Dentons Rodyk & Davidson


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Telephone:+65 6225 2626

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Key contacts:

Dentons Global Vice-Chair and ASEAN CEO: Gerald SINGHAM
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Joint Deputy Managing Partner and Head of Dentons Rodyk’s Litigation Department : Siang Pheng LEK
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Senior Partner, Deputy Head of Dentons Rodyk’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department: Kia Jeng KOH
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Quick facts:

Number of lawyers: 200 lawyers firm wide; 76 lawyers from the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department
Number of partners: 95 partners
Languages: English, Japanese, Malay, Mandarin and various Chinese dialects, Tamil

Dentons Rodyk is one of Singapore's Big Five law firms, with a team of around 200 lawyers offering clients a full suite of legal services necessary to do business locally and globally. With over 160 years of establishment, consistently ranked highly in leading publications, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality advice to our clients while maintaining strong working relationships with key public sector agencies and leading organisations in the private sector.

Being part of Dentons globally, we embrace change and can help our clients grow, protect, operate and finance. This is why we are organized to offer more than legal insight; we help clients find solutions, in a seamless fashion, across the globe.

Dentons Rodyk’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice is a premier practice in Asia, being frequently involved in complex and high value cross-border disputes. Boasting a large and deep bench of lawyers, the team is in a unique position to resolve disputes across multiple jurisdictions.

The full service team is experienced in all areas of commercial disputes, across various disciplines and practice areas. Being one of the largest dispute resolution departments in Singapore, it is distinguished by being particularly strong in disputes involving commercial litigation, international arbitration, construction and infrastructure, employment, investigations and private client matters.

We distinguish ourselves from the competition by our wide reach via 5,900 lawyers and professionals in over 160 locations in more than 80 countries where Dentons is located. Our comprehensive geographical footprint allows us to form large cross-border disputes teams at short notice, or call on individuals for niche advice.

  • Civil litigation
  • Commercial and transactions
  • Commercial arbitration
  • Competition/antitrust
  • Corporate governance
  • Financial services regulatory: Contentious
  • Healthcare
  • Intellectual property
  • International arbitration
  • Labour and employment
  • Litigation
  • Mass Tort
  • Patent contentious
  • Personal injury
  • Plaintiff/claimant
  • Privacy and data protection
  • Product liability and recall
  • Professional liability
  • Professional malpractice
  • Tax
  • Trade and customs
  • Trademark contentious
  • Trusts and estates
  • White-collar crime
  • Construction
  • Infrastructure and engineering projects
  • Investigations
  • Litigation and dispute resolution, including alternative dispute resolution
  • Medical malpractice
  • Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy

Commercial Litigation
Senior Partner Mark Seah,
Senior Partner Paul Wong,

Senior Partner Kirindeep Singh,
Senior Partner Kia Jeng Koh,

Family and Matrimonial
Partner Suchitra Ragupathy,
Senior Partner Zhulkarnain Rahim,

Joint Deputy Managing Partner Edric Pan,
Senior Partner Christopher Chong,

Intellectual Property
Senior Partner Chai Chong Low,

International Arbitration
Senior Partner Lawrence Teh,
Senior Partner Herman Jeremiah,

International Trade
Senior Partner Rodney Keong,
Senior Partner Kirindeep Singh,
Partner Melissa Thng,

Labour and Employment
Joint Deputy Managing Partner Edric Pan,
Senior Partner Mark Seah,

Private Client / Trusts, Estates & Wealth Preservation
Chief Operating Officer and Senior Partner Kia Meng Loh,
Senior Partner Tien Wah Ling,

Professional Liability / Healthcare
Senior Partner Christopher Chong,
Senior Partner Vanessa Lim,

Real Estate Disputes
Senior Partner Tien Wah Ling,
Senior Partner Hui Min Ng,

Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy
Senior Partner Ajinderpal Singh,
Senior Partner Kia Jeng Koh,
Partner Debby Lim,

Senior Partner Lawrence Teh,
Senior Partner Jen Wei Loh,

White Collar Crime / Investigations
Senior Partner Ajinderpal Singh,
Chief Operating Officer and Senior Partner Kia Meng Loh,
Partner Navin Naidu,

Recent case highlights:

