Kevin acts as counsel in cases before Singapore courts, international courts and arbitral tribunals. He acts for clients in a broad range of matters, with a particular specialisation in international arbitration, public international law, commercial litigation, oil & gas, energy, and construction. In this capacity, he has represented States, multinational corporations, international organisations, and individuals in State-to-State disputes, disputes between foreign investors and States, and disputes between commercial parties.
Kevin has particular expertise in international disputes, and frequently acts in matters involving public international law. He has acted as counsel in State-to-State disputes before a variety of international courts and tribunals, from the Permanent Court of Arbitration to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. He has also acted as legal advisor to a State in an inter-state mediation occurring in parallel with International Court of Justice proceedings. Recent non-contentious work includes advising on international boundaries, treaty obligations, law of the sea, dispute settlement procedures, immunities, and international trade and investment law.
Kevin also has significant experience in investor-state and commercial arbitration. He has been involved in a wide range of investment treaty, contract, and commercial disputes under ICSID, PCA, SIAC, ICC, UNCITRAL, ECT and ad hoc arbitration frameworks. He has specialist experience at the Permanent Court of Arbitration, having previously worked there as Fellow and Assistant Legal Counsel. In recent work, he is counsel in an investment treaty dispute between a European MNC and an African State arising out of the construction industry. He is also counsel in an arbitration between an ASEAN investor and an Asian State concerning a breach of investment treaty arising from a USD 1.17 billion dollar share transaction.
Complementing his litigation and arbitration experience, Kevin is regularly instructed in an advisory capacity. In 2016, he was appointed by the Council of Europe as Consultant on the legal reform of the arbitration regime for the Republic of Armenia. In 2017, he was engaged by the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation as Consultant on public international law and international arbitration for the South Asian States (Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). In 2018 and 2019, Kevin was appointed by the Supreme Court of Singapore as Young Amicus Curiae to assist the Court on complex cases and novel points of Singapore law.
In addition to his counsel work, Kevin lectures globally on topics in his areas of specialisation. He has taught international law and arbitration as Visiting Professor at Zhejiang University, Lecturer at the Sorbonne-Assas International Law School, and Adjunct lecturer at the National University of Singapore. He has also lectured on international law and arbitration for students and programs of the London School of Economics, Tilburg University, American University of Armenia, California Maritime Academy, University of Naples Federico II and the Centre for Defence Studies of the Italian Armed Forces.
Kevin is dually qualified as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore and a Barrister of England and Wales, and he was Editor of the UK Supreme Court Yearbook from 2015-2017. An NUS LL.B. alumnus and Jessup mooter, Kevin holds a first class LL.M. from the University of Cambridge. In 2016, Kevin was named a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.
A representative selection of the high profile matters that Kevin has been involved in include the following:
Inter-State Disputes and Public International Law matters
- PCA Case No. 2015-28: The Enrica Lexie Arbitration (Italy v. India) (Permanent Court of Arbitration, Peace Palace, The Hague): Counsel to the Italian Republic.
- ITLOS Case No. 24: The “Enrica Lexie” Incident (Italy v India), Provisional Measures, (International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea): Counsel to the Italian Republic.
- International mediation of an inter-State dispute occurring in parallel with International Court of Justice proceedings (confidential): Counsel / Legal Advisor to a sovereign Government.
- Consultant to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation on public international law and international arbitration matters for the South Asian States (India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka).
Investor-State and Commercial Arbitration
- Impresa Pizzarotti & C. S.p.A. v. Kingdom of Morocco (ICSID Case No. ARB/19/14): Counsel to the Claimant in a EUR 80 million dispute arising out of the construction and infrastructure industry concerning a breach of the Italy-Morocco BIT.
- Surfeit Harvest Investment Holdings v. Taiwan, Republic of China (Investment Treaty Arbitration pursuant to the Singapore-Taiwan BIT): Counsel to the Claimant.
- Acting for an international distributor in a Singapore-seated SIAC arbitration against one of the world’s largest apparel brands.
- An international arbitration arising out of a USD 48 million dispute in the construction sector, administered in accordance with ICC rules and seated in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
- 9 other investment treaty and commercial arbitrations under ICSID, SIAC, ICC, UNCITRAL, PCA, and/or ECT rules or frameworks and arising out of the oil & gas, energy, hydrocarbons, telecommunications, construction, financial and gaming sectors.
Singapore Courts and Singapore International Commercial Court
- DyStar Global Holdings (Singapore) Pte Ltd v Kiri Industries Ltd and others  4 SLR 215: Successfully acting for an MNC in resisting a stay of execution of a multi-million dollar judgment in the Singapore International Commercial Court.
- Wang Xiaopu v. Dr Goh Seng Heng and Dr Goh Ming Li Michelle  SHGC 284: Successfully acting for a foreign investor before the Singapore High Court for misrepresentation and breach of contract arising out of a private equity investment, with the foreign investor being awarded close to SGD 40 million.
- PP v. Jurong Country Club and another appeal  SGHC 150: Young Amicus Curiae to the Singapore High Court in a dispute between a Government Agency and a company concerning matters of statutory interpretation affecting the national pension fund (CPF Act).
- Acting for a financial advisory company before the Singapore Court of Appeal on novel issues of vicarious liability in the financial advisory and insurance industry.