Colin Ong is the senior partner of Dr Colin Ong Legal Services and a member of the Brunei, English and Singapore bars. He has broad experiences as counsel in both court litigation as well as counsel in commercial and investment arbitration matters covering many commercial areas including: banking and finance, construction and infrastructure projects (bridges, downstream projects; pipelines, ports; power plants; roads), insurance, mining and minerals disputes, energy disputes (coal mining and supply disputes, power purchase agreements, production sharing contracts, electricity supply, gas contracts and oil exploration joint ventures), information technology, intellectual property, shipping, telecoms, technology transfer and general commercial trade-related matters. He has acted as arbitrator and counsel in many arbitrations governed under civil law as well as under common law applying most major institutional rules as well as UNCITRAL rules.
He is recommended as a leading arbitrator and counsel in a number of publications. Feedback includes: “He is always exceptionally fast in absorbing points and extremely patient,” (Chambers and Partners, 2013); “noted for his ability to summarise and condense complex legal arguments and concepts,” (Chambers and Partners, 2014); and “commercially focused with the ability to react extremely quickly when presented with any sudden problems,” (Asialaw Profiles, 2014) and “A very able advocate and arbitrator with a supreme command of legal issues.” (The Legal 500 - Asia Pacific, 2017).
He has sat as arbitrator or conducted many large quantum arbitrations as counsel under AAA, BANI, CIETAC, HKIAC, ICC, ICDR, KLRCA, LCIA, LMAA, SIAC, UNCITRAL and WIPO rules under many applicable laws including English, Indian, Indonesian, Malaysian, Hong Kong, PRC, Singapore and Thai law. He qualified as a barrister in England and Wales in 1991 and is a master of the bench of the Inner Temple in England. He is an associate member of St Philips Stone Chambers in London and counsel at Eldan Law LLP in Singapore. He is a chartered arbitrator and holds several legal qualifications including LLB (Sheffield), LLM, PhD in Law (Queen Mary, London), FCIArb, FMIArb, FSIArb and DiplCArb. He is and has been visiting professor at both civil and common law jurisdictions including the University of Hong Kong; the National University of Malaysia (UKM), the National University of Singapore, University of Malaya, Kings College (London), Universitas Indonesia, Padjajaran University (Indonesia) and Queen Mary, University of London. Member, Task Force of ICC Commission (Arbitration). Member, Task Force of ICCA-Queen Mary (Costs and Third Party funding).
He is the author of several legal texts including chapters in leading books on the subject of advocacy, arbitration and cross-examination and is on the editorial board of several international journals including Arbitration (CIArb); Asian International Arbitration Journal; Business Law International; Butterworths Journal of International Banking & Financial Law; Badan Arbitrase Nasional Indonesia Journal; China-ASEAN Law Review Dispute Resolution International; and Maritime Risk International.
He is the president of the Arbitration Association Brunei Darussalam; advisory member of the China-ASEAN Legal Research Centre; vice president of APRAG; vice chair of IPBA arbitration committee; advisory councillor of Indonesian National Board of Arbitration (BANI); vice president of Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC) and board member of Cambodia National Commercial Arbitration Centre. He is listed by Global Arbitration Review as one of the 45 leading international arbitration practitioners under the age of 45. He has been a consultant to the ASEAN Centre for Energy and panel (nominee of Brunei Darussalam) of the ASEAN Protocol on Enhanced Dispute Settlement Mechanism. He is a former vice chairman of the IBA arbitration committee; a former vice president of the LCIA Asia Pacific Users Council; and was a core drafting member of the Malaysian PAM 2006 Standard Building Forms of Contract. His languages include English, Chinese and Malay.
WWL says: Colin Ong is praised as “a very knowledgeable practitioner, easy to work with and very innovative in providing solutions.”
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