Wendy LIN is a Partner in the Commercial & Corporate Disputes and International Arbitration Practices.
Wendy is a commercial litigator who specialises in high-value, multi-jurisdictional, and complex disputes. Her active practice covers a wide array of commercial and corporate, cross-border trade and investment, fraud, shipping, and insolvency disputes.
Wendy regularly appears as counsel (including against Senior Counsel) before the High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as in arbitrations conducted under various arbitral rules, including the SIAC, ICC, HKIAC, UNCITRAL, ICSID and LMAA rules. She is also actively involved in arbitration-related court proceedings, the most recent of which includes securing a rare setting-aside by the Singapore Courts of a substantial arbitral award.
Some recent notable matters for which Wendy has been instructed as counsel include acting in two-related ICC arbitrations arising out of the sale and purchase of one of South East Asia’s leading renewable energy companies based in Thailand; acting for the majority-owned subsidiary of a Singapore-listed company in pursuing a multimillion claim in the Singapore High Court against a Malaysia-listed company and in related cross-border litigation proceedings; securing a substantial HKIAC arbitral award on behalf of a Malaysia-listed healthcare company against its former joint venture partner, a PRC state-owned pharmaceutical enterprise; securing the recognition of a RM16.8 million claim on behalf of two Sarawak state-owned companies in a heavily contested Singapore High Court action against Asia Pulp & Paper Co. Ltd; and pursuing a multimillion claim in the Singapore High Court against a large trust/wealth management company for breaches of duty of care.
Other matters of significance which Wendy has been involved in include acting for the liquidator of one of the largest steel manufacturers in South East Asia in a dispute with Indian purchasers involving claims of over US$600 million, governed by Philippine law, and in achieving a rare setting-aside of an SIAC arbitration award of over US$100 million, which gave rise to novel and complex issues as to the implications of this setting-aside (decided for the first time by the Court of Appeal); successfully acting for an Italian company, one of the pioneers in the field of pipe coating for the oil and gas industries, in an ICC arbitration against its former joint venture partner, a large Malaysia-listed company, involving claims of more than US$60 million; and successfully acting for the Independent State of Papua New Guinea (“PNG”) in defeating the claim brought against it by the PNG Sustainable Development Program Limited (“PNGSDP”) at the jurisdictional stage, marking the first win for a Singapore law firm in an ICSID arbitration, as well as for PNG in a parallel proceedings before the Singapore High Court concerning the management of PNGSDP’s US$1.5 billion assets.
Wendy graduated from the National University of Singapore, which she represented in the Jessup International Law Moot (in the U.S.).
Wendy was appointed Young Amicus Curiae by the Supreme Court in 2010/2011 and 2011/2012. She has been praised for being “very analytical in her approach” and having “an excellent grasp of the law” by The Legal 500: Asia Pacific – The Client’s Guide to the Asia Pacific Legal Profession 2015.
Wendy is a Contributing Editor of the Singapore “White Book” (Singapore Civil Procedure) as well as to the Annotated Acts for the International Arbitration Act (Chapter 143A) and Arbitration Act (Chapter 10).