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Cathryn Neo

Partner   |  
FCIArb; Advocate & Solicitor (Singapore); Solicitor (Victoria, Australia); Solicitor (England & Wales)

Cathryn is a triple-qualified (Singapore, England & Wales, and Australia (Vic)) dispute resolution specialist. Cathryn has a broad commercial disputes practice with experience in international arbitration, insolvency and restructuring, and mediation.

key areas of practice

  • Commercial Disputes
  • Dispute Resolution
  • International Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Restructuring & Insolvency

Cathryn is a bilingual (English and Mandarin), triple-qualified (Singapore, England & Wales, and Australia (Vic)) dispute resolution specialist. Cathryn has a broad commercial disputes practice with experience in international arbitration, insolvency and restructuring, and mediation.  She also works closely with our China Practice to advise clients on cross-border China-related disputes.

 

Prior to joining the Firm, Cathryn practised in the Dispute Resolution team of a leading UK international law firm in Singapore. She handled high-value commercial disputes under the SIAC, ICC and HKIAC rules in the financial as well as energy and construction sectors.

 

An accredited HKIAC Tribunal Secretary, Cathryn has assisted arbitral tribunals in numerous institutional and ad hoc arbitrations in her previous role as an Associate for a leading arbitrator, Dr Michael Hwang SC. In addition to her experience in international arbitration, Cathryn also worked with a panel of judges at the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts on issues relating to the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards.

 

Cathryn regularly assists clients in managing cross-border litigation, including before the Australian, Brunei and Indonesian courts. She has advised and acted for global financial institutions in several prominent contentious insolvency and restructuring matters in the Singapore courts.

 

Cathryn is an accredited mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb).

 

She has co-authored a book chapter and several case reports on landmark arbitration decisions which are published in Kluwer Institute for Transnational Arbitration Case Reports. Cathryn currently sits as co-Vice Chairperson on the Women in Practice Committee of the Law Society of Singapore. She is a committee member of the Beihai Asia International Arbitration Centre and was also recently appointed as the inaugural chairperson of the Young Practitioners Network for the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb).

 

 

Cathryn 是PDLegal LLC争议解决部门的合伙人,具有英格兰和威尔士, 新加坡 和 澳大利亚(维多利亚州)律师执业资格。Cathryn 能讲流利的英语和普通话。 她也与我所的中国事务部密切合作,为客户提供跨国争议法律意见。在加入 PDLegal LLC 之前,Cathryn 在新加坡一家领先的英国国际律师事务所的争议解决团队中执业。 Cathryn在商事争议领域的执业经验广泛,对于国际仲裁、破产与重组和调解事宜经验丰富。

 

她对于金融、能源与建筑领域的争议有着丰富的经验,曾处理新加坡国际仲裁中心、国际商会和香港国际仲裁中心规则下开展的多起高标的商事仲裁。

 

作为香港国际仲裁中心的正式仲裁庭秘书,Cathryn 之前在知名仲裁律师事务所 Dr Michael Hwang SC.担任律师期间,曾协助仲裁庭处理多起机构仲裁和特别仲裁。Cathryn不仅具备国际仲裁经验,还就仲裁裁决的认可与执行事宜与迪拜国际金融中心法院的法官有合作经验。Cathryn屡屡协助客户管理在澳大利亚、文莱和印度尼西亚等地的法院进行的跨境诉讼案件。她还代表国际金融机构处理在新加坡法院进行的多起重大破产与重组诉讼。

 

Cathryn是新加坡调解中心的正式调解员, 也同时是英国皇家特许仲裁员协会的资深会员 (FCIArb)。

 

她曾与他人共同撰写某书籍中的章节,并且共同发表过关于标志性仲裁裁定的案例分析,发表于《Kluwer 跨国仲裁院案例报告》。 Cathryn 目前是新加坡律师协会女性律师委员会的联合副主席。她同时是北海亚洲国际仲裁中⼼的委员会成员,也近期被委任为新加坡仲裁员委员会(SIArb)青年从业者协会(Young Practitioners Network)的首任会长。

