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Glenn G. Cheng

Partner
+65.6507.8106
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Mr. Cheng is an international engineering and construction law specialist. His practice is unique and offers a hybrid range of front-end transactional and back-end disputes service disciplines.

Mr. Cheng’s primary focus is in the fields of onshore building and construction, civil and marine engineering, as well as offshore infrastructure relating to oil and gas projects. Mr. Cheng maintains currency in these sectors through a long-standing following of clients providing regular involvement in projects, contractual claims and formal dispute proceedings variously as advisor, counsel and arbitrator.

On notable projects, Mr. Cheng has acted for operators, owners and contractors throughout South East Asia, South Asia and the Asia Pacific region, Europe, the Middle East, South America and Africa.  In Singapore, he led the project legal team (instructing Singapore Co-Counsel) in advising and steering to financial completion, the PPP/DBOO project for the largest ever seawater desalination plant to be constructed and operated in the country. More recently, Mr Cheng was retained and continues to advise clients on the first phase of a dredging and EPC port terminal development project which when completed is proposed to be the world’s largest facility at 65 million TEUs p.a capacity.    

In disputes, Mr. Cheng has experience appearing respectively as Counsel, Solicitor, Arbitrator, and Emergency Arbitrator in both international and domestic arbitrations, ranging from pure ad hoc references and (part) institutionalized ad hoc proceedings under UNCITRAL and SCMA rules; to proceedings under institutional rules including CIETAC, ICC, LCIA, SIA, and SIAC. At time of writing, he has presided over and determined disputes of accumulated values in excess of SGD$300 million.

Achievements

  • Recommended as a key practitioner in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 for “high-value, cross-border construction cases. Other strengths include offshore oil and gas, power, mining and natural resources disputes
  • Recommended in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016 for “commercial, energy and infrastructure disputes throughout Asia and Europe
  • Recognized by Chambers and Partners as “Foreign Expert (Vietnam) based in Singapore
  • “(Re)living our many war stories over the years….upon reflection, all share the common theme of (Mr Cheng) digging us out of trouble” - Clough
  • Mr Cheng is very widely acknowledged for his expertise in construction contracts in the oil and gas industry. He and his team are very diligent and dedicated. His advice was clear, concise and helpful for our case” - PTSC M&C (PetroVietnam)
  • Enlightening, competitive and good quality service; pitched at the right level and goes to heart of the issues in international arbitration”; “Commercial team really appreciated the expedient and sound advice” – BP
  • Emboldening advice; very responsive in urgent situations, which is a good thing” – Pavilion Energy (Gas)
  • Fantastic advice; on time, on budget, and reassuring. I felt ‘armed’ when I walked into meetings” – ENSCO

Professional/Civic Activities

Mr. Cheng is a member of a handful of select lawyers in the Southeast Asia Petroleum Exploration Society (SEAPEX); the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), and the Australian Mining Petroleum Law Association (AMPLA). He is also a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (FSIArb) and the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators (FMIArb).

Mr. Cheng also sits on the panel of Arbitrators and the panel of Emergency Arbitrators of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA); as well as on the panels of Arbitrators of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA), the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC); the Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers (SISV); and the Pacific International Arbitration Centre (PIAC) in Vietnam.

