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Kristine Koh

T: +65 6622 9683 M: +65 9145 5201 Email Kristine | vCard Office: Singapore

Awards

International Arbitration: Singapore

International Arbitration: Singapore

Kristine Koh Associate

Contact details

Kristine Koh

Kristine Koh
Associate

T: +65 6622 9683 M: +65 9145 5201 Email Kristine | vCard Office: Singapore

Kristine is an international disputes lawyer based in Singapore. She has particular experience with multi-jurisdictional commercial dispute resolution and financial services regulation, with a focus on the Asian region. She values her clients’ interests and believes in working together to achieve commercially practical legal solutions.
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Kristine has acted in complex matters across a wide range of industries including logistics, manufacturing, consumer goods and telecommunications, involving various jurisdictions including Japan, Indonesia, China, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Myanmar, US, UK and Singapore.

She also developed an expertise in financial services regulation, with a focus on investigations and enforcement matters. Prior to joining the firm, Kristine was an Assistant Director with the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Enforcement Department, where she advised on criminal and regulatory investigations and enforcement actions against breaches of financial services regulations. She also assisted with the drafting of enforcement-related legislation. Notable cases include Wirecard AG and 1MDB related matters.

Kristine began her practice at a leading local law firm in 2012, where she represented clients in international arbitrations, and at all levels of the Singapore courts including as lead counsel. Kristine was also recognised as a “Next Generation Lawyer” for International Arbitration by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2017, 2018 and 2019).

  • International arbitration
  • Commercial litigation
  • Banking and financial services regulation

Acted for a national automobile sales company in a multi-million dollar SIAC arbitration against a global car manufacturer, with the principal claim being wrongful termination. The dispute involved complex issues of Japanese and Indian law and cross-border coordination with experts from the US, UK, Japan and India.

Acted for a leading Japanese electronics retailer in a multi-million dollar SIAC arbitration arising out of its Indonesian joint venture agreement, with the principal issue being an alleged change of control from corporate restructuring. The dispute involved Indonesian and Japanese law.

Acted for Bangladeshi shipping agents in an ad-hoc arbitration seated in London against a Singapore shipping company for wrongful termination. The dispute involved issues of constructive dismissal, fraud and forgery, negligence, contractual interpretation and customary laws and practices. Managed the defence of anti-suit injunction proceedings in the English Commercial Court.

More: International arbitration

Acted as co-lead counsel for an aerospace parts manufacturer and its director in the Singapore High Court trial of a S$9 million minority oppression dispute.

Acted as lead counsel for a Singapore company in a multi-million dollar Singapore High Court trial involving issues of security interests, knowing receipt, dishonest assistance, fraud and constructive trust with parties from Japan, Indonesia, Korea, China and Singapore. 

Acted for a prominent Japanese newspaper company in obtaining an Anton Piller Order in the Singapore High Court in respect of a breach of confidence claim. Parallel litigation in Japanese courts.

Acted for a prominent Japanese cosmetics manufacturer and retailer in a US$10 million Singapore High Court lawsuit against its distributor in Myanmar and obtained an anti-suit injunction against in favour of arbitration in Singapore.

More: Commercial litigation

Advised on enforcement actions against several financial advisory and insurance firms for breaches of requirements relating to risk management arrangements and the remuneration of supervisors under the Financial Advisers Act.

Advised on a civil penalty action against a global bank in relation to deceptive trades carried out by its client advisors in breach of the Securities and Futures Act.

Advised on enforcement actions against various individuals for market manipulation and unauthorised trading under the Securities and Futures Act.

Advised on numerous confidential investigations and enforcement matters against entities and individuals involving fraudulent and dishonest conduct, disclosure breaches, licence revocation and prohibition orders.

  • Japan

Acted for a leading Japanese electronics retailer in a multi-million dollar SIAC arbitration arising out of its Indonesian joint venture agreement, with the principal issue being a change of control resulting from corporate restructuring. The dispute involved Indonesian and Japanese law.

Acted for a prominent Japanese newspaper company in obtaining an Anton Piller Order in the Singapore High Court in respect of a breach of confidence claim. Parallel litigation in Japanese courts.

Acted for a prominent Japanese cosmetics manufacturer and retailer in a US$10 million Singapore High Court lawsuit against its distributor in Myanmar and obtained an anti-suit injunction against in favour of arbitration in Singapore.

Advised a Japanese airplane part manufacturer in a multi-million dollar dispute with a prominent Singapore airline company regarding the formation of agreement and “subject to contract” clauses.

Awards

International Arbitration: Singapore

International Arbitration: Singapore

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