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NG LIP CHIH

Lip Chih is the founder of Ng Lip Chih & Co and NLC Law Asia LLP, the predecessors of NLC Law Asia LLC.  Pursuant to a tie-up between NLC Law Asia LLC and Foo & Quek LLC, Lip Chih is now a director of Foo & Quek LLC.  However, the NLC Law Asia LLC team still works closely with Lip Chih and would instruct him as counsel from time-to-time, in particular for High Court and Court of Appeal cases or arbitrations involving a high quantum claim, as well as complex or novel issues of law.

BACKGROUND

 

Ng Lip  Chih  completed  his  Bachelor  of  Laws  degree  at  the  London  School of Economics and Political Science. He is also a qualified solicitor of the Supreme Court, United Kingdom.  Upon graduation in 1996, he joined the largest law firm in Singapore. Lip Chih was made a Partner after 5 years. In 2004, Lip Chih was seconded to SGX to act as Head of Enforcement.

 

After spending ten years in the largest law firm in Singapore, Lip Chih left and founded Ng Lip Chih & Co. In 2009, Lip Chih founded NLC Law Asia LLP and was appointed to act as its Managing Partner. In 2014, Lip Chih founded NLC Law Asia LLC and served as its Managing Director. In April 2017, Lip Chih joined Foo & Quek LLC as a Director. Foo & Quek LLC is a reputable legal firm first established in 1972.

 

Lip Chih has extensive experience in software, real estate, corporate and litigation matters. His clientele includes international clients from Japan, China, Indonesia, Holland and USA.

 

In recognition of his experience and expertise in the legal field, Lip Chih has been appointed as a member of various key professional boards and panels, including the following:

 

  1. Lip Chih has been appointed by the Minister For Law to act as a Statutory Member of the Singapore Law Society Council pursuant to Section 48(1)(B) of the Legal Profession since January 2017. Lip Chih was re-appointed by the Minister For Law to act as a Statutory Member of the Singapore Law Society Council pursuant to Section 48(1)(B)  of the Legal Profession for a third term from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2022.

  2. Lip Chih has also been appointed a Member of the Disciplinary Panel under the Institute of Valuers and Appraisers, Singapore (IVAS) for the term of 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2023.  IVAS plays an active role in upholding the professional excellence of business valuers and the IVAS Disciplinary Panel plays a vital role in ensuring the continued excellence of Chartered Valuer and Appraiser (CVA) Charter holders. 

  3. Lip Chih has also been appointed an Adjudicator with The Financial Industry Disputes Resolution Centre Ltd (FIDReC) with effect from 1 January 2022. FIDReC is an Alternative Dispute Resolution institution specialising in the resolution of financial disputes.

  4. Lip Chih is also a committee member of the Professional Development And Practice Chapter, Singapore Academy of Law. The Professional Development And Practice Chapter focuses on the development and upgrading of the legal professionals in Singapore.

  5.  In addition, Lip Chih was a member of the Audit Committee of the Tanglin Club. The Tanglin Club is one of the oldest clubs in Singapore.

  6.  Lip Chih also served as a Council Member of a Management Corporation for a condominium development in Singapore. 

  

PUBLICATIONS

 

Contributed:

 

  • "Business Conduct" in Halsbury's Laws of Singapore (Volume 17 - Securities) (with Soo Seong Theng). (Butterworths Asia, 2003). pp 100 - 214.

  •  "Interrogatories" and "Interrogatories Before Action" in Singapore Civil Procedure 2003 (Sweet & Maxwell, 2003), pp 515 - 530.

 

ADMISSION

 

Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore - 1996

Solicitor of the Supreme Court, United Kingdom - 1999

 

EXPERIENCE

 

The non-contentious matters which Lip Chih has handled include the following:

  

  • Acting for clients in the application and successfully obtaining a Capital Markets Services (CMS) Licence.

  • Acting in the drafting and review of copyright agreements.

  •  Acting for clients in the drafting and review of digital token agreements.

  •  Acting in the drafting and review of executive compensation and employment agreements.

  •  Acting in mergers and acquisitions of companies.

  •  Acting in the drafting and review of master supply agreements, including a master supply agreement for a well-known American coffee brand.

  •  Acting in the drafting and review of joint venture agreements, including a joint venture for a test laboratory in Shanghai.

  •  Acting  in  the  drafting  and  review  of  distribution  agreements,  including  a  distribution agreement for a well-known Japanese F&B brand.

  •  Acting in the drafting and review of internal compliance policies, including an internal compliance policy for an international pharmaceutical company.

  •  Acting in the drafting of a franchise agreement between a PRC company and Hong Kong company for the setting up of an American food chain in the PRC.

  •  Acting in the due diligence exercise for the acquisition of a logistics and transport company located in Foshan.

  •  Acting for the vendor in the sale of a logistics building in the value of $15 million.

  •  Acting for Liquidators in the liquidation of companies.

  •  Acting and advising in family estate and trust matters.