Speaking Engagements

  • International Arbitration Series #6: Getting to YES:  Waiver of Sovereign Immunity in Energy Disputes in Southeast Asia” - delivered as a guest lecture to the law faculty of the Singapore Management University on 14 October 2016
  • International Arbitration Series #5: International Arbitration in Asia - (1) Practical and Cultural Challenges; (2) Emergency Arbitration; (3) Pathological Arbitration Agreements; and (4) State Immunity and its implications on the Arbitral Process” - delivered as a private CLE training session for 120 members of the pan-US in-house legal teams at Honeywell, 10 May 2016
  • International Arbitration Series #4: A Second Look at Institutional Rules; the New SIAC Model Clause, and Cultural Obstacles and Practical Challenges in Asian Cross-Border Arbitration” - delivered as a private training session for the in-house legal team at BP Indonesia, 18 September 2015
  • The Anatomy of an Emergency Arbitration Award” - delivered at the SIAC Annual Conference in Jakarta - 17 September 2015
  • International Arbitration Series #3: A Three-Day Workshop on International Arbitration” - delivered as a private training session for the in-house legal teams at PetroVietnam, PTSC M&C and PTSC G&S, 5 May to 7 May 2015
  • International Arbitration Series #2: Encountering Pathological Arbitration Agreements” - delivered as a private training session for the in-house legal teams at BW Maritime and Pavilion Energy, 31 March 2015
  • International Arbitration Series #1: Factors Influencing Recognition and Enforcement of International Arbitration Awards Across Borders” - delivered as a private training session for the in-house legal team at BP Singapore, 25 March 2015

Additional Information

Market Feedback
  • In recent years construction contracts have become larger and more complex and as a result it was important for us to engage the services of a law firm with experience and expertise in our field. We found that experience and expertise in the K&L Gates LLP’s construction and engineering practice which is led by Mr Glenn G. Cheng. Their services have been excellent and whilst construction contracts by nature require quick decision making, it was refreshing to find a firm that understands this. We can confidently recommend Mr Cheng and his team as solid and reliable experts in the construction and engineering field” - Dredging International Asia Pacific
  • “(Re)living our many war stories over the years….upon reflection, all share the common theme of (Mr Cheng) digging us out of trouble” - Clough
  • Mr Cheng is very widely acknowledged for his expertise in construction contracts in the oil and gas industry. He and his team are very diligent and dedicated. His advice was clear, concise and helpful for our case” - PTSC M&C (PetroVietnam)
  • Enlightening, competitive and good quality service; pitched at the right level and goes to heart of the issues in international arbitration”; “Commercial team really appreciated the expedient and sound advice” – BP
  • Emboldening advice; very responsive in urgent situations, which is a good thing” – Pavilion Energy (Gas)
  • Fantastic advice; on time, on budget, and reassuring. I felt ‘armed’ when I walked into meetings” – ENSCO
  • Recommended as a key practitioner in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 for “high-value, cross-border construction cases. Other strengths include offshore oil and gas, power, mining and natural resources disputes
  • Recommended in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016 for “commercial, energy and infrastructure disputes throughout Asia and Europe
  • Recognized by Chambers and Partners as “Foreign Expert (Vietnam) based in Singapore
Recent Publications
  • Waivers of State Immunity” co-authored with Mr David H. Sweeney, Mr Robert L.C. Houston and Others for the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) - 26 May 2016
  • Gas Price ‘Re-Openers’ - A Brief Background to the Disputes Involved” - 6 October 2015
  • Court Injunction to Halt Arbitration Proceedings due to an Invalid Arbitration Agreement - The Singapore High Court position in Malini Venture v Knight Capital Pte Ltd [2015] SGHC 225” - 15 September 2015
  • Pay First; Argue Later - A Closer Look at Perusahaan Gas Negara (Persero) TBK v CRW Joint Operation (Indonesia) [2015] SGCA 30” - 6 August 2015
  • Interpreting Contractual Terms - The Draftsman Matters After All” - 7 July 2015
  • Performance Bonds - Excluding the ‘Unconscionability’ Exception by Contract” - 1 June 2015
  • The Incorporation of Terms after the Formation of the Contract” - 13 May 2015
  • The Legal Status of ‘Set-Off’ Clauses” - 10 April 2015
  • Oil and Gas Projects in Cambodia” - 1 March 2015
  • Distinguishing the EPCM Contract” - 4 February 2015
  • Oil and Gas Projects in Myanmar - Offshore and Onshore Delivery Platforms” - 11 December 2014
  • Oil and Gas Projects in Myanmar - New Rules for Foreign Investors” - 13 November 2014
  • Optimising the ‘OPCOM’ - A Discussion of Non-Operator Concerns under a JOA” - 4 November 2014
  • After the Fire - A post-Macondo Era in the Drafting of Indemnities in Well Services Contracts” - 10 October 2014
Marine, Civil Engineering and Construction
  • Advising two European-Asian marine and civil engineering consortia on (ongoing) project management, claims, variations and other contractual control issues in respect of (combined) USD multi-billion sovereign-sponsored EPC contract packages for dredging, land reclamation, foreshore defence, wharves, and ancillary structures in Asia.
  • Advising a European specialist dredging and engineering MNC in respect of its bid for specialist engineering and construction works involved in the dredging and development of the Batam Maritime Centre in Indonesia.
