International Arbitration Highlights

19 Oct 2018

Singapore, 19 October 2018 – WongPartnership is pleased to be recognised as "Best Domestic Arbitration Firm of the Year" out of a shortlist of firms from China, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea at the recent Asialaw & Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2018. Our Arbitration team’s work in the US$1.8 billion investment treaty arbitration award against the Kingdom of Lesotho was also recognised as one of the "Matters of the Year" (the only one from Singapore). The Awards celebrate the leading dispute resolution advisers in Asia.

We are also pleased to share two of our Partners’ most recent contributions to the field of international arbitration.

Koh Swee Yen, Partner in our International Arbitration and Commercial & Corporate Disputes Practices, has been appointed vice chair of the International Bar Association (IBA) Arbitration Committee with effect from 2019. Presently the only Asian representative as a vice chair, Swee Yen is also one of the youngest ever vice chairs to be appointed to the Committee. WongPartnership is also the only Asian firm to have had two members appointed to the Committee throughout its history; the first being Alvin Yeo, Senior Counsel, Chairman and Senior Partner of WongPartnership, who was appointed to the Arbitration Committee in 2011. The IBA is the world's leading international organisation of legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies.

Earlier this year, Smitha Menon, Partner in our International Arbitration, Restructuring & Insolvency and Banking & Financial Disputes Practices, was appointed to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration, one of the world's leading arbitral institutions. The Court helps to resolve difficulties in international commercial and business disputes to support trade and investment, and performs an essential role by providing individuals, businesses and governments alike with a variety of customisable services for every stage of their dispute. For the first time in its history, the ICC International Court of Arbitration has achieved gender parity among its membership this year with 88 women and 88 men representing 104 countries.

As we continue to build on our reputation as a leading international arbitration practice, these accolades and appointments reflect the strength of our practice and the firm’s focus and dedication towards talent development.

About WongPartnership

Headquartered in Singapore, WongPartnership is an award-winning law firm and one of the largest in the country. With offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Yangon, as well as in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Manila, through member firms of WPG, a regional law network, we are a leading provider of legal services in ASEAN, China and the Middle East. Together, WPG offers the expertise of over 400 professionals to meet the needs of our clients throughout the region.

About WPG

As part of WongPartnership's 25th anniversary celebrations, the firm has launched WPG, a regional law network. WongPartnership brings together a group of five prominent law firms across seven countries in a collaboration to provide clients with legal services in ASEAN, China and the Middle East. The WPG law network comprises WongPartnership and its member firms Al Aidarous Advocates and Legal Consultants (Middle East), Foong & Partners (Malaysia), Makes & Partners (Indonesia) and ZGLaw (Philippines). Doing business together is not only better, it is now easier.

WPG. Winning Partnerships. Leading Excellence.

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