Squire Patton Boggs is pleased to announce that Rodman Bundy has joined the firm as a senior partner in its International Dispute Resolution (IDR) Practice Group. Mr Bundy will be based in the firm’s Singapore office, subject to obtaining the local regulatory approvals. With over 35 years of experience as counsel and advocate in high-profile public international law litigations and international investment arbitrations, Mr. Bundy is one of the world’s leading lawyers in the field of public international law. He joins the firm with Alvin Yap, a highly skilled and experienced lawyer and founding member of the Young Singapore Public International Lawyers Group.
“Rod is one of the most renowned international law advocates in the world, and we are extremely excited to have him join our growing international disputes team,” comments Stephen Anway, global co-leader of the IDR Practice. “In Rod and Alvin, we have gained two highly experienced, well-connected lawyers operating in one of the fastest-growing seats of international arbitration in the world.”
Mr. Bundy has appeared before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the Iran-US Claims Tribunal, ICC and ICSID arbitral tribunals. In addition, Mr. Bundy has been extensively involved in advising oil and gas companies on contractual and international law issues, particularly concerning offshore petroleum operations.
Mr. Yap has significant experience acting as counsel in State-to-State disputes before the International Court of Justice, as well as in State-to-State arbitrations before Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) tribunals and the Iran-US Claims Tribunal. He recently appeared before a PCA Tribunal to make oral pleadings as an advocate for India in its case against Italy. Mr. Yap was also an Adjunct Lecturer at the National University of Singapore where he taught a course on inter-State disputes.
Mr. Bundy says, “Squire Patton Boggs’ preeminent reputation for representing sovereign States in international dispute resolution, coupled with Singapore’s strong support of international law, are a perfect fit for Alvin and me, and we are excited at the prospect of joining the firm in Singapore.”
“Rod and Alvin will strengthen our reputation in representing sovereign nations, adding state-to-state and public international law expertise to our already dominant practice and putting our team at the forefront of this area in Asia,” says Cameron Ford, a partner in the firm’s IDR Practice in Singapore.
George von Mehren, global co-leader of the IDR Practice, adds, “Our practice is one of the fastest growing in the world. Having recently added partners in New York, Dubai, Paris and now Singapore, we have the expertise and strength in depth in key locations to assist clients with their most important cases.”
Barry Stimpson, managing partner of the Singapore office, comments, “We are delighted to welcome Rod and Alvin to the firm. As Singapore’s recognition as a center for handling international disputes continues to grow, their global reputation and expertise will be invaluable.”
Mr. Bundy and Mr. Yap are among a number of hires made by the firm in Singapore over the past year. These include team hires from Reed Smith and Holman Fenwick Willan to launch a Commodities and Shipping Group spanning Singapore, London and Perth, and, most recently, the addition of Financial Services partner Kate Sherrard, who was formerly head of the Asia Pacific Maritime and Offshore Group at Clifford Chance.
Squire Patton Boggs was named “International Arbitration Practice of the Year” by Law360 in 2020. The firm is also recognized as a GAR 30 firm in the Global Arbitration Review’s prestigious annual ranking of the top 30 international arbitration practices in the world. With a team of more than 140 practitioners across 25 countries, the IDR Practice is a leader in international commercial and bilateral investment treaty arbitrations.