Darius Chan

Professor Darius Chan

"He is is extremely intelligent and deeply knowledgeable and, as counsel, is prescient in anticipating what opponents might serve up and provides a clear strategy for the road ahead."


The Legal 500

For enquiries please contact

Alex Taylor

Alex Taylor
Senior Clerk
+44 (0)20 7842 3706
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Luke Diebelius

Luke Diebelius
Team Leader
+44 (0)20 7842 3711
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Jessica Green
Team Leader's Assistant
+44 (0)20 7583 3335
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Expertise

Notable Aviation & Travel Cases


Advising a US multinational aviation company in a dispute against two French-based aviation leasing companies in relation to breaches of warranty claims over engine repairs.


Advising a South East Asian national flag carrier airline on a dispute against another airline arising out of an aircraft accident at an international airport. Dispute governed by Brunei law.


Advising a multinational ground handling company in a multi-jurisdictional dispute against an airline arising out of a ground handling agreement.


Advising a European client concerning the sale and purchase of vessels from an Asian ship-maker. Dispute governed by English law.


Advising a European carmaker in an ICC arbitration against a Japanese carmaker in relation to a joint venture concerning the Indian car market. Dispute governed by English law.

Notable Commercial Disputes Cases


Representing a senior employee in an employment / partnership dispute against a global professional services firm involving claims of constructive dismissal.


Representing a cryptocurrency trading institution in a SIAC arbitration seated in Singapore against an overseas customer regarding the freezing of assets ordered by the domicile court of the customer.


Representing a Middle Eastern entity in an SIAC arbitration against a financial institution over a hedging master agreement on issues arising out of US sanctions. Dispute governed by Singapore law.


Representing a financial investment company and its management in proceedings brought by foreign investors over complex investment arrangements involving a listed company. Dispute involved interim and freezing injunctions.


Representing a European beverage multinational conglomerate in an SIAC arbitration against a joint venture party over joint venture and loan agreements concerning operations in Myanmar.


Representing a European beverage multinational conglomerate in multiple SIAC arbitrations against a joint venture party over joint venture and loan agreements concerning operations in India and Nepal. Sum in dispute in excess of $1.1 billion, involving emergency arbitration and parallel court proceedings in Singapore. Dispute governed by Singapore law.


Representing a Malaysian travel and hospitality company over a profit-sharing dispute against a South Asian travel and hospitality company. Dispute governed by Singapore law.


Representing a European multinational conglomerate in the confectionery and beverage industry in an UNCITRAL arbitration against its Thai joint venture company in relation to its breaches of contract, allegation of collusion and misconduct arising out of a co-manufacturing agreement governed by Thai law. Sum in dispute in excess of $600 million, involving competing lawsuits filed in Thailand.


Representing a global bank in a post-M&A SIAC arbitration against an Asian bank arising out of an acquisition in Brunei. Dispute governed by Brunei law.


Representing a Taiwanese food and beverage multinational conglomerate in a SIAC arbitration against a Malaysian master franchisee in relation to breaches of the franchise agreement and non-competition covenants. Dispute governed by Singapore law and involved competing lawsuits filed in Malaysia.


Representing a US client in an UNCITRAL arbitration arising out of a share sale and purchase agreement in the precision engineering sector, and involving fraud, conspiracy and assessment of damages. Dispute governed by Singapore law.


Representing a client in an ICC arbitration concerning a technology licensing and distributorship agreement between a South American corporation and a European multinational in the industrial gear unit business. Dispute governed by English law.


Advising a European glass and building material company in an ICC arbitration against a Korean company over an alleged entitlement to an uplift on the price payable under a Share Purchase Agreement.


Advising a global trade financing group on the enforcement and insolvency proceedings before the Singapore High Court against various India-based trading entities arising out of various post-dated cheques. Dispute governed by Singapore law.


Advising a Scandinavian precision engineering conglomerate on a dispute against its Singapore sales agent over breaches of corporate governance under Singapore law.


Advising a global bank on its rights and obligations under Singapore law as a bond trustee of a note issuance by a Malaysian issuer.


Advising a Swiss multinational company in a Netherlands Arbitration Institute arbitration against a US multinational company in relation to a joint venture for the production and distribution of a new line of luxury watches.


Advising a Canadian private equity fund company in a technology dispute concerning the setting up of competing business in Asia by a venture partner.


Advising a Russian financing company in a dispute concerning the setting up of competing business in Asia by a venture partner.


Advising a Chinese-Indonesian mining and smelting company in a force majeure dispute against a US manufacturer concerning the design, manufacture and sale of severe service valves. Dispute governed by Singapore law and subject to SIAC arbitration.


Representing an Indian commodity trading conglomerate in a SIAC arbitration against a Spanish seller regarding the non-receipt of mining raw materials due to certain export restrictions at the place of origin (Zimbabwe).  Dispute governed by Convention for the International Sale of Goods (CISG).


Representing a Chinese commodity trading company in a SIAC arbitration against an Indian buyer of copper cathodes over breaches of a sales and purchase agreement.  Sum in dispute in excess of $20 million. Dispute governed by Singapore law.


Representing an Indonesian client in a SIAC arbitration against a Chinese joint venture partner in the nickel mining industry.  Dispute governed by Indonesian law.


Advising a Chinese commodity trading company in disputes against Taiwanese and Vietnamese agents involving the sale and purchase of ferrous metals.


Tribunal Secretary in a class action arbitration between 814 claimants and a South East Asian government-linked corporation concerning 12,000+ hectares of palm oil plantation land in South East Asia.

