Kevin Lim

Director

Kevin Lim is a director at Gateway and co-leads the international arbitration practice. He specialises in international arbitration and acts as both advocate and arbitrator. He has been involved in approximately 50 international arbitrations in more than 10 years of practice, and is dual-qualified in Singapore and England & Wales.

Kevin has represented clients in arbitrations around the world, focusing on joint venture, energy, technology, infrastructure, and investor-state disputes. These include some of Asia’s most complex and high-value disputes.

Recent examples include securing an award of US$ 158 million and dismissal of US$ 350 million in counterclaims in an ICC arbitration concerning a nuclear power plant, and successfully defending US$ 1.69 billion in counterclaims in an UNCITRAL arbitration concerning a joint operating agreement. He is also currently engaged to advise a State on a multi-billion dollar investment dispute.

In addition to his work as counsel, Kevin regularly sits as arbitrator, and has rendered multiple awards in complex commercial disputes. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and is listed as an arbitrator with the SIAC, HKIAC, KCAB, AIAC, and THAC.

Before joining Gateway, Kevin was a senior member in the global disputes practice of a leading international law firm, King & Spalding, where he practised for more than eight years. He was also previously State Counsel with the Singapore Attorney-General’s Chambers (International Affairs Division). There, he represented and advised the Singapore Government on public international law matters, including investor-state disputes and investment treaty negotiations.

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  • LL.B. with Honours, National University of Singapore
  • Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore
  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Reserve Panel of Arbitrators
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), List of Arbitrators
  • Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB) International, Panel of International Arbitrators
  • Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC), Panel of Arbitrators
  • Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC), Panel of Arbitrators

*Note: This list includes matters worked on before joining Gateway.

  • Represented an international oil and gas company in an UNCITRAL arbitration in South-East Asia concerning a joint operating agreement. We successfully defended our client against US$1.69 billion in counterclaims and helped secure a worldwide asset freezing injunction and an anti-suit injunction. The remaining claims and counterclaims, worth US$130 million, were successfully settled.
  • Represented GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy in an ICC arbitration in Taipei against Taiwan Power Company, concerning the design and construction of the Lungmen nuclear power plant in Taiwan. Our client secured an award of substantially all relief sought, including payment of US$158 million, which was received in full, and the dismissal of counterclaims valued at US$350 million.
  • Represented InterGlobe Enterprises in an LCIA arbitration against Rakesh Gangwal and related parties in relation to the ownership and management of IndiGo, India’s largest airline. The arbitration was seated in New Delhi and administered by the LCIA.
  • Advising a State on its disputes with a group of investors under multiple investment treaties. Billions of dollars are at stake.
  • Represented Samsung C&T Corporation in multiple arbitrations and adjudications against different parties arising out of the engineering and construction of the Roy Hill Iron Ore project in Western Australia. Hundreds of millions of dollars were in dispute.
  • Represented a U.S. multinational as claimant in an ICC arbitration in Singapore against a large Philippines telecommunications company, concerning the termination of our client’s project for shipboard satellite communications. We secured all of the relief our client sought, including substantial damages and dismissal of all counterclaims.
  • Representing two affiliates of a US multinational in an UNCITRAL arbitration in Singapore against an Asian power company, concerning misappropriation of our clients’ technology under a licensing agreement. More than US$27 million is in dispute.
  • Representing three affiliates of a US multinational in an ICC arbitration in London against an Indian infrastructure conglomerate. English and Indian law govern. Our clients have already obtained security for their claims through worldwide freezing injunctions over the respondent’s assets issued by an ICC-appointed Emergency Arbitrator and the Tribunal.
  • Represented a major South East Asian conglomerate in a SIAC arbitration in Singapore against Indonesian entities concerning a shareholders dispute over South East Asian infrastructure projects valued at more than US$1 billion.
  • Represented an affiliate of a Philippines conglomerate in two related HKIAC arbitrations in Hong Kong concerning the construction of a coal power plant. More than US$240 million was in dispute. The matter was successfully settled.
  • Represented two affiliates of a Chinese clean energy company in an ICC arbitration in Singapore against an oil major, concerning non-delivery of LNG cargoes, suspension of payments, and claims of force majeure. More than US$168 million was in dispute. The matter was successfully settled.
  • Represented a UK construction contractor in an ICSID arbitration against Turkmenistan. Obtained a landmark award upholding ICSID jurisdiction under the UK-Turkmenistan BIT based on the most favoured nation provision in the BIT.
  • Represented a Russian corporation in an LCIA arbitration in London against a major European bank concerning a guarantee dispute.
  • Represented a Korean industrial company in an SIAC arbitration in Singapore against a Japanese trading house concerning a tax sharing dispute.