  • Advising a Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund in respect of (combined) USD multi-million investments (with farm-in equity participation) into two BOT dredging, land reclamation, wharf and container terminal construction (including materials off/loading and handling facilities) projects in India.   
  • Advising a Saudi Arabian project promoter in its joint venture with a Singapore shipbuilding and marine engineering multi‑national corporation, and its participation in a joint stock special purpose company in a Build-Own-Operate (BOO) project to construct a floating dock and multi-service ship building and repair yard on Al Jazeera Island, Yanbu Al Bahr, Saudi Arabia.
  • Advising an Australian MNC inter-subsidiaries JV in relation to claims, project controls, and related contractual issues arising from the EPC delivery of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Downtown Line Phase 3 DTL3 C935 Project for the Land Transport Authority in Singapore.
  • Advising the international leasing division of a US bank in its lease, supply and joint all-risks project insurance coverage with an Austrian tunnelling specialist contractor on a fleet of tunnel boring machines (TBMs) mobilised for the purpose of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Downtown Line Phase 2 DTL2 Project for the Land Transport Authority in Singapore.
  • Advising a French multi-disciplinary engineering and system technology MNC with regard to its involvement as a system-wide specialist M&E supplier on the MRT Circle Line rail project in Singapore.
  • Advising on project controls, dispute management as well as non-contentious matters to a leading China tunneling, infrastructure and engineering state enterprise with regard to its involvement as specialist tunneling contractor on the MRT North-East (NE) Line and Circle Line underground rail projects in Singapore.
  • Advising (i) a UK-listed multi-national construction company and (ii) a major Australian multi-disciplined engineering and construction corporation against the developer and owner of a landmark casino and integrated resort development in Singapore. The role involves providing real-time strategic advice on disputes and claims management as well as contracting risks and control issues.
  • Advising tender preparation, risk management and other contractual issues to the project consultants/management contractor of the Public Utilities Board of Singapore in respect of six back‑to‑back design-and-build tunnelling contracts comprised in the Deep Tunnel Sewerage System (DTSS) project in Singapore.
  • Advising and providing drafting services to a UK-listed consumer products multi-national corporation in respect of its development and construction of its regional product manufacturing and distribution facility in Singapore.
  • Advising and providing drafting services to a German data processing software multi-national corporation in respect of its development and construction of its regional sales and corporate management facility in Singapore.
  • Advising as Lead External Counsel (alongside Singapore Co-Counsel) to a Singapore statutory board in its principal role in developing with the private sector the design, construction and operation of a multi-featured motor sport race track facility and “motor sports hub” in Singapore. This land sale Build-Own-Operate (BOO) style project is the first of its kind; and a national headline venture in Singapore. The role included, without limitation, assisting the Singapore Government in receiving, considering and evaluating bids from tenderers, conducting tender interviews and reporting and scoring on bid submissions; as well as drafting, advising and closing out of project documents including land related issues and instruments in collaboration with local counsel in liaison with various other Singapore governmental agencies and interest groups.
  • Advising tender preparation, contract terms and conditions, project controls, risk management and other technical issues to an internationally renowned UK electrical and technology group in respect of the supply, installation, testing, commissioning of the fire command and control systems for an airport terminal complex development in Singapore.
  • Advising tender preparation, contract terms and conditions, contract controls, risk management and other technical issues to an internationally renowned UK electrical and technology group in respect of the supply, installation, testing, commissioning of the intelligent building management system for an airport terminal complex development in Singapore.
  • Advising a French air traffic systems technology company in a turnkey installation project involving the upgrade of the LORADS air traffic management system in Changi Airport, Singapore.
  • Advising a US Fortune 500, NYSE listed medical technology company in the leasing, design and construction of its flagship manufacturing process plant in Singapore. The facility marks the company’s first outsource venture of its specialist engineering and processing production capability into Asia and the first foray out of the traditional domains for such activity in the US and Switzerland.
  • Advising and drafting a bespoke EPC contract for a leading US pharmaceutical and consumer products multi-national corporation in respect of its development and construction of its regional product manufacturing and distribution facility in Singapore.
