TKQP is proud to be one of the learning partners of LIFTED, a professional and development initiative spearheaded by the Singapore Academy of Law.
Following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on 11 January, TKQP and the Singapore Academy of Law will jointly develop a series of co-branded professional development and continuing education programmes over the next three years. This collaboration initiative enables TKQP to play a pivotal role in facilitating the sharing of expertise more widely within the legal industry and the nurturing of the next generation of lawyers. It also dovetails with what we believe in – People are at the centre of who we are.
For more information on the LIFTED programme, please visit https://www.sal.org.sg/Resources-Tools/Legal-Education/LIFTED/Tools.
A recent Asian Development Bank report indicates that Asia needs to invest US$26 trillion from 2016 to 2030 if the region is to maintain its growth momentum. Given the pressing need to accelerate the pace of energy and infrastructure upgrading and developments in this part of the world, Singapore is
positioning itself as the Infrastructure Hub for Asia.
This three-day practical “hands-on” workshop will take participants through the main legal considerations in structuring project finance transactions. Participants will gain an understanding of the real-life considerations and tensions that underlie key provisions of a typical Concession Agreement, and related Project and Financing Documents. Participants will learn how to structure and negotiate documents that anticipate and deal with potential issues. The focus will be on project finance practice as it happens in Asia. Participants will also get to interact with a panel of experienced market players active in the region. Participants will be expected to participate actively in role-play exercises that illustrate the evolving dynamics of a typical transaction.
Participants may obtain up to 15 public CPD points for this workshop. For more details or registration, please click here Project Finance Academy.
We are delighted to announce that Ms Li Li Choo has joined TKQP as a Consultant in our Corporate and Commercial practice to diversify our offerings.
Li Li commenced practice in a leading law firm specializing in loan financing transactions in domestic and cross border transactions. She also advises investors on the establishment of joint ventures and strategic alliances, sale and purchase of shares and assets, and the restructuring of companies and businesses. Li Li’s practice further includes advising clients on branding and management agreements, licence and franchise agreements and distribution agreements.
Prior to joining TKQP, Li Li was part of the legal team advising a consortium of Singapore companies on the establishment of an industrial park in China. Li Li has also spent a year working in a Tokyo law firm, advising Japanese clients on their overseas investments in Europe.
Proud to be the exclusive Singapore firm contributor to the 2nd edition of The Legal 500’s Restructuring & Insolvency Country Comparative Guide! Check out for Singapore’s restructuring and insolvency laws and regulations.
TKQP’s award-winning Disputes practice has been shortlisted for the Asian Legal Business SE Asia Law Awards 2018’s Dispute Resolution Boutique Law Firm of the Year and Singapore Litigation Law Firm of the Year awards.
The Asian Legal Business SE Asia Law Awards recognize and celebrate the outstanding contributions of law firms and in-house counsel to the legal landscape in South East Asia. An independent judging panel comprising at least 30 reputable members from numerous sectors will select the winners for the various award categories.
We take this opportunity to thank all our clients for their support and confidence in our firm.
Of Counsel, Alcina Lynn Chew has been recognised by Singapore Business Review as one of Singapore’s “20 most influential lawyers aged 40 and under 2017”. 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 four consecutive years.
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.
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 is pleased to announce that the firm has been listed in “Best Boutiques 2017” by Asian Legal Business. This inaugural list profiles law firms across Asia that are gamechangers in their chosen specialism.
We take this opportunity to thank our clients for their continued support.
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’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 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  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  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.
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.
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’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 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.
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 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.
TKQP’s Joint Managing Partner, Marina Chin, has garnered the Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2016 – Best in Dispute Resolution award. The award was announced on 9 November in Hong Kong.
In selecting a winner from 9 shortlisted female lawyers in the dispute resolution field, the judges noted Marina’s excellence in the provision of leadership, technical legal knowledge, professional accomplishments as well as advocacy and influence over the past 12 months.
Entering into its 6th year, the Asia Women in Business Law Awards celebrate the achievements of women in the legal profession who have successfully become influential and leading professionals in their chosen fields. In selecting the shortlist and winners, Euromoney Legal Media Group consulted lawyers and other professionals across Asia instead of relying solely on league tables.
TKQP hosted a successful mediation seminar in conjunction with the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC) on Friday 30 September.
In addition to receiving information on the benefits of mediation, delegates also gained valuable insights on how to reduce legal costs and maintain business continuity using mediation which can help preserve commercial relationships and resolve thorny problems for which compensation is not a complete answer.
The speakers were Karam S Parmar (Senior Partner, TKQP), Eddee Ng (Joint Managing Partner and Co-Head of Disputes, TKQP) and Loong Seng Onn (Executive Director, SMC).