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Germaine Chia

T: +65 6661 6522 M: +65 9619 6374 Email Germaine | Vcard Office: Singapore

Germaine Chia Senior associate

Contact details

Germaine Chia

Germaine Chia
Senior associate

T: +65 6661 6522 M: +65 9619 6374 Email Germaine | Vcard Office: Singapore

Germaine is a senior associate at Virtus Law*. She spends significant time assisting clients in numerous high-value international arbitration cases involving parties of different nationalities.
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She is highly familiar with the major rules of arbitration, including those established by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the Singapore International Arbitration Center (SIAC), and the rules of procedure in the Singapore courts. She is experienced in disputes arising out of foreign and intra-regional investments in Asia, particularly in matters concerning energy (oil and gas, power and renewables), infrastructure and projects, telecoms, construction and engineering, joint ventures, shareholders and other commercial disputes.

Germaine engages in a diverse range of commercial litigation and arbitration matters, particularly in the areas of corporate, insolvency, energy and infrastructure, and property law. She advises clients in disputes arising in various jurisdictions including Singapore, Mauritius, and London. Germaine has a strong background in counseling on complex issues of law such as when the performance of a contract is affected by the municipal law governing the parties to that contract.

*Virtus Law LLP (T13LL0339K) and Stephenson Harwood LLP (T13LL0821C) are registered as a Formal Law Alliance in Singapore under the name Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance. Both firms are registered in Singapore under the Limited Liability Partnership Act (Chapter 163A) with limited liability. The term "partner" is used to refer to a member in one of the constituent law firms.

  • Oil and gas disputes
  • International arbitration

SIAC technical assistance contract dispute

Represented Southeast Asian energy company in claims for indemnities under a sale and purchase agreement for shares in a company holding a participating interest in a technical assistance contract.

SIAC joint operating agreement dispute

Represented party in dispute arising under joint operating agreement concerning production sharing arrangement between JOA partners.

UNCITRAL oil and gas farm-in dispute

Represented Southeast Asian energy company in claims worth $24 million against joint venture partners for payment of expenses due under a farm in agreement.

More: Oil and gas disputes

SIAC joint venture dispute

Represented private equity house in claims worth $2.6 billion arising out of investment and shareholder agreements related to an investment in Southeast Asia.

UNCITRAL farm-in dispute

Represented Southeast Asian energy company in claims worth $24 million against joint venture partners for payment of expenses due under a farm in agreement.

SIAC shareholder dispute

Represented private equity house in claims worth $1.1 billion against shareholders for breaches of a shareholders agreement.

SIAC emergency arbitration

Successfully obtained prohibitory injunctions in emergency arbitration proceedings leading to settlement of all claims worth in excess of $600 million wholly in client’s favour.

SIAC-SIMC ‘Arb-med-arb’ proceedings

Represented Singapore investment company in arbitration-mediation-arbitration proceedings pursuant to the SIAC-SIMC Protocol in relation to disputes arising out of an investment agreement worth $65 million.

  • Funds and financial services
  • Energy and natural resources

SIAC joint venture dispute

Represented private equity house in claims worth $2.6 billion arising out of investment and shareholder agreements related to an investment in Southeast Asia.

SIAC shareholder dispute

Represented private equity house in claims worth $1.1 billion against shareholders for breaches of a shareholders agreement.

SIAC-SIMC ‘Arb-Med-Arb’ proceedings

Represented Singapore investment company in arbitration-mediation-arbitration proceedings pursuant to the SIAC-SIMC Protocol in relation to disputes arising out of an investment agreement worth $65 million.

More: Funds and financial services

UNCITRAL oil and gas farm-in dispute

Represented Southeast Asian energy company in claims worth $24 million against joint venture partners for payment of expenses due under a farm in agreement.

ICC power plant dispute

Represented owner-operator of power plant in Asia against statutory authority in $80 million claim arising out of power purchase agreement.

SIAC technical assistance contract dispute

Represented Southeast Asian energy company in claims for indemnities under a sale and purchase agreement for shares in a company holding a participating interest in a technical assistance contract.

More: Energy and natural resources
  • Southeast Asia

Indonesia – oil and gas dispute

Represented Southeast Asian energy company in claims worth $24 million against joint venture partners for payment of expenses due under a farm in agreement.

Cambodia – telecommunications dispute

Represented Southeast Asian network operator in claims worth $20 million arising out of telecoms equipment and services contracts and related claims of defamation.

Philippines – shareholder dispute

Represented private equity house in claims worth $2.6 billion arising out of investment and shareholder agreements related to an investment in Southeast Asia.

Singapore – investment dispute

Represented Singapore investment company in arbitration-mediation-arbitration proceedings pursuant to the SIAC-SIMC Protocol in relation to disputes arising out of an investment agreement worth $65 million.

More: Southeast Asia

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