Shook Lin & Bok (Singapore)



Dispute resolution

Shook Lin & Bok is known for its work in complex, high-profile insolvency matters, commercial disputes, construction disputes and alternative dispute resolution. The firm is also active in fields such as banking, shipping, real estate and oil and gas. It is particularly recognised for its niche expertise in banking and financial disputes, including advising on financial product claims, restitutionary claims, security enforcement and regulatory investigation.

David Chan and senior counsel Sarjit Singh Gill are key contacts in the firm’s disputes team and were the lead partners on a number of the highlighted cases during the research period. Other key names of the 11 partner-strong group include Yeow Khoon Ng, Probin Dass and Joseph Tay.

In commercial disputes, the firm is acting for HSBC against the ex-directors and ex-employees of Hin Leong Trading in claims of fraudulent misrepresentation, conspiracy by unlawful means, procurement of breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation. It has also been instructed by the Independent Panel of the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council in an action filed on behalf of the town council against its current members and elected members of parliament over alleged improper payments

In international arbitration, the team is representing the Singapore arm of a prominent Chinese company in respect of a dispute arising from a global master repurchase agreement made with a major Russian bank. It is also acting for a domestic Singaporean bank in an arbitration claim against credit insurers. Involving complex cross-border elements, the firm is assisting a South Korean commodities trading firm against two Bangladeshi commodities trading firms in an arbitration in relation to the non-delivery of cargo.

In insolvency, the team is counselling the interim judicial managers of three entities in the Envy group of companies. This is the first investment fraud in Singapore's history to hit the billion-dollar mark.

Other case highlights include: acting for Dathena Science in its claim against JustCo Singapore in connection with a dispute over the continued validity of the lease of office premises; representing the Teekay Group of companies against IM Skaugen SE and its Singapore subsidiary in respect of unpaid hire and damages for repudiation of charterparties of vessels; and working for a large foreign fund manager in relation to alleged wrongful dismissal, defamation, violation of data protection obligations and harassment.

Recent clients include CT Art Creation, Funvest Global, Standard Chartered Bank, Taytonn and V Ships Asia.