Simone Centola

Special counsel, Withers KhattarWong*

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

Simone is special counsel in the litigation and arbitration team.

He has extensive experience working in both Europe and (after his relocation to Singapore in 2010) APAC, including as an in-house lawyer for private and listed companies.

Simone began his legal career as a shipping and international trade lawyer in the City of London and since then has broadened his practice to include a wide-range of contentious and non-contentious work.

In addition to trading, shipping and offshore, in his dispute resolution work he regularly acts as counsel and foreign co-counsel in international arbitrations such as ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, LCIA, LMAA, SCMA arising out of breaches of a wide spectrum of commercial contracts such as licensing, supply, distribution, agency, partnership and joint venture, commission, consultancy, service, etc. In his non-contentious work he advises on strategic and legal issues arising from cross border transactions, inbound and outbound trade and investments, development, and day to day operations in APAC, including assisting clients in negotiating all manner of commercial contracts.

Simone’s clients include government-owned corporations as well as listed and private companies in the following sectors: commodities; shipping; offshore; logistics; energy; oil and gas; construction and engineering, defence and technology; manufacturing; consumer and luxury goods; digital and innovation. He has also acted for entrepreneurs and startups.

Track record





Assisting European system integration company in settling a multimillion dollar dispute with Asian general contractor arising out of supplies of goods and services to a new LNG terminal.

Assisting Asian lubricating oils company in settling a multimillion dollar dispute with a Taiwan sub-distributor pursuant to the termination of an exclusive distribution agreement subject to SIAC arbitration in Singapore.

Assisting European defense and technology company in commercial contracts and regulatory matters in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Italy, 2004

England and Wales, 2008

Registered Foreign Lawyer in Singapore, 2010

Singapore, ASEAN’s business hub, article in RISE, Turin World Affairs Institute, Vol.2 No.2, 2017

Cavendish Square Holdings BV v Talal El Makdessi and ParkingEye Limited v Beavis [2015] UKSC 67, feature on English law of damages in Shipping Offshore Update, Norway - 2016

‘Measures of liberalisation of the legal profession in Singapore’, featured article in the leading financial newspaper in Italy, II Sole 24 Ore - 2012

The Law Society, England and Wales

Albo degli avvocati, Italy

Several seminars in Asia and Europe on international arbitration and commercial contracts, cybersecurity, shipping and yachting.

Seminars on restructuring long term time charterparties and novations - Singapore, 2014

Seminars on piracy, marine insurance and shipping aspects, Monaco - 2008 and 2010



  • English
  • Italian




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