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Simon Dunbar is a partner in King & Spalding’s International Arbitration practice.  He has been based in Singapore for more than 12 years, and his work spans the Asia-Pacific region.  He has represented clients in international arbitrations under most of the major institutional rules, focusing on energy, infrastructure and joint venture disputes with a connection to Asia.

In addition to his work as counsel, Simon has served as sole or presiding arbitrator in ICC, SIAC and ad hoc arbitrations.  He serves on the SIAC Users Council, on the committee of YSIAC, as a director of CIArb (Singapore), and on the Professional Affairs Committee of the Singapore Academy of Law.  He is also an accredited mediator.

Simon is admitted to practice in England & Wales, New York, and before the Singapore International Commercial Court (as a registered foreign lawyer).  He is listed in Who’s Who Legal – Future Leaders 2018 and has been recognised in Chambers – Asia Pacific for, among other things, the “impeccable execution” of his work, and as being “very accommodating and responsive.”

Mr. Dunbar has been based in Singapore since 2006 and his experience extends across the Asia-Pacific region. He 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, Mr. Dunbar has been recognised in the legal directories as “a very impressive arbitration lawyer” with “impeccable execution”, whom “clients singl[e] out as being ‘very accommodating and responsive.’”

In addition to his work as counsel, Mr. Dunbar has been appointed as sole and presiding arbitrator in ICC, SIAC and ad hocarbitrations.  He is also an SMC accredited mediator.  Mr. Dunbar is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), and is listed on the panel of arbitrators of the AIAC, the list of arbitrators of the HKIAC and the reserve panel of the SIAC.  He also serves on the SIAC Users Council, on the committee of YSIAC, on the Professional Affairs Committee of the Singapore Academy of Law, and as a Director of CIArb (Singapore branch).

Mr. Dunbar 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 (FCPA) in various Asian jurisdictions.

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Credentials

LL.M., University of Michigan

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

American Bar Association

ICDR - Young & International

LCIA Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG)

Society of Construction Law - Singapore

German

“[A] very impressive arbitration lawyer. He has a good profile and is clearly a future leader”


Who’s Who Legal – Future Leaders 2018

“Valued by clients for being ‘sensible and reliable’”


Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018

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


Chambers Asia Pacific, 2017

"Clients singling him out as being ‘very accommodating and responsive’ and ‘very diligent’ on arbitration matters”


Chambers Asia Pacific, 2017

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


Who’s Who Legal – Future Leaders 2017

Recognised for the “impeccable execution” of his work; “very meticulous and easy to deal with”


Chambers Asia Pacific, 2016

Listed as an expert


Euromoney’s Expert Guide to Commercial Arbitration 2014 and its Rising Stars Guide (Commercial Arbitration), 2015 and 2016

“Sharp, hardworking and thorough”


Asia-Pacific Legal 500, 2010

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Recognition

“[A] very impressive arbitration lawyer. He has a good profile and is clearly a future leader”


Who’s Who Legal – Future Leaders 2018

“Valued by clients for being ‘sensible and reliable’”


Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018

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


Chambers Asia Pacific, 2017

"Clients singling him out as being ‘very accommodating and responsive’ and ‘very diligent’ on arbitration matters”


Chambers Asia Pacific, 2017

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


Who’s Who Legal – Future Leaders 2017

Recognised for the “impeccable execution” of his work; “very meticulous and easy to deal with”


Chambers Asia Pacific, 2016

Listed as an expert


Euromoney’s Expert Guide to Commercial Arbitration 2014 and its Rising Stars Guide (Commercial Arbitration), 2015 and 2016

“Sharp, hardworking and thorough”


Asia-Pacific Legal 500, 2010

Matters

Representative Experience as Counsel

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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Representative Experience as Counsel

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 Korean contractor in an UNCITRAL arbitration in Singapore against an Australian subcontractor arising out of an iron ore project in Western Australia. Western Australian law governs.  Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake.

Currently representing an oil & gas company in an UNCITRAL arbitration arising out of a joint operating agreement.  English law governs and hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake.

Currently representing a nuclear reactor and services provider in two ICC arbitrations in an Asian country against a national power company arising out of the construction of a nuclear power plant.  Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake.

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

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 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 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.

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 US 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 multi-billion 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

Representative Experience as Counsel

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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Representative Experience as Counsel

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 Korean contractor in an UNCITRAL arbitration in Singapore against an Australian subcontractor arising out of an iron ore project in Western Australia. Western Australian law governs.  Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake.

Currently representing an oil & gas company in an UNCITRAL arbitration arising out of a joint operating agreement.  English law governs and hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake.

Currently representing a nuclear reactor and services provider in two ICC arbitrations in an Asian country against a national power company arising out of the construction of a nuclear power plant.  Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake.

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

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 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 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.

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 US 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 multi-billion 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

American Bar Association

ICDR - Young & International

LCIA Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG)

Society of Construction Law - Singapore

German

“[A] very impressive arbitration lawyer. He has a good profile and is clearly a future leader”


Who’s Who Legal – Future Leaders 2018

“Valued by clients for being ‘sensible and reliable’”


Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018

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


Chambers Asia Pacific, 2017

"Clients singling him out as being ‘very accommodating and responsive’ and ‘very diligent’ on arbitration matters”


Chambers Asia Pacific, 2017

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


Who’s Who Legal – Future Leaders 2017

Recognised for the “impeccable execution” of his work; “very meticulous and easy to deal with”


Chambers Asia Pacific, 2016

Listed as an expert


Euromoney’s Expert Guide to Commercial Arbitration 2014 and its Rising Stars Guide (Commercial Arbitration), 2015 and 2016

“Sharp, hardworking and thorough”


Asia-Pacific Legal 500, 2010

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Recognition

“[A] very impressive arbitration lawyer. He has a good profile and is clearly a future leader”


Who’s Who Legal – Future Leaders 2018

“Valued by clients for being ‘sensible and reliable’”


Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018

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


Chambers Asia Pacific, 2017

"Clients singling him out as being ‘very accommodating and responsive’ and ‘very diligent’ on arbitration matters”


Chambers Asia Pacific, 2017

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


Who’s Who Legal – Future Leaders 2017

Recognised for the “impeccable execution” of his work; “very meticulous and easy to deal with”


Chambers Asia Pacific, 2016

Listed as an expert


Euromoney’s Expert Guide to Commercial Arbitration 2014 and its Rising Stars Guide (Commercial Arbitration), 2015 and 2016

“Sharp, hardworking and thorough”


Asia-Pacific Legal 500, 2010