Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution: local firms

Ascendant Legal LLC holds a Formal Law Alliance with Norton Rose Fulbright. The growing Singapore office focuses on restructuring and insolvency but is also noted for high-stakes litigation, including SICC cases, and has a fine reputation in arbitration-related court proceedings, such as the enforcement of arbitral awards. Managing director Kei-Jin Chew leads the team.
Blackstone & Gold is a small Singapore firm with a major focus on international trade and commodities. This has formed the basis of a thriving disputes practice, including fraud, asset recovery and credit insurance cases. It is described as the ‘Holy Grail for dispute resolution and arbitration in Singapore‘. Founding partner Baldev Bhinder is a dynamic figure and ‘the best commodities disputes lawyer in the market‘, while Ramandeep Kauris the most hard-working disputes lawyer you will ever meet’.
Focus Law Asia continues to cement its emerging reputation in the market. The firm remains noted for its cross-border disputes expertise, including cases involving Korean and Japanese entities. Managing director Shem Khoo is an experienced litigator and arbitration specialist with experience in the oil and gas, energy, marine, insurance and commodities trading sectors, among others.
Prolegis LLC has made a bold move in the market by hiring ‘top-notch commercial litigator’ and former Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC department head Daniel Chia, who is ‘first choice for any high-value complex dispute‘. He is joined by Yanguang Ker, an ‘up-and-coming next generation commercial litigator‘ and ‘one to watch‘. The new team has an impressive record in high-value litigation and arbitration, including in the crypto, technology, energy and construction sectors. The Singapore firm holds a Formal Law Alliance with global disputes powerhouse Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.
Setia Law LLC was launched in April 2023. Founding partner Danny Ong, previously a senior name at Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP, has strong case experience in commercial disputes, restructuring and insolvency and a considerable focus on digital asset matters, leading the team with Wern Jhien Yam. The firm has an impressive client base, including Big Four accountancy firms, and has extensive experience in cross-border disputes, fraud and asset recovery, and restructuring and insolvency litigation.

Dispute resolution: local firms in Singapore

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP has substantially grown its dispute resolution practice over the last decade. The firm’s geographic growth across Southeast Asia and into China has led to a substantial increase in cross-border dispute engagements, including those before the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC). The firm traditionally acted for large Singapore corporates and financial institutions, and now has a much larger multinational client base. It remains especially active in restructuring and insolvency-related litigation, including cases linked to the Hin Leong scandal, along with white-collar crime, arbitration-related litigation and disputes connected to private wealth. It has two senior counsels in Stanley Lai SC, the head of intellectual property, and Jason Chan SC, who leads the white-collar crime team. Andrew Yeo and William Ong co-head the litigation and dispute resolution group, which includes Dinesh Dhillon, Vincent Leow, Tan Kai Liang and Tay Yong Seng.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Yeo; William Ong

Other key lawyers:

Vincent Leow; Yong Seng Tay; Stanley Lai SC; Jason Chan SC; Tan Kai Liang; Peh Aik Hin; Ramesh Kumar; Dinesh Dhillon; Tan Xeauwei; Melissa Mak; Benjamin Koh


‘Vincent Leow has been providing my company with outstanding advice and recommendations. He has a good sense of business acumen, puts all thoughts and consideration into context and discusses the strategic actions for the client to decide and engage upon. He is always open to discussion and also personal. He has a good network and provides good contact around the world.’

‘Tan Xeauwei has consistently proven herself to be a top-notch litigator, with a stunning intellect and excellent client servicing. Xeauwei has always provided great solutions for many of the legal issues that we have faced. Definitely surpasses other litigators that we have worked with by a wide margin. ’

‘Peh Aik Hin is analytical, sharp, and able to dish out practical and succinct advice to address clients’ needs.’

‘The team was highly organised, hard-working, and technically and legally competent. They managed the client in a diplomatic but firm manner so that the client did not put too much pressure on their expert, and A&G understood the need to preserve the independence of their expert. The A&G team was also diverse by gender and race, which is rare in my experience. ’

‘I was very impressed with Dinesh Dhillon, who was leading the team and the case, and got the best of out of his team and the expert’s team. During the trial where he was the advocate, Dinesh Dhillon was particularly impressive because he maintained a reasonable and courteous tone and approach throughout, which was highly persuasive and in stark contrast to the opposing SC.’

‘Stanley Lai SC’s advocacy skills, his tenacity and ability to persuade counsel of third parties to support our position sets him apart from many of his competitors.’ 

‘The litigation team is very experienced in banking litigation. They are very familiar with the relevant issues and documentation. They are able to provide sound and practical advice.’

‘I work with William Ong. He has acted for banks in many litigious matters which comes through in the advice and support he provides. Not only is he familiar with the issues and the legal position on those issues, he is also practical, taking into account commercial considerations. William is also very helpful and always accessible. ’

Work highlights

  • Acted for Hwa Hong Corporation against Evercore Asia (Singapore) over fees that Evercore claims it is entitled to as Hwa Hong’s financial adviser.
  • Acted for Stronghold Global Holdings in a dispute over a share purchase agreement.

Davinder Singh Chambers

Davinder Singh Chambers is a leading dispute resolution boutique in Singapore thanks to the presence of pre-eminent figure Davinder Singh SC, who is chairman of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and a member of the Senate. Prominent name Jaikanth Shankar and a range of impressive practitioners have also propelled the firm into a leading position. It continues to represent clients in a multitude of High Court and Court of Appeal cases, many of which involve significant values. Among a list of headline cases, the firm continues to earn accolades for its expertise in joint-venture, shareholder, real estate, intellectual property, construction, trade and trusts disputes. The firm is also noted for its high-profile engagements in SIAC cases. It represents a range of local and international corporates, along with senior executives, business people and high-net-worth individuals. Bryan Wong, David Fong, Navin Thevar, Sngeeta Rai and Timothy Lin are among a growing cohort of emerging practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Davinder Singh SC

Other key lawyers:

Jaikanth Shankar; Bryan Wong; David Fong; Navin Thevar; Sngeeta Rai; Timothy Lin


‘From our consultations, it was evident that the team at Davinder Singh Chambers possessed an unmatched depth of knowledge. Each member of the team showcased their expertise, providing valuable insights and guidance throughout the entire process. Their thorough understanding of the law and attention to detail were instrumental in achieving a favourable outcome for my case. I was consistently impressed by the comprehensive and well-researched advice provided, which instilled in me a great sense of confidence.’

‘I had the privilege of working with Davinder Singh SC, and I am delighted to share my commendation for his exceptional legal expertise and the remarkable experience I had throughout the case. Mr Singh’s professionalism, strategic thinking, and meticulous approach truly set him apart as an outstanding legal professional. Mr Singh has assembled a team of exceptionally talented individuals, each possessing strong expertise in their respective fields. It was evident that he had carefully selected team players who complemented each other’s skills, resulting in a seamless collaboration that greatly benefited my case. The depth of knowledge and experience within his team was truly impressive, and their collective efforts contributed significantly to the positive outcome. I was consistently impressed by their level of expertise and their ability to provide comprehensive solutions tailored to the unique aspects of my case.’

‘Clients go to DSC to fight the “impossible” cases. Clients do that because they trust that every issue will be carefully considered and that the team will fight every case rigorously. The team constantly innovates by finding the best arguments and solutions for their clients’ problems. When clients instruct DSC, they know they have the best set of lawyers in Singapore fighting their corner.’

‘Davinder Singh SC is in a league of his own. Davinder’s advocacy, court craft and strategy are top class and clients will be hard pressed to find another advocate in this part of the world that is as skillful and experienced as he is.’

‘Jaikanth Shankar’s advocacy and strategy are first rate. There are very few lawyers in Singapore who can match Jaik’s ability to identify the key issues in a case, and his ability to convey an argument in the simplest and most persuasive way. Jaik grows in stature with each year and clients can trust that tribunals and courts will listen to what he has to say.’

‘The DSC team puts in extra effort to be more than just litigation lawyers. They work with the client to strategise, and they are not a firm that pushes to litigate for fees. They have a good balance of what is good for the client and formulates good strategy and approach towards a good outcome and yet will have always have a Plan B and Plan C as options.’

‘Davinder Singh SC is clearly a class act. He is always on his toes and thinks ten steps ahead when formulating an approach or response. He strikes a good balance between Plan of Defence and Plan of Attack. He is a litigator with extremely good commercial acumen. Despite his seniority, Davinder is extremely hardworking and sets clear directions for his team and is always prepared to get his hands dirty into the details.’

‘David Fong leaves no details unquestioned. His ability to digest and apply commercial information stands out from his peers in the industry. He is good in client management and earns the trust of his clients with clarity in communication and execution.’

