Zhuo Jiaxiang 卓佳祥

Director

+65 6438 1969

Qualifications & Admissions
LLB (Hons) (First Class), National University of Singapore
Advocate and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)
 

Area of Expertise

Jiaxiang has advised and represented a range of clients including multinational corporations, governments, state-owned entities, funds and financial institutions. He focuses on engineering and construction disputes, particularly those with technical bent. Jiaxiang has had experience with disputes stemming from diverse industries such as energy, telecommunications, oil and gas, steel, commodities, pharmaceuticals, water and chemical processing, signal and defence technology.

Jiaxiang’s main areas of practice are:

  • Litigation
  • International arbitration
  • Contract claims
  • Shareholder / joint venture disputes
  • Civil fraud and investigations

After graduating from the National University of Singapore with First Class Honours, Jiaxiang served in the Supreme Court of Singapore as a Justices’ Law Clerk and, concurrently, as an Assistant Registrar. Following his stint in the Supreme Court, Jiaxiang practised for 7 years in Drew & Napier LLC, where he was an Associate Director in the Dispute Resolution Department.

In 2014, Jiaxiang was appointed Young Amicus Curiae by the Supreme Court of Singapore and assisted in a landmark decision by the Court of Appeal on the sentencing considerations for causing death by a negligent act.

In 2020, Jiaxiang was appointed a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. 

REPRESENTATIVE CASE EXPERIENCE

International Arbitration

  • Acted in an ICC arbitration involving a dispute over a contract for the sale and supply of a defence security system, valued at approximately US$100 million. The system at the heart of the disputes was for the design, supply and installation of a nationwide telematics system that combined the use of global positioning system with satellite and terrestrial based wireless communications to provide geographical information. The dispute arose from the inability of the supplier to adapt its telematics system for use in the target nation’s telecommunication network.  Jiaxiang also assisted in the related Court proceedings: see Astrata (Singapore) Pte Ltd v Tridex Technologies Pte Ltd [2011] 1 SLR 449.
  • Acted in an ICC arbitration involving allegations of fraud arising out of a share purchase agreement for a South Asian business valued at over US$4 billion.
  • Acting for a Malaysian national telecommunications company in an SIAC arbitration against a Singapore company in relation to claims worth over US$34 million for the sale and distribution of IPTV units. 
  • Acted in a CIETAC arbitration involving an engineering procurement construction contract in Ningxia, China, valued at approximately US$105 million. The contract itself concerned the installation of a chemicals processing plant involving the use of membrane technology, and encompassed issues relating to civil and chemical engineering. 
  • Acted in an ICC arbitration involving a dispute over an Indonesian distributorship contract valued at US$20 million. The agreement was between a major international pharmaceuticals company and its local partner, and centred on issues of contractual interpretation.  
  • Acted in a SIAC arbitration involving a dispute arising out of an engineering and procurement contract for the development, design and manufacture of desalination units (using a reverse osmosis desalination process) in Salalah, Oman. The dispute itself arose from alleged delays and defects in the plant, which covered a wide range of technical issues relating to civil, chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering. 
  • Acted in SIAC arbitration involving a dispute arising from an investment worth US$800 million in a major South Asian telecommunications company. 
  • Acted in SIAC arbitration for an Indonesian listed company in a US$60 million claim against a major commodities firm. The dispute arose from a contract for indemnity relating to the sale of various coal mines. 
  • Acted in an SIAC arbitration for an Australian company in a US$15 million claim against a foreign government for breaches of a concession agreement to implement a border control system.  

Corporate and Commercial Litigation

  • Acted for the Singapore subsidiary of a Shenzhen listed company in Singapore High Court proceedings over the trade and sale of metals.  The cases raised issues of interpretation of letters of credit, and the usage of inter-bank payment systems. 
  • Acting for a Singapore-listed satellite solutions company against its former directors for various breaches of their directors’ duties. 
  • Acted for a Singapore company in a dispute before the Singapore High Court over a contract, worth US$60 million for the supply of integrated circuit chips to be used in the nationwide roll-out of electronic identification cards in Indonesia. See PT Sandipala Arthaputra v ST Microelectronics Asia Pacific and another [2017] SGHC 102. 
  • Acted for a Singapore listed company in a claim before the Singapore High Court for minority oppression and breaches of fiduciary duties. See Sakae Holdings Ltd v Gryphon Real Estate Investment Corp Pte Ltd and others (Foo Peow Yong Douglas, third party) and another suit [2017] SGHC 73. 
  • Acted for an Australian fund in a claim before the Singapore High Court for the repayment of A$6 million owed under a share buyback agreement. 
  • Acted for an Indonesian coal producer before the Singapore International Commercial Court against claims amounting to US$500 million brought by an Australian listed company. The dispute arose over a joint venture for the development of coal briquetting technology. See BCBC Singapore Pte Ltd and another v PT Bayan Resources TBK and another [2016] 4 SLR 1. 
  • Acted for a group of banks in an application before the Singapore High Court to set aside an international arbitration award (valued at over US$100 million) on the grounds that the tribunal lacked jurisdiction and had breached principles of natural justice.  The application was allowed by the Singapore High Court and affirmed in part by the Court of Appeal in its landmark decision (AKN v ALC [2015] SGCA 18) which redefined the law and principles of setting aside arbitration awards, and the consequences thereof.

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