Ushan Premaratne

Partner, Withers KhattarWong* | Singapore

Withers KhattarWong LLP is a Singapore law practice, affiliated with Withers LLP.

Ushan is a partner in the litigation and arbitration team.

Ushan enjoys a broad-based international arbitration and litigation practice. Ushan regularly appears in commercial arbitrations relating to private equity investments, software contracts and commodities. He is frequently instructed to act in arbitration-related litigation before the Singapore Court and advises clients from numerous jurisdictions regarding the arbitral process and enforcement of arbitral awards in Singapore.

As a seasoned advocate, Ushan is adept at handling both trial and appellate litigation in relation to complex, high-value, cross-border commercial disputes especially in the areas of joint ventures, software contracts, private equity investments, trust, commodities, banking and securities.

Ushan’s expertise has been recognised by several publications. He has been praised by clients for being a lawyer who impresses with ‘his very quick grasp of the financial figures’ and ‘his sharp observations, insight, and succinct summaries’. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific recommends Ushan for Dispute Resolution (Local Firms) (2020 edition).

Ushan graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Double Degree with Honours in Law and Business Administration (Finance) in 2010 and was called to the Singapore Bar in 2011. He was placed on the Dean’s List during the course of his studies.

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Track record




[2019] SGHC 21 / [2018] SGCA 27 / [2018] SGHC 38: JTrust Asia Pte Ltd v Group Lease Holdings Pte Ltd and another – Acting in the High Court on behalf of Cypriot companies in relation to a claim in excess of USD180 million in damages for unlawful conspiracy to cause harm by way of alleged multi-jurisdictional fraud and misappropriation

[2019] SGCA 60 / [2018] SGHC 228 / [2015] SGHC 21: TMT Asia Limited v BHP Billiton Marketing AG (Singapore Branch) and another – Acted in the High Court and the Court of Appeal on behalf of a shipping company in disputes relating to market manipulation, freight forward agreements and involving violations under the Singapore Securities and Futures Act

[2019] SGHC 113: Lilyana Alwi v. John Arifin – Successfully acted in the High Court on behalf of an elderly client in relation to disputes involving the misappropriation of funds maintained in joint bank accounts with the defendant

Advocate & Solicitors of the Supreme Court of Singapore, 2011

Contributor, "_Civil Litigation in Singapore_" (Sweet & Maxwell: Singapore, 2016)

Co-Author, “Creditor Control Rights, Loan Enforcement and Bankruptcy Regimes”, 2010, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies

Author, "_What to do if you are a victim of online harassment_", 2017, The New Paper

Chairperson, Social & Welfare Committee, Singapore Law SocietyMember, Community Legal Clinics, Singapore Law SocietyMember, Singapore Institute of ArbitratorsMember, Singapore Law SocietyMember, Young Arbitrators Forum, International Chamber of CommerceMember, YSIAC, Singapore International Arbitration Centre Member, People’s Association Youth Movement



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