promoter of arbitration-related training opportunities for law students and young attorneys. Additionally, Mr Bhushan is the co-chair of ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF), Asia Chapter. Additionally, as part of the ICC’s initiative to develop arbitration in India and South Asia he advises and engages with the law firms, practitioners and users on the procedures and practices of international arbitration, especially ICC arbitration. Before joining the ICC, Mr. Bhushan completed his LLM at the Columbia Law School and earned a certificate in foreign and comparative law. He was also a member of the Columbia International Arbitration Association and a research assistant. He earned his first law degree from the Government Law College, Mumbai, India. Upon graduation, he worked as an associate with Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe, in Mumbai, India.
Shobna Chandran, a Partner at Dentons Rodyk, has more than 12 years’ experience in leading high stakes arbitration, litigation matters and insolvency and restructuring matters. Shobna maintains an active portfolio in the Singapore courts and before tribunals constituted under the major regional arbitral institutions, and seated both in Singapore and internationally. She has also managed global investigations by regulators, and has an active contentious regulatory practice.
Shobna’s niche is in regional mandates with a South East Asian and South Asian focus. Shobna’s clients include global financial institutions, major private equity funds and multinational corporations.
Shobna is a rising star in international arbitration and dispute resolution, actively contributing to thought leadership publications and speaking at international conferences. In recognition of her prominence in international arbitration, Shobna holds leadership positions in the Singapore Chapter of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Young Members Group, and is a faculty member of the National University of Singapore’s International Arbitration Academy. Shobna is a founding member of the Women in Practice Task Force and serves on the Academy of Law’s Professional Affairs Committee, addressing topical issues of legal practice.
Shobna was recently named in Singapore Business Review’s 40 and Under as one of country’s top next generation lawyers.
Gmeleen Tomboc works in Sidley Austin’s Singapore office specializing in energy, M&A and corporate finance. She has worked in law firms and in-house in Singapore, Tokyo and Manila, and was seconded as the counsel for Asia to The AES Corporation, a Fortune 200 energy company. Currently, she acts as pro bono coordinator for Sidley’s Singapore and Sydney offices, and sits on the firm’s associates’ technology committee.
Having joined IPBA in 2013 as a scholar, she is now Vice-Chair of its Energy and Natural Resources Committee. In addition, she is Deputy Editor of the American Bar Association’s International Law News, and is the Singapore representative for the Harvard Law School’s Recent Graduate Network.
She received her LLM from Harvard Law School and her LLB from the University of the Philippines, and is admitted in New York, England and Wales, and Philippines.
Richard is a Senior Managing Director in FTI Consulting’s Economic and Financial Consulting segment, specialising in the assessment of value, financial and accounting issues in contentious matters and challenging commercial situations. Before joining FTI Consulting, Richard spent eight years in the audit, corporate finance and financial advisory groups of two big four accountancy firms. He is a Chartered Accountant (“ICAEW” and “ISCA”), Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (“CAIA”) and Fellow of the Institute of Directors (IoD).
In addition to commercial work Mr. Hayler has been appointed more than fifteen times as both a valuation and accounting expert witness and has testified in arbitrations and court. He has been recognised in Who’s Who Legal for Asset Recovery (2015, 2016), Quantum of Damages (2016, 2017, 2018), Forensic Accounting (2016, 2017, 2018) and an Arbitration Expert Witness (2018), in which he is described as “an eminent practitioner in the region and stands out as for his ‘excellent valuation work’” and “a well-known figure in the Singaporean market, and is recognised as a top-tier accounting expert in the region”.
In 2015, Mr. Hayler was appointed to the Singapore International Mediation Centre’s first Panel of Experts for Accountancy. He has also sat on the Board of Directors of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in Singapore since 2012 and holds the office of Honorary Treasurer and is a member of the British Chamber of Commerce Finance & Fintech Group.