“Andrew Moran QC of The Arbitration Chambers is ‘commercially astute, has great judgement and runs a very efficient process,’ according to market sources. He has handled a diverse range of commercial cases and is especially noted for his expertise regarding shipping disputes.“
— Chambers & Partners (2019)
Mr. Andrew G Moran QC is an independent, full-time, international commercial arbitrator, with over a quarter of a century’s experience as arbitrator and judge, in the determination of an extremely wide range of commercial and maritime disputes. His primary office and base is at The Arbitration Chambers of Singapore in Maxwell Chambers; but he also has bases from which he is able to arbitrate in the UK (London), where he is a member of 6 Pump Court Chambers, and Continental Europe (Paris and Geneva). He was in practice for over 40 years as Counsel (nearly 25 years as Queen’s Counsel) and in that role he led teams of lawyers in conducting many complex commercial, civil and maritime cases. He is a Master of the Bench of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn.
Andrew has conducted and holds numerous appointments in arbitrations seated in jurisdictions including Singapore, England and Wales, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Malaysia and UAE, as sole arbitrator, presiding arbitrator and party appointed arbitrator. These concern all manner of commercial disputes subject to different governing laws – of both common and civil law systems. By way of example and illustration, and not in any order of predominance, references in which he has been appointed have concerned disputes arising in banking and investment, commodity trading, joint venture agreements, energy and offshore construction (including joint exploration and operating agreements), construction (under many different standard forms of contract as well as bespoke contracts), engineering, shipping (including shipbuilding and ship repair, FPSO conversions, charter party disputes and virtually every other type of dispute commonly arising in the maritime sphere), M&As, including breach of warranty claims and fraudulent misrepresentation in share sale and purchase agreements and breach of directors’ duties.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators. He is a panel arbitrator at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (where he is also the Chairman of the Rules and Procedure Committee of the Chamber), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, and the Asian Centre for International Arbitration in Malaysia. He is a member of the London Court of International Arbitration Users’ Council and a supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitrators’ Association. He a member of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators and a Freeman of the City of London.
In addition to his practice as arbitrator and counsel, Andrew was concurrently a part-time judge in England and Wales, for over 25 years, including sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge in commercial, construction, administrative, civil and chancery cases. He still sits at first instance in the High Court and as an occasional Judge of Appeal in the Isle of Man. In his judicial role, he has tried (and/or heard on appeal) a range of heavy commercial, corporate (including share sale and purchase disputes), trust, banking, telecommunications, competition and maritime cases. Most recently before becoming a full-time arbitrator, he was the trial judge in the enormous “Bitel” litigation (Bitel Llc v Kyrgyz Mobil et al.) concerning alleged expropriation by means of acquisition of various corporate entities holding operating licences for mobile telephone services in CIS states. The dispute arose in the wake of the so-called, “Tulip Revolution” and involved allegations of fraud and corruption of the Supreme Court of Kyrgyzstan. In that single case, he was required in dealing with the myriad of issues concerning allegedly fraudulent corporate acquisitions, to understand and apply the civilian laws of CIS States, the Russian Federation and Switzerland; together with English and Manx (which is different) common law rules on the Conflict of Laws. He was the trial judge in several important insolvency cases bought by liquidators following the collapse of Icelandic Banks, which involved issues of conflict between common law systems applying where assets were held; and a civilian legal system regulating banking operations.
He has also presided as the Chairman of specialist market tribunals operating in the regulation of financial services and the trading of commodities, futures and derivatives on the International Petroleum Exchange, the International Commodities Exchange, and as legal adviser to the Tribunal at the London International Financial Futures Exchange (LIFFE) in the City of London. He has also presided as the Chairman of specialist market tribunals operating in the regulation of financial services and the trading of commodities, futures and derivatives on the International Petroleum Exchange, the International Commodities Exchange, and as legal adviser to the Tribunal at the London International Financial Futures Exchange (LIFFE) in the City of London.
He has thus acquired enormous experience in the resolution and determination of commercial disputes in the widest range of cases and all types of forum.
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