Matthew Secomb | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Matthew Secomb
Matthew Secomb

Matthew Secomb

Partner, Singapore

A noted lawyer in his field, Matthew Secomb represents clients in international commercial 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”, as well as for his “commercial acumen”, “resolute focus” and “first rate” work.

Overview

Matthew Secomb's practice focuses on international commercial 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. Before joining White & Case in 2006, Matthew worked as counsel to the ICC International Court of Arbitration, where he oversaw thousands of arbitrations in a wide array of industries and territories. This background has given Matthew a deep insight into ICC arbitration practice.

He was recently 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 is a regular guest lecturer in Gas Price Disputes at Queen Mary University of London.

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

  • LLM, University of Melbourne
  • LLB, Deakin University
  • BCom, University of Melbourne

Languages

  • English
  • French

Experience

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.

Japanese Subcontractor, 2006 – 2009

Represented a Japanese subcontractor in a Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA) arbitration regarding the construction of a desalination and power plant in North Africa.

Japanese Company, 2008 – 2009

Represented a Japanese company in an UNCITRAL arbitration against a Middle Eastern party in connection with a services contract.

National Gas Company, 2008 – 2010

Represented a state-owned gas company in an east-west gas supply, storage and transit dispute involving claims of over US$6 billion.

Utilities Companies, 2009 – 2010

Represented several state-owned utilities companies before the Arbitration Court attached to the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry relating to electricity distribution.

French Industrial Company, 2009 – 2011

Represented a French industrial company in an SCC arbitration arising out of a project in Northern Russia.

Investment Entity, 2007 – 2010

Represented an investment entity in an ICC arbitration against a series of Canadian parties concerning prospecting rights.

Speaking Engagements

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

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

"Getting the most out of ICC arbitration: An insider’s perspective", August 2016: SIDRC Lecture Series,
Seoul

"Asia as a New Frontier for Negotiations and Disputes", July 2016: 6th Annual Congress on Successfully Negotiating & Renegotiating Long Term Gas Supply Contracts,
Berlin

"Investments and Investment Arbitration", 2016: IPBA's 26th Annual Meeting & Conference,
Kuala Lumpur

"HKIAC Arbitration Clause Negotiation Workshop", 2016:
Hanoi

"Gas Price Arbitration: Is There A Better Way?", 2015: C5 Annual Congress on Successfully Negotiating and Renegotiating Long Term Gas Supply Contracts,
Berlin

"The Art of Advocacy: Just a game or a necessary skill for the profession?", 2015: Bocconi University, School of Law,
Milan

"Lis pendens in international arbitration", 2014: II International Legal Forum ICC Lex Mercatoria, Minsk "Complex Arbitrations", 2014: ICC Advanced PIDA,
Paris

"Possibility of claims by state enterprises", 2012: Energy Charter Secretariat Workshop on Investor-State Arbitration under the ECT,
Brussels

Publications

  • 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 & Recognition

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