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Elaine specialises in complex cross-border disputes, international arbitration and investigations.

Elaine's practice combines international arbitration, litigation and investigations. She represents clients in cross-border disputes across a range of industries, with particular expertise in the energy, technology, infrastructure and manufacturing sectors.

Elaine has acted as counsel in arbitrations under the SIAC, ICC, LCIA, JCAA, HKIAC, VIAC, TAI and UNCITRAL rules. In addition to her work as counsel, Elaine also sits as arbitrator.

She also leads on multi-jurisdictional investigations and advises clients on a wide range of issues relating to bribery, corruption, fraud, corporate governance and compliance. Elaine is experienced in handling both internal investigations as well as investigations by law enforcement and regulatory authorities.

Clients single out Elaine as someone who "stands head and shoulders above the rest" and describe her as "an excellent lawyer, an extremely competent, honest and innovative lawyer combining attention to detail, foresight, agile response, and also has integrity" (Asia Pacific Legal 500).

Elaine is dual-qualified in Singapore and in England & Wales, and is licensed to practise as a registered foreign lawyer in Japan. She has over a decade's experience in Japan and has also previously worked in Singapore and Paris.

Experience & expertise

Selected matters

  • representing a leading technology company in a SIAC arbitration against minority shareholders in Indonesia in relation to fraudulent breaches of the shareholders agreement and share purchase agreement
  • acting for a major Japanese company in an investigation of corrupt and anti-competitive activities at its Southeast Asian subsidiary, including representing the client in an on-going dialogue with the US DOJ and SEC in relation to potential FCPA violations
  • conducting an investigation jointly with a Multilateral Development Bank into fraudulent and corrupt practices in relation to high-value projects for the construction of power stations in Africa
  • advising a major Japanese trading house in connection with a VIAC arbitration concerning delays and disruption to the completion of an urban rail construction project in Vietnam
  • representing a consortium of investors in an LCIA arbitration in London, with parallel litigation in the BVI, in respect of a dispute over the control of a natural resources project in Central Asia.