 

key areas of practice

  • Commercial Disputes
  • Dispute Resolution
  • International Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Restructuring & Insolvency

Areas Of Practice And Experience

Disputes/ International Arbitration / 争议/国际仲裁

  • A syndicate of lenders

In an AU$1 billion dispute concerning the financing of numerous coal projects and related debt-to-equity swap on the borrower’s default (SIAC arbitration with associated litigation in NSW, Australia and anti-suit injunction proceedings in Singapore).

  • 贷款人银团

代表贷款人银团就所涉金额高达10亿澳元的争议提供法律服务,该争议涉及多个煤炭项目的融资以及借款人违约后的相关债转股交易(所涉法律程序包括新加坡国际仲裁中心仲裁、在澳大利亚新南威尔士州开展的相关诉讼以及在新加坡开展的禁诉令程序)。

  • A Japanese contractor

In a successful US$ 125 million SIAC arbitration proceedings (Singapore-seated) arising from the termination of a Consortium Agreement for the construction of a geothermal power plant in Indonesia.

  • 某日本承包商

代表某日本承包商就在终止印度尼西亚某地热发电厂的建设联合体协议引起的新加坡国际仲裁中心仲裁中胜诉提供法律服务(所涉金额达1.25亿美元,仲裁地为新加坡)。

  • A renewable energy company

On various EOT and additional cost claims arising out of the construction of a 72 megawatt wind power plant in Indonesia (potential ICC arbitration in Singapore).

  • 某可再生能源公司

代表某可再生能源公司就在印度尼西亚建造72 MW 风电厂引起的各种 EOT 和额外费用索赔提供法律服务(可能依据国际商会仲裁规则在新加坡仲裁)。

  • A renewable energy company

On various disputes arising out of the construction of four utility-scale solar photovoltaic plants in Indonesia (potential ICC arbitration in Singapore).

  • 某可再生能源公司

代表某可再生能源公司就在印度尼西亚建设四个公共事业规模的太阳能光伏电厂导致的多项争议提供法律服务(可能依据国际商会仲裁规则在新加坡仲裁)。

  • A Brunei government entity

In relation to Singapore-seated, SIAC arbitration concerning defects on a housing development project in Brunei.

  • 某文莱政府实体

代表某文莱政府实体就文莱某住房开发项目的施工缺陷引发的新加坡国际仲裁中心仲裁提供法律服务(仲裁地为新加坡)。

  • A Malaysian company in an ongoing BANI arbitration (Jakarta-seated)

In relation to multi-million dollar claims arising from the construction of a subsea oil pipeline located offshore Indonesia.

  • 某马来西亚公司尚在审理中的印度尼西亚国家仲裁委员会仲裁(仲裁地为雅加达)

代表某马来西亚公司就涉及印度尼西亚近海海底石油管道施工的数百万美元索赔进行的印度尼西亚国家仲裁委员会仲裁(尚在审理中,仲裁地为雅加达)提供法律服务。

  • A global resources company

In relation to Chinese import restrictions on Australian coal, including issues of force majeure, repudiation, frustration, contractual termination and re-sale.

  • 某国际资源公司

代表某国际资源公司就中国对澳大利亚煤炭的进口限制提供法律服务,涉及不可抗力、拒绝履行合同、合同落空、合同终止和再销售问题。

  • A Japanese contractor

In relation to setting aside proceedings on a Singapore-seated, ICC arbitral award relating to defect and delay issues in the construction of a polycrystalline silicon plant in Southeast Asia.

