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Kevin Lim is a senior associate in King & Spalding’s Singapore office and a member of the firm’s International Arbitration group. Kevin has experience in a range of commercial and investment arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, SIAC, UNCITRAL, and ICSID Rules. He is listed as an arbitrator on the SIAC’s reserve panel and sits as sole arbitrator in SIAC arbitrations.

Before joining King & Spalding, he was an associate at Michael Hwang Chambers, where he assisted prominent Singapore arbitrator Michael Hwang S.C. and acted as tribunal secretary in multiple complex arbitrations.

Kevin was also previously State Counsel at the International Affairs Division of the Singapore Attorney-General’s Chambers, where he represented and advised the Singapore Government on a broad array of Investor-to-State and State-to-State matters. These included BIT and FTA negotiations and compliance, WTO dispute settlement, and commercial and investment matters subject to arbitration.

Publications

  • “Upholding Corrupt Investors’ Claims Against Complicit or Compliant Host States — Where Angels Should Not Fear to Tread” in Chapter 15 Yearbook on International Investment Law and Policy (2011/2012) and OUP Investment Claims Website (http://www.investmentclaims.com/)
  • “Issue Conflict in ICSID Arbitrations” (co-authored with Michael Hwang S.C.) in Arbitrators’ Insights: Essays in Honour of Neil Kaplan (2012) and 8(5) Transnational Dispute Management (December 2011 Special Issue)
  • “Corruption in Arbitration – Law and Reality” (co-authored with Michael Hwang S.C.) in M. Hwang, Selected Essays on International Arbitration (2013); 8 Asian International Arbitration Journal 1 (2012); and ICCA Website (http://www.arbitration-icca.org/articles.html)
  • Recognition: (1) Presented at the Herbert Smith-SMU Asian Arbitration Lecture 2011. (2) Lecture by Michael Hwang S.C. nominated for the “Best Lecture or Speech Award” at the Second Annual GAR Awards 2012. (3) Part of the reading requirements for the Hague Academy of International Law 2012 Lectures in Private International Law (Dr. Richard Kreindler).
  • “Proceedings” (co-authored with Michael Hwang S.C. ) in Transnational Dispute Management (Volume 10 Issue #03- May 2013)
  • ITA Country Reporter for Kluwer Arbitration Website: Reports on Singapore Court Cases on International Arbitration (2009-2011) (co-authored with Michael Hwang S.C.)
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Matters

Currently representing one of the world’s largest multinationals in two ICC arbitrations in Taipei against an Asian utility concerning the construction of a nuclear power plant. Hundreds of millions of dollars are in dispute.

Currently representing a Middle Eastern state-owned company in an UNCITRAL arbitration in Bangkok against a South East Asian entity concerning petroleum operations in South-East Asia. Over USD 1.8 billion is in dispute.

Represented a U.S. multinational as claimant in an ICC arbitration in Singapore against a large Philippines telecommunications company. The dispute concerned the termination of a project to supply satellite GSM connectivity to merchant vessels. We obtained an award of 100% of our reliefs sought, and successfully defended against all counterclaims.

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Currently representing one of the world’s largest multinationals in two ICC arbitrations in Taipei against an Asian utility concerning the construction of a nuclear power plant. Hundreds of millions of dollars are in dispute.

Currently representing a Middle Eastern state-owned company in an UNCITRAL arbitration in Bangkok against a South East Asian entity concerning petroleum operations in South-East Asia. Over USD 1.8 billion is in dispute.

Represented a U.S. multinational as claimant in an ICC arbitration in Singapore against a large Philippines telecommunications company. The dispute concerned the termination of a project to supply satellite GSM connectivity to merchant vessels. We obtained an award of 100% of our reliefs sought, and successfully defended against all counterclaims.

Currently representing Samsung C&T Corporation in an arbitration arising out of the engineering and construction of the Roy Hill Iron Ore project in Western Australia. Hundreds of millions of dollars are in dispute.

Represented a UK construction contractor in an ICSID arbitration against Turkmenistan. Obtained a landmark award upholding ICSID jurisdiction under the UK-Turkmenistan BIT based on the most favoured nation provision in the BIT.

Currently representing a major South East Asian conglomerate in a SIAC arbitration in Singapore against Indonesian entities concerning a shareholders dispute over South East Asian infrastructure projects valued at more than USD 1 billion.

Represented a Korean industrial company in an SIAC arbitration in Singapore against a Japanese trading house concerning a tax sharing dispute.

Represented a Russian corporation in an LCIA arbitration in London against a major European bank concerning a guarantee dispute.

Advised 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 is subject to HKIAC arbitration in Hong Kong. English law governs and approximately USD 25 million is in dispute.

Advised an Indian oil and gas exploration and production company on investment treaty and commercial claims against a Middle Eastern State.

Advised a U.S. oil and gas major on investment treaty and commercial claims against a South-East Asian State and a national gas pipeline operator.

Matters

Currently representing one of the world’s largest multinationals in two ICC arbitrations in Taipei against an Asian utility concerning the construction of a nuclear power plant. Hundreds of millions of dollars are in dispute.

Currently representing a Middle Eastern state-owned company in an UNCITRAL arbitration in Bangkok against a South East Asian entity concerning petroleum operations in South-East Asia. Over USD 1.8 billion is in dispute.

Represented a U.S. multinational as claimant in an ICC arbitration in Singapore against a large Philippines telecommunications company. The dispute concerned the termination of a project to supply satellite GSM connectivity to merchant vessels. We obtained an award of 100% of our reliefs sought, and successfully defended against all counterclaims.

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Matters

Currently representing one of the world’s largest multinationals in two ICC arbitrations in Taipei against an Asian utility concerning the construction of a nuclear power plant. Hundreds of millions of dollars are in dispute.

Currently representing a Middle Eastern state-owned company in an UNCITRAL arbitration in Bangkok against a South East Asian entity concerning petroleum operations in South-East Asia. Over USD 1.8 billion is in dispute.

Represented a U.S. multinational as claimant in an ICC arbitration in Singapore against a large Philippines telecommunications company. The dispute concerned the termination of a project to supply satellite GSM connectivity to merchant vessels. We obtained an award of 100% of our reliefs sought, and successfully defended against all counterclaims.

Currently representing Samsung C&T Corporation in an arbitration arising out of the engineering and construction of the Roy Hill Iron Ore project in Western Australia. Hundreds of millions of dollars are in dispute.

Represented a UK construction contractor in an ICSID arbitration against Turkmenistan. Obtained a landmark award upholding ICSID jurisdiction under the UK-Turkmenistan BIT based on the most favoured nation provision in the BIT.

Currently representing a major South East Asian conglomerate in a SIAC arbitration in Singapore against Indonesian entities concerning a shareholders dispute over South East Asian infrastructure projects valued at more than USD 1 billion.

Represented a Korean industrial company in an SIAC arbitration in Singapore against a Japanese trading house concerning a tax sharing dispute.

Represented a Russian corporation in an LCIA arbitration in London against a major European bank concerning a guarantee dispute.

Advised 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 is subject to HKIAC arbitration in Hong Kong. English law governs and approximately USD 25 million is in dispute.

Advised an Indian oil and gas exploration and production company on investment treaty and commercial claims against a Middle Eastern State.

Advised a U.S. oil and gas major on investment treaty and commercial claims against a South-East Asian State and a national gas pipeline operator.

Credentials

Mandarin Chinese