Simone Centola

Special counsel, Withers KhattarWong*

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

Simone Centola is special counsel in the litigation and arbitration team.

Simone 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 commodities trading, shipping and offshore, in his dispute resolution practice 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 practice 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 and Europe, 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; luxury assets, including estates, hotels and yacht; manufacturing; consumer and luxury goods; digital and innovation. He regularly assists entrepreneurs and startups.

Track record





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

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 defence and technology company in commercial contracts and regulatory matters in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Italy, 2004

England and Wales, 2008

Registered Foreign Lawyer in Singapore, 2010

"Investimenti: Un Family Office per l’innovazione globale" ISPI (Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale), 2021

"Will Asia lead the football industry?" Mondaq, November 2019

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

The Law Society, England and Wales

Albo degli avvocati, Italy

Seminars on international commercial law and investments in Asia Pacific – Italy, 2019

Seminars on cyber security – Italy, 2018

Seminars on investments and real estate acquisitions in Europe and Asia Pacific



  • English
  • Italian




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