Remy Choo Zheng Xi

Joint Managing Director

  • Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore
  • Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (FSiArb)
  • LL.M., New York University (2010)
  • LL.B. (Hons), National University of Singapore (2010)

Remy Choo Zheng Xi is the founder and Joint Managing Director of RCL Chambers Law Corporation. Remy has significant experience representing a wide range of clients as lead counsel at all levels of the Singapore Courts, including Appellate Division of the High Court and Court of Appeal. Before setting up RCL Chambers Law Corporation, Remy started practice in one of the largest disputes practices in Singapore, before leaving to build a team of top-ranked litigators in his previous firm, which he co-led for 9 years.

Remy focuses on litigation and arbitration matters and has specialised experience in advising and acting for clients in complex commercial disputes, shareholder and joint venture disputes, trust and estate disputes, and white-collar criminal defence work. Remy is also known for acting in cases involving novel points of law of public interest.

Remy’s practice is varied and international in nature and his advice and representation is often sought by both commercial entities and private clients.

In 2016, Remy became the first Singaporean lawyer to be awarded the International Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year for “excellence in work and achievements and a commitment to professional and ethical standards”.

Remy lectures locally and internationally for professional organisations as well as academic institutions. Remy is presently on the teaching faculty of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and teaches trial advocacy for the Advocacy Committee of the Law Society of Singapore. Remy also conducts a quarterly lecture on dispute resolution for mid-career individuals at the Singapore Management University.

Representative Portfolio

Remy has experience acting for Companies, Directors and shareholders in all manner of company related disputes including statutory derivative actions, shareholder minority oppression actions (for both majority and minority shareholders) and contested independent share valuations, and actions involving directors’ duties.

