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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

  • 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)

  • Obtained a favourable judgment for an ex-commodities trader and his company in an action brought by solar company Sun Electric for breach of contract and tort, and successfully defended such judgment on appeal to the Court of Appeal (see: Sun Electric Pte Ltd v Menrva Solutions Pte Ltd [2018] SGHC 264 and Sun Electric Pte Ltd v Menrva Solutions Pte Ltd [2019] SGCA 51)

  • Presently acting for Prudential agent Ms. Wendy Ho in a highly controversial case commenced by ex-Prudential agency manager Mr. Peter Tan against her for breach of confidentiality as a result of Ms. Ho providing evidence of Mr. Tan’s breaches of his anti-solicit obligation to Prudential 

  • Representing Mr. Jeffrey Ong, a lawyer faced with multiple charges involving cheating and forgery

  • Presently representing the majority shareholders of a Michelin restaurant in defending a minority oppression suit

  • Acting for a Chinese state-owned entity in defending a Section 216A 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, on behalf of a corporate client to prevent an ex-employee who stole confidential information from joining a competitor;

  • 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)

  • Acted for the ex-CEO of BSI Bank, Mr Hans Peter Brunner, in suing his ex-employer BSI Bank for unpaid bonuses 

  • Successfully applied for a stay of Maybank Kim Eng’s action in the High Court against her clients, Ms Wendy Lim and her husband, Mr William Lye, pending the results of arbitration between Ms Lim and Maybank Kim Eng

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

  • Represented the ex-directors of a prominent local hotel chain against claims of breach of directors’ duties and conspiracy

  • Acted for a listed company in resisting the enforcement of an arbitral award pending setting aside proceedings in China

  • Represented the Respondents in landmark court of appeal case on trust and equity, Ting Siew May v Boon Lay Choo [2014] SGCA 28

  • Successfully applied for a compulsory winding up order to be made in respect of a company under voluntary winding up, and for a court appointed liquidator to be appointed to oversee the company’s liquidation.

  • Acted for the sellers in the sale and purchase of several F&B outlets

  • Advised several Fintech start-ups on their proposed business model and regulatory issues