  • Advising and drafting a bespoke design and build construction contract to a leading Thai public listed real estate development company in respect of its development and construction of a high-end 22-storey luxury condominium situated in Narathiwas, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Advising and provided drafting services to a major local property developer and engineering and construction group in pre-contract negotiations pursuant to its bid to develop and construct two design-and-build projects for service apartment buildings located in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
  • Advising contract risk, dispute management and Vietnam law issues to a Japanese engineering and construction group on contract risk, dispute management and foreign law issues in respect of its participation in the development and construction of a tobacco processing and manufacturing plant for British American Tobacco Holdings – Vinataba JV in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province, Vietnam.
Offshore/Oil and Gas
  • Advising the mechanical and construction, marine and offshore services divisions of the Vietnamese national oil and gas authority in respect of the EPC(IC) projects for the fabrication, sea-fastening, off-loading, delivery and installation of multiple wellhead platforms to ONGC and PVEP for installation and HUC operations pursuant to upstream E&P activities on Daman Field, offshore India; and Su Tu Trang Field, offshore SR Vietnam respectively.
  • Advising a Chinese owned, Singapore headquartered FEED/engineering design and production MNC in respect of the Dubai-based project for the fitting out, RLEC conversion, fabrication and upgrade of FPSO Layang for deployment on Block SK10 for Petronas, offshore Sarawak, East Malaysia.   
  • Advising a Chinese oilfield and offshore engineering State-owned enterprise on contracting risk allocation and management, claims and disputes management, controls and delivery risks, as well as coordinating local content and local law compliance issues in relation to a combined EPC(IC), integration, and deployment to first-oil/gas readiness package for two units of FPSOs designated for ultra-deep pre-salt level E&P operations under TUPI BV in the Santos Basin, Brazil.
  • Advising a Myanmar based, Singapore-headquartered energy company in its farming-out and implementation of AMI and JOA arrangements with an IOC operator involving multiple exploration rights to pre-discovery testing and prospecting activities across 30 oil and gas blocks situated offshore Western cape, Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal Provinces, South Africa.
  • Advising an oil major MNC on various contract control points, dispute adjudication measures, interim measures, and multi-tier dispute resolution provisions (including potential pathological international arbitration provision under negotiations) in respect of a JOA involving the Browse Basin Floating LNG Project in Western Australia; and with regard to a long-term LNG sale and purchase agreement opposite an State-owned enterprise based in Beijing, PR China.
  • Advising claims, variations and other contractual control issues to the UAE-based division of a French marine and civil engineering MNC in its role as specialist contractor on marine (bridging) piling and foreshore revetment works on the Upper Zakum Offshore Oilfield Development project situated offshore Abu Dhabi, UAE. This multi-tiered project is part-led by a UAE-French consortium under overall development responsibility of the ADNOC-ExxonMobil-JODCO JV. The client’s works under-pin and inter-connect four artificial reclaimed “islands” designed to house the production and storage facilities serving 450 wells across 1,200km2 of this USD10b project. When completed, the Upper Zakum Field will be the world’s fourth largest offshore oilfield capable of producing 750,000bpd over a period of 25 years.            
  • Advising the EPCI(C) fabrication yard and mechanical construction division of the Vietnamese national oil and gas authority on project risk and contractual matters, including claims related advice, concerning a wellhead platform EPC(IC) contract for the redevelopment of a process platform by ONGC on Heera Field, offshore Mumbai, India.  
  • Advising project risk and contractual matters, as well as providing ongoing professional training to the mechanical and construction, marine and offshore services, and geo-subsea service divisions of the Vietnamese national oil and gas authority in respect of its regional contracts and engagements in the offshore Asia Pacific, South and SE Asian markets. 
  • Advising a Malaysia-based international oil company in respect of rates-based claims, technical disputes, and disputes arising from operational delays and asset malfunctions advanced by a Vietnamese State-owned drilling operator and English drilling rig owner/lessor and contractor arising from jack-up drilling operations deployed offshore Vietnam.  
  • Advising the Asia Pacific operations of a US (and UK listed) MNC fleet owner of oil rigs and contractor for drilling/well-field services in respect of its conversions, upgrades, as well as drilling deployments across South East Asia, including Vietnam, Malaysia and PR China. Risk analyses, contract controls and claims related advice have involved the jack-up rig Ensco-105, and in another case, the Ensco-107.
  • Advising the South East Asia operations of a UAE-based fleet owner of oil rigs and drilling contractor on deployments offshore Vietnam. Risk analyses, contract controls and claims related advice have involved yard-based activity and deployments of the jack-up rig Trident-16.
