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Simon Dunbar is a partner in our Singapore office and member of our International Arbitration practice. With more than 12 years of practice, Simon has experience of dozens of international arbitrations under most of the major arbitration rules, as well as ad hoc proceedings, focusing on energy, construction, mergers and acquisitions, joint venture and general commercial disputes. Simon has been based in Asia since 2006, and his experience extends across the Asia-Pacific region.

Simon is admitted to practice in England & Wales and New York, and has been granted rights of audience at the Singapore International Commercial Court. Among other accolades, Simon has been recognised in the legal directories for his “impeccable execution” and has been described as “very meticulous and easy to deal with.”

In addition to his work as counsel, Simon has been appointed as sole and presiding arbitrator in International Chamber of Commerce, Singapore International Arbitration Centre and ad hoc arbitrations. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and is listed on the panel of arbitrators of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, the list of arbitrators of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center, and the reserve panel of the SIAC. Simon serves on the SIAC Users Council, on the committee of YSIAC, and as a Director of CIArb (Singapore branch). He also speaks and writes regularly on issues relating to international arbitration.

 

Simon also has experience of managing court litigations and assisting clients in conducting internal investigations and compliance reviews in relation to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in various Asian jurisdictions.

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Credentials

LL.M., University of Michigan

M.A., University of Cambridge, UK, with honors

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

New York

England and Wales

American Bar Association

LCIA Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG)

Society of Construction Law - Singapore

ICDR - Young & International

“[P]raised by sources as an up-and-coming partner in the market."


Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2017

"Very accommodating and responsive"; "very diligent."


Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2017, quoting clients

“[O]ne of the best lawyers I have ever worked with.”


Who’s Who Legal: Future Leaders, 2017

“Impeccable execution”; “very meticulous and easy to deal with.”


Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2016

Euromoney’s Expert Guide to Commercial Arbitration


2014

Commercial Arbitration — Euromoney’s Rising Stars Guide


2015, 2016

“Sharp, hardworking and thorough.”


Asia-Pacific Legal 500, 2010

Matters

Recently represented an Indian business house in an ICC arbitration in Singapore against its European joint venture partner. Indian law governed. Our client secured declaratory relief valued at over USD 200 million and an award of USD 5 million in costs.

Recently represented one of the world’s largest multinationals as claimant in an HKIAC arbitration in Hong Kong against a publicly traded Chinese joint venture party in the renewable energy sector. New York law governed. The Tribunal awarded our client over USD 360 million (100% of relief claimed).

Recently represented ConocoPhillips China in two SIAC arbitrations in Singapore against an independent gas producer and its parent company. The dispute concerned coalbed methane assets in East Asia. The Tribunal awarded our client USD 50 million in damages, interest and costs, and dismissed all counterclaims against it. English law governed.

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Recently represented an Indian business house in an ICC arbitration in Singapore against its European joint venture partner. Indian law governed. Our client secured declaratory relief valued at over USD 200 million and an award of USD 5 million in costs.

Recently represented one of the world’s largest multinationals as claimant in an HKIAC arbitration in Hong Kong against a publicly traded Chinese joint venture party in the renewable energy sector. New York law governed. The Tribunal awarded our client over USD 360 million (100% of relief claimed).

Recently represented ConocoPhillips China in two SIAC arbitrations in Singapore against an independent gas producer and its parent company. The dispute concerned coalbed methane assets in East Asia. The Tribunal awarded our client USD 50 million in damages, interest and costs, and dismissed all counterclaims against it. English law governed.

Currently representing a nuclear reactor and services provider in an ICC arbitration in an Asian country against a national power company arising out of the construction of a nuclear power plant. More than USD 400 million is at stake.

Currently representing affiliates of Astro, a Malaysian media group, in two UNCITRAL arbitrations against India under the UK-India BIT and the Mauritius-India BIT.

Currently representing an Asian construction contractor in disputes with a major equipment supplier in connection with the construction of a power plant in the Middle East.

Recently represented a production sharing contractor in an ICC arbitration in Paris involving 18 other parties and concerning LNG sales and supply arrangements. New York law governed and hundreds of millions of dollars were at stake. The case settled.

Recently represented a power company in a dispute with its contractors arising out of the construction of a coal-fired power plant in the Philippines. The dispute was subject to HKIAC arbitration in Hong Kong. English law governed and approximately USD 25 million was in dispute. The matter settled.

Recently represented a South-East Asian technical services company in connection with a dispute with a U.S. equipment supplier, involving U.S. bankruptcy claims and subject to court litigation in Georgia, U.S.A.

Recently defended an Asian construction contractor in an ICC arbitration in London against claims by a U.S. company of misappropriation of confidential information and trade secrets relating to a power plant in the Middle East. English law governed. The case settled before trial.

Recently advised LNG sellers in multibillion-dollar price review disputes against LNG buyers subject to international arbitration.

Recently represented a power developer in an UNCITRAL arbitration in Singapore against its insurers in a USD 60 million claim concerning a hydroelectric power project under construction in the Philippines. Philippines law governed. The case settled before trial.

Recently represented an independent oil company in an UNCITRAL arbitration in Singapore against a national oil company. The dispute concerned a farm-in agreement in respect of offshore petroleum blocks in South East Asia. The opponent’s local law governed. The case settled before trial.

