Providence Law Asia is an independent disputes practice with extensive experience in dispute resolution and litigation. Providence Law Asia is regularly instructed on high profile and high-value contentious matters. As an independent firm, we are frequently referred work by top law firms both locally and internationally, and have as a result, established strong working relationships with them. We represent MNCs, established domestic corporations, high-net worth families, as well as individuals. We are committed to representing all our clients to the best of our abilities, and share the vision of providing legal service of the highest quality.
Our key practice areas include:
Corporate, Commercial & Civil Disputes
Our team has extensive experience in complex corporate and commercial disputes and is regularly appointed to handle high-value contentious issues by MNCs, local and foreign corporations, established domestic SMEs, and large family-run enterprises.
Providence lawyers have considerable experience and are skilled in various aspects of corporate and commercial litigation, including:
- Partnership Disputes
- Mergers & Acquisition Disputes
- Joint Venture Disputes
- Shareholders Disputes
- Banking/Finance Disputes
- Contractual Disputes
- Corporate Receivership
- Actions for breach of fiduciary duties
- Applications under the Companies Act
- Oppression Actions
- Misfeasance Actions
Providence Law Asia has been instructed on the following notable matters:
- Representing two local holding companies for a multi-million dollar group of Jordanian companies against a claim for US$2.6 billion brought against them by Motorola Credit Solutions, as part of its worldwide effort to enforce a judgment obtained in USA in 2003 against Turkish political dissident Cem Uzan and family.
- Represented a global property investment firm and asset manager of a premier shopping mall, in acquiring a rare pre-emptive injunction against an anchor tenant, Singapore’s largest supermarket chain, who refused to vacate the premises upon the expiry of their lease. The tenant’s refusal to vacate the premises would have potentially derailed the sale of the shopping mall for over S$900,000,000.
- Represented the subsidiary of the GMR Group (one of India’s leading infrastructure enterprises) which was the main contractor for the reconstruction of the Maldives Airport in its claim for over S$90 million following the sudden termination of the project following the change in the Maldivian political regime.
- Represented an Australian lawyer in his claim against Resorts World Singapore, for assault, battery and false imprisonment. This is the first known case in Singapore seeking civil damages for intentional torts, including claims for aggravated and exemplary damages.
- Engaged by Yahoo! Singapore to protect journalist’s privilege not to disclose their sources of information in light of an order by the Singapore Police Force to disclose metadata on their communications with an internet hacker known as ‘The Messiah’.
- Instructed urgently to act for a multi-national construction corporation against Singapore’s leading business publication in respect of a highly defamatory article concerning the propriety of Ecohouse’s Brazilian property investment schemes that were being marketed in Singapore which caused a loss of investor confidence. The publication removed the offending article and reached a private settlement on terms favourable for our client.
- Represented an Indian state-owned newsprint provider to set aside an injunction obtained in the Singapore High Court that restrained a large local bank from making payment to the newsprint provider on a performance guarantee.
Insolvency and Restructuring
Our solutions-oriented team of lawyers has experience in all matters surrounding bankruptcy and liquidation proceedings; business restructuring and importantly, the recovery of funds, assets and property. Furthermore, our strength in international arbitration also allows us to have an all-round expertise when it comes to advising on complicated restructuring transactions that cross multiple jurisdictions. We systematically weigh the risks and benefits to clients and ensure that your priorities are met through novel solutions.
Our lawyers have represented clients on contentious and non-contentious insolvencies and are equipped to deal with various aspects of business rescue, restructuring, and insolvency, including:
- Advising Asia Pulp & Paper on a proposed scheme of arrangement to restructure approximately US$6 billion of the company’s debt.
- Advising COB Technology Pte Ltd on a scheme of arrangement to restructure approximately S$94 million of the company’s debt.
- Advising liquidators from a leading audit firm in a members’ voluntary winding up of a group of companies with assets of approximately S$302 million comprising, inter alia, real estate, shares and antiques.
Private Wealth, Tax and Probate
Providence Law Asia has substantial experience in advising high net-worth individuals as well as their families on issues of family trusts, offices, charitable foundations and trusts, both domestically and abroad.