  • Advising a Norwegian multi-national contractor in its joint venture with a European E&P contractor for the purposes of delivering FEED and EPCI platforms for FPSOs. The work forms part of the supply chain underlying the joint bidding, production sharing and joint operation of exploration, extraction and production activities on an offshore block which is being developed by an international operator and the national oil and gas authority of East Timor.
  • Advising a leading Australian-listed oil and gas and resources extraction specialist multi-national contractor in its EPC contract for the provision of dredging engineering, marine facilities; tug berths, and PLF/MOF on/offloading terminals pursuant to Project Wheatstone LNG Plant project in Western Australia; as well as, in its JV agreement and cross-security package with another oil & gas contractor involving their role in the oil-field decommissioning of Lufeng-22 Field, offshore South China Sea.
  • Advising a Malaysian carrier fleet owner (and energy transportation subsidiary of the national oil and gas authority) on contract controls, inherent and contingent contracting risks, merits of claims and receivables, as well as enforcement issues arising from a suite of EPC SPM and EPCM SPM contracts involving Lukoil in respect of the Korchagina Field SPM System Management and Engineering (ME) and Fabrication (SUP) Contracts; ENI and Saipem in respect of the Black Tip Project SB3 Contract, Darwin Australia; CPECC and Van Oord in respect of the Abu Dhabi Crude Oil Pipeline (ADCOP) Project; Brunei Economic Development Board and Leighton (as it then was) in respect of the Sungei Liang Brunei SPM  Procurement, Installation and Commissioning Project; Maersk Oil and Acergy in respect of the Al Shaheen Field, Block 5 Development Project, Qatar; MMHE for the SPM EPC and PLEM system supply to the Turkmenistan Block 1 Gas Development Project; Premier Oil, EMAS and Felguera Construcciones in respect of the Swivel Stack Project for Chim Sao and Dua Fields, Vietnam; Ecopetrol and Covenas Turret Mooring System EPC Project at TLU1 and TLU3, 1-0815-1-3 Terminal, Columbia; Hindustan Petroleum  in respect of the EPC and offshore supply of CALM Buoys with ancillary equipment and marine hoses at Vishakhapatnam, India; STX Offshore in respect of the EPCIC, transportation and installation of ETMS for an FSU; and ONGC and Larson & Toubro for an EPC OSV Mooring System project, collectively valued at approximately US$200m.
  • Advising the South East Asia and Asia Pacific division of a US MNC fleet owner of oil rigs and contractor for drilling/well-field services in respect of its EPC shipbuilding, conversion and associated shipyard projects in Australia, Singapore and other parts of the Asia Pacific region. Risk analyses, contract controls and claims related advice have involved semi-submersibles, jack-ups and drill-ships including the Jack Bates, the Transocean Legend, the Compact Driller, the SODV JOIDES Resolution, and the Trident 20 on deployments in the North Western Cape, Western Australia, offshore Thailand, offshore Myanmar; and Singapore.
  • Advising an Indonesian investor in a joint operations and equity participation farm in transaction with an Abu Dhabi sovereign fund-owned energy company in respect of exploration and production rights involving gas supply from the Sebuku Block off South-East Kalimantan, Indonesia.
  • Advising an Indonesian investor in feasibility assessments concerning a non-operator equity stake in joint operations in respect of exploration and production rights involving gas supply from the Bulu Block off East Java, Indonesia.
  • Advising a US engineering consultancy group in respect of its master service provider agreements with Chevron USA involving applications in Australia, Indonesia, and the Republic of Kazakhstan.
  • Advising a leading Australian multi-disciplined engineering and contracting MNC in advising jurisdictional risks, and drafting arbitration agreements for a suite of project agreements in an unincorporated joint venture with Chiyoda Corporation and JGC Corporation pursuant to the ExxonMobil PNG LNG project.
  • Advising a US/Indonesian firm of project consultants/construction managers in the preparation and presentation of a claims analysis to an Australian oil and gas pipeline contractor involved in the installation of a gas injection pipeline and crude oil flow line in the Lae Moran (Highlands Highway) development project in Papua New Guinea.
  • Advising a Singapore-based chemical production company in respect of its suite of supply and off-take agreements opposite Shell Eastern Chemicals for the sale and purchase of ethylene oxide products from the latter's existing (and proposed expansion of its) petrochemical production complex on Jurong Island, Singapore.   