Key clients

Lim Oon Kuin

Cuscaden Peak (formerly Singapore Press Holdings)

The Estate of Anil Vassudeva Salgaocar (instructed by Niru & Co LLC)

Beneficiaries of the estate of Mustafa s/o Majid Khan (instructed by Darshan & Teo LLP)

Dato Low Tuck Kwong (founder of PT Bayan Resources Tbk and Bayan International Pte Ltd)

Singapore Telecommunications Ltd

IIa Technologies Pte Ltd (instructed by Drew & Napier LLC)

SBS Transit Ltd

Adam Gartenburg, Jeremy Khoo Jun Hao

Millenia Pte Ltd (member of Pontiac Land Group)

Wong Fong Fui (Bright Assets Enterprises Limited)

Sutatno Sudarga

Attorney-General’s Chambers of Brunei Darussalam

Banner (China) Investment Company Limited


Chan Chew Keak

Venture Corporation Limited

Khoo Teng Jin

Mrs Tjiang Giok Moy and Ms Eileen Ang

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for a Singapore company in a patent case against a member of the international De Beers Group in a seven-year court battle over the methods used in growing synthetic diamonds.
  • Successfully acted for PT Bayan Resources Tbk and Bayan International Pte Ltd in defending claims arising from alleged breaches of a joint venture agreement for the application of a patented technology to produce and sell upgraded coal from East Kalimantan in Indonesian Borneo.
  • Successfully acted for the estate of an Indian mining baron for breach of trust.

Drew & Napier LLC

Drew & Napier LLC, as a Big Four Singapore law firm, is widely recognised as a dispute resolution powerhouse, having an unrivalled depth of bench and more leading practitioners than any other firm in the jurisdiction. It devotes considerable resources to dispute resolution pursuits and is frequently selected to represent parties in the biggest and most complex cases. Over the 12-month research period, the firm handled litigation matters with a total value exceeding $16bn. It has seen its director (partner equivalent) ranks grow by 10%, continues to expand both its presence in regional disputes and its international client base, and continues to grow its arbitration-related practice. Among a multitude of headline and seminal cases, the firm acted for Hin Leong’s judicial managers in the largest reported fraudulent trading case in Singapore, seeking recovery of over $3.5bn from the directors of the company. CEO Cavinder Bull SC, who is ‘simply superb as a legal adviser, advocate and person’, is at the pinnacle of the profession, having been one of few senior counsels to be appointed before the age of 40, back in 2008. Siraj Omar SC and Randolph Khoo are also outstanding practitioners, along with seasoned practitioner and firm chairman Jimmy Yim SC, also elevated to senior counsel before turning 40 in 1998. Mahesh Rai, Kelvin Tan, Blossom Hing, Wendell Wong and Gary Low act for private clients as well as companies in the advertising, tech, transport and financial industries. Kevin Lee has joined Twenty Essex in Singapore.

Practice head(s):

Cavinder Bull SC; Randolph Khoo; Siraj Omar SC

Other key lawyers:

Jimmy Yim SC; Tony Yeo; Kelvin Tan; Blossom Hing; Wendell Wong; Gary Low; Chia Voon Jiet; Mahesh Rai; Meryl Koh; Woo Shu Yan; Benedict Teo; Foo Yuet Min


‘Cavinder Bull SC is simply superb as a legal adviser, advocate and person. He dominates the courtroom and is very effective and persuasive while also remaining collegiate and agreeable.’

‘Gold standard of legal firms. High level of integrity and professionalism. The team is thorough, through and through. ’

‘Foo Yuet Min 1) extremely knowledgeable 2) very alert to important details 3) very impactful writing skills 4) very helpful and responsive 5) straightforward and effective.’

‘Mahesh Rai and his team are brilliant professional litigators. They will work days and nights to make your case successful in court. Mahesh understands business as good as an experienced entrepreneur does. His questions are always to the point, and that really helps in decision making. You will never waste your time, energy and money if you work with him. ’

‘Jimmy Yim SC and Maheshi Rai: top-class advocates, thinking out of the box for solutions.’

‘Blossom Hing is an outstanding litigator with a ferocious work ethic. I can also count on the undivided attention of her team which has depth and breadth. I value her for how she always goes beyond the call of duty.’

‘Jimmy Yim SC is the best lawyer in Singapore. Top KC quality, in his attention to detail, written pleadings and court presentation.’

‘Benedict Teo is an experienced litigator who is familiar with the concerns and issues faced by banks and financial institutions. He provides good strategic direction, is unflappable and approachable, but yet effective. He is backed by a team of generally very competent lawyers.’

Key clients

AIA Singapore Private Limited

Capitaland Limited


Great Eastern General Insurance Limited

ING Bank / PWC UK (Bala Venkatasamy)

J.P. Morgan (S.E.A.) Limited

Johnson & Johnson Pte Ltd

JP Morgan Chase Bank

Kuwait Public Institution for Social Security

Marina Bay Sands Pte. Ltd.

Monetary Authority of Singapore


Razer (Asia-Pacific) Pte Ltd

Singapore Airlines Limited


Work highlights

  • Acted for Hin Leong’s judicial managers in the largest reported fraudulent trading case in Singapore, seeking recovery of over $3.5bn from the directors of the company.
  • Represented Bidzina Ivanishvili, a former Prime Minster of Georgia, and his family in successfully claiming $926m against Credit Suisse Trust for breach of trust.
  • Acting for Arthur Cheong, the founder of venture capital investment firm DeFiance Capital, in proceedings against an insolvent Singapore-based cryptocurrency hedge fund.

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP has a deep and impressive dispute resolution team that covers a wide range of cases. It has eight senior counsel within its ranks and has taken key roles in 52 out of 140 SICC judgments as of June 2023. It has earned further accolades for cases involving stolen cryptocurrency, corporate succession, the enforcement of arbitral awards and the largest claim for fraudulent trading. Its wide-ranging industry experience includes headline cases in the real estate, energy and resources, fintech and shipping sectors. It has also demonstrated its expertise in commercial fraud, asset recovery and investigations. Francis Xavier SC is regional head of dispute resolution and has an outstanding record in large cross-border cases. Adrian Wong is head of commercial litigation. Vikram Nair is deputy head of the team and noted for South Asia disputes. Lee Eng Beng SC is rated for banking disputes and insolvency litigation. Murali Pillai SC is another seasoned figure with a fine record in employment and financial services disputes. Kevin Poon SC and Andre Yeap SC provide further senior-level expertise in international arbitration. Tan Chuan Thye SC, Kevin Tan and Jansen Chow also impress. Danny Ong left the firm to co-found Setia Law LLC.

Practice head(s):

Francis Xavier SC; Adrian Wong; Vikram Nair

Other key lawyers:

Lee Eng Beng SC; Jansen Chow; Tan Chuan Thye SC; Murali Pillai SC; Kelvin Poon, SC; Kevin Tan


‘Kevin Tan is someone you want in your corner in a case – he is strategic, sharp and tenacious. He is able to distill complex technical legal points clearly and succinctly.’

‘R&T is one of Singapore’s largest and oldest law firms. This equates to a deep bench of relationships and knowledge across the legal fraternity which allows R&T to tailor each dispute resolution process to accentuate the arguments that are most effective for a particular judge or arbitrator or opposing counsel. Their large team also ensures that they have more capacity than other firms to research, uncover and make important, detailed arguments to advocate on behalf of their clients. It also allowed them to flex the size of the team up and down based on the requirements of the case as needed. The R&T team was also very diverse by ethnicity, gender, backgrounds and case experiences which enabled them to come up with more diverse and effective arguments for our case.’

‘Vikram Nair is the most commercially astute lawyer I have come across. He is able to combine a good understanding of the numbers and an innate understanding of many different types of businesses given his background as a former management consultant at McKinsey with a deep understanding of the law. He is thus able to boil down complex commercial disputes into clear-cut legal matters for the tribunal or court to decide. He is particularly strong on cross-examination with both experts and witnesses.’

‘Kevin Tan is a very strong, strategic and eloquent lawyer. He is able to focus the tribunal’s attention on the most important legal arguments of a case. I appreciated his dedication and diligence in preparing his clients for opening statements, cross-examination and trial.’

‘Good intercollegiate culture among partners and associates.’

‘Kevin Tan combines practical know-how with a keen legal mind.’

‘Adrian Wong – head of disputes – is smart, explains clearly and well, provides practical advice. We have always had good experiences working with him and his team and often turn to him for complex matters.’

‘’Kevin Tan is a standout litigator. He is confident and persuasive, and we appreciated his clear and concise advice on complex legal issues. His tactical judgement helped us achieve an excellent result.’

Key clients

White Energy Company Ltd (Australia)



Eagle Hospitality Trust

OUE Lippo Healthcare Limited

Senda International Capital Limited

Vedanta Limited

MS First Capital Insurance Ltd

Keppel Corporation Ltd

Keppel Offshore & Marine

World Fuel Services (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Keppel Fels Limited

Exklusiv Resorts Pte Ltd


Vauld group of companies

Bank Pictet & Cie (Asia) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for White Energy Company in the assessment of damages involving a S$1bn coal dispute against PT Bayan.
  • Successfully acted for the plaintiff in obtaining the first ever proprietary and Mareva injunction against ‘persons unknown’ for stolen cryptocurrency in Singapore.
  • Acted for the former non-executive independent directors of the Managers of Eagle Hospitality Trust in the first civil claim brought in Singapore by an investor against directors for breach of statutory duties.