*Note: This list includes matters worked on before joining Gateway.

  • Currently sitting as sole arbitrator in an international arbitration under the SIAC Rules.
  • Recently rendered a 250-page Final Award as sole arbitrator in a complex dispute regarding the construction of a high-rise office block. The arbitration was held under the SIAC Rules and seated in Singapore.
  • Recently rendered a Final Award as sole arbitrator in a Singapore-seated SIAC arbitration, concerning a financial services dispute.
  • Rendered a Final Award as sole arbitrator in a Singapore-seated SIAC arbitration, concerning breach of warranties and indemnities in an international contract for the sale of land.
ACADEMIC BACKGROUND
  • LL.B. with Honours, National University of Singapore
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
  • Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore
  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
ARBITRATOR PANELS
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Reserve Panel of Arbitrators
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), List of Arbitrators
  • Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB) International, Panel of International Arbitrators
  • Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC), Panel of Arbitrators
  • Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC), Panel of Arbitrators
REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS AS COUNSEL

*Note: This list includes matters worked on before joining Gateway.

  • Represented an international oil and gas company in an UNCITRAL arbitration in South-East Asia concerning a joint operating agreement. We successfully defended our client against US$1.69 billion in counterclaims and helped secure a worldwide asset freezing injunction and an anti-suit injunction. The remaining claims and counterclaims, worth US$130 million, were successfully settled.
  • Represented GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy in an ICC arbitration in Taipei against Taiwan Power Company, concerning the design and construction of the Lungmen nuclear power plant in Taiwan. Our client secured an award of substantially all relief sought, including payment of US$158 million, which was received in full, and the dismissal of counterclaims valued at US$350 million.
  • Represented InterGlobe Enterprises in an LCIA arbitration against Rakesh Gangwal and related parties in relation to the ownership and management of IndiGo, India’s largest airline. The arbitration was seated in New Delhi and administered by the LCIA.
  • Advising a State on its disputes with a group of investors under multiple investment treaties. Billions of dollars are at stake.
  • Represented Samsung C&T Corporation in multiple arbitrations and adjudications against different parties arising out of the engineering and construction of the Roy Hill Iron Ore project in Western Australia. Hundreds of millions of dollars were in dispute.
  • Represented a U.S. multinational as claimant in an ICC arbitration in Singapore against a large Philippines telecommunications company, concerning the termination of our client’s project for shipboard satellite communications. We secured all of the relief our client sought, including substantial damages and dismissal of all counterclaims.
  • Representing two affiliates of a US multinational in an UNCITRAL arbitration in Singapore against an Asian power company, concerning misappropriation of our clients’ technology under a licensing agreement. More than US$27 million is in dispute.
  • Representing three affiliates of a US multinational in an ICC arbitration in London against an Indian infrastructure conglomerate. English and Indian law govern. Our clients have already obtained security for their claims through worldwide freezing injunctions over the respondent’s assets issued by an ICC-appointed Emergency Arbitrator and the Tribunal.
  • Represented a major South East Asian conglomerate in a SIAC arbitration in Singapore against Indonesian entities concerning a shareholders dispute over South East Asian infrastructure projects valued at more than US$1 billion.
  • Represented an affiliate of a Philippines conglomerate in two related HKIAC arbitrations in Hong Kong concerning the construction of a coal power plant. More than US$240 million was in dispute. The matter was successfully settled.
  • Represented two affiliates of a Chinese clean energy company in an ICC arbitration in Singapore against an oil major, concerning non-delivery of LNG cargoes, suspension of payments, and claims of force majeure. More than US$168 million was in dispute. The matter was successfully settled.
  • Represented a UK construction contractor in an ICSID arbitration against Turkmenistan. Obtained a landmark award upholding ICSID jurisdiction under the UK-Turkmenistan BIT based on the most favoured nation provision in the BIT.
  • Represented a Russian corporation in an LCIA arbitration in London against a major European bank concerning a guarantee dispute.
  • Represented a Korean industrial company in an SIAC arbitration in Singapore against a Japanese trading house concerning a tax sharing dispute.
REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS AS ARBITRATOR

*Note: This list includes matters worked on before joining Gateway.

  • Currently sitting as sole arbitrator in an international arbitration under the SIAC Rules.
  • Recently rendered a 250-page Final Award as sole arbitrator in a complex dispute regarding the construction of a high-rise office block. The arbitration was held under the SIAC Rules and seated in Singapore.
  • Recently rendered a Final Award as sole arbitrator in a Singapore-seated SIAC arbitration, concerning a financial services dispute.
  • Rendered a Final Award as sole arbitrator in a Singapore-seated SIAC arbitration, concerning breach of warranties and indemnities in an international contract for the sale of land.
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