Shaun Pereira

Shaun Pereira is a senior associate in the Singapore office. He has advised and represented States, State-owned entities and multinational corporations in disputes subject to arbitration under the ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, and AAA-ICDR rules in proceedings across the energy, construction, and financial services sectors.

Shaun’s experience includes:

  • Acting for the operator of an infrastructure project in Asia in a dispute with the government arising out of the concession agreement and the EPC contractor consortium arising out of the construction contract
  • Acting for a national oil company in a dispute with an international trading house and another national oil company arising out of long-term crude oil supply contracts
  • Acting for a global energy company in a dispute with its joint venture partner arising out of a power project in Asia
  • Acting for the owner of a power plant in Asia in a dispute with an EPC contractor and heavy equipment supplier consortium arising out of the development of the power plant
  • Acting for a Southeast Asian real estate developer in a dispute with a consortium of international investors arising out of a suite of financing and corporate documents
  • Acting for a NASDAQ-listed acquirer in a post-M&A dispute with the founders and promoters of the target business

Shaun is listed in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, in which clients describe him as “impressive”, “outstanding”, and “up and coming”. He teaches as Adjunct Faculty at the Singapore Management University and has published on international arbitration in leading journals, including the Journal of International Arbitration, the Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, and the Civil Justice Quarterly.

Shaun previously served in a judicial capacity as a magistrate and assistant registrar in the High Court of Singapore and the Singapore International Commercial Court. Before that, he clerked for the Chief Justice and Justices of the Supreme Court of Singapore.

Daryl Chew

Daryl is the managing partner of the firm’s Singapore office. He has an active portfolio of arbitrations involving a wide range of applicable laws and venues, arising from energy, construction, M&A, joint venture, and general commercial disputes.

Daryl’s experience includes:

  • Acting for the operator of a major infrastructure project in an Asian State, in a dispute with the government arising out of the concession agreement and the EPC contractor consortium arising out of the construction contract. The agreements are subject to ICC arbitration in Singapore and governed by English law and the law of the Asian State
  • Acting for a national oil company in a dispute with an international trading house and another national oil company arising out of long-term crude oil supply contracts. The agreements are subject to LCIA arbitration in London and governed by English law
  • Acting for a global energy company in a dispute with its joint venture partner arising out of a power project in Asia. The joint venture agreement and corporate documents of the joint venture company are subject to HKIAC arbitration in the Hong Kong SAR and governed by English law and the law of the Asian State
  • Acting for the owner of a power plant in Asia in a dispute with an EPC contractor and heavy equipment supplier consortium arising out of the development of the power plant. The agreements are subject to ICC arbitration in Singapore and governed by English law and the law of the Asian State
  • Acting for a Southeast Asian real estate developer in a dispute with a consortium of international investors arising out of a suite of financing and corporate documents. The agreements are subject to SIAC arbitration in Singapore and governed by Singapore law and the law of the Southeast Asian State
  • Acting for a NASDAQ-listed acquirer in a post-M&A dispute with the founders and promoters of the target business. The dispute involves court and arbitration proceedings in multiple jurisdictions across Asia and the United States

Daryl also serves as presiding arbitrator, co-arbitrator and sole arbitrator in institutional and ad hoc arbitration proceedings.

Chambers and The Legal 500 commend his “outstanding track record”, “superb written advocacy”, “valuable strategic input”, and recommend him for “consistently high-quality work”. Clients in these directories observe that he “scores highly for excellence in proceedings that turn on complex points of law” and describe him as “a brilliant all round talent” and a “phenomenal advocate with the ability to turn the most complex facts in a case into simple, attractive and persuasive argument”. Daryl features as a “Global Leader” in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2022, which describes him as “a top name for international arbitration” with “great problem-solving skills”. Prior editions of Who’s Who Legal have ranked him as “one of the brightest” and “most highly regarded” partners in the Asia Pacific. He also features in the inaugural “Legal 500 Arbitration Powerlist – South East Asia” and was named among “30 People to Watch in the Business of Law in Asia in 2022” by Asia Law Portal.

Daryl serves as the Chairman of the Board of Maxwell Chambers, an integrated Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) complex in Singapore established to provide best of class facilities and services for the conduct of ADR activities. He also co-chairs the YSIAC committee and serves on the IBA Arb40 Steering Committee, Singapore Management University School of Law Advisory Board, and various governmental and regional arbitration committees.

Zach Mollengarden

Zach is an associate in the Singapore office. His experience includes advising clients in investment treaty and commercial arbitrations relating to financial services, sovereign debt, M&A, technology, and construction disputes. He has acted in arbitrations under the ICC, AAA, ICDR, UNCITRAL, and ICSID Rules.

His recent experience includes:

  • Representing Elliott Associates in a pending UNCITRAL arbitration against the Republic of Korea under the investment chapter of a free trade agreement
  • Defending an ICC arbitration brought by a counterparty to a technology licensing agreement involving the development of cutting-edge mobile phone technology
  • Defending an Asia-based investment manager in an AAA arbitration regarding whether a US-based asset manager is entitled to fees relating to a seed investment

Before joining Three Crowns, Zach clerked for the Hon. Kevin C. Newsom on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and worked in the international affairs department at a global investment bank in London.

Zach holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as an articles editor for the Yale Law Journal and submissions editor for the Yale Journal of International Law.