WongPartnership LLP

WongPartnership LLP‘s domestic and global reputation brings it a wealth of cases, including disputes that have no direct connection to Singapore. The firm continues to expand its caseload, including additional crypto-related disputes, insolvency cases and arbitration-related court proceedings, especially challenges to arbitral awards. The Singapore team has close connections to government-linked businesses, local and international banks, and numerous multinationals. Koh Swee Yen SC wins many accolades in arbitration-related court proceedings and other headline Singapore cases, having been elevated to senior counsel status in 2022 and gaining a prolific record in major disputes. Tan Chee Meng SC is a notable figure in white-collar crime and regulatory matters. Chou Sean Yu leads the litigation and dispute resolution group, and has a fine record in banking and finance disputes. Wendy Lin is another senior figure with leading expertise in asset recovery, fraud and other headline cases, while Melanie Ho heads the professional and enterprise disputes team.

Practice head(s):

Chou Sean Yu; Koh Swee Yen SC

Other key lawyers:

Wendy Lin; Melanie Ho; Tan Chee Meng SC; Lionel Leo; Lim Wei Lee; Tiong Teck Wee


‘Knowledgeable team with attention to detail.’

‘Clear and articulate strategy.’

‘It’s a particularly creative team willing to run original and successful approaches based on factual nuances.’

‘Koh Swee Yen SC has a particularly strong blend of legal skills, intelligence and business acumen, and human perspective.’

‘Senior counsel with strong advocacy skills, well supported by a team (junior partner and associates) with sector expertise.’

‘Tan Chee Meng SC’s skillful witness cross-examination and quick thinking on his feet drive favourable court decisions.’

‘Wong Partnership has a big team of professional lawyers – the team knows their jobs – give good legal solutions – billing fee is reasonable based on good advice given and time spent – they are transparent in their work – they give diverse solutions – they are able to handle a wide range of situations.’

‘Melanie Ho knows her job well and gives clear and straightforward solutions as well. She is tough but always makes us feel comfortable and safe. After talking to her, you always feel that there is always a solution to your problem in comparison to other lawyers whom I have worked with. Her team is very cooperative. They are very patient and explain everything in detail till you can understand. They work as a team; when one is busy the others will help.’

Key clients

Sun Hung Kai Capital Limited

Deloitte & Touche LLP

Deutsche Telekom AG

Mr Mustaq Ahmad @ Mushtaq Ahmad S/O Mustafa

Raffles Education Corporation

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation

Credit Suisse AG, Singapore Branch

Tritech Group Limited

Mr David Sin

Oxley Sanctuary Pte. Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Deutsche Telekom in proceedings in the Singapore International Commercial Court to enforce an investment treaty arbitration award against the Republic of India, with a significant quantum in dispute in excess of $140m.
  • Acted for Sun Hung Kai Capital (SHK) in its litigation in the High Court of Singapore, being a derivative action brought by SHK as a representative of the company CMIG International Holding against four former directors for their breaches of directors’ and fiduciary duties.
  • Acted for Deloitte & Touche in its defence against a High Court suit brought by Hin Leong Trading for alleged negligence in tort and contract in respect of statutory audits conducted by Deloitte over six financial years.

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow has a deep bench of local dispute resolution lawyers that have extensive international experience and frequently engage and collaborate with colleagues in Asia Pacific and worldwide. Its rich local and global client base brings it a wealth of high-profile and complex engagements, including both litigation and arbitration. Within the team, there is strong specialisation mixed with versatility, notably a strong record in construction, employment and intellectual property cases, alongside a steady diet of commercial litigation, anti-corruption and fraud matters. Nandakumar Ponniya heads the Asia Pacific dispute resolution team and is widely known for his expertise in construction, technology and international arbitration cases, including the enforcement of arbitral awards. Celeste Ang is a strong litigator with a broad caseload, who also heads the Asia Pacific employment and compensation practice. Andy Leck specialises in intellectual property disputes, though is also active in wider commercial litigation. Local principal Pradeep Nair aids with litigation regarding injunctions and anti-corruption investigations.

Practice head(s):

Nandakumar Ponniya (Kumar)

Other key lawyers:

Celeste Ang; Andy Leck; Pradeep Nair


‘Very organised and a professional team.’

Key clients

Anupam Mittal

Gulf International Holdings Pte Ltd

iVenture Card Limited

JTrust Asia Pte Ltd

TES Sustainability Products Pte Ltd

Thai Airways International plc

Universal Terminals (S) Pte Ltd

UT Singapore Services Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented Anupam Mittal, the founder of, in Singapore Court proceedings to resist an anti-suit injunction obtained by the counterparty, for the purposes of restraining the client from inter alia continuing with his claim of oppression and mismanagement at the National Company Law Tribunal, Mumbai, India.
  • Acted for JTrust Asia its claim against Group Lease Holdings, Mitsuji Konoshita (a director of GLH), Cougar Pacific and four Cyprus companies for the tort of deceit and unlawful means conspiracy, in respect of JTrust’s investments in Group Lease Public Company.
  • Acted for iVenture Card in multimillion-dollar High Court legal proceedings for breach of contract, inducement of breach of contract, conspiracy to injure and breach of confidence.

Cavenagh Law LLP

Cavenagh Law LLP holds a Formal Law Alliance with Clifford Chance, notably targeting the premium end of the dispute resolution market with considerable success. Despite being somewhat smaller than most of its natural competitors, it has succeeded in building an outstanding reputation, particularly in banking and financial services disputes. Nish Shetty is a partner in the local firm and also heads Clifford Chance‘s Asia Pacific dispute resolution practice, having an especially strong record in energy and resources, infrastructure, and banking and finance cases. Paul Sandosham is widely rated for his expertise in construction and infrastructure cases, and is a market leader in international arbitration. Elan Krishna was promoted to partner in 2022 and is an emerging talent in international arbitration. Janice Goh is noted for contentious financial regulatory and corporate investigations. Paul Tan joined Gibson Dunn in September 2022 and Joan Lim-Casanova moved to K&L Gates Straits Law LLC in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Nish Shetty; Paul Sandosham

Other key lawyers:

Elan Krishna; Janice Goh


‘The team’s ability to draw experts from different practice areas and locations is invaluable. This includes experts in Singapore litigation, Singapore financial regulatory and the rest of the Clifford Chance network globally. Very few firms have the depth and breath across so many jurisdictions.’

‘Paul Sandosham and Janice Goh are my go-to counsel for Singapore litigation or contentious regulatory issues. They are strategic and know our business.’

‘Diverging legal systems and increased cooperation among regulators presents companies with a wide array of legal challenges. The dispute resolution team of Clifford Chance is well-positioned to advise on these issues and represent multinational clients in cross-border litigation, international arbitration and investigations.’

Work highlights

  • Advising an international financial institution in relation to litigation proceedings commenced in the Malaysian courts in relation to the 1MDB scandal. Based on media reports, the firm’s clients are the subject of court proceedings seeking recovery of sums in excess of US$1bn relating to monies.
  • Representing two subsidiaries of a leading global financial services and banking company as respondents in an SIAC arbitration commenced by a former mining magnate and businessman in Australia and his associated companies, involving allegations of misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duties and breach of trust.
  • Represented a major multinational financial institution in a SIAC arbitration against a Chinese conglomerate that had provided a guarantee in respect of its subsidiary’s obligation to purchase more than US$50m in crude oil from the client.

Dentons Rodyk

Dentons Rodyk has a large team of dispute resolution specialists covering a broad spectrum of cases, from clinical negligence defence to construction disputes; shipping, trade and commodities cases; and commercial litigation and arbitration. The Singapore team has an impressive array of local, regional and multinational clients. Clients recognise the breadth of team and its ability to handle cross-border and multi-jurisdictional cases. Siang Pheng Lek heads the litigation and dispute resolution practice and is a leading medical defence advocate. Kia Jeng Koh is deputy head of the team with an established record in building and construction disputes. Lawrence Teh is a senior name in commodities and trade cases, and Mark Seah and Paul Wong are experienced commercial litigation specialists. Ajinderpal Singh is noted for partnership and shareholder disputes, and banking and insolvency cases. Joint deputy managing partner Edric Pan takes on international disputes as well as insurance and aviation-related claims, while Huai Yuan Chia oversees proceedings involving fraud allegations and Jen Wei Loh focuses on the shipping sector, including insolvency and damages matters.

Practice head(s):

Siang Pheng Lek; Kia Jeng Koh

Other key lawyers:

Lawrence Teh; Jen Wei Loh; Ajinderpal Singh; Edric Pan; Huai Yuan Chia; Loh Kia Meng; Gilbert Leong; Zhulkarnain Abdul Rahim; Herman Jeremiah; Mark Seah; Paul Wong


‘Gilbert Leong – able to guide our company on the requirement data for the case and help us to present it in a nice matter.’

