Matt Shaw is counsel in the International Arbitration practice in Mayer Brown’s Singapore office.
Matt has more than 15 years of experience of international commercial arbitrations in Asia and across the world. He focuses on cross-border disputes arising in a range of sectors including technology, financial services, energy and construction, and has notable experience in disputes involving intellectual property, private equity funds and major national infrastructure projects.
Matt has advised and represented clients as lead advocate under the rules of most of the world’s leading arbitral institutions, including the ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, LCIA, BANI and VIAC. He also has acted for clients in arbitrations in many of the world’s key arbitral seats including London, Paris, Zurich, New York, Washington, D.C., Singapore and Hong Kong.
Matt is recognised by Who’s Who Legal as a “Future Leader” among international arbitration practitioners in Asia-Pacific for 2023.
- Representing an Anglo-American and Japanese project consortium in a series of ICC arbitrations seated in Singapore and related litigation in connection with construction disputes with project owners and subcontractors arising from construction of and LNG and petrochemicals facility.
- Representing an Indonesian state-owned enterprise in an SIAC-administered arbitration under UNCITRAL Rules seated in Singapore. The dispute was the second arbitration to arise from the construction of a 400 km subsea gas pipeline in the 1990s and involved complex allegations of corruption stemming from the Suharto era as well as developments in the regulation of the state’s oil and gas industry. The matter was settled on favourable terms following an application to set aside the award.
- Representing a Korean pipeline services business in an SIAC arbitration seated in Singapore. The dispute arose out of a series of contracts to supply pipelines to the Indonesian state entity PGN.
- Advising a Korean EPC contractor in related disputes in ICC arbitrations seated in Singapore arising from the construction of supercritical coal-fuelled power plants in Indonesia and Thailand.
- Representing an Indian conglomerate and related subsidiary companies in an ICC arbitration seated in Singapore. The dispute arose in relation to the provision of construction services in the power sector provided to an Indonesian conglomerate in the business of power plant construction.
- Representing a Singaporean EPC contractor in related disputes in parallel arbitrations under the ICC Rules in Singapore and the HKIAC Rules in Hong Kong arising from the construction of a combined power and water desalination facility in the Middle East. The matter also involved representation of our client in relation to a dispute under a PPA with a Middle Eastern state agency.
- Advising a leading Philippine EPC contractor in disputes with a Chinese subcontractor and Philippine owner arising from the construction of two coal-fired power plants in Batangas, Philippines. The disputes were subject to offshore arbitration in Singapore and CIAC arbitration in the Philippines.
- Advising a Dutch power and chemicals conglomerate as respondent in proceedings in the Malaysian High Court commenced by a Malaysian oil and gas company under a long-term electricity supply agreement. The claims involve consideration of business practices in the Malaysian electricity market, licensing requirements for power generation companies. There also is a Singapore-based mediation component.
- Representing an Indonesian state-owned oil and gas company and an Indonesian government agency in a USD 1 billion restructuring of the debts owed by an Indonesian petrochemical company incurred during the construction of an aromatics refinery in East Java. The restructuring followed two successful BANI arbitrations under Indonesian law.
- Representing a Singaporean power generation company in an SIAC arbitration seated in Singapore against a Japanese power conglomerate. The dispute concerned alleged breaches of anti-bribery covenants in a joint venture agreement and the exercise of a call option. It also concerned the sourcing and pricing of power plant machinery.
College of Law, London, Diploma in Legal Practice
University College London, LLM, Legal Theory and History
University College London, LLB
1st Class, Dean’s List, UCL Law Faculty Medal
- Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
- Future Leader – Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration Future Leaders - Non-Partners (2023)