He received an M.Phil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. degree in political science and religion, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

Not practising law in the District of Columbia. Supervision by Luke A. Sobota, a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

YiKang Zhang

YiKang is an associate in the Singapore office. He has experience in both international commercial and investment treaty disputes across a range of sectors including energy, joint venture disputes, and financial services. YiKang has also been involved in proceedings under various institutional rules, including the ICC, LCIA, ICSID and UNCITRAL rules, and before the High Court.

His experience includes:

  • Representing Elliott Advisors LP in its $700 million claim against the Republic of Korea under the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement
  • Representing the Sultanate of Oman in an ICSID treaty claim brought against it dispute in relation to a US$850 million oil and gas and construction contract, including in the annulment proceedings
  • Representing an ultra-high-net-worth individual in disputes arising out of the repudiation of an option agreement and other agreements, including proceedings before the High Court relating to a challenge under s.68(2)(i) of the Arbitration Act
  • Representing an African company in an LCIA arbitration against a port operator in a dispute arising from the termination of a joint venture agreement, and in proceedings before the High Court
  • Securing a full dismissal of claims made against an Asian NOC in an ICC arbitration arising from the client’s withdrawal from a production sharing contract in Central Asia
  • Representing a subsidiary of an Asian NOC in an ICC arbitration arising under a production sharing contract relating to the reimbursement of taxes, levies, and royalties

YiKang has interned with Judge Ronnie Abrams on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and assisted with the representation of low-income individuals in the Bronx at The Bronx Defenders. His work on the termination of intra-EU BITs been published in the American Review of International Arbitration.

YiKang obtained his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and was awarded the Whitney North Seymour Medal for excellence in trial advocacy. He also holds an LL.B with First Class Honours from King’s College London, where he finished top of his class in consecutive years.

Penny Martin

Penny is counsel in the Singapore office. She has substantial experience in international commercial arbitration, public international law, and international human rights law. Her primary focus has been on energy-related disputes, including disputes relating to long-term oil and gas agreements (including environmental, abandonment and decommissioning, and cost recovery issues), renewable energy, gas pricing, licensing, and intellectual property.

Penny’s experience includes:

  • Representing an oil major in a dispute relating to a sale and purchase agreement and pre-emption rights in the UK North Sea
  • Representing an oil major in a decommissioning dispute against a South-Asian State under two concession agreements adopting the 1946 ICJ Rules
  • Representing a leading European wind turbine manufacturer in a dispute relating to the effect of the termination of a cross-licensing agreement governed by Illinois law on certain licenses relating to patented wind turbine technology
  • Representing a major European State-owned gas supplier in various disputes relating to gas pricing and pipeline operational issues, including set-aside proceedings in Sweden
  • Representing an international consortium of oil and gas companies defending cost recovery and related accounting claims relating to operations in a Middle Eastern State
  • Advising an oil major in respect of the termination of two production sharing agreements with a Middle Eastern State and related end of production sharing agreement issues, including cost recovery and decommissioning issues
  • Representing an international consortium of oil and gas companies defending environmental, technical, and operational claims of US$800 million arising out of historical operations by the Ministry of Oil & Minerals of a Middle Eastern State

Penny also has a background in academia and co-authored the leading text on the appointment of international judges entitled Selecting International Judges: Principle, Process, and Politics (Oxford University Press, 2010), which examined the process for appointing judges to the International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court, and other international courts and tribunals.  Recently, Penny assisted in the preparation of the Report of the UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee recommending measures to improve gender balance in international human rights bodies and mechanisms. Her pro bono work has included assisting with an amicus brief submitted in Moore v. Texas (US Supreme Court).

Penny was named a “Rising Star” in International Arbitration in The Legal 500 UK in 2021 and 2022, after being recognised as “Highly Regarded” in the 2020 guide. She received her BA/LLB (Hons) from Monash University and LLM in Public International Law (with Distinction) from the University of Glasgow. Penny is admitted to practice in England and Wales and Victoria, Australia.

Simon Elliot

Simon is a partner in the Singapore office.  He has provided advice and representation in numerous proceedings conducted under the rules of the major arbitral institutions and ad hoc, with a particular focus on disputes arising out of large infrastructure, and other major, projects involving disputed technical, delay, and quantum-related issues.

Simon’s recent experience includes representing: the local subsidiary of a global contracting group in a dispute arising out of the construction of a significant healthcare facility in the Middle East, which centered on highly-technical issues of electrical engineering; a European contractor in dual contractual and investment treaty arbitrations arising out of a “mega project” to expand a strategic maritime infrastructure installation; a French-German consortium in an arbitration arising from an agreement for the construction of a “first-of-a-kind”, new-generation nuclear power plant in Finland; a European refining company in a dispute concerning a significant refinery upgrade project involving a wide spectrum of technical issues, ranging from deficient site preparation to post-completion defects, complex delay analysis and significant claims for production losses; and a European mining company in proceedings arising out of an expansion to a substantial wet-sands mining operation in an African country.

Simon is described in the Legal 500 as a “rising star” and clients laud his “impressive ability to deep dive into highly complex, technical issues” and turn them into “elegant and powerful arguments.”

Simon holds an LLB (First Class Hons) and a BA (French).  He is admitted in New Zealand and as a solicitor in England and Wales.  Simon speaks fluent English and French.