Matthew Secomb is the Co-Head of the International Arbitration practice in Asia-Pacific. He focuses on international arbitration, with a particular emphasis on energy and construction disputes.
Faced with complex proceedings where billions can be at stake, clients look to Matthew for his cutting-edge advocacy skills and essential insider know-how.
Matthew spent nearly ten years in White & Case's Paris office before moving to Singapore in 2015. Prior to joining White & Case in 2006, Matthew worked as counsel to the ICC International Court of Arbitration, where he oversaw hundreds of arbitrations in a wide array of industries and territories. This background has given Matthew a deep insight into ICC arbitration practice.
He was listed by Who's Who Legal as one of the most highly regarded "Future Leaders" of international arbitration (one of 19 partners under 45 to receive that peer recognition).
Matthew's familiarity with arbitration procedures under most institutional rules and ad hoc proceedings makes him a valued legal resource. His broad sector knowledge is matched by his significant international track record, helping clients to navigate the intricacies of complex, cross-border disputes.
He also acts regularly as arbitrator, having chaired or sat as sole arbitrator in arbitrations under various rules (principally ICC and SIAC).
The global dimension to Matthew's practice is based both on his professional experience and legal background. Qualified in Australia, England, Wales and Paris, he regularly represents domestic and multinational clients in arbitrations around the world.
Matthew also devotes time to supporting clients with contentious and non-contentious matters in the construction, oil and gas industries.
Equally at ease with the theoretical and practical aspects of international arbitration, Matthew is a respected writer and speaker on these issues. He lectures in International Commercial Arbitration at Queen's University, and was a regular guest lecturer in Gas Price Disputes at Queen Mary University of London. Matthew also teaches a course on offshore construction contracts for the Korea Offshore & Shipbuilding Association (KOSHIPA).
Since 2012, Matthew's contribution to his field has been recognized by his citation in the International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration.