GAR 100 - 13th Edition

Dan Tan Law

Professional notice

A US boutique with links to Singapore

People in Future Leaders1
Pending cases as counsel22
Value of pending counsel workUS$1.6 billion
Treaty cases1
Third-party funded cases0
Current arbitrator appointments7 (4 as chair or sole)
Lawyers sitting as arbitrator1

Singaporean Dan Tan launched Dan Tan Law in 2011 and operates it from New York and San Francisco, as well as working alongside a fully licensed affiliate firm in Singapore.

A member of the bars of New York, California, the District of Columbia, Singapore, and England and Wales, Tan 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 international investment law at Stanford Law School, having also been an adjunct faculty at the Singapore Management University School of Law. He is also a lecturer in law at Oxford, and an associate member of 36 Stone (formerly Stone Chambers).

Tan initially brought in three other international arbitration specialists, of whom one remains: Martin Endicott, formerly of the international arbitration and financial litigation group at Lovells and the World Bank in Washington, DC. The practice has since acquired Jennie Lin, a graduate of Harvard who has represented clients in ICC and LCIA cases. The firm has also added Paul Barker, an English barrister with Doughty Street, to the San Francisco office.

Tan, who also sits as arbitrator, says the thinking behind the boutique was “to establish a flexible platform capable of delivering specialist advice and representation on cost-effective and value-driven terms”. He says the firm tailors the service offered – as well as the rates – to suit the client.

Those who have worked with Tan 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.

Dan Tan Law says it is the only US-based law firm that focusses exclusively on international arbitration.


In 2013, the boutique established its fully licensed affiliate firm in Singapore law firm, JLC Advisors, which is headed by Shem Khoo, a former partner at Rajah & Tann.

Who uses it?

One of the world’s largest electronics companies, Future Electronics, is a client. The firm also acts for companies from Canada and the US, Singapore and Hong Kong, Central Europe, Russia and China in arbitrations under ICDR, ICC and LCIA rules seated in London and New York.

It has acted for the Palestinian Water Authority in an UNCITRAL case where the other side was represented by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Track record

The firm is known for successfully settling disputes. It settled an AAA arbitration in California – reportedly for 10 times what the client was previously offered to settle the case. A dispute with a well-known US pharmaceutical company represented by Winston & Strawn also settled on the client’s terms.

In addition, Dan Tan Law has successfully defended listed US and Canadian companies in an ICDR arbitration seated in New York. Claims by Singaporean parties for more than US$35 million were fully dismissed.

It previously won the liability phase in an UNCITRAL arbitration against a South East Asian state-owned entity represented by White & Case. The contractual claims alone were in excess of US$500 million.

It has also won an ICC arbitration, based on an environmental indemnity claim, on behalf of a Brazilian company against a US entity and hedge fund.

Recent events

The firm has been engaged in a several international commercial arbitrations during the last 12 months. Notably, it has acted in two separate SIAC arbitrations relating to a construction dispute in an Asian country, the amounts exceeding US$200 million; represented a cryptocurrency company in an SIAC arbitration over trademarks and related contracts; and acted for the sellers of a company in a tax indemnity dispute – also before the SIAC.

A fund and some high-net-worth individuals have also turned to the firm to represent them in US court proceedings in Boston relating to an investor state arbitration award against the Republic of Poland.

A media company in South East Asia has instructed the firm to represent it in a US$5 million matter, while it also defends the Association of American States in ICDR proceedings brought by a former contractor.

Client comment

One client came to Dan Tan Law with a potential dispute against a large family office fund to whom he sold his business two-and-a half-years ago.

Referred to the firm by his corporate lawyer, the client says Dan Tan came to Vietnam a few weeks after he contacted him to collect all the information to understand the case well. What struck him was that Dan and his colleague, who travelled with him, “took the time to really understand the situation and tell me what could be done to negotiate well with the family office”.  

He says he was “impressed” by Dan’s focus and says the partner gave him the impression to combine “integrity and agility”.

Ultimately, when the dispute actually arose the client says he was happy with Dan’s “speed of reaction” and his “availability”. Overall, the client is confident that the firm will defend his interests well.

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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