15 September 2016 - Article
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.
Advised broking houses and acted for two brokers implicated in an alleged market manipulation scheme involving LionGold Corporation, Blumont Group and Asiasons Capital.
Acted for the Casino Regulatory Authority on a matter involving a casino operator’s regulatory duties to prevent the commission of certain offences within the casino, and advised on the imposition of financial penalties and sanctions.
Acted for the Energy Market Authority in investigating a gas supply disruption incident which led to major power outages in various parts of Singapore, and advised on the imposition of financial penalties and sanctions.
Conducted investigations into the suspected embezzlement of US$13 million from the Hong Kong companies of one of our private clients.
Acted for a multi-national company in investigating its employees who were suspected to be involved in kick-back arrangements with their contractors. The investigations were successful and the company was able to recoup the losses from the errant employee.
White Collar Crime
Pittis Stavros v PP: Acted for an accused person charged with Criminal Breach of Trust as a servant for having misappropriated approximately US$125,000 of marine fuel oil. On appeal, the charge was successfully reduced to CBT simpliciter.
Tjong Mark Edward v PP: Acted for a former director of Singapore Technologies in a corruption trial (2 charges under Section 6(a) of the Prevention of Corruption Act), and his subsequent appeal against conviction and sentence.
Ajith Murali v PP: Acted for an accused person in his appeal against a conviction of cheating under Section 420 of the Penal Code.
PP v Sengmanivong Soum: Acted for an accused person who claimed trial to charges under Section 172A of the Casino Control Act for participating in a scheme to cheat Marina Bay Sands with 13 others.
Acted for a managing director of a Singapore-based petroleum supplier on charges of corruption.
Presently acting for a multi-national marine conglomerate and its former director in cross-border investigations involving corruption.
Acting for a large multinational commodities trading company and its founder in ongoing investigations with the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
Acting for prominent individuals and corporations investigated and charged for offences of corruption by the Corrupt Practices and Investigation Bureau in Singapore.
Acting for individuals and corporations investigated and charged for offences by the Monetary Authority of Singapore and Commercial Affairs Department.
Acting for individuals investigated and charged for false declarations under the Residential Property Act.
Acting for interested parties in fraudulent probate matters.
Advising and acting for individuals and corporations investigated on matters relating to tax evasion by the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore.
Acting for prominent individuals investigated and charged for offences relating to the casino and gaming legislation.
PP v Iskandar Bin Rahmat: Acted for an off-duty police officer in a high profile double murder (The “Kovan” murders).
PP v Khong Tam Thanh: Acted for the accused person who claimed trial to a rape charge. The charge was successfully negotiated down to aggravated molestation just prior to the commencement of trial.
PP v Kow Lee Ting Serena: Acted for an accused person facing 2 capital charges for drug trafficking. Both capital charges were successfully discharged after representations and negotiations with the Attorney-General’s Chambers.
Acting for a client who is on the autism spectrum and also suffers from Asperger’s syndrome in a sentencing hearing in the High Court of Singapore for a sexual offence.
Presently acting for an individual facing multiple charges under the Organised Crime Act and the Remote Gambling Act for being involved in an alleged international gambling syndicate.
Acting for a high profile case involving an individual who is alleged to have been involved in sexual offences.
Acting for individuals charged under the unprecedented COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020.
Acting for 2 doctors in 2 separate cases involving allegations of sexual assault of their patients.
Engaged by the Philippines Government to act for a Filipino national facing a capital offence of drug trafficking. The charge was eventually reduced to a non-capital charge.
Expedited Protection Orders – Acted for a Swedish National and successfully obtained Protection Orders against 6 other individuals to restrain them from publishing defamatory information about our client, and to take down a number of posts from the internet.
Presently acting for the Law Society against a solicitor of 22 years’ standing before the Disciplinary Tribunal.
Defended a senior practitioner of 30 years’ standing for allegations of overcharging his client.
Defended a young practitioner in disciplinary proceedings where she was accused of deceiving an Assistant Registrar of the High Court.
Law Society v Pascal Baylon Netto: Acted for the Law Society in the Disciplinary Tribunal proceedings, as well as in proceedings before the Court of Three Judges. The errant lawyer was found guilty of dishonesty and struck off the rolls.
‘The Legal 500 Comparative Guide on White Collar Crime, 2021 – Singapore Chapter’, Legal 500 Comparative Guides 2021
‘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)
Anti-Money Laundering in Singapore (2016 Withers Khattarwong LLP publication)
How white is your Persil (The Business Times, 6 Dec 2016)
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
Singapore Institute of Directors
The Legal Assistance Scheme for Capital Offences
Criminal Legal Aid Scheme
International Bar Association
Inter-Pacific Bar 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
Sentencing Conference 2014, Singapore