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Francis Xavier, SC, PBM

Regional Head, Dispute Resolution Group
Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

Practice Area:

International Arbitration
Treaty Arbitration
Commercial Litigation
Banking & Finance Disputes
Energy & Resources
Aviation

LLB (Hons), National University of Singapore
Senior Counsel, Supreme Court of Singapore
Solicitor, England and Wales
Chartered Arbitrator, CiArb
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK
Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
Fellow, Singapore Academy of Law
Fellow, The Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators
Panel of Arbitrators, Singapore International Arbitration Centre
Panel of Arbitrators, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
Panel of Arbitrators, Asian International Arbitration Centre (formerly KLRCA)
Panel of International Arbitrators, Kigali International Arbitration Centre, Rwanda
Panel of Arbitrators, Russian Arbitration Centre of the Russian Institute of Modern Arbitration, Moscow
Panel of Arbitrators, Vietnam International Arbitration Center
Panel of Arbitrators, Center for International Investment and Commercial Arbitration, Pakistan

T +65 6232 0551
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Francis was appointed Senior Counsel in January 2009 and is Regional Head, Disputes Practices of the firm. He practices in the areas of international and treaty arbitration and cross-border commercial litigation.

He is actively involved in cross-border commercial disputes in the areas of banking, property, financial and investment related claims. He is currently acting for an Australian energy entity in a very substantial dispute against an Indonesian conglomerate, being the first case to be heard before the Singapore International Commercial Court.

He also specialises in aviation law and advised in the class-action suit resulting from the crash of the SilkAir flight in Indonesia (1997) and the Taiwan SIA crash (2000).

Francis is recognised as a leading lawyer by AsiaLaw Profiles (2017, 2018); The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2014-2018); Chambers Global (2016-2018); Chambers Asia Pacific (2016-2018); Who’s Who Legal (Labour and Employment) (2016, 2018); Best Lawyers International (2015-2017); Global Arbitration Review (2010); Asialaw Leading Lawyers (2009); Best Litigation Lawyers in Singapore (2013) and as a leading employment lawyer - Chambers Asia Pacific (2014). Francis was recently recognised by Asia Business Law Journal 2018 as Singapore’s top 100 lawyers and is the winner of a Business Excellence Awards (2019) issued by Corporate Insider, the Gateway to the World of Business.

Experience

He is currently sitting as party-nominated arbitrator of a Mauritius entity in a bilateral investment treaty (ICSID) dispute with the Government of India. He is presently assisting several Asian governments in setting up their international arbitration framework.

He is a Chartered Arbitrator and the immediate Past Chairman of the Singapore branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK). He is also President-Elect of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association.

He is the General Editor of two major publications - “Civil Litigation in Singapore” (Sweet & Maxwell, 2017) and “Arbitration in Singapore: A Practical Guide” (2nd Edition, Sweet & Maxwell, 2018). He is a member of the Rules Committee, Singapore Academy of Law.

He has been appointed to the Singapore Appeal Advisory Panels (constituted under the Business Trusts Act, Financial Advisers Act, Insurance Act, Securities and Futures Act and Trust Companies Act) by Deputy PM Tharman Shanmugaratnam for a 2-year term (1 October 2017 to 30 September 2019).’

