Yee Leong is the Co-Head of the Firm’s International Arbitration Practice and Head of the Firm’s Restructuring & Insolvency Practice. In international arbitration, he focuses on the areas of construction, energy, oil and gas, power and infrastructure projects and investment and commercial disputes in South East Asia, South Asia, Japan and South Korea. In practice for more than 32 years, Yee Leong is recognised as a leading international dispute resolution practitioner in the Asia-Pacific region.
For restructuring and insolvency, Yee Leong has been involved in the high-profile restructuring matter for Hyflux involving complex issues of insolvency law as well as myriad of regulatory and technical issues. Yee Leong was also involved in the cross-border restructuring of the Triyards Group.
Yee Leong has been consistently recommended for his capability in international arbitration in various leading legal publications. Amongst others, in Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific, a client highlighted his “advocacy skills” adding that “he was able to point out certain angles the other lawyers didn’t.”, he was also mentioned as “an active, ‘very capable and well-known’ international arbitration specialist” and was noted as a “prominent figure in the region, thanks to his years of experience in countries such as Singapore, Malaysia and Laos”. Yee Leong was also one of the nominees (and the only Asian nominee) for the Global Arbitration Review inaugural “Advocate of the Year” award and has been named Singapore International Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers. Best Lawyers honours a single lawyer in all major practice areas and regions as “Lawyer of the Year,” based on peer-review assessments. The award reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned for excellence, professionalism and integrity.
Yee Leong is a Chartered Arbitrator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He is the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and also on the panel of arbitrators for SIAC, Asian International Arbitration Centre and CIArb Presidential Panel of Arbitrators. He is also a Jurisdictional Council Member for Singapore for Inter-Pacific Bar Association. Yee Leong also served as a director of Singapore LNG Pte Ltd from 2011 to 2015.
In 2018, he was among the inaugural batch of select practitioners to be recognised as a Senior Accredited Specialist in Building and Construction Law by the Singapore Academy of Law.
Yee Leong is concurrently a Partner in Rahmat Lim & Partners, the Firm's associate firm in Malaysia. To read more about his practice in Malaysia, please click here.
- Represented a Malaysian steel manufacturer against an Italian steel plant supplier in two ICC arbitrations seated in Singapore arising out of termination of an agreement for the supply of a steel plant in Prai, Malaysia with claims in excess of RM1 billion.
- Represented a Japanese contractor against a Korean contractor in an SIAC arbitration in claims in excess of US$200 million arising out of underground train project in Ho Chi Minh City.
- Representing a Singapore rig maker against its joint venture partners in four SIAC arbitrations in claims for the aggregate sums of US$30 million arising out a sale and purchase of shares and construction of a rig in Kazakhstan.