GAR 100 - 6th Edition

Dan Tan Law

Professional notice

The New York arbitration boutique is now acting for the Palestinian water authority

Pending cases as counsel:
Value of pending counsel work:
US$550 million
Treaty cases:
Current arbitrator appointments:
1 (as sole or chair)
No. of lawyers sitting as arbitrator:

This recent addition to the New York market was launched by former Latham & Watkins lawyer Dan Tan in July 2011. Although the firm hasn’t yet had a chance to prove itself in terms of results, there’s no question mark over Tan’s credentials.

He is a member of the bars of New York, California, the District of Columbia, Singapore and England and Wales, and has a decade of arbitration experience at three leading firms: Latham & Watkins and O’Melveny & Myers in New York, and Lovells in London. In addition, he teaches international arbitration at Harvard Law School and at the Singapore Management University School of Law, where he is on the adjunct faculty.

He is a member of the ICC task force on arbitration involving states or state entities.

Tan has brought in three other international arbitration specialists: Cody Constable, formerly of Waesche Sheinbaum & O’Regan in New York; Martin Endicott, formerly of the international arbitration and financial litigation group at Lovells and the legal department of the World Bank in Washington, DC; and Yousuf Aftab from Canadian law firm Torys, who has worked on several ICSID arbitrations involving Latin America.

Tan says the thinking behind the project is “to establish a flexible platform capable of delivering specialist advice and representation on cost-effective and value-driven terms”. He says the firm will tailor the service offered – as well as the rates – to the client. Those who have worked with him pay tribute to his impressive attention to detail and strategy and “easy to work with” approach. “Clients love him”, one former Latham partner told GAR.

Track record

In its first six months of action, the firm successfully settled an AAA arbitration in California – reportedly for 10 times what the client was previously offered to settle the case.

Other current clients include companies from the US and Canada, central Europe, Russia and China in arbitrations under ICDR, ICC and LCIA rules seated in London and New York (one case is worth over US$30 million).

It is also representing the Palestinian Water Authority in the first UNCITRAL arbitration under Palestinian law.

On the investor-state side, the firm is advising on a number of claims, including a US$500 million UNCITRAL claim against a South East Asian state-owned entity (represented by White & Case). It is also hearing a claim against a central Asian country in respect of a US$300 million investment and another against a Central American company in relation to the expropriation of a resort worth US$195 million.

A likely source of clients in the future is Asia, where Tan is already sitting as the chair of an HKIAC arbitration. Tan is of Singaporean extraction and speaks fluent Mandarin. He is also said to have superb contacts in South East Asia.

Who we are

Dan Tan Law is a boutique international arbitration firm based in New York City and San Francisco. We also operate in Asia through Focus Law Corporation, our affiliated law firm based in Singapore.

What sets us apart is our arbitration expertise, delivered on terms that represent unparalleled value, and our belief that client service is everything.

These values are seen in everything we do.

What we do

We are legal counsel to companies and individuals engaged in international business. We advise them on international litigation and arbitration disputes and represent them in arbitrations all over the world.

We maintain our cutting-edge expertise in our areas of practice by teaching international arbitration and international investment law at Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, and Singapore Management University School of Law.

We are also experienced litigation lawyers and routinely appear before the courts of New York, California, District of Columbia, and Singapore.

Our independence, our expansive network, and our knowledge of different legal systems enable us to collaborate with lawyers and experts in virtually any city in the world.

We combine expertise with value

We provide a true value-driven alternative to larger firms.

Our boutique platform allows us to focus exclusively on arbitration and to devote special care, expertise and extensive experience to our clients.

That same platform also gives us the flexibility to tailor our terms to the specific case and client.

Let us show you how we can make a difference to your case.


Dan Tan Law

175 Varick St, New York, NY 10014

156 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94105

T +1 646 580 0080

F +1 212 330 7642



105 Cecil Street, #07-01

The Octagon

Singapore 069534

T +65 3157 1503

F + 65 6336 6933


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