John Lo

Joint Managing Director

  • Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (MSiArb)
  • LL.B. (Hons), University of Nottingham (2013)

John Lo is a co-founder and Director of RCL Chambers Law Corporation. John undertakes a broad range of work in the areas of complex commercial arbitration and commercial litigation. He regularly appears before the Singapore Courts and has also been involved in ad hoc arbitrations and arbitrations administered by several institutions.

Prior to setting up RCL Chambers Law Corporation, John practised under the guidance of a top Senior Counsel and in a top ranked US firm.

John has handled joint venture and shareholder disputes, trust and estate disputes, claims involving fraud, cases concerning breaches of directors’ duties, complex contractual and commercial disputes as well as insolvency-related disputes. He has also handled cases involving white-collar crime and employment disputes.

Representative Portfolio

  • Acted for a director of oil trading, ship owning and ship chartering companies in claims for fraudulent trading, undue preference, unlawful dividends and breaches of director’s duties. The value of the claims were in excess of $3.5 billion: partly reported at Lim Oon Kuin and others v Ocean Tankers (Pte) Ltd (interim judicial managers appointed) [2022] 1 SLR 434.
  • Acted for a director of a multi-national materials company headquartered in Singapore in a claim for conspiracy and breaches of directors’ duties, which involved questions of BVI and PRC company law: reported at Hector Finance Group Limited and others v Chan Chew Keak [2023] SGHC 127.
  • Acted for a former director of a technological manufacturing company in a claim for conspiracy and breaches of directors’ duties: reported at Beyonics Asia Pacific Pte Ltd and others v Goh Chan Peng and another [2020] 4 SLR 215; Goh Chan Peng and others v Beyonics Technology Ltd and another and another appeal [2017] 2 SLR 592.
  • Acted for a director of an insolvent fashion business in Singapore in claims for undue preference, undervalue transactions and breaches of directors’ duties: reported at Living the Link Pte Ltd (in creditors’ voluntary liquidation) and others v Tan Lay Tin Tina and others [2016] 3 SLR 621.
  • Advised a shareholder of a property investment business in ongoing disputes with the other shareholders.
  • Acted for the world’s largest shipbuilding company in an ICC arbitration concerning a pipeline and facility that were built to extract natural gas in the Middle East. The claim was valued at approximately $8.5 billion and involved complex and technical allegations about workmanship and defects in the pipeline.
  • Acted for a large Indian retailer in an emergency arbitration against the world’s largest online retailer under the SIAC rules. The claim concerned a billion-dollar proposed sale of the Indian retailer’s business to another conglomerate and has resulted in extensive litigation before the Indian courts.
  • Acted for an industry leading telecommunications operator in a dispute with its joint venture partner concerning the supply and pricing of telecommunications infrastructure for the operation of a 3G mobile network. This was an ad hoc arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules and the claim was valued at approximately $100 million.
  • Acted for a subsidiary of a Singapore listed company in a dispute against a Chinese state-owned main contractor, arising from the construction and development of a power and desalination facility in Salalah, Oman. This was an ad hoc arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules seated in England & Wales and administered by the HKIAC. The claim was valued at approximately $20 million.
  • Acted for a US manufacturing multinational in an SIAC arbitration relating to breaches of representations and warranties given in respect of the acquisition of a Chinese business. The claim was valued at approximately $20 million.
  • Advised a Singapore power generating company on its take or pay obligations pursuant to a gas sales agreement and the prospects of referring a dispute to arbitration.
  • Advised a multinational pharmaceuticals company on termination rights under a licensing agreement and the prospects of referring a dispute to arbitration.
  • Advised a government linked company on disputes arising out of the upgrading of an international airport. The disputes concerned issues of penalties, liquidated damages and delay to completion.
  • Acted for the estate of an Indian mining baron in a claim for breach of trust in connection with an oral trust over several residential and commercial properties, shares in companies and other assets in Singapore with an estimated value in excess of $500 million: reported at Lakshmi Anil Salgaocar (suing as the administratrix of the estate of Anil Vassudeva Salgaocar) and another v Darsan Jitendra Jhaveri and others (Kwan Ka Yu Terence, third party) [2023] SGHC 47.
  • Acted for an ultra-high net worth individual in a $2 billion dispute involving claims in relation to the sale and purchase of high-value and rare art works: reported at Rappo, Tania v Accent Delight International Ltd and another and another appeal [2017] 2 SLR 265.
  • Acted for a high net worth individual against his private banker in a claim for misrepresentation of an investment in shares: reported at Ong Ghee Soon Kevin v Ho Yong Chong [2017] 3 SLR 711.
  • Acted for a high net worth individual in the recovery of approximately $16 million from the subsidiary of a formerly listed offshore marine company in Singapore and its director. The claim was successfully settled after an application for summary judgment.
  • Acted for a high net worth individual in claims against a former business associate and advisor to recover sums loaned pursuant to an oral agreement. The claim was successfully settled without commencing any action.
  • Acted for a high net worth individual in a private prosecution and successfully obtaining a discharge amounting to an acquittal.
  • Acted for a registered charity on its disputes concerning the ownership of a historical building in Singapore.
  • Advised a major US technology multinational on litigation against former employees and business associates. The claim involved allegations of complexed fraud, compliance lapses, misrepresentation and conflicts of interest, and was commenced on the back of an investigation.
  • Acted for an insurance company in a claim regarding the interpretation of an insurance policy: reported at Huationg (Asia) Pte Ltd v Lonpac Insurance Bhd [2016] 1 SLR 1431.