Samuel Sharpe



Samuel R. Sharpe is an international commercial and disputes lawyer qualified to practice Singapore and English law. With 20 years of experience in Asia, Mr. Sharpe advises clients in Singapore and the region on a range of commercial issues including corporate, employment, compliance and disputes matters (including mediation, international arbitration and litigation in Singapore). Mr. Sharpe is also an experienced white collar criminal defence lawyer and is head of the firm’s Corporate Crime Investigations Practice Group.

Mr. Sharpe advises clients in a wide range of industry sectors, with a focus on international trade, medical device and pharma, construction and engineering, oil and gas, infrastructure, and insurance and reinsurance.

Mr. Sharpe represents a number of multinational corporations in respect corporate, compliance and dispute resolution matters arising out of their business across the Asia Pacific, including world leading medical device and pharma companies.

Mr. Sharpe is regarded as a Recommended Lawyer for Dispute Resolution in Singapore by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018. His extensive experience includes advising clients in complex cross border proceedings before major arbitration institutions including the SIAC, ICC, LCIA and ICSID, as well as before the Singapore and English High Courts. Mr. Sharpe has advised on disputes arising from major infrastructure projects in the ASEAN region, the design and construction of landmark buildings, defective design and construction of offshore vessels, complex employment disputes, as well as advising on claims under Construction All Risk, Property All Risk, Professional Indemnity and D&O insurance policies.

Mr. Sharpe’s white collar criminal defence practice focuses on anti-money laundering, anti-fraud, and anti-bribery investigations and compliance (including relating to the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and UK Bribery Act, as well as local anti-bribery legislation). In particular, he has represented publicly-traded companies, including UK and US listed companies based in Asia (that are subject to the jurisdiction of the US and UK authorities) as well as investigations conducted by the Singapore authorities (including the MAS, CAD and MOM). He is very familiar with investigations in or concerning countries both in ASEAN and the wider Asia Pacific region. Mr. Sharpe is a member of the Singapore Law Society’s Criminal Practice Committee.

Mr. Sharpe is an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore and a solicitor in England and Wales. He leads the British Chamber of Commerce Singapore (BritCham) Financial & FinTech Services Business Group's Regulation Tech Sub-Committee. 


  • Singapore
  • England and Wales
  • Republic of Ireland


  • National University of Singapore, Singapore Bar Examination Part A, 2013
  • BPP Law School, London, Legal Practice Course, 2003
  • College of Law, London, PgDL, 2002
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, MSc, 2000
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, BSc, 1999


  • Duane Morris & Selvam LLP/Selvam LLC
    - Director, 2014-present
  • DLA Piper Singapore Pte Ltd, 2009-2014
  • Dewey & LeBoeuf, 2005-2008
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP (formerly Herbert Smith), 2003-2005


Representative Matters

    Construction Matters

  • Advising a major engineering and design company on their liabilities in relation to a high profile water retention and treatment infrastructure project in Singapore.
  • Advising a major international hospitality company in a Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) administered arbitration in relation to an action against their architect regarding the design of a landmark building in the region.
  • Advising a major Singapore listed mining company in a SIAC arbitration concerning a US$50 million claim against the company's insurers.
  • Advising a major Mongolian conglomerate in relation to disputes with a contractor arising out of the design and construction of power plant.
  • Advising a firm of Singapore based firm architects in an arbitration defending a multi-million Singapore Dollar negligence claim by a developer.
  • Successfully defending insurers in a SIAC arbitration relating to an insured's multimillion US$ claim under a Construction All Risk Policy for an indemnity for costs arising from damage to a major highway project in the Philippines.
  • Bringing a claim against a firm of engineers in relation to the poor design of foundations to a printing press.
  • Successfully defending a multi-million pound sterling claim in relation to the construction of the London Fire Brigade's training centre in Southwark (London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority v. Halcrow Gilbert Associates Ltd [2007] EWHC 2546 (TCC)).
  • Insurance Matters