Notable Construction, Energy & Infrastructure Cases


Representing a senior employee of a multinational energy company in white-collar investigations following the insolvency of one of Asia’s largest oil traders.


Advising a State in the challenge of a PCA arbitration award worth over USD1.3 billion obtained by an European listed oil and gas exploration company over various tax assessments.


Representing a US listed provider of marine dredging services in setting-aside proceedings to defend an ICC expedited arbitration award obtained against a Korean main contractor.


Representing an oil major in an UNCITRAL arbitration against an Asian state regarding the unlawful assessment of taxes and penalties imposed for hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation activities in a disputed area of seabed jointly administered by two states under a treaty, in violation of a tax stability agreement. Sum in dispute in excess of $230 million.


Representing a European buyer in two gas price review arbitrations involving a Central Asian seller of natural gas. Disputes governed by Swiss law seated in Stockholm. Sum in dispute in excess of €1 billion.


Representing one of Asia’s largest independent power producers in an ICC arbitration against a South Asian government in relation to breaches of a long-term Power Purchase Agreement.


Representing one of Asia’s largest independent power producers in an ICSID arbitration against a South Asian government in relation to breaches of a long-term Power Purchase Agreement.


Representing a Malaysia-based energy company in a SIAC arbitration against a US customer in relation to breaches of sales and consignment agreements and guarantees. Dispute governed by English law and involved competing lawsuits filed in Texas, USA.


Advising a European tanker and storage conglomerate on a product storage dispute before the Singapore courts against a Singapore trading company involving competing claims of ownership, bailment and conversion. Dispute governed by Singapore law.


Advising a US marine logistical and operational support company on a Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) dispute against an Asian-listed company arising out of the provision of services over a LNG project. Dispute governed by Singapore law.


Advising an Indian conglomerate on a dispute against Indonesian joint venture partners in the gas aromatics sector. Dispute governed by Singapore law.


Advising an oil major on a dispute, subject to LMAA arbitration in London, with a shipper’s protection and indemnity club insurers concerning commingling by the shipper of various oil products delivered in Singapore. Dispute governed by English law.


Advising a client in an arbitration concerning an English buyer and a Middle East supplier concerning the supply of an oil rig and other equipment for use in the Middle East. Dispute governed by English law.


Representing a South-East Asian investor in an investor-state arbitration against an Asian state concerning the expropriation of land use rights and other breaches of a bilateral investment treaty.


Representing an Indian infrastructure conglomerate in a SIAC arbitration against a Korean main contractor in relation to a power project in India. Sum in dispute in excess of $100 million. Dispute governed by Indian law.


Representing a Korean multinational conglomerate in a SIAC arbitration against a Korean listed company in an EPC dispute relating to various greenfield electricity power plant projects in the Middle East. Dispute governed by Singapore law.


Advising a European export credit agency on a Singapore High Court dispute against a Burmese counterparty in the tele-communications sector involving Bills of Exchange. Dispute governed by Singapore law.


Representing a Korean conglomerate in an UNCITRAL arbitration between and a Malaysian sub-contractor in relation to a clean-room building project in Singapore. Dispute governed by Singapore and international law.


Advising a consortium company on multiple disputes involving a major PPP (Public-Private Partnership) infrastructure project in Singapore, ranging from infrastructure defects and delays, landlord-tenant, employment and cyber-security issues.

Notable International Arbitration Cases


Sole arbitrator in an SIAC arbitration seated in Singapore concerning the private education sector. Dispute governed by Singapore law.


Sole arbitrator in an SIAC arbitration seated in Singapore between a Middle Eastern company and a Thai company concerning the hospitality sector. Sum in dispute in excess of $150 million and dispute governed by Singapore law.


Sole arbitrator in an SIAC arbitration seated in Singapore concerning the supply of oil and gas equipment to be installed in a condense storing, offloading facility. Dispute governed by Malaysian law.


Presiding arbitrator in an SIAC arbitration seated in Singapore concerning long-term distribution agreements of FMCG goods in South-Asia. Sum in dispute in excess of US$10 million. Dispute governed by Singapore law.

"Darius Chan is highly esteemed as 'a sagacious and knowledgeable lawyer' who 'responds quickly to enquiries while remaining direct and to the point'. He possesses 'in-depth knowledge of arbitration' and is considered 'first-rate as counsel'."


Who's Who Legal

"Darius Chan 'is a bright legal mind who regularly navigates his clients through complex legal issues' with his 'incredibly thorough understanding of international arbitration'."


Who's Who Legal

"Darius Chan is extremely diligent and very experienced for his age. He is not only good at communication and people skills, he reverts promptly and is a caring human being."


The Legal 500

"Darius Chan is regarded as a 'standout practitioner' with a 'great analytical mind.' He is 'very attentive to client needs', while sources also comment that he is 'extremely smart and stays calm under pressure'."


Who's Who Legal

"Darius Chan has 'a great future ahead of him', is 'excellent with clients', 'hard working', 'bright' and 'very articulate'."


The Legal 500

"Darius Chan stands out as 'a very bright, hardworking and articulate lawyer' who 'always knows how to fight and keep calm when facing complex cases'. Clients note he 'is meticulous about every detail and demonstrates dedication throughout'."


Who's Who Legal

"Darius Chan impresses peers with'his sharp legal insight, client-friendly manner and consistently high work ethic'."


Who's Who Legal

"A very, very smart guy and a great all-round lawyer who is building a strong reputation in the market."


Who's Who Legal

"Very clever" with "collaborative, clear communication on sensitive arbitration mandates."


