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GAR 100 - 4th Edition

WongPartnership LLP

21 February 2011

New in 2011. The third Singaporean in the GAR 100, WongPartnership began life in 1992 as a litigation boutique.

People in Who’s Who:
1
Pending cases as counsel:
36
Value of pending counsel work:
US$4 billion
Treaty cases:
0
Current arbitrator appointments:
10 (of which 9 are as sole or chair)
No. of lawyers sitting as arbitrator:
4

Since then, it’s grown into one of the city-state’s largest full-service law firms, with more than 230 lawyers led by Alvin Yeo SC, a respected figure in Asian arbitration. Much in demand as an arbitrator, he recently joined the LCIA court and is one of the vice-chairs of the International Bar Association’s arbitration committee.

The arbitration group also has a presence in Shanghai – with native Mandarin-speaker Chan Hock Keng – and Dubai, where partner Paul Sandosham is based. Both Chan and Sandosham are active arbitrators, as is Andre Maniam, who was recently made a senior counsel.

Who uses it?

Hyundai Steel Company, Shanghai Electrical Group and Yantai Raffles Shipyard are all past clients of the arbitration practice.

The firm has also been advising Malaysian Astro All Asia in a row with an Indonesian joint venture partner. In March 2010, it secured a US$230 million award for Astro All Asia following SIAC arbitration. The dispute over satellite television services in Indonesia is not finished, however. There are additional proceedings in several jurisdictions, worth a total of US$1.75 billion.

Client comment

David Trim, a chartered quantity surveyor who sometimes advises construction companies on arbitral claims, recently recommended WongPartnership to a client. He says he would do so again since “they displayed considerable expertise, particularly when having to deal with arbitration provisions that have not been properly drafted, which the other side was trying to use to its advantage.”

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