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Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Edmund Kronenburg is an "excellent counsel" who is singled out among peers for his courtroom prowess in proceedings across various areas including corporate, commercial and employment.

Biography

Edmund Kronenburg is the managing partner of Braddell Brothers LLP, Singapore’s second-oldest independent law practice, founded in 1883 by the sons of Singapore’s first attorney-general. He is admitted as an advocate and solicitor (Singapore), and as a solicitor (England and Wales).

Edmund has over 23 years’ experience in dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration, regularly appearing as counsel before the Singapore courts as well as in international arbitrations. His diverse practice includes commercial and corporate disputes; breach of confidence; defamation; energy and natural resources; media and telecommunications; and pre-emptive relief and injunctions (including worldwide Mareva/freezing Injunctions of over US$1 billion in combined value).

Besides his commercial disputes practice, Edmund also represents the Singapore Medical Council in medical disciplinary hearings, and private clients in medical negligence lawsuits before the Singapore courts. These include some landmark decisions of the Singapore Court of Appeal and the Court of Three Judges. Edmund is an honorary legal adviser to the Academy of Medicine, Singapore; the vice president (legal) of the Medico-Legal Society of Singapore; and a member of the Singapore Medical Association’s Centre for Medical Ethics and Professionalism teaching faculty.

Edmund also actively sits as an arbitrator, and has conducted arbitrations seated in Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Vietnam, as sole arbitrator, tribunal chairman/presiding arbitrator and tribunal member. He is a fellow of CIArb, SIArb, MIArb, AMINZ, HKIArb and PIArb. He is also admitted to the panels/lists of, among others, the AIAC (Malaysia, formerly KLCRA), BANI (Indonesia), BDAC (Brunei), CAA (Taiwan), HKIAC (Hong Kong), KCAB (Korea), IIAM (India), NCAC (Cambodia), PIAC (Vietnam), PDRC (Philippines), IMA (Russia), SCCA (Saudi Arabia), SHIAC (Shanghai), TAI (Thailand), VIAC (Vietnam) and VLCAC (Vietnam).

Edmund has received wide recognition in such legal guides as The Legal 500Chambers & PartnersBest LawyersBenchmark Litigation and Asialaw.

He has been described by The Legal 500 as “aggressive” and “articulate”; a “good strategist and communicator”, a “trusted confidant” and a “good advocate”; and the “best in class” with a “flair for arbitration” and an ability to provide “great, practical, no-nonsense advice in international arbitrations".

Sources quoted in Chambers: Asia-Pacific (2018) describe Edmund as a “master strategist [who] strikes the right balance between being aggressive and going towards mediation and trying to settle.” The guide adds, “The qualities you'd want in a good litigator – attention to detail and commitment – are played out extremely well … He receives praise from clients for his ‘no-nonsense’ and ‘focused’ approach.” Previously, Chambers: Asia Pacific (2015) quoted a source crediting Edmund with “the ability to think beyond the conventional and has brilliant ideas in terms of legal strategy”.

Edmund is also regarded as a “market-leading lawyer” by Asialaw and a “dispute resolution star” by Benchmark Litigation.

Outside work, Edmund frequently gives talks and lectures on dispute resolution, arbitration and medical law. He has taught trial advocacy and cross-examination at the National University of Singapore (NUS) law faculty since 1998 and medical negligence at the Duke-NUS Medical School since 2009.

Edmund is privileged to be an invited honorary overseas member of both the Commercial Bar Association and the Chancery Bar Association, both located in England, as well as an active member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, headquartered in Chicago.

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