TKQP Announces Promotions

TKQP is delighted to announce the promotions of one Partner, one Of Counsel and six Senior Associates, effective 1 January 2018.

The following is a list of the newly promoted lawyers:

  • Keith Tnee, Partner, Disputes
  • Alcina Chew, Of Counsel, Disputes
  • Chan Yi Zhang, Senior Associate, Disputes
  • Rachel Chin, Senior Associate, Disputes
  • Leonard Loh, Senior Associate, Disputes
  • Kristy Teo, Senior Associate, Disputes
  • Daniel Cheong, Senior Associate, Insurance
  • Javier Yong, Senior Associate, Insurance.

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.