‘The team is able to work efficiently and provide their work and good advice with a short turnaround time. The team also has a good command of business Chinese as they are able to review voluminous Chinese documents in a short amount of time. Last but not least, in terms of billing, the team was able to effectively control costs while attaining the best results for us.’

‘Zhulkarnain Rahim is an extremely effective and competent lawyer. He is able to tailor his advice to our demands and needs.’

‘The team knows our business and always gives strong practical advice. They’ve got your back and respond quickly and accurately, both on the law and the strategy, even in difficult cases. In a recent case, the strategy had to take into account broader commercial concerns and the strategy was well-executed to achieve a good outcome.’

‘I have worked with Koh Kia Jeng for more than a decade now, and he can still speak with me at 2am! Always has a strategy even in difficult cases.’

‘Very hands-on and very practical advice given. Took time to know the brief.’

‘The lawyers are very pragmatic and are able to explain the law in simple terms for the client to understand and yet be able to convey the full weight of the law for understanding. They are always in the forefront of the law such as partnering, digital and BIM.’

‘Special mention to Loh Kia Meng for being commercially practical and helpful to all sides. ’

Key clients

PNG Sustainable Development Program Limited (PNGSDP)

UniCredit Bank AG, Singapore branch

Enemalta P.L.C.

Jurong Primewide Pte Ltd, which is linked to the Temasek Group

Engine Holdings Asia Pte Ltd, Group Lease Holdings Pte Ltd

QBE Insurance (Singapore) Pte Ltd, MS First Capital Insurance Ltd

Bank of China Limited, Shenzhen Branch

Bulk Trident Shipping Ltd (confidential)

Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore

Management Corporation Strata Title Plan No 4375

Work highlights

  • Successfully resisted an appeal before the Court of Appeal against the High Court’s decision to strike out the plaintiffs’ $1.65bn claim against PNG Sustainable Development Program.
  • Acted for UniCredit Bank in connection with serious allegations of fraud and wrongdoings relating to the liquidation of Hin Leong Trading.
  • Represented Enemalta in connection with damage to a submarine cable by the vessel Di Matteo.

K&L Gates Straits Law LLC

K&L Gates Straits Law LLC has a tremendous dispute resolution heritage thanks to the presence of big-name litigators such as Singapore managing partner N Sreenivasan SC, a leading advocate and strategist. The firm has continued to land a range of large-scale cases, including those in the insolvency and restructuring field. It acted for the judicial managers of Ocean Tankers in connection with the headline insolvency of Hin Leong. Financial services, white-collar crime and asset recovery are also fortes for the Singapore team. Sundararaj Palaniappan, Valerie Ang and Muralli Rajaram are prominent members of the team, the latter noted for his experience in banking and insolvency disputes.

Practice head(s):

N Sreenivasan SC

Other key lawyers:

Sundararaj Palaniappan; Valerie Ang; Muralli Rajaram

Key clients

Alternative Advisors Investments Pte Ltd

Chong Hock Yen

Collective Sale Committee of Chuan Park

John Soh Chee Wen (Individual)

Judicial Managers (“JMs”) of Ocean Tankers (Pte.) Ltd (“OTPL”)

Lummus Technology Heat Transfer B.V.

Punithan a/l Genasan (Individual)

Tat Wai Enterprise Pte Ltd

Thamby Kannu Parvathi (Individual)

Work highlights

  • Acted for John Soh, a Malaysian national and businessman, who is facing 189 charges under the Securities and Futures Act, Penal Code and Companies Act for various market misconduct and related offences.
  • Acted for the judicial managers of Ocean Tankers in connection with the headline insolvency of Hin Leong.
  • Acting for Alternative Advisors Investments in its claim to recover monies under a loan agreement and a personal guarantee, both of which have been assigned to the client.

LVM Law Chambers LLC

LVM Law Chambers LLC has an established record in high-stakes disputes, acting for individuals and corporates alike in numerous domestic and cross-border cases. Joint managing directors Lok Vi Ming SC and Joseph Lee are formidable practitioners, who are frequently chosen for large-scale disputes in the insurance, aviation, commercial, transport, insolvency, white-collar crime, trusts and matrimonial fields. The firm’s emphasis on the China market has also won it a series of Chinese clients. Associate director Jonathan Muk is ‘a standout practitioner‘, who co-heads the shipping, trade and sanctions practice. Qabir Sandhu was promoted to associate director in January 2023 and assists with commercial and private client disputes.

Practice head(s):

Lok Vi Ming SC; Joseph Lee

Other key lawyers:

Ooi Huey Hien; Justin Chan; Jonathan Muk; Qabir Sandhu


‘Jonathan Muk goes to great lengths to make himself available at short notice when required. He provides thorough advice.’

‘They are switched on, proactive and user friendly.’

‘I’ve had a very pleasant experience working together with LVM. They are always ready to assist, and very concise and precise with their advice.’

‘Jonathan Muk is very responsive and on the ball with the case. He ensures that the client is properly informed and advised every step of the process.’

‘The team is superb. It not only has strong technical know-how, it has wide experience in the market to know the industry practice. On top of this, they are a team of practitioners with a great heart. In today’s brave new world, it is indeed a rare find to have a team of people with both head and heart.’

‘Lok Vi Ming – he does what he says and he says what he believes. Jonathan Muk – he does good-quality research, conducts due diligence and investigations, and he stood firm to his position and advice despite client’s initial reservations.’

‘I worked with Mr Joseph Lee (partner) and Mr Justin Chan (associate director). What makes them stand out is the reassuring way they handle the case. As a client one feels assured that the team is doing their best for the case.’

‘LVM bodes strong legal expertise and knowledge. My experience working with LVM has been exceptional, in terms of quality of legal advice and final product. Their turnaround is remarkably quick, and their client management is second to none.’

Key clients

Lyu Jun

Unipec Singapore Pte Ltd

Deloitte & Touche, previously judicial managers of Inter-Pacific Petroleum Pte Ltd (“IPP”), and now the liquidators of IPP

DBS Trustee Ltd

Hong Kong Sin Hua Development Co., Ltd

Goldsland Holdings Company Limited

Plutoray Pte. Ltd., Vaara Pte. Ltd., Starlight Corp Pte. Ltd.

J.G Jewelry Pte Ltd

NEC Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

Kwek Sum Chuan

Joshua Huang

Lim Hwee Keow

Lim Lai Soon



Land Transport Authority Singapore

Far East Organisation

NTUC Fairprice Co-operative Ltd

MSIG Insurance (Singapore) Pte Ltd


Tokio Marine Insurance Singapore Ltd

Swiss Re International SE Singapore Branch

Allied World Assurance Company Ltd

Chubb Insurance Singapore Ltd

Etiqa Insurance Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for Kwek Sum Chuan in relation to a claim by his son, who alleges that his father had made an oral contract to transfer to him a majority share in a company.
  • Acted for Mr Lyu Jun, a prominent Beijing dental surgeon, in an action against his former paramour, Ms Wei.
  • Acted for Unipec Singapore in five disputes which relate to five separate parcels of cargo shipped on board four different ships, arising out of the collapse of Hin Leong Trading.

Providence Law Asia LLC

Providence Law Asia LLC is another ‘top-tier conflicts-free boutique litigation firm‘, led by ‘true leader‘ and managing director Abraham Vergis SC. The firm receives a wealth of referrals from international firms, including those that have a presence in Singapore. It also has an established client base in its own right, including corporates and individuals that are based in Asia Pacific, Europe and the US; it is noted for its expertise in India-related disputes and its Indian client base. The firm has landed engagements in some of the biggest litigation and arbitration cases of recent times. Zhuo Jiaxiang is another leading figure with an outstanding record in engineering and construction disputes, including litigation and arbitration, and ‘excels in cross-border disputes‘. A ‘rising star in commercial disputes‘, newly promoted director Kenny Lau co-heads the fraud and asset recovery practice, while Vanathi Ray assists with international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Abraham Vergis SC; Zhuo Jiaxiang; Kenny Lau

Other key lawyers:

Vanathi Ray


‘Top-tier conflicts-free boutique litigation firm.’

‘Providence Law Asia is a top-tier litigation firm. They are very well-respected for being technically outstanding and at the same time commercially-focused to help their clients achieve the best possible outcome. Providence Law Asia has a very dedicated team in its litigation department that has always maintained a high standard. Where urgent work is needed, the team members are always prepared to work late and to prepare good drafts of documents with very limited time available. I would recommend this firm highly.’

‘Abraham Vergis SC is a charming advocate and a great performer who has the ability to simplify complicated ideas and presents cases very capably. He is a seasoned senior counsel who knows the law extremely well and is extremely talented.’

