International Arbitration | Singapore Litigation

Asiyah Arif


Qualifications & Admissions

  • LL.B (Hons.), Singapore Management University
  • Admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore


Practice Areas

Asiyah Arif

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Area of Expertise

Asiyah is a specialist dispute resolution lawyer who regularly represents clients in complex, sensitive and high-value commercial arbitration and litigation matters.  Her practice covers a diverse range of matters – extending from complex construction law adjudications and tenancy disputes to actions for the enforcement multi-billion dollar foreign judgements in Singapore.

She has broad experience in conducting arbitration under the auspices of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) as well as ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL or other rules, and has acted for clients in related court proceedings to set aside or enforce arbitral awards.

She also frequently advises on employment law issues, including termination disputes, breaches of restrictive covenants, and internal investigations.  In this regards, she has had extensive experience conducting settlement negotiations and advising on settlement agreements which protect her client’s interests.

Asiyah’s main areas of practice are:

  • Corporate and commercial litigation
  • International Arbitration
  • Employment Law
  • Criminal Litigation

Outside of practice, Asiyah is involved in various initiatives to serve the wider community.  She currently serves on the Women in Practice, Project Law Help and International Relations Law Society sub-committees.  Asiyah also sits on the Board of Directors of the Association of Women for Action and Research.

Representative Case Experience

Corporation and Commercial Litigation

  • Represented local holding companies for a multi-million dollar group of Jordanian companies against a claim for US$2.6 billion brought against them by Motorola Credit Solutions, as part of its worldwide effort to enforce a judgment obtained in USA in 2003 against Turkish political dissident Cem Uzan and family.
  • Assisted in acquiring a quia timet injunction for the owner of TripleOne Somerset shopping mall against an anchor tenant of over a lease dispute, which could potentially have derailed a S$900million deal to sell the shopping mall.
  • Represented a subsidiary of one of Malaysia’s largest construction conglomerates in obtaining a judgment setting aside an adjudication award granted to a sub-contractor on the basis of procedural irregularities in the adjudication, and in a complex arbitration involving over 67 heads of claim.
  • Represented a local listed engineering company against a claim for US$ 125 million brought against them by a Saudi Arabian national for alleged breaches of a proxy agreement in relation to procuring an EPC contract from SATORP. Applied to stay proceedings in Singapore on the basis that Saudi Arabia was the appropriate forum. On appeal, the Singapore Court of Appeal stayed proceedings.
  • Represented a Malaysian committee appointed to manage the assets of a mentally incapacitated person in the first application to vest his properties, including his CPF monies, in the foreign committee under the Mental Capacity Act. Argued novel issues in relation to the interpretation and scope of provisions under the Mental Capacity Act and CPF Act.
  • Representing, an Australian venture capital investment company in its A$6.75 million claim against a local investment holding company for damages resulting from a breach of a share sale agreement by the latter, and misrepresentations made in relation to a project to build a cement and clinker plant in Malaysia.

International Arbitration

  • Representing an Australian Company in an SIAC arbitration against a foreign state for prematurely terminating a 20-year concession agreement, in which the team successfully secured its client an award of damages of approximately US$17 million for losses of profits and the costs of arbitration for its client.
  • Representing a the Singapore subsidiary of a prominent Malaysian infrastructure conglomerate in an SIAC arbitration against a local construction company over, represented by one of the biggest law firms in Singapore in a S$10 million construction dispute. Secured a partial award on liability in which the claimant succeeded on all the issues.
  • Advising a foreign company in its potential arbitration against a foreign government for various breaches of a joint venture agreement for losses of profit estimated to be between US$150 to US$$300 million.
  • Representing a well known Malaysian hotel group and its subsidiary in SIAC arbitration proceedings against a foreign party for the wrongful termination of a joint venture agreement, resulting in the client’s losses of profits estimated to be approximately US$4.5 million.
  • Represented a Thai satellite company in ad hoc arbitration proceedings against an Indian television broadcaster for unpaid fees.
  • Represented a group backed by sovereign wealth funds in an SIAC arbitration in Singapore against an $83 million Emergency Arbitration brought by a high profile businessman and art dealer arising from a sale and purchase agreement.

Employment Law

  • Representing a broker from one of the largest brokerage companies in the world in Singapore High Court proceedings commenced against him following the termination of his employment. Obtained a successful settlement for the client.
  • Advised a global fintech platform company on disciplinary investigations against an employee, and the termination of his employment agreement.
  • Advised a Spanish travel technology company in relation to investigations against a director of their Singapore office in relation to the misappropriation of company property and represented them in proceedings in Singapore against the said director.
  • Advised a leading Singapore wealth management company on the termination of one of its employees facing massive public backlash due to his social media posts. Successfully obtained a favourable settlement agreement for the company, and worked with UK Counsel to have defamatory materials published in the online version of a leading UK publication removed within hours.

Special Projects

  • Represented Mr Li Shengwu, the nephew of ex-Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, in civil contempt of court proceedings brought by the Attorney General’s Chambers. Assisted Kenneth Tan S.C. and Harpreet Singh, S.C., who acted as counsel on the matter.
  • Representing Mrs Lee Suet Fern, the daughter-in-law of ex-Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, in disciplinary proceedings brought by the Law Society of Singapore in respect of her alleged professional misconduct over the handling of her father-in-law’s final will. Assisted Kenneth Tan S.C. and Prof Walter Woon, S.C., who acted as counsel on the matter.
  • Advised an international oil services and production company in relation to potential claims in Singapore against its former employee in relation to stolen data regarding the 1MDB funds.
  • Represented Mr Deepak Sharma, ex-Chairman of Citi Private Bank, in a judicial review application involving a review committee’s decision to dismiss a complaint of gross overcharging against two senior lawyers.

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