Qualifications & Professional / Academic History

  • LL.M., Harvard Law School (2005)
  • LL.B. (1st Class Honours), London School of Economics (2001)
  • Admitted as Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore (2004)
  • Admitted as Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2013) and the
    Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (2017)
  • Arbitrator – Korean Commercial Arbitration Board
  • Arbitrator – Beijing Arbitration Commission

 

Area of Practice

  • Civil and commercial dispute resolution
  • International commercial arbitration
  • Renewable energy
  • Private equity

 

Approach / Methodology

Arvin takes a problem-solving approach to client issues, seeking to
understand first their commercial objectives, then positioning his dispute
resolution strategy accordingly. He has carved out a track record in
winning under tight pressure of time and against significantly
better-resourced opposing parties.

As his dispute resolution practice relates to Southeast Asia and Greater
China, he has honed practical instincts to getting results across
jurisdictions. For example, as lead counsel in a trademark licensing
arbitration, he started off preventing opposing PRC parties from
transferring out the trademark to third parties even though PRC Courts then
did not have the power to grant interim relief in aid of foreign
arbitrations, by an innovative strategy of causing revocation proceedings to
be brought before the PRC Trademark Bureau, which imposed a de facto
moratorium on such transfer. He ended the dispute by instructing PRC counsel
who successfully enforced the award in its entirety before the PRC Courts
(with finality). In another dispute, where parties to an arbitration
involved BVI-incorporated entities, he worked with BVI counsel to take steps
to bring about the winding up of these entities, causing opposing parties to
drop the arbitration altogether.

Arvin is an early advocate of third party funding, maintains good working
relationships with various third party funders through fair assessments, and
works with claimant clients to obtain such funding for international
commercial arbitrations that reduces their financial exposure and sends a
strong signal about the merits of their claim(s).

Arvin seeks constantly to up his game. In early 2016, he was on special
placement with Fountain Court Chambers, London, where he worked with several
Queen’s Counsel on complex financial disputes and reinsurance matters.

 

Notable Cases and Transactions (includes experience from previous firms)

  • Lead counsel for a Southeast Asian renewable energy plant developer
    in relation to attempts by the investor to exercise conversion rights to
    take over control of the developer at project level pursuant to an
    accelerated repayment provision. The developer obtained a fully
    satisfactory commercial outcome without having to resort to formal
    arbitration (2017)
  • Acted for a major Korean automotive parts manufacturer to set aside
    an arbitral award before the Singapore High Court (2017)
    Acted for an Indian conglomerate in relation to an oil rig
    construction dispute before the Singapore International Commercial Court
    (2017)
  • Lead counsel for a Singapore listed ship supply company in relation
    to a trademark licensing dispute against 2 PRC parties. Successfully ran an
    SIAC Expedited arbitration and obtained an award for all orders sought
    (pertaining to specific performance) and costs in full. This award was
    enforced by the Dalian Intermediate Court with finality (2015). The client
    testimonial was in these terms: “…showed great strategic foresight in
    anticipating the moves of the counterparties…”
  • Personally instructed by Shanghai Decent Co. Ltd to for deal
    negotiation advice in relation to a US$50 million private equity injection
    by the China ASEAN Fund into PT Sulawesi Mining Investama, an Indonesian
    company that holds Indonesia’s largest iron-nickel project and which is
    part-owned by the Shanghai Decent group.

 

Languages

English and Chinese (both native), and rudimentary conversational Arabic