Key clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers, GTP Advisory PAC, Hin Leong Trading (Pte) Ltd

Promoters of Future Retail


Prime Capital Maldives Ltd

Discovery Key Investments Limited

Telekom Malaysia

Griffin Real Estate Investment Holdings Pte Ltd

Rikvin Capital Pte Ltd

Xin Huang

JSC Zvezda Far Eastern Shipyard

Work highlights

  • Acted for the joint liquidators of Hin Leong Trading (HLT) in the liquidation of HLT.
  • Acted as counsel for the promoters of Future Retail Ltd, one of the largest retail operators in India, in an SIAC arbitration commenced by NV Investment Holdings.
  • Represented a BVI company in an arbitration against the government of a foreign state for the breach of a joint venture agreement to lease and develop a lagoon in the foreign state.

Shook Lin & Bok LLP

Shook Lin & Bok LLP has a fine history in dispute resolution, especially in banking and financial services disputes, insolvency and restructuring cases, and fraud and asset recovery. Along with its steady diet of banking and financial services cases, the firm has continued to land major engagements in the fraud segment, often cases stemming from large-scale insolvencies. It acted for the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation in a claim of more than $80m against the ex-directors and ex-employees of Hin Leong Trading, concerning allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation, conspiracy by unlawful means, procurement of breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation. Sarjit Singh Gill SC has more than 40 years of experience in big-ticket litigation and arbitration, including corporate and banking disputes. David Chan is another senior practitioner with an outstanding record in fraud and insolvency cases. Ng Yeow Khoon and Probin Dass are also key practitioners, along with Joseph TayMoses Lin and Daniel Tan, the latter being an emerging talent.

Practice head(s):

Sarjit Singh Gill SC; David Chan

Other key lawyers:

Ng Yeow Khoon; Probin Dass; Joseph Tay; Moses Lin; Daniel Tan; Jamal Siddique; Daryl Fong; Sherman Ho; Lin Ruizi


‘Sherman Ho: direct and straightforward, no nonsense, doesn’t sugarcoat. Meticulous and attentive to details.’

‘SLB stands out for having many dedicated lawyers who are hands on, with minimal turnover of lawyers in the team over ten years.’

‘Sarjit Gill SC stands out for his hands-on approach, and aggressive advocacy. Jamal Siddique stands out for his meticulous preparation and approach.’

‘Shook Lin & Bok has really excelled in the disputes sector over recent years. They have trained and produced a wonderful team.’

‘Daniel Tan, Jamal Siddique and Lin Ruizi – all young, intelligent and hungry for success. It makes it very easy to choose this firm.’

‘Hard-working, thorough and able to achieve good outcomes quickly.’

‘Daniel Tan works hard to achieve excellent outcomes for his clients. He knows the law, he knows the opposition and he knows the courtroom.’

‘Go-to firm for me in Singapore for litigation issues – always deliver common sense advice but most importantly are very commercial.’

Key clients

Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited


Gulf Petrochem FZC


Tata International




Shinhan Investment Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation in commencing a claim of more than $80m against the ex-directors and ex-employees of Hin Leong Trading in claims premised on fraudulent misrepresentation, conspiracy by unlawful means, procurement of breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation.
  • Acted for the liquidators of the Envy Companies in a suit brought against the former directors and/or representatives of the Envy Companies to recover unauthorised/fraudulent transactions made out of investors’ funds.
  • Acted for Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) in defending a claim of approximately $30m by Winson Oil Trading, under a letter of credit issued by SCB on the application of Hin Leong Trading.

TSMP Law Corporation

TSMP Law Corporation has a major presence in the dispute resolution field with a fine reputation in boardroom, investment and shareholder disputes, and is noted for its expertise in cross-border cases. It is also at the forefront of trusts litigation, construction and engineering disputes, employment cases and insolvency litigation, and is building its standing in crypto cases. The firm has a hugely impressive corporate client base and receives referrals from many of the top international law firms. Joint managing partner Thio Shen Yi SC is at the pinnacle of the profession, known for his expertise in big-ticket cases and for his outstanding advocacy. Melvin ChanKelvin Koh, Ong Pei Ching and Felicia Tan are also key partners. Former partner and Law Society president Adrian Tan passed away in 2023.

Practice head(s):

Thio Shen Yi SC

Other key lawyers:

Melvin Chan; Kelvin Koh; Ong Pei Ching; Felicia Tan


‘Excellent team composition. The members listen well to points and provide appropriate guidance. Work performed is always timely with uncompromising quality of work.’

‘Ong Pei Ching possesses the attributes and character to excel further in the legal environment.’

‘Ong Pei Ching stands out in a crowded field. Her ability to react quickly on difficult issues, steer the conversation towards the winning strategy and her immense work ethics are her key strengths.’

‘Kelvin Koh provides sound and strategic advice.’

‘When dealing with local business cases in Singapore, TSMP was the firm to go. They are well aware of all the facets involved in resolving tricky situations, from arbitration, to mediation and outright litigation. At each step, they are uniquely well prepared, helpful and efficient.’

‘Kelvin Koh is an incredibly talented partner who has a strategic vision of the case from the start. He will, after deep consideration, explain to you well in advance the steps and the strategy, as well as highlight the specific risks. With his efficient team, they outwit and outmanoeuvre allegedly more prestigious opponents with a disarming facility, testimony to the hard work and innovative, “out of the box” thinking.’

‘Very responsive and commercial. Highly knowledgeable. Special mention to Ong Pei Ching who is well versed in the domain. ’

‘Ong Pei Ching – super quick response time, highly professional. Proactive and provides good pointers and suggestions. Gets to the point and able to comprehend client’s needs and provide practical and cost-effective solutions. Highly knowledgeable and well-versed in their domain. ’

Key clients

Ok Tedi Fly River Development Foundation Ltd

Vibrant Group Limited

Smart Glove International Pte Ltd

Group MMM (50 per cent shareholder of Violet Oon Inc), and Mr Manoj Murjani (Director of Group MMM)

Mr Lau Wing Yan, a prominent businessman

Tiong Hin Engineering Pte Ltd

ERC Unicampus Pte Ltd

Chengdu Ding Feng Real Estate Development Co., Ltd., Taicang Ding Feng Real Estate Development Co., Ltd. and Xiamen Pacific Estate Investment Co., Ltd

BCS Business Consulting Services Pte Ltd

Success Elegant Trading Limited

Devin Jethanand Bhojwani, Dilip Jethanad Bhojwani and Sandeep Jethanand Bhojwani

Providentia Wealth Management

Work highlights

  • Acted for Luckin Coffee, China’s largest coffee chain, in a $150m dispute with two of its Malaysian investors over fraudulent and/or negligent accounting statements that inflated its revenue. This disclosure caused the company’s share value to plunge.
  • Acted for Singapore-listed Vibrant Group in a suit relating to the company’s acquisition of Australia-listed Blackgold International Holdings, for over A$37.6m, against Blackgold’s former officers and auditors for fraud and/or negligence.
  • Acted as instructed counsel for Mr Lau Wing Yan, a prominent businessman, against claims of oppression, breach of legitimate expectations and/or breach of shareholders’ agreement.

Audent Chambers LLC

Audent Chambers LLC has made a significant impression on the market following its launch in 2019. Harpreet Singh Nehal SC is an established senior counsel and former partner of Clifford Chance, where his co-managing partner Jordan Tan was also a counsel. The Singapore firm has attracted engagements from a range of domestic corporates, multinationals and high-net-worth individuals. It defended BP Singapore against allegations of fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation brought by four banks, connected to transactions between BP and Hin Leong Trading for the sale and purchase of gasoil.

Practice head(s):

Harpreet Singh Nehal SC; Jordan Tan

Other key lawyers:

Victor Leong


‘Quick, concise advice.’

‘Jordan Tan is easy to work with.’

‘Extremely efficient team, with prompt response time.’

Key clients

BP Singapore Pte Ltd

Credit Suisse AG, Singapore Branch

True Group Singapore

Shree Ramakrishna Exports Pvt. Ltd.

Golden Hill Capital Pte Ltd

Credit Suisse AG, Singapore Branch

Milaha Explorer Pte Ltd

Daniel Ollech and David Ollech

Kyndryl (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting as instructed counsel for BP Singapore in multiple suits involving claims between US$19m-$120m brought by various banks against BP, for alleged misrepresentation when BP sought payment on various letters of credit concerning contracts with Hin Leong Trading for the sale and purchase of gasoil.
  • Acted as for Shree Ramakrishna Exports in a Singapore High Court suit involving at least $60m, against a well-known New York-based jewellery group.
  • Acted for the True group in a suit against its former group CEO for breach of duties regarding the management of various regional entities.