  • Advising a Japanese engineering multi-national corporation in respect of its EPC contract with Shell Eastern Petroleum for the expansion of existing refinery facilities, and the construction of additional petrochemical cracker facilities on Pulau Bukom, Singapore.
  • Advising and providing drafting services to a Singapore engineering consultancy firm in respect of its in house standard terms and conditions for FEED and detailed EPC design engagement on oil and gas projects in the South East Asian and Asia Pacific region. This work included advising, negotiating and drafting a master services consultancy agreement with Chevron Thailand in respect of the Platong II Gas Field Development project, offshore South Thailand; as well as in respect of the detailed engineering design on two offshore platforms, associated gas export pipeline, PLEMS and NCS Tie-in structure in the Chim Sao Crude Oil development, Block 12W, offshore Vietnam.
  • Advising a Singapore listed petrochemical production company in respect of its role as primary investor and operator in a 1300 hectare Build-Own-Operate (BOO) industrial park project, comprising a deepwater port, a naphtha cracker complex, an oil refinery and support infrastructure, in Phu Yen province, Vietnam.
Onshore/Utilities and Mining
  • Advising a Chinese coal mining and coal-related commodities trading State-owned enterprise in multiple international arbitration related cross-border enforcement matters. The work required analyses and representation of the client in advocating (through local counsel) a range of in sovereign (read: crown) immunity issues and the inherent implications presented by enforcement by foreign parties upon Chinese State-owned assets within the territory of Hong Kong SAR. Concurrent litigation before the courts of Malaysia and Hong Kong SAR further involved extensive expert opinion evidence on the evolving doctrinal and interpretative positions adopted by PR China in this area of law.
  • Advising as Lead Project Counsel (alongside Singapore co-Counsel) to the successful Project Concessionaire in relation to the EPC and O&M aspects of its DBOO contract arrangement with the Public Utilities Board of Singapore. The Concessionaire is responsible for implementing and operating a 70 MGD Desalination Plant capable of producing 318,500 m3/day of desalinated water, as well as an accompanying LNG-driven power facility capable of producing 411MW in and for Singapore. The plant, at time of writing, is the largest of its kind in Singapore; and one of the top five largest seawater desalination process facilities in the world.
  • Advising the Public Utilities Board in Singapore in respect of its proposed privatization by divestment or PPP concession to private interests of the operation, maintenance and technological development of a water treatment, filtration and purification facility and its upstream waste to feed water reclamation plant.
  • Advising and providing drafting services to a German solar power engineering company in respect of an on/off-shore "Split EPC" contract packages for the offshore supply and onshore construction, implementation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of PVS plants in Gujarat and Punjab, India.
  • Advising and providing drafting services to a Singapore power generation company in respect of its EPC contract package for a proposed multi-utility Orimulsion-driven power plant on Jurong Island, Singapore.
  • Advising and providing drafting services, in collaboration with a UK headquartered international law firm, to a Singapore power company‑Japanese multi national corporation joint venture in respect of its suite of contract forms and related instruments which formed part of its joint venture bid to the Government of Singapore for the development, financing, engineering, procurement, construction, ownership, operation, maintenance and transfer of Singapore’s first seawater desalination plant.
  • Advising project controls and dispute management issues to the project consultants/management contractor of the Public Utilities Board of Singapore in respect of the Changi Wastewater Reclamation Plant in Singapore.
  • Advising on contract and dispute management issues to an international specialist systems engineering technology group for the supply, installation, testing and maintenance of control systems to a power plant project in Rayong, Thailand.
  • Advising an Indonesian public listed EPCM and mining services provider in respect of claims as well as contract control and security issues arising from its multi-package alliance contract with an Indonesian developer and then-KP (Kuasa Pertambangan Explorasi) holder involving the Pakar Coal Development project in East Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Disputes - Leading Counsel
  • Advising and acting as leading Counsel to a Pakistani real estate developer in concurrent ICC and ad hoc arbitration proceedings seated in Singapore and Pakistan respectively concerning claims and disputes against the Pakistani Armed Forces-affiliated Defence Housing Authority which arose from a suite of urban project development contracts including a joint venture agreement; as well as a 30-year land concession and BOT contract for the construction and management of two adjoining mixed-usage tower block properties in Lahore, Pakistan. Instructing solicitors and co-Counsel in both proceedings are Messrs Hassan, Qureshi & Mamdot of Lahore.
