Darius Chan

Of Counsel
Norton Rose Fulbright (Asia) LLP


Biography

Darius Chan is a dispute resolution lawyer based in Singapore with a decade of experience.  He advises clients on disputes and internal/regulatory investigations.  Darius also has experience handling regulatory and compliance issues, including breach of fiduciary duties, fraud, corruption, due diligence reviews, sanctions, money-laundering/terrorist-financing and cybersecurity matters.

International legal rankings describe him as:

·      "Darius Chan impresses peers with 'his sharp legal insight, client-friendly manner and consistently high work ethic'" (Who's Who Legal 2018)

·      "a very, very smart guy and a great all-round lawyer who is building a strong reputation in the market" (Who's Who Legal 2017)

·      "very clever" with "collaborative, clear communication on sensitive arbitration mandates" (Chambers Legal Global and Asia-Pacific 2017)

Clients have praised him for being "always available, responsive and clear" and "practical, proactive and conscientious", adding that "his knowledge, demeanor and promptness are all reasons I would not hesitate to call him on future matters".

In addition, Darius has represented clients in commercial and investment arbitrations under all major arbitration rules.  Darius is consistently ranked as a "Most Highly Regarded Individual" by Who's Who LegalFuture Leader Arbitration

Besides counsel work, Darius receives arbitrator appointments. He teaches the course on international arbitration at Singapore Management University.  Darius publishes extensively and his writing on arbitration has been cited by the Singapore Court of Appeal. He is ‎appointed to the international editorial board of the prestigious Journal of International Arbitration, acting as Special Editor to an issue dedicated to arbitration in Asia.

Formerly appointed in a judicial capacity as an Assistant Registrar of the Supreme Court of Singapore, Darius is also experienced in court litigation. He was appointed amicus curiae in an appeal before the Singapore courts where his contribution was described by the Chief Justice as being "careful", "excellent and invaluable".

Darius is bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese, and currently holds a JLPT Level 4 certification in Japanese.  He was named by Singapore Business Review as one of the most influential lawyers under 40.  Darius is qualified in Singapore, England and Wales and New York.


Professional experience

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  • Advocate & Solicitor (Supreme Court of Singapore, practising under section 36E of the Legal Profession Act)
  • Attorney at Law, admitted in New York
  • Barrister, qualified in England & Wales
  • Solicitor,Advocate, qualified in England & Wales

2019 Leading textbook on Singapore arbitration law commissioned by Singapore Academy of Law (forthcoming)

 

2018  Three 'Pitfalls' for the Unwary: Third-Party Funding in Singapore

         Singapore Law Gazette, Kluwer Arbitration Blog

 

2018 Is Article 16(3) of the Model Law A 'One-Shot Remedy' for Non-Participating Respondents in International Arbitrations?

         Singapore Law Gazette, Kluwer Arbitration Blog

 

2018 Interpreting Contracts Under Singapore Law in International Arbitration — The Sequel

         Singapore Law Gazette, Kluwer Arbitration Blog

 

2017 How Should Bare Arbitration Clauses Be Enforced By the Courts?

         Singapore Law Gazette, Kluwer Arbitration Blog

 

2017 Have the Singapore Courts Faltered in the Enforcement of Arbitration Agreements?

         Singapore Law Commentary, Kluwer Arbitration Blog

 

2016 New in-roads to enhance Singapore's competitiveness as the preferred arbitration seat in   Asia

Norton Rose Fulbright

 

2016 Contractual interpretation under Singapore law in international arbitration

          Kluwer Arbitration Blog

 

2016 Anti-corruption Regulation, Singapore chapter

 Getting The Deal Through, 2016 (with Wilson Ang & Nicholas Thio)

 

2016 Myanmar enacts Modern Arbitration Regime

 Norton Rose Fulbright

 

2015 The Singapore International Commercial Court: A challenge to arbitration?

 Norton Rose Fulbright

 

2015 Enforcement of Judgments & Arbitral Awards in Commercial Matters Global Guide (2nd   Ed), Singapore chapter

  Thomson Reuters (with Guy Spooner & Samuel Leong)

 

2015 The scope of 'de novo' review of an arbitral tribunal's jurisdiction

 Singapore Law Gazette, October 2015

 

2015 Singapore Law: 50 years in the making, Singapore chapter

 Academy Press, August 2015 (with Paul Tan)

 

2015 Probing the Law on Probation: Suggestions for Reform

 Singapore Law Gazette, February 2015

 

2015 Singapore Tackles the Corruption Beast

 Global Arbitration Review, 5 February 2015 (with Wilson Ang)

 

2015 Arresting the Slide: Singapore strengthens its anti-corruption stance

 Norton Rose Fulbright (with Wilson Ang)

 

2015 The C-Suite Challenge for Directors

 Norton Rose Fulbright (with Wilson Ang)

 

2014 The Court of Appeal Decision in Astro: Producing Clarity or Causing Uncertainty?

 Asian Dispute Review, April 2014 (with Mark Mangan)

