Ian Teo, is a class-leading commercial lawyer. In 2020, he was recognised as a Disputes Star by Benchmark Litigation. He enjoys the special distinction of being one of very few Singapore lawyers recognised for his expertise in downstream LNG trading related work. Ian is consistently ranked in Chambers Asia Pacific and Chambers Global for the last 10 years. He was named 30 Best of the Best Shipping & Maritime Lawyers in the World by the Expert Guides in 2019 and as Trade Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers Singapore. Finally, Ian was cited as a one of the world’s leading Transport Lawyers in Who’s Who Legal: Transport 2020.
One of the founding directors of Helmsman, Ian is an authority on commodity trading and shipping law.
Qualified to practise in Singapore, England and Wales, Ian read law at the National University of Singapore (LL.B) and obtained his LL.M at Cambridge University. Awarded the Justice Tan Ah Tah Prize in his PLC class, Ian is a member of the adjunct faculty at the Singapore Management University, School of Law, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration, and an Adjunct Fellow of the NUS Centre for Maritime Law. He contributes to academia regularly, and has published in Lloyd's Maritime & Commercial Quarterly.
"A specialist in shipping and trade disputes... (who) commands respect" - Chambers Global
"Meticulous in his case preparation, effective and persuasive in his advocacy" - Legal 500
"Keen eye for details and whose advice is always commercially sound" - Chambers Asia-Pacific