  • Advising and acting as leading Counsel to the mechanical and construction division of the Vietnamese national oil and gas authority against an Indian head contractor concerning multiple claims and disputes arising from non-performance and acts of prevention, connected issues arising from the insolvency of a major shareholder (within the head contractor); as well as the resulting events of default involving disruption, delay and failures to pay for substantial tranches of baseline and variation works that occurred in respect of the EPCIC delivery of seven units of wellhead platforms designated for installation and HUC operations pursuant to upstream E&P activity on the Daman Field, offshore India.
  • Advising and acting as leading Counsel to a French marine and civil engineering MNC across a range of claims (and disputes sounding in claims for damages) concerning disruptions, concurrent delays; as well as additional and varied works contended variously between liability and/or quantum involving the marine (bridging) piling and foreshore revetment sub contract works on the Upper Zakum Offshore Oilfield Development project situated offshore Abu Dhabi, UAE.    
  • Advising and acting as leading Counsel to the mechanical and construction division of the Vietnamese national oil and gas authority against an Indian consortium operator in respect of progress and variation claims arising from a bulk procurement and topside platform construction contract on the Heera Redevelopment (HRD) Process Platform project in India.   
  • Advising and acting as leading Counsel to a US (and UK listed) drilling and well-field services MNC in disputes against the East Malaysian and Chinese divisions of an oil and gas major concerning tow delays, asset damage and other issues arising from the operation of a suite of jack-up rig drilling and towing contracts in the offshore waters between Malaysia and PR China.  
  • Advising and acting as leading Counsel to a UAE-based drilling MNC in disputes against the exploration and production division of the Vietnamese state oil and gas authority concerning the deployment and operation of a jack-up rig in the offshore territory of Southern Vietnam.
  • Advising and acting as leading Counsel to a Singapore sovereign wealth fund owned LNG trading corporation in a series of disputes against the LNG trading division of the Malaysian national oil and gas authority involving breaches arising from unilateral withdrawals and price-reopeners in relation to the master supply agreement for LNG sale and purchase spot-trading transactions.      
  • Advising and acting as leading Counsel to a Malaysia-based international oil company in disputes referred to a Singapore seated international arbitration against a Vietnamese State-owned drilling operator and English drilling rig owner/lessor and contractor concerning jack-up drilling operations deployed in an offshore oil and gas block situated offshore Vietnam.  
  • Advising and acting as leading Counsel to an Indonesian national oil & gas contracting company in disputes referred to a Singapore seated international arbitration against a UAE sovereign wealth fund subsidiary that acts as an MNC gas field operator involving rights of participation in a major gas producing block on the Malaka Straits; offshore Indonesia.
  • Acting as leading Counsel instructed by the Thai office of an international firm of solicitors which in turn acted for a major Australian listed upstream oil and gas engineering company in a Singapore seated international arbitration against a US energy company involving the construction and load out of an oil wellhead platform deployed in the Bualuang Field, offshore Thailand.
  • Advising as leading Counsel to the Australian division of a US MNC fleet owner of oil rigs, ultra-deepwater drilling platforms and marine support vessels in respect of the impact of work stoppage and extremely adverse sea weather conditions on the deployment of semi-submersible The Jack Bates offshore North Western Cape, Western Australia.
Disputes - Co-Counsel / Solicitor
  • Advising and acting as co-Counsel (alongside Hemant Sahai Advocates of India) to a Chinese State-owned enterprise in respect of a range of claims arising from unpaid baseline and variation works, delays and disruptions; as well as a contended case of wrongful termination of employment in relation to its role as a split-on/offshore EPC contractor on a 3 x 660MW coal-fired power plant project in the Punjab, India. The case was referred to ad hoc arbitration before a Singapore-seated tribunal comprising two retired Indian Supreme Court judges, and a retired Australian High Court judge.  
  • Instructing Mr Vinodh Coomaraswamy SC (as he then was), and Mr Simon Hughes QC; and acting on behalf of a UK listed construction MNC in a series of disputes referred in a Singapore seated domestic arbitration against a US developer involving final account related claims, as well as time-related claims concerning the development and construction of the Marina Bay Sands integrated hotel-casino resort project in Singapore. Mr Coomaraswamy was subsequently elevated to the position of High Court Judge in the Supreme Court of Singapore. 