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP has a major emphasis on dispute resolution, from commercial litigation to TMT, construction, employment and intellectual property cases. With the firm’s tech sector focus, the Singapore office has successfully targeted the start-up sector, with numerous engagements relating to disputes over valuations, and is also at the forefront of crypto cases. The Singapore team has seen additional growth in cases connected to capital flows into Singapore from China. It is further noted for interlocutory relief and court applications related to arbitration proceedings. Jonathan Choo is Singapore and English qualified, and leads the Singapore arbitration practice with a particular focus on the TMT sector. Lijun Chui is also dual qualified in Singapore and England, and is especially active in the IT and pharmaceuticals sectors. The highly rated Shaun Lee was promoted to partner in 2022, adding to the firm’s senior bench. Akshay Kishore is a key figure for India-related disputes, while senior associate Mark Ng assists in cross-border matters.

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Choo; Lijun Chui; Shaun Lee; Akshay Kishore; Mark Ng


‘Robust team with multiple skills and specific knowledge. Timely response to our enquiry.’

‘Quick response and specific reply to the enquiry raised.’

‘We are very pleased with the commercial approach to resolving our disputes and astute ability to comprehend and tackle technical engineering issues. That’s why we continue to instruct them repeatedly! We are very happy with the litigation team lead by Akshay Kishore who have unwaveringly been available for us – whenever we demand. It is for this reason that we continue to come to them repeatedly.’

‘Akshay Kishore, you have been our go-to disputes lawyer in Singapore for more than three years now. We are very pleased with your commercial approach to resolving our disputes and your astute ability to comprehend and tackle technical engineering issues. That’s why we continue to instruct you repeatedly!’

Key clients

Chainup Pte Ltd

James Ian Gillingham

Mr Lei Ke

Man Ting Fang (Guangzhou) Business Consultant Partnership

Admond Quek

Vulpes Testudo Fund (VTF)

Zhongshan Shengwang Electrical Appliances Co. Ltd.

Retrospect Investment (S) Pte Ltd, Permenpronic Technologies Pte Ltd, Mr Ng Kim Swee and Mr Andy Ng

Voltas Limited

Oracle Corporation Singapore Pte Ltd

ICOP Construction (SG) Pte Ltd (“ICOP SG”)

DXC Technology Services Singapore Pte. Ltd

Riot Games

softScheck Singapore Pte Ltd

Glassdoor Inc

Work highlights

  • Represented Chainup in Singapore High Court proceedings and a SIAC arbitration.
  • Advised and represented James Gillingham, co-founder of the cryptocurrency trading platform FINXFLO, in claims relating to Fearless Legends.
  • Acted for Riot Games in Singapore High Court proceedings in complex cross-claims against a Web3 company arising out of a licensing deal for the Valorant Championship Tour.

Braddell Brothers LLP

Braddell Brothers LLP is another boutique dispute resolution practice with a steady pipeline of litigation, arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) engagements. The firm represents a large number of Indonesian conglomerates and private clients, along with further clients from across Asia Pacific and worldwide. It is also frequently brought in by international law firms as Singapore counsel or as co-counsel on significant disputes matters. It has built an impressive record in challenging arbitral awards and maintains an active presence in medical negligence cases. Managing partner Edmund Kronenburg has over 26 years’ experience in litigation and arbitration, and has wide-ranging expertise across multiple sectors. Angelia Thng is also noted for contractual and shareholder disputes. Joanna Chew has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Edmund Kronenburg

Other key lawyers:

Angelia Thng

Key clients

Al Majid Investment Co. LLC

Atlas Asset Management

Autodesk Asia Pte Ltd & Autodesk Ltd, Japan

BAFCO Singapore Pte. Ltd. / Big Ass Fans

BASF Intertrade Ag

BD Cranetech Pte Ltd

Envision Capital Ltd

Hyundai Engineering Co Ltd

GKE (Shanghai) Metal Logistics Co Ltd (China)

Krafton Inc

Lippo Group (Indonesia)

MHC Medical Networks Pte Ltd

NTT Asia Pacific Holdings Pte Ltd

OSO Group (Indonesia)

Power Machines – ZTL, LMZ, Electrosila, Energomachexport

PT Mahkota Sentosa Utama (a Lippo Group company)

PT Lippo Karawaci Tbk (a Lippo Group company)

PT Bina Bangun Mandiri (a Lippo Group company)

Qompass Voyage Ltd

Singapore Medical Council

ST Global Capital Ltd

Topcon Singapore Medical Pte Ltd

Wondershare Technology Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for MHC Medical Network in defending substantial claims filed by a group of nine Access Medical clinics owned and operated by Dr Lim Yong Chin.
  • Represented Uma Kumari Reade and Arthur Dorize in obtaining a confidential settlement of their multi-million S$ claim against the National University Hospital (NUH) and its senior consultant/clinical director of the Division of Maternal Foetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology for not acting upon test results showing that the mother was positive for toxoplasmosis and not taking any steps to prevent her foetus (now her child, Arthur Dorize, French national) contracting the disease.
  • Acted for Guilio Dorucci, the former managing director of a digital signboard business, PGK Digital Networks, in his multi-million S$ claims against Revez Corporation.


CNPLaw LLP has a sizeable team dedicated to litigation and arbitration, including commercial litigation, construction cases and employment disputes. The firm has continued to develop its standing in fraud and white-collar crime, contractual and shareholder disputes, trusts litigation, and real estate cases. Subramanian Pillai has vast experience in litigation and arbitration, including construction and engineering cases. He heads the team along with Venetia Tan and Soo Ling See Tow. Sharleen Eio  left the firm to become in-house counsel.

Practice head(s):

See Tow Soo Ling; Subramanian Pillai; Venetia Tan

Harry Elias Partnership

Harry Elias Partnership has a large and established dispute resolution team with deep levels of specialisation. The firm has gained additional recognition in white-collar crime and fraud cases, and has extensive expertise in construction, contractual, banking and financial, and land disputes. It has a long list of local and regional corporate clients, along with a number of individuals. Philip Fong is managing partner and head of the litigation and dispute management practice group, with a leading reputation in business crime cases. S Suressh is noted for corporate and shareholder disputes, and employment cases, while Yvonne Foo specialises in construction and engineering disputes. Andy Lem, Francis Goh, Tan Chau Yee and Justin Chia are also key partners. Conrad Campos joined from RHTLaw Asia LLP in April 2023, following Tan Weiyi's departure to Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Philip Fong

Other key lawyers:

S Suressh; Andy Lem; Francis Goh; Tan Chau Yee; Justin Chia; Conrad Campos


‘We prefer the firm to handle all our cases, as all the senior partners are very friendly, approachable and knowledgeable in their areas of specialisation. It is a one-stop solution firm for us.’

‘Philip Fong, Pauline Lee, Foo Siew Fong, Tan Chau Yee, Surresh and a few others are all the exceptional partners.’

Key clients

Ummi Kalsum Ali

Robin Heng

The Straits Network Pte Ltd

YTL Concrete (S) Pte Ltd

TVS Supply Chain Solutions

Raffles Hospital Pte Ltd

South Beach Consortium Pte Ltd

CDL Properties Ltd

BRC Asia Limited

Public Utilities Board

SMRT Trains Limited

Dai Xuefeng

Billie Jean Burlingame

Asheesh Mehra

Wang Yi Yi

Mr K

DKSH Singapore Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client who faced concurrent criminal proceedings and a civil suit in respect of allegations of physical assault of a domestic helper from Indonesia.
  • Acted for the co-defendant in a suit brought by a bridging loan company attempting to enforce loan agreements and personal guarantees for sums totalling more than S$30m.
  • Appointed by the insurers to act for and defend YTL against claims by HSL Constructor and Public Utilities Board (PUB) for damage caused to PUB’s water pipe and other losses due to ground stress exerted at the site for the improvement to Bedok Canal.

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC has a relatively small but impressive dispute resolution practice that has wide-ranging expertise in a variety of disputes, including those in the finance, energy, mining and resources, projects and infrastructure sectors. The team has a notable list of domestic and Asia Pacific corporate clients. Wendy Tan is a versatile practitioner with a solid record in shipping, trade and commodities, energy, insurance and logistics. The highly rated Pardeep Khosa joined the firm in October 2022 from Davinder Singh Chambers, providing further expertise in commercial and civil litigation, international arbitration and corporate crime. Former department head Daniel Chia has joined Prolegis LLC.

Practice head(s):

Wendy Tan; Pardeep Khosa

Other key lawyers:

Joel Leow


‘Pardeep Khosa leads his practice. He is very strategic and thoughtful in analysing the case details and makes sound recommendations to his clients. The unique quality is that Pardeep is able to exploit the missteps and weakness of his opponents. I noticed Pardeep’s team are very methodical, grounded and ethical. I believe his management style bring out the best of his team to create very high quality products for his clients. I noticed he has great insight on both legal and commercial aspects of the engagement and he is able to break down the implications and practical actions for his clients.’

