Philip Tan

Associate, Singapore



Philip Tan is a member of the Firm's International Arbitration practice in Asia, with experience in a range of complex contract and business disputes. Philip also plays an advisory role in various transactional matters.

Philip is also actively involved in pro bono work. In his most recent case, he assisted in the successful representation of an indigent criminal defendant in a criminal appeal before the New York Appellate Term – First Department. 

At Columbia Law School, Philip was named James Kent Scholar for two consecutive years. He also served as a part-time student intern to a federal district judge at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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


Advising a Japanese engineering company on a potential Singapore-seated ICC arbitration for a major South-East Asian project.

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

Advising an Asian power company in relation to a potential ICC arbitration regarding LNG pricing.

Advising an Asian company on a joint venture dispute under Singapore law with a value in excess of $300 million.

Advising 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.

Advising a major South Korean contractor in relation to a dispute concerning the supply of construction equipment to a Brazilian company.

Represented the official committee of unsecured creditors of an American oil and gas company, in connection with a Chapter 11 restructuring.

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)