  • Instructing Mr Cavinder Bull SC and acting on behalf of a Spanish-owned multi-disciplined engineering MNC against a Malaysian main contractor involving final account related quantum items, as well as resisting by Court injunction, the release by a Singapore bank and receipt by the Malaysian party of funds arising from a demand made on a performance guarantee. The underlying project involved a water treatment plant in Saudi Arabia.  
  • Instructing M/s LaLive and acting on behalf of a Swiss steel commodities trading company in ICC international arbitration proceedings seated in Geneva, Switzerland against a Thai public listed steel manufacturing corporation.
  • Instructing M/s C&F Law Office Beijing and acting as co-Counsel on behalf of a Swiss steel commodities trading company in CIETAC arbitration proceedings seated in Beijing against a Chinese State-owned steel mill and export manufacturer based in Gansu Province, China.
  • Instructed Michael Hwang SC and acted as co-Counsel to a leading Chinese tunnelling, infrastructure and engineering public listed State owned enterprise in ICC international arbitration proceedings seated in Singapore against a Swedish multi national transportation and infrastructure corporation involving disputes arising from the construction of two contract stages of the MRT Circle Line project in Singapore. Mr Hwang was at the time, and currently sits as the Chief Justice of the DIFC Courts in Dubai, UAE.
  • Instructed Mr Vivian Ramsey QC (as he then was) and acted for a Singapore building contractor in a successful ad hoc arbitration seated in Singapore against a Singapore Government statutory board involving the overall design and installation of foundation and substructure in the International Business Park development project in Singapore. Mr Ramsey was subsequently elevated to the position of High Court Judge in Her Majesty's Royal Courts of Justice, London, England.
Disputes - Appointments as Arbitrator / Emergency Arbitrator
  • Appointed and acting as Party Arbitrator in SCMA arbitration proceedings seated in Singapore between Belgium and India based parties involving a BIMCO “GENCON” charter-party dispute.
  • Appointed as Party Arbitrator in SCMA arbitration proceedings seated in Singapore between Singapore and Indonesia based parties involving a BIMCO “SUPPLYTIME” charter-party dispute. Other tribunal arbitrators comprised a former Chief Justice, and Judge of the Singapore High Court. 
  • Appointed and acted as Sole Arbitrator in SIAC arbitration proceedings seated in Singapore involving disputes between a UK headquartered technology company and a Singapore tertiary education institution arising from a renewable energy research and development project in Singapore.
  • Appointed and acted as Emergency Arbitrator in SIAC arbitration proceedings seated in Singapore involving disputes and multi-jurisdictional cross applications between a Korean offshore engineering and shipbuilding MNC and a Luxembourg ship owner for injunctive and other heads of interim relief arising from the termination of a marine crane vessel (MV) EPC contract which was part-performed in a shipyard in PR China. The case was very complex as it involved concurrent and conflicting proceedings under the auspices of the ICC and before a foreign State Court.    
  • Appointed and acted as Sole Arbitrator in SIAC arbitration proceedings seated in Singapore involving disputes between Singapore-based building contractors arising from a series of Housing Development Board (HDB) public housing projects in Singapore.
  • Appointed and acted as Emergency Arbitrator in SIAC arbitration proceedings seated in Singapore involving a shareholders dispute between multiple parties from two Singapore based companies.
  • Appointed and acted as Sole Arbitrator in SIAC arbitration proceedings seated in Singapore between two Singapore based engineering and construction companies involving disputes arising from an iron sand dredging project in the Philippines.
  • Appointed and acted as Party Arbitrator in SIAC arbitration proceedings seated in Singapore involving a nickel ore commodities trade dispute between parties based in Hong Kong and the Philippines.
  • Appointed and acted as Sole Arbitrator in SIAC multi-party arbitration proceedings seated in Singapore between Australian, Canadian and Filipino parties involving disputes arising from a copper mining project in the Philippines.
  • Appointed and acted as Sole Arbitrator in SIAC arbitration proceedings seated in Singapore involving disputes between a Singapore based manpower recruitment company and a US oil & gas services MNC arising from an oil drilling project in Australia.
  • Appointed by parties and acted as Sole Arbitrator in ad hoc arbitration proceedings seated in Singapore involving disputes between a Singapore ironmongery supplier and a Korean engineering multi-national corporation arising from a building project in Singapore.