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Mathias Goh

Mathias has substantial experience in international commercial arbitration and dispute resolution. He started his career at a Singapore law firm practising commercial dispute resolution, where he worked on a diverse range of corporate and commercial disputes in both the State Courts and Supreme Court of Singapore. These disputes include company, contract, employment, partnership, minority oppression, directors’ duties, tenancy, tort and trust-related disputes. 

He subsequently moved to the market-leading international arbitration team at the Singapore office of global law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright. There, he worked on several complex, cross-border commercial and energy disputes, including high-value international arbitrations claims administered under the arbitration rules of arbitration institutions such as the ICC, ICSID and SIAC. 

At Norton Rose Fulbright, Mathias regularly advised corporates and multinationals in a range of sectors including insurance, technology and FMCG on Singapore employment law issues. These employment law matters include employment agreements, employment manuals, transfer of employment issues, restraint of trade obligations, unfair dismissal claims, employee litigation, workplace harassment, redundancies, and restructuring of employee leave benefits schemes.

Thereafter in early-2020, he took up a role in Hong Kong with the regional legal team of global brewing giant, Carlsberg. His principal job scope was to assist the Carlsberg group navigate several commercial disputes arising out of its joint ventures in Asia. Mathias later assumed a dual role as Head of Legal for Carlsberg’s operations in Hong Kong where Carlsberg is the market leader. He oversaw all legal operations and workstreams in Hong Kong, where Carlsberg is the dominant market player.

Select litigation and arbitration experience

  • Advising and representing a major international brewery in an SIAC arbitration where the sum in dispute exceeds USD 1 billion and which concerns a dispute with its joint venture partner. This dispute involves affiliates in four jurisdictions.

  • Representing an Indian construction conglomerate in a SIAC arbitration against a state-owned entity concerning a construction project in India. The value of the claims in this arbitration is approximately USD 400 million.

  • Representing an Indian construction conglomerate in ad hoc arbitration proceedings under the Indian Arbitration and Conciliation Act against a state-owned entity concerning a construction project in India.  The value of the claims in this arbitration is in excess of USD 600 million.

  • Representing a wholly-owned subsidiary of a Malaysian–listed oil and gas company in an ICC arbitration against a state-owned power board for recovery of outstanding fuel tariffs concerning a power plant located in Bangladesh. The value of the claims in this arbitration is approximately USD 14 million.

  • Representing a wholly-owned subsidiary of a Malaysian–listed oil and gas company in ICSID arbitration proceedings for recovery of outstanding fuel tariffs.

  • Representing several plaintiff companies in a complex dispute on trust law involving the recovery of assets amounting to US$600 million in the Singapore High Court. This matter went for trial and the case is reported as Compania De Navegacion Palomar, SA and others v Ernest Ferdinand Perez De La Sala and another matter [2017] SGHC 14.

  • Representing a Singapore group of construction companies in an minority oppression suit in the Singapore High Court. This matter went for trial and the case is reported as Koh Keng Chew and others v Liew Kit Fah and others [2016] SGHC 140.

  • Representing medical professionals in a claim against joint venture partners in the Singapore High Court. This matter went to trial and the case is reported as Centre for Laser and Aesthetic Medicine Pte Ltd v Goh Pui Kiat and others [2017] SGHC 72.

  • Represented minority shareholders in a shareholders’ oppression claim in the Singapore High Court. This case went to trial and is reported as Poh Fu Tek and others v Lee Shung Guan and others [2017] SGHC 212.

  • Representing a Singapore listed company (a medical group of companies) in a dispute with a former investor, and assisting with the drafting of public statements in connection with that dispute.

  • Advising an Asian state-owned airline on issues relating to bribes and fraudulent activities committed by a third party in connection with certain aircraft-related contracts

 

Qualifications

  • Advocate and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore (Admitted in 2014)

  • Solicitor, Roll of England and Wales (Admitted in 2019)

Education

  • Bachelor of Laws, LLB (Hons), National University of Singapore (NUS), Faculty of Law

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