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Chanaka Kumarasinghe



10 Collyer Quay
#18-01 Ocean Financial Centre
Singapore 049315

Office Telephone: +65 6411 5300
Office Fax: +65 6411 5355

Direct Dial (Singapore): +65 6411 5314

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Chanaka is a partner in HFW's Energy & Resources / International Arbitration group. He joined HFW (London) in 2002 and has been permanently based in HFW (Singapore) since 2005.

Chanaka advises on and represents parties in international arbitrations administered by the SIAC and the ICC (as well as in ad hoc arbitrations and mediations). He handles large, complex multi-jurisdictional international arbitrations. He has recently managed disputes in Brazil, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, UAE, Iraq, India, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Korea and China. He has successfully applied for appointment of Emergency Arbitrators for urgent interim relief and has secured various injunctions from arbitration tribunals, including injunctions under the rarely used Security for Claim jurisdiction.

He regularly leads on the drafting and negotiation of a broad range of contracts for the construction and charter of FPSOs, MODUs, PSVs, and offshore modules including PRE-FEED, FEED, EPC, and EPCIC contracts. Given his credibility in the sector going back over a decade, Chanaka also advises on various offshore services agreements relating to installation, supply, logistics, maintenance and operator services.

In respect of his commodities practice, Chanaka acts for commodity traders advising on dispute management, litigation and arbitration and advises on contract drafting.

Chanaka has also been appointed both as an arbitrator and a mediator. He is a Fellow (FCIArb) of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and listed as an arbitrator on the SIAC reserve panel. He sits on the SIAC Users Council National Committee for Singapore. Chanaka has also been appointed to the KLRCA panel both as an arbitrator and a mediator and by the Singapore Mediation Centre as one of their associate mediators.

Chanaka is named by the Legal 500 as a key individual for International Arbitration in Singapore and recognised as having "experience handling disputes in places as far afield as Brazil and Nigeria, as well as in jurisdictions throughout Asia".

Chanaka is a qualified lawyer in England and Wales and Singapore.


HFW established its Singapore office in 1990 giving it a presence in the city for almost 30 years.

HFW's Singapore office operates throughout SE Asia and has particular strength in Indonesia and Malaysia.

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