Mark Tan

Singapore Office

Profile and Expertise

Mark is a Partner of the firm and has been practising in the field of commercial and general litigation and arbitration since 1999.

He has extensive experience in dispute resolution, in particular commercial, banking/corporate, construction and shipping disputes. Mark has advised and been counsel to numerous multi-national corporations, international banks and high net worth individuals in litigation disputes in the High Court and the Court of Appeal of Singapore and in arbitration proceedings under the rules of various leading arbitral instructions.

Mark has since 2009 been regularly recognized in global legal directories/publications such as Global Arbitration Review; Chambers Asia-Pacific; Asia-Pacific Legal 500 and IFLR 1000. He was most recently recommended as a leading lawyer in the Singapore Shipping section of the Asia-Pacific Legal 500 (2016 edition).


・Acting for and advising a major local car distributor and its Thai subsidiary against a Swedish car manufacturer and its Japanese subsidiary for breaches of a distribution and technical assistance agreement. The claim was worth about S$500 million and was disputed in both a JCAA arbitration and the Thai Courts which involved Thai law issues.
・Acting for a Mauritian subsidiary of a UK listed company in an SIAC arbitration under Mauritian law for its claim in excess of US$100 million of damages for wrongful termination of a broadcast licensing agreement relating to a global sporting event by its Singaporean licensor.

・Acting for one of the former employees of a UK Bank in defending a Taiwanese shipping conglomerate clients’ allegations of fraud, misrepresentation, conspiracy, breach of duty and/or fiduciary duty and breach of contract against the former employee and UK Bank. The losses allegedly suffered have not been qualified in the Statement of Claim but media reports suggest that the shipping conglomerate allege that about US$3.6 billion was siphoned from its account without its approval.
・Acting for a prominent Singaporean businessman in defending a defamation suit brought against him by a former business associate in the High Court of Singapore and making a counterclaim in the same proceedings for 50% of the shareholdings in the former business associate’s Indonesian listed company valued at about US$1 billion.

・Acting for a group of international banks in mortgage enforcement proceedings against two sister vessels owned by South Korean borrowers. The vessels were successfully arrested in Singapore and orders for their direct sale were granted by the High Court. The amounts outstanding under the loan agreements were about US$33 million and US$37 million.
・Acting for a German Bank in mortgage enforcement proceedings against the Marshall Islands owners of a VLCC. The vessel was successfully arrested in Singapore and an order for its direct sale was granted by the High Court of Singapore. The amount outstanding under the loan agreement is about US$55 million.


L.L.B., University of Nottingham

Bar Qualifications

Singapore / England & Wales (Barrister)


English, Mandarin