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Calvin serves as Managing Partner of Reed Smith’s Singapore office. He leads a regulatory enforcement and investigations team that covers the Asia-Pacific region. He is an international disputes and investigations lawyer who has been repeatedly recognized by legal directories for his expertise in two distinct practice areas: corporate investigations, and international arbitration (and related litigation). Calvin has been based in Singapore for the past decade, but he previously practiced for many years in New York, London and Hong Kong. He also worked for a prominent international arbitrator, Jan Paulsson, in Paris.

Calvin’s team comprises specialist attorneys and professionals based in Singapore and the PRC. The team is recognised and ranked in leading legal directories, such as Chambers Asia-Pacific and Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, for its investigations and white collar crime expertise. The team has drawn praise in Chambers Asia-Pacific from a client for its “deep understanding of risks, and practical solutions to resolve the matter”, while another client has commented that “I especially like their problem-solving skills. Most law firms find problems; Reed Smith takes the next step to problem-solve. Their answers are very effective and to the point.” Legal 500 cites similar client praise for the team led by Calvin: “[t]his team is extremely innovative and is always able to come up with a solution” and that “[t]he team is very knowledgeable and responsive. Advice given is always carefully considered and holistic, taking into account clients’ concerns.” Calvin has led numerous internal investigations and regulatory enforcement and compliance matters in the Asia-Pacific region, including China, India, Southeast Asia (such as Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand), Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and Australia. Many of these matters relate to an inquiry or probe by a government agency or regulator, or involve companies that are under monitorship. Calvin has extensive experience advising on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-corruption and bribery laws, securities and accounting fraud, misuse or misappropriation of proprietary data, and related governance and corporate compliance issues.


  • University of Virginia School of Law, 2004, LL.M., (McClure Scholar, Dupont Fellow)
  • National University of Singapore, 2001, LL.B., Second (Upper) Honours

  • New York
  • England and Wales
  • Singapore

  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York

  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • The Law Society of England and Wales
  • Singapore Academy of Law
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association

  • English
  • Mandarin
  • Cantonese

Awards & Recognition

  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers™ in Singapore for Arbitration and Mediation, 2016-2023
  • Ranked in Chambers Asia-Pacific for Singapore: Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption, 2020-2022
  • Listed as Top Commercial Arbitration Practitioners in Singapore, The Commercial Arbitration Expert Guide, 2020