About

THE FIRM

TAN KOK QUAN PARTNERSHIP is a full service law firm providing legal services across a broad spectrum of industry sectors. Our firm’s principal founder and first managing partner was Tan Kok Quan, Senior Counsel, a well-respected litigator who was among the first batch of lawyers to be appointed senior counsel in Singapore. From 2007 to early 2015, our firm was helmed by Kannan Ramesh, Senior Counsel, the first senior counsel to be groomed from within our firm and under whose stewardship, our firm grew to more than 35 lawyers, becoming one of the leading legal practices in Singapore. Today, our firm is jointly led by Marina Chin and Eddee Ng, and continues to have a reputation for top-quality legal services, frequently garnering plaudits from clients and independent leading legal publications such as Asian Legal Business, Euromoney and Chambers Asia-Pacific. We recognise the importance of our legal advice integrating with our clients’ larger commercial picture. We are passionate about our work and actively look for ways to build upon the success of our clients and our firm. We are also well aware of our corporate social responsibility role. We are strongly committed to giving back to the society and making a difference. Our lawyers regularly handle pro bono matters under the various legal assistance initiatives led by the Singapore Law Society, such as the Community Legal Clinic and the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme.

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  • The Team

  • PARTNERS 
    & CONSULTANTS
  • PARTNERS & CONSULTANTS

    • Chin, Marina
    • Fernandez, Christopher
    • Lee, Amy
    • Ng, Eddee
    • Parmar, Karam Singh
    • Rajoo, Angeline
    • Ramasamy, Narayanan
    • Seah, Paul
    • Tan, Su Ean
    • Teo, Weng Kie
    • Tng, Peck Chin
    • V. Kanyakumari
  • OF COUNSELS,   SENIOR ASSOCIATES 
    & FOREIGN LAWYERS
  • OF COUNSELS, SENIOR ASSOCIATES & FOREIGN LAWYERS

    • Chew, Alcina Lynn
    • Imran Rahim
    • Kang, Geraint
    • Leu, Tina
    • Liang, Calvin
    • Loh, Ling Wei
    • Low, Eugene
    • Low, Lawrence
    • Lum, Hui Yun
    • Muslim Albakri
    • Shahira Binte Mohd Anuar
    • Tnee, Keith
    • Wong, Nan Shee
  • ASSOCIATES
  • ASSOCIATES

    • Chan, Yi Zhang
    • Cheong, Daniel
    • Chin, Rachel
    • Goh, Sherlene
    • Lee, Amanda
    • Loh, Leonard
    • Teh, Stephanie
    • Teo, Kristy
    • Yong, Javier

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Services

DISPUTES

INFRASTRUCTURE AND PROJECTS

RESTRUCTURING AND INSOLVENCY

INSURANCE

REAL ESTATE

NEWS & EVENTS

19 July 2017

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.

13 July 2017

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.

21 June 2017

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.

20 June 2017

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.

30 May 2017

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.

18 April 2017

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.

6 January 2017

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.

Careers

At Tan Kok Quan Partnership, we pride ourselves at being a great place to work. We are always on the lookout for driven and self-motivated individuals who are good team players.  If you think you might be a good fit, get in touch with us!

Practice trainees
Our key areas of practice are Disputes, Infrastructure and Projects, Restructuring and Insolvency, Insurance, Real Estate and Corporate.

The emphasis of our practice training contract programme is to train our practice trainees to become competent lawyers with great depth of experience in the shortest time.

We recognise that each individual is different, and we nurture each trainee accordingly so that they can realise their own potential. In training our practice trainees, we aim to give them as much hands-on experience as possible. All our trainees will be assigned one or more supervising solicitors to guide them through their practice training. They also work directly with the senior partners, giving them the opportunity to learn from some of the very best legal minds in various fields.

Our firm culture
No one is overlooked in our firm. Trainees will have a chance to interact with all the lawyers in the firm both professionally and socially. Whilst we expect our lawyers to give the best of their time and effort in their work, we also recognise that they need to have a good quality of life and develop pursuits outside the law. We also have a very collegiate environment here, and our associates are a wonderful bunch of people.

If you are a dynamic and motivated individual with good academic results and would like a challenging and exciting career with one of the leading law practices in Singapore, contact us.

Lawyers/secretarial and support staff
Please contact us for current vacancies.

Contact
Please send your curriculum vitae to:

The Recruitment Partner
Tan Kok Quan Partnership
1 Wallich Street #07-02
Guoco Tower
Singapore 078881
Email: recruit@tkqp.com.sg

TAN KOK QUAN PARTNERSHIP

Advocates & Solicitors

Notaries Public

Commissioners For Oaths

Address
1 Wallich Street
#07-02 Guoco Tower
Singapore 078881
Telephone

+65 6225 9333

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+65 6225 0111 [Main]

+65 6324 5525 [Disputes/Restructuring and Insolvency]

+65 6227 6116 [Insurance]

+65 6324 9352 [Real Estate]

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DISPUTES

Marina Chin, Joint Managing Partner

+65 6496 9510


Eddee Ng, Joint Managing Partner

+65 6496 9540

RESTRUCTURING AND INSOLVENCY

Eddee Ng, Joint Managing Partner

+65 6496 9540


Paul Seah , Senior Partner

+65 6496 9512

INFRASTRUCTURE AND PROJECTS

Eddee Ng, Joint Managing Partner

+65 6496 9540


Karam Singh Parmar, Senior Partner

+65 6496 9541

INSURANCE

Teo Weng Kie, Senior Partner

+65 6496 9527


Christopher Fernandez, Senior Partner

+65 6496 9519

REAL ESTATE

Tan Su Ean, Partner

+65 6496 9531