  • 某日本承包商

代表某日本承包商就撤销根据国际商会仲裁规则作出的仲裁裁决提供法律服务(原仲裁在新加坡进行,涉及东南亚某多晶硅厂的施工缺陷和延误)。

Restructuring and Insolvency (重组与破产)

  • An Australian bank lender in Singapore High Court proceedings relating to a moratorium and scheme of arrangement application by a global resources company.
  • 某澳大利亚贷款行

代表某澳大利亚贷款行就有关某国际能源公司向新加坡高等法院提交的债务延期偿付和重组安排计划申请提供法律服务。

  • An Australian bank lender in a high profile Singapore High Court proceedings relating to the restructuring and subsequent liquidation of by a trading company.
  • 某澳大利亚贷款行

代表某澳大利亚贷款行就某贸易公司在新加坡高等法院进行的备受关注的重组和后续清算程序提供法律服务。

Tribunal Secretary Experience / 担任仲裁庭秘书期间的工作经验

  • Singapore and Middle Eastern companies

Appointed as tribunal secretary for an SIAC arbitration (Singapore-seated) involving a back-to-back commodities dispute between Singapore and Middle Eastern companies.

  • 新加坡和中东公司

作为指定仲裁庭秘书处理新加坡和中东公司之间涉及背对背商品争议的新加坡国际仲裁中心仲裁(仲裁地为新加坡)。

  • A Korean bank and a Cambodian company

Appointed as tribunal secretary for an ICC arbitration involving a USD 60 million dispute on a land purchase agreement between a Korean bank and a Cambodian company. The arbitration involved issues of jurisdiction and Cambodian subrogation law. (Seat: Singapore; Governing law: Cambodian law).

  • 某韩国银行和某柬埔寨公司

作为指定仲裁庭秘书处理某国际商会仲裁,该仲裁涉及某韩国银行和某柬埔寨公司之间因土地购买协议产生的6000万美元争议,涉及管辖权和柬埔寨代位追偿方面的法律问题(仲裁地为新加坡,管辖法为柬埔寨法)。

  • Various Clients

Appointed as tribunal secretary for an ICC arbitration involving a USD 60 million dispute regarding patent infringement. (Seat: London; Governing law: Indian law).

  • 多位客户

作为指定仲裁庭秘书处理对于所涉金额达6000万美元的专利侵权争议的国际商会仲裁(仲裁地为伦敦,管辖法为印度法)。

  • Hong Kong company and a PRC company

Appointed as tribunal secretary for an SIAC arbitration involving a USD 24 million dispute in an agency agreement between a Hong Kong company and a PRC company. (Seat: Singapore; Governing Law: English law).

  • 某香港公司与某中国大陆公司

作为指定仲裁庭秘书处理对于某香港公司与某中国大陆公司之间因代理协议产生的2400万美元争议的新加坡国际仲裁中心仲裁(仲裁地为新加坡,管辖法为英国法)。

  • Various Clients

Assistant to the tribunal for a HKIAC arbitration which involved issues of liability in connection with the establishment of a joint venture in the automotive industry. The arbitration was later conjoined with another arbitration. (Seat: Hong Kong (UNCITRAL Rules); Governing law: PRC law).

  • 多位客户

作为仲裁庭助理处理涉及成立汽车合资企业的相关责任问题的香港国际仲裁中心仲裁,该仲裁后来与另一项仲裁合并审理。(仲裁地为香港,适用联合国国际贸易法委员会仲裁规则,管辖法为中国法)。

  • A Hong Kong public listed company and a private equity firm

Assistant to the tribunal for a HKIAC arbitration concerning a share purchase agreement between a Hong Kong public listed company and a private equity firm. The arbitration involved allegations of fraud, deceit and misrepresentation. (Seat: Hong Kong; Governing law: Hong Kong law).

  • 某香港上市公司与某私募股权公司

作为仲裁庭助理处理某香港上市公司与某私募股权公司之间因股权收购协议引发的香港国际仲裁中心仲裁,涉及欺诈、欺骗和虚假陈述指控。(仲裁地为香港,管辖法为香港法)。

  • A Chinese company, Singapore company and a Middle Eastern company.