Current appointments
  • President-Elect, Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA).
  • Member, Appeal Advisory Panel of MAS under the Business Trusts Act, Financial Advisers Act, Insurance Act, Securities and Futures Act, and Trust Companies Act.
  • Appointed Referee for a 2-year term by Ministry of Manpower (MOM) under the Industrial Relations Act (Cap 136) (19 April 2018).
  • Member, Rules Committee of Supreme Court of Singapore (since January 2018).
  • Chairman, IPBA Committee promulgating guidelines to the arbitration community on Confidentiality and Privilege (since 2016).
  • Chairman, Listings Appeals Committee, Singapore Stock Exchange (since 2015).
  • Deputy Chairman of the Law Society Inquiry Panel (since 2013).
  • Member, Council of Law Reporting, Singapore Academy of Law.
  • Member, Users’ Council, Singapore International Arbitration Centre.
  • Member, Professional Affairs Committee, Professional Values Chapter, Singapore Academy of Law.
  • Member, International Promotion of Singapore Law Committee, Singapore Academy of Law.
  • Regional Pathway Leader and Faculty member, Approved Faculty List of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK).
  • Member, Panel of Arbitrators, Law Society Arbitration Scheme.
  • Member, Complaints Panel of the Singapore Pharmacy Council.
  • Chairman, Junior College Law Conference Organising Committee, Singapore Academy of Law (since 2009).
Previous Appointments
  • Jurisdictional Council Member representing Singapore, Inter Pacific Bar Association.
  • Previously appointed by the Minister for Law (pursuant to s 48 of the Legal Profession Act) to serve on the Council, Law Society of Singapore from 1 January 2005 until 31 December 2008.
  • Vice Chairman, Committee on Legal Education and Studies, Singapore Academy of Law (2015).
  • Member, Executive Committee of the Council of the Law Society (2008).
  • Chairman, Law Society Regulatory Oversight Committee (2008).
  • Member, Ad Hoc Committee to Review Rule 31, Legal Profession (Professional Conduct) Rules (PCR) (2008).
  • Member, Law Society Finance Committee (2008).
  • Law Society Council Representative, Civil Practice Committee (2008).
  • Chairman, Motor Insurance Practice Review Committee of the Law Society of Singapore (2006/2007).
  • Chairman, Entrapment Practice Review Committee of the Law Society of Singapore (2007 to 2009).
  • Member, Sub-Committee to the Corporate Practice Committee of the Law Society to Review Proposed Legal Changes on Insider Dealing (2001).
  • Member, Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Law Society of Singapore (1999 to 2001).
  • Member, Advocacy Committee of the Law Society of Singapore (from 1995 to 2006).
  • Member, Criminal Law Special Assignments Committee of the Law Society of Singapore (from 1989 to 2001).
  • Member, Independent Committee of Investigation (ICI), National Technological University.
  • Member, Law Society Audit Committee.
Awards
  • Public Service Medal Award, National Day Awards, 23 November 2014 (for his role in the Committee on Legal Education and Studies).
  • Merit Award, Singapore Academy of Law, November 2013.
  • Criminal Legal Aid Scheme, Volunteer Award, Law Society of Singapore (2007).
Notable Cases & Transactions
Significant Ongoing Cases (Sampling only)
  • BCBC Singapore Pte Ltd vs White Energy Company Limited (Australia) (SICC No. 1 of 2015) – counsel for the Claimant in the first case heard before the Singapore International Commercial Court. Representing BCBC Singapore Pte Ltd, Binderless Coal Briquetting Company Pty Limited, and White Energy Company Ltd before the Singapore High Court in an ongoing cross-border international dispute against PT Bayan Resources TBK and Bayan International Pte Ltd arising out of failed a joint venture relating to the processing and upgrading of coal in Indonesia. The claim value is in excess of S$1 billion.
  • Sanum Investments Limited v St Group Co. Ltd and others (OS 890 of 2016). An application to set aside an arbitration award for sums in excess of US$200 million dated 22 August 2016 made in SIAC Arbitration No. 184 of 2015. Acting as counsel for the Applicants (a large diversified group in Laos PDR). Due to be heard before the Court of Appeal in 2019.
