Wendy LinPartner at WongPartnership LLP (Singapore)
Wendy LIN is a Partner in the Commercial & Corporate Disputes and International Arbitration Practices.
Wendy has an active practice in high-value, multi-jurisdictional, and complex disputes spanning a wide array of commercial and corporate, cross-border trade and investment, fraud, shipping, and insolvency matters. She regularly appears as counsel before the High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as in arbitrations conducted under various arbitral rules, including the SIAC, ICC, HKIAC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ICSID and LMAA rules. Wendy is also presently the Co-Chair of the YSIAC Committee.
Some recent notable matters for which Wendy has been instructed as counsel include acting in four-related ICC arbitrations arising out of the sale and purchase of one of South East Asia's leading renewable energy companies based in Thailand involving claims of over US$1 billion; acting for a Singapore-listed company in pursuing a number of multimillion claims in the Singapore High Court against a Malaysia-listed company and in related cross-border litigation proceedings; acting in various heavily-contested Singapore court proceedings relating to the enforcement of a US$200 million award arising from the misappropriation of gaming/casino investments in Laos; and securing a substantial HKIAC arbitral award on behalf of a Malaysia-listed healthcare company against its former joint venture partner, a PRC state-owned pharmaceutical enterprise.
Other matters of significance which Wendy has been involved in include acting for the liquidator of one of the largest steel manufacturers in South East Asia in a dispute with Indian purchasers involving claims of over US$600 million, governed by Philippine law, and in achieving a rare setting-aside of an SIAC arbitration award of over US$100 million, which gave rise to novel and complex issues as to the implications of this setting-aside (decided for the first time by the Court of Appeal); successfully acting for an Italian company, one of the pioneers in the field of pipe coating for the oil and gas industries, in an ICC arbitration against its former joint venture partner, a large Malaysia-listed company, involving claims of more than US$60 million; and successfully acting for the Independent State of Papua New Guinea ("PNG") in defeating the claim brought against it by the PNG Sustainable Development Program Limited ("PNGSDP") at the jurisdictional stage, marking the first win for a Singapore law firm in an ICSID arbitration, as well as for PNG in a parallel proceedings before the Singapore High Court concerning the management of PNGSDP’s US$1.5 billion assets.
Amongst her many accolades, Wendy has been selected as a "standout practitioner" and one of the four most highly-regarded litigation partners in Asia-Pacific under the age of 45 by Who's Who Legal: Litigation – Future Leaders 2018. She was also the exclusive winner of the "Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution" category for Singapore at the Client Choice Awards 2019, in recognition of her outstanding quality of professional services to clients. Wendy has been recommended for both her dispute resolution and international arbitration work by The Legal 500: Asia Pacific – The Client's Guide to the Asia Pacific Legal Profession, where she was praised for being "a highly distinguished litigator who fully understands and is able to manoeuvre comfortably in commercial aspects that are highly technical and complex", "a very good strategist who always thinks several steps ahead", and having "an excellent grasp of the law" and "sharp analytical skills". In Asialaw Profiles 2019 – The Definitive Guide to Asia-Pacific’s Leading Domestic and Regional Law Firms, Wendy was again highly commended for her "impeccable [and] terrific work"; for being "very good at sizing up the situation" and her ability to "take the methodical steps to ratchet up the pressure [to deliver the result her clients wanted]"; and for being "responsive, knowledgeable and practical" and "always prepared to delve into legal issues to whatever depth required without losing sight of the big picture". Prior to being made partner, Wendy was also appointed Young Amicus Curiae by the Supreme Court in 2010/2011 and 2011/2012.
Wendy is also a Contributing Editor of the Singapore "White Book" (Singapore Civil Procedure) as well as to the Annotated Acts for the International Arbitration Act (Chapter 143A) and Arbitration Act (Chapter 10).