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JENNIFER SIA

DIRECTOR

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Civil Litigation

  • Arbitration

  • Insolvency & Restructuring

  • Corporate & Commercial Law

  • Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Criminal Litigation, White-Collar Crime and Investigations

  • Employment Matters

  • Intellectual Property, Technology, Media and Telecommunications

  • Private Client

Jennifer has an active practice in civil litigation, arbitration, white collar matters, insolvency and in corporate law.

In relation to her disputes resolution practice, Jennifer has experience in complex, high-value disputes across a wide spectrum of matters including banking, commercial, employment, corporate, probate and construction disputes. 


Jennifer also has substantial experience in insolvency matters, and frequently advise professional liquidators on liquidation matters, assist liquidators in carrying out investigations into the company’s affairs, and act for liquidators in court proceedings.  Jennifer also has experience assisting insolvent companies in exploring other options, and successfully assisted a listed company in entering a scheme of arrangement with its creditors and obtained court sanction of the same.

Tapping into her experience dealing with complex high-value civil disputes, Jennifer has also represented numerous clients in high profile white-collar crime cases.


On the corporate side, Jennifer frequently advises corporate clients on corporate matters, such as raising of capital, shareholders’ agreement, share options, employment matters, ring-fencing of assets and regulatory issues.  Jennifer has also advised on numerous acquisitions, joint ventures, franchising and licensing of intellectual property agreements.


Jennifer joined NLC Law Asia LLC after graduation and was made a Director in 2018 after less than four years in practice, becoming one of the youngest directors of a law firm in Singapore.  Jennifer has also received numerous awards and commendations for her outstanding advocacy and academics.  Jennifer was a finalist in the 19th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team Orals, and received Honourable Mentions for Best Individual Oralist and Best Respondent Written Memorandum.  She was named Best Individual Oralist in the London Willem C. Vis Pre-Moots.  Jennifer was also awarded the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Prize for International Arbitration and Baker & McKenzie LLP Prize for Overall Best Performance in Copyright Law during her LLM, and obtained two distinctions during her Part A examinations.


 WORK HIGHLIGHTS

​Dispute Resolution:

  • Assisted Angliss Singapore, one of the largest food distribution companies in Singapore, in investigating a data leak and successfully obtaining judgment against an ex-employee who assisted a competitor in stealing Angliss' confidential information and used it to poach a long standing supplier (see: Angliss Singapore Pte Ltd v Yee Heng Khay (alias Roger [2021] SGHC 168)

  • Successfully obtained a worldwide Mareva Injunction and asset disclosure orders on behalf of our client against the Sun Electric group of companies and its majority shareholder (see: Sun Electric Pte Ltd v Menrva Solutions Pte Ltd [2020] SGHC 18)

  • In a long-drawn lawsuit up against a top tier firm, Jennifer secured winning judgments for her client at the liability stage, assessment of damages stage and before the Court of Appeal (see: Sun Electric Pte Ltd v Menrva Solutions Pte Ltd [2018] SGHC 264; [2019] SGCA 51; and [2021] SGHC 101)

  • Successfully obtained Mareva Injunctions for victims of Ponzi schemes, preventing the defendants from moving their assets pending trial (See: Lyu Yan @ Lu Yan v Lim Tien Chiang [2019] SGHC 10)

  • Presently acting for a corporate trustee in a multi-million banking dispute against a top tier bank

  • Acted for a Chinese state-owned entity in a s216A Companies Act application brought by minority shareholders.

  • Successfully obtained a Springboard injunction, a new form of injunction only recognised by the Singapore courts in recent years, for a corporate client to prevent an ex-employee who stole confidential information from joining a competitor.

  • Successfully applied for a stay of a multi-million high court claim against her client in favour of arbitration (see: Maybank Kim Eng Securities Pte Ltd v Lim Keng Yong & Anor [2016] SGHC 68)

  • Represented CEO of Global Yellow Pages in his claim against UBS AG for more than S$100 million

  • Acted for Prudential agent Ms. Wendy Ho in a high-profile case where she was sued by her ex-employer for breach of confidence after whistleblowing.  The confidentiality agreement which formed the basis of the lawsuit has now been declared illegal by the High Court (see: Prudential Assurance Company Singapore (Pte) Ltd v Peter Tan Shou Yi & Anor [2021] SGHC 109)

  • Acted in construction and other related disputes pertaining to several prominent developments in Singapore

Corporate Matters:

  • Handled several multi-million M&A transactions involving companies and businesses in the healthcare, F&B, Fintech, Software as a service (SAAS), cleaning services industries etc.

  • Assisted clients in fund-raising 

  • Advised clients on their proposed business model and regulatory issues

  • Advised several MNCs on employment issues and how to adapt their HR policies to comply with local laws and regulations

  • Assisted a local charity in revamping their constitution

Insolvency Matters

  • Assisted a listed company in entering a scheme of arrangement with its creditors

  • Successfully applied on behalf of a concerned creditor for a company under voluntary winding up to be put into compulsory winding up and for a court appointed liquidator to oversee the company’s liquidation

  • Successfully defeated a judicial management application in a case where there were concerns that a judicial management application was brought for ulterior purposes

 

White Collar and Investigations

  • Carried out an independent legal review for a non-profit organization after audit red-flagged certain potential financial lapses

  • Represented key members of management in the BSI and Keppel saga

  • Represented ex-lawyer Jeffrey Ong in high profile case involving missing monies held on trust for Allied Technologies