Colin Ong QC

Colin Ong QC
Office:
Suites 2-2 to 2-8
Gadong Properties Centre
Km 3-6, Jalan Gadong
BE 4119
City:
Bandar Seri Begawan
Country:
Brunei
Tel:
+673 2 420 913
Fax:
+673 2 420 911

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Arbitration: Lawyers

Colin Ong is senior partner at Dr Colin Ong Legal Services and a member of the Brunei, English and Singapore bars. He is Queen's Counsel at St Philips Stone Chambers in London and counsel at Eldan Law LLP in Singapore. He has broad experience as arbitrator and counsel both in court litigation and 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; licensing; shipping; telecoms; technology transfer; and general commercial trade-related matters. He is known for his abilities as a civil law arbitrator and professor in civil law jurisdictions. 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 listed as a leading arbitrator and counsel by a number of publications, including Expert Guides – Best of the Best: Arbitration (2017). Feedback includes: “He is noted for his ability to summarise and condense complex legal arguments and concepts” (Chambers and Partners, 2014); “commercially focused with the ability to react extremely quickly when presented with any sudden problems” (Asialaw Profiles, 2014); “A very able advocate and arbitrator with a supreme command of legal issues”, (Legal 500 – Asia Pacific, 2017); and "he impresses as someone with fine commercial judgement and a commanding grasp of international arbitration" (tier 1 commercial silks, Legal 500 – Asia Pacific, 2018).

He has sat as arbitrator and conducted over 300 arbitrations as counsel under AAA, BANI, CIETAC, HKIAC, ICC, ICDR, KLRCA, LCIA, LMAA, SIAC, TAI, UNCITRAL and WIPO rules under many applicable laws including English, Indian, Indonesian, Malaysian, Hong Kong, Philippine, PRC, Singapore, Thai, Turkish and UAE law. He is the first ASEAN national lawyer appointed Queen's Counsel and is a Master of the Bench of the Inner Temple (2010). 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 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, the University of Malaya, King’s College London, Universitas Indonesia, Padjajaran University (Indonesia) and Queen Mary, University of London. He is a member of the task force of the ICC commission (Arbitration) and the 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 advocacy and arbitration. He is an editorial board member of several international journals including Arbitration (CIArb); Asian International Arbitration Journal; 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 the IPBA arbitration committee; advisory councillor of the Indonesian National Board of Arbitration (BANI); vice president of the Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC); and board member of the Cambodia National Commercial Arbitration Centre. He is named in GAR’s "45 under 45" list. He is a former consultant to the ASEAN Centre for Energy and to the panel (nominee of Brunei Darussalam) of the ASEAN Protocol on Enhanced Dispute Settlement Mechanism; former vice chair of the IBA arbitration committee; former vice president of the LCIA Asia Pacific Users Council; and a core drafter of the Malaysian PAM 2006 Standard Building Forms of Contract. His languages include English, Chinese and Malay/Bahasa Indonesia.

WWL says: Dr Colin Ong QC is a world-renowned arbitration counsel who "always manages to make complicated issues appear unbelievably straightforward", resulting in "arbitrators always wanting to hear what he has to say".

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Arbitration which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Banking: Finance

Colin Ong is a partner of Dr Colin Ong Legal Services and a member of the Brunei, English and Singapore bars. He has broad experience as an adviser and as counsel in court litigation and commercial and investment arbitration matters covering many areas of banking and finance, including: construction and infrastructure projects (bridges, downstream projects; pipelines, ports; roads), mining sectors, energy (coal mining; oil and gas and supply contracts; production-sharing contracts; electricity supply), information technology, and aircraft and shipping financing.

