Vee Vian Thien

Associate, London

Biography

Overview

Vee Vian is an associate in White & Case's International Arbitration group based in London, and her experience includes both commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration. She has acted in arbitrations held under a variety of rules (ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, SIAC, HKIAC, JCAA and ICSID, in particular the ICC and SIAC emergency arbitrator provisions) in Singapore, London, Japan and Hong Kong. Her experience includes representing clients, both states and companies, in Asia and Europe across a wide array of business sectors, including oil & gas, energy, construction, automobile manufacturing, biotechnology, real estate development and medical software. Vee Vian also has experience of litigation before the English, Indian and Singapore courts, including anti-suit injunctions in support of arbitration and enforcement of emergency orders, interim relief and arbitral awards.

In addition, Vee Vian has a wide range of restructuring, insolvency and finance experience advising creditors, in particular financial institutions, on recovery and enforcement rights in both consensual restructurings and contentious insolvencies in Hong Kong, India, Singapore, the UAE and the UK. She was the International Chamber of Commerce Young Arbitrator Forum Regional Chapter Representative for Hong Kong from 2017-2019 and joined White & Case in 2019 from another leading international law firm.

Vee Vian regularly speaks and publishes on international arbitration topics. She has been invited as a speaker at events hosted by UNCITRAL, UNESCAP, ICC YAF, Young ICCA, the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, among others.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
Hong Kong
New York State Bar
Education
Legal Practice Course
College of Law
Master of Law
Harvard University
LLB
Cambridge University
Languages
English

Experience

International Arbitration

Representing an oil & gas company in disputes with joint venture partner over Middle East oil fields.

Acted for Spanish/Canadian operator on dispute with Southeast Asian nation regarding drilling operations in the South China Sea (ICC, Singapore seat and ICSID).*

Advised oil & gas major on dispute on abandonment liability as operator of oil fields in the PRC under PRC law (UNCITRAL, Singapore seat).*

Advised Middle East oil & gas company on treaty structuring of investments in Southeast Asia.*

Represented Pakistan against Karkey in ICSID multibillion arbitration concerning a barge and ship rental power project.*

Represented Philippine energy company in connected disputes regarding geothermal power plant: (i) ICC arbitration seated in Singapore against contractor under Philippine law (emergency arbitrator proceedings); and (ii) against insurance providers (SIAC, Singapore seat).*

Represented a major Japanese automobile manufacturer in JCAA arbitration seated in Tokyo, Japan against former exclusive Saudi distributor under Japanese and Saudi law. Acted for same client in dispute with Indian former joint venture partner under Indian law (ICC, Singapore seat). Advised client in disputes with dealers, distributors and joint venture partners in Saudi Arabia (JCAA, Tokyo seat), Malaysia (UNCITRAL, Kuala Lumpur seat) and Vietnam (ICC, Singapore seat) under Japanese, Malaysian, Singaporean and Vietnamese law*

Represented Mauritian private equity fund in ICC arbitration seated in Singapore against Indian joint venture partner under Indian law (including antisuit proceedings).*

Acted for German investment bank in SIAC arbitration seated in Singapore against Singaporean individuals under Singaporean law (emergency arbitrator proceedings).*

Advised Dutch multinational company on dispute with PRC joint venture partner (HKIAC, Hong Kong seat) under Hong Kong law.*

* Experience prior to joining White & Case in 2019.