International Arbitration

In this increasingly important area, we’re not just a leader in Singapore; we’re the first Asian law firm ranked in the world’s top 30 global arbitration practices – expertly working to resolve a wide range of complex corporate and commercial cases, in sectors from shipping to technology.

Consistently ranked among the top international arbitration practices in Singapore, our award winning team has built its reputation on consistently providing clients with top-quality service and practical commercial solutions.

Depth and Breadth of experience

The collective strength and experience of the international arbitration practice is unparalleled in Asia. From oil fields in Libya and Sudan, to drill ships and oil rigs in Singapore; from steel plants in the Philippines to power infrastructure in Malaysia; from submarine telecommunication cables connecting China to the United States, to base transmission telecommunication systems in Indonesia; from power plants in China to coal mines in Indonesia; from Pan-Asian vehicular franchises to car distribution agreements in Singapore; from long term hotel management contracts in Indonesia to hospitality resort projects in India; from land reclamation projects to billion dollar port disputes, we have been involved in the most complex cross border commercial and construction related arbitration disputes, whether involving Singapore law or different regional laws, such as Australian law, Indonesian law, Thai law, Indian law, Philippine law, Japanese law, Chinese law and Malaysian law, as well as shipping and admiralty disputes, and have been able to draw on an immense wealth of talent and experience to deal with and successfully deliver on such matters.

Having dealt with over 500 arbitration matters in Singapore, Asia and elsewhere in just the 5 year period leading up to early 2013, the practice is well equipped to deal with even the most demanding and challenging arbitrations, whatever its substantive governing law. Headed by the firm’s Senior Partner and Senior Counsel Andre Yeap, it is also draws upon the firm’s other Senior Counsel, Francis Xavier and Toh Kian Sing. Uniquely for an Asian firm, there is a dedicated and sizeable core group of partners and associates in the International Arbitration Practice Group in addition to other arbitration/dispute practitioners in specialised fields across the firm, with even the ability to conduct Chinese language arbitrations. The team’s talent pool is augmented by foreign lawyers as well as dual qualified advocates.

Cases typically arise where the subject matter of the dispute is situated in foreign jurisdictions, with substantial foreign law elements and a mechanism for arbitration in Singapore or elsewhere. We also draw on our excellent worldwide contacts and our network of foreign lawyers in the firm’s regional offices to put together the strongest possible legal team to deal with the relevant issues, the best strategies for the case and the most compelling reliefs which may be sought under the relevant laws whilst minimising any real risk of challenges to any successful arbitral awards which we may obtain.

Members of the team have been retained as arbitrators, advisors and / or counsel on arbitrations conducted under the auspices of the world’s leading arbitration institutions, including:

  • The International Court of Arbitration of the ICC
  • The London Court of International Arbitration
  • The American Arbitration Association
  • The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
  • The Singapore International Arbitration Centre
  • The China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission
  • The Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration
  • The Thai Arbitration Institute
  • The Society of Maritime Arbitrators

In terms of geographical spread, we have been involved in arbitrations conducted throughout Asia and Europe, including Thailand, Cambodia, China, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Laos, England, India, United States, Singapore, Taiwan and France.

We have also acted for or against governments and government-linked entities in Singapore, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, Indonesia, Laos and Hong Kong.

Client diversity

Thanks to the diversity of the clients we work with, we have in-depth knowledge of a wide variety of industries. We routinely handle disputes involving complex and multi-layered legal and factual issues, often working in close collaboration with industry experts and specialists in state-of-the-art technology.

Our arbitration practice group has worked on disputes in the following areas:

  • Corporate and commercial matters, such as complex cross-border joint venture and shareholder disputes, banking, finance, insurance, regulatory, distributorship and employment disputes
  • Oil and gas (upstream and downstream)
  • Energy and Resources including power stations, power purchase and connection agreements
  • Telecommunications networks, infrastructure and sales
  • Infrastructure and civil engineering projects such as airports, railways, ports, highways, suspension bridges, tunnels and sewerage systems
  • Building projects including residential, industrial, mixed-development and commercial building projects
  • Maritime and shipbuilding contracts
One of the world’s top 30 international arbitration practices

Global Arbitration Review (‘GAR 100’), a premier London-based publication on international arbitration, releases an approved list of the top 100 arbitration practices in the world based on objective data supplied by all leading law firms worldwide on an annual basis (“GAR100”). Rajah & Tann has been listed on GAR 100 since 2008 and is listed as one of the top 30 arbitration practices in the world for the fourth consecutive year in 2012.