  • Acting for subsidiaries of an Indian public-listed company in several related court cases against former senior employees relating to a claim in conspiracy that occured in respect of Indonesian mining interests valued at about US$1.44 billion.
  • Acting for an Australian public-listed company and its subsidiaries in a US$190 million claim against their counterparts for breaches of agreements involving the purchase and management of casinos in Indo-China.
  • Acting as counsel in an arbitration between an Indian infrastructure development company and a construction company organised under the laws of the United Arab Emirates. The dispute relates to a subcontract for the construction and development of process platforms.
  • Esben Finance Limited and others v Neil Wong Hou-Lianq (SIC/S 6/2018): Defending a claim involving alleged wrongful payments involving substantial sums paid out by BVI and Liberian companies. The dispute has just been transferred to and is due to be heard in the Singapore International Commercial Court.
  • Assisting foreign parties on an ICC arbitration seated in Singapore. Involved in the issuance of expert opinions on Singapore law and matters of procedural law. Also acting in an application for Norwich Pharmacal discovery relief against a third party in Singapore arising out of allegations of fraud relating to the arbitration.
Reported Judgments
  • Sanum Investments Limited v ST Group Co, Ltd and others [2018] SGHC 141.
  • PT Bayan Resources TBK and another v BCBC Singapore Pte Ltd and another [2018] SGCA (I) 6
  • PT Bayan Resources TBK and another v BCBC Singapore Pte Ltd and another [2018] SGCA(I) 6, Civil Appeal No 154 of 2017.
  • Shi Ka Yee v Nasraf Lucas Muzayyin & Anor (OS 682 of 2016) [2016] SGHC 138.
  • Marty Limited v Hualon Corporation (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (OS 501 of 2016) [2017] SGHC 127.
  • Abdul Rashid bin Abdul Manaf v Hii Yii Ann (Suit No. 930 of 2015) [2016] SGHCR 1.
  • Koh Heng Chew and ors. V Liew Kit Fah and Ors (Suit No. 125 of 2014 [2016] SGHC 140.
  • Alliance Concrete Singapore Pte Ltd and Sato Kogyo (S) Pte Ltd [2014] SGCA 35.
  • TMTA Asia Limited v BHP Billiton Marketing AG (Singapore Branch) and BHP Billiton Marketing Asia Pte Ltd (Suit 580 of 2013) [2015] SGHC 21.
  • Law Society of Singapore v Udeh Kumar s/o Sethuraju [2013] SGHC 121.
  • Kraze Entertainment (S) Ptd Ltd v Marina Bay Sands Pte Ltd [2013] SGHC 39.
  • Rafat Ali Rizvi v. The Republic of Indonesia (ICSID Case No. ARB/11/13).
  • Energenics Holdings Pte Ltd v Ronendra Nath Hazarika and 4 others (Suit No. 78 of 2012/G).
  • Teleoptik-Ziroskopi and others v Westacre Investments Inc and other appeals [2012] SGCA 8.
  • Griffin Travel Pte Ltd v Nagender Rao Chilkuri and 6 others (Suit No. 835 of 2011).
  • MDIS and MDIS Pte Ltd v Edith Cowan University and 2 others (Suit No. 158 of 2011).
  • Law Society of Singapore v Andre Ravindran Saravanapavan Arul [2011] SGHC 224.
  • Holcim (Singapore) Pte Ltd v Precise Development Pte Ltd [2011] SGCA 1.
  • Ng Swee Hua v Auston International Group Ltd and another [2010] SGHC 362.
  • Management Corporation Strata Title Plan No. 301 of Grange Heights v Lee Tat Development Pte Ltd [2010] SGCA 39.
  • The Law Society of Singapore v Jasmine Gowrimani d/o Daniel [2010] SGHC 143.
  • The Law Society of Singapore v Aqbal Singh s/o Kuldip Singh and Another [2009] SGDT5.
  • Sports Connection Private Limited v Deuter Sports GmbH [2009] SGCA 22.
  • Susilawati v American Express Bank Limited [2009] SGCA 8.
  • Susilawati v American Express Bank Ltd [2007] SGHC 179.
  • Ting Sing Ning (alias Malcolm Ding) v Ting Chek Swee (alias Ting Chik Sui) and others [2007] SGCA 49.
  • Ting Sing Ning (alias Malcolm Ding) v Ting Chek Swee (alias Ting Chik Sui) and others [2006] SGHC 192.
  • ECRC Land Pte Ltd (in liquidation) v 1. Christopher Wing On Ho 2. Shum Sze Keong 3. Lee Yen Kee Ruby 4. Paul Law Kwok Fai 5. E-Zone (Plaza) Pte Ltd 6. The Grande Group Limited 7. East Coast Works Pte Ltd 8. Hong Kong Aberdeen Seafood Restaurant Pte Ltd 9. Nakamichi Pte Ltd 10. Café A1 Fresco Pte Ltd [2006] SGCA 25.
  • CHS CPO GmbH and Another v Vikas Goel and Others [2006] SGHC 49.
