Arvin was called to the Bar in 2004 and joined Wee Swee Teow LLP in April 2018. He holds roles as lead counsel, arbitrator, and previously, institutional senior executive. He has worked in Singapore, Dubai (DIFC) and London, with client engagements from various parts of Asia and continental Europe. His extensive multi-faceted dispute resolution experience allows him to bring a very unique and effective strategic approach to his primary work as lead counsel.
Areas of Practice:
Arvin practises international arbitration and dispute resolution across various sectors, and combines that with an international transactional practice in private equity and renewable energy.
He has acted in a considerable number of international arbitrations, both across major institutional rules and ad-hoc. He has carved out a track record in winning under tight pressure of time and against significantly better-resourced opposing parties.
Out of 3 international arbitrations he was lead counsel on in 2014, he won two, and settled one to the satisfaction of his clients. A client testimonial given in late 2015 about a team of lawyers led by Arvin in a expedited arbitration is in these terms: "...showed great strategic foresight in anticipating the moves of the counterparties..."
Apart from dispute resolution work, Arvin also advises on transactions. For example, he has advised Shanghai Decent Co. Ltd in relation to a US$50 million private equity injection by the China ASEAN Fund into PT Sulawesi Mining Investama, an Indonesian company that holds Indonesia's largest iron-nickel project and which is part-owned by the Shanghai Decent group.
In early 2016, he was on special placement with Fountain Court Chambers, London, where he worked with several Queen's Counsel on complex financial disputes and reinsurance matters.
Arvin is a regular conference speaker at international arbitration events, and has been invited by the ICC, Beijing Arbitration Commission, SIAC, the Philippine Institute of Arbitrators and Kluwer to speak in London, Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul and Manila, primarily on control of time and costs in international arbitration strategy design.
In 2015 he was named by the Singapore Business Review as a Top 40 Influential Singapore Lawyer Under 40 Years.
Deputy Head (China) and Counsel, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (2012 to 2013)
Manager, Law and Policy - Dubai International Financial Centre Courts (in 2011)
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Member, Singapore Academy of Law
Member, Law Society of Singapore
Arbitrator, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board
Arbitrator, Beijing Arbitration Commission
English and Chinese (both native), and rudimentary conversational Arabic
LLB (1st Class Honours), London School of Economics
LLM, Harvard Law School