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Emmanuel Duncan Chua

Emmanuel Duncan Chua

Senior Associate (Singapore)

Emmanuel is a senior member of our market leading SEA disputes team.

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Experience

Emmanuel specialises in complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes, with a focus on disputes and default situations in the financial, energy and investment sectors. He advises and represents multinational corporations and financial institutions in all stages of the dispute resolution process, and also advises lenders, borrowers and insolvency professionals in relation to distress situations, cross border insolvency and restructuring matters.

He has extensive experience resolving disputes throughout the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in South East Asia where he frequently acts on matters with a link to Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Myanmar.  He has appeared as lead counsel in international arbitration (including under the SIAC, ICC, LCIA, TAI and KLCRA rules) and Singapore litigation proceedings. This breadth of experience enables him to craft effective strategies for the purposes of disputes avoidance, management and resolution.

Emmanuel is fluent in English and Mandarin and can speak conversational Bahasa Indonesia.

Emmanuel's experience includes advising:

  • representing a Philippine conglomerate in a high value SIAC arbitration arising from claims brought by a JV partner in relation to national tollway projects in the Philippines
  • acting for a foreign public listed company in an Kuala Lumpur-seated ad hoc arbitration valued at over US$ 3 billion against a State Government for breach of a development agreement relating to a major waterfront project
  • representing the public transport authority in a multi-million dollar ICC arbitration brought by a main contractor in relation to the construction of the Singapore Mass Rapid Transit Circle Line
  • advising Pertamina Persero TBK in the winding up of the PETRAL group, which includes Pertamina Energi Trading Ltd (Petral) and its subsidiaries in Hong Kong and Singapore
  • advising two leading global banks in a series of Indonesian court proceedings arising out of the high profile default on a US$70.7 million bond by a Dutch issuer.acting for a foreign public listed company in an Kuala Lumpur-seated ad hoc arbitration valued at over US$ 3 billion against a State Government for breach of a development agreement relating to a major waterfront project
  • representing a distressed fund group in proceedings taken out in Singapore under the Reciprocal Enforcement of Commonwealth Judgments Act (Cap 264) for the registration and enforcement of judgments of the English High Court

 

Background

Emmanuel graduated in 2008 as president of the graduating class at the National University of Singapore.  He sits on the SIAC reserve Panel of Arbitrators and the NextGen Global Committee of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA). He also serves on the Law Society of Singapore's Admissions, Insolvency and ADR Committee.

Emmanuel is also adjunct faculty at the NUS teaching trial advocacy, and also conducts the insolvency and trial advocacy modules of the Singapore Bar Examination course. 

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