Lionel Chan is a Partner in the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice.
Lionel has extensive experience representing institutional and high net-worth clients in contentious matters. He has appeared as counsel before all levels of the Singapore courts, including the High Court and Court of Appeal, and has acted for clients in both institutional and ad-hoc arbitrations. Lionel also has experience acting in numerous cases involving novel legal issues and facts.
He specialises in complex commercial dispute resolution matters (both litigation and arbitration) involving significant cross-border elements. He frequently works with clients based in Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, the Middle East, Russia, Vietnam, and Singapore. His matters span a wide range of industries and sectors, and his practice areas include banking law, contractual claims, employment issues, international trade disputes, investment and joint venture disputes, shareholder disputes, trust law, and tort.
Lionel also regularly acts for and advises institutional creditors in respect of various insolvency and restructuring issues and court proceedings relating to distressed companies such as Brightoil Petroleum Singapore Pte Ltd, Intra Asia Trading Pte Ltd, Readymade Steel Singapore Pte Ltd, Swee Hong Limited (formerly listed on SGX), and KH Foges Pte Ltd. He has been involved in section 211B Singapore Companies Act moratoriums (now re-enacted as section 64 of the Insolvency, Restructuring, and Dissolution Act), super-priority rescue financing, and schemes of arrangement.
Lionel is highly experienced in fraud and asset recovery claims and is a specialist in securing freezing and disclosure orders to trace, preserve, and recover assets. He is part of the firm’s fraud and asset recovery team who recently assisted their bank client to secure a US$5 billion freezing order in Singapore (one of the largest seen by the Singapore Courts) as part of a co-ordinated effort to simultaneously obtain freezing orders in jurisdictions across the world including the UK, Hong Kong SAR, Luxembourg, and Cyprus. He is also a member of the International Fraud Group, an elite network of leading international fraud and asset recovery law firms and legal practitioners.
Complementing his fraud and asset recovery specialisation, Lionel also has experience in white-collar criminal litigation. Lionel sat on the Law Society’s Criminal Practice Committee from 2013-2015. He also volunteers as defence counsel with the Law Society of Singapore’s Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS).