Alessa is a Partner with the International Arbitration, Construction & Projects Group at Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP.
She handles a wide range of cross-border commercial disputes before international arbitral tribunals, as well as before the Singapore courts. She has experience with both ad hoc and institutional arbitration proceedings under SIAC, ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, UNCITRAL and ICSID Rules. Alessa is adept at handling cases which involve foreign law issues (both civil law and common law systems).
In addition to her international arbitration practice, Alessa also has extensive experience in arbitration-related court proceedings. She has acted for clients in setting aside proceedings, applications for anti-suit injunctions and other court applications arising out of ongoing arbitration proceedings.
In 2020, Alessa was seconded to C&G Law (the Philippine member firm of the Rajah & Tann Asia network), where she assisted with Philippine-seated arbitration proceedings, and advised on disputes arising from infrastructure projects in the Philippines.
Alessa is a Regional Representative for the South Asia chapter of the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF). Alessa is also a tutor for the Civil Procedure and Arbitration modules for the SILE Part B Bar Examinations course.
Notable Cases & Transactions
- Acting for an African parastatal body in Mauritius-seated SIAC arbitration proceedings arising out of an affreightment contract governed by Mauritius law.
- Acting for a Maldivian company in the hospitality industry in SIAC arbitration proceedings; dispute arose out of a share sale purchase agreement.
- Acting for a Philippine company in the hospitality industry in SIAC arbitration proceedings; dispute arose out of a share sale purchase agreement governed by Thai law.
- Acting for the owner / operator of a data centre in London-seated LCIA arbitration proceedings against the design and build contractor.
- Acting for a Malaysian company in a dispute arising out of an oil industry-related share sale purchase agreement (governed by English law) in SIAC arbitration proceedings.
- Acting for a health care consulting company in a claim against a private equity firm in SIAC arbitration proceedings.
- Acting for the Kingdom of Lesotho in an application to appeal against an arbitral tribunal’s jurisdictional ruling and to set aside the costs award made in the same proceedings. This is the first successful application to set aside an investment treaty award in Singapore. The matter was heard before the Singapore High Court and before the Singapore Court of Appeal.
- Acting for a Mauritius-registered investment company to defend an application before the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) to set aside an arbitral award; first arbitration-related decision issued by the SICC.
- Acting for a Chinese construction entity in an application to set aside an ICC arbitration award on the grounds of breach of natural justice, agreed procedure, violation of public policy and corruption issues. The matter was heard before the Singapore High Court and before the Singapore Court of Appeal.
- Acting for an international hotel chain in an application for an anti-suit injunction to restrain proceedings in Maldives which were commenced after an arbitral award had been issued. The underlying dispute arose out of a hotel management contract.
- Member, Law Society of Singapore
- Member, Singapore Academy of Law
- Member, ICC YAF
- Member, YSIAC
- Member, ArbitralWomen
- Member, Law Society of Singapore Standing Committee for Public and International Law
- Co-author, “Trends and Developments in Singapore”, Chambers and Partners International Arbitration 2020
- Co-author, Singapore chapter in The International Arbitration Review (7th and 8th editions)
- Co-author, “Anti-Suit Injunction in Aid of Arbitration Proceedings: Principles and Practice”, (July 2015), Singapore Law Gazette
- Co-author, “Does the Issuance of an Award before the Conclusion of an Arbitrator Challenge for Delay frustrate the Challenge?” (2015), Kluwer Arbitration Blog