Tan Yuan Kheng

Associate Director, Dispute Resolution

Qualifications

  • LL.B (Hons) National University of Singapore (2013)
  • Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore (2014)

Yuan Kheng has an active practice in complex litigation and arbitration. She has handled a diverse range of matters relating to commercial contracts, corporate disputes, director / shareholder fights, tortious claims, competition law issues, probate and administration, infrastructure projects, trusts, investor-state disputes, banking and finance and regulatory actions.

She has acted for high-profile clients and high net worth individuals at all levels of the Singapore Courts as well as in both international and domestic arbitrations.

Yuan Kheng graduated from the National University of Singapore with an LLB (Hons) degree in 2013, and was placed on the Dean’s List during her time in law school. During her time on exchange, she represented Instituto de Empresa, a graduate school located in Spain, in the prestigious 2011 Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria.

Yuan Kheng tutors students in the Preparatory Course leading to Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations.

She is also proficient in both spoken and written Mandarin Chinese.

Some of the notable matters which Yuan Kheng has handled include:

Trust Disputes

  • Successfully acted for members of the De La Sala family in the largest trust case ever heard in Singapore, involving disputed assets estimated to be worth between US$600 and US$800 million. The matter involved complex corporate trust structures based in multiple jurisdictions, including Singapore, Panama, the BVI, Liberia and Hong Kong. The High Court’s judgment was a landmark decision setting out guidance on what constitutes impermissible witness coaching.
  • Acting for a former Prime Minister of Georgia in a claim against a professional trustee for breach of trust leading to losses in an investment portfolio worth over US$1 billion

International Commercial Arbitrations and Cross-border Disputes

  • Acting for a gaming company in a dispute involving claims in excess of US$2 billion.

Investor-State Arbitrations

  • Acting for the Republic of India in relation to Bilateral Investment Treaty disputes with the Cairn and Vedanta Groups over tax assessment orders issued by the Government on capital gains in excess of US$3 billion arising from a complex restructuring exercise involving Indian oil and gas assets.
  • Acting for the Government of Laos to resist the setting aside of two Bilateral Investment Treaty awards before the Singapore Courts. The arbitrations were brought by a corporation incorporated in Aruba, the Netherlands Antilles and its subsidiary in Macau respectively, in which they alleged that their casino and gambling related investments in Laos had been unlawfully expropriated.
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law
  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Tutor for the Preparatory Course leading to Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations