Clyde & Co Clasis



Dispute resolution

Clyd & Co Clasis is best known for its strengths in and projects and construction, and in arbitration, with standalone specialist teams in these areas. The construction group is particularly experienced working with South Korean contractors on their international ventures and related claims and disputes. The joint law venture ropes in the support of Clyde & Co’s global network of over 150 specialist construction lawyers from across 50 offices.

The firm has been active in a steady flow of high value, cross-border arbitrations since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Notably in the past year it has counselled clients on inbound and outbound South Asian disputes. The lawyers work with clients at every stage of the arbitration process and are adept at conducting large arbitrations in various international forums.

Managing director Prakash Pillai focuses on international arbitration and insolvency, and he leads a well-regarded team that includes construction experts Eugene Tan, John Howes and Sean Hardy. Marine sector specialist Ik Wei Chong rounds out the leadership.

The firm acted for Korean and Japanese contractors in a Vietnam International Arbitration Centre case regarding an urban rail infrastructure project in Vietnam. In another highlight, the team represented a supplier of materials for a major coastal expressway project in Singapore on claims made by the main contractor. In another Singapore-based International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration matter, the firm is acting for a Thai oil and gas company and its Malaysian subsidiary in a dispute involving Japanese contractors.

Queen’s counsel Sapna Jhangiani left the firm for the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

Client feedback

“Clyde & Co did exceptionally well to set out the strategy from day one, executed the plan and won the case. It was astounding to see how well they planned ahead and set traps for the plaintiffs. Through these well executed strategies, the plaintiffs were struggling to justify their frivolous claims and kept changing statements throughout the process.” – Construction

Sean Hardy

“Sean is extremely meticulous in his work and was able to identify loopholes in the claim with his vast experience in the construction industry. I refer to him as the lawyer with an ‘engineer mind’.”