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Paul Tan

Paul Tan

Cavenagh Law LLPMarina Bay Financial Centre25th Floor, Tower 3SingaporeSingapore018982

Global Leader

Arbitration 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

Peers and clients say

"Paul is an absolutely superb lawyer, immensely skilled, wise beyond his years, and one of the most impressive minds I've ever worked with"
"He is technically excellent and extremely user friendly"
"A standout young Singapore arbitration specialist"
"He has an excellent technical base, and is a strong advocate, well recognised in the market"
"Paul is a star performer"

Biography

Paul Tan leads the litigation practice for Clifford Chance's formal law alliance with Cavenagh Law in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Also called to the English bar, Paul's "impressive commercial disputes practice” includes instructions as lead counsel in high-stakes international arbitrations.

"Known for dealing with difficult problems", he deploys his “intellectual strength” to all manner of financial disputes, emerging issues of corporate governance and technology; his “first class brain” making him counsel-of-choice on complex expert and technical evidence.

In international arbitrations, Paul is “known outside Asia as a first-rate lawyer for investor-disputes right through to construction cases.” He has acted for and against States in investment and contractual claims. His commercial arbitrations span a diverse range of matters, including technology and intellectual property disputes, post-M&A disputes, shareholder and joint venture claims, and disputes concerning sale and purchase, service and other agreements across various industries, including oil and gas, natural resources, real estate, private equity, banking and financial institutions.

Combining his arbitration practice with international litigation, he is uniquely adept at issues of public and private international law and arbitration-related litigation, where he has been involved in landmark cases on antisuit injunctions, due process challenges and enforcement of treaty awards.

Described as an “absolute star”, “as good as anybody I’d work with in Singapore”, a “gifted advocate” and a “devastating cross-examiner”, he won Asialaw’s “Disputes Star of the Year -Singapore” in 2016.

Paul is co-authoring Mustill & Boyd’s treatise on international arbitration, and co-edited an 888-page monograph titled “Singapore Law: 50 Years in the Making” (2015). He sits on the ICC’s Commission for the Belt-and-Road Initiative.

WWL Ranking: Recommended
Litigation 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Paul Tan "does not hesitate to go the extra mile for his clients". Sources highlight his “keen insight” as well as his “impressive array of legal knowledge and strategy”.

Biography

Paul Tan leads the litigation practice for Clifford Chance's formal law alliance with Cavenagh Law in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Also called to the English bar, Paul's "impressive commercial disputes practice” includes instructions as lead counsel in high-stakes trials and appeals before the Singapore courts, including the Singapore International Commercial Court.

"Known for dealing with difficult problems", he deploys his “intellectual strength” to all manner of financial disputes, emerging issues of corporate governance and technology; his “first class brain” making him counsel-of-choice on complex expert and technical evidence.

He has successfully advanced a claim against a joint-venturer who caused the collapse of a portfolio of shares worth $150m before the SICC. This year, he argued a $2.5bn claim against a former insurance agency leader for the mass exodus of agents to a competitor.

Combining his litigation practice with international arbitration, Paul is “known outside Asia as a first-rate lawyer for investor-disputes right through to construction cases.” He is uniquely adept at issues of public and private international law and arbitration-related litigation, where he has been involved in landmark cases on antisuit injunctions, due process challenges and enforcement of treaty awards.

Described as an “absolute star”, “as good as anybody I’d work with in Singapore”, a “gifted advocate” and a “devastating cross-examiner”, he won Asialaw’s “Disputes Star of the Year -Singapore” in 2016.

Paul is co-authoring Mustill & Boyd’s treatise on international arbitration, and co-edited an 888-page monograph titled “Singapore Law: 50 Years in the Making” (2015). He sits on the ICC’s Commission for the Belt-and-Road Initiative.

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