Richard Tan counsels clients in international arbitration, construction, commercial, technology, and media law. For more than 30 years he has represented clients in a wide range of disputes. Richard acts as counsel or arbitrator under the rules of major Asian and international arbitral regimes. In addition, he sits on the arbitration panels of several international arbitration institutions.
For construction and engineering companies, Richard handles international arbitrations involving the construction of airports, tunnels, oil platforms, power projects, and pharmaceutical plants. The types of commercial disputes that he works on include joint venture and shareholders agreements, technology, media, intellectual property, and licensing matters.
Richard is a chartered arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He served as chairman of the Singapore branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators from 2011 to 2015. Moreover, Richard is often appointed to serve as arbitrator in Singapore and international arbitrations under the rules of the following arbitral organizations:
Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
Ad hoc arbitrations under the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)
He is on the arbitration panels of the following organizations:
Indonesia National Board of Arbitration (BANI)
Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA)
American Arbitration Association (AAA)/International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center
WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre panels for domain name and media disputes
Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC) panel for Singapore domain name disputes
He is an adjunct associate professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and has taught on the joint NUS-Kings College graduate program on construction and arbitration law. Previously, he was an advisory board member of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on dispute resolution and on a task force of the National Research Foundation on digital media. He is a board member of the Singapore Film Commission.