White-collar crime - Local firms in Singapore

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP has a longstanding white-collar crime practice, with the team advising local and international financial institutions, public listed companies and corporate clients, as well as representing private individuals prosecuted for white-collar crimes. The practice is jointly headed by Jason Chan, SC, who advises on regulatory and white-collar criminal cases, such as market misconduct, regulatory breaches, corporate fraud and corruption, and Aaron Lee, who has an active practice in matters involving fraud, insider trading, money-laundering, corruption, sanctions, securities, market misconduct, import/export and mutual legal assistance matters.

Other key lawyers:

Vincent Leow

Testimonials

‘The team is very proactive in following up with queries. They are able to work under pressure eg tight timelines. In addition to providing excellent advice on the legal aspects, they also provide practical solutions.’

‘Vincent Leow is sharp, intelligent, quick to grasp the various issues and yet very approachable. He is very understanding of the time pressure faced by us clients and is always able to work within the deadlines while at the same time providing excellent advice and practical solutions.’

‘Willing to work under extreme time pressure. Quick to respond. Does not bloat the team unnecessarily. Good understanding of client’s mission and end-goal. ’

‘Standout partner is Vincent Leow. He provides practical solutions which save the client money and time. This makes the firm very cost efficient.’

Work highlights

  • Represented Essilor Manufacturing (Thailand) Co Ltd v Idrisco Pte Ltd in a major transnational fraud case.
  • Defending a number of Singapore-based companies that were served with production orders made against them under Section 22(3) of the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act (Chapter 190A of Singapore).
  • Acting for a leading private education group in both criminal and civil actions pertaining to a fraud case against its senior employees.

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP’s white-collar crime portfolio spans an extensive spectrum of white-collar defence, fraud investigations and advisory work, with the team widely recognised for its expertise in advising corporations and individuals in complex, and often multijurisdictional matters. It also has extensive experience in advising clients in major cases involving securities fraud such as market manipulation and insider trading, cybercrime, as well as corruption-related offences and criminal breach of trust and cheating offences. Hamidul Haq has previously completed stints at the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the Commercial Affairs Department and is noted for his work in securities offences, business crimes, anti-money laundering, fraud and asset seizure litigation. Thong Chee Kun has extensive experience acting for clients in cases involving corporate and compliance breaches, corruption offences, and tax-related offences. 

Practice head(s):

Hamidul Haq; Thong Chee Kun

Other key lawyers:

Josephine Chee

Testimonials

‘This team has such a diversity that it can robustly analyse any problem and work with its clients to find the optimal solution.’

‘Chee Kun Thong and Josephine Chee are a dynamic due who work so well together. They each have a great network of contacts and ability to identify the real issues in a case.’

‘Chee Kun Thong: realistic views on Singapore police behaviour and way of operating. Strategic and well-balanced in his views, any contribution always very well considered. Josephine Chee: very diligent and hard-working, great attention to detail. Always very prompt in responses.’

‘The team is very engaged in the assignment and has pristine expertise on how the police view the case. They are very candid in their advice, i.e. advise in a constructive way if their view differs from our views. The team plays well together and combines junior and senior expertise in an efficient way.’

Key clients

Wirecard AG

Work highlights

  • Acting for Wirecard AG in an ongoing high-profile internal inquiry that has wide-ranging implications with its index shedding substantially in value since the fraud allegations.
  • Representing two Korean nationals in criminal proceedings in the State Courts of Singapore in relation to a high-profile investigation by the Singapore authorities into their alleged corruption of Henry Foo for the purposes of furthering Daewoo’s business interests with LTA.
  • Acting for a financial institution in an internal investigation into allegations of securities market manipulation involving various accounts maintained with a financial institution.

Drew & Napier LLC

Drew & Napier LLC‘s criminal law practice draws expertise from the firm’s banking, corporate, tax, disputes and IP group to handle a range of criminal matters for major corporations, listed companies and individuals. Wendell Wong co-heads the practice and regularly engages in regulatory and compliance advisory work including anti-fraud and anti-bribery investigations for multinational and listed companies. Mahesh Rai is also noted for his focus on investigations, and high-value and cross-border disputes, and Gary Low specialises in representing local and foreign banks in banking fraud and anti-money laundering cases.

Practice head(s):

Wendell Wong; Gary Low

Other key lawyers:

Mahesh Rai

Key clients

Kris Wiluan

Viking Engineering Pte Ltd

Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (“IL&FS”) group

Hin Leong Trading (Pte.) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Hin Leong’s judicial managers in the largest reported fraudulent trading case in Singapore, seeking recovery of over US$3.5 billion from the directors of the company.
  • Advising IIRF II Holdings Limited, a group company of the Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (“IL&FS”) group on the investigations which revealed that IIRF II’s nominees on the board of the Indian subsidiary were being excluded from key meetings and material information was being withheld from IIRF II.
  • Representing Indonesian tycoon, Kris Wiluan, who faces 112 charges of alleged false trading, market rigging of Singapore-listed KS Energy shares.

WongPartnership LLP

WongPartnership LLP has extensive experience in domestic and cross-border government-led and internal investigations. The team represents corporate and individual defendants, from fraud to market misconduct and insider trading to corruption and white-collar crime. Practice head Joy Tan regularly advises on corporate governance and financial services regulatory matters in relation to corporate fraud, anti-money laundering, and anti-bribery and corruption issues.

