Keith’s practice focuses on complex commercial disputes and restructuring & insolvency. He has appeared as lead counsel at all levels in the Singapore Courts, including in the Court of Appeal, and his legal submissions have been recognised by the Singapore High Court in one reported case as being “succinct, thorough and well researched”, and from which the Court derived “considerable assistance”.
His work has also been recognised by leading legal publications: the International Financial Law Review cites Keith as a “Rising Star” for Restructuring & Insolvency in Singapore, while Legal 500 Asia Pacific has recognised him in the local litigation category as a “Next Generation Lawyer” and a rising star as a practitioner “who is praised for his advocacy and very strategic advice”.
Keith is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars. He is also presently a member of the Law Society of Singapore Insolvency Practice Committee, a founding executive committee member of the Young Insolvency Practitioners’ Committee of the Insolvency Practitioners Association of Singapore (IPAS), and a founding committee member of FIRE Starters, a global community of practitioners in the fraud, insolvency, recovery and enforcement sphere.
Keith graduated from the National University of Singapore with First Class Honours, and is admitted to the Singapore Bar.
The Singapore High Court recently addressed, for the first time in a written grounds of decision, the question of whether a foreign company has the requisite standing to apply for a Section 211B moratorium under the Companies Act. The grounds of decision, which the court noted was issued to assist interested parties, provides much-needed clarity on the requirements of the so-called 'substantial connection test' that foreign applicants must satisfy in order to be eligible for moratorium protection under Section 211B.
In these unprecedented times, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and their owners require swift and cost-effective methods to sustainably manage and restructure their debt burdens, so that they can focus on transforming their businesses to meet the challenges of the post-COVID-19 economy. This article examines the legislative action taken by the government thus far, with a specific focus on its impact on SMEs.