  • CHS CPO GmbH (in bankruptcy) and Another v Vikas Goel and Others [2005] 3 SLR 202; [2005] SGHC 74.
  • ECRC Land Pte Ltd (in liquidation) v 1. Christopher Wing On Ho 2. Shum Sze Keong 3. Lee Yen Kee Ruby 4. Paul Law Kwok Fai 5. E-Zone (Plaza) Pte Ltd 6. The Grande Group Limited 7. East Coast Works Pte Ltd 8. Hong Kong Aberdeen Seafood Restaurant Pte Ltd 9. Nakamichi Pte Ltd 10. Café A1 Fresco Pte Ltd [2004] 1 SLR 105.
  • Westacre Investments Inc v The State-Owned Company Yugoimport SDPR and 5 others (OS No. 1311 of 2004).
  • Leow Tiak Cheow & Anor v Pan-United Industries Pte Ltd [2003] 1 SLR 569.
  • 1. Irawan Darsono 2. Arhawishanto International Holdings Pte Ltd v Ong Soon Kiat [2002] 4 SLR 84.
  • Sim Yew Thong v Ng Loy Nam Thomas and other appeals [2000] 4 SLR 193.
  • Chan Chim Yee v Public Prosecutor [2000] 2 SLR 1.
  • The Law Society of Singapore v Khushvinder Singh Chopra [1999] 4 SLR 775.
  • Niranjan M. Lilani v Devadas Naidu & Anor [1999] 4 SLR 418.
  • R. Mahendran & Anor v R. Arumuganathan [1999] 2 SLR 579.
  • Lau Song Seng & Ors v Public Prosecutor [1998] 1 SLR 663.
  • Mooka Pillai Rajagopal & Ors v Khushvinder Singh Chopra [1998] 1 SLR 186.
  • Sundara Moorthy Lankatharan v Public Prosecutor [1997] 3 SLR 464.
  • Sumitomo Bank Ltd v Kartika Ratna Thahir [1997] 1 SLR 690.
  • Essen System Builders (S) Pte Ltd & Anor v Chew Boon Hee [1997] 1 SLR 671.
  • Mookka Pillai Rajagopal & Ors v Khushvinder Singh Chopra [1996] 3 SLR 457.
  • Khushvinder Singh Chopra v Mookka Pillai Rajagopal & Ors [1996] 2 SLR 379.
  • Alrich Development Pte Ltd v Rafiq Jumabhoy [1995] 2 SLR 401.
  • Ramond Selva Clement v Public Prosecutor [1994] 3 SLR 515.
  • Kartika Ratna Thahir v PT Pertambangan Minyak dan Gas Bumi Negara (Pertamina) [1994] 3 SLR 257.
  • Public Prosecutor v Lee Twe Jeat [1994] 3 SLR 219.
  • Alrich Development Pte Ltd v Rafiq Jumabhoy [1994] 3 SLR 1.
  • Sumitomo Bank Ltd v Kartika Ratna Thahir & Ors and another matter [1993] 1 SLR 735.
Unreported Judgments
  • Gavin James Millar v 1. Lee Hsien Loong 2. Lee Kuan Yew, judgment dated 9 July 2007 in Civil Appeal No. 70 of 2007.
  • 1. Flairis Technology Corporation Limited 2. Flairis Advanced Manufacturing Pte Ltd v 1. Gan Huan Kee 2. Chan Tien Seng 3. Khong Soo Har @ Khong Fan Kee 4. Wong Kwok Ping, judgment dated 29 May 2002 of J Lai Siu Chiu in Suit No. 723 of 2001/A.
  • Sutjiawang Johanis Alias Tjia Eng Liong v Tjia Eng Soei, judgment dated 30 April 2002 of J Rubin in Suit No. 600025 of 2000.
  • Finnian Tseng Cheng Yao & anor v Tan Kah Imm, judgment dated 15 November 1999 of JC Amarjeet Singh in OS No. 735 of 1998.
  • Ismail Bin Sumali v Public Prosecutor, judgment dated 23 September 1994 of J Chao Hick Tin in CRA16 of 1994.
  • Re Arthur Leolin Price, QC, judgment dated 21 December 1994 of JC K S Rajah in OM 109 of 1994.
  • Boldward Enterprises Pte Ltd v Hitachi Zosen Singapore Limited, judgment dated 9 July 1997 of J Rubin in Suit No 865 of 1994.
  • Management Corporation Strata Title Plan No. 964 v Gordon Industrial Land Pte Ltd & Anor, judgment dated 19 April 1995 of J Goh Joon Seng in Suit No. 258 of 1994 (RA 222 of 1994).
  • Management Corporation Strata Title Plan No. 964 v Gordon Industrial Land Pte Ltd & Anor, judgment dated 19 April 1995 of J Goh Joon Seng in Suit No. 258 of 1994 (RA 222 of 1994).
  • Fritz Karl Schnell & Anor v Thomas Edward Dorn & Ors, judgment dated 30 May 1997 of J Lai Siu Chiu in Suit No 2140 of 1993.
  • Public Prosecutor v Supramaniam A/L P Palani And Anor, judgment dated 27 April 1994 of JC Amarjeet Singh in Criminal Case No. 19 of 1992.
  • Public Prosecutor v 1. Yacob S/O Rusmatullah 2. Mohamad Jaffar Bin Abidin, judgment dated 17 July 1993 of JC Amarjeet Singh in Criminal Case No. 15 of 1992.
  • Public Prosecutor v 1) Tan Chee Hwee 2) Soon Kin Liang Joseph @ Sun Jianliang Joseph, judgment dated 31 October 1992 of JC Rubin in Criminal Case No 12 of 1991.
Memberships/Directorships
  • President-Elect, Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA).
  • Member, Appeal Advisory Panel of MAS under the Business Trusts Act, Financial Advisers Act, Insurance Act, Securities and Futures Act, and Trust Companies Act.
  • Appointed Referee for a 2-year term by Ministry of Manpower (MOM) under the Industrial Relations Act (Cap 136) commencing 19 April 2018.
