New in 2011. The third Singaporean in the GAR 100, WongPartnership began life in 1992 as a litigation boutique.
- People in Who’s Who:
- Pending cases as counsel:
- Value of pending counsel work:
- US$4 billion
- Treaty cases:
- Current arbitrator appointments:
- 10 (of which 9 are as sole or chair)
- No. of lawyers sitting as arbitrator:
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.
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.”
WongPartnership has a leading international arbitration practice with extensive expertise and experience in managing and conducting arbitrations in jurisdictions around the world and involving all the major arbitral institutions.
A number of the Firm’s partners are accredited arbitrators with leading international arbitral institutions, including the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the International Chamber of
Commerce, the Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Centre, the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration and the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group. The Practice is also
regarded by Chambers Global –The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business as one of the leading Singapore firms for international arbitration.
WongPartnership is a full service law firm in Singapore with over 250 lawyers. The Firm has offices in Shanghai (2004), Doha (2007) and Abu Dhabi (2008), with its Beijing office opening this year. The
Firm frequently represents clients in disputes across multiple jurisdictions. Recognised as a market leader in all major areas of practice, it is consistently ranked at the highest levels by international commentators.
Some of the most recent achievements WongPartnership has attained include:
- Singapore National Law Firm of the Year – Chambers Asia Awards 2010
- ILO Client Choice Award 2010 for Singapore – International Law Office
- Most Responsive Firm of the Year for Singapore – Asian-Counsel Firms of the Year 2009
- Singapore Law Firm of the Year – ALB China Law Awards 2010
- Employer of Choice 2010 for Singapore – Asian Legal Business
- Singapore Law Firm of the Year – IFLR Asia Law Awards 2009
Alvin YEO, Senior Counsel
DID: +65 6416 8101
Andre MANIAM, Senior Counsel
Head – Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group
DID: +65 6416 8134