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Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

National Leader

Southeast Asia - Arbitration 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Simon Dunbar is praised as the "hardest working lawyer on the planet" by sources who appreciate his extensive experience in complex international arbitration proceedings.


Simon Dunbar is a partner in King & Spalding’s international arbitration practice. Based in Singapore for more than 15 years, his practice spans the Asia-Pacific region, with a focus on joint venture, energy and infrastructure disputes.

Simon is admitted to practice in England & Wales, New York and Singapore, and has experience of both common and civil law systems.  He has represented clients in international arbitrations under all of the major institutional rules, including some of Asia’s most complex and high-value arbitrations.  Recent examples include securing an award of US$ 158 million and dismissal of US$ 350 million in counterclaims in an ICC arbitration in the nuclear power sector, and successfully defending US$ 1.69 billion in counterclaims in an UNCITRAL arbitration concerning a joint operating agreement.

Simon is recognised in the legal directories for the quality of his work, his client service and his advocacy skills.  Among other accolades, he has been described as “very impressive”, “an unbelievably good lawyer” and “a formidable advocate.”

In addition to his work as counsel, Simon has served as sole or presiding arbitrator in arbitrations under the SIAC, ICC and UNCITRAL Rules, as well as ad hoc arbitrations.  He is listed on the panel of arbitrators of various arbitral institutions, and is an accredited mediator.   Simon serves on the Professional Affairs Committee of the Singapore Academy of Law and the SIAC Users Counsel, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  He also teaches, speaks and writes regularly on topics related to international arbitration.

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