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Daniel Chua

Daniel Chua


Daniel specialises in international arbitration.



Daniel specialises in dispute resolution with a particular focus on international commercial and investment treaty arbitration. His practice comprises of multi-jurisdictional work subject to a range of governing laws primarily in the aviation, energy, hotels, infrastructure, mining and telecommunications sectors. He advises and represents clients in disputes from a range of sectors and jurisdictions in international arbitrations under various institutional rules (including AIAC, BANI, DIAC, ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, SIAC and VIAC). Daniel also has expertise in other forms of dispute resolution, including mediation, expert determination and litigation.

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. Daniel also holds adjunct academic positions in universities in Malaysia where he teaches international arbitration. He has been published on issues relating to international arbitration and dispute resolution, and writes regularly on legal developments in relation to arbitration in Malaysia.

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.