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TSMP Law Corporation

Kelvin Koh

Kelvin Koh



  • Commercial & Corporate Litigation
  • International Arbitration
  • Private Wealth And Trust Advisory
  • Regulatory, Compliance And Crisis Management

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An ardent admirer of ancient Chinese war literature, Kelvin often turns to Sun Tzu's Art of War for guidance in matters of the courtroom. For Kelvin, the pen has indeed proven mightier than the sword, one he wields successfully at the service of his clients in commercial litigation, regulatory disputes and international arbitration, specialising in both contentious and non-contentious trust matters.

Kelvin's deeply rooted Chinese values also translates into a scholarly appreciation for education and nurturing the next generation of tactical litigators, and has spent numerous years teaching Equity and Trust to lawyers-in-the-making in the National University of Singapore.

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Areas of Practice

Commercial & Corporate Litigation | International Arbitration | Private Wealth And Trust Advisory | Regulatory, Compliance And Crisis Management

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Acting for offshore companies in the Court of Appeal in one of the largest trust disputes in Singapore involving assets of US$600 million to US$800 million linked to the late Mr Robert Perez De La Sala, one of the wealthiest men in Australia.

Acting for, Vintage Bullion DMCC, a customer of a futures and options broker in creditors’ voluntary liquidation, MF Global Singapore Pte Ltd, in the High Court and Court of Appeal to determine the scope of the statutory trust over customers’ monies: MF Global Singapore Pte Ltd (in creditors’ voluntary liquidation) v Vintage Bullion DMCC [2015] 4 SLR 831; Vintage Bullion DMCC v Chay Fook Yuen [2016] 4 SLR 1248.
Acting for Actis Excalibur, a fund managed by a leading UK private equity investment firm Actis LLP, in a major corporate dispute concerning its S$142 million investment in an oil, gas and marine products distribution company, KS Distribution.

Appointed as amicus curiae in to assist the Singapore High Court in a magistrates’ appeal involving novel issues of statutory interpretation in view of Singapore’s international treaty obligations under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES): Public Prosecutor v Wong Wee Keong [2016] 3 SLR 965.

Acting for YTL PowerSeraya and Seraya Energy in a $33 million contractual dispute involving long term electricity retail contracts in Singapore.

Advising and acting for high profile individuals in civil penalty proceedings and investigations concerning insider trading brought by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

Power to the Contract
TSMP Law Corporation, January 2021

A recent court of appeal decision has definitively clarified the test for assessing the enforceability of liquidated damages clauses in Singapore. Contracting parties intending to incorporate liquidated damages clauses must be mindful of the type of damages that may be recovered in the event of default, especially when exercising a contractual right to terminate the contract...

Reading the Tea Leaves for 2020
TSMP Law Corporation, January 2020

Oh what a year it has been. 2019 has been a rollercoaster ride: Trump accelerates and then suddenly slams on the brakes on his tit-for-tat trade war with China. Hong Kong, hitherto the paradigm of pragmatism, lies smouldering as months of pro-democracy protests see no end. A Swedish girl (celebrating her 17th birthday just last Friday) becomes the unlikely face of environmentalism, shaming Boomers for doing nothing about climate change in front of the UN...

Arming the Silent Minority
TSMP Law Corporation, January 2019

Minority shareholders – often forced to silently accept the rule of the majority – should be given a voice. In May last year, Jerry Low, a minority investor in Asiatic Group (Holdings), wrote an open letter to the management highlighting concerns regarding the SGX-listed company’s poor performance, juxtaposing this against the high remuneration enjoyed by its senior management team...

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