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Shen Yi read law at St John’s College, Cambridge University, graduating in 1991. He subsequently topped the English Bar Examinations, and was called to the Singapore bar in 1993. Since then, he has practiced exclusively in dispute resolution, primarily as counsel, and occasionally as arbitrator. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2008 at 40. He was elected a Master Bencher of The Middle Temple in 2016.

Shen Yi has been described as “a shining example of the younger generation coming through – he likes legal issues, thinks hard about the cases he has, approaches them carefully and won’t rush off on something just to make an impact” (Chambers Global 2010). Considered “a formidable opponent in corporate disputes” (Asialaw Profiles 2013) with a reputation for “imaginative strategy” and “excellent cross-examination” (Legal 500 2015), Shen Yi believes in fighting hard but fighting honourably, and “receives praise from commentators and clients for his advocacy skills: “In Court, he doesn’t flinch from a tough fight, but at the same time he is not abrasive” (Chambers Global 2011). His peers consider him “a very good lawyer, very determined and tenacious” (Chambers Global 2017) and as a “vastly experienced senior counsel” (Legal 500 2017), he has consistently been cited as a “Leading Individual-Dispute Resolution” in Singapore by both Chambers Global and Chambers Asia. He has also been identified as a Market Leading Lawyer for Dispute Resolution & Litigation in the Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2017.

Recognised as a leading commercial litigator in the International Who’s Who Legal (2013 – 2016), Shen Yi chooses to practice a wide spectrum of corporate, financial and insolvency law to keep his adrenaline pumping and neurons challenged. Insatiably curious and an avid reader, he believes that to fully understand the brief, a wide-ranging and eclectic knowledge of economics, history, business, finance, engineering, science and psychology is critical. Shen Yi is happiest when diving headfirst into a complex dispute, requiring both an in-depth forensic mind and the skills of a natural advocate. His submissions before the Court of Appeal are just as likely to include a line from Spiderman, the movie (Uncle Ben: “with great power comes great responsibility"), as a quotation from Shakespeare or Wilde.

Although he spends most of his waking hours solving his client’s problems and bearing the legal weight of their burdens, Shen Yi is fully committed to the wider issue of the role of the legal community in Singapore’s social and economic system. He served as the President of the Law Society, and as Vice-President of the Senate of the Singapore Academy of Law from 2015-2016. A firm believer that pro bono legal work is a debt that every lawyer owes, he also currently serves on the board of the Law Society Pro Bono Services Limited, a registered charity.

Bar Admissions

England & Wales (1992)
Singapore (1993)


Anglo Chinese Junior School (1974 - 1979)
Anglo Chinese Secondary School (1980 - 1983)
Hwa Chong Instituition (1984 - 1985)
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Lead Counsel representing Peter Lim in his successful defence against claims of over SGD150 million made by Raffles Town Club, in what was the longest civil trial in the Singapore Courts: Raffles Town Club Pte v Lim Eng Hock Peter and others [2011]SGHC 163

Lead Counsel for Ho Lee Construction in the current leading case on Schemes of Arrangement under section 210 of the Companies Act: RBS & others v TT International & anor [2012] SGCA 9

Lead Counsel in an international arbitration for a major telecommunications service provider in their claims against a multinational technology integrator in respect of a 4G wireless data network

Lead counsel for Bank of America, in opposition to S210(10) moratorium sought by Pacific Andes Ltd (a company listed in SGX) and its subsidiaries. See: Pacific Andes Resources Development Ltd and other matters [2016] SGHC 210

Lead counsel for Vintage Bullion DMCC, in a dispute arising from the liquidation of MF Global, the issue being whether monies held by the liquidators were trust monies or monies belonging to the client. See: Vintage Bullion DMCC (in its own capacity and as representative of the customers of MF Global Singapore Pte Ltd (in creditors' voluntary liquidation)) v Chay Fook Yuen (in his capacity as joint and several liquidator of MF Global Singapore Pte Ltd (in creditors' voluntary liquidation)) and others and other appeals [2016] SGCA 49

Lead counsel for Samwoh Corporation Pte Ltd and its subsidiaries, in a dispute where minority shareholders claimed that they had been oppressed by the majority shareholders and sought a court order that they be entitled to buy out the majority. See: Koh Keng Chew and others v Liew Kit Fah and others [2016] 4 SLR 1208; [2016] SGHC 140

Professional Associations

    Singapore International Arbitration (SIarb)
    Asean Law Association (ALA)
    Singapore Academy of Law (SAL)

Professional Activities and Experience

Drew & Napier LLC (November 1992 - January 1997)
Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP (January 1997 - December 1997)

What the Dickens is Up With Audit Firms?
TSMP Law Corporation, May 2019

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Arming the Silent Minority
TSMP Law Corporation, January 2019

Minority shareholders – often forced to silently accept the rule of the majority – should be given a voice. In May last year, Jerry Low, a minority investor in Asiatic Group (Holdings), wrote an open letter to the management highlighting concerns regarding the SGX-listed company’s poor performance, juxtaposing this against the high remuneration enjoyed by its senior management team...

A Future-Ready Justice System for Singapore
TSMP Law Corporation, November 2018

While the motivation behind the Civil Justice Commission’s consultation paper – aimed at enhancing the Court system – is laudable, the proposed introduction of litigation scale costs may hurt Singapore’s standing as a global litigation hub. In 2015, the Chief Justice established the Civil Justice Commission (CJC) to review Singapore’s civil justice system, with the goal of transforming and modernising the litigation process...

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