whoswholegal – Analysis – Southeast Asia 2022 – Arbitration

The most popular:

  • Cavinder Bull SC – Drew & Napier LLC, Singapore
  • Judith Gill QC – Gill Arbitration Services Pte Ltd, Singapore
  • Alastair Henderson – Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Singapore
  • Benjamin Hughes – Hughes Arbitration, Singapore
  • Michael Hwang SC – Michael Hwang Chambers LLC, Singapore
  • Toby Landau QC – Duxton Hill Chambers, Singapore
  • Christopher Lau SC – Christopher Lau, Singapore
  • Loretta Malintoppi – 39 Essex Chambers, Singapore


The globally acclaimed QC of Dr. Colin Ong Legal Services is “highly sought after in the Southeast Asian market” and is highly regarded by market sources for its “excellent strategy” on high-level commercial arbitrations.


Karen Mills with KarimSyah Law Firm commands immense respect from its sources with its impressive practice handling major investor-state and energy disputes in the region.

Francois Winarta at Frans Winarta & Partners is “a very experienced senior executive” when it comes to advising multinational companies and private investors on commercial, natural resources and investment arbitrations.

Esteemed lawyer Tony Budidjaja of Budidjaja International Lawyers is a “well-known name” in the market with over 20 years of experience advising clients on high value and contentious commercial, restructuring and environmental matters.

Ignatius Andy with Ignatius Andy Law Offices maintains a top-notch dispute resolution practice and is praised by sources as “a good lawyer who understands the interplay between international law and Indonesian law”.


At Sundra Rajoo Arbitration Chambers, seasoned arbitrator Sundra Rajoo is widely recognized by market sources who applaud his extensive knowledge of construction-related arbitrages.

Tan Sri Dato’ Cecil Abraham of Cecil Abraham and Partners is “an experienced and respected practitioner” who maintains a solid reputation for handling high-level commercial arbitrations, particularly those with an international component.

Tommy Thomas’ Sitpa Selvaratnam obtains numerous mentions for his high-level work in maritime arbitrations on behalf of charter parties, shipowners and insurers.

Navaratnam Chambers Nahendran Navaratnam stands out from its peers thanks to its experience advising various public and private companies in the context of commercial arbitrations.


Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles houses Louis Ogsimera seasoned lawyer who regularly intervenes in commercial, corporate and investment arbitrations.


Senior Statesman Michael Hwang CS starring Michael Hwang Chambers is hailed as “a name everyone knows”, with sources pointing to a strong track record in the space.

Cavender Bull SC of Drew & Napier is hailed by market watchers as “one of the most competent and sought-after advisers in Asia today” thanks to its commercial and corporate work.

39 Essex Rooms Loretta Malintoppi is hailed as “a safe pair of hands for investor-state arbitrations”, a source adding that she “really cares about the details”.

Independent Arbitrator Christophe Lau SC is being singled out as a “veteran” in the market with “a big name” and such a deep understanding of arbitrages that “he can do it in his sleep”.

Benjamin Hughes of Hughes Arbitration is praised by its peers for its exemplary arbitration practice that deals with high value disputes. Market sources rejoice that he is “one of the best referees in Asia” due to his “exemplary language skills and decisiveness”.

The “Excellent and Exceptional” Alastair Henderson with Herbert Smith Freehills is viewed by respondents with enormous favour, renowned for its experience in advising clients on quality international engineering, natural resources and financial projects.

Gill’ Arbitration Services Judith Gill QC ranks among its peers for its expert advice in complex trade and investment treaty disputes.

QC of Duxton Hill Chambers is distinguished by its deep ability to manage high-level commercial and investor-State disputes under various institutional rules.

Alvin Yeo SC with WongPartnership is “very highly recommended” as sources hail her sublime defense work in multi-billion dollar corporate and investment treaty claims.

A “star leader” on the market, Nicolas Lingard at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is recognized for his superb management of multi-jurisdictional arbitrations related to energy and investments.

The “high end” Matthew Secomb of White & Case is “a big, well-regarded name in the community” given its strong track record in high-value construction and fossil fuels.


Managing partner Jayavadh Bunnag of International Legal Counselors Thailand Ltd is a leading figure in the Thai market and widely recognized in all matters relating to natural resources.


Hop Dang at Hop Dang’s Chambers has accumulated over two decades of experience in complex international commercial and corporate arbitrations.

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