Leng Sun Chan SC


Leng Sun is Baker McKenzie’s Global Head of Arbitration. He is qualified in Malaysia, Singapore and England. Leng Sun was appointed Senior Counsel in January 2011.

Apart from being counsel, Leng Sun is a Chartered Arbitrator and is also on the panel of leading arbitral institutions. Leng Sun is the Deputy Chairman of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR. He is the Chairperson of the arbitration panel jointly appointed by the EU and Korea under the protocol on cultural cooperation of the Korea-EU FTA. Leng Sun is the Immediate Past President of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb). He is a member of the Committee on the Singapore International Commercial Court. and the Deputy Chairman of the SGX (Singapore Exchange) Appeals Committee. Leng Sun was a legal officer of the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva and a SIAC-CIAC Observer to the UNCITRAL Working Group on Arbitration. He has published widely in international journals and is the author of the book Singapore Law on Arbitral Awards and Co-Editor of Conflict of Laws in Arbitration.

Leng Sun is recognized among the top lawyers worldwide by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018, Who's Who Legal - Litigation 2017, and Who's Who Legal - Arbitration 2017. He is described by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017 as "one of the best arbitrators and practitioners in arbitration."

Practice Focus

Leng Sun is familiar with all methods of dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration and mediation. In addition to years of experience in maritime-related work, he has a broad commercial practice that covers technical disputes, international trade, insurance and company law.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Represented sellers of a Japanese company against Korean buyers in an ICC arbitration over a post-acquisition dispute with claims and counterclaims amounting to USD43.5 million.
  • Represented an international software payment solutions provider in an arbitration against an electronic payments service provider for wrongful termination of a multimillion dollar project to migrate their existing payments platform.
  • Successfully set aside an injunction against a client's calls on Refund Guarantees issued in connection with a rig construction, clearing the way for payment of close to EUR100 million for the client. Succeeded in the related arbitration on the merits.
  • Represented an employer in a dispute valued at close to EUR300 million between contractor and employer in the supply of technology and equipment for a manufacturing plant.
  • Represented a manager in a dispute arising from an oil rig management contract.
  • Represented several companies in an action against a director for breach of fiduciary duties and for control of company assets estimated at several hundred million US dollars.
  • Represented underwriters in court in connection with claims for business interruption losses caused in multiple jurisdictions by the 2004 tsunami.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) - Panel Arbitrator
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) - Chartered Arbitrator 
  • China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) - Panel Arbitrator 
  • China Maritime Arbitration Commission (CMAC) - Panel Arbitrator
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) - Panel Arbitrator
  • International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) - Panel Arbitrator
  • ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR - Member
  • Korean - EU - FTA -  Chairman of Arbitration Panel
  • Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB) - Panel Arbitrator
  • Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) - Panel Arbitrator
  • Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators (MIArb) - Fellow
  • Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA) - Panel Arbitrator
  • Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitrator (SCMA) - Panel Arbitrator
  • Singapore Disciplinary Tribunal - President
  • Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb) - Immediate Past President
  • Singapore Institute of Legal Education (SILE) - Professional Fellow
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) - Panel Arbitrator
  • Singapore Maintenance of Parents Tribunal - President
  • Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) - Advisory Panel


  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (1997)
  • Singapore (1993)
  • Malaysia (1989)


  • Cambridge University (LL.M.)
  • University of Malaya (LL.B. First Class Honors)