Shashi Nathan

Partner, Withers KhattarWong* | Singapore

Withers KhattarWong LLP is a Singapore law practice, affiliated with Withers LLP.

Shashi is Partner heading the criminal litigation practice in Withers KhattarWong.

He is a leading practitioner in the Singapore Criminal Bar where he often conducts high profile cases in both the trial and appellate courts. His cases involve offences of murder, drug trafficking, and kidnapping. Shashi is listed as a lead counsel under the Supreme Court’s list of Assigned Counsel for Capital Cases and he has defended numerous clients charged for capital offences. He is one of the most sought after Defence lawyers in Singapore.

His white collar work includes advising and defending institutions as well as individual clients on Singapore’s regulatory and compliance framework. Shashi is, in particular, familiar with the Securities and Futures Act and the Prevention of Corruption Act. He regularly advises clients on areas including fraud, corruption, insider trading, market manipulation, tax fraud, as well as a wide spectrum of legislation dealing with corporate malfeasance.

Shashi is cited in Who’s Who Legal as one of Singapore’s leading business crime lawyers, most recently in Who’s Who Legal: Business Crime Defence 2020. He has been consistently nominated by in-house counsel and industry peers as one of the world’s leading White Collar Crime practitioners in the Expert Guides since 2016. In 2020, Shashi was listed by Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific as a ‘Litigation Star’ for White Collar Crime.

Shashi is actively involved with the work of the Singapore Academy of Law, where he is regularly invited as a panelist and speaker for legal conferences. He is presently the chairperson of the Criminal Justice Chapter of the Professional Affairs Committee. Shashi is also the immediate past chair of the Criminal Practice Committee of the Law Society. He also occasionally guest lectures at the Faculties of Law of both the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Management University.

Shashi is presently the Regional Division Leader for Dispute Resolution (Asia Pacific). In this role, he manages the Dispute Resolution practice and works with other partners and lawyers in developing this area for the firm.

Secretary Juliana Mohd Ezran


Shashi Nathan heads the criminal practice group at the firm and is a founding member of the association of criminal lawyers in Singapore (ACLS). His white-collar practice has seen him working on the defence or investigating cases involving the whole spectrum of business crime offences. Nathan is currently doing a great deal of work regarding the Securities and Futures Act.

Who’s Who Legal Singapore 2007 - Business Crime Defence

Nominated by in-house counsel and industry peers as one of the world’s leading White Collar Crime practitioners.

Expert Guides 2016

Track record





Investigations & Regulatory Compliance

Advising white collar clients on possible breaches and offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act, Security and Futures Acts, Corruption, Drug Trafficking and other Serious Crimes Act, Penal Code and various other legislations.

Acted for the fund managers of a hedge fund which transacted approximately S$500 million worth of investments between their hedge funds, BSI bank and 1MDB.

Singapore, 1993

‘Common Criminal Offences, 2010’, You & The Law IV 2010

‘Ethics in the Criminal Court’, Inter Se 2010

Manipulating the Stock Market (Published 18 March 2016 on Euromoney’s Expert Guides)

Singapore Academy of Law – Chairman of the Criminal Justice Chapter of the Professional Affairs Committee

Law Society of Singapore – Immediate Past Chair and Present Consultant of the Criminal Practice Committee

ASEAN Law Association

Criminal Law Advocacy Workshops for the Singapore Academy of Law

Criminal Law Conference 2019, Singapore

‘Legal Harmonization/Cooperation in Criminal Matters’, ASEAN 2014, Bangkok



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