‘Aside from the quality I mentioned about Pardeep Khosa, he is also very thoughtful and empathetic about his clients’ situations. He is honest, practical and provides logical advice, as any good lawyer would do. However, what sets Pardeep apart is that he is also very cognisant about engagement economics and looking out for his client’s interest and financial situation to make a workable solution. I also worked with Joel Leow. He is very methodical, ethical, with great client management skills and well manner. He is able to empathise with his client’s situation while maintaining the professional deliverables with high quality. He communicates succinctly with practical details and an easy-to-understand style that the client can move forward to the next steps with confidence.’

‘While the firm has great brand name, it is the professionals that stand out. Their responsiveness, professionalism, competency, and creativeness in coming up with solutions stand them in good stead.’

Key clients

PetroChina International (Singapore)

COSCO Group of companies – Sinfeng Marine Services and Cosco Petroleum Pte Ltd

Oei Hong Leong

Oil Brokerage International

Mann & Noble Retail Brands Pte Ltd

Phileo Capital Ltd

OTC Asia Commodities

China Merchant Energy Trading

Mero Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

Union Power Limited

Oon & Bazul LLP

Oon & Bazul LLP has a formidable background in international trade disputes and has a thriving fraud and asset recovery practice, developing a body of experience in protective injunctions and freezing orders. The firm has an impressive mix of domestic and Asia Pacific based corporate and financial institution clients, along with a number of high-net-worth individuals. Bazul Ashhab is managing partner and head of dispute resolution, with an impressive standing in fraud and asset recovery, including bulge-bracket freezing orders. Kelly Yap is the head of the litigation and China practices, with a focus on international trade and shipping cases. Lionel Chan is noted for cross-border commercial disputes, along with restructuring and insolvency cases, and fraud and asset recovery. Priscilla Lua is another key partner, along with highly rated head of shipping Prakaash Silvam. Jerald Foo joined Selvam LLC in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Bazul Ashhab

Other key lawyers:

Kelly Yap; Lionel Chan; Priscilla Lua; Prakaash Silvam


‘They look at the whole thing holistically and practically and give the best solution.’

‘Prakaash Silvam has sound knowledge. Looks at the whole thing holistically and practically and gives the best solution.’

‘The team is very diverse across many fields and jurisdictions. They are experts in trade-related disputes and contractual obligation assessments. They have strong collaborators and partners around the world – South Korea, Middle East, India just to name a few. For all my disputes and issues, I was liaising with a single point of contact with the support team changing on a case-to-case basis. This allowed for faster understanding of the matter and acting on it swiftly.’

‘Prakaash Silvam has been an outstanding partner and adviser, who understood our stand and candidly suggested strategies to minimise damages, lower costs, in addition to providing sound solutions and advice on all matters. With their deep understanding about the goals of our firm and where we stand in our operational journey, crucial suggestions were made to help discover our ultimate goal. Informing there is light at the end of the tunnel is one thing, but providing step-by-step guidance to navigate the challenges that are so dynamic is where Prakaash shines. Prioritising our objectives and timely decision making were his principles that guided us to our desired situation and also our mindset.’

Key clients

Olam International


Winson Oil Trading Pte Ltd

Shree Ramakrishna Exports Pvt Ltd

TransAsia Capital

Zaftr Inc.

Taconic Capital Advisors

Indian Overseas Bank (HK Branch)

Rothstar Group Ltd

Universal Metal Coating Company (UNICOIL)

Work highlights

  • Acted for a Singapore-based oil trading company, Winson Oil Trading, in a claim for in excess of $60m against a bank, for its failure to effect payment pursuant to an irrevocable documentary letter of credit issued.
  • Represented Shree Ramkrishna Exports to recover $23m owed to it and opposing the counterparty’s $42m counterclaim.

Pinsent Masons MPillay

Pinsent Masons MPillay has a major presence in the construction, infrastructure, energy and engineering sectors. The firm is frequently engaged in large-scale construction arbitrations and related court proceedings. Mohan Pillay is hugely experienced in construction disputes and court proceedings, and also frequently sits as an arbitrator. Toh Chen Han is noted for energy and infrastructure arbitrations, with Frédéric Gillion having a fine record in dispute board and arbitration proceedings in the construction sector. Sam Boyling was appointed global co-head of construction disputes in 2023, splitting his time between Singapore and Beijing, and continuing to represent a wealth of Chinese contractors. Newly promoted legal director Andrea Clark also impresses clients.

Practice head(s):

Sam Boyling

Other key lawyers:

Mohan Pillay; Toh Chen Han; Frédéric Gillion; Yong Neng Chan; Andrea Clark


‘My work is primarily focused on dispute resolution and Pinsent Masons are the go-to firm for legal advice and support. They have a broad and experienced team of professionals well versed in the sectors I operate.’

‘Andrea Clark is first class at managing the team and individuals. She always gives clear instructions, is available to guide and never flustered, always patient. Her support is really appreciated.’

‘The team is made up of excellent international disputes lawyers. They are, across all seniorities, bright, tactical and meticulous in their approach. They consider all possible angles and are strategic and practical about the arguments to be advanced. They are currently handling a factually, technically and legally complex dispute, involving expert reports numbering hundreds of pages and factual matters going back about a decade ago, and have been absolutely stellar in marshalling arguments and formulating an effective strategy going forward.’

Key clients


Strabag International Gmbh

Omega Consortium / Equans



Work highlights

  • Acted for a major Chinese contractor in Singapore court proceedings arising out of a performance bond call on a combined cycle power plant project in Pakistan.

RPC Premier Law

RPC Premier Law is a disputes-focused practice led by experienced litigators Swee Siang Boey, Navin Joseph Lobo and Yuankai Lin. The team is well known for its abilities in corporate and commercial disputes, white-collar crime, fraud, regulatory compliance and investigations. Technology, communications and media are key areas for the team, which has widespread industry experience. It has achieved further prominence through a number of headline cases, including high-value shareholder disputes and damages actions. It is also noted for its representation of Chinese corporates and high-net-worth individuals. Nicholas Lauw provides further expertise in intellectual property, tech and digital assets disputes.

Practice head(s):

Swee Siang Boey

Other key lawyers:

Navin Joseph Lobo; Yuankai Lin; Nicholas Lauw


‘RPC Singapore has a good depth of dispute resolution resources – with a very approachable, responsive and experienced team, made up of Boey Swee Siang, Navin Lobo, Lin Yuankai and others.’

‘My work there has been mainly with Boey Swee Siang and Navin Lobo. They are very responsible and effective lawyers who understand the law and issues well, and very pleasant, kind and efficient professionals. ’

‘Lin Yuankai is one of my first ports of call when I require any assistance. He is a highly effective, intelligent and efficient lawyer who pre-empts his client’s needs. He gives practical and commercially-focused advice and solutions, is very responsive and is always willing to go the extra mile.’

Key clients

Building and Construction Authority

Council of Estate Agencies

Energy Market Authority

Hainan Hui Bang Construction Investment Group Ltd


Heng An YG Cold Logistics Ltd

PT. Pipit Mutiara Indah

QL Mutiara (S) Pte. Ltd.

Shanghai Ruituo Cold Logistics Ltd

Siemens Industry Software Inc

YG Group Pte Ltd

Yong Gui Investment Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for the former shareholders, directors and co-founders of Fullerton Healthcare Corporation (FHC) in a high-value shareholders’ dispute (estimated at S$400m) in the High Court of Singapore against a fellow former shareholder and director of FHC for conspiracy (by lawful and unlawful means) with the intent to cause loss.
  • Instructed by Honeywell’s Public and Products Liability insurer to represent and act for Honeywell in the third-party proceedings brought by Synergy seeking an indemnity/contribution for damages payable to SIA Engineering Company  and Singapore Airlines.

Selvam LLC

Selvam LLC acts for clients including financial institutions, private individuals and telecoms companies in proceedings regarding family law, fraud and corporate disputes. Managing director Sarbjit Singh Chopra oversees the practice, with a focus on private client and construction matters, while Daniel Soo takes on international insolvency disputes. The firm recently hired the well-rated Jerald Foo from Oon & Bazul LLP.

Practice head(s):

Sarbjit Singh Chopra

Other key lawyers:

Jerald Foo


‘I think people tend to see too much through the lens of competition. Legal counsel Mr Jerald Foo in my opinion, is in a league of his own. I am immensely grateful for his professional services and advice and he has always been fully committed to his work and his clients. I am confident he will make an excellent adviser for all your corporate matters.’

Key clients

Hyundai Corporation (Singapore) Pte Ltd

TA Private Capital Ltd (a BVI company)

TransAsia Private Capital Ltd (a Hong Kong company)

The Korea Development Bank

Kitchen Culture Holding Ltd

Patricia Pang Moh Yin

Work highlights

  • Acting for Hyundai Corporation (Singapore) Pte Ltd in its claim in the Singapore High Court for approximately US$9m against a metal trading company in Singapore, its directors in China and Singapore, and its parent company, a company listed on the Shenzhen Exchange, in an action for fraud and conspiracy to defraud.
  • Representing TA Private Capital Ltd (a BVI company) and TransAsia Private Capital Ltd (a Hong Kong company) in a dispute regarding monies due from a Singapore company pursuant to a loan facility agreement.
  • Advised The Korea Development Bank as the creditor of vessels in the complex liquidation and judicial management of Xihe Holdings Pte Ltd, their eight share purchase vehicles (Xihe Capital SPVs) and Ocean Tankers Pte Ltd.