We generally represent clients in contentious or potentially contentious matters relating to probate, private trusts and tax disputes. In order to ensure that our advices are well-informed, we work very closely with trust companies, tax advisers, and banks. We provide legal advice and representation for our clients with a goal to arrive at a satisfactorily amicable resolution of the dispute and, if necessary, legal actions through the Court.
Our lawyers have represented clients in a range of issues regarding private wealth and probates. Prominent examples include:
- Setting aside a Lasting Power of Attorney for a high-profile client. This is the first case of its kind in Singapore.
- Coordinating a global strategy with numerous other international law firms to protect a high net worth client from tax evasion lawsuits.
Our lawyers have extensive expertise and knowledge of the construction and engineering industry. From high-end building and infrastructural projects to non-contentious matters, our team has acted as counsel for international and local contractors, developers and consultants. We understand the construction business from both legal and commercial perspectives and have built a strong reputation for representing parties in high-value and complex adjudications.
We work collaboratively with our clients to arrive at the most ideal resolution of the dispute that maximizes commercial success, and are also well-equipped to minimize costly litigation. We advise our clients in all aspects of adjudication, litigation, and arbitration.
Our construction experience includes:
- Successfully setting aside an adjudication award made against our clients on the basis that the adjudication application did not comply with the procedural requirements under the Security of Payment Act. This is one of very few applications to set aside an adjudication award that have been awarded in Singapore.
- Represented the subsidiary of a leading Malaysian construction conglomerate in an adjudication under the Security of Payment Act involving a claim of over S$7 million, involving over 60 heads of claim. At the adjudication, Providence Law convinced the adjudicator to award the Claimant a tenth of the amount claimed. Providence Law then applied for an adjudication review in respect of the award, and managed to further reduce the amount awarded to a mere S$250,000.
- An 80-day multi-party construction arbitration in Singapore concerning the partial collapse of a cement silo and involving claims of over S$25 million. This case featured complex civil and structural engineering issues addressed by an international panel of 14 expert witnesses.
- A 25-day construction arbitration under ICC Rules in Bangkok, between a Malaysian boilermaker and a prominent Thai mill owner, concerning construction defects in a palm oil refinery in Krabi. This matter involved complex technical issues, Thai law issues and accounting evidence concerning loss of profits as well as earning capacity claims in excess of US$25 million.
Commercial Fraud, Asset Recovery and Internal Investigations
Providence Law Asia has extensive experience advising clients facing criminal investigations and charges related to economic crimes, including: white collar crimes such as complex corporate or insurance fraud; insider or fraudulent trading; market manipulation; corruption and bribery; breach of fiduciary duties; and corporate cyber-crimes. We also specialize in internal investigations and asset recovery, an effort which is strengthened by our expertise in insolvency and restructuring.
Our clients seek our expert advice when facing charges and seek our representation at the regulatory, trial, and appeal stages. Our team is also well-versed and highly-knowledgeable in prominent Acts within Singapore and international criminal law. Many of the cases we have handled include offences under the provisions of the:
- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA);
- Prevention of Corruption Act;
- Penal Code;
- UK Bribery Act; and the
- Confiscation of Benefits Act.
Our clients range from major corporations to individuals, and we are fully committed to supporting them every step of the way in the criminal justice process, from the initial investigations to the conclusion of prosecution.
- Multi-jurisdictional fraud case involving misappropriation of several million dollars by two senior executives in a Kazakhstan subsidiary of a Singapore company, and diversion of proceeds to Hong Kong, Ahmedabad and Liechtenstein. Abraham directed the fraud investigations in Almaty and Singapore, which culminated in worldwide freezing orders and legal action in the Singapore High Court.
- Multi-disciplinary investigations for a leading airport operator in India against a former director in respect of suspected conflict of interest and other serious irregularities, which led to Singapore High Court proceedings, which were subsequently settled favourably.
- Investigated substantial hospital bills on behalf of foreign Government which were rendered by a South East Asian hospital in respect of treatment of a group of foreign patients. Investigations revealed that the hospital had systematically overcharged the foreign government millions of dollars, which directly resulted in an amicable settlement based on substantial discounting of all outstanding hospital bills.
- Secured two acquittals for a Singapore lawyer in two separate trials on serious charges of perjury and corruption, allegedly committed in the course of his practice as an advocate and solicitor.