Emmanuel Chua

Emmanuel Chua

Baker & McKenzie Wong & Leow


Emmanuel is an Asia-focused senior dispute resolution lawyer with expertise acting for clients in complex, cross-border disputes and situations. He represents clients at all levels of the Singapore Courts as well as in international arbitration proceedings.

Emmanuel has been described as an "extremely impressive advocate" who can be "counted upon to drive a result" (Chambers, 2023) and an "excellent lawyer" (Legal 500, 2023). He has been recognized by Asian Legal Business as one of Asia's Super 50 Disputes Lawyers (2021 and 2022).

Emmanuel is particularly noted for his expertise in the restructuring and insolvency space, focusing on restructurings, formal insolvencies, enforcement and recovery litigation. He features in the prestigious Global Restructuring Review 40 under 40 list of the most prominent R&I professionals globally, and is a ranked practitioner in leading legal directories. Within the Firm, Emmanuel sits on the Global Restructuring and Insolvency Steering Committee.

Emmanuel previously co-led the international disputes function in a US oil & gas supermajor, where he managed litigation and situations across Asia, Middle East, Europe and Africa.

Practice Focus

Emmanuel works extensively on cross-border disputes and situations. His experience focusses on the Asia Pacific region where he has represented clients on some of the most prominent cross-border litigation and situations in recent years. Leveraging off this depth of experience, Emmanuel also regularly advises on risk avoidance and mitigation strategies, including contingency planning and strategic advice, often from a cross-jurisdictional perspective.

Emmanuel has also been appointed as arbitrator in international arbitration proceedings, and sits on the panel of arbitrators of a number of prominent arbitral institutions.

Representative Legal Matters

Restructuring and Insolvency

  • Acting for PT Pan Brothers Tbk in the landmark USD 400 million restructuring of its syndicated, bilateral and bond debts in Singapore. 
  • Acting for an ad-hoc committee in the USD 390 million debt restructuring of the PT Modernland Realty group in Singapore.
  • Advising a North Asian bank on its exposure under a USD 450 million syndicated facility in relation to the restructuring of PT Royal Industries by way of an Indonesian PKPU proceeding.
  • Advising PT Pertamina Persero in the high profile winding up of its trading arm, PETRAL, in Singapore and Hong Kong.
  • Advising one of Taiwan's largest private banks on its potential exposures in Triyards Marine Services.
  • Acting for two leading global banks in a series of Indonesian court proceedings arising out of a high profile default of a USD 70.7 million bond by a Dutch issuer.

International Arbitration and Litigation

  • Advising Universal Terminal (S) Pte. Ltd. and UT Singapore Services Pte. Ltd. in relation to the highly complex and high-profile proceedings relating to the Hin Leong Trading Pte Ltd bankruptcy - one of the largest workouts currently ongoing in Singapore and the region, valued at SGD 1.76 billion.
  • Acting for a Philippines conglomerate in a high value SIAC arbitration in a JV dispute relating to a national tollways projects in the Philippines.
  • Acting for a US-listed pharmaceutical company in a high value SIAC arbitration relating to the development and commercialization of a new drug under a master research and licensing agreement.
  • Acting for a foreign public listed company in an Malaysia seated arbitration (valued at over USD 2 billion) against a Malaysian state government for breach of a development agreement.
  • Acted for the administrator of an estate in a complex series of litigation involving family arrangements and oral trust, involving trust assets in excess of SGD 60 million (Khoh Chen Yeh Shane v Seng Realty & Development and anor [2012] SGHC 79).

Professional Honors

  • Global Restructuring Review, 40 under 40 (recognising 40 of the world's leading restructuring specialists, aged 40 and under), 2022
  • Asian Legal Business, Asia Super 50 Disputes Lawyers, 2021 and 2022
  • Asian Legal Business, Asia’s top 40 lawyers under the age of 40, 2022

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Turnaround Management Association - Member
  • INSOL - Member
  • Panel Arbitrator, Asian International Arbitration Centre 
  • Panel Arbitrators (Reserve), Singapore International Arbitration Centre 
  • Trainer, Trial Advocacy and Insolvency modules, Singapore Institute of Legal Education (for the Singapore Bar Examinations) Education and admission


  • Singapore (2009)


  • National University of Singapore (LLB, Honours) (2008)


  • Bahasa
  • English
  • Mandarin

Publications (selected)

  • Co-author, "Forum Shopping in Asian Restructuring", Asian Business Law Journal, 6 July 2021
  • Contributor, "Interlocutory Applications, Arbitration in Singapore: A Practical Guide," Sweet & Maxwell, 2nd ed., 2018
  • Contributor, "Indonesia Chapter, Financial Services Litigation, Getting the Deal Through (GTDT)," Lexology, 2018 ed.
  • Contributor, "Singapore Chapter, Litigation Funding, Getting the Deal Through (GTDT)," Lexology, 2018 ed.
  • Author, “Singapore’s New ‘Supercharged’ Scheme of Arrangement," 5 Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Finance Law 282, 2017


  • Speaker, "Impartiality and the Choice of Arbitrators: A Practitioner’s Perspective," Keio University International Arbitration Symposium, 11 - 12 November 2019