Philip Tan

Associate, Singapore



Philip Tan is a member of the Firm's International Arbitration practice in Asia. Based in Singapore, Philip has worked in the New York and Washington, DC offices of White & Case.

Philip acts as counsel in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, with an emphasis on energy and construction disputes. He has represented clients in international arbitrations under various rules, including UNCITRAL, SIAC and ICSID. He also has experience in U.S. litigation and bankruptcy matters.

Philip is also actively involved in pro bono work. He has assisted in an educational rights lawsuit against the State of New York, and the successful representation of an indigent defendant in a criminal appeal.

At Columbia Law School, Philip was named James Kent Scholar, and served on the board of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review – Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual. He also served as a judicial intern at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
District of Columbia Bar
England and Wales
Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore
Columbia Law School
London School of Economics and Political Science


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.

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

Mechanical works arbitration, 2017-2020
Represented an Asian contractor in a Singapore-seated arbitration against its subcontractor concerning various mechanical works.

Insurance-related arbitration, 2017-2018
Represented a Chinese bank in an SIAC arbitration in relation to an insurance claim arising out of a mining project.

Construction arbitration, 2016-2017
Advised a major South Korean contractor in relation to an ICC arbitration arising out of the construction of a major IWPP in the Middle East with a value in excess of $300 million.

Commercial arbitration, 2016-2017
Advised a leading European private equity group on an SIAC arbitration on a dispute arising out of a business acquisition.

Joint venture dispute, 2016-2017
Advised an Asian company on a joint venture dispute under Singapore law with a value in excess of $300 million.

US bankruptcy litigation, 2015-2016
Represented the official committee of unsecured creditors of an American oil and gas company, in connection with a Chapter 11 restructuring.

US litigation, 2015-2016
Represented a leading energy company in a purported consumer class action alleging deliveries of adulterated heating oil.

Speaking Engagements

"Cross Institutional Consolidation: The Road Ahead", 3rd CARTAL Conference on International Arbitration, Jodhpur (2018)


Bifurcation of Claims when Set-Off Looms, Indian Journal of Arbitration Law, Volume 7, Issue 1, July 2018, (Co-author with Matthew Secomb)

No cross-contract set-off under Security of Payment Act, August 2017, (Co-author, with Matthew Secomb and Adam Wallin)

Third Party Funding For Arbitration: An Opportunity for Singapore to Lead the Way in Regulation, Asian Dispute Review, 2016, (Co-author, with Matthew Secomb and Thomas Wingfield)

Third Party Funding: a New Chapter in Hong Kong & Singapore, July 2016, (Co-author, with Matthew Secomb, Melody Chan and Thomas Wingfield)