Mr. Cheng is an international engineering and construction law specialist. His practice is unique and offers a hybrid range of front-end transactional and back-end disputes service disciplines.
Mr. Cheng’s primary focus is in the fields of onshore building and construction, civil and marine engineering, as well as offshore infrastructure relating to oil and gas projects. Mr. Cheng maintains currency in these sectors through a long-standing following of clients providing regular involvement in projects, contractual claims and formal dispute proceedings variously as advisor, counsel and arbitrator.
On notable projects, Mr. Cheng has acted for operators, owners and contractors throughout South East Asia, South Asia and the Asia Pacific region, Europe, the Middle East, South America and Africa. In Singapore, he led the project legal team (instructing Singapore Co-Counsel) in advising and steering to financial completion, the PPP/DBOO project for the largest ever seawater desalination plant to be constructed and operated in the country. More recently, Mr Cheng was retained and continues to advise clients on the first phase of a dredging and EPC port terminal development project which when completed is proposed to be the world’s largest facility at 65 million TEUs p.a capacity.
In disputes, Mr. Cheng has experience appearing respectively as Counsel, Solicitor, Arbitrator, and Emergency Arbitrator in both international and domestic arbitrations, ranging from pure ad hoc references and (part) institutionalized ad hoc proceedings under UNCITRAL and SCMA rules; to proceedings under institutional rules including CIETAC, ICC, LCIA, SIA, and SIAC. At time of writing, he has presided over and determined disputes of accumulated values in excess of SGD$300 million.