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Darius Chan

Of Counsel
Tel: +65 63095411
Darius.Chan@ascendantlegal.com

Darius Chan is a dispute resolution and litigation lawyer based in Singapore with a decade of experience, focusing on public and private international law. He advises international companies on complex, cross-border disputes. He is especially well-regarded in banking, energy and joint ventures.

Darius' practice focuses on international arbitration. He is the only Singaporean ranked by Who’s Who Legal‎ – Arbitration Future Leaders (2017) in a global list of 18 “Most Highly Regarded Individuals”, describing him as “a very, very smart guy and a great all-round lawyer who is building a strong reputation in the market”. Chambers Legal Global and Asia-Pacific (2017) similarly rank him as a leading individual in international arbitration, describing him as “very clever” with “collaborative, clear communication on sensitive arbitration mandates”.  He is named in 2017 by Singapore Business Review as one of the most influential lawyers under 40.

Besides counsel work, Darius receives arbitrator appointments. He conducts the course on international arbitration at Singapore Management University. Darius publishes extensively and his writing on arbitration has been cited by the Singapore Court of Appeal. He is ‎appointed to the international editorial board of the prestigious Journal of International Arbitration, and acted as Special Editor to an issue dedicated to arbitration in Asia.

Formerly appointed in a judicial capacity as an Assistant Registrar of the Supreme Court of Singapore, Darius is experienced in court litigation. He was appointed amicus curiae in an appeal before the Singapore courts where his contribution was described by the Chief Justice as being “careful”, “excellent and invaluable”.

Darius is qualified in Singapore, New York and England & Wales, having practised in London prior to his current practice in Singapore. He ranked third in the nation-wide qualifying examinations for the Singapore Bar and won the Lai Kew Chai Prize for Commercial Practice.

Darius graduated with first class honours, winning various academic and moot court prizes, including the Chief Justice's Medal awarded to the best graduating law student throughout the course of study. He read a Masters of Law at New York University as a Lee Kuan Yew Scholar and a Arthur C. Vanderbilt Scholar, and was the sole inaugural recipient of the award for distinction in international business regulation, litigation and arbitration.

He is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese, and currently holds a JLPT Level 4 certification in Japanese.

Key industries

  • Financial institutions
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure, mining and commodities

Related services

  • Dispute resolution and litigation
  • International arbitration