He has broad and deep specialist experience across a wide spectrum of banking law and financial services practice. He is regularly instructed by government-owned companies; major corporations as well as banks and major law firms to work as part of the drafting team and to provide front-end advice on commodities supply; cross-border structured finance transactions in major energy projects; power-purchase agreements; and major infrastructure and IT projects. He regularly provides advice under English, Singapore and Brunei laws across various aspects of derivatives, financial collateral, Islamic banking, revolving credit facilities, securities lending, structured finance, swaps and syndication of loans. He advises financial institutions and their holding companies on regulatory issues and is regularly instructed by banks and financial services entities (including hedge funds) to provide advice in the development of new financial products and services for the ASEAN markets. He advises financial entities on how to structure and market securities products without triggering off securities laws, and represents banks, private equity and hedge funds in connection with new banking products. He is also regularly consulted on new Islamic banking products for project finance, insurance products and risk management and the avoidance of riba and gharar.

He advises institutions without the requisite financial licences on how to work within the applicable securities legislation and has also had experiences in providing assistance to financial regulators on feedback as to regulations and comparative law. He works with financial and non-traditional financial clients on a broad array of regulatory compliance issues, including issues related to anti-money laundering, anti-bribery and anti-terrorist financing.

As counsel, he has much experience in dealing with various aspects of civil fraud, enforcement, asset-freezing measures and tracing relief.

He holds several legal qualifications including LLB (Sheffield), LLM, PhD in Law (Queen Mary, London), FCIArb, FMIArb, FSIArb and DiplCArb. He is a visiting professor of law or has been a visiting professor in both civil and common law jurisdictions.

He has been on various editorial boards including Butterworths Journal of International Banking & Financial Law and Maritime Risk International since 2000. He was a core drafting member of the current Malaysian PAM 2006 Standard Building Forms of Contract.

WWL says: Colin Ong QC is a firm favourite among clients who praise his “deep familiarity with, and experience of, financial instruments”.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Banking which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Construction: Lawyers

Colin Ong is senior partner at Dr Colin Ong Legal Services (Brunei); Queen's Counsel at St Philips Stone Chambers (London) and counsel at Eldan Law LLP (Singapore). He is well regarded as an experienced arbitrator and lead counsel in civil law jurisdictions. He is highly sought after as arbitrator or as lead counsel by both sub-contractors as well as state-owned entities and some of the world’s largest organisations (contractors, owners, financial institutions) in their infrastructure and construction projects globally with a focus on Asia and the Middle East. He is sought after in complex high value international disputes and many of his arbitration matters involve values up to some billions of $US. A recent example includes being arbitrator in a US$2.6 billion SIAC case of 2017 involving a massive infrastructure project in an ASEAN country. He has acted as arbitrator and counsel in over 300 arbitrations governed under civil and common law applying most major institutional rules as well as UNCITRAL rules.

He works across all aspects of construction and engineering projects, including civil infrastructure (airports, bridges, downstream projects, hospitals, highways, pipelines railways), electricity, industrial plants, shipbuilding; coal mining facilities, construction of turnkey plants, licence agreements, LNG projects, mining, oil and gas (power purchase agreements, production sharing contracts, electricity supply, gas contracts and oil exploration joint ventures), gas facilities, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, and ports, procurement contracts, power plants(coal-fired, gas-fired), steel, technology transfer, steel manufacturing facilities, urban development and wind farms.  

He has significant experience in advising clients on project delivery methods and drafting bespoke agreements for construction and infrastructure projects, including mining projects and complex joint venture arrangements. He was the main lawyer in the core drafting team for the current Malaysian PAM 2006 Standard Building Forms of Contract. He is highly recommended as a leading arbitrator and counsel in a number of publications including the top 30 arbitration lawyers in the world by Expert Guides: Best of the Best 2017. Recent feedback includes: "Colin Ong is deeply respected in the market for his impressive arbitration and litigation practice, with commentators hailing him as 'a brilliant strategist and a very polished performer in court...’ he has 'the supreme ability to explain the most complex of arguments in a simple yet eloquent way', as well as 'an encyclopaedic legal knowledge and a very commercial approach’." [Chambers and Partners 2018]. The 2018 Asia Pacific edition of The Legal 500 details that: "He impresses as someone with fine commercial judgment and a commanding grasp of international arbitration."