  • Member, Rules Committee of Supreme Court of Singapore (since January 2018).
  • Chairman, IPBA Committee promulgating guidelines to the arbitration community on Confidentiality and Privilege (since 2016).
  • Chairman, Listings Appeals Committee, Singapore Stock Exchange (since 2015).
  • Deputy Chairman of the Law Society Inquiry Panel (since 2013).
  • Member, Council of Law Reporting, Singapore Academy of Law.
  • Member, Users’ Council, Singapore International Arbitration Centre.
  • Member, Professional Affairs Committee, Professional Values Chapter, Singapore Academy of Law.
  • Member, International Promotion of Singapore Law Committee, Singapore Academy of Law.
  • Regional Pathway Leader and Faculty member, Approved Faculty List of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK).
  • Member, Panel of Arbitrators, Law Society Arbitration Scheme.
  • Member, Complaints Panel of the Singapore Pharmacy Council.
  • Chairman, Junior College Law Conference Organising Committee, Singapore Academy of Law (since 2009).
Publications / Articles 
A. Articles
  • Co-author, article on “When is recourse available to the Singapore Courts for an anti-arbitration injunction?” published on 30 September 2015 Expert Guides, Thought leadership From Experts.
  • Co-author, article on "The Issue of Extra-Territoriality in Securities Litigation: A Comparative View’"published in 2011 Bloomberg Finance L.P. in the Vol. 4, No. 6 edition of the Bloomberg Law Reports – Asia Pacific.
  • Co-author, article on "The Rome Convention Dealing with Damages Caused By Foreign Aircraft to Third Parties" published in Rajah & Tann’s Lawlines, (Volume 9, Issue 2), June 2007.
  • Author, article on "The Impact of Free Trade Agreements on Labour Mobility", published in the Law Gazette, December 2006.
  • Co-author, article on "Workplace Influenza Pandemic – Legal Boundaries and Best Practice" published in Rajah & Tann’s Lawlines, (Volume 8 Issue 1), March 2006.
  • Co-author, article on the Singapore perspective – "Pandemics and the Workplace, A Regional Analysis", being part of an Asian-wide publication coordinated by Johnson Stokes and Masters, January 2006.
  • Author, article on "Recent Developments In the Garnishment of Retention Monies" published in Rajah & Tann’s Lawlines, (Volume 7 Issue 3), September 2005.
  • Author, article on "Drafting of Charges in Disciplinary Proceedings" published in Rajah & Tann’s Lawlines, (Volume 4 Issue 2), May 2002.
  • Author. article on "The Domestic and International Arbitration Regimes in Singapore" published in Rajah & Tann’s Lawlines, (Volume 3 Issue 3), September 2001.
  • Co-author, article on "An Overview of Arbitration Internationally and in Singapore" published in the Singapore Law Gazette, August 2001.
  • Co-author, article on "Arbitration as a Method of Dispute Resolution" published in Lawlines (Vol 3, Issue 1), December 2000.
  • Author, article on "Disciplinary Proceedings in the Medical Profession" published in the Singapore Law Gazette, May 2000.
B. Books
  • General Editor, “Arbitration in Singapore: A Practical Guide” (2nd Edition, Sweet & Maxwell, 2018).
  • Contributor, Chapter on ‘Role of Court’ in ‘Arbitration in Singapore: A Practical Guide’ published in Singapore by Sweet & Maxwell (2014 and 2015).
  • Contributor of the Singapore Chapter, Women, Business and the Law 2014 and 2015: Removing Restrictions to Enhance Gender Equality (published by World Bank, IFC).
  • Co-Author, Chapter on "Perspectives on Preserving Electronic Evidence when Litigation is Contemplated or has Commenced" published in “International Conference on Electronic Litigation” (2012).
  • Contributor, 2nd Edition of the report entitled Women, Business and the Law 2012: Removing Barriers to Economic Inclusion.
  • Contributor, Singapore Precedents of Pleadings (Sweet & Maxwell Asia, 2006 Edition).
  • Co-author – Chapter on Business Torts and Business Crimes in the Law of Rights and Obligations of Business in Singapore, Singapore Business Development Series (1996 Edition, Addison –Wesley).
  • Co-Editor, 25th Anniversary Publication on the Historical Development of the Law Society of Singapore, 1995.