Simmons & Simmons JWS

Simmons & Simmons JWS has built a formidable reputation in Singapore high-stakes litigation, especially cases involving financial institutions, asset management and investment funds, and commodities and trading firms. The Singapore team has acted for clients in a series of cases linked to high-profile restructurings, including representing a number of creditors in actions connected to the headline restructuring of Hin Leong Trading. The Singapore team has demonstrated its expertise in a series of cases involving allegations of fraud and breach of directors’ duties, as well as enforcement proceedings. It further expanded its small team at supervising associate and associate level in 2022 and 2023. Mohammed Reza heads the Singapore dispute resolution team and is a seasoned figure in commercial and banking disputes. Associate Darren Low provides support in high-value restructuring and enforcement matters.

Practice head(s):

Mohammed Reza

Other key lawyers:

Darren Low


‘Darren Low did a great job informing me on how to handle my situation and I felt like I had someone in my corner looking out for my best interests.’

‘Simmons & Simmons JWS fields a respected and heavy-hitting team with a track record of success. The disputes team led by Reza comprises extremely high quality professional lawyers who give complete confidence in their ability to manage the litigation.’

‘Mohammed Reza is calm, courteous, scrupulously fair and absolutely phenomenal. A star litigator who can be trusted to deliver the goods.’

Key clients

Alipay Merchant Services Pte Ltd

Alipay Singapore Holding Pte. Ltd

Teodros Ashenafi Tesemma

Silverhorn Investment Advisors (Singapore) Pte Ltd

MFS Technology (S) Pte Ltd

Katrina Group Ltd

ST Hospitality Pte Ltd

Marshall Wace LLP

XinFin Fintech Pte Ltd

Vopak Asia Pte Ltd and Vopak Terminal Singapore Pte Ltd

Qatar National Bank (Q.P.S.C.), Singapore Branch

Seabury Trade Capital SPC

Societe Generale, Singapore Branch

RCMA Asia Pte Ltd

Nicolas Rohrlach (CEO of Velocity, Virgin Australia Airlines Pty Ltd)

Moody’s Asia Pacific Limited

KPF Singapore Pte Ltd

Cosimo Borrelli and Benjamin John Crilly (Kroll Integrated Global Solutions, receivers appointed over Agritrade Power Holdings Pte Ltd)

De Nora Water Technologies

Capula Investment Management LLP


Epik Pte Ltd

UBS AG (Hong Kong and Singapore branches)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Societe Generale against the Lim family in the restructuring of Hin Leong Trading, with debts in excess of $3.8bn.
  • Acted for Qatar National Bank in the restructuring of Hin Leong Trading, with debts in excess of $3.6bn.
  • Acted for the CEO of Southwest Energy, Teodros Ashenafi Tesemma, in ongoing Singapore High Court proceedings brought by SW Trustees Private Ltd and its liquidator in a cross-border dispute.

Tan Kok Quan Partnership

Tan Kok Quan Partnership is part of the Singapore dispute resolution fabric, frequently appearing in the High Court, Court of Appeal and SICC. The Singapore firm is also noted for arbitration and mediation. It acted for Sengkang Town Council in three appeals arising out of a decision relating to claims brought by Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council against several current and former town councillors, as well as officers of the town councils. The firm represents a range of domestic corporates and financial institutions, along with a large number of high-net-worth individuals. Marina Chin SC, recently appointed senior counsel in 2022, is noted for cross-border disputes, including arbitrations and SICC cases. Eddee Ng and Paul Seah are also highly rated by the local market.

Practice head(s):

Marina Chin SC; Eddee Ng

Other key lawyers:

Paul Seah

Key clients

Sengkang Town Council

United Overseas Bank Ltd

Mr Lim Wee Li, the former chief executive officer and chairman of the Catalist-listed Kitchen Culture Holdings Ltd

Tan Rajah & Cheah

Tan Rajah & Cheah is a big player in the market thanks to the presence of the immensely experienced and highly-rated Chelva Retnam Rajah SC, who was appointed senior counsel back in 1998 and is ‘among the top choices for any serious white-collar crime matter‘. The firm continues to be appointed in significant cases including defending five former town councillors in a headline action brought by Aljunied-Hougang Town Council and Pasir-Ris Punggol Town Council. The wider team also has significant big-case experience including those before the Court of Appeal and the SICC. Megan Chia is also rated.

Practice head(s):

Chelva Retnam Rajah SC

Other key lawyers:

Megan Chia; Moiz Sithawalla



‘A well-regarded and diverse team with expertise across the board. An excellent reputation, client-friendly and results-focused.’

‘Extremely versatile legal team that adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to cases. They are responsive and detailed oriented. Anchored by the steady and quietly confident lead counsel Megan Chia.’

‘Chelva Rajah SC – one of the most well-regarded criminal defence practitioners and among the top choices for any serious white-collar crime matter. Megan Chia – well-versed in both commercial and criminal disputes.’

Key clients

Sylvia Lim Swee Lian, Low Thia Khiang, Pritam Singh, Chua Zhi Hon and Kenneth Foo Seck Guan

Innovative Corporation Ltd

1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB)

VTB Bank (Public Joint Stock Co) (VTB)

CSDS Aircraft Sales & Leasing INC

Mr Lee Ker Min

Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft

Faith Yang Hsao Feng

Virtus Law LLP

Virtus Law LLP has an established dispute resolution team with expertise across multiple disciplines, from commercial litigation to restructuring and insolvency disputes, employment cases and arbitration. Stemming from its increased focus on private wealth, the Singapore group has continued to build its practice in fraud, regulatory and investigations engagements. The group is also able to tap into the global resources and expertise of its Formal Law Alliance partner Stephenson Harwood LLP. Daryll Ng remains best known for shipping litigation, along with broader expertise in white-collar crime, restructuring and insolvency, and arbitration-related court proceedings. Terence Seah is another key figure for white-collar crime, including fraud and corporate investigations. Lauren Tang is rated for insolvency and restructuring cases. Kaili Ang and Christine Ong were elevated to the partnership in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Daryll Ng; Terence Seah; Lauren Tang

Other key lawyers:

Kaili Ang; Christine Ong


‘Practical, comprehensive, timely, generous and authoritative advice focused on preventing disputes, limiting potential claims by inadvertent actions/omissions on my part or pushing costly processes. The team helps not only navigate the legal points but also commercial realities not to mention alleviating stress.’

‘Daryll Ng and Christine Ong for their commerciality, humility, accessibility and comprehensive advice.’

Key clients


Prudential Assurance

BNP Paribas

9050558 Canada Ltd and Bridging Finance Inc.

Berge Bulk Shipping and other major creditors

Various clients in the cryptocurrency sector

Great Eastern Assurance

Guy Carpenter & Company Private Ltd

Mazars LLP

Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for the iflix group on securing one of the first pre-pack schemes under Singapore’s Insolvency, Restructuring and Dissolution Act (No. 40 of 2018) since it came into force on 30 July 2020.
  • Advised BNP Paribas in claims against a defaulting borrower and enforcement against security, co-ordinating a multi-jurisdictional effort which ultimately led to a successful and very substantial recovery.
  • Instructed by three major creditors of TPT Shipping, which involved deploying three teams (subject to strictly enforced information barriers) – two in Singapore and one in Hong Kong, with assistance from the London office in each case – to handle issues arising from the collapse of TPT Shipping in New Zealand.

Withers KhattarWong LLP

Withers KhattarWong LLP has dispute resolution at the heart of its Singapore practice, with Deborah Barker SC, a senior counsel since 2001, at the helm. The Singapore office has a major focus on private capital, resulting in a steady pipeline of commercial and personal disputes engagements. The team is also rated for employment, white-collar crime and tax cases. Moreover, it is building its standing in tech, crypto and blockchain-related disputes. Chenthil Kumarasingam is an experienced commercial litigation and arbitration specialist, with Shaun Leong providing further senior-level arbitration expertise. Ushan Premaratne departed the practice in September 2023 to join Meritus Law LLC.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Barker SC

Other key lawyers:

Chenthil Kumarasingam; Shaun Leong

Key clients

Dhruv Kapoor

Shantanu Prakash

American Greenfuels Rockwood (Tennessee) LLC

Tan Ho Sung @ Taufiq Tan


Arora Tinky Sanjit

Arora Sanjit Singh Awtar Singh

Virgilio Silveira

Steve Kim Yoonsoo

Yung Man Tung

Tung Kee Development (Singapore) Pte Ltd

NPE Print Communications Pte Ltd

Janesh Rajkumar

Work highlights

  • Acted for and advised American Greenfuels Rockwood (Tennessee) in respect of its claim brought against Aik Chuan Construction.