DANNY QUAH
Counsel

+65 6438 1969

Qualifications & Admissions
LL.B (Hons), National University of Singapore
Advocate and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore

Area of Expertise

Danny is well-regarded in handling commercial and corporate disputes, although he is increasingly sought after for his unique expertise in complex tax and trust disputes given his prior work stints in the civil disputes team of the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore and the tax team of international law firm Baker & McKenzie.

Danny regularly acts alongside international and local law firms on high-value and complex commercial litigation. He is recognized for his oral and written advocacy and has argued against Senior Counsel in the Singapore High Court on multiple occasions and led / co-led in negotiations leading to settlements of between S$2.6 million and US$72 million.

As recognition for his achievements, Danny was nominated by the Singapore Academy of Law for a secondment with “magic circle” UK barristers set Fountain Court Chambers in 2018. He was previously nominated by the Law Society of Singapore to represent the young Singapore Bar in the LawAsia Conference in Sri Lanka in 2016.

Danny teaches and speaks regularly at pro bono and university events, actively mentors junior lawyers and law students and occasionally represents impecunious accused persons in criminal cases.

Danny’s main areas of practice are:

  • Corporate and Commercial Litigation
  • Tax Disputes
  • Trust Disputes
  • Insolvency and Restructuring
  • Public Law
REPRESENTATIVE CASE EXPERIENCE

Corporate and Commercial Litigation

  • Represented a Russian businessman in a matter in the Singapore International Commercial Court (“SICC”) involving alleged breaches of a partnership agreement relating to an integrated winter resort in China valued at S$2.8 billion.
  • Represented an Australian director of an international bank in an SICC suit brought by the bank against the Singapore subsidiary of a Chinese state-owned enterprise involving OTC forward swap contracts valued at US$1.2 million.
  • Represented an Indonesian businessman and his various companies in, inter alia, setting aside an interim Mareva injunction, resisting contractual claims valued at over S$10 million and setting aside a $2 million statutory demand.
  • Represented the patriarchs of a family textiles business in seeking to clawback over $10 million in fraudulent withdrawals by the next-generation family members.
  • Represented a Thai construction company in obtaining an urgent injunctive relief against the unconscionable call of a US$740,000 performance bond.

Tax Disputes

  • GST: Acted in a rare GST anti-avoidance case involving a US$63 million cross-border carousel fraud, a dispute involving the application of GST on $11.5 million of online gaming activities and a dispute involving the zero-rating of over $10 million worth of goods.
  • Corporate Tax: Acted in corporate tax disputes involving the $80 million redevelopment of conservation property, bad debt claims amounting to over S$25 million, the construction of an $18 million cement silo, a $11.3 million building extension and $12 million lighting and artwork structures.
  • Individual Income Tax: Acted in disputes regarding a $1.1m restrictive covenant payment, a $1.65m management buyout payment and in multiple income omission cases.
  • Stamp Duty: Acted in various Additional Buyer Stamp Duty disputes involving the purchase of multi-million dollar properties.
  • Property Tax: Acted in various disputes regarding property annual value calculations.

Trust Disputes

  • Represented a HNWI in respect of a Cayman Island family trust with assets valued at over US$133 million against civil lawsuits in Singapore and possible criminal prosecution initiated by third parties in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Represented the beneficiary of a multi-million dollar will trust in challenging the validity of the allegedly fraudulent final iteration of her late parents’ mirror wills.
  • Represented the executors of a $20m testamentary trust in highly contentious probate proceedings involving private and governmental beneficiaries.

Insolvency & Restructuring

  • Represented a Singapore chemicals company in a US$2.4 billion restructuring project by, inter alia, obtaining a rare Section 210(10) Companies Act moratorium pending a scheme application and drafting a scheme of arrangement which survived the Singapore Court of Appeal’s scrutiny in a rare 5-bench decision. SK Engineering & Construction Co Ltd v Conchubar Aromatics Ltd.
  • Represented an environmental engineering company and collaborated with KPMG in obtaining a judicial management order to stave off predatory creditors.
  • Represented a HWNI in calling for a rare voluntary arrangement scheme to restructure over S$60 million in personal debt.
  • Represented a Belgian company in resisting an anti-suit injunction commenced by the scheme administrators of an insolvent Singapore company.

Public Law

  • Represented a HNWI in a hotly contested judicial review application involving a review committee’s decision to dismiss a complaint of gross overcharging against two senior lawyers. Deepak Sharma v Law Society of Singapore.
  • Represented the Commissioner of Stamp Duties in a judicial review application involving a challenge to the clawback of Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty.
  • Represented an educational institution in a potential judicial review challenge against a disciplinary committee’s decision to fail a student for academic misconduct

Criminal Defence

  • Defended individuals across a spectrum of property offences and offences against the person.
  • Secured the complete withdrawal of charges for a director faced with six counts of cheating charges, a post-doctoral research fellow faced with a charge of molest and a beautician faced with one charge of criminal breach of trust.

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