Arfat Selvam

Managing Director


Arfat Selvam is Managing Director of Duane Morris & Selvam LLP and Selvam LLC. Mrs. Selvam practices in the area of corporate law.

Mrs. Selvam has over forty years' experience in corporate finance having been at the forefront of the development of the financial services market in Singapore. Her wide array of experience includes mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructures, takeovers, funds raising in the capital markets, privatizations, financial services, cross-border investments, financial services and international joint ventures.

Mrs. Selvam has been closely involved in the legal changes driving the legal financial services sectors in Singapore. She was a member of the Company Law Reform Committee, which made major recommendations affecting the companies and securities laws in Singapore. Mrs. Selvam has been cited in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 as a recommended lawyer in Corporate and M&A – Local Firms in Singapore.

Mrs. Selvam was president of The Law Society of Singapore in 2003 and a former Director of the Stock Exchange of Singapore Limited. She was also a member of the Senate of the Academy of Law, the Board of Legal Education, and was formerly on the Board of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority. Mrs. Selvam is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Directors. She is a director of JurongHealth Fund Ltd and Law Society Pro Bono Services. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Rahmatan Lil Alamin Foundation Ltd.

She was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1969.


  • Singapore


  • Duane Morris & Selvam LLP/ Selvam LLC

Representative Matters

  • Represented PT Apexindo Pratama Duta Tbk, an Indonesian-listed company in an international arbitration relating to an oil and gas dispute.
  • Advising Heineken on its US$ 4.1 billion bid for Asia Pacific Breweries Limited, acquiring an additional 40 percent stake in the joint venture from its partners, Fraser & Neave Ltd, a Singapore-based conglomerate.
  • Advising HSBC on the sale of its Singapore general insurance businesses to French insurer AXA Group, as part of HSBC's wider multi-jurisdictional disposal of its general insurance businesses in Hong Kong, Singapore, Argentina and Mexico in a split deal to AXA Group and Australian insurer QBE.
  • Advising AIA on the restructuring and transfer of its Singapore life and general insurance business from a branch office to a wholly owned subsidiary incorporated in Singapore, through a scheme of transfer under Section 49FB of the Insurance Act of Singapore.
  • Advising DBS Bank Ltd in its S$ 1.6 billion acquisition of POSBank from the Ministry of Finance.
  • Advising Keppel Capital Holdings Ltd in the S$ 1.85 billion takeover offer by Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Ltd for all its issued shares and outstanding listed warrants.

In Singapore, Duane Morris Singapore LLP and Selvam LLC operate a Joint Law Venture serving clients throughout Asia, Duane Morris & Selvam LLP, pursuant to Licence 2/2010 granted by the Attorney General of Singapore. Selvam LLC lawyers may provide services to clients of Duane Morris & Selvam under secondment from Selvam LLC pursuant to Licence 2/2010.

Duane Morris LLP is a law firm based in the United States founded in 1904. We use "Duane Morris" to refer to Duane Morris LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership, and affiliated entities that practice under the name Duane Morris or a similar name.

To the extent that the representative matters listed on this website above fall outside the context of “permitted areas of legal practice” within the meaning of Section 36A of the Legal Profession Act (Chap. 161), they have been conducted by the above named lawyer in his/her capacity as an Advocate & Solicitor of Selvam LLC, a Singapore law practice of the Joint Law Venture.