TKQP Sweeps Three Awards at the Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2017

We are delighted to announce that our firm’s sterling Disputes practice has clinched the “Disputes Boutique of the Year” and the “Matters of the Year” awards from Asialaw, amid keen competition from law firms across 14 jurisdictions in the region. In addition, Senior Partner Paul Seah beat six other disputes lawyers (including two Senior Counsel) in the region to win the “Disputes Star of the Year” award.

The awards ceremony took place at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong on 28 September.

Please refer to the press release for further details.

TKQP Scores Victory in Minority Oppression Case

TKQP has secured a favourable judgment in a minority oppression case which involved Mdm Kwik Poh Leng, the matriarch of the Thio family.

The Thio family members own a very successful dairy products business in Singapore through their company, Malaysia Dairy Industries Pte Ltd, which produces well-known products such as Vitagen, Marigold, HL Milk, Peel Fresh, Cowbell, Lady General, King of Kings and Double Happiness.

Three members of the Thio family commenced an action against their mother, Mdm Kwik, and two other siblings for acts that were allegedly oppressive and prejudicial to their interests as shareholders of certain companies owned by the Thio family. The plaintiffs sought a buyout from the defendants, or alternatively that the companies in question be wound up.

Following a 16-day trial, we succeeded in having the claims against our client dismissed.

The team is led by Senior Partner, Paul Seah with support from:

  • Of Counsel, Keith Tnee;
  • Senior Associate, Alcina Lynn Chew; and
  • Associate, Rachel Chin.

TKQP shortlisted for two awards by Asialaw

TKQP’s sterling Disputes practice has earned nominations for the Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2017.

The firm has been nominated for the Disputes Boutique of the Year award. In addition, Senior Partner, Paul Seah, has earned a nomination for the Disputes Star of the Year award.

In selecting the shortlist across 14 jurisdictions, Asialaw undertook detailed research from a variety of sources and consulted private practice lawyers, in-house counsel and barristers.

The award dinner will take place at The Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong on 28 September.

TKQP Scores Significant Results in the United Overseas Bank Ltd v Lippo Marina Collection Pte Ltd and Others Case

TKQP continues to score significant results in the ongoing United Overseas Bank Ltd v Lippo Marina Collection Pte Ltd and others case.

We are acting for United Overseas Bank Ltd (UOB) in its claims for fraud and conspiracy against, amongst others, Lippo Marina Collection Pte Ltd (Lippo Marina), a property development company within the well-known Lippo Group, relating to UOB’s grant of mortgage loans amounting to an aggregate sum of S$181 million for the purchase of luxury condominium units at The Marina Collection at Sentosa Cove developed by Lippo Marina.

We had previously succeeded in an interlocutory application for summary determination on a complex area of law pertaining to whether a plaintiff (the victim of fraud) is attributed with the knowledge or actions of a fraudulent employee so as to preclude it from suing other persons on the basis of misrepresentation and deceit involving that employee. The High Court’s decision is reported at United Overseas Bank Ltd v Lippo Marina Collection Pte Ltd and others [2016] 2 SLR 597.

Since then, we have successfully argued against Lippo Marina’s appeal for specific discovery of an affidavit affirmed by a co-defendant pursuant to a settlement with UOB. In this application, several novel issues arose including litigation privilege in the context of a multi-party litigation. The High Court’s decision is reported at United Overseas Bank Ltd v Lippo Marina Collection Pte Ltd [2017] SGHC 140, and is a landmark ruling on the applicability of litigation privilege to documents which are shared with one adversary pursuant to a settlement with that party, even though the litigation remains live against some other party. The decision is an important development in the law on privilege and will have an important bearing on trial preparation and strategy in the context of a multi-party litigation.

The team was led by Joint Managing Partner, Eddee Ng, with support from Senior Associate, Alcina Lynn Chew and Associate, Sherlene Goh.

TKQP Bolsters its Infrastructure and Projects Practice

We are delighted to announce that Mr Lawrence Low has joined TKQP as an Of Counsel.