He a Master of the Bench of the Inner Temple and a Chartered Arbitrator He is and has been visiting law professor at leading universities of both civil and common law jurisdictions. He is a member of the ICC Commission’s task force (Arbitration) and a member of the task force of ICCA-Queen Mary (costs and third party funding).

He is the author of several leading texts and sits on many editorial boards of journals including Arbitration (CIArb). He sits on the governing boards of 4 ASEAN National Arbitration Bodies. He was listed as a “45 under 45” in Global Arbitration Review. He was lead counsel at the arbitration and Singapore Court of Appeal in PT Perusahaan Gas Negara v CRW [2015] SGCA 30 which was named as GAR Awards 2016 Runner-up for Most Important Reported Decision of 2015. He has been principal 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 vice president of APRAG and vice chair of IPBA arbitration committee. His languages include English, Chinese and Bahasa Indonesia/Malay.

WWL says: Colin Ong QC is one of the most distinguished construction barristers in the region and is well known for his leading knowledge of infrastructure matters.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Construction which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Litigation: Lawyers

Colin Ong is the senior partner of Dr Colin Ong Legal Services; Queen's Counsel at 36 Stone (London) and Counsel at Eldan Law LLP (Singapore). He has broad experience as an arbitrator, mediator and counsel in both court litigation as well as 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, licensing, life sciences, 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 tends to be appointed as a mediator in large quantum disputes and has also acted as neutral evaluator and successfully facilitated settlement in several large quantum matters.

He is recommended as a leading arbitrator and counsel in a number of publications. Feedback includes: “A very able advocate and arbitrator with a supreme command of legal issues." (The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2017). "He impresses as someone with fine commercial judgement and a commanding grasp of international arbitration" (The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2018). Sources note that he has "the supreme ability to explain the most complex of arguments in a simple yet eloquent way", as well as "an encyclopedic legal knowledge and a very commercial approach" (Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2018).

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. 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 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. He is a member of the task force of the ICC Commission (arbitration) and of the 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 JournalBusiness Law InternationalButterworths Journal of International Banking & Financial LawBadan Arbitrase Nasional Indonesia JournalChina-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 the IPBA arbitration committee; advisor to the of Indonesian National Board of Arbitration (BANI); vice president of the Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC) and board member of the Cambodia National Commercial Arbitration Centre. He was 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 a distinguished litigator who garners wide praise for his experience in disputes spanning a broad range of industries and jurisdictions.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Litigation which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Mediation

Colin Ong is the senior partner of Dr Colin Ong Legal Services; Queen's Counsel at 36 Stone (London) and Counsel at Eldan Law LLP (Singapore). He has broad experience as an arbitrator, mediator and counsel in both court litigation as well as 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, licensing, life sciences, 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 tends to be appointed as a mediator in large quantum disputes and has also acted as neutral evaluator and successfully facilitated settlement in several large quantum matters.

He is recommended as a leading arbitrator and counsel in a number of publications. Feedback

includes: “A very able advocate and arbitrator with a supreme command of legal issues." (The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2017). "He impresses as someone with fine commercial judgement and a commanding grasp of international arbitration" (The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2018). Sources note that he has "the supreme ability to explain the most complex of arguments in a simple yet eloquent way", as well as "an encyclopedic legal knowledge and a very commercial approach" (Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2018).

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. 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 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. He is a member of the task force of the ICC Commission (arbitration) and of the 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 the IPBA arbitration committee; advisor to the of Indonesian National Board of Arbitration (BANI); vice president of the Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC) and board member of the Cambodia National Commercial Arbitration Centre. He was 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 QC is one of the most prominent and well-regarded mediators in Asia. He is praised for his dispute resolution abilities and client-focused approach.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Commercial Mediation which can be purchased from our Shop.

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