Ian Teo is the Managing Director of Helmsman LLC. Besides general commercial matters, he also specialises in commodities trading and shipping law. In 2019, he was amongst the inaugural group of lawyers accredited by the Singapore Academy of Law as Senior Accredited Specialist for Maritime & Shipping Law. He was named Trade Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in 2016.
Ian is consistently cited in legal ranking directories, including Chambers Global and Asia Pacific. Asia Pacific Legal500 and Euromoney World's Leading Lawyers. Clients' comments include, "A specialist in shipping and trade disputes... highly experienced in litigation and arbitration", "determination to realize objectives", "handle cases quickly... a commercially sound lawyer", "commands respect in the maritime sphere...strong reputation for trade and dry shipping work"; "very practical approach to negotiations...able to find solutions to difficult problems", "ability to think outside of the box", "garners extensive praise from his clients", "well respected in the market", "very competent lawyer who is meticulous in his case preparation, and effective and persuasive in his advocacy"; "always switched on and always has a great turnaround time", "timely and practical advice".
Ian read law at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and obtained his Master of Laws at Cambridge University. While at Cambridge University, he specialised in commercial law. Ian is qualified in Singapore, and England & Wales. He 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. Ian is also a regular contributor in the Lloyds Maritime & Commercial Law Quarterly.