1. PNG Sustainable Development Program Limited (“PNGSDP”)

Dentons Rodyk successfully resisted the appeal before the Court of Appeal against the High Court (General Division)’s decision to strike out the Plaintiffs’ US$1.65 billion claim against PNGSDP. The Court of Appeal decision was reported as Ok Tedi Fly River Development Foundation Ltd and others v PNG Sustainable Development Program Ltd [2022] SGCA 76. The High Court case was reported Ok Tedi Fly River Development Foundation v Ok Tedi Mining Limited and others [2021] SGHC 205.
The win before both the Court of Appeal and High Court represented a resounding victory for the client given the notoriously high threshold to strike out claims, let alone a matter of this magnitude.
The litigation not only involved complex issues of equity and restitution, it also emerged against the backdrop of ESG/environmental degradation and the suite of contracts that the client had entered into with the various stakeholders when it was first incorporated. The case therefore has huge implications for the PNG public, particularly the affected communities, from the environmental standpoint.
Apart from its significant development to jurisprudence, the litigation thus has a tremendous impact given the role that PNGSDP plays in steering PNG’s journey toward sustainability. The far reaching impact of Dentons Rodyk’s success in this case therefore reverberates through PNG, benefitting the lives and livelihoods of millions, for generations to come.

2. UniCredit

We act for UniCredit Bank AG, Singapore branch, who extended a USD 85miliion secured lending trade finance facility to Hin Leong Trading (Pte) Ltd Singapore (“HLT”). HLT is now in liquidation and there are serious allegations of fraud and wrongdoings by the Lim family. The amounts said to be owed by HLT to several trade finance banks amount to some US$3.5 billion.
Given the scale of the losses, and web of dealings between HLT and its associated companies, this insolvency required deep expertise in several areas of law, including admiralty and maritime law, banking and security, documentary credits, and liquidation and restructuring. With a deep bench strength in all of these areas within the firm, we were able to call on our strong technical capabilities for this complex insolvency. Indeed, HLT’s insolvency has presented an opportunity to challenge what appears to be well-established legal principles, and for a relook and possible further refinement. This would possibly lead to innovation in the law.
The size of the matter mean that all hands were on deck, and this went beyond reliance on the lead partners. Also, given the cross border nature of our globalised world, and where evidence and expertise is located, we worked with our foreign offices, as well as other law firms, in a seamless and effective manner.

3. Jurong Primewide Pte Ltd, a Temasek-linked company

Successfully defended Jurong Primewide Pte Ltd (“JPW”), a Temasek-linked company, on several contractual issues and successfully reducing the period of culpable delay alleged by the employer. On appeal, JPW substantially succeeded before the Singapore Court of Appeal. Dentons Rodyk defended JPW on issues pertaining to quantum matters in the second tranche at both before the General Division of the High Court and the appeal to the Appellate Division, and successfully reduced the claim against JPW for loss of rental revenue from S$35m to S$4.1m.

4. Enemalta P.L.C.

Dentons Rodyk advised and represented Enemalta P.L.C., a very prestigious client because of its ultimate ownership by the state of Malta and its position as the leading energy provider and developer of the national electricity network in Malta. Enemalta owned a submarine cable by which electricity was supplied from Italy to Malta. The submarine cable is the longest high-voltage alternating current cable in the world. It was damaged by the vessel “Di Matteo” resulting in a nation-wide power outage in Malta.
This case was high-profile and high-value (for maritime claims). It was extremely complex and required very strong technical ability and innovation. It showcases the in-depth capability of the partners involved and how the application of deep strategy across three jurisdictions and novel steps taken in litigation resulted in success which would not otherwise have been available to the client.

5. Confidential client

Acting in the defence of the individual client who faces 105 charges for cheating, money laundering and fraudulent trading involving more than SGD1 billion. The case has been reported in the local and foreign media to be the biggest “alleged ponzi scheme” in Singapore’s history and many of the alleged victims are persons of standing, including well-known senior lawyers.

6. Confidential client

Acting in the defence of the client who is charged for corruption and money laundering in connection with the “Shell Bukom heist”. The case concerns big entities in the bunkering industry - Shell and Sentek Marine and Trading. The case has been reported in the local and foreign media as a “Shell Bukom heist” and has attracted media attention as bunkering is a strategic industry in Singapore. The value of the total amount of stolen gas oil was S$128 million. Charges allege that some of the total gas oil stolen from Shell was transferred to Sentek Marine and Trading, with several individuals from Sentek involved in these operations.

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  • Oil and gas
  • Pharm and life sciences
  • Real estate
  • Shipping
  • Tech and telecoms
  • Tourism
  • Transport
  • Utilities
  • Engineering
  • Infrastructure

Dentons’ global presence: Over 200 locations in more than 80 countries