Kelvin Aw represents project finance clients in their transactional and litigation matters in the construction, engineering, and infrastructure industries. He provides advice throughout the changing dynamics of a project cycle, ranging from front-end structuring and procurement to back-end work in which disputes have arisen. In Singapore, he represents clients in large-scale, landmark development matters. He also advises parties with projects in China, India, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, and the Middle East.
An example that illustrates the level of complexity and financial risk involved in the transactions that Kelvin manages is his work as project counsel of one of the largest integrated resort developments in Singapore which was valued at more than SGD$6 billion (approximately USD$4.4 billion).
Kelvin is committed to add value to our clients’ operations and often identifies areas that can benefit from best practices in the industry, such as developing in-house standard contracts and operational guides for developers and constructors.
Kelvin brings his wealth of experience in the industries to the handling of contentious matters. Kelvin is particularly active in statutory adjudications under Singapore’s Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (Cap. 30B), and delivers consistently with an impressive track record.
Kelvin is also regularly sought by clients to represent them in both international and domestic arbitrations in Singapore and the region, under arbitration rules of various arbitral institutions including the SIAC, KLRCA, CEITAC and ICC. In addition, his specialist knowledge of building and construction law and tenacity as a lawyer puts him in a position of strength in any arbitration.
Kelvin is consistently ranked as a leading individual for construction by the Chambers Asia-Pacific: Leading Lawyers for Business and by The Legal 500. Chambers Asia-Pacific quoted a client as saying, “[Kelvin’s] biggest strength as a lawyer is that he is very strategic and always thinks ahead and tackles potential problems early on.”
Kelvin is also a well-sought after speaker at conferences. He is a fellow of the Singapore and Chartered Institutes of Arbitrators, and an accredited Senior Adjudicator with the Singapore Mediation Centre. In addition, he has served on the Council of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and has taught construction law modules at the National University of Singapore.
King's College London, 2005, MSc, Construction & Arbitration
University of Kent, England, 1995, LLB, Hons
Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore
Awards and Affiliations
Recommended, Construction: Local Firms; Projects and Energy: Local Firms, Singapore, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2017, 2018)
Recommended, International Arbitration; Shipping: Local Firms, Singapore, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2018)
Ranked, Construction, Singapore, Chambers Asia-Pacific: Leading Lawyers for Business (2015–2018)
Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Accredited Adjudicator, Singapore Mediation Centre