Assistant to the tribunal for an SIAC arbitration involving contractual disputes between a Chinese company, Singapore company and a Middle Eastern company. (Seat: Singapore; Governing law: CISG/ Singapore law).

  • 某中国公司、某新加坡公司和某中东公司

作为仲裁庭助理处理某中国公司、新加坡公司和某中东公司之间因合同争议引发的新加坡国际仲裁中心仲裁(仲裁地为新加坡,管辖法为《联合国国际货物销售合同公约》/新加坡法)。

  • Various Clients

Assistant to the tribunal in an expedited SIAC arbitration which involved a contractual interpretation of a shareholders’ agreement (Seat: Singapore; Governing law: Singapore law).

  • 多位客户

作为仲裁庭助理处理涉及股东协议的合同解释的新加坡国际仲裁中心快速仲裁程序(仲裁地为新加坡,管辖法为新加坡法)。

  • Various Clients

Assistant to the tribunal in an SIAC arbitration concerning breaches of terms and warranties in a sale and purchase agreement (Seat: Singapore; Governing law: Singapore; completed).

  • 多位客户

作为仲裁庭助理处理有关违反买卖合同项下条款和保证的新加坡国际仲裁中心仲裁(仲裁地为新加坡,管辖法为新加坡法,已审理完毕)。

  • A German company and a Malaysian company

Assistant to the tribunal in an ICC arbitration concerning a violation of an agreement to pay post-contractual commissions under a terminated agency agreement between a German company and a Malaysian company. (Seat: Kuala Lumpur; Governing law: English law).

  • 某德国公司和某马来西亚公司

作为仲裁庭助理处理有关违反某德国公司和某马来西亚公司之间已终止的代理协议项下事后佣金支付约定的国际商会仲裁(仲裁地为吉隆坡,管辖法为英国法)。

  • Various Clients

Assistant to the tribunal for an SIAC arbitration (Singapore-seated) involving a multi-million dollar dispute arising from a contract for the sale and purchase of urea.

  • 多位客户

作为仲裁庭助理处理因尿素买卖合同引发的数百万美元争议的相关新加坡国际仲裁中心仲裁(仲裁地为新加坡)。

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts Experience / 迪拜国际金融中心(DIFC)法院相关经验

  • DIFC Courts

Assisted Dr Michael Hwang S.C. in his position as the Chief Justice of the DIFC Courts in case management and preparation for appellate hearings.

  • DIFC法院

协助DIFC法院首席法官Michael Hwang S.C.博士完成案件管理和上诉案件的审理准备工作。

  • DIFC Courts

Assisted Dr Michael Hwang S.C. in his position as a judge on the panel of the Judicial Tribunal of the Dubai Courts and the DIFC Courts in matters concerning jurisdiction.

  • DIFC法院

协助Michael Hwang S.C.博士作为迪拜法院和DIFC法院的裁判庭法官处理管辖权相关事宜。

  • DIFC Court of Appeal

Assisted the DIFC Court of Appeal in a landmark decision involving the recognition and enforcement of a foreign judgment.

  • DIFC上诉法院

协助DIFC上诉法院处理对于某外国判决的认可和执行作出的重大判决。

  • DIFC Court of Appeal

Assisted the DIFC Court of Appeal in jurisdictional proceedings which required an examination of UAE civil law.

  • DIFC上诉法院

协助DIFC上诉法院处理涉及阿联酋民法的管辖权程序。

  • DIFC Court of Appeal

Assisted the DIFC Court of Appeal in appeal proceedings which involved a tripartite investment agreement. The proceedings involved an examination of Murabaha Agreements and recurring profit charges.

