International Arbitration

Shobna has spent her entire 15 year career doing international arbitration, having handled arbitration matters in excess of billion dollars. These cases range from telecommunications to pharmaceutical industry to solar/renewable energy, shareholder disputes and banking and finance related disputes. The jurisdictions involve include Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, India, USA and Africa.

Shobna has led complex cross border matters under the auspices of the SIAC, ICC, LCIA and HKIAC Rules. She is very familiar with the procedural innovations under each of these rules, and regularly contributes to the thought leadership discourse and debates in the international arbitration global community. Shobna is also a Fellow with the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.

Shobna has also been involved in cutting edge international law briefs including boundary disputes, law of the sea matters and advising clients on investment treaty claims against Asian states. Shobna has a particular interest in climate change related and more generally international disputes in the ESG space. In one of her notable caes, Shobna represented VTB Bank at the Court of Appeal in 2019, where the Court considered for the first time complex points of law regarding the interaction between arbitration and insolvency. (AnAn Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd v VTB Bank (Public Joint Stock Co) [2020] 1 SGCA 33).

Other international arbitration matters include

  • Acting for an American technology company in a SIAC arbitration relation to a breach of a distributorship agreement with a Vietnamese technology solution provider
  • Acting for an international bank in a SIAC arbitration relation to breach of a derivatives agreement for a claim worth over USD250million
  • Acting for a major service provider in the airline industry against a joint venture partner in South Asia (arbitration in London under LCIA Rules, claim sum US$450 million)
  • Representing clients who are in the defence technology industry / space in an ICC arbitration for a US$200 million against an Asian state in relation to provision of weapons and defence technology equipment
  • Representing an Indian listed company in a SIAC arbitration arising out of a share purchase agreement valued at more than US$800 million
  • Representing a multinational company in the renewables sector in an arbitration arising out of a Joint Venture Agreement and Supply Agreement with one of its joint venture partners. The claim is in excess of US$100 million