 

2013 Stay of Proceedings on Dishonoured Cheques

 Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 23 Jul 2013;

 International Arbitration Law Review, Vol. 16 Issue 6, 2013, N-46

 

2013 SIAC Releases New Arbitration Rules

 Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 2 Apr 2013

 

2013 Interim Relief in Aid of Arbitration Against a Sovereign

Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 22 Mar 2013

 

2013 The Creation of a Hybrid Arbitration from a Pathological Arbitration Clause

 Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 27 Feb 2013

 

2012 Enforceability of Multi-tiered Dispute Resolution Mechanisms: the Singapore Judiciary's Promotion of Consensus as a Cultural Value

Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 27 Nov 2012

 

2012 Follow the Leader - Emulating Singapore's Success

Legal Week, 2 Nov 2012 (with Lucy Reed and Mark Mangan)

 

2012 Recourse Against an International Arbitration Award Made In Singapore

Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 1 Nov 2012; Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 23 Nov 2012; New Zealand Dispute Resolution Centre Newsletter, ReSolution Issue 5 & 6, Summer 2012/2013

 

2012 Sundaresh Menon's First Judgment

Global Arbitration Review, 23 Oct 2012 (with Paul Tan)

 

2012 How Are the Chips Stacked in Interim Relief Applications?

Global Arbitration Review, 22 Oct 2012

 

2012 Setting aside an award over the mis-application of a choice of law clause

Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 10 Oct 2012

 

2012 Stay of proceedings in favour of arbitration under the court's inherent jurisdiction

Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 15 Aug 2012; Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 17 Aug 2012

 

2012 Waiver of Review of Arbitration Aawards

Mealey's International Arbitration Report, Aug 2012, Vol. 27 Issue 8; Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 13 Aug 2012

 

2012 Setting Aside an International Arbitration Award Based on Deficient Pleadings Revisited

International Arbitration Law Review, Oct 2012, Vol. 15 Issue 5; Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 18 Jul 2012

 

2012 Sealing of Court Documents Relating to an Arbitration

Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 27 Jun 2012; Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 28 Jun 2012

 

2012 The high-water mark of an umbrella clause: SGS v Paraguay

International Arbitration Law Review, Jun 2012, Vol 15 Issue 3;

Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 18 Apr 2012

 

2012 Can a proceeding to enforce a foreign judgment be stayed in favour of arbitration?

Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 22 May 2012;

Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 23 May 2012

 

2012 Role of Natural Justice in the Making of an Additional Award

Mealey's International Arbitration Report, May 2012, Vol. 27 Issue 5; Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 24 Apr 2012.

Cited by the Singapore Court of Appeal in L W Infrastructure Pte Ltd v

Lim Chin San Contractors Pte Ltd [2012] SGCA 57

 

2012 Singapore's International Arbitration Act 2012 vs Hong Kong's Arbitration Ordinance 2011

Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 6 Apr 2012;

Mealey's International Arbitration Report, Mar 2012, Vol.  27 Issue 3;

Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 22 Mar 2012

 

2012 Contractual and Procedural Effects of Non-Exclusive Jurisdiction Agreements

          Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 12 Mar 2012

 

2012 A Trilogy of "Difficult and Complex" Arbitration Issues in 2012

          Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 16 Jan 2012

 

2012 Singapore: A Dallah for South-East Asia?

Global Arbitration Review, 6 Jan 2012

 

2011 Reflecting on Appeals on Questions of Law Arising Out of Domestic Arbitration Awards

          Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 12 Dec 2011 (with Paul Tan)

 

2011 Setting Aside an International Arbitration Award Based on Deficient Pleadings

Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 9 Nov 2011;

Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, 17 Nov 2011

 

2011 Sovereign Immunity in the Enforcement of Awards Against States

Transnational Notes, NYU Transnational Center for Transnational Litigation & Commercial Law; Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Singapore Academy of Law, Sep 2011

 

2011 Singapore Court of Appeal re-affirms commitment to minimal intervention of arbitral awards at the intersection of illegality and public policy

           Kluwer Arbitration Blog; Singapore International Arbitration Centre, 12 Sep 2011

 

2011 Options Available To An Unsuccessful Party In An Arbitration

Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 12 Aug 2011

 

2011 Singapore Apex Court Lays Down Clear Framework for Arbitrability of Insolvency-Related  Claims

Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 23 May 2011

 

2011 Reaching a Settlement Before the Arbitration Hearing

Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 3 Mar 2011

 

2010 Determining the Parties' True Choice of the Seat of Arbitration and Lex Arbitri

with Michael Hwang S.C. in Kaj Hobér, Annette Magnusson & Marie Öhrström (eds.),

Between East and West: Essays in Honour of Ulf Franke (Sweden: Juris Publishing, 2010). 

Republished in Michael Hwang SC, Selected Essays on International Arbitration (Singapore: Academy Publishing, 2013)

  • Chinese
  • English
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Japanese