Our Singapore office has released its Dispute Resolution annual video series, where our speakers recap the highlights and developments in 2020. Please see full topic list and as well as the speakers for each and the link to all episodes:

Episode 1: Restructuring and Insolvency by Emmanuel Chua. Access video here.

Episode 2: Compliance by Celeste Ang. Access video here.

Episode 3: Commercial Litigation by Kumar Ponniya: Access video here.

Episode 4: Construction by Daniel Ho and Tjen Wee Wong. Access video here.

Episode 5: Arbitration by Ashish Chugh. Access video here.

Episode 6: Employment by Celeste Ang. Access video here.

Nandakumar Ponniya

Nandakumar (Kumar) Ponniya heads the Dispute Resolution Practice of Baker & McKenzie in the Asia-Pacific. Kumar is listed as a leading international arbitration lawyer in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 and was also named a Litigation Star in the Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific 2020. Chambers Asia Pacific 2021 quotes “the ‘well respected’ Nandakumar Ponniya for having led commercial and investment arbitrations and notes that he is especially recognised for his focus on construction and contractual issues. He has also been described by clients as being “intellectually sharp and street smart” (Legal 500) and "very savvy and well connected" (Chambers Global). Further, he has been recognised for being "sensitive to commercial realities” (Chambers Asia Pacific) and providing "practical, on the ground advice that clients need” (Legal 500). Kumar is a member of the Expert Panel of the Centre for Cross-Border Commercial Law in Asia (CEBCLA) and is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He serves on statutory tribunals such as the Income Tax Review Board and the Law Society’s Inquiry Panel. In addition, Kumar also serves as an adjunct assistant professor at the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Management University, where he conducts the International Projects Practice and Law as well as the International Construction Law course. Kumar has a broad focus on dispute resolution with specialist expertise in international arbitration, commercial litigation, and corporate restructuring and insolvency. His particular areas of industry focus include construction, technology, energy and financial services. With more than 20 years of experience, Kumar has an in-depth understanding of the legal and regulatory frameworks of the major Asian markets. His wealth of experience is drawn from handling disputes for government, state-owned enterprises, multi-national corporations and regional industry leads arising from a variety of commercial transactions and investments, as well as complex engineering and development projects in Singapore, ASEAN and the wider Asia Pacific region.


Emmanuel is an Asia-focused senior dispute resolution lawyer with expertise acting for clients in complex, cross-border disputes and situations. He represents clients at all levels of the Singapore Courts as well as in international arbitration proceedings. Emmanuel has been described as an "extremely impressive advocate" who can be "counted upon to drive a result" (Chambers, 2023) and an "excellent lawyer" (Legal 500, 2023). He has been recognized by Asian Legal Business as one of Asia's Super 50 Disputes Lawyers (2021 and 2022). Emmanuel is particularly noted for his expertise in the restructuring and insolvency space, focusing on restructurings, formal insolvencies, enforcement and recovery litigation. He features in the prestigious Global Restructuring Review 40 under 40 list of the most prominent R&I professionals globally, and is a ranked practitioner in leading legal directories. Within the Firm, Emmanuel sits on the Global Restructuring and Insolvency Steering Committee. Emmanuel previously co-led the international disputes function in a US oil & gas supermajor, where he managed litigation and situations across Asia, Middle East, Europe and Africa. Emmanuel works extensively on cross-border disputes and situations. His experience focuses on the Asia Pacific region where he has represented clients on some of the most prominent cross-border litigation and situations in recent years. Leveraging off this depth of experience, Emmanuel also regularly advises on risk avoidance and mitigation strategies, including contingency planning and strategic advice, often from a cross-jurisdictional perspective. Emmanuel has also been appointed as arbitrator in international arbitration proceedings, and sits on the panel of arbitrators of a number of prominent arbitral institutions.


Ashish is a Local Principal in Singapore's Dispute Resolution Practice Group. He is qualified to practice law in England & Wales, India, New York and Singapore. In July 2018, Ashish received the “Under-40 Rising Star” award at the annual India law awards ceremony in New Delhi. Recent clients commentary in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific states that "Ashish is 'very familiar with India law matters', 'offers commercially sensible advice and is a delight to work with', and 'grasps complex points quickly and is very persuasive' (2019) and describes Ashish as "truly impressive", "very incisive and a go-to lawyer in Singapore", who offers "advice that is sensible and commercially viable" (2018).


Tjen Wee is a principal in the Dispute Resolution Practice Group in Singapore. His practice covers international arbitration, commercial litigation, and adjudication under the Singapore Security of Payment Act. Tjen Wee is particularly noted for his work relating to infrastructure and construction. Apart from construction disputes, he also handles a broad range of commercial, MCST, shareholder, and employment disputes. Tjen Wee is a recommended lawyer in Construction on Legal 500.


Celeste is a principal in our Dispute Resolution and Employment Practice Groups. Her practice encompasses corporate and commercial dispute resolution, investigations and compliance. She has significant experience acting for global clients in cross-border disputes and advising clients on ethics & compliance and regulatory issues in the context of risks analysis and mitigation and cross-border investigations. Celeste also has a particular focus in employment, particularly contentious employment work and employee investigations. Celeste has been recognised as a 'Litigation Star' in the Labor and Employment space by Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific 2023 and has been ranked Band 1 in Employment in Singapore by Chambers Asia-Pacific since 2019 to date. A client has commended Celeste for being "a fantastic partner who knows our industry well and has been our first contact for external legal work for many years." Celeste is also ranked as a Leading Individual in Labour and Employment in Singapore by Legal 500 Asia Pacific since 2019 and noted by clients as "an experienced litigator with a very sound knowledge of the law, who is also able to consider the client’s commercial concerns when providing advice" and in the foreign firms section as "great at connecting her entire network when the client needs additional service outside Singapore." With over 20 years of experience, Celeste has represented a broad range of multinational clients across various industries in domestic and international arbitrations administered under major institutional arbitral rules, and in court proceedings, before the High Court, Appellate Division of the High Court and the Court of Appeal in Singapore. She has also advised clients from various industries, such as financial/financial services, healthcare & life sciences, energy, oil and gas and technology, on ethics & compliance and regulatory issues, and assisted clients in reviewing their processes to mitigate risks and in internal and external investigations (including cross-border investigations) on anti-bribery/anti-corruption, anti-trust, anti-money laundering, tax, customs/export control and fraud issues and incidents. Celeste advises clients on a wide range of employment and employment-related issues, with a focus on contentious or potentially contentious issues, including termination of employment, dismissal, retrenchment, breach of fiduciary duties, enforcement of restrictive covenants and confidentiality obligations and protection of trade secret, and employee investigations. She has successfully represented employers on employment and employment-related disputes in the Singapore courts as well as in arbitrations and mediations.