Practice head(s):

Joy Tan

Other key lawyers:

Chee Meng Tan; Melanie Ho; Jenny Tsin

Testimonials

‘The team I worked with had an ability to grasp difficult scientific concepts in a very short amount of time and synthesise the necessary rebuttals to allegations made in a concise and simple manner that allowed readers to understand the issues clearly and set aside the allegations.’

‘Jenny Tsin, the partner we worked with, was excellent in her ability to understand difficult concepts quickly.’

‘Jenny Tsin’s superior communication skills and effective listening allowed her to communicate with people at all levels throughout our firm. This was particularly important in communicating with our scientist and technical staff and getting the right scientific concepts across in a way that a lay-person could understand it.’

Key clients

Mr Wong Chee Meng, former General Manager of Ang Mo Kio Town Council

Capital Asia Group Pte. Ltd.

Capital Asia Group Oil Management Pte. Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acting in the criminal trial and appeal for Mr Wong Chee Meng, former General Manager of Ang Mo Kio Town Council in an alleged corruption case.
  • Acted for Capital Asia Group Pte. Ltd., Capital Asia Group Oil Management Pte. Ltd., and its director in an alleged fraud, misrepresentation, conspiracy, and breach of trust and fiduciary duties dispute.
  • Acting for Uber Singapore Technology Pte Ltd in the investigations by the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (“CCCS”) into the sale of Uber’s South East Asian business to Grab, Inc. in exchange for a minority stake in Grab, and in its appeal (“Appeal”) against the decision of the CCCS that the transaction with Grab Inc. is an infringement of the Competition Act of Singapore.

Harry Elias Partnership

The white-collar crime practice at Harry Elias Partnership is well placed to provide ‘an end-to-end solution for all white-collar crime matters, including advice on the prevention of fraud, internal investigations, as well as defence, response and remediation‘. It also has strong ties with lawyers from other jurisdictions, field investigators, forensic accountants and other professionals and collaborates seamlessly with these professionals. It acts on numerous fraud and financial crime-related matters for a wide range of clients including multinational corporations, financial institutions, listed companies and individuals. Managing partner Philip Fong heads the team and began his career at the Commercial Affairs Department.

Practice head(s):

Philip Fong

Other key lawyers:

Tan Weiyi; S Suressh

Testimonials

‘Listens and understands our organisation’s needs very well. Very flexible and responsive.’

‘Tan Weiyi stands out for her knowledge and experience in compliance-related matters.’

‘The white-collar crime practice at Harry Elias Partnership offers a comprehensive suite of services ranging from advice on corporate compliance, investigations, civil litigation and criminal defence. The practice is well suited to provide an “end-to-end” solution for all white-collar crime matters, including advice on the prevention of fraud, internal investigations, as well as defence, response and remediation.’

‘Managing partner Philip Fong has extensive experience and is extremely knowledgeable in white-collar criminal defence work, having represented many clients in high profile securities and corruption cases. He has an established reputation in this field and clients benefit from his wealth of experience.’

‘Tan Weiyi is extremely knowledgeable in the area of international investigations and corporate compliance. Weiyi takes a keen interest in the commercial aspects of her clients’ business and works closely with in-house counsel to develop compliance programmes and investigation plans that are fit-for-purpose. She is diligent, responsive and goes the extra mile to address clients’ business concerns. ’

‘S Suressh is highly experienced and could give practical advice in terms of executing investigations and communications to affected employees.’

Key clients

Chua Peng Jun

Edi

Work highlights

  • Represented a sales representative of a parallel car importer in a criminal breach of trust case.

Withers KhattarWong LLP

The white-collar crime practice at Withers KhattarWong LLP has extensive experience in conducting corporate investigations and advising on high profile white-collar matters. The team is particularly well known for representing senior executives who are embroiled in situations concerning investigations and criminal charges. practice head Shashi Nathan advises and defends institutions as well as individual clients on Singapore’s regulatory and compliance framework. Tania Chin sits on the Criminal Justice Chapter of the Professional Affairs Committee and represents clients in criminal law matters as the first chair in the High Court and state courts.

Practice head(s):

Shashi Nathan

Other key lawyers:

Tania Chin; Jeremy Pereira

Testimonials

‘Depth and breadth of experience. Cross working of expertise across forensic teams to gain an advantage. Diverse group of people.’

‘Shashi Nathan, senior associate Jeremy Pereira and Laura Yeo are affable and easy to approach. Useful and out-of-the-box ideas are given.’

Key clients

Tay Kim Hock (Former CEO in Keppel FELS Brasil investigation)

Liu Mei Ying (Business owner)

Noble Group

Joseph Chai (Former Director at Joerik Financial)

How Soo Feng (Former Director of The Gold Label)

Tan Chee Keong (Director of a marine logistics and transportations services firm)

Ace Lai (Managing Director of an IT company)

Then Feng (Former Counsel at a law firm)

Tjioe Chi Minh (Director of a company supplying raw materials)

Neo Soon Hock (Director of an engineering solutions company)

Work highlights

  • Acting for the former CEO of Keppel Fels Brasil in an ongoing criminal investigation being carried out in Brazil involving allegations of corruption between a state-controlled oil company, Petrobras, and construction firms.
  • Represented a former gold investment company director in an alleged fraud case.
  • Represented a former director at a raw material company in a series of cheating cases against the bank.