Bhavish Advani

Bhavish Advani
Senior Associate


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Summary Open

Bhavish is a Senior Associate in the firm’s Dispute Resolution group, focused on Asia-based international commercial arbitration. He is a key member of the team in dealing with disputes from both the ASEAN region and China.

Before joining Watson Farley & Williams in 2012, Bhavish spent five years working in one of the largest and most prestigious disputes practices in Singapore.

Bhavish has extensive experience as lead and co-counsel in international commercial arbitrations under the UNCITRAL, ICC, SIAC, HKIAC and ICDR regimes. He has also acted for parties at the trial and appellate levels in commercial cases before the Singapore courts. His diverse range of clients include major regional corporations and multinationals, financial institutions, sovereign wealth funds, governments and state-linked entities, along with high net worth individuals.

Bhavish is admitted to the bar in Singapore and the State of New York. He is fluent in English, Mandarin and French.

Experience Open

    Bhavish’s experience includes:
    • Acted for telecommunication companies from an Indonesian conglomerate in disputes with a Malaysian conglomerate arising from the failure of a pay-tv JV and as part of a wider commercial falling out. Jurisdictional challenges and restitutionary/contractual claims amounting to US$400m were involved. (SIAC; Singapore law)
    • Acted for a Thai paper manufacturer in disputes with a Chinese machinery manufacturer and a Chinese state-linked corporation concerning supply of deficient machinery. Claims in excess of US$50m were brought for breach of contract, misrepresentation and enforcement of guarantee obligations. (HKIAC/UNCITRAL; Chinese law)
    • Acted for the defence ministry of a South-East Asian government in disputes with an Australian engineering consultancy and a sub-contractor over failures in the construction of a naval base. Contractual and tortious claims worth S$24m were involved (SIAC/Ad-hoc; Singapore law)
    • Represented Thai state-linked energy corporations in various disputes with Indonesian entities/individuals concerning coal mining and renewable energy projects in Indonesia. Claims ranging from US$18m to US$76m for breach of contract and misrepresentation were involved. (SIAC/UNCITRAL; Singapore/English law)
    • Acted in disputes between the Thai entities of a Dutch renewable energy solutions consultancy and a Dutch food conglomerate concerning wrongful termination of contract and consequent claims for damages (ICC; Thai law)
    • Represented former directors/employees of the Singapore subsidiary of a California corporation against claims amounting to US$95m for misrepresentation, conspiracy and breach of fiduciary duty. (Ad-hoc; Singapore law)
    • Represented a Thai airline in various arbitrations concerning breaches of aircraft charter agreements and related parallel litigation (ICDR; Thai law)
    • Represented a Singapore-listed property developer in contractual and negligence claims amounting to S$20m against a statutory authority for losses occasioned by the collapse of a highway under construction. (Ad-hoc; Singapore law)
    • Acted as counsel/instructing solicitor in various arbitration-related litigation including actions to seek repudiation of an arbitration agreement for breach of confidentiality (AAY and others v AAZ [2009] SGHC 142; [2010] SGHC 350), anti-suit relief in support of an ICC arbitration between Middle-Eastern and Pakistani entities, enforcement of various arbitral awards in the Singapore and Thai courts (e.g. VV and another v VW [2008] SGHC 11), and striking out of claims brought against a Chinese steel corporation in breach of a CIETAC arbitration agreement.
    • Represented a Singapore brewery against claims in restitution, vicarious liability and negligence worth S$117m brought by several international banks on account of fraudulent bank transactions entered into by a rogue employee (Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken v Asia Pacific Breweries (Singapore) [2009] SGHC 197; [2011] SGCA 22).
    • Acted for a shareholder/managing director of a Singapore corporation in various related actions concerning minority oppression, derivative actions for breach of fiduciary duty and setting aside of Anton Piller orders and Mareva injunctions. Claims in excess of US$50m were involved (Carolyn Fong v Airtrust and Linda Kao [2011] SGHC 88).
    • Represented an Indonesian HNWI seeking invalidation of forex transactions amounting to US$16m entered into with an American bank for absence of authority (Susilawati v American Express Bank Ltd [2009] SGCA 8).
    • Represented a European bank in restitutionary claims worth US$8m against a Malaysian bank for issuance of fraudulent promissory notes, and in related stay applications based on multiplicity of proceedings and forum non conveniens (CIMB Bank Bhd v Dresdner Kleinwort Ltd [2008] SGHC 59; [2008] SGCA 36).
    • Represented a Singapore-listed F&B company in a highly publicised takeover dispute raising issues of compliance with equality of treatment provisions under the Singapore Takeover Code.
    • Acted for an American HNWI in winding up and stay applications as part of proceedings in multiple jurisdictions seeking recourse against entities/persons in Australia, California and Vietnam (instructing solicitor).
    • Represented an advocate and solicitor before the Court of Three Judges in a landmark case on ambit of solicitors’ duties (Law Society of Singapore v Ahmad Khalis [2006] SGHC 143).

Education Open

  • 2006: National University of Singapore, LLB (2nd Class Honours, Upper Division)
  • 2004 – 2005: McGill University (Montreal, Canada), non-graduating exchange year

Employment Record Open

  • 2012 – present: Watson Farley & Williams
  • 2006 – 2011: Drew & Napier LLC, Singapore, Senior Associate