Subramanian PILLAI

Subramanian Pillai Partner at CNPLaw


Accolades and Testimonials

  • The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2018, 2019 and 2020
    “Recommended lawyer for Dispute Resolution”
    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2018, 2019 and 2020
  • Asialaw Profiles 2011
    “Construction, engineering and infrastructure projects practice leader Subramanian Pillai brings considerable experience in litigation and arbitration to the table.”
    Asialaw Profiles 2011
  • says a client
    “I have found Mr. Pillai to be knowledgeable, devoted and has a deep care for his clients.”
    says a client
  • Asialaw Profiles 2018
    “Market-Leading lawyer for Dispute Resolution and Litigation”
    Asialaw Profiles 2018
  • The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2013
    “Subramanian Pillai is noted for strength in engineering and construction disputes.”
    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2013
  • IFLR1000 Energy and Infrastructure 2016
    “Leading lawyer for Disputes and Energy and Infrastructure”
    IFLR1000 Energy and Infrastructure 2016
  • says a client
    “We have had the pleasure of working with Mr Subramanian Pillai for more than 10 years on various matters involving construction defects, breaches of by-laws, recovery of debts and employment related matters. Mr Pillai has always been extremely thorough in his communications and his advice and recommendations are on the mark. Most of all, he is one who does not mince his words with respect to his advice. We are grateful for his years of service and would also like to express our thanks to members of his team.”
    says a client
  • says a client
    “Through the many years of our working with Mr Subramanian Pillai and his team from CNPLaw LLP, I am highly impressed by the high service rendered by CNPLaw LLP and the professional and efficient manner in achieving our company’s objectives. I have no hesitation in referring CNPLaw LLP’s services to our business associates.”
    says a client


Subra’s practice has been primarily in the field of commercial litigation and arbitration. He heads the firm’s International Arbitration and Construction, Engineering and Infrastructure teams.

He has had an active commercial litigation practice for the last 26 years, he regularly advises and represents publicly listed companies, multi-national corporations and high net worth individuals in a variety of corporate and commercial disputes in the High Court and the Court of Appeal in Singapore.

As an accredited Arbitrator and experienced Arbitration Counsel, he has also advised and represented clients in several international arbitrations such as clients from the Middle East, India, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.





  • Acted as lead Counsel for the Singapore subsidiary of a public listed French Conglomerate in a dispute involving the design and construction of two cement storage silo facility at Pulau Damar Laut off Jurong Island, Singapore. The claim amount was S$26 million.
  • Acted as Counsel for a publicly listed Shipyard in a 76 days arbitration involving claims by electrical sub-contractors under a shipbuilding contract involving the building and commissioning of an oil tanker for Statoil in Norway. The claim amount was S$16 million.
  • Acted as a Counsel in an International Arbitration in Singapore for an internationally renowned Belgian/Singapore joint venture logistics company against Professional Engineers over the structural collapse of a Petrochemical logistics facility in Rayong Province, Thailand.
  • Advised and acted as Counsel for the former Chief Operating Officer of publicly listed Airocean Ltd in a landmark appeal against conviction and sentencing before the Honourable Chief Justice of Singapore. The charges include reckless non-disclosure of material information to the public, disclosing misleading information to the SGX and the public and three counts of Insider Trading. The charges for reckless non-disclosure of material information to the public, disclosing misleading information to the SGX were dismissed and we successfully appealed to reduce the custodial sentence for insider trading to a fine.
  • Advised and acted for a Thai company in a successful appeal before the Court of Appeal in Singapore involving issues relating to the jurisdiction of arbitral tribunals and the enforceability of multi-tier dispute resolution clauses.



  • Advising and drafting the contract for the design and construction of two cement silos and storage facility off Jurong Island, Singapore;
  • Advising on the Main contract for a major phase of one of the Integrated Resort projects in Singapore;
  • Advised on a design and consultancy agreement for the design and construction a villa development within a site area of 113,098 sq ft comprising of 164 villas, clubhouse and service buildings in Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam;
  • Advising Specialist Contractors in relation to the supply and installation of infrastructure facilities for an oil and gas project in Rajasthan, India;
  • Advising on a design consultancy agreement for a luxury hotel complex at Juha beach, Mumbai, India.


Kindly refer to Subra’s LinkedIn profile for an extensive list of cases which he has been engaged in.