Chambers & Partners

The Legal 500 – Asia Pacific
  • Commercial

  • M. in International Business Regulation, Litigation & Arbitration, New York University, New York (2011)
  • B. (First Class Honours), National University of Singapore, Singapore (2007)

  • Counselor & Attorney at Law (New York) (2010)
  • Advocate & Solicitor (Supreme Court of Singapore) (2009)

APPOINTMENTS

  • 2009 – Advocate & Solicitor (Supreme Court of Singapore)
  • 2010 – Counselor & Attorney at Law (New York)
  • 2013 – Solicitor (England & Wales)
  • 2015 – Solicitor-Advocate (Civil) (England & Wales)

Speaking and Training Engagements 

  • Speaker, SIArb Event on What can Switzerland and Singapore Learn from Each Other (Jan 2022)
  • Speaker, Singapore Convention on Mediation-UNCITRAL Academy Investor State Dispute Settlement Capacity-Building Workshop (Sep 2021)
  • Speaker, ICC Annual Arbitration & ADR Conference: Connecting the World Connecting the World of International Arbitration & ADR (25 June 2021): Singapore as the preferred seat: A blip or an unstoppable force, and how should young arbitration practitioners interpret the data? (June 2021)
  • Speaker, YSIAC-CIArb YMG Webinar: Popular or Polar Opposites? Perceptions about Arbitration Practice from the US and Singapore (May 2021)
  • Speaker, SMU School of Law-Fudan University – New Developments in Advanced Legal Education II: Dispute Resolution (Oct 2020)
  • Moderator, Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy Webinar on Mediation and Investor-State Disputes – Prospects, Application and Enforcement (Sep 2020)
  • Faculty, SIAC North-East Academy (Sep 2020)
  • Panelist, Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy Webinar on “Conflict of Laws in BRI Disputes: A Comparative Approach” (July 2020)
  • Panelist, Asian International Arbitration Centre Webinar Series on “Diversity in Arbitration Week – Globalising Arbitration – Enhancing Racial and Ethnic Diversity” (July 2020)
  • Tribunal Member and Panelist, SIAC International Arbitration Webinar Series 2020 — YSIAC Mock Virtual Hearing: Cross Examination (May 2020)
  • Speaker, Hogan Lovells-Fountain Court Seminar on “Mistake and Rectification In Modern Transactions” (Jan 2020)
  • Trainer, Singapore International Arbitration Centre Academy, Singapore (Nov 2019)
  • Speaker, Singapore International Arbitration Centre-National University of Singapore Centre for International Law Academic-Practitioner Colloquium on “Attribution of the conduct of State-owned Entities to the State” (Sep 2019)
  • Speaker on “Dispute Resolution on Regional Projects” Panel Event, Singapore Regional Business Forum (Aug 2019)
  • Trainer, Thailand Arbitration Centre International Arbitration Training Program (Jun 2019)
  • Moderator, Singapore Management University Law Academy Panel Event “To Challenge or Not, and When: Complications and Issues in Dealing with Objections to an Arbitral Tribunal’s Jurisdiction” (May 2019)
  • Moderator, Delos Dispute Resolution Inaugural Panel Event, Singapore (Mar 2019)
  • Speaker, International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) 10th Annual Arbitration Conference Singapore (Oct 2018)
  • Speaker, DSNLU CARDS Tour de Arbitration Program in Singapore (Dec 2017)
  • Moderator, Young SIAC Club Event: Investment Arbitration in Asia (Jun 2016)
  • Speaker, National University of Singapore Law School Practice of Law Event (Jul 2015)
  • Speaker, Law Society of Singapore – Young ICCA workshop on Managing Cross Cultural Issues in International Arbitration (Jun 2015)
  • Moderator, Young SIAC Conference: The Dynamics and Challenges of International Arbitration – The Road Ahead (Jun 2015)
  • Speaker, CIArb Singapore Centenary Conference (Sep 2015)
  • Speaker, ICC YAF-YAAP Conference, Vienna (2013)


MEMBERSHIPS

  • Panel of Assessors, Singapore COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act
  • Panel of Arbitrators, Thailand Arbitration Centre (2019 to present)
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre Users’ Council (2014 to present)
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre Reserve Panel of Arbitrators (2013 to present)
  • Member, Law Society of Singapore Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (2009 to present)
  • Young Singapore International Arbitration Centre Committee (2015 to 2018)
  • National University of Singapore Law Alumni Mentor Programme (2014)
  • Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2014 to 2015)
  • Young Amicus Curiae, Supreme Court of Singapore (2014)
  • Public and International Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committees of the Law Society of Singapore (2014)
  • Co-Chair of Private Practice, New York University International Law Society Board (2010 to 2011)
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law Committee on the Supply of Lawyers (2008 to 2009)
  • President, Singapore Chapter of International Law Students Association (2006 to 2007)


PRIZES

Professional

  • Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award, Singapore Management University (2020)
  • Most Outstanding Adjunct Award, Singapore Management University (2018)
  • Singapore Business Review, Top 40 under 40 most influential lawyers in Singapore (2016)
  • Excellence in Advocacy Award, Singapore International Arbitration Academy (2012)
  • Ranked 3rd in the nationwide qualifying exams for admission to the Singapore Bar (2008)
  • Lai Kew Chai Prize for the best candidate in the Commercial Practice examination for admission to the Singapore Bar (2008)

