SIM Qian Yi is a Partner in the Infrastructure, Construction & Engineering Practice.

Qian Yi has a diverse practice in building, construction, engineering, energy, infrastructure and land reclamation projects, encompassing both contentious and non-contentious work.

Qian Yi represents government and private sector entities in complex and large-scale domestic and international arbitration (institutional and ad-hoc), litigation, adjudication and mediation proceedings concerning high-value waste to energy projects, commercial, residential and industrial developments, mechanical biological treatment plant projects, mass rapid transit tunnelling and station projects involving complex geo-technical engineering issues and bored piling works.

Qian Yi also regularly drafts, reviews, negotiates and advises on various standard form construction contracts (such as SIA, PSSCOC, REDAS, FIDIC), project management and consultancy agreements, operation and maintenance agreements, power purchase agreements, equipment purchase agreements, construction-related insurance policies, bonds and guarantees and commercial lease agreements.

Qian Yi has particular expertise in land reclamation, infilling and soil improvement work, waste-to-energy plants, district cooling systems, supply and offtake agreements and energy and utility contracts.

Matters of significance in which Qian Yi has been involved in include representing / acting for the following:

  • A subsidiary of a SGX-listed company in an ICC arbitration, seated in Paris, against a sovereign state involving a US$100 million dispute arising out of the design, construction and operation of a waste-to-energy plant in a Middle East country and successfully obtaining a significant award on the same. The claims involved complex issues relating to variations, extensions of time, prolongation costs and recovery of liquidated damages.
  • A major Asian multinational corporation on its dispute with a government agency in relation to a large-scale sewage treatment project in the Middle East, with the claims in question amounting to more than S$500 million.
  • An industry-leading construction and civil engineering company in a SIAC arbitration against a subsidiary of a major regional property developer, arising out of the construction of a luxury residential condominium in a prime area of Singapore and successfully defending the client against 83.5% of the developer’s claims.
  • A building and construction company in a SIA arbitration against an upstream subcontractor, the Singapore branch of a major hydropower construction company in China, arising out of the construction of a mechanical biological treatment project in Singapore. She also successfully obtained a stay of fourth party proceedings brought against the client by the upstream subcontractor before the Singapore High Court in favour of the SIA arbitration.
  • A leading construction, civil and infrastructure company on its dispute with a government agency in relation to a land reclamation project in Singapore, with the aggregate claims in question amounting to more than S$600 million.
  • A specialist geotechnical sub-contractor in two adjudications relating to the construction of diaphragm wall panels for the station and tunnel of the Mass Rapid Transit system, where the disputes related to disruptions, standby charges and delays, defective works and the release of retention monies.

Related Practices

  • Infrastructure, Construction & Engineering
  • Corporate Governance and Compliance
  • Contributor, Singapore Civil Procedure 2018
  • Contributor, Singapore Civil Procedure 2019