Ushan Premaratne

Partner, Withers KhattarWong*

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. He regularly appears in commercial arbitrations relating to shareholder and joint venture disputes and is frequently instructed to act in arbitration-related litigation before the Singapore Court.

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

He is often instructed by both local and foreign law firms to act as instructed / lead counsel in respect of a myriad of complex and novel disputes before the High Court and the Court of Appeal. He was recently involved in two matters before the Court of Appeal which raised important questions of law: Anil Singh Gurm v J S Yeh & Co [2020] SGCA 05 and VDZ v VEA [2020] SGCA 75.

On the advisory front, Ushan acts for local and international sports companies and associations relating to corporate governance, sponsorship and marketing rights. Most recently, he was involved in the widely published investigations commenced by the International Table Tennis Federation against its former president. He also advises companies in the hospitality sector, most notably, Marriott International and was part of the team of professional advisors involved in securing the first JW Marriott and EDITION hotels in Singapore.

Ushan has also acted as an expert on Singapore law in legal proceedings before the Hong Kong courts.

His 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.

Track record





[2021] SGHC 53: CIX v CIY – Acting in the High Court and the Court of Appeal in relation to a setting aside of a SIAC partial award involving a shareholder dispute

[2020] SGCA 95 / [2020] SGHC 29 / [2020] SGCA 54 / [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 and the Court of Appeal on behalf of Cypriot companies in relation to a claim in excess of USD 200 million in damages for unlawful conspiracy to cause harm by way of alleged multi-jurisdictional fraud and misappropriation

[2020] SGCA 75: VDZ v VEA – Acted in the Court of Appeal in relation to contempt proceedings where the Court exercised, in the context of a matrimonial dispute, its exceptional jurisdiction to grant judicial mercy to temper the punishment to be imposed

Advocate & Solicitors of the Supreme Court of Singapore, 2011

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

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

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

Chairperson, Social & Welfare Committee, Singapore Law Society

Member, Community Legal Clinics, Singapore Law Society

Member, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators

Member, Singapore Law Society

Member, Young Arbitrators Forum, International Chamber of Commerce

Member, YSIAC, Singapore International Arbitration Centre

Speaker, "Coping with COVID-19: Resilience and Managing Mental Health", 2020, Skrine



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