Company Law and Shareholder Disputes

We have depth of experience in litigating and successfully resolving disputes between companies, directors, and shareholders, and regularly act for clients in statutory derivative actions, shareholder minority oppression actions (for both majority and minority shareholders) with contested independent share valuations, investigations into directors’ duties, and enforcing shareholders’ and convertible loan agreements.

Our team has represented clients ranging from local start-ups to well-established brand name companies and is capable of pursuing every legal recourse available to or against a company, with deep experience in resolving disputes involving minority oppression, breach of directors’ duties and breach of shareholder’s agreement.

Our team is also experienced in working with valuations and accounting professionals and experts to obtain the best possible outcome for you.

Representative cases

  • Acted for the majority members of a family-owned property development company of an estimated value of S$450 million against the minority shareholder seeking relief for minority oppression under section 216 of the Companies Act, with the matter successfully settled mid-trial (2022).
  • Acted for a Cayman Island investment fund in the District Court against a brokerage firm to recover unauthorised payments made to a third party: reported in Nech Asia Fund v KGI Securities (Singapore) Pte Ltd [2021] SGDC 68.
  • Advised and represented a Singapore start-up in the yoga business against a minority shareholder involving minority oppression and non-compliance with the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (2019).
  • Acted for a group of investors in the High Court against a Bermuda-incorporated company in liquidation for pre-action discovery of correspondence and documents in connection with a series of convertible loan agreements valued at approximately US$60 million (2018).
  • Acted for two vendors of shares in the High Court for damages arising from the purchaser’s breach of a share transfer agreement and involving shareholder fraud and breaches of trust: reported in Almega Investments Pte Ltd and another v Chiang Sing Jeong [2017] SGHC 196.
  • Acted for the directors of a private limited company in the High Court and Court of Appeal to resist a statutory derivative application by the former director under section 216A of the Companies Act who was seeking to take over the conduct of a suit commenced by the company against a shareholder: reported in Chong Chin Fook v Solomon Alliance Management Pte Ltd and others and another matter [2017] 1 SLR 348; Chong Chin Fook v Solomon Alliance Management Pte Ltd and others [2016] 2 SLR 622.
  • Acted for two founding members and directors of a Singapore restaurant in the High Court to claim for minority oppression and to resist the allegation of breach of directors’ duties with the matter settled amicably before trial in the clients’ favour (2016).

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