  • Acting for a Singapore listed company in a SIAC arbitration in relation to a US$ 50 million claim under a Property All Risk Policy against its insurers.
  • Acting for a prominent insurance company in a SIAC arbitration defending a US$30 million claim under a Construction All Risk insurance policy concerning a major infrastructure project.
  • Advising a P&I Club in relation to the long running litigation surrounding the sinking of the Hyundai 105 Car Carrier in the Singapore Straits.
  • Acting for a Vietnamese MNC in a USD 800,000 claim under their Directors and Officers Liability insurance policy.
  • Acting for a Korean electronics company in relation to a claim against its insurers under its policy for damaged electronic goods being shipped from Singapore to the United States.
  • Acting for a major insurance company in relation to a claim by an insured relating to damaged equipment at an oil refinery in Vietnam.
  • Acting for a major insurance company in relation to claims under a Property All Risk Policy arising from fire damage to a shopping mall in Singapore.
  • Acting for a major insurance company in relation to a claim under a Professional Indemnity Policy in respect of allegations of negligence against a firm of architects concerning the design of a prominent commercial and residential building in Singapore.
  • Acting for a major re-insurer concerning a claim arising from fire damage to a food processing plant.
  • Advising a major insurance company in an audit process of firms and solicitors (acting as delegated coverholders) writing after-the-event litigation costs average policies on behalf of our client.
  • Corporate Criminal Matters

  • Advising a major international company in relation to the ongoing 1MDB money laundering investigation (highly confidential).
  • Advising a major MNC in relation to a Singapore government investigation (Ministry of Manpower) into alleged Employment Pass fraud.
  • Leading an investigation into money laundering allegations made with respect to our client, an international corporate services provider.
  • Advising the UK government in relation to a study on foreign invested companies’ experiences of potential corruption in Vietnam.
  • Conducting an investigation into a USD 5.5 million value fraud committed against our client in Indonesia, including working with Indonesian police.
  • Advising a Canadian based fund in respect to a fraud committed by a General Manager of one of their companies in China.
  • Conducting an investigation into money laundering allegations made in a US indictment against individuals and companies connected to our client.
  • Leading an internal investigation into alleged bribery of public officials for a major hotel and leisure company in respect of its hotels in Southeast Asia.
  • Conducting an investigation into an MNC client's Vietnamese operations and advising on liabilities under the UK Bribery Act and UK anti-money laundering legislation.
  • Advising a former employee of a major MNC in relation to allegations against the company of bribery and fraud.
  • Reviewing anti-bribery policy and procedures to ensure UK Bribery Act compatibility for a MNC flavor company.
  • Advising a multinational engineering company on their anti-bribery policies and procedures for their China business.
  • Advising a Japanese manufacturing company on their anti-bribery policies and procedures for their Southeast Asia business.
  • Advising a major international investment bank in carrying out a bribery risk assessment and drafting FCPA and UK Bribery Act compliant policies and procedures for a JV real estate holding company in China.
  • Advising a UK JV property development company in carrying out a bribery risk assessment of its business and drafting FCPA and UK Bribery Act compliant anti-bribery policies and procedures.
  • Advising a MNC property development company in carrying out a bribery risk assessment of its business and drafting FCPA and UK Bribery Act compliant anti-bribery policies and procedures.
  • Other General Arbitration and Litigation Matters

  • Advising a prominent Indonesian investor in preparing for litigation in Singapore against a major international bank concerning a USD 180m term loan facility.
  • Advising a major international medical devices company in relation to a dispute under a distribution agreement in Korea.
  • Advising a MNC oil and gas company in a dispute with a Singapore shipowner in relation to a dispute concerning a failed joint venture agreement in Latin America.
  • Advising a prominent professor at a major university in the region concerning wrongful dismissal and defamation.
  • Advising an international renewable energy company (UK listed) in a dispute with a former director concerning alleged secret profits and breaches of contract by the director.
  • Advising an international telecommunications services company in their dispute with a Southeast Asian telecommunications operator.
  • Advising a MNC oil and gas company in a USD 35 million UNCITRAL arbitration in Singapore in relation to a dispute with a shipyard concerning the design, construction, and comissioning of a semi-submersible drilling rig.
  • Advising a major Philippine Bank (a member of a consortium of creditor banks) in a SIAC administered arbitration concerning the liquidation of a large company in the Philippines.
  • Advising a major middle-eastern oil company in relation to an adverse judgment on liability (Masri v. Consolidated Contractors International UK Ltd and others (No 2)[2007] EWHC 3010 (Comm)).
  • Advising the Government of Barbados on Barbados' maritime boundary dispute with Trinidad and Tobago under part XV of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
  • Advising Telekom Malaysia Berhad in its dispute with the Government of Ghana in relation to a multi-million US$ telecom investment.

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