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Daniel Chua

Daniel Chua

Associate (Malaysia)

Daniel practices in international arbitration and cross-border dispute resolution.



Daniel has experience in arbitrations under various institutional rules (including ICSID, UNCITRAL, SIAC and AIAC). He advises multinational clients on disputes across a range of sectors and industries, particularly relating to complex contractual and joint venture disputes.
Daniel is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an accredited tribunal secretary of HKIAC.
Before joining Herbert Smith Freehills, he was an associate to Malaysia's leading senior counsel and international arbitrator.
Daniel is fluent in English and Malay.
Daniel's experience includes advising:
  • a foreign sovereign government on a claim to foreign sovereign immunity in proceedings brought in another foreign country
  • a leading global luxury hotel chain in a dispute with a property developer arising from a hotel management agreement arbitrated in the HKIAC
  • a leading Malaysian steel manufacturer on the potential disputes risks associated in the takeover of an insolvent steel manufacturer
  • a leading global accounting firm on a claim of professional negligence arising from a failed investment venture undertaken by a conglomerate of investment banks


Daniel joined the Kuala Lumpur office in October 2018, having worked in leading arbitration firms in Malaysia and London. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from University of London and a Master of Laws from University College London. 

Daniel was admitted to the Malaysian Bar in 2015.