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Lukas Lim

Senior Associate

CMS Holborn Asia
7 Straits View
Marina One East Tower
Singapore 018936
Languages English, Malay

Lukas Lim is a Senior Associate with the International Disputes Practice in CMS Singapore, with a focus on international arbitration, litigation and adjudication. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge (B.A. & M.A., Law) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2011 (LL.M.), and is qualified to practice law in England & Wales, Singapore and Malaysia.

He has advised and represented prominent individuals and multinational entities in infrastructure, construction, energy and commercial disputes, including in statutory adjudication hearings, litigation (English, Singapore and Malaysian courts) and international arbitration (ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, AIAC and LMAA). 

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Relevant experience

  • One of the largest Indian infrastructure companies in an SIAC arbitration arising from the alleged breaches of a series of international investment agreements with a consortium of private equity funds.
  • An international dredging and offshore contractor in an SIAC arbitration regarding contractual and tortious disputes in a land reclamation project.
  • A large Indian manufacturing company in an SIAC arbitration concerning a dispute over an international investment transaction. 
  • An international offshore energy facilities and services provider in an LMAA arbitration regarding a shareholders’ agreement dispute. 
  • A Marshall Islands-based marine transportation company in an SIAC arbitration involving a dispute over the provision of engineering and construction services by a Singapore contractor.
  • An international marine transportation company in a HKIAC arbitration involving claims against a Singapore contractor relating to delay, acceleration, additional work, variations, extension of time, and liquidated damages. 
  • A global technology company in an SIAC arbitration regarding a licensing agreement dispute (successfully dismissed via the SIAC early dismissal procedure). 
  • A high net-worth family in an ICC arbitration against an international hotel chain over the construction of a luxury villa in the Maldives. 
  • An international engineering services company in a statutory adjudication regarding interfacing and variation work for a large Singapore infrastructure project.
  • A large Turkish company in an English High Court litigation involving claims of fraud and breach of an international financing agreement.
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  • 2011 – LL.M., University of Pennsylvania Law School, USA
  • 2009 – M.A.(Law), University of Cambridge, UK
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Un­due para­noia over due pro­cess
Twin du­ties of fair­ness and ef­fi­ciency Most ar­bit­rat­ors are keenly aware that their award may be set aside or re­fused re­cog­ni­tion un­der the New York Con­ven­tion if the los­ing party was not ac­cor­ded due pro­cess.
Bet­ter late than nev­er: SGCA sets aside award after be­lated chal­lenge...
This art­icle is pro­duced by CMS Hol­born Asia, a Form­al Law Al­li­ance between CMS Singa­pore and Hol­born Law LLC. In­tro­duc­tion In Rakna Arak­shaka Lanka Ltd v Av­ant Garde Mari­time Ser­vices (Pte) Ltd [2019] SGCA 33 (“Rakna Arak­shaka”), the Court of Ap­peal con­firmed.
“A stitch in time saves nine” – Singa­pore em­phas­ises the im­port­ance...
Singa­pore’s Court of Ap­peal has held in Sun Travels & Tours v. Hilton In­ter­na­tion­al [2019] SGCA 10 that un­due delay in seek­ing anti-suit re­lief is po­ten­tially fatal, par­tic­u­larly when a for­eign court had already is­sued a judge­ment.
Singa­pore High Court Con­firms that a Multi-Tier Dis­pute Res­ol­u­tion...
Over­view In Ling Kong Henry v Tanglin Club [2018] SGHC 153 (“Tanglin Club”), the High Court con­firmed that a multi-tier dis­pute res­ol­u­tion clause (e. g. a clause provid­ing for con­cili­ation, then me­di­ation and fi­nally, ar­bit­ra­tion), con­sti­tutes a single ar­bit­ra­tion.
Singa­pore High Court Con­firms that Mat­ters of Evid­ence and Pro­ced­ure...
In BQP v BQQ [2018] SGHC 55 (“BQP v BQQ”), the Singa­pore High Court con­firmed that ar­bit­rat­ors are gen­er­ally free to de­term­ine mat­ters of evid­ence and pro­ced­ure in in­ter­na­tion­al ar­bit­ra­tions, un­hindered by the na­tion­al laws of the seat and the un­der­ly­ing con­tract.