Overview

Kenneth Tan is an associate in the Singapore office of Mayer Brown 's international arbitration practice. Prior to joining Mayer Brown, he was a member of the international arbitration practice group of a leading global law firm. Kenneth has substantial experience as counsel, having acted in numerous high-value, cross-border disputes for and against Asian parties in both litigations and arbitrations. Kenneth's arbitration experience encompasses a range of subject matter that include corporate disputes, joint venture disputes, international supply disputes, construction disputes as well as banking and finance disputes. It also spans a number of sectors, such as the agricultural, manufacturing, energy, life sciences, and financial services industries. Kenneth has experience of the world's leading arbitration rules, including the UNCITRAL rules and the arbitration rules of the ICC, SIAC, HKIAC and LCIA. Kenneth was also previously legal assistant to one of Asia's leading senior arbitrators. As such, Kenneth has assisted arbitral tribunals in various high value international commercial arbitrations governed by a wide range of substantive and procedural laws.

While pursuing his LL.B., Kenneth represented Singapore Management University in the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in 2013, winning the Singapore National Rounds and emerging 1st runner up at the Washington D.C. international championship rounds. Kenneth has also published on international commercial arbitration and is amongst the pioneer batch of HKIAC-accredited tribunal secretaries.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Mandarin
  • Japanese

Experience

  • Represented a global Chinese energy company as claimant in an ICC arbitration seated in Singapore subject to Iranian law. Over USD 80 million was in dispute in connection with the construction of an oil pipeline. There was parallel litigation in Iran and we successfully secured an anti-suit injunction for our clients in support of the arbitration in Singapore.
  • Represented a Singapore oil and gas company as claimant in a LCIA arbitration seated in London governed by English law against a Middle Eastern marine services company. Over USD 15 million was in dispute in connection with the provision of seismic acquisition services in Iran. A successful award was achieved for the client.
  • Representing a global Chinese agricultural technology company as respondent and counterclaimant in an ICC arbitration in Paris against a Romanian company. The dispute is governed by French law and involves claims in excess of EUR 10 million.
  • Representing a leading North American retail company and its affiliate against a Korean manufacturing company and its affiliate in a pair of consolidated ICC arbitrations in Singapore arising in connection with a Distribution Agreement and governed by New York law. Approximately USD 100 million in total claims are in dispute.
  • Represented an Australian engineering company in a Singapore seated SIAC emergency arbitration against a Thai steel manufacturer in relation to an application to restrain the drawing down of a performance bond in connection with a USD 30 million steel purchase agreement governed by Singapore law.
  • Advised and represented a US water technology company as respondent in a post-M&A dispute with a Singapore company in connection with a water technology business in South Asia. The dispute concerned tax hold-backs and related indemnifications and was governed by Singapore law, subject to SIAC arbitration in Singapore. An efficient and successful settlement was achieved for our client.
  • Represented a high net-worth Turkish business family in successfully resisting the enforcement of a USD 2.65 billion foreign judgment in Singapore.
  • Advised and represented a leading UK private equity fund in a USD 300 million joint venture dispute with Filipino magnate Roberto Ongpin governed by English law.
  • Represented a high net-worth Thai business family in an SIAC arbitration conducted under the SIAC Rules 2013 against a USD 120 million claim by a private equity firm. This dispute concerned a high profile commercial tower in Bangkok, an alleged breach of a bridging loan agreement governed by English law, and parallel restructuring proceedings in the Thai courts.
  • Represented a high net-worth individual in prosecuting a SGD 60 million claim in the Singapore High Court on the grounds of fraud and breach of a shareholders’ agreement governed by Singapore law.
  • Represented a leading UK tobacco company in a dispute with a Myanmar tobacco company concerning the enforcement of a share purchase option governed by Singapore law.
  • Tribunal secretary in an LCIA arbitration conducted under the LCIA Arbitration Rules (2014) concerning a USD 110 million dispute between a global offshore drilling contractor and a Philippines-based petroleum supplier arising out of an alleged breach of an offshore drilling contract governed by English law.
  • Tribunal secretary in an ad hoc arbitration conducted under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules (2010) concerning a USD 25 million oil refining joint venture dispute governed by Malaysian law between a leading US energy company and a state-owned oil and gas company.
  • Tribunal assistant in two conjoined HKIAC arbitrations concerning disputes between a leading US chemicals conglomerate and a PRC automotive products manufacturer. Over USD 60 million is in dispute in connection with alleged breaches of a joint venture agreement governed by PRC law and a supply agreement governed by Hong Kong law.
  • Tribunal secretary in an LCIA arbitration concerning a USD 30 million dispute between a private equity fund and an Indian mining company arising out of an alleged breach of a share purchase agreement governed by English law.
  • Tribunal assistant in an ICC arbitration concerning a dispute between a Taiwanese pharmaceutical materials supplier and a leading German pharmaceutical research and product development company arising out of an alleged breach of a supply agreement governed by Taiwan law.

Events

Education

Singapore Management University, LLB, summa cum laude

Admissions

Court

  • Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore

Memberships

  • Accredited Tribunal Secretary, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre