Experience

Litigation 

  • Advised the majority directors (and shareholders) of a foreign-branded convenience store chain (market leader in the PRC) in resisting an application for the appointment of inspectors to examine the Company’s affairs brought by the minority directors (and shareholders)
  • Advised the owners of a leading Hong Kong F&B conglomerate in disputes brought by their commercial partners in the PRC
  • Defended a Chinese meal delivery service provider, backed by a Chinese tech giant, in a valuation dispute brought by dissenting shareholders following a competitor’s buyout
  • Advised Asian tycoons in relation to a shareholding dispute brought by an estranged family member under the BVI just and equitable winding up regime
  • Advised a private equity fund in a limited partnership agreement dispute with one of its former limited partner
  • Advised the Hong Kong branch of a Chinese bank on asset tracing and enforcement proceedings in various jurisdictions against a defaulting co-guarantor whose parent company had filed for Chapter 11 protection in the US
  • Advised a company in a claim against a global bank in relation to a breach of the mortgagee’s duties under a bridging loan facility. Reported judgment: Beckkett vs Deutsche Bank [2007] SGHC 153
  • Successfully defended an application for summary judgment brought by a media and investors’ relations consultancy against a Hong Kong listed Chinese conglomerate (a leader in the education sector) relating to the grant of stock options

Arbitration

  • Advised a Fortune Global 500 Chinese electrical appliance manufacturer, listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, in an arbitration against a Swedish multinational home appliance manufacturer
  • Advised, as co-ordinating counsel, a Shenzhen headquartered Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment and systems company in a claim against an Uzbekistan company following the supply of telecommunication equipment in Tashkent
  • Sat as a co-arbitrator in disputes between shareholders pertaining to the sale of medicinal products in the PRC

Offshore and Private Wealth

  • Advised a trust set up by a Chinese restaurateur in relation to disputes with a European private equity group
  • Advised UHNWIs in Hong Kong and PRC regarding the setting up of family offices and governance
  • Advised UHNWIs in contentious trusts and probate disputes

Shipping

  • Successfully represented a Chinese brokerage before the Hong Kong High Court, in a claim for unpaid commission against the Hong Kong branch of a Chinese state-owned enterprise following the sale of various vessels. Reported judgment: Better Marine International Ltd v Zhong Shan Co Ltd [2016] HKCFI 2008; the decision was affirmed by the Court of Appeal in [2020] HKCA 145
  • Successfully advised a Chinese state-owned enterprise (qua charterer) on claims brought by Greek shipowners following the early redelivery of various vessels during the Global Financial Crisis (2009) in LMAA London arbitral proceedings
  • Regularly advised Chinese owners and charterers on various issues pertaining to FD&D, P&I, CLH risks, grounding, collision, oil pollution and casualty response in Hong Kong, English Courts and LMAA arbitral proceedings
  • Sought injunctive relief from the Singaporean courts in aid of a foreign seated arbitration. Reported judgment: The “Capaz Duckling” [2007] 1 SLR 629
Qualified
  • Solicitor, Hong Kong
  • Solicitor, England & Wales
  • Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore
  • Solicitor, British Virgin Islands
  • Solicitor, Ireland
Appointments / Memberships

Professional qualifications

Public Service appointments 

Arbitral institutions (in chronological order of appointment)

Education
  • National University of Singapore, Bachelor of Laws (2005)
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