Qualifications

  • LL.B. (Hons), National University of Singapore (1994)
  • Admitted to the Singapore Bar (1995)

Kelvin read law at the National University in Singapore, and joined Drew & Napier following graduation.

Kelvin has an active practice in litigation and international arbitration. He also co-heads the Employment and Hotels and Leisure Practices.

He has litigated complex commercial disputes in a wide range of areas, including insurance, intellectual property, fraud and breach of fiduciary duties, international arbitration, investment and shareholder disputes, and trusts.

He has represented clients in international arbitrations under various institutional rules such as the SIAC, ICC, LCIA, AIAC and UNCITRAL rules.

These are a few of the matters that Kelvin has handled:

  1. US$120 million smartphone dispute – Represented a listed electronics manufacturer in an SIAC arbitration against a European principal in disputes arising from development and manufacturing agreements for a new smartphone, involving cross-claims relating to the design and manufacture of smartphone handsets and software applications.

  2. Represented a leading insurer in termination of a bancassurance agreement – Obtained an award for an international insurer against a bank denying a claim in excess of $10 million, which followed the termination of a long-term bancassurance distribution agreement.

  3. US$80 million joint venture dispute – Successfully represented a leading European business software house in an SIAC arbitration against its South Asian joint venture partner, arising out of a failed joint venture.

  4. Online game publishing dispute – Represented a North Asian developer of a massively multiplayer online game in an arbitration constituted under the ICC Rules against its publisher in a claim for unlawful termination of a software publishing contract.

  5. US$60 million OEM contract dispute – Acted for a component manufacturer in an LCIA arbitration against a European principal in respect of disputes over an OEM contract for telecommunications transmission products.

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Employment: Domestic – Singapore 2021 – Band 3

Dispute Resolution: Litigation - Singapore 2020 – Recognised practitioner for 4 years

Employment: Domestic – Singapore 2020 – Recognised practitioner for 3 consecutive years

One client praises Kelvin for his "knowledge of employment legislation, referencing case laws around the world and applying it to our matters."

Another client describes Kelvin as "cool, calm and decisive."

Best Lawyers International: Singapore (2022 edition)
Arbitration and Mediation – Endorsed individual for 3 consecutive years

The Asia Pacific Legal 500 
Employment 2021 – Recommended lawyer for 6 consecutive years 

International Arbitration 2016 – Recommended lawyer

Dispute Resolution 2015 – Recommended lawyer

“Kelvin Tan is a valuable resource for contentious matters.”

“[Kelvin Tan] is always attuned to clients’ needs and available to discuss their concerns.”

Asialaw Leading Lawyers
Labour and Employment 2021 – Distinguished Practitioner for 2 consecutive years

Kelvin is praised for being “client-focused, knowledgeable with practical solutions, accessible and responsive, understands the client's needs and expectations”.

“Kelvin has the qualities that in-house legal teams look for in external counsel: technical proficiency, thoroughness and a keen appreciation of commercial sensitivities. He delivers sound and carefully considered advice, which demonstrates a deft balance of legal technicalities and commercial strategy.”

  • Assessor, Panel of Assessors for COVID-19 Temporary Relief, Ministry of Law
  • Member, Admissions Committee of the Law Society
  • Member, Law Society Inquiry Panel
  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law