Kenneth Tan

Associate
Norton Rose Fulbright (Asia) LLP

Singapore
Singapore
T:+65 6309 5447
Singapore
Singapore
T:+65 6309 5447
Kenneth Tan

Kenneth Tan

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Biography

Kenneth Tan is a dispute resolution lawyer with a focus on international arbitration. 

Kenneth's international arbitration experience is mainly in joint ventures and other types of business combination disputes, as well as disputes arising out of investment transactions.  These disputes involved involved private equity, construction, media and advertising, fashion retail and consumer foods industries. He has managed arbitrations conducted under the SIAC, HKIAC, LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL and ICSID arbitration rules, and which involved the application of a variety of governing laws including New York law, English law, French law and Singapore law.

Before joining Norton Rose Fulbright, Kenneth practiced for several years with the arbitration teams of international law firms.  Kenneth was also previously assistant to one of Asia's leading arbitrators where he served as tribunal secretary in a number of arbitrations and as law clerk to the Dubai International Financial Centre's Court of Appeal.  

Kenneth is admitted to the Singapore bar and as a solicitor in England and Wales. 


Professional experience

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  • Advocate & Solicitor (Supreme Court of Singapore, practising under section 36E of the Legal Profession Act) 2014
  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales 2020
  • Advising an Asian energy company on potential disputes arising under multiple LNG sale and purchase agreements. The agreements are governed by English law and are subject to arbitration in London.
  • Advising an Asian energy storage and logistics company on potential disputes relating to a project to build and operate an LPG receiving terminal in Southeast Asia. The agreements are governed by English law and are subject to ICC or SIAC arbitration in Singapore.
  • Advising an Asian regional airline on potential disputes arising under an aircraft sale and leaseback agreement governed by English law.
  • Representing an Asian energy company against the Bangladesh Power Development Board in pursuing claims under a suite of power purchase agreements governed by Bangladesh law. These claims are subject to ICC and ICSID arbitration.
  • Representing a US-headquartered aerial drone manufacturing business in a Singapore-seated, SIAC arbitration against a Hong Kong-based private equity fund concerning a US$30m dispute arising out of a suite of investment agreements.  The agreements were governed by Singapore law and the dispute involved ancillary court litigation as well as restructuring proceedings in Singapore and in the US. 
  • Representing one of Korea's largest media, entertainment and broadcasting conglomerates to pursue a claim exceeding US$40m in a dispute concerning a television production and advertising joint venture business in Vietnam.  The Vietnam law-governed dispute was the subject of two consolidated SIAC arbitrations seated in Singapore, parallel litigation in multiple proceedings before the Vietnam courts, criminal and tax regulatory investigations in Vietnam, and corporate investigations.  The arbitrations involved claims of breaches of M&A warranties, promissory fraud, breach of contractual non-compete obligations, breach of fiduciary duty and contravention of Vietnam's company law legislation, the Enterprise Law (2014). 
  • Tribunal secretary in a Singapore-seated ICC arbitration concerning a dispute arising out of a gas supply agreement between a Canadian energy company and an Indonesian gas distributor.  The dispute was governed by Indonesian law and involved claims exceeding US$300m. 
  • Representing a listed Canadian fashion retail conglomerate in an ICC arbitration seated in Singapore. Over US$100m was in dispute in connection with alleged breaches of a distributorship agreement governed by New York law, fraudulent misrepresentation claims and claims arising out of the New York Franchise Sales Act.  The dispute also resulted in ancillary litigation before the Singapore courts. 
  • Representing a leading Chinese agricultural machinery manufacturer against a Romanian agribusiness in an ICC arbitration seated in Paris.  Approximately €20m was in dispute in connection with a construction contract governed by French law. 
  • Representing several Indonesian business families in a suite of related disputes against a leading UK hotel operator arising out of the hotel operator's withdrawal from Southeast Asia.  The principal agreements were governed by English law and Singapore law while ancillary agreements and related issues of corporate law implicated Indonesian law. 
  • Advising a leading Swiss food manufacturer on a dispute with a listed Indonesian food manufacturer arising from the termination of a joint venture agreement governed by Singapore law.  The dispute was subject to ICC arbitration in Singapore. 
  • Advising a leading Swiss chocolate manufacturer on investigations surrounding potential breaches of food safety regulations.  
  • Representing a Singapore oil and gas company in an LCIA arbitration seated in London governed by English law against a UAE marine services company.  The client advanced a claim in excess of US$25m in connection with the provision of seismic acquisition services in Iran. 
  • Representing a Berkshire-Hathaway US water technology company as respondent in a post-M&A dispute against a Singapore company in connection with a water technology business in India. The Singapore law-governed dispute concerned tax hold-backs and related indemnification claims and was subject to SIAC arbitration in Singapore. 
  • Advising a leading US pharmaceutical company on investigations surrounding potential breaches of chemicals control regulations. 
  • Representing a State-owned Chinese energy company in an ICC arbitration seated in Singapore subject to Iranian law. Over US$200m is in dispute in connection with the construction of an oil pipeline in Iran. 
  • Representing an Australian engineering company in a Singapore seated SIAC emergency arbitration against a Thai steel manufacturer in relation to an application to restrain the drawing down of a performance bond in connection with a US$30m steel purchase agreement governed by Singapore law.
  • Law clerk to the Dubai International Financial Centre's Court of Appeal in Standard Chartered Bank v Investment Group Private Limited [2015] DIFC CA 004.
  • Law clerk to the Dubai International Financial Centre's Court of Appeal in DAMAC Park Towers Company Limited v Youssef Issa Ward [2015] DIFC CA 006.
  • Tribunal secretary in an LCIA arbitration concerning a US$110m dispute between a global offshore drilling contractor and a Philippines-based petroleum supplier arising out of breaches of an offshore drilling contract governed by English law.
  • Tribunal secretary in an LCIA arbitration concerning a US$30m dispute between a private equity fund and an Indian mining company arising out of breaches of a share purchase agreement governed by English law.
  • Tribunal assistant in two conjoined HKIAC arbitrations concerning disputes between a leading US chemicals conglomerate and a PRC automotive products manufacturer.  Over US$60m was in dispute in connection with breaches of a joint venture agreement governed by PRC law and a supply agreement governed by Hong Kong law.
  • Tribunal secretary in an ad hoc arbitration conducted under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules (2010) concerning a US$25m joint venture dispute governed by Malaysian law between a leading US energy company and a state-owned oil and gas company.
  • Tribunal assistant in an ICC arbitration concerning a dispute between a Taiwanese pharmaceutical materials supplier and a leading German pharmaceutical manufacturer arising out of breaches of a supply agreement governed by Taiwan law.
  • Representing a high net-worth Thai business family in an SIAC arbitration to defend a US$120m claim by a private equity firm relating to alleged breaches of a bridging loan agreement and the enforcement of related securities.  The principal agreements were governed by English law and Singapore law while related restructuring proceedings in Thailand implicated Thai law. 
  • Representing a leading UK private equity fund manager in a US$300m joint venture dispute with Filipino magnate Roberto Ongpin.  The joint venture agreement was governed by English law while satellite litigation in the Philippine courts involved issues of Philippine corporate law. 
  • Representing a high net-worth Turkish business family in successfully resisting the enforcement of a US$2.65bn foreign judgment in Singapore.
  • Representing a high net-worth individual in prosecuting a S$60m claim on the grounds of fraud and breach of a shareholders' agreement governed by Singapore law.
  • Representing a UK tobacco company in a dispute with a Myanmar tobacco company concerning the enforcement of a share purchase option governed by Singapore law.
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  • Chinese