Alvin YEO, Senior Counsel, is the Chairman & Senior Partner of WongPartnership LLP. He was appointed Senior Counsel of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 2000 at the age of 37, the youngest ever to be so appointed. His main areas of practice are banking and corporate disputes, restructuring and insolvency, and construction and civil engineering matters. He also has extensive experience in arbitration proceedings both in Singapore and in the region, primarily in corporate, commercial and infrastructure disputes.
In 2017, Alvin was honoured with the "Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession" Award from Chambers Asia-Pacific in recognition of exceptional work in his field, his continued contribution to the Asian legal arena and for having had a significant and lasting impact on his market, as well as an outstanding lawyer in his own areas of practice.
Chambers Global describes Alvin as "the most impressive, as an advocate, out of all the Singapore firms". Chambers Asia-Pacific lauded Alvin for providing "leadership on SIAC and ICC proceedings" and is "an excellent strategist as well as a first-rate litigator" who is "deeply impressive and [an] extremely capable individual". Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2017 recognises Alvin as "a leading light in the market who possesses strong arbitration credentials and experience".
Some notable matters he has been involved in include successfully defeating an ICSID claim brought against the Independent State of Papua New Guinea for expropriation of the shares in a mining company with more than $1.5 billion in assets – WongPartnership was the first Singapore law firm as sole counsel on record in an ICSID arbitration; securing a ground-breaking victory for foreign investors against Laos PDR related to investment treaty claims valued at over US$800 million arising from the misappropriation of gaming investments; acting for investors against the Kingdom of Lesotho's application to set aside an investment treaty award finding the State liable for denial of justice; the Astro group of companies in an international arbitration concerning a proposed joint venture for satellite pay television services in Indonesia which also involves multiple proceedings in other jurisdictions with claims totalling over US$1.75 billion; the former Bayerische Hypo-und Vereinsbank in legal proceedings against Asia Pacific Breweries in relation to the largest corporate fraud in Singapore's history; Société Générale in defending a claim brought by Jurong Shipyard for US$200 million which represented the largest derivatives claim in Singapore’s history; and the Singapore Medical Council in successfully defending an application for judicial review brought by a prominent surgeon to halt disciplinary proceedings against her.
Alvin graduated from King's College London, University of London, and was admitted to the English Bar (Gray's Inn) in 1987 and the Singapore Bar in 1988.
Alvin is a member of the Court of the SIAC, the ICC Commission and a fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He is the Vice-President of the LCIA Asia Pacific's Users' Council and sits on the Panel of Arbitrators in Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, International Centre for Dispute Resolution, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, South China International Economic Trade Arbitration Commission, and Singapore Institute of Arbitrators' Panel for Sports in Singapore. Alvin has served on various public committees which undertook comprehensive reviews of the legal services sector. He is a member of the Disciplinary Tribunal chairman panel of both the Singapore Medical Council and the Supreme Court, as well as the Appeals Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) proceedings. Alvin served from 2006 to 2015 as an elected Member of Parliament, during which period he was appointed at various times as Deputy Chairman and then Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Home Affairs & Law. He is also an independent director on the boards of various public listed companies in Singapore.
Alvin has contributed to several publications related to his main areas of practice including the Singapore chapters of the Chambers Global Practice Guide: Anti-Corruption 2017 and Chambers Global Practice Guide: International Arbitration 2017; the Singapore chapters of the Global Arbitration Review: The Asia-Pacific Arbitration Review (2012 to 2018 Editions); The Objections of Manifest Lack of Legal Merit Claims chapter in The Investment Treaty Arbitration Review (1st and 2nd Editions); and the Singapore chapter in Bank Confidentiality (1st to 5th Editions).
Alvin is recognised as a leading litigation and arbitration counsel in international legal directories such as The Legal 500 – The Client’s Guide to the Asia Pacific Legal Profession; IFLR1000 – The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms; Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business; Chambers Asia Pacific – Asia Pacific's Leading Lawyers for Business; Expert Guides – Guide to the World's Leading Construction Lawyers, Guide to the World's Leading Litigation Lawyers, Guide to the World's Experts in Commercial Arbitration; Who's Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers; Best Lawyers; Asialaw Leading Lawyers, Asialaw Profiles and Benchmark Asia Pacific.
- King’s College, University of London (LL.B.,Hons.)
- Gray's Inn (Barrister-at-Law)
- Singapore Bar
- English Bar
- Banking & Financial Disputes
- Commercial & Corporate Disputes
- Infrastructure, Construction & Engineering
- International Arbitration
- WongPartnership Chairman and Senior Partner Alvin Yeo SC Receives Prestigious Chambers Outstanding Contribution Award
- WongPartnership in Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2017
- Investor wins case in first Court of Appeal decision on investor-state arbitration
- WongPartnership's Mr Ng Wai King becomes sole Managing Partner; Ms Rachel Eng becomes Deputy Chairman
- The Investment Treaty Arbitration Review, 2nd Edition - Objections of Manifest Lack of Legal Merit Claims Chapter
- Global Arbitration Review: The Asia-Pacific Arbitration Review 2018 - Singapore Chapter
- The Investment Treaty Arbitration Review, 1st Edition - Objections of Manifest Lack of Legal Merit Claims Chapter
- Asian Dispute Review - July 2016 Issue
- The Asia-Pacific Arbitration Review 2017 - Singapore Chapter
- The Asia-Pacific Arbitration Review 2016 - Singapore Chapter
- The Asia-Pacific Arbitration Review 2015 - Singapore Chapter
- The Asia-Pacific Arbitration Review 2014 - Singapore Chapter
- The Asia-Pacific Arbitration Review 2013 - Singapore Chapter
- The Asia-Pacific Arbitration Review 2012 - Singapore Chapter