Academic 

  • IBRLA Award for Distinction in the International Business Regulation, Litigation & Arbitration Specialization (2011) – New York University
  • Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship awarded by Public Service Commission of Singapore (merit-based, bond-free scholarship) (2010) – New York University
  • Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholarship awarded by New York University (merit-based, full tuition scholarship) (2010) – New York University
  • Highest Ranking Team, Best Respondent Memorial, 2nd Place Oral Finals, Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot Competition 2010 – New York University
  • Chief Justice’s Prize awarded to best graduating student throughout course of study (2007) – National University of Singapore
  • Overseas-Chinese Banking Corporation Undergraduate Scholar (2003 – 2007) – National University of Singapore
  • Consecutive Dean’s Lists & Final Dean’s List (2003 to 2007) – National University of Singapore
  • M. Karthigesu Memorial Gold Medal & Prize for Shipping Law (2007) – National University of Singapore
  • Law Society of Singapore Book Prize for First in Level (2006) – National University of Singapore
  • Rajah & Tann Insolvency Law Prize for Corporate Insolvency (2006) – National University of Singapore
  • First Runner-up for Respondent Memorandum & Honourable Mention for Claimant Memorandum, Williem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vienna) (2006) – National University of Singapore
  • Winner, NUS-University of Malaya Moot Competition (2005) – National University of Singapore
  • LexisNexis Best Memorial Prize for B.A. Mallal Moot Competition (2004) – National University of Singapore
  • NUS Student Achievement Award (Language) (2006) – National University of Singapore

  • International Editorial Board, Journal of International Arbitration (2014 to present)
  • Graduate Editor, New York University Journal of Law and Business (2010 to 2011)

Journal Articles [Refereed]

  • Re-formulating the test for ascertaining the proper law of an arbitration agreement: a comparative common law analysis, by CHAN, Darius and TEO, Jim Yang. (2021). Journal of Private International Law, 17(3), 439-472. (Published – see here)
  • Proper Characterisation of the Parol Evidence Rule and Its Applicability In International Arbitration, by CHAN, Darius and LAU, Louis. (2021). Arbitration International 37 (4) 805-833. (Published – see here)
  • To Stay or Not to Stay? A Clash of Arbitration and Insolvency Regimes, by CHAN, Darius and RAJAGOPAL, Siddharrth. (2021). Journal of International Arbitration, 38 (4), 457-482. (Published)
  • Ascertaining the Proper Law of an Arbitration Agreement: The Artificiality of Inferring Intention When There Is None, by CHAN, Darius and TEO, Jim Yang. Journal of International Arbitration, 37(5) 635-648. (Published)
  • To Boycott Proceedings or Not? Recourse Against Arbitral Awards on Jurisdictional Grounds by Different Categories of Respondents under the Model Law, by CHAN, Darius and NEOH, Claire. Arbitration International, 36(4) 529-556. (Published – see here)
  • Stay of proceedings on dishonoured cheques, by CHAN, Darius. International Arbitration Law Review, 16 (6), 46-49. (Published)
  • Setting aside an international arbitration award based on deficient pleadings revisited, by CHAN, Darius. International Arbitration Law Review, 15 (5), 33-36. (Published)
  • Waiver of review of arbitration awards, by CHAN, Darius. (2012). Mealey’s International Arbitration Report, 27 (8), (Published)
  • The high water mark of an umbrella clause, by CHAN, Darius. (2012). International Arbitration Law Review, 15 (3), 21-25. (Published)
  • Role of natural justice in the making of an additional award, by CHAN, Darius. (2012). Mealey’s International Arbitration Report, 27 (5), (Published)

Journal Articles [Non-Refereed]

  • Three “pitfalls” for the unwary: Third-party funding in Asia, by CHAN, Darius. (2018). Singapore Law Gazette, Nov. See here. (Published – see here)
  • Is Article 16(3) of the Model Law a ‘one-shot remedy’ for non-participating respondents in international arbitrations?, by CHAN, Darius. (2018). Singapore Law Gazette, Oct. (Published – see here)
  • Interpreting contracts under Singapore law in international arbitration — The sequel, by CHAN, Darius. (2018). Singapore Law Gazette, July. (Published – see here)
  • How should bare arbitration clauses be enforced by the courts?, by CHAN, Darius. (2017). Singapore Law Gazette, Apr. (Published – see here)
  • The scope of ‘de novo’ review of an arbitral tribunal’s jurisdiction, by CHAN, Darius. (2015). Singapore Law Gazette, Nov. (Published – see here)
  • Probing the law on probation: Suggestions for reform, by CHAN, Darius. (2015). Singapore Law Gazette, Feb (Published – see here)
  • The Singapore Court of Appeal’s decision in Astro: Providing Clarity or Causing Uncertainty?, by MANGAN, Mark; CHAN, Darius. Asian Dispute Review, 16 (2), 89-93. (Published – see here)

