WongPartnership is defending one of the big four in a major claim.
- People in Who’s Who:
- Pending cases as counsel:
- Value of pending counsel work:
- US$4 billion
- Treaty cases:
- Current arbitrator appointments:
- 24 (of which 19 are as sole or chair)
- No. of lawyers sitting as arbitrator:
WongPartnership started life as specialist litigation firm Wong Meng Meng & Partners in 1992, which comprised a dozen lawyers. Two years later, it merged with a corporate practice and became WongPartnership. Today, it has more than 270 lawyers and is one of Singapore’s largest firms. It handles arbitrations on a domestic level and across Asia.
The firm’s international arbitration practice is led by Alvin Yeo SC, a respected arbitrator and counsel. Yeo is a member of the LCIA court, the ICC commission on arbitration and SIAC’s council of advisors. At present, the team is handling almost 40 international arbitration matters. It was new entrant in the GAR 100 last year.
In addition to Singapore, WongPartnership is in Shanghai, Doha, Abu Dhabi and Beijing.
Who uses it?
Astro All Asia Networks is one well-known client. It took advice from WongPartnership in a SIAC arbitration featuring claims of more than US$350 million.
Other clients include Unitas Capital, Hyundai Steel Company, Shanghai Electrical Group and Yantai Raffles Shipyard. For Unitas – an offshoot of JPMorgan’s private equity – WongPartnership worked on a shareholder dispute, arising from a US$260 million leveraged buyout of a Mauritius company.
Lengthy. One of the team’s early milestones was the successful defence of a dozen Asian airlines in 1998, after they were sued by a US computerised reservations system company for US$300 million. That ICC arbitration took place in London and spawned litigation in the courts of Atlanta, Georgia and Singapore.
More recently, the firm has won a US$230 million award for members of the Astro group of companies – an international media conglomerate, and a case for Shanghai Tunnel Engineering (in a dispute with the Econ-NCC joint venture), about project delays.
In court, the team has been part of a number of precedent-setting cases about arbitration, including Tang Boon Jek Jeffrey v Tan Poh Leng Stanley and Holland v Toyo Engineering, as well as the recent win in AJT v AJU.
The arbitration group saw no changes to its roster last year, but picked up several new instructions.
One will see it defend a Big Four accounting firm against negligence claims, while another brings it into a shareholder dispute affecting one of India’s leading telecommunications companies. The claims is for around US$250 million. The firm was also appointed standing counsel to one of the world’s largest offshore and marine fabrication shipyards.
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. With offices in Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Doha and Shanghai, we are able to provide international solutions.
With more than 100 disputes lawyers including five Senior Counsel, we have specialist teams covering Banking & Financial Disputes, Commercial & Corporate Disputes, International Arbitration, General Disputes, and Infrastructure, Construction & Engineering.
Many of our 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 Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board and the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group.
We are consistently acknowledged and ranked highly by many international legal directories and are proud to be one of the truly Asian firms listed in Global Arbitration Review's top 100 specialist arbitration firms in the world.
Alvin YEO, Senior Counsel
d +65 6416 8101
Andre MANIAM, Senior Counsel
Head - Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group
d +65 6416 8134