  • Acted for the majority members of a family-owned property development company with an estimated value of S$450 million to resist claims by the minority shareholder for minority oppression under section 216 of the Companies Act. This matter was successfully settled mid-trial in 2022.
  • Acted for a private limited company in the High Court to set aside a consent order made during a winding up application: reported in Kho Long Huat v Jian Rong Engineering Pte Ltd [2020] SGHC 178
  • 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.
  • 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 as counsel in an SIAC administered international arbitration involving a shareholder dispute in a real estate fund management company and Kuwaiti counter-party investors with the value in dispute quantified at US$15 million.
  • Acted as counsel in an SIAC administered international arbitration involving a technology systems implementation dispute between an Indonesian manufacturer and an Indian IT Consultancy with the value in dispute quantified in excess of US$14 million.
  • Acted as counsel in an SIAC administered international arbitration involving an IP technology dispute between a listed Chinese technology company and a Belarussian cryptocurrency company for injunctive reliefs.
  • Acted as counsel in an investor-state arbitration administered by International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) between a Singaporean-Chinese businessman and the People’s Republic of China for the expropriation of investment properties estimated at US$1.5 billion.
  • Successfully acted for an Indonesian high net worth individual in the High Court (General Division) against a claim for approximately S$14 million and premised on an oral agreement: reported in Urip Cahyadi v Henry Surya [2022] SGHC 94.
  • Successfully acted for a former television actress in the District Court against a claim brought by a security company for libel arising out of a publication in a Chinese-language daily: reported in Certis Cisco Security Pte Ltd v Ho Seng Mui [2017] SGDC 243.
  • Acting for a religious charitable organisation against the trustees of a temple in the High Court concerning the construction of the trust deed (present).
  • Appeared as instructed counsel before the Court of Appeal in a landmark case definitively interpreting whether or not a common intention constructive trust can arise in favour of individuals entitled to HDB shophouse property: reported in Ong Chai Soon v Ong Chai Koon and others [2022] SGCA 36.
  • Successfully acted for an execution creditor in the Court of Appeal to obtain priority to the sale proceeds arising from a mortgagee sale of immovable property of the judgment debtor. Specifically, the Court of Appeal had the occasion to review and clarify the law and the enforcement procedure that is applicable to the seizure and sale of registered land: reported in Singapore Air Charter Pte Ltd v Peter Low & Choo LLC and another [2020] 2 SLR 1399; Peter Low & Choo LLC v Singapore Air Charter Pte Ltd and another [2019] SGHC 89; Peter Low LLC v Higgins, Danial Patrick [2017] SGHCR 18.
  • Acted for a star freight trader of Shell Eastern Trading (Pte) Ltd in a claim involving constructive dismissal and the tort of unlawful means conspiracy, inducing breach of contract and malicious falsehood at the General Division and the Appellate Division of the High Court: reported in Dong Wei v Shell Eastern Trading (Pte) Ltd and another [2022] SGHC(A) 8; Dong Wei v Shell Eastern Trading (Pte) Ltd and another [2021] SGHC 123.
  • Successfully acted for two former senior director-defendants of an India-based private equity firm in a High Court suit involving six individuals and entities. The matter involved applications for injunctive reliefs, allegations of breach of confidentiality, attempts to stay proceedings in favour of arbitration and foreign service on parties out of jurisdiction; with the matter satisfactorily resolved in the clients’ favour in 3 months (2020).
  • Successfully acted for five defendant-employees in the High Court to resist a claim brought by a listed insurance company who was seeking to enforce employees’ confidentiality obligations (2019).
  • Acted for the Chief Financial and Chief Revenue Officers of a company in the High Court against a claimant investor claiming recovery of monies from an insolvent company: reported in Oh Bernard v Six Capital Investments Ltd (in liquidation) and others [2020] SGHC 42.
  • Successfully acted for an employee of a defensive technology company in the High Court to resist claims for breach of employee’s duties and enforcement of express non-competition and confidentiality clauses brought by a former employer. Successfully obtained judgment to recover unpaid salary and expense reimbursement: reported in HT SRL v Wee Shuo Woon [2019] 5 SLR 245.
  • Successfully acted for two senior directors against their former employer in the High Court, notably resulting in the first Singapore decision that considers the availability and ambit of “springboard” injunctions to prevent misuse of confidential information: reported in Jardine Lloyd Thompson Pte Ltd v Howden Insurance Brokers (S) Pte Ltd and others [2015] 5 SLR 258.
  • Successfully defended a private limited company and its director in a landmark case before a specially constituted five-member Court of Appeal concerning a prosecution under the Endangered Species (Import and Export) Act: reported in Kong Hoo (Pte) Ltd and another v Public Prosecutor [2019] 1 SLR 1131; Public Prosecutor v Kong Hoo (Pte) Ltd and another appeal [2017] 4 SLR 1291; Public Prosecutor v Kong Hoo (Pte) Ltd and another appeal [2017] 4 SLR 421; Public Prosecutor v Wong Wee Keong and another appeal [2016] 3 SLR 965; Public Prosecutor v Wong Wee Keong and another [2015] SGDC 300.
  • Defended an individual in the District Court and High Court who was charged with failing to disclose his HIV status to his sexual partner, which thereby contravened section 23(1) of the Infectious Diseases Act. The case is notable for considering the scope of an HIV-positive individual’s disclosure obligation under the law and for setting out the sentencing framework for non-disclosure offences brought under section 23: reported in GCP v Public Prosecutor [2019] 5 SLR 626; Public Prosecutor v GCP [2018] SGDC 220.
  • Advised and represented a Vietnamese aluminium magnate on judicial review and injunctive relief against the Government as a result of a deportation order made under the Immigration Act (2018).
  • Advised and represented an alleged key individual in the 1MDB case to obtain a successful outcome (2018).
  • Defended an individual in the District Court who was charged with cheating and contraventions of the Computer Misuse Act in a ship bunkering case (2018).
  • Defended the former principal of a secondary school in the District Court and High Court in a prosecution for criminal breach of trust by a servant, which is notable for setting out the sentencing framework for offences brought under sections 406 and 408 of the Penal Code: reported in Tan Kim Hock Anthony v Public Prosecutor and another appeal [2014] 2 SLR 795; Public Prosecutor v Tan Kim Hock Anthony [2013] SGDC 114.
  • Defended a law professor in the District Court in a prosecution under section 6(a) of the Prevention of Corruption Act: reported in Public Prosecutor v Tey Tsun Hang [2013] SGDC 164; Public Prosecutor v Tey Tsun Hang [2013] SGDC 165; Public Prosecutor v Tey Tsun Hang [2013] SGDC 166.
  • Acted for an individual in the High Court and Court of Appeal to challenge the constitutionality of section 377A of the Penal Code under Article 12 of the Constitution. The five-member apex court gave the client a partial victory by recognising the doctrine of substantive legitimate expectation for the first time in Singapore law and by holding that section 377A is wholly unenforceable as it now stands by reason of the policy statements made in Parliament in 2007 and by the Attorney-General in 2018: reported in Tan Seng Kee v Attorney-General and other appeals [2022] SGCA 16; Ong Ming Johnson v Attorney-General and other matters [2020] SGHC 63.
  • Acted for a practising solicitor of more than 25 years’ standing to seek administrative review in the High Court for declarations on the recording and use of various statements made by the solicitor to the police. Also acted for the solicitor in question in disciplinary proceedings commenced under section 85(3) of the Legal Profession Act: reported in Shanmugam Manohar v Attorney-General and another [2021] 3 SLR 600; Law Society of Singapore v Shanmugam Manohar [2020] SGDT 9.
  • Defended an individual in the first ever prosecution brought under section 3(1) of the Administration of Justice (Protection) Act before the High Court and a five-member Court of Appeal, and challenged the constitutionality of the provision under Article 14 of the Constitution: reported in Wham Kwok Han Jolovan v Attorney-General and other appeals [2020] 1 SLR 804; Attorney-General v Wham Kwok Han Jolovan and another matter [2020] 3 SLR 482; Attorney-General v Wham Kwok Han Jolovan and another matter [2020] 3 SLR 446.
  • Acted for the chief editor of an independent online news website in a criminal motion before the High Court (General Division) to seek disclosure of statements made by the accused during police investigation. This case is notable for clarifying the ambit of the prosecution’s obligation to disclose unused material to the defence: reported in Xu Yuanchen v Public Prosecutor and another matter [2021] 4 SLR 719.
  • Acted for a medical doctor in the Court of Appeal involving an application brought by the Ministry of Defence for an order under section 15 of the Protection from Harassment Act. In a rare split decision, the apex court held that the Government is not a “person” within the meaning of the provision and is in any event unable to show that the making of such an order would be just and equitable: reported in Ting Choon Meng v Attorney-General and other appeals [2017] 1 SLR 373; Attorney-General v Ting Choon Meng and other appeals [2016] 1 SLR 1248; Attorney-General v Lee Kwai Hou Howard and others [2015] SGDC 114.
  • Acted for an individual blogger in the High Court and Court of Appeal in resisting an application by the Government against the blogger for contempt of court: reported in Au Wai Pang v Attorney-General [2016] 1 SLR 992; Attorney-General v Au Wai Pang [2015] 2 SLR 352; Attorney-General v Au Wai Pang [2015] SGHC 16; Au Wai Pang v Attorney-General and another matter [2014] 3 SLR 357.
  • External counsel for the largest integrated facilities management company in Singapore.
  • External counsel for one of the largest international financial news agencies.
  • External counsel for the largest English-language technology media company that focuses on Asia.
  • External counsel for the Singapore office of a major London-based insurance brokerage firm.
  • External counsel for an opposition-held Town Council in Singapore.