Mr Kia Jeng Koh > Dentons Rodyk > Singapore, Singapore > Lawyer Profile

Dentons Rodyk
80 RAFFLES PLACE
#33-00 UOB PLAZA 1
SINGAPORE 048624
Singapore

Work Department

Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Insurance, Sale of Goods, Joint Venture Disputes, Shareholders' Dispute, Employment, Building Construction, Insolvency, Economic Torts, Commercial Arbitration, General Contract Dispute

Position

Koh Kia Jeng is a senior partner in Dentons Rodyk’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution group.

Kia Jeng has experience in a wide range of civil and commercial cases, including insurance, sale of goods, joint venture disputes, shareholders’ disputes (including minority oppression cases and derivative actions), employment, building and construction, insolvency, the economic torts, commercial arbitration and general contract disputes.

Kia Jeng’s practice focuses on building and construction disputes as well as restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy (“RIB”) matters. 

In his building and construction practice, he has advised main-contractors, sub-contractors (including specialist trades such as piling and foundation, ground support and stabilization, drainage, ACMV, and structural steel), suppliers, owners and developers on building and construction issues and standard form contracts, and acted for them in their disputes, both in statutory adjudication, arbitration and in Court. Kia Jeng has experience in disputes arising from onshore and offshore EPC contracts, civil and infrastructure projects, mixed use developments, commercial developments and residential developments. He is also active in adjudication applications under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act, acting for both claimants and respondents. 

Kia Jeng was part of the Rodyk & Davidson LLP (now Dentons Rodyk) team who acted for the main contractor in the inquiry into the Nicoll Highway collapse.

In his RIB practice, he has advised and acted for creditors, debtors / borrowers and insolvency practitioners on all aspects of restructuring, recovery, enforcement, “claw back” provisions under the Companies Act, consensual workouts, schemes of arrangement, section 211B moratoriums, liquidations, receiverships and judicial management cases. 

Kia Jeng has also advised contractors when faced with a counterparty’s insolvency. He is particularly interested in cross-border issues in the insolvency context, as well as generally in commercial litigation and international arbitration. He has acted for clients in disputes involving cross-border insolvency issues, fraud, and cyber-fraud. Kia Jeng is very familiar with injunctive relief and Anton Piller (also known as search) orders. 

Kia Jeng is listed by Singapore Business Review as one of Singapore’s most promising legal luminaries aged 40 and under.

Career

Senior Partner – Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP (2004 – present)
Lee & Lee (2003 – 2004)

Languages

English, Mandarin

Memberships

Member, Law Awareness Committee under the Pro Bono Services Office, The Law Society of Singapore

Education

LLB (Hons), National University of Singapore, 2002

Lawyer Rankings

Singapore > Construction: Local firms

Dentons Rodyk has enhanced its regional presence with a notable increase in engagements from contractors on disputes in Indonesia and Malaysia. The firm also represents a number of developers in Singapore, thanks in part to the prominence of its highly-reputed real estate practice. Moreover, it is building its front-end work in Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos and other Southeast Asia jurisdictions. Kirindeep Singh  and Kia Jeng Koh  are dispute resolution partners with a significant focus on the construction industry. Paul Wong  is a seasoned practitioner with a strong track record in contentious and front-end construction matters in Singapore. Philip Jeyaretnam, SC  has become a judicial commissioner of the Supreme Court of Singapore.

Singapore > Restructuring and insolvency: local firms

Dentons Rodyk has worked hard to develop its regional and international credentials from Singapore, where it has a particularly strong record in insolvency proceedings and an impressive client portfolio of receivers, liquidators, debtors and creditors. The firm is also noted for debt and bond restructurings, acting for a range of debtors/issuers and creditors; this includes acting for Perpetual (Asia) Ltd, the trustee for the holders of the perpetual securities in the restructuring of Hyflux. Ajinderpal Singh and Kia Jeng Koh are co-heads of the restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy practice, which also includes senior names Siang Pheng Lek and Herman Jeremiah.