Case Notes/Digests

  • Have the Singapore Courts faltered in the enforcement of arbitration agreements?, by CHAN, Darius. (2017). Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Mar (1), (Published)
  • New in-roads to enhance Singapore’s competitiveness as the preferred arbitration seat in Asia, by LYE, KC; CHUNG, Katie; CHAN, Darius. (2016). Norton Rose Fulbright (Published – see here)
  • Myanmar enacts modern arbitration regime, by CHAN, Darius. (2016, February 10). (Published – see here)
  • The Singapore International Commercial Court: A challenge to arbitration?, by LYE, KC; CHAN, Darius;. (2015). Norton Rose Fulbright Banking and Finance Disputes Review, (7), (Published – see here)
  • Singapore tackles the corruption beast, by ANG, Wilson; CHAN, Darius. (2015). Global Arbitration Review (Published – see here)
  • SIAC releases new arbitration rules, by REED, Lucy; MANGAN, Mark; CHAN, Darius. (2013). Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Published)
  • Interim relief in aid of arbitration against a sovereign, by CHAN, Darius. (2013). Singapore Law Watch Commentary (Published)
  • The creation of a hybrid arbitration from a pathological arbitration clause, by CHAN, Darius. (2013). Singapore Law Watch Commentary (Published)
  • Enforceability of multi-tiered dispute resolution mechanisms: The Singapore judiciary’s promotion of consensus as a cultural value, by CHAN, Darius. (2012). Singapore Law Watch Commentary (Published)
  • Sundaresh Menon’s first judgment, by TAN, Paul; CHAN, Darius. (2012). Global Arbitration Review (Published – see here)
  • How are the chips stacked in interim relief applications?, by CHAN, Darius. (2012). Global Arbitration Review (Published – see here)
  • Setting aside an award over the mis-application of a choice of law clause: Quarella SpA v Scelta Marble Australia Pty Ltd [2012] SGHC 166, by CHAN, Darius. (2012). Singapore Law Watch Commentary, 1-3. (Published)
  • Contractual and procedural effects of non-exclusive jurisdiction agreements, by CHAN, Darius. (2012). Singapore Law Watch Commentary,  1-6. (Published)
  • A trilogy of “difficult and complex” arbitration issues in 2012, by CHAN, Darius. (2012). Singapore Law Watch Commentary, 1-4. (Published)
  • Singapore: A Dallah for South-East Asia?, by CHAN, Darius. (2012). Global Arbitration Review (Published – see here)
  • Reflecting on appeals on questions of law arising out of domestic arbitration awards, by CHAN, Darius; TAN, Paul. (2011). Singapore Law Watch Commentary, 1-3. (Published)
  • Singapore Court of Appeal re-affirms commitment to minimal intervention of arbitral awards at the intersection of illegality and public policy, by CHAN, Darius. (2011, September 12). (Published – see here)

Book Chapters

  • Singapore, by CHAN, Darius. (2019). Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Annual Review 2019 Financier Worldwide. (Published – see here)
  • Enforcement of arbitral awards in Singapore: Overview, by SPOONER, Guy; CHAN, Darius; LEONG, Samuel. (2015). Enforcement of Judgments & Arbitral Awards in Commercial Matters Global Guide (2nd Ed) Thomson Reuters.  (Published)
  • International arbitration: Internationalist outlook leading the development of local jurisprudence, by CHAN, Darius; TAN, Paul. (2015). In Yihan Goh; Paul Tan (Ed.), Singapore Law: 50 Years in the Making Singapore:  Singapore Academy of Law. (Published – see here)
  • Determining the parties’ true choice of the seat of arbitration and lex arbitri, by HWANG, Michael; CHAN, Darius. (2010). In Kaj Hobér; Annette Magnusson; Marie Öhrström (Ed.), Between East and West: Essays in Honour of Ulf Franke Sweden:  Juris Publishing. (Published – see here)

Magazine Articles

  • Recourse against an international arbitration award made in Singapore, by CHAN, Darius. (2012, November). New Zealand Dispute Resolution Centre Newsletter, (5 and 6), (Published)
  • Follow the leader – The rise of Singapore as a world-class arbitration centre, by REED, Lucy; MANGAN, Mark; CHAN, Darius. (2012, November). Legal Week (Published – see here)

Blog Posts

  • Interpreting contracts under Singapore law in international arbitration [Blog post], by CHAN, Darius. (2016, May 25). (Published – see here)
  • Stay of proceedings in favour of arbitration under the court’s inherent jurisdiction [Blog post], by CHAN, Darius. (2012, August 15). (Published – see here)
  • Sealing of court documents relating to an arbitration [Blog post], by CHAN, Darius. (2012, June 27). (Published – see here)
  • Enforcement of a judgment debt in the face of an arbitration agreement [Blog post], by CHAN, Darius. (2012, May 23). (Published – see here)
  • Singapore’s International Arbitration Act 2012 vs Hong Kong’s Arbitration Ordinance 2011 [Blog post], by CHAN, Darius. (2012, April 05). (Published – see here)
  • Setting aside an international arbitration award based on deficient pleadings [Blog post], by CHAN, Darius. (2011, November 09). (Published – see here)
  • Sovereign immunity in the enforcement of awards against States [Blog post], by CHAN, Darius. (2011, September 20). (Published – see here)
  • Options available to an unsuccessful party in an arbitration [Blog post], by CHAN, Darius. (2011, August 12). (Published – see here)
  • Singapore Apex Court lays down clear framework for arbitrability of insolvency-related claims [Blog post], by CHAN, Darius. (2011, May 23). (Published – see here)
  • Reaching a settlement before the arbitration hearing [Blog post], by CHAN, Darius. (2011, March 04). (Published – see here)

  • Mandarin (fluent)

For enquiries please contact

Alex Taylor

Alex Taylor
Senior Clerk
+44 (0)20 7842 3706
Click here to email

Luke Diebelius

Luke Diebelius
Team Leader
+44 (0)20 7842 3711
Click here to email

Jessica Green
Team Leader's Assistant
+44 (0)20 7583 3335
Click here to email

"Darius Chan is highly esteemed as 'a sagacious and knowledgeable lawyer' who 'responds quickly to enquiries while remaining direct and to the point'. He possesses 'in-depth knowledge of arbitration' and is considered 'first-rate as counsel'."


Who's Who Legal

"Darius Chan 'is a bright legal mind who regularly navigates his clients through complex legal issues' with his 'incredibly thorough understanding of international arbitration'."


Who's Who Legal

"Darius Chan is extremely diligent and very experienced for his age. He is not only good at communication and people skills, he reverts promptly and is a caring human being."


