Wendy LIN is the Deputy Head of the Commercial & Corporate Disputes Practice, and a Partner in the International Arbitration Practice.

Wendy has an active practice spanning a wide array of high-value, multijurisdictional and complex commercial, fraud and asset recovery disputes before the Singapore Courts, as well as in arbitrations conducted under various arbitral rules. Wendy is widely recognised as one of the top enforcement / asset recovery practitioners in Singapore; she is one of two ranked Global Elite Thought Leaders (reserved for 5% of those ranked across the world) in Asset Recovery by Who’s Who Legal, and the sole fellow of the International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators, based in Singapore.

In addition to her busy practice as counsel, Wendy also sits as an arbitrator in cases administered by the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the International Chamber of Commerce and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. Wendy is presently serving her third term as Co-Chair of the YSIAC Committee, and is a member of the Singapore Academy of Law's Law Reform Committee.

Wendy has consistently been recommended in legal publications for her dispute resolution work; with sources noting she is “phenomenal for judgment and enforcement work”; “a masterful advocate and tactician”; “an absolute star on top of her game”; “a formidable cross-examiner”; “a phenomenal and utterly compelling advocate who is in a class of her own”; “a first-class advocate, with the unparalleled ability to cut through numerous complex facts and legal arguments, extract the winning arguments, and to convey them effectively, with absolute charm and ease", "an extremely knowledgeable and a highly-strategic thinker unfazed by the pressures of high stakes litigation"; and "a very good strategist who always thinks several steps ahead".

Matters of significance which Wendy has been involved in includes advising/acting for the following:

  • Three-related ICC arbitrations and related Singapore Court proceedings arising out of the sale and purchase of one of South East Asia's leading renewable energy companies based in Thailand involving claims of over US$1 billion. In the related court proceedings, Wendy achieved an unprecedented setting-aside of an award worth over US$525 million.
  • Various heavily-contested Singapore Court proceedings concerning arbitral awards / claims valued in total at over US$1 billion, which arise from the misappropriation of gaming/casino investments in Laos, and which gave rise to numerous investment treaty arbitration issues decided for the first time before the Singapore Court.
  • Successfully acting for J&F Investimentos S.A. ("J&F"), Brazil's largest private economic group, as well as its ultimate shareholders in a complex multi-party purported derivative action arising from the proposed issuance of bonds in the amount of US$500 million in Singapore by Eldorado Intl. Finance GmbH, one of J&F's subsidiaries. The parties to the dispute are also involved in various related proceedings including proceedings in Brazil and the United States of America, as well as an ongoing ICC arbitration.
  • Successfully acting for the Korean co-licensor / owner of an extremely popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game in a complex ICC arbitration against its Chinese licensee / other co-licensor, which involves multiple parties, multiple contracts as well as multiple legal issues under Korean law, Chinese law and Singapore law.
  • Successfully acting for a Cayman Islands hedge fund based in Hong Kong S.A.R. in an SIAC arbitration, obtaining the full return of a significant investment made in a blockchain and cryptocurrency business due to various false and misleading representations made as to the nature and financial viability of the business.
  • The liquidator of one of the largest steel manufacturers in South East Asia in a dispute with Indian purchasers involving claims of over US$600 million governed by Philippine law, and achieving a rare setting-aside of the arbitral award of over US$100 million, which gave rise to novel and complex issues as to the implications of this setting-aside (decided for the first time by the Court of Appeal).

Related Practices

  • Commercial & Corporate Disputes
  • International Arbitration
  • Philippines
  • Thailand

Wendy has earned the rare distinction since 2020 of being selected as a Global Leader by Who's Who Legal in three practice areas, Litigation, Arbitration and Asset Recovery. She has additionally been one of the few practitioners ranked as a Thought Leader in Commercial Litigation, and one of two ranked Global Elite Thought Leaders (reserved for 5% of those ranked) in Asset Recovery, in Singapore since 2022. These built on her achievement of being named as one of the four most highly regarded litigation partners in Asia Pacific under the age of 45 in the 2018 inaugural edition of Who's Who Legal: Litigation – Future Leaders.

Wendy has been recognised as a “Leading Individual” for her expertise in International Arbitration in the 2024 edition of The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific and as a “Litigation Star” in the 2023 Benchmark Litigation Guide. She is also recognised for her expertise in Dispute Resolution: Litigation and Dispute Resolution: Arbitration in the Chambers Asia-Pacific and is featured in the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers for Arbitration and Mediation. In 2019, Wendy was awarded "Rising Star: Litigation" at the Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards. She was also the exclusive winner of the "Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution" category for Singapore at the Client Choice Awards 2019.

Additionally, Wendy has been consistently recommended for her dispute resolution work in various legal publications, where she has received compliments such as being “a masterful and quick advocate with lighting quick reactions”; “always three steps ahead of everything”; "a first-rate advocate: incisive, persuasive, quick on her feet and fiercely determined"; "an extremely smooth and polished advocate with astounding intellect, determination and great client management skills"; "a highly distinguished litigator who understands and is able to manoeuvre comfortably in commercial aspects that are highly technical and complex"; and having "a first-class legal mind with an outstanding sense of litigation strategy".