Shaun Leong

Shaun Leong

International Arbitration
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Shaun is a Partner with the International Arbitration, Litigation and Dispute management group. With more than a decade of experience, Shaun focuses on commercial disputes in common and civil law jurisdictions and provides representation and strategic advice for clients engaged in international commercial arbitration and dispute resolution at international commercial courts. He is ranked as Singapore’s most influential, youngest international arbitration specialist from a global firm, by the Singapore Business Review.

Upon graduating with First Class Honours from the National University of Singapore, Shaun served in a judicial capacity as a Magistrate and Assistant Registrar of the Supreme Court for five years, where he published several notable written judgments on international arbitration law. The decisions include Firstlink Investments v GT Payment on the applicable law governing an arbitration agreement, and Titan Unity, endorsed by the Singapore Court of Appeal, on the threshold to determine the existence of a valid arbitration agreement.

Shaun was the Head of the Court of Appeal Section in the Supreme Court Registry, and was in charge of the management of complex commercial appeals, such as the arbitral dispute in PT First Media TBK v Astro Nusantara International BV. He worked on the establishment of the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) as Secretariat to the SICC Committee, where he was involved in the formulation of the rules and procedure of the Court. 

Shaun receives arbitrator appointments and is an Arbitrator with premier international arbitration centres:

  • Shaun is the first Singaporean to be appointed on the panel of Arbitrators with the Tashkent International Arbitration Centre (TIAC). Sitting in a strategic pivot of the ancient Silk Road as well as the modern Digital Silk Road, the TIAC is a prime centre to resolve cross border Belt & Road disputes, and is also proud to promote the resolution of technology disputes, where the lex arbitri has found disputes involving issues of blockchain, cryptocurrency, and artifical intelligence to be arbitrable. 
  • He is appointed an Arbitrator (仲裁人) on the Panel of BeiHai Asia International Arbitration Centre (北海亚洲国际仲裁中心), with a focus on ASEAN Belt & Road Disputes. The Centre is the first ever International Arbitration Centre in Singapore established by a Chinese commission.
  • Shaun is appointed a Panel Arbitrator of the Thailand Arbitration Centre, a premier international arbitration centre in the ASEAN region.
  • In recognition of his work on international technology disputes, Shaun is also appointed an Arbitrator on the Panel of the Bangalore International Mediation, Arbitration and Conciliation Centre, styled the “Silicon Valley of South Asia”.
  • Shaun is as an accredited International Arbitrator and Mediator of the Global Mediation and Conciliation Network.

Shaun regularly advises and represents clients in technology related disputes, and acts as project manager to coordinate legal issues faced by tech companies:

  • Shaun has been appointed on the Panel of Advisers and a Legal Expert of Legal Nodes. Legal Nodes is a global technology and innovative platform that assists start-ups and corporates to define their legal needs and project manage their legal issues, wherever they may be from worldwide.
  • Shaun’s clients include SenseTime, described by South China Morning Post as the world’s most valuable Artificial Intelligence company; Glaxosmithkline, global BioTech and life sciences giant; OYO, a global technology hospitality platform with properties in over 337 cities accessible via a smartphone application; Onchain Custodian, a cryptocurrency custodian company which won Singapore’s Fintech Awards in 2019; and Moaah, a customer relations management software based on blockchain technology.
  • Shaun is a Partner with Horangi, the leading cybersecurity, data-security and crypto-security company in Asia trusted by industry leaders in the tech ecosystem such as GoJek, PropertyGuru and Ninjavan.
  • He is active with speaking engagements in global technology conferences, such as the Echelon Asia Summit held on 23 and 24 May 2019, Litigation Gorilla held on 25 June 2019 and Tech Law Fest in September 2019. 
  • He published the first written decisions issued by an Assistant Registrar of the High Court of Singapore on disclosure orders over electronic documents on the Cloud (Dirak Asia Pte Ltd v Chew Hua Kok), and in a separate decision, on compulsory orders to disclose data on mobile devices (Surface Stone Pte Ltd v Tay Seng Leon).

Shaun’s experience as Counsel includes representation in high value international disputes include the following:

  • Emergency Interim Relief – Successfully represented a global energy client in an Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Emergency Arbitration in obtaining emergency relief to protect and preserve the client’s assets in a multi-million dollar commodities dispute.
  • Energy disputes – Successfully represented a global client engaged in supplying energy products for breaches committed by an Indonesian company of the client’s exclusive entitlement to coal mined in Indonesia in an SIAC arbitration.
  • Contractual termination disputes – Successfully represented one of the world’s largest Japanese car manufacturers in an alleged breach of a nation-wide distributorship agreement in an SIAC arbitration.
  • Joint Venture contract disputes – Successfully represented global bank as respondent to alleged claims in breach of Joint Venture agreement and economic torts arising from an unsuccessful entertainment development project in Thailand, for an SIAC arbitration.
  • Banking litigation – Managing Associate for a Singapore court dispute for a Japanese bank where the claimants sought payments arising from mandatory convertible bonds issued by clients. The work includes strategic advice and legal analysis on enforcement aspects in various jurisdictions.
  • Investor State disputes – Worked directly with Queen’s Counsel on the dispute between Reliance Industries, BP and the Government of India over revisions in gas prices and amends to cost recovery provisions of a Production Sharing Contract over an offshore gas block in the Bay of Bengal.
  • Licensing and warranty disputes – Successfully represented one of the world’s largest Japanese car manufacturers in a Japan Commercial Arbitration Association arbitration. The Middle Eastern claimant alleged failure to assist with fulfilling licensing requirements, and alleged breach of warranties.
  • Crisis Management, class action and mass tort product liability claims – Shaun, together with Korean law firm Kim & Chang, represented a global healthcare company in a crisis management case in South Korea. He was substantially engaged in all aspects of legal and strategic work around the case; including work on mass civil claims filed by victims, mediation, settlement and compensation, forensic investigations work in cooperation with Korean authorities, criminal defence work in relation to charged individuals, and strategic / legal advice re communications with media and political stakeholders.
  • Construction – Shaun has experience in major cross-border constructions disputes, including a dispute over alleged delays in supplying defective products and services in relation to the manufacture of electrical houses (pre-fabricated field auxiliary rooms) in support of a Middle Eastern Power and Oil Refinery Project; claims for outstanding payments due from the building of power plants in India; and claims for rectification works necessitated by alleged negligent designs from a German company.
  • Regulatory and Compliance – Shaun has experience in compliance issues in the APAC region. He worked on licensing issues and compliance aspects relating to banking regulations in Indonesia and Japan for a Japanese bank and an Indonesian subsidiary. Shaun has in addition advised on Singapore MAS regulations.

Shaun is a contributing author to leading texts, such as Chitty on Contracts, Hong Kong Specific Contracts (6th Edition), the Singapore International Arbitration Law and Practice (2nd Ed), and the Singapore Civil Procedure ("The White Book”), in charge of the chapters relating to international arbitration, Singapore arbitration and the SICC.

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