The Legal 500

"Darius Chan is regarded as a 'standout practitioner' with a 'great analytical mind.' He is 'very attentive to client needs', while sources also comment that he is 'extremely smart and stays calm under pressure'."


Who's Who Legal

"Darius Chan has 'a great future ahead of him', is 'excellent with clients', 'hard working', 'bright' and 'very articulate'."


The Legal 500

"Darius Chan stands out as 'a very bright, hardworking and articulate lawyer' who 'always knows how to fight and keep calm when facing complex cases'. Clients note he 'is meticulous about every detail and demonstrates dedication throughout'."


Who's Who Legal

"Darius Chan impresses peers with'his sharp legal insight, client-friendly manner and consistently high work ethic'."


Who's Who Legal

"A very, very smart guy and a great all-round lawyer who is building a strong reputation in the market."


Who's Who Legal

"Very clever" with "collaborative, clear communication on sensitive arbitration mandates."


Chambers & Partners

The Legal 500 – Asia Pacific
  • Commercial

  • M. in International Business Regulation, Litigation & Arbitration, New York University, New York (2011)
  • B. (First Class Honours), National University of Singapore, Singapore (2007)

  • Counselor & Attorney at Law (New York) (2010)
  • Advocate & Solicitor (Supreme Court of Singapore) (2009)

APPOINTMENTS

  • 2009 – Advocate & Solicitor (Supreme Court of Singapore)
  • 2010 – Counselor & Attorney at Law (New York)
  • 2013 – Solicitor (England & Wales)
  • 2015 – Solicitor-Advocate (Civil) (England & Wales)

Speaking and Training Engagements 

  • Speaker, SIArb Event on What can Switzerland and Singapore Learn from Each Other (Jan 2022)
  • Speaker, Singapore Convention on Mediation-UNCITRAL Academy Investor State Dispute Settlement Capacity-Building Workshop (Sep 2021)
  • Speaker, ICC Annual Arbitration & ADR Conference: Connecting the World Connecting the World of International Arbitration & ADR (25 June 2021): Singapore as the preferred seat: A blip or an unstoppable force, and how should young arbitration practitioners interpret the data? (June 2021)
  • Speaker, YSIAC-CIArb YMG Webinar: Popular or Polar Opposites? Perceptions about Arbitration Practice from the US and Singapore (May 2021)
  • Speaker, SMU School of Law-Fudan University – New Developments in Advanced Legal Education II: Dispute Resolution (Oct 2020)
  • Moderator, Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy Webinar on Mediation and Investor-State Disputes – Prospects, Application and Enforcement (Sep 2020)
  • Faculty, SIAC North-East Academy (Sep 2020)
  • Panelist, Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy Webinar on “Conflict of Laws in BRI Disputes: A Comparative Approach” (July 2020)
  • Panelist, Asian International Arbitration Centre Webinar Series on “Diversity in Arbitration Week – Globalising Arbitration – Enhancing Racial and Ethnic Diversity” (July 2020)
  • Tribunal Member and Panelist, SIAC International Arbitration Webinar Series 2020 — YSIAC Mock Virtual Hearing: Cross Examination (May 2020)
  • Speaker, Hogan Lovells-Fountain Court Seminar on “Mistake and Rectification In Modern Transactions” (Jan 2020)
  • Trainer, Singapore International Arbitration Centre Academy, Singapore (Nov 2019)
  • Speaker, Singapore International Arbitration Centre-National University of Singapore Centre for International Law Academic-Practitioner Colloquium on “Attribution of the conduct of State-owned Entities to the State” (Sep 2019)
  • Speaker on “Dispute Resolution on Regional Projects” Panel Event, Singapore Regional Business Forum (Aug 2019)
  • Trainer, Thailand Arbitration Centre International Arbitration Training Program (Jun 2019)
  • Moderator, Singapore Management University Law Academy Panel Event “To Challenge or Not, and When: Complications and Issues in Dealing with Objections to an Arbitral Tribunal’s Jurisdiction” (May 2019)
  • Moderator, Delos Dispute Resolution Inaugural Panel Event, Singapore (Mar 2019)
  • Speaker, International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) 10th Annual Arbitration Conference Singapore (Oct 2018)
  • Speaker, DSNLU CARDS Tour de Arbitration Program in Singapore (Dec 2017)
  • Moderator, Young SIAC Club Event: Investment Arbitration in Asia (Jun 2016)
  • Speaker, National University of Singapore Law School Practice of Law Event (Jul 2015)
  • Speaker, Law Society of Singapore – Young ICCA workshop on Managing Cross Cultural Issues in International Arbitration (Jun 2015)
  • Moderator, Young SIAC Conference: The Dynamics and Challenges of International Arbitration – The Road Ahead (Jun 2015)
  • Speaker, CIArb Singapore Centenary Conference (Sep 2015)
  • Speaker, ICC YAF-YAAP Conference, Vienna (2013)


MEMBERSHIPS

  • Panel of Assessors, Singapore COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act
  • Panel of Arbitrators, Thailand Arbitration Centre (2019 to present)
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre Users’ Council (2014 to present)
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre Reserve Panel of Arbitrators (2013 to present)
  • Member, Law Society of Singapore Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (2009 to present)
  • Young Singapore International Arbitration Centre Committee (2015 to 2018)
  • National University of Singapore Law Alumni Mentor Programme (2014)
  • Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2014 to 2015)
  • Young Amicus Curiae, Supreme Court of Singapore (2014)
  • Public and International Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committees of the Law Society of Singapore (2014)
  • Co-Chair of Private Practice, New York University International Law Society Board (2010 to 2011)
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law Committee on the Supply of Lawyers (2008 to 2009)
  • President, Singapore Chapter of International Law Students Association (2006 to 2007)


