Amanda Lees

Amanda is a cross border dispute resolution specialist based in our Singapore office. She assists her clients to resolve disputes through international arbitration, litigation and mediation.

Amanda is an expert in international arbitration in the Asia Pacific region, including in Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, India, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. Amanda has significant experience in both commercial and investment treaty arbitration. She also acts as international counsel in complex cross border litigation.

Amanda is quick to grasp complex and technical contractual disputes across a range of industry sectors, including energy and resources, commodities, construction, finance, insurance, telecommunications, technology, manufacturing and consumer goods. Amanda takes a strategic approach to dispute resolution that keeps her client’s commercial objectives at the fore.

Signifying Amanda’s expertise and reputation in the field, she is regularly appointed as arbitrator and is on the arbitrator panels of leading arbitral institutions. She is a director of the Singapore branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has taught arbitration procedure and law to hundreds of lawyers across the Asia Pacific. Amanda is also a regular speaker at international conferences.

Representative matters (including experience obtained prior to joining King & Wood Mallesons)

  • Oil trading company: representing in a dispute with the Russian Ministry of Energy over breaches of a long-term oil sales contract where the claims and counterclaims are over USD100M (ICC Rules, Singapore).
  • Shareholder: representing in an arbitration over oppressive conduct and breaches of the shareholders’ agreement for a Singapore joint venture company (UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, Singapore).  The matter settled on favourable terms for the client.
  • Multinational commodities trader: representing in multiple trade finance disputes with various Indian and Dubai companies (SIAC Rules, Singapore seat)
  • Multinational metals trader: representing in a dispute with a Chinese buyer (LCIA Rules, London, PRC court proceedings and Malaysian court proceedings for interim measures) and in a dispute with an African supplier (LCIA Rules, London) 
  • Chinese SOE: representing in a commodities dispute over coal supplies from Indonesia (SIAC Rules, Singapore)
  • Republic of Indonesia: Representing in a BIT claim for USD $580m brought by an Indian investor, including conducting the advocacy (UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, London, PCA administered).  An award was issued in favour of the Indonesian Government.

Professional memberships

  • Director (Singapore branch) and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Member of the International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Users’ Council
  • Panel arbitrator on the SIAC Panel, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) Panel, The International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA) Panel and Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA) database


Legal insights

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