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Daniel Chua

Daniel Chua


Daniel specialises in international arbitration.



Daniel specialises in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration and has acted in arbitrations  in arbitrations under various institutional rules including AIAC, BANI, ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL and SIAC, and in disputes under English and other common law and civil law jurisdictions. Daniel also has expertise in other forms of dispute resolution, including mediation, expert determination and litigation.

Daniel has a focus on disputes in the energy sector and helps clients with oil and gas and renewable energy disputes. He also has experience in the aviation, hotels, infrastructure, mining and telecommunications sectors.

Daniel is also a member of the Herbert Smith Freehills Decision Analysis team. The team uses decision analysis models, decision science and specialist software to assist clients by combining legal analysis and an evaluation of probabilities to help clients quantify the risks inherent in complex disputes and to make informed, commercial and strategic decisions.

Daniel is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an accredited HKIAC tribunal secretary and a panel arbitrator of the CIArb Business Arbitration Scheme. He teaches the Alternative Dispute Resolution module for the University of London Bachelor of Laws programme. He writes on Malaysian dispute resolution and has been published by LexisNexis, Sweet & Maxwell and Wolters Kluwers, and speaks at conferences and seminars in relation to international arbitration.

Daniel’s experience includes advising and representing:

  • an ASEAN state on a claim to foreign sovereign immunity in proceedings brought in another ASEAN jurisdiction
  • a telecommunications conglomerate in relation to investment treaty claims against an Asian state
  • a global luxury hotel chain in ICC and SIAC arbitration proceedings to restrain parallel litigations commenced by hotel property owners in Southeast Asia in breach of the parties' arbitration agreement
  • a national energy company in SIAC emergency arbitrator proceedings to restrain a parallel arbitration in India commenced in breach of the parties' arbitration agreement
  • a leading Chinese oil and gas company and its overseas subsidiary as claimants in a multi-billion dollar arbitration administered by the SIAC related to their investment in a European oil company


Daniel holds a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from University of London and a Master of Laws from UCL. He qualified as an Advocate and Solicitor (Malaysian Bar) in 2015 and has worked at top-tier arbitration law firms in Kuala Lumpur and London. He is also qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales in 2019.  

Daniel is fluent in English and Malay.