PRIZES

Professional

  • Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award, Singapore Management University (2020)
  • Most Outstanding Adjunct Award, Singapore Management University (2018)
  • Singapore Business Review, Top 40 under 40 most influential lawyers in Singapore (2016)
  • Excellence in Advocacy Award, Singapore International Arbitration Academy (2012)
  • Ranked 3rd in the nationwide qualifying exams for admission to the Singapore Bar (2008)
  • Lai Kew Chai Prize for the best candidate in the Commercial Practice examination for admission to the Singapore Bar (2008)

Academic 

  • IBRLA Award for Distinction in the International Business Regulation, Litigation & Arbitration Specialization (2011) – New York University
  • Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship awarded by Public Service Commission of Singapore (merit-based, bond-free scholarship) (2010) – New York University
  • Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholarship awarded by New York University (merit-based, full tuition scholarship) (2010) – New York University
  • Highest Ranking Team, Best Respondent Memorial, 2nd Place Oral Finals, Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot Competition 2010 – New York University
  • Chief Justice’s Prize awarded to best graduating student throughout course of study (2007) – National University of Singapore
  • Overseas-Chinese Banking Corporation Undergraduate Scholar (2003 – 2007) – National University of Singapore
  • Consecutive Dean’s Lists & Final Dean’s List (2003 to 2007) – National University of Singapore
  • M. Karthigesu Memorial Gold Medal & Prize for Shipping Law (2007) – National University of Singapore
  • Law Society of Singapore Book Prize for First in Level (2006) – National University of Singapore
  • Rajah & Tann Insolvency Law Prize for Corporate Insolvency (2006) – National University of Singapore
  • First Runner-up for Respondent Memorandum & Honourable Mention for Claimant Memorandum, Williem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vienna) (2006) – National University of Singapore
  • Winner, NUS-University of Malaya Moot Competition (2005) – National University of Singapore
  • LexisNexis Best Memorial Prize for B.A. Mallal Moot Competition (2004) – National University of Singapore
  • NUS Student Achievement Award (Language) (2006) – National University of Singapore

  • International Editorial Board, Journal of International Arbitration (2014 to present)
  • Graduate Editor, New York University Journal of Law and Business (2010 to 2011)

Journal Articles [Refereed]

  • Re-formulating the test for ascertaining the proper law of an arbitration agreement: a comparative common law analysis, by CHAN, Darius and TEO, Jim Yang. (2021). Journal of Private International Law, 17(3), 439-472. (Published – see here)
  • Proper Characterisation of the Parol Evidence Rule and Its Applicability In International Arbitration, by CHAN, Darius and LAU, Louis. (2021). Arbitration International 37 (4) 805-833. (Published – see here)
  • To Stay or Not to Stay? A Clash of Arbitration and Insolvency Regimes, by CHAN, Darius and RAJAGOPAL, Siddharrth. (2021). Journal of International Arbitration, 38 (4), 457-482. (Published)
  • Ascertaining the Proper Law of an Arbitration Agreement: The Artificiality of Inferring Intention When There Is None, by CHAN, Darius and TEO, Jim Yang. Journal of International Arbitration, 37(5) 635-648. (Published)
  • To Boycott Proceedings or Not? Recourse Against Arbitral Awards on Jurisdictional Grounds by Different Categories of Respondents under the Model Law, by CHAN, Darius and NEOH, Claire. Arbitration International, 36(4) 529-556. (Published – see here)
  • Stay of proceedings on dishonoured cheques, by CHAN, Darius. International Arbitration Law Review, 16 (6), 46-49. (Published)
  • Setting aside an international arbitration award based on deficient pleadings revisited, by CHAN, Darius. International Arbitration Law Review, 15 (5), 33-36. (Published)
  • Waiver of review of arbitration awards, by CHAN, Darius. (2012). Mealey’s International Arbitration Report, 27 (8), (Published)
  • The high water mark of an umbrella clause, by CHAN, Darius. (2012). International Arbitration Law Review, 15 (3), 21-25. (Published)
  • Role of natural justice in the making of an additional award, by CHAN, Darius. (2012). Mealey’s International Arbitration Report, 27 (5), (Published)

Journal Articles [Non-Refereed]

  • Three “pitfalls” for the unwary: Third-party funding in Asia, by CHAN, Darius. (2018). Singapore Law Gazette, Nov. See here. (Published – see here)
  • Is Article 16(3) of the Model Law a ‘one-shot remedy’ for non-participating respondents in international arbitrations?, by CHAN, Darius. (2018). Singapore Law Gazette, Oct. (Published – see here)
  • Interpreting contracts under Singapore law in international arbitration — The sequel, by CHAN, Darius. (2018). Singapore Law Gazette, July. (Published – see here)
  • How should bare arbitration clauses be enforced by the courts?, by CHAN, Darius. (2017). Singapore Law Gazette, Apr. (Published – see here)
  • The scope of ‘de novo’ review of an arbitral tribunal’s jurisdiction, by CHAN, Darius. (2015). Singapore Law Gazette, Nov. (Published – see here)
  • Probing the law on probation: Suggestions for reform, by CHAN, Darius. (2015). Singapore Law Gazette, Feb (Published – see here)
  • The Singapore Court of Appeal’s decision in Astro: Providing Clarity or Causing Uncertainty?, by MANGAN, Mark; CHAN, Darius. Asian Dispute Review, 16 (2), 89-93. (Published – see here)

