Charis
Tan

LLB (Hons)
Partner

charistan@peterandkim.com +65 9768 8815
Bar admission
Singapore, 2008; New York, 2010; Solicitor, England & Wales, 2011
Nationalities
Singaporean
Languages
English, Mandarin
Location
Singapore

PROFESSIONAL
PRACTICE

Charis specialises in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration and public international law.

She is admitted in three jurisdictions (Singapore, England&Wales and NewYork), and she advises States, State-owned companies and leading companies in a wide range of complex disputes and public international law issues, including in high profile State-to-State disputes before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). She has also been appointed as a World Trade Organisation (WTO) Panellist hearing a trade dispute between the European Union and the United States.

Charis’ experience includes investment and commercial arbitrations under the rules of major arbitration institutions, including ICSID, ICC, SIAC and SCC, as well as ad hoc proceedings under UNCITRAL Rules. Charis is appointed as Counsel and she also sits as an Arbitrator.

She advises National Oil Companies (NOCs) and International Oil Companies (IOCs) in both contentious and non-contentious upstream oil and gas matters. A unique area of her specialization is where the practice of oil and gas crosses into the public international law sphere, such as where oil blocks straddle disputed boundaries.
Charis has been recommended by Who’s Who Legal, Asia Pacific Legal 500 and GAR. An initiative she spearheaded for the training of Government officials was also awarded the Asia Pacific FT Innovative Lawyers award.

She is currently a member of the Core Committee of the ICC’s SingaporeArbitrationGroup, on the editorial board for the ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin, and on the Council of the International Law Association (ILA) Singapore branch. She also serves on the Singapore Law Society’s committee for Public and International Law. Previously, Charis was an ICC YAF representative and events coordinator with Young ICCA; she was also an adjunct tutor at the National University of Singapore between 2008 and 2015.

Charis is a co-editor an author of Investment Protection in Southeast Asia, A Country-by-Country Guide on Arbitration Laws and Bilateral Investment Treaties (Brill, 2017).

Areas of
Expertise

  • Arbitration
  • Public International Law
  • Private International Law
  • International Investment Law
  • Joint Ventures / Consortia

Industry
Sector

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  • Appointed on a WTO Panel to determine a trade dispute between the European Union (EU) and the United States (US) relating to anti-dumping and countervailing duties
  • Acting for an Eastern European State in a high-profile commercial arbitration under UNCITRAL Rules arising out of the construction of a trans-border highway, a project worth €1.4 billion
  • Acting for a South Asian State in an ad hoc UNCITRAL commercial arbitration between an investor and a State in relation to a concession over an airport, in a claim worth more than US$1 billion
  • Representing an Indonesian oil company in an ICC arbitration for failure to supply gas under a significant contract, resulting in a claim for more than US$500 million
  • Appointed as a Sole Arbitrator in a SIAC arbitration under the expedited procedure, relating to an exclusive distributorship agreement concerning video games between South Korean and Hong Kong parties
  • Lead Counsel in an ICC arbitration in a claim brought by a Vietnam-based French investor against an investment company based in Vietnam
  • Lead Counsel in a SIAC arbitration between a Chinese company and Singapore-based private equity fund relating to investments in the food sector
  • Acting for a Chinese State-owned entity in a SCC arbitration concerning a consultancy agreement against a Middle Eastern management company in relation to a petrochemical project worth US$750 million
  • On the Counsel team for Peru in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) case of Peru v. Chile relating to maritime delimitation
  • On the Counsel team for Colombia in two ICJ cases brought by Nicaragua relating to delimitation of the outer continental shelf and alleged violations of sovereign rights and maritime spaces
  • Represented a Middle Eastern State in three inter-related ICSID arbitrations relating to investments in ports and customs systems
  • Acting as Counsel for an Eastern European State in an ICSID arbitration involving a longstanding investment in a motorway in Europe
  • Partner, Peter & Kim, Singapore (2020 to Present)
  • Director, DWF LLP, Singapore (2017 to 2019)
  • Of Counsel, Senior Associate and Associate, Eversheds Sutherland, Singapore and Paris (2009 to 2017)
  • Associate and Pupil, Michael Hwang Chambers, Singapore (2007 to 2009)
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), National University of Singapore (2007)
  • WTO Panellist, World Trade Organization
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Reserve Panel of Arbitrators
  • Core Committee member, ICC Singapore Arbitration Group
  • Council member, International Law Association (ILA), Singapore branch
  • Committee member, Public and International Law Committee, Singapore Law Society
  • Editorial Board, ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin