Qualifications

  • LL.B. (Hons), National University of Singapore, 1999
  • Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore (2000)

Chris is a Singapore qualified dispute resolution lawyer with a substantial experience in commercial disputes. He is an experienced lead counsel who has successfully argued cases at all levels of the Singapore Courts (including its highest court, the Court of Appeal), in arbitrations (both international and domestic) and in adjudications.

Over the last two decades, Chris has developed a market reputation as a go-to lawyer for banking, construction and natural resources disputes.

He has an enviable win record for high-net-worth individuals against financial institutions and is involved in some of the largest private banking cases in Singapore. In 2018, Chris represented an ultra-high-net-worth individual in a claim for more than US$250 million in a Singapore High Court trial against a large international bank.

Chris acts for some of the largest international and domestic players in the construction sector, and works on many of the biggest projects in Singapore. These range from private sector projects such as Resorts World Sentosa, to public sector projects such as the Downtown Line (part of the Singapore subway). He is an experienced counsel in high value construction arbitrations and has been involved in more than 100 adjudications and adjudication reviews since 2013, with the largest being S$116 million (which remains one of the largest to date). Chris is accredited by the Singapore Academy of Law as a Senior Accredited Specialist (Building & Construction).

Chris regularly represents resource owners in mining disputes outside Singapore and also acts for traders in supply disputes for a variety of commodities such as coal and sulphur.

Banking & Finance
  • Representing an ultra-high-net-worth individual in his claim against Deutsche Bank AG for more than US$250 million as lead counsel in a Singapore High Court trial
  • Representing a high-net-worth individual against Deutsche Bank AG as lead counsel in the Singapore Court of Appeal
Construction
  • Representing various parties in adjudication proceedings commenced under the Building and Construction Authority Security of Payment Act. Since 2013, Chris has been involved in more than 100 adjudication applications and adjudication reviews with a total claim of more than half a billion dollars
  • Representing a contractor in an arbitration in relation to an airport project in Singapore with claims and counterclaims in excess of S$100 million
Natural Resources
  • Representing the owners of a substantial Indonesian coal mine against their off-take partner in a series of four international arbitrations and related court proceedings in the Singapore High Court with total claims in excess of US$100 million
  • Representing the owners of a substantial Indonesian copper/gold mine in a substantial dispute with their foreign investors

Chambers Asia Pacific
Construction 2022 – Band 2

"Christopher Chong is a construction law expert and an excellent strategist when it comes to resolving complex multi-party disputes on major infrastructure projects. When projects go south, you want him on your team."

"Pragmatic and quick on his feet”

"A very sound construction lawyer."

A client praised his "knowledge and practical experience," added that "he is excellent and has a very bright mind."

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Construction 2022 – Recommended Lawyer

International Arbitration 2022 – Recommended Lawyer

“Christopher Chong is a singularly exceptional practitioner, who is all-rounded in terms of legal depth of knowledge, commercial acumen, client responsiveness, innovation and unmatched local knowledge. His dedication to his craft and in assisting us to find sensible, practical and mutually beneficial solutions is close to peerless. Chris is backed by a solid team, whether as a whole or individually, that is more than capable of pulling their own weight and delivering value to us in the context of the role they play.”

“Christopher Chong is an excellent operator. He is well-versed in complex claims regarding delay, disruption, defects, and variations on major construction projects.”

“With Christopher Chong at the helm of its construction practice, Drew & Napier has been our trusted go-to firm on a regular, consistent basis for some years now with full intention on our part to continue this relationship for a long time to come.”

“Christopher Chong is at the top of his game. He is the go-to counsel for major projects arbitrations across the region. He is backed up by a very bright and diligent team.”

“Christopher Chong has an impressive ability to unravel complex fact scenarios and narrow down the key issues in a short period of time. In my experience, I have not come across a better disputes lawyer when it comes to the facts.”

asialaw  Leading Lawyers
Construction 2022 – Distinguished Practitioner 

“Christopher Chong is a first class international arbitration practitioner supported by a strong team.”

Who’s Who Legal
Thought Leaders Guide: Construction 2021 – Thought Leader

Global Guide: Construction 2022 – Leading Lawyer 

National Guide: Southeast Asia - Construction 2021 – Leading Lawyer

Christopher earns praise for his “unparalleled strategic mindset and commercial outlook”.

Christopher’s “high quality, clear and effective arguments and drafting” are considered to be “a delight to behold”.

Best Lawyers International: Singapore (2023 edition)
Construction Law – Endorsed individual 

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific
Construction 2022 – Litigation Star 

“Impressive ability to cut through complex fact scenarios and get to the heart of the issues. Provides strategic and commercial advice.”

  • Assessor, Panel of Assessors for COVID-19 Temporary Relief, Ministry of Law
  • Senior Accredited Specialist (Building & Construction), Singapore Academy of Law
  • Accredited Adjudicator, Singapore Mediation Centre
  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Society of Construction Law (Singapore)