  •  Representing the landlord in the lease negotiations for a one of its kind converted office space in Singapore.

  •  Advising major landlords in Singapore in the leasing of office, commercial and industrial properties.

 

A number of significant contentious cases which Lip Chih has handled are as follows:-

  

(A) Singapore Court of Appeal

 

  1. Tuitiongenius Pte Ltd v Toh Yew Keat and another [2021] 1 SLR 231; [2020] SGCA 103

  2. Sun Electric Pte Ltd and another v Menrva Solutions Pte Ltd and another [2019] SGCA 51

  3. Sudha Natrajan v The Bank of East Asia Ltd [2017] 1 SLR 141; [2016] SGCA 66

 

(B) Singapore High Court

 

  1. Sun Electric Pte Ltd and another v Menrva Solutions Pte Ltd and another [2021]   SGHC 101

  2. Sun Electric Pte Ltd and another v Menrva Solutions Pte Ltd and another [2020] 4 SLR 978; [2020] SGHC 18

  3.  Goh Kok Liang v GYP Properties Ltd and another [2020] SGHC 53

  4.  Tuitiongenius Pte Ltd v Toh Yew Keat and another [2020] 5 SLR 354; [2019] SGHC 264

  5.  Ho Heng Leng (alias Foo Chee Kai) v Lodge, Kenneth George (litigation representative and administrator of the estate of Lodge, Vivien (alias Vivien Tsuji), deceased) (Lim Soon Wah Thomas, third party) [2017] SGHC 96

  6.  Maybank Kim Eng Securities Pte Ltd v Lim Keng Yong and another [2016] 3 SLR 431; [2016] SGHC 68

  7.  Baumann Xiaoyan v Tong Lian Joo and another [2011] SGHC 178

  8.  Baldor Electric (Asia) Pte Ltd v Liew Chin Choy and others [2010] SGHC 32

  9. AAR and another v AAS (liquidator and trustee of B and others) and others [2009] 4 SLR(R) 33; [2009] SGHC 139

  10.  Lee Chee Wei v Tan Hor Peow Victor and others [2008] 4 SLR(R) 80; [2008] SGHC 88

  11.  CEF (Capital Markets) Ltd and Another v Goh Chin Soon and Others [2001] SGHC 342

  12.  Baldor Electric Company v Goh Kee Boon [1998] SGHC 352

  13.  OCBC Securities Private Limited (Formerly known as OCBC Securities Pte Ltd) v Lim Wee Beng Eddie [1998] SGHC 400

  

Brief notes on the significant cases which Lip Chih has handled are as follows:-

 

  • Baldor Electric Company v Goh Kee Boon [1998] SGHC 352: Acting for the Plaintiff in an action against its former director for misappropriation of its subsidiary company's property.

  • OCBC Securities Private Limited (Formerly known as OCBC Securities Pte Ltd) v Lim Wee Beng Eddie [1998] SGHC 400: Acting for the Plaintiff against its customer for outstandings. The Plaintiff was awarded the sums claimed together with costs on an indemnity basis.

  • CEF (Capital Markets) Ltd and Another v Goh Chin Soon and Others [2001] SGHC 342: Acting for the Plaintiff, a merchant bank based in Hong Kong, in a dispute arising from its loan amounting to US$40 million to a businessman in support of his purchase of 40% of the equity of a public listed company in Malaysia.

  • Public Prosecutor v Tan Hor Peow Victor [2006] SGDC 148: Acting for the accused, a CEO and Managing Director of a Singapore listed company, who was charged for multiple charges including conspiracy to cheat, falsification of documents, making false or misleading statements and failing to act honestly as a director.

  •  Lee Chee Wei v Tan Hor Peow Victor and others [2008] 4 SLR(R) 80; [2008] SGHC 88: Acting for the 1st Defendant in a dispute for a sale of shares.

  •  AAR and another v AAS (liquidator and trustee of B and others) and others [2009] 4 SLR(R) 33; [2009] SGHC 139: Acting for the applicants of an injunction to resist the Respondents' application to vary the injunction.

  • Baldor Electric (Asia) Pte Ltd v Liew Chin Choy and others [2010] SGHC 32: Successfully acting for the Plaintiff in claiming against its former Sales Manager for breaches of duty of fidelity and good faith.

  • Baumann Xiaoyan v Tong Lian Joo and another [2011] SGHC 178: Successfully defending the 2nd Defendant in a misrepresentation claim brought by the Plaintiff for a contract for the sale of art works. 

  • Management Corporation Strata Title Plan No 2746 and Others v Boon Kee Battery Service and Another [2012] SGSTB 2: Successfully defending the Defendants against a claim brought by the Management Corporation. The Management Corporation's claims against the Defendants to pay fines for breaching various By-Laws were dismissed by the Strata Titles Board. 

  • Aliev Firoudin v Kon Yin Tong & another [2013] SGHC 128: Acting for the Liquidators in a Proof of Debt.