Case Notes/Digests

  • Have the Singapore Courts faltered in the enforcement of arbitration agreements?, by CHAN, Darius. (2017). Singapore Law Watch Commentary, Mar (1), (Published)
  • New in-roads to enhance Singapore’s competitiveness as the preferred arbitration seat in Asia, by LYE, KC; CHUNG, Katie; CHAN, Darius. (2016). Norton Rose Fulbright (Published – see here)
  • Myanmar enacts modern arbitration regime, by CHAN, Darius. (2016, February 10). (Published – see here)
  • The Singapore International Commercial Court: A challenge to arbitration?, by LYE, KC; CHAN, Darius;. (2015). Norton Rose Fulbright Banking and Finance Disputes Review, (7), (Published – see here)
  • Singapore tackles the corruption beast, by ANG, Wilson; CHAN, Darius. (2015). Global Arbitration Review (Published – see here)
  • SIAC releases new arbitration rules, by REED, Lucy; MANGAN, Mark; CHAN, Darius. (2013). Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Published)
  • Interim relief in aid of arbitration against a sovereign, by CHAN, Darius. (2013). Singapore Law Watch Commentary (Published)
  • The creation of a hybrid arbitration from a pathological arbitration clause, by CHAN, Darius. (2013). Singapore Law Watch Commentary (Published)
  • Enforceability of multi-tiered dispute resolution mechanisms: The Singapore judiciary’s promotion of consensus as a cultural value, by CHAN, Darius. (2012). Singapore Law Watch Commentary (Published)
  • Sundaresh Menon’s first judgment, by TAN, Paul; CHAN, Darius. (2012). Global Arbitration Review (Published – see here)
  • How are the chips stacked in interim relief applications?, by CHAN, Darius. (2012). Global Arbitration Review (Published – see here)
  • Setting aside an award over the mis-application of a choice of law clause: Quarella SpA v Scelta Marble Australia Pty Ltd [2012] SGHC 166, by CHAN, Darius. (2012). Singapore Law Watch Commentary, 1-3. (Published)
  • Contractual and procedural effects of non-exclusive jurisdiction agreements, by CHAN, Darius. (2012). Singapore Law Watch Commentary,  1-6. (Published)
  • A trilogy of “difficult and complex” arbitration issues in 2012, by CHAN, Darius. (2012). Singapore Law Watch Commentary, 1-4. (Published)
  • Singapore: A Dallah for South-East Asia?, by CHAN, Darius. (2012). Global Arbitration Review (Published – see here)
  • Reflecting on appeals on questions of law arising out of domestic arbitration awards, by CHAN, Darius; TAN, Paul. (2011). Singapore Law Watch Commentary, 1-3. (Published)
  • Singapore Court of Appeal re-affirms commitment to minimal intervention of arbitral awards at the intersection of illegality and public policy, by CHAN, Darius. (2011, September 12). (Published – see here)

Book Chapters

  • Singapore, by CHAN, Darius. (2019). Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Annual Review 2019 Financier Worldwide. (Published – see here)
  • Enforcement of arbitral awards in Singapore: Overview, by SPOONER, Guy; CHAN, Darius; LEONG, Samuel. (2015). Enforcement of Judgments & Arbitral Awards in Commercial Matters Global Guide (2nd Ed) Thomson Reuters.  (Published)
  • International arbitration: Internationalist outlook leading the development of local jurisprudence, by CHAN, Darius; TAN, Paul. (2015). In Yihan Goh; Paul Tan (Ed.), Singapore Law: 50 Years in the Making Singapore:  Singapore Academy of Law. (Published – see here)
  • Determining the parties’ true choice of the seat of arbitration and lex arbitri, by HWANG, Michael; CHAN, Darius. (2010). In Kaj Hobér; Annette Magnusson; Marie Öhrström (Ed.), Between East and West: Essays in Honour of Ulf Franke Sweden:  Juris Publishing. (Published – see here)

Magazine Articles

  • Recourse against an international arbitration award made in Singapore, by CHAN, Darius. (2012, November). New Zealand Dispute Resolution Centre Newsletter, (5 and 6), (Published)
  • Follow the leader – The rise of Singapore as a world-class arbitration centre, by REED, Lucy; MANGAN, Mark; CHAN, Darius. (2012, November). Legal Week (Published – see here)

Blog Posts

  • Interpreting contracts under Singapore law in international arbitration [Blog post], by CHAN, Darius. (2016, May 25). (Published – see here)
  • Stay of proceedings in favour of arbitration under the court’s inherent jurisdiction [Blog post], by CHAN, Darius. (2012, August 15). (Published – see here)
  • Sealing of court documents relating to an arbitration [Blog post], by CHAN, Darius. (2012, June 27). (Published – see here)
  • Enforcement of a judgment debt in the face of an arbitration agreement [Blog post], by CHAN, Darius. (2012, May 23). (Published – see here)
  • Singapore’s International Arbitration Act 2012 vs Hong Kong’s Arbitration Ordinance 2011 [Blog post], by CHAN, Darius. (2012, April 05). (Published – see here)
  • Setting aside an international arbitration award based on deficient pleadings [Blog post], by CHAN, Darius. (2011, November 09). (Published – see here)
  • Sovereign immunity in the enforcement of awards against States [Blog post], by CHAN, Darius. (2011, September 20). (Published – see here)
  • Options available to an unsuccessful party in an arbitration [Blog post], by CHAN, Darius. (2011, August 12). (Published – see here)
  • Singapore Apex Court lays down clear framework for arbitrability of insolvency-related claims [Blog post], by CHAN, Darius. (2011, May 23). (Published – see here)
  • Reaching a settlement before the arbitration hearing [Blog post], by CHAN, Darius. (2011, March 04). (Published – see here)

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