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Jonathan Lim

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Jonathan Lim is a counsel at the firm’s Singapore office. He is a member of the energy, infrastructure, and resources practice area. His core practice involves international arbitration, dispute resolution and advisory work in the areas of construction, energy, shipping, and international trade and commodities.

He has advised and represented clients on a wide range of matters, including construction claims, complex commercial arbitrations, offshore oil and gas disputes, charterparty and cargo claims, commodities disputes, and offshore-related service contracts.

Mr. Lim also has extensive arbitration experience, having been instructed by clients on arbitrations seated in Singapore (SIAC, SCMA and ad-hoc), London (ICC, LMAA, LCIA and ad-hoc), Kuala Lumpur (KLRCA/AIAC) and Hong Kong (HKIAC).

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Lim served as a dispute resolution senior associate at another international commercial law firm in Singapore, where he focused his practice in the areas of offshore energy, shipping, and international trade and commodities.

Construction/Offshore Energy Contracts
  • Advising and representing MISC Berhad and its SPV subsidiary on claims and counterclaims totalling about US$1 billion against an oil major, in relation to Asia-Pacific’s first deepwater semi-submersible floating production system.
  • Advising a Western European company on a potential dispute involving a turret mooring system supplied by it for an offshore gas project in Western Australia.
  • Advising an Indonesian state-owned company on its EPC contract for the construction and commissioning of a ferronickel smelting plant.
  • Advising a North American bank on an FPSO lease agreement in connection with its financing of the FPSO which faced start-up and final acceptance issues in the North Sea.
  • Advising a South East Asian company on its joint bid to convert and lease an FSO for a Vietnamese project where issues have arisen regarding the terms of the tender.
  • Advising a Dutch offshore contractor on claims brought against it following the uncontrolled listing of its large heavy-lift vessel during the loadout procedure of a rig’s topsides.
  • Assisting an American offshore service provider in an arbitration of a complex dispute, arising out of its contract with a Malaysian shipyard for the refurbishment of a jack-up rig.
International Trade & Commodities
  • Advising a leading LPG trader on its claims arising from the repudiation of a long-term propane supply contract by its Singapore counterparty and other parties in the sale chain.
  • Advising a Chinese buyer in its dispute against Petrobras concerning the late delivery of a crude oil shipment.
  • Reviewing and advising on a multinational iron ore mining company’s in-house voyage charterparty form.
  • Advising a multinational energy trader on cargo quality and discharge demurrage issues affecting its sale of heavy fuel oil cargo shipped from Malaysia to China.
  • Acting for an iron ore trader in a Singapore arbitration against Chinese counterparties on claims for overpayment on the cargo.
  • Advising a Chinese state-owned petroleum and chemicals company on the default and termination provisions in its derivative agreements.
  • Defending a manganese ore mining entity and its related trading company against a US$4 million SIAC arbitration brought against it by a multinational commodities trading house.
  • Advising the owners of several new-build LNG carriers on potential disputes arising from concurrent off-spec issues affecting the long-term charters and shipbuilding contracts.
  • Advising a Russian state-owned oil and gas production company during its tender process and its negotiations for the long-term time charters of ice-class platform supply vessels.
  • Advising a Singapore liner operator on its US$2.5 million bill of lading indemnity claim against Japanese companies following container cargo losses suffered in Brazil.
  • Advising the owners of two LNG carriers on the continued suspension of their long-term time charters with a Middle East consortium whose operations have been halted due to armed conflict.
  • Advising a South Korean shipping company on cargo and charterparty claims brought against it, following the capsizing of a lightering vessel in Bangladesh.
  • Acting for a Danish shipping company on its US$1.1 million claim in arbitration against a Singapore charterer for the wrongful cancellation of a contract of affreightment.
  • Defending Vietnamese owners in a cargo claim arbitration as a result of the loss of its 56,000 dwt bulk carrier due to suspected nickel ore liquefaction.
  • Advising a Dubai-based carrier on the grounding of its 6,000 TEU containership and the subsequent salvage, cargo claims and general average issues arising from the casualty.
  • Advising the Chinese owners of a bulk carrier on salvage and general average issues resulting from a casualty during transit through the Suez Canal.
  • Assisting Indonesian owners and their hull underwriters to recover a barge, previously thought to be lost on the high seas, from the Republic of Palau, and directing clients’ settlement negotiations with the local salvors and the Government of Palau.
  • Advising Indonesian owners and their hull underwriters following a hit-and-run collision between their Indonesian flagged ferry and a Chinese fishing vessel.
Other Complex Commercial Arbitrations
  • Acting for an Indian shipbuilder in an arbitration arising out of its engine building contract with a South Korean heavy industries manufacturer.
  • Acting for a Taiwanese dredging company in two separate Singapore arbitrations running concurrently, in connection with the performance of its Taipei Port dredging project and its hire of two trailing suction hopper dredgers.
  • Advising and defending a Chinese mobile app developer where an ICC arbitration was commenced against it for the payment of online advertising commissions and where its principal defence concerned alleged fraud on the part of the advertising agency.