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Derek Loh

Derek Loh

Partner

TSMP Law Corporation
Singapore

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Profile
"Building" is a word you will hear a lot when it comes to describing Derek. With Building and Construction Law as the foundation of his practice, he has built a towering resume that encompasses almost the entire spectrum of construction legal practice, ranging from drafting construction contracts to dispute resolution and arbitrations in construction projects (including complex petrochemical plant projects). This love for construction also translates to the strong relationships he builds with his clients. Derek immerses himself in their worlds, deconstructing their businesses and commercial culture to build sound, tactical strategies and advice.

Derek's building doesn't stop outside the firm. Involved in the work of Lasallian schools, particularly the St Joseph's Institution family, he helps develop schools in Singapore, KL and the region, literally helping to break new ground for the Singaporean brand of education overseas.

Bar Admissions

Singapore

Education

M.A. (CANTAB)
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Advising and representing international contractors on their construction contracts (including both drafting and dispute resolution) in Singapore and internationally with individual contract values in excess of US$1 billion.

Representing and advising international specialist contractors involved in the construction of both Integrated Resorts in Singapore.

Advising one of the largest data centre developers in the world on their projects in Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and Japan (project values exceeding US$1 billion in aggregate).

Advising one of the largest geotechnical contractors in the world on their various projects in Singapore, Indonesia and Australia (project values exceeding US$1 billion in aggregate).
Articles

Reading the Tea Leaves for 2020
TSMP Law Corporation, January 2020

Oh what a year it has been. 2019 has been a rollercoaster ride: Trump accelerates and then suddenly slams on the brakes on his tit-for-tat trade war with China. Hong Kong, hitherto the paradigm of pragmatism, lies smouldering as months of pro-democracy protests see no end. A Swedish girl (celebrating her 17th birthday just last Friday) becomes the unlikely face of environmentalism, shaming Boomers for doing nothing about climate change in front of the UN...

Pollution of the Solution?
TSMP Law Corporation, November 2019

Amid the noise, vitriol and spectacle, the real debate that we need to have about climate change has been drowned out. In the past few weeks, I have followed with much interest a Swedish child activist’s barely concealed yearning for the Nobel Peace Prize. Sadly, Greta Thunberg, famous for her tirades on climate change, did not win the award, despite her widely watched zero-emission Atlantic crossing in a hydro- and solar-powered yacht to address the UN General Assembly...

The Human Instinct to Embrace Inequality
TSMP Law Corporation, September 2018

It’s crazy. It’s real. It’s awry. A secretly, stupendously rich man falls in love with a poor girl. His mother declares her a gold-digger. Much gnashing of teeth ensues. Beyond its simple rom-com plot, however, the film Crazy Rich Asians has a less palatable aspect to its story: inequality and our apparent acceptance of it...

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