Represented an Indian company in an SIAC arbitration in Singapore arising out of joint venture and related disputes, in which the Emergency Arbitrator procedure was successfully invoked to obtain urgent interim relief.

Represented a Korean construction contractor in an ICC arbitration in Seoul in a dispute with a subcontractor concerning a port project. Korean law governed. The client obtained the dismissal of all claims and the award of its costs.

Represented a Chinese-European joint venture in an SIAC arbitration in Singapore against a European construction contractor concerning delay to completion of an industrial plant in China. English law governed. The case settled before trial.

Matters

Recently represented an Indian business house in an ICC arbitration in Singapore against its European joint venture partner. Indian law governed. Our client secured declaratory relief valued at over USD 200 million and an award of USD 5 million in costs.

Recently represented one of the world’s largest multinationals as claimant in an HKIAC arbitration in Hong Kong against a publicly traded Chinese joint venture party in the renewable energy sector. New York law governed. The Tribunal awarded our client over USD 360 million (100% of relief claimed).

Recently represented ConocoPhillips China in two SIAC arbitrations in Singapore against an independent gas producer and its parent company. The dispute concerned coalbed methane assets in East Asia. The Tribunal awarded our client USD 50 million in damages, interest and costs, and dismissed all counterclaims against it. English law governed.

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Matters

Recently represented an Indian business house in an ICC arbitration in Singapore against its European joint venture partner. Indian law governed. Our client secured declaratory relief valued at over USD 200 million and an award of USD 5 million in costs.

Recently represented one of the world’s largest multinationals as claimant in an HKIAC arbitration in Hong Kong against a publicly traded Chinese joint venture party in the renewable energy sector. New York law governed. The Tribunal awarded our client over USD 360 million (100% of relief claimed).

Recently represented ConocoPhillips China in two SIAC arbitrations in Singapore against an independent gas producer and its parent company. The dispute concerned coalbed methane assets in East Asia. The Tribunal awarded our client USD 50 million in damages, interest and costs, and dismissed all counterclaims against it. English law governed.

Currently representing a nuclear reactor and services provider in an ICC arbitration in an Asian country against a national power company arising out of the construction of a nuclear power plant. More than USD 400 million is at stake.

Currently representing affiliates of Astro, a Malaysian media group, in two UNCITRAL arbitrations against India under the UK-India BIT and the Mauritius-India BIT.

Currently representing an Asian construction contractor in disputes with a major equipment supplier in connection with the construction of a power plant in the Middle East.

Recently represented a production sharing contractor in an ICC arbitration in Paris involving 18 other parties and concerning LNG sales and supply arrangements. New York law governed and hundreds of millions of dollars were at stake. The case settled.

Recently represented a power company in a dispute with its contractors arising out of the construction of a coal-fired power plant in the Philippines. The dispute was subject to HKIAC arbitration in Hong Kong. English law governed and approximately USD 25 million was in dispute. The matter settled.

Recently represented a South-East Asian technical services company in connection with a dispute with a U.S. equipment supplier, involving U.S. bankruptcy claims and subject to court litigation in Georgia, U.S.A.

Recently defended an Asian construction contractor in an ICC arbitration in London against claims by a U.S. company of misappropriation of confidential information and trade secrets relating to a power plant in the Middle East. English law governed. The case settled before trial.

Recently advised LNG sellers in multibillion-dollar price review disputes against LNG buyers subject to international arbitration.

Recently represented a power developer in an UNCITRAL arbitration in Singapore against its insurers in a USD 60 million claim concerning a hydroelectric power project under construction in the Philippines. Philippines law governed. The case settled before trial.

Recently represented an independent oil company in an UNCITRAL arbitration in Singapore against a national oil company. The dispute concerned a farm-in agreement in respect of offshore petroleum blocks in South East Asia. The opponent’s local law governed. The case settled before trial.

Represented an Indian company in an SIAC arbitration in Singapore arising out of joint venture and related disputes, in which the Emergency Arbitrator procedure was successfully invoked to obtain urgent interim relief.

Represented a Korean construction contractor in an ICC arbitration in Seoul in a dispute with a subcontractor concerning a port project. Korean law governed. The client obtained the dismissal of all claims and the award of its costs.

Represented a Chinese-European joint venture in an SIAC arbitration in Singapore against a European construction contractor concerning delay to completion of an industrial plant in China. English law governed. The case settled before trial.

Credentials

LL.M., University of Michigan

M.A., University of Cambridge, UK, with honors

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

New York

England and Wales

American Bar Association

LCIA Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG)

Society of Construction Law - Singapore

ICDR - Young & International

“[P]raised by sources as an up-and-coming partner in the market."


Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2017

"Very accommodating and responsive"; "very diligent."


Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2017, quoting clients

“[O]ne of the best lawyers I have ever worked with.”


Who’s Who Legal: Future Leaders, 2017

“Impeccable execution”; “very meticulous and easy to deal with.”


Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2016

Euromoney’s Expert Guide to Commercial Arbitration


2014

Commercial Arbitration — Euromoney’s Rising Stars Guide


2015, 2016

“Sharp, hardworking and thorough.”


Asia-Pacific Legal 500, 2010