  • Specialist Editor – Mallal’s Digest of Malaysian and Singapore Case Law (Fourth Edition – 1991) – Volume 5 (Criminal Procedure).
Career Accolades
  • Named as Singapore’s top 100 lawyers by Asia Business Law Journal (17 September 2018)
    - “John Fellas, a partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed in the US, has this to say about Francis Xavier, senior counsel at Rajah & Tann in Singapore: “I have worked directly with Francis and he is a brilliant strategist in international litigation.”
  • Named as Dispute Resolution Star for Commercial Disputes International in Leading Lawyers in Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific (2018)
  • Dispute Resolution - “Francis Xavier SC has a ‘strong legal mind’ and ‘a good rapport with the bench’.
    - The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2018)
  • Rajah & Tann acts for clients such as Hewlett – Packard and Procter & Gamble. The sizable team includes Francis Xavier SC, who heads the contentious side of the practice, and Desmond Wee, who leads in non-contentious work.
    - The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2018)
  • “Market-leading lawyer Francis Xavier, regional leader of the dispute resolution Practice, is defending several majority shareholders of Samwoh, a construction and infrastructure company, against minority shareholders in an important minority oppression case.”
    - AsiaLaw Profiles (2018)
  • “Francis Xavier SC handles a range of commercial disputes, regularly instructed to appear on banking, real estate and financial cases. Peers acknowledged him as ‘a good lawyer who is well liked by clients’.”
    - Chambers Asia Pacific (2017)
  • “Head of the regional disputes practice, Francis Xavier SC is recognised as an "excellent lawyer." He recently represented the original claimants in an Indonesian coal upgrading plant dispute with multi-jurisdictional elements, including concurrent Australian litigation”. 
    - Chambers Asia Pacific (2015)
  • “Francis Xavier SC heads the dispute resolution team and is particularly well honed where banking and finance matters are concerned. He recently acted for Standard Chartered Bank, defending it against claims of alleged misrepresentation brought by customers whose money had been invested in funds associated with disgraced financier Bernie Madoff. Clients extol him as "savvy, charismatic and a superb problem solver. He understands the roots of problems, sees our objectives and figures out a way to reach them". 
    - Chambers Asia Pacific (2014)
  • "Head of the dispute practice Francis Xavier SC focuses on issues arising in the corporate, banking and finance, investment and property spheres and is praised by clients for his "excellent relationship with the bench." He recently acted for White Energy and its subsidiary BCBC Singapore in a dispute with Bayan Resources and Bayan International, relating to a joint venture for processing coal in Indonesia”. 
    - Chambers Global (2014)
  • [Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP] - “a ‘high level of expertise’, and is noted for its ‘depth and work ethic’. Its very busy practice acts not only for a range of multinationals, but also across sectors from shipping to telecommunications. Andre Yeap SC leads the department and Francis Xavier SC ‘speaks with authority’.”
    - The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2014)
  • “ In terms of individual practice areas, Drew and R&T were banded 1 - the top ranking - in litigation. Drew's Mr Singh, Cavinder Bull, Jimmy Yim and Hri Kumar - all Senior Counsels - were named as key individuals, as were R&T's Senior Counsel Francis Xavier, Senior Counsel Andre Yeap and Mohammed Reza”.
    - Chambers Asia Pacific (2013)
  • With a ‘responsive’ and ‘pragmatic’ team, Rajah & Tann LLP is billed as ‘second to none’ for insolvency and dispute advisory work. Andre Yeap SC acted for the provisional liquidators of MF Global in a sanction by the High Court for the interim distribution of $350m of customers’ funds. Leading figure Eng Beng Lee SC has experience in judicial reviews. Francis Xavier SC heads the team.
    - The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2013)
