GAR 100 - 14th Edition

Dan Tan Law

Dan Tan Law

Professional notice

The US boutique opened in Singapore and lodged an ICSID claim against the United Arab Emirates

People in Who’s Who Legal1
Pending cases as counsel22
Value of pending counsel workUS$1.52 billion
Treaty cases as counsel1
Third-party funded cases1
Current arbitrator appointments11 (7 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 a recently opened Singapore office.

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 on the 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).

In 2018, the firm added Paul Barker, an English barrister with Doughty Street, in San Francisco. More recently, Jean Ho of the National University of Singapore has joined its Singapore office. The firm is also affiliated with independent counsel Mark Beckett, the former head of international arbitration at US firm Cooley.

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.


As mentioned, the firm has offices in New York and San Francisco. In 2020, it opened its Singapore office, which is licensed to undertake Singapore litigation and arbitration.

Who uses it?

One of the world’s largest electronics companies, Future Electronics, is a client. Affle, a global technology company, has also instructed the firm on multiple matters ranging from arbitration proceedings to Singapore court actions. 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.

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 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.

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 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

Dan Tan has been instructed by a Turkish construction company in an ICSID arbitration worth over US$65 million against the United Arab Emirates, relating to work on a land reclamation project and road construction.

It is also representing a major Indonesian contractor in two separate SIAC arbitrations together worth over US$200 million arising out of major plant construction project; and is acting in a dispute over a New York trust spanning the Americas.

The firm is helping a Finnish businessman enforce a US$115 million treaty award against Egypt in the US. It also acts for private investment firm Schooner Capital in US enforcement proceedings brought by Poland.

Affle is using it in arbitration and Singapore court proceedings related to a corporate takeover of a technology company, with tens of millions of dollars in dispute.

Dan Tan has also a busy arbitrator practice, having been appointed to 20 arbitrations in the past two years as chair, party-appointed and sole arbitrator under the ICC Rules, AAA and ICDR Rules and HKIAC rules.

Client comment

A board member at the Turkish company Dan Tan is acting for in the ICSID claim against the UAE says the firm has shown a “highly professional” approach to the case.

Who we are

Dan Tan Law is a boutique international arbitration firm based in New York City, San Francisco, and Singapore. We have been repeatedly ranked by GAR as amongst the top arbitration law firms in the world every year since the firm was founded in 2011.

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.

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

Dan Tan Law | International litigation and arbitration
305 Broadway, Suite 750, New York, NY 10007
162 South Park St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Maxwell Chambers Suites, 28 Maxwell Road, #04-24, Singapore 069120
Tel: +1 646 580 0080


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