Glenn Cheng

Glenn Cheng

Partner Singapore, Singapore

Glenn is a partner in our Singapore office and specialises in international engineering and construction. He is dual qualified in both England and Wales, and Singapore.

Glenn has over twenty years of expertise handling matters relating to onshore and offshore projects involving civil/marine engineering, foreshore fortification, built-environment public works and private developments, as well as in construction relating to infrastructure and oil and gas projects.

In projects, Glenn has acted (by instructing and collaborating with local counsel where applicable) on PPP projects in Singapore including the Tuaspring (Tuas II) SWRO Desalination Plant, the Kranji Wastewater Reclamation and NEWater Plants, and the Singapore Sports Hub. He was appointed to advise the first phase dredging, foreshore fortification and EPC port terminal development project which (when completed) is proposed to be the world’s largest facility at 65 million TEUs capacity per annum.

In disputes, Glenn appears as Counsel and acts as (instructing) Solicitor as needs require. He also sits as Arbitrator and Emergency Arbitrator in both international and domestic proceedings. Acting as Leading Counsel, Glenn has successfully advocated multiple claims on behalf of a private sector developer against a state-owned entity of a South Asian country. The cross-border ICC arbitration proceedings concerned the complex case of the wrongful termination of both a joint venture and its accompanying concession agreement to execute a PPP/BOT land development project. Recently he was also appointed to advise the resolution of over 400 claims and disputes which arose in the course of the winding down of a crude oil and petrochemical trading division of the national oil and gas authority of a South-East Asian country.

During the COVID-19 pandemic “lockdown” periods internationally, Glenn has advised numerous key clients and projects across Italy, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the UAE.

A Fellow of both the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (FSIArb) and the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators (FMIArb), Glenn sits on the panel of Arbitrators and the panel of Emergency Arbitrators of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and the Asian International Arbitration Center (AIAC); as well as on the panels of Arbitrators of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA), and the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC).

Market recognition

  • Described as a “construction specialist”; and acknowledged as a “prominent figure” and a “recommended contact” in the International Arbitration (Singapore) category in the Legal 500 Asia-Pacific Guide 2018 & 2019 for construction and engineering
  • Recommended Lawyer in International Arbitration in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018
  • Recommended as a key practitioner in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 for “high-value, cross-border construction cases. Other strengths include offshore oil and gas, power, mining and natural resources disputes”
  • Recommended in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016 for “commercial, energy and infrastructure disputes throughout Asia and Europe”
  • “Over the years I have really come to treasure those lawyers who listen to what clients want. He’s a technical expert in his field he has the ability to convince. Our many war stories over the years and upon reflection, all share the common theme of (Mr Cheng) digging us out of trouble. In one word to encapsulate him, I’d say he’s really user-friendly.” – Clough
  • “In recent years construction contracts have become larger and more complex and as a result it was important for us to engage the services of a law firm with experience and expertise in our field. We found that experience and expertise in the construction and engineering practice of Mr Glenn G. Cheng. His services have been excellent and whilst construction contracts by nature require quick decision making, it was refreshing to find a lawyer that understands this. We can confidently recommend Mr Cheng and his team as solid and reliable experts in the construction and engineering field” - Dredging International Asia Pacific
  • “Fantastic advice; on time, on budget, and reassuring. I felt ‘armed’ when I walked into meetings” – ENSCO

Work highlights

  • Advising a UAE-based fleet owner and operator opposite a specialist offshore designer/fabricator and shipyard in Singapore involving the RLEC, upgrade and re-fitting of a self-elevating (“jack-up”) MODU for deployment of drilling operations off the Gulf of Thailand. The brief concerned issues of disruption, work suspension, and alleged events of Force Majeure occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic “lockdown” period legislated in Singapore, as well as the control and containment regulations enforced there.
  • Advising a Houston-based US listco fleet owner and operator in the procurement of two self-elevating (“jack-up”) MODUs from a South-East Asia based fabrication yard for the deployment of drilling operations in the Middle East.
  • Advising (in collaboration with the appointed liquidators of) the crude oil and petrochemical trading division of the Indonesian national oil and gas authority, the resolution of multiple claims and disputes (in excess of 400 such claims) which have arisen in the course of voluntary (solvent) winding down. This work involves assessing, auditing, advising and prosecuting arbitration proceedings seated across Singapore, Seoul, London and Indonesia against the trading divisions of national oil and gas companies from PR China, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, Korea, the UAE, the United States, Italy and the Republic of Azerbaijan.
  • Advising a European EPC contractor (and consortium leader) in a pair of connected “fast- tracked turnkey” JV -led petrochemical manufacturing plants sited in Johor State for commissioning and delivery to the national oil and gas authority of Malaysia.
  • Advising the EPC(IC) head contractor across multiple claims and contractual construction issues involved in the design implementation, fabrication and delivery of a gas condensate production platform, LQ and WHP topsides on a North Sea field development.
  • Advising claims, variations and other contractual control issues to the UAE-based division of a French marine and civil engineering MNC in its role as specialist contractor on marine (bridging) piling and foreshore revetment works on the Upper Zakum Offshore Oilfield Development project situated offshore Abu Dhabi.
  • Advising a Korean power cabling and engineering MNC opposite a European MNC involving project support, claims, variations and other contractual control issues in relation to subsea civil and marine engineering, on/foreshore civil work, as well as submarine cable laying and burial works between Singapore and Malaysia.
  • Advising two European-Asian marine and civil engineering consortia on project support, claims, variations and other contractual control issues in respect of (combined) USD multi- billion sovereign-sponsored EPC contract packages for dredging, land reclamation, foreshore defence, construction of finger piers, wharves, and ancillary structures in Southeast Asia.
  • Advising and acting as leading Counsel to a South Korean government-linked power generation corporation in a consolidated series of international arbitration proceedings seated in Singapore concerning claims and disputes against multiple, separate Indian counter-parties (and cross-claimants) which arose from the cross border investment and development of 2 x 300MW coal-fired power plants in India.
  • Advising and acting as leading Counsel to a Pakistani real estate developer in concurrent ICC and ad hoc arbitration proceedings seated in Singapore and Pakistan respectively concerning claims and disputes against the Pakistani Armed Forces-affiliated Defence Housing Authority which arose from a suite of urban project development contracts including a joint venture agreement; as well as a 30-year land concession and BOT contract for the construction and management of two adjoining mixed-usage tower block properties in Lahore, Pakistan. Instructing solicitors and co-Counsel in both proceedings are Messrs Hassan, Qureshi & Mamdot of Lahore.