  • DIFC上诉法院

协助DIFC上诉法院处理有关三方投资协议的上诉程序,涉及加价制协议(Murabaha Agreement)和经常利润费用。

  • DIFC Court of Appeal

Assisted the DIFC Court of Appeal in proceedings between a UK bank and an investment firm. The appeal involved an examination of the principle of set-off in common law and UAE civil law.

  • DIFC上诉法院

协助DIFC上诉法院处理某英国银行与某投资公司之间的诉讼,上诉的审理涉及普通法和阿联酋民法项下的抵销原则。

  • DIFC Court of Appeal

Assisted the DIFC Court of Appeal in a matter which involved a Middle Eastern private equity firm’s proprietary claim over the assets of a private individual. The Court of Appeal dealt with issues such as fraud and breach of fiduciary duties.

  • DIFC上诉法院

协助DIFC上诉法院处理某中东私募股权公司对于个人资产的所有权主张。上诉法院处理了欺诈和违反信托责任等问题。

Disputes (general) / 争议(常规)

  • A US company

In an ad hoc arbitration for a favourable settlement in relation to long-running claims of misrepresentation.

  • 某美国公司

代表某美国公司就通过特别仲裁在旷日持久的虚假陈述索赔中取得有利结果提供法律服务。

Others / 其他

  • A HKIAC challenge panel

Assistant to a HKIAC challenge panel which decided on issues concerning an arbitrator’s disclosure, as well as his/her independence and impartiality.

  • 香港国际仲裁中心某顾问团

作为香港国际仲裁中心某顾问团的助理,协助对某仲裁员的披露行为以及该仲裁员的独立性与公正性问题作出决定。

  • ICC Court

Assistant to Dr Michael Hwang SC in his role as an ICC rapporteur. The task of the rapporteur is to check draft ICC awards in other ICC arbitrations to ensure that all issues have been dealt with in the tribunal’s findings.

  • 国际商会

协助Michael Hwang SC博士处理其国际商会检查员工作。检查员的任务是检查其他国际商会仲裁程序中的国际商会裁决初稿,以确保仲裁庭对全部问题进行了处理。

Publication/ Editorial Contribution

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Singapore Law Society seminar on “Arbitration 101 – An Introductory Course to Arbitration and its Fundamental Concepts” (21 September 2022) on the topic of “Assistance of the National Courts”.
  • Bangkok Arbitration Club webinar on the topic of “Dealing with Jurisdictional Challenges” (2 August 2022) with Assistant Prof Dr Tidarat Sinlapapiromsuk, hosted by the Thai Arbitration Institute.
  • SIArb Roundtable Discussion on “How to Make a Career in Arbitration” (2 June 2022). Moderator for the event. Speakers include Christine Artero, Shobna Chandran, Garry Crossley and Lee Wai Pong.
  • SIArb Webinar on “Interim Measures in Arbitration” (12 August 2021) with Mr Yu-Jin Tay (Mayer Brown), Mr Steven Lim (arbitrator and barrister) and Ms Khyati Raniwala (Reed Smith).
  • BAIAC- ADR HOC Talk on “Introduction to Construction Arbitration” (19 June 2021) with Michael Weatherley of Ashurst
  • SIArb Roundtable Discussion on “How to Make a Career in Arbitration” (27 April 2021). Moderator for the event. Speakers include Mr John Gibson (Brookes Bell), Ms Loretta Malintoppi (39 Essex Chambers), Mr Mohan Pillay (Pinsent Masons) and Mr Johnny Tan (independent arbitrator).

Appointments/ Committees

  • Beihai Asia International Arbitration Centre Committee
  • Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb) Young Practitioners Network Chairperson
  • Law Society Women in Practice Committee Co-Vice Chairperson

Memberships in Professional Bodies

  • Associate Member, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb)
  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)

Volunteering Work

  • Volunteer Lawyer for the Law Society Pro Bono Services
  • Volunteer Lawyer at the Jalan Kayu Legal Clinic

Languages

  • Spoken and written: English & Chinese (Mandarin)

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