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David Chan

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Shook Lin & Bok LLP

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution; International Arbitration; Restructuring & Insolvency


David Chan has been a Partner in Shook Lin & Bok LLP since 2004. He has wide experience in general commercial litigation with particular focus on domestic and cross-border finance-related litigation, fraud and insolvency matters. He is also involved in international commercial arbitrations and corporate and shareholders' disputes.

David is a member of the Valuation Review Board under the Ministry of Finance, Singapore and sits as legal assessor to the Singapore Medical Council.


English; Mandarin


A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Member of the Valuation Review Board under the Ministry of Finance, Singapore


LLB (Hons), King’s College London (1995); LLM, University College London (1999); Barrister, Middle Temple (1996); Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore (1997); Solicitor, England & Wales


International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Shook Lin & Bok LLP remains noted for insolvency, banking, commercial and fraud cases. The team represents a number of Indian and Chinese clients in arbitral proceedings. It acted for the receivers, FTI, in a case against the promoters of a resort in Thailand, with proceedings taking place in Singapore and involving an anti-suit injunction to prevent the promoters from pursuing their claim in Thailand. Sarjit Singh Gill SC, Probin Dass, Joseph Tay and David Chan are key members of the team.

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Singapore: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution – Local firms

Within: Dispute resolution – Local firms

Shook Lin & Bok LLP fields a team that is 'very responsive', 'commercial' and 'great value for money'. It has maintained a healthy pipeline of insolvency, banking and shareholder disputes, and is frequently engaged in big-ticket disputes including those that reach the Court of Appeal. Clients include listed corporates, banks and accounting firms. The team represented one of the largest creditors in the judicial management of Swiber Holdings and Swiber Offshore Construction, one of the largest corporate insolvencies in Singapore. Sarjit Singh Gill SC is 'very experienced' and 'has a very good rapport with clients'. Debby Lim is 'very personable, bright and driven and takes a commercial approach'. David Chan and Probin Dass are also highly reputed. Ng Yeow Khoon has joined from Withers KhattarWong LLP.

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Singapore: Restructuring and insolvency

Restructuring and insolvency – Local firms

Within: Leading individuals

David Chan - Shook Lin & Bok LLP

Within: Restructuring and insolvency – Local firms

Shook Lin & Bok LLP is 'unrivalled in terms of insolvency disputes'. The team has had a role in a number of significant cases, particularly in the energy and marine sectors and in Chapter 11 filings. Sarjit Singh Gill SC, who has many years of experience in domestic and cross border insolvencies and restructurings, heads the team. Debby Lim has, according to one client, 'a perfect record in achieving successful and often ground-breaking outcomes'. She acted for the liquidators of a Singapore shipping company that was part of an Indian conglomerate in filing an application in the High Court to void a lien over sub-freight under the Companies Act. The matter eventually went to the Court of Appeal for it to consider the interplay between shipping practice and insolvency law. David Chan is also noted for his skills in this area as well as his wider litigation and arbitration expertise.

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