  • “Francis Xavier SC heads the litigation department and is highly thought of among Singaporean advocates. "He is honest, frank, very energetic, listens carefully, grasps things quickly and has a remarkable intellect and sense of logic," interviewees say. In a recent high-profile case he successfully argued for the appellant, Holcim (Singapore), on a commercial contract dispute”. 
    - Chambers Global (2013)
  • ‘Key individual Francis Xavier is a prominent and talented member of the group. He led on the team’s representation of Holcim in one of the many disputes arising out of the Indonesian sand ban of 2007’.
    - Chambers Asia Pacific Guide (2012)
  • Rajah & Tann, the other law to share the award for international arbitration law firm of the year with Allen & Gledhill, was also said to possess a ‘brilliant and commercially savvy team.’ Impressive partner and senior counsel, Francis Xavier impressed international and domestic clients alike with his dedication, quick turn-around times and excellent communication skills.”
    - Asian Legal Business ISSUE 11.08
  • “Practice head Francis Xavier acted for Holcim in an appeal against the High Court decision relating to the 2007 Indonesian Sand Ban”.
    - The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2012) – Leading Individuals in Dispute Resolution
  • “Francis Xavier is a prominent and talented member of the group. He led on the team's representation of Holcim in one of the many disputes arising out of the Indonesian sand ban of 2007”.
    - Chambers Global (2012)
  • “Francis Xavier is a prominent and talented member of the group. He led on the team's representation of Holcim in one of the many disputes arising out of the Indonesian sand ban of 2007”.
    - Chambers Asia Pacific (2011)
  • “Francis Xavier SC "comes up with clever arguments and is well liked by the courts," revealed sources. He is particularly skilled in corporate disputes, particularly banking and investment cases”.
    - Chambers Asia Pacific (2011)
  • “The fast, commercially-minded’ team, led by Francis Xavier, appears in high-profile cases, notably representing the liquidators of Lehman Brothers entities across Asia.”
    - The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2010/2011 Edition) – Leading Individuals in Dispute Resolution
  • “Fielding a ‘professional, efficient and high quality team’ of five senior counsel, including recently appointed practice head Francis Xavier…’
    - The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2009/2010)
  • “Rajah & Tann LLP’s ‘leading litigation practice’ include six senior counsels and is headed by Francis Xavier.”
    - The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2008/2009)
  • Cited as key practitioner in labour and employment.
    - AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers (2009)
  • Cited as a key practitioner in dispute resolution.
    - AsiaLaw and Practice Profiles (2007)
  • ‘VK Rajah SC left Rajah & Tann to take the position as Judicial Commissioner of the High Court of Singapore in 2004. However, the continued presence of Francis Xavier, skilled in fraud and aviation matters, and Chandra Mohan, a contracts expert, means the firm retains litigators of commensurate aptitude’.
    - The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2004/2005)
  • ‘Rajah & Tann acted for the Boeing Company in a class action suit taken out by the estates and dependent of the victims of the crash of Silk Air flight in Indonesia in 1997. Other highlights include advising on a case concerning banking secrecy in Singapore. The firm also acted on numerous cross-border disputes in Asia.
    Francis Xavier is also building an excellent name for quick and clear advice in litigation matters’.
    - The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2003/2004)
  • ‘Rajah & Tann has a strong focus on debt restructuring and insolvency cases. Head of practice VK Rajah SC, Francis Xavier and Chong Boon Leong are all experienced. Highlights include advising a major oil producer on the enforcement of a US$260 million arbitration award, and an ongoing dispute between two listed electronics companies in Singapore in relation to misuse of trade secrets and breach of fiduciary duty’.
    - The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2002/2003 Edition)