Dr. Matthew Secomb

Partner, Singapore

Biography

A noted lawyer in his field, Matthew Secomb represents clients in international arbitrations. He has particular experience of handling disputes in the energy and construction industries. Matthew is noted by Who’s Who Legal as “tough to beat, both literally and metaphorically”, “thinks incredibly well on his feet”, as well as for his “commercial acumen”, “resolute focus” and “first rate” work.

Overview

Matthew Secomb is the 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. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore, where he teaches a course on energy arbitration. 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.

Bars and Courts
Paris Bar
Solicitor of England and Wales
Barrister and Solicitor, Victoria, Australia
Education
Dr iur
University of Fribourg
LLM
University of Melbourne
LLB
Deakin University
BCom
University of Melbourne
Languages
English
French

Experience

ICSID arbitration - ongoing
Representing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Samsung Engineering Co. Ltd. v. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, an ICSID arbitration under the Saudi Arabia-South Korea BIT relating to the claimant’s interests in a project for the construction of a power and desalination plant in Saudi Arabia.

LNG pricing arbitration - ongoing
Representing an Asian energy company in an UNCITRAL LNG pricing arbitration.

Tunneling dispute - 2017
Representing a Japanese engineering company on a potential Singapore-seated ICC arbitration arising out of tunnelling for a major South-East Asian project.

Power project - ongoing
Representing a major Japanese contractor in an ad hoc arbitration in London concerning a South-East Asian power project.

Asian energy company, 2016 – ongoing
Representing an Asian power company in relation to a potential ICC arbitration regarding LNG pricing.

State-Owned Company, 2011 – 2016
Representing an Eastern European state-owned company in an ICC arbitration relating to a construction project.

European Gas Buyers, 2010 – ongoing
Representing various European gas buyers in several price reopener disputes.

Gas Plant Owner, 2012 – 2014
Representing a gas treatment facility owner in a LCIA arbitration against a company specialized in the construction and operation of gas plants.

Middle Eastern Construction Company, 2010 – 2015
Representing a Middle Eastern construction company in an ICC arbitration arising out of the construction of a major real estate project in the Middle East.

French Industrial Company, 2009 – 2011
Represented a French industrial company in an SCC arbitration arising out of a project in Northern Russia.

Speaking Engagements

Parallel proceedings in arbitration, SIAC, Singapore (2018)

Be Ready for a Price Dispute When It Arrives, Long Term Gas Supply Contracts: Asia Conference. Singapore (2018)

Dissecting Bifurcation, 4th Annual GAR Live Singapore (2018)

Black gold and gas: An ICC perspective on energy-related disputes, Perth (November 2017)

Multiple Proceedings in Multiple Fora – Strategies and Synergies, Seoul (November 2017)

Seoul Academy for International Arbitration, Seoul (November 2017)

What's Next for Arbitration?, White & Case / Jindal Global Law School, New Delhi (September 2017)

What are the Pre-Arbitration Mechanisms that have to be complied with?, Long Term Gas Supply Contracts: Asia conference, Singapore (February 2017)

The Practitioners, "Reimagining Lex Mercatoria" workshop, NUS Middle East Institute, Singapore (May 2017)

What are the Pre-Arbitration Mechanisms that have to be complied with?, Long Term Gas Supply Contracts: Asia conference, Singapore (February 2017)

Arbitration in India: Does the new law advance the case, 5th Asia Pacific Regional Forum Conference, Mumbai (February 2017)

The rise of international arbitration in Asia, Kobe University Summer School of Asian Law and Dispute Management, Japan (August 2016)

Construction Disputes: 10 Dos and Don'ts, Global Construction Forum, Seoul (August 2016)

Getting the most out of ICC arbitration: An insider's perspective, SIDRC Lecture Series, Seoul (August 2016)

Publications

Interest in International Arbitration, Oxford University Press, 2019

Chapter on Singapore, The Third Party Litigation Funding Law Review (1st and 2nd ed), 2018 (co-author with Adam Wallin)

"Singapore Court confirms limited scope for adjudication set aside", BuildLaw® , Building Disputes Tribunal, 2017 (co-author with Adam Wallin)

Chapter on “Multi-party, Multi-contract Rules and the Arbitrators’ Role in Finding Consent”, The Powers and Duties of an Arbitrator, Wolters Kluwer, 2017

"Hubs on the horizon: How and when will an Asian LNG hub price signal hit long-term LNG contracts?", Gastech News, January 2017

"SIAC Unveils New, Innovative Rules", Hong Kong Lawyer, August 2016 (co-author with Adam Tahsin)

ICC Arbitration, Concise International Arbitration (Loukas A. Mistelis, ed.), 2nd ed., 2015, (co-author with Stephen R. Bond and Marily Paralika)

A Mountain Too High: The Challenge of Setting Aside an Arbitral Award on the Basis of Fraud in Different Jurisdictions, 1 SchiedsVZ 20, (co-author with Markus Burianski et al.)

A Uniform, Three-step Approach to Interest Rates in International Arbitration, International Arbitration and International Commercial Law: Synergy, Convergence and Evolution, Liber Amicorum Eric Bergsten, 431, 2011

Drafting Oil and Gas Dispute Resolution Clauses: (it's always) time to think more creatively, Paris Energy Series, No. 5, 2011, (co-author with Michael Polkinghorne)

Construction: An unnecessary tier on multi-tiered disputes clauses?, Global Arbitration Review, June 2011

Un tournant en matière arbitrage: la CCI dévoile son nouveau règlement, Option Droit & Affaires, 21 September 2011, (co-author with Nathalie Makowski)

Les entreprises françaises face au Bribery Act, Option Droit & Affaires, 7 September 2011, (co-author with Sabrina Mannai)

Awards and Recognition

Named in the Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders Arbitration 2018

Named in the Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders 2017 (most highly regarded individual)

Named in the Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2012-present

Named in the Who's Who Legal – France: Arbitration 2014-2015