Having been based in Singapore for more than 10 years, Lawrence has handled a number of landmark and award-winning financing transactions in Asia and the Middle East. Lawrence’s expertise, international best practice knowledge and in-depth knowledge of the local markets, will add depth to our Infrastructure and Projects practice.

Please refer to the press release for further details.

International Association of Defense Counsels – Asian Regional Meeting Reception

Over 60 guests gathered at TKQP’s new office in the iconic Guoco Tower for an evening of networking on 25 May. Conversations flowed freely over wine and canapés. New friendships were formed and old ones renewed.

We also had the honour of having Mr Ng How Yue grace our event with his presence. Mr Ng is the Permanent Secretary of the Singapore Ministry of Law, Second Permanent Secretary of the Singapore Ministry of Health and Chairman of the Energy Market Authority.

Photos of this cocktail reception can be viewed here.

TKQP shortlisted for four awards by Asian Legal Business

TKQP’s Disputes practice has earned nominations for the Asian Legal Business SE Asia Law Awards 2017 amid competition from law firms across South East Asia and India.

The following partners have been nominated:

  • Eddee Ng – Singapore Managing Partner of the Year
  • Marina Chin – Woman Lawyer of the Year
  • Paul Seah – Young Lawyer of the Year.

The firm has also earned a nomination for Singapore Litigation Law Firm of the Year.

An independent judging panel comprising at least 30 senior and expert industry leaders from numerous sectors will select the winners for the various award categories. Winners will be announced at The St. Regis Singapore on 18 May 2017.

We take this opportunity to thank all our clients for their support and confidence in the firm.

TKQP secures favourable judgment in multi-million dollar case

TKQP has obtained a favourable judgment in an appeal before the High Court in a long-running intellectual property dispute that spans more than a decade.

Representing one of Singapore’s largest banks – United Overseas Bank Ltd (UOB), joint managing partner Eddee Ng successfully argued for UOB’s liability to be limited to the interim award which UOB had already paid to the plaintiff, Main-Line Corporate Holdings.

The patent in question is the Dynamic Currency Conversion for Card Payment Systems, a currency conversion system which automatically detects the country of issue of a credit card, charge card or debit card. It then converts the transaction value from the currency of the country where the point of sale system is located to the currency of the credit card’s country of issue and presents both values to the cardholder for selection. UOB’s purchase of a similar system from the second defendant, First Currency Choice in 2001 marked the commencement of a series of law suits that span nearly 12 years.

Keith Tnee recognised by Singapore Business Review as one of Singapore’s “70 most influential lawyers aged 40 and under”

Of Counsel, Keith Tnee has been recognised by Singapore Business Review as one of Singapore’s “70 most influential lawyers aged 40 and under”. This annual listing profiles young lawyers in Singapore who have shaped the Singapore legal industry. Lawyers were chosen based on thought leadership, influence, and success. Read more

In an effort to showcase and recognise young talented lawyers, Singapore Business Review does not rank a lawyer more than once. TKQP’s lawyers have been ranked in this list for three consecutive years. Senior Partner, Paul Seah was named in the inaugural 2014 ranking and Of Counsel, Calvin Liang was ranked in 2015.

TKQP obtains favourable judgment in groundbreaking case

TKQP has achieved a resounding win in a complex case where there was a dispute on whether the fire broke out in the plaintiff’s or the defendant’s property, and the cause of the fire was unknown.

In presenting the case for the plaintiff, we sought to invoke the principle of res ipsa loquitur to establish a prima facie case against the defendant. The High Court on its own accord also presented a slew of cases in which the principle of res ipsa loquitur was not applied and asked to be addressed on the cases. We successfully distinguished these cases, and thereby convincing the High Court judge to invoke the principle of res ipsa loquitur.

Following a nine-day trial in which many witnesses including fire experts and personnel from the Singapore Civil Defence Force were cross-examined, we obtained a favourable judgment for 100% of the quantum claimed by the plaintiff.

The team is led by joint managing partner Marina Chin, with support from senior associate Alcina Lynn Chew, and associate Leonard Loh.