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Shen Yi SC Thio

Shen Yi SC Thio

Joint Managing Partner

TSMP Law Corporation
Singapore

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Profile
Shen Yi is not just a founding partner of TSMP, but a leading figure in Singapore's legal community, serving as President of the Law Society from 2015 to 2016. Following this tenure, Shen Yi became a Master Bencher of the Middle Temple, an honorary elected position which has been conferred on only six members from Singapore in over seven hundred years of history. He is often cited as a leading individual in Dispute Resolution in many top international legal publications for his work in dispute resolution, primarily as counsel, occasionally as arbitrator.

Shen Yi's voracious appetite for information and his ability to develop a deep grasp of many areas of law and industry have allowed him to develop a wide practice, which includes complex corporate and trust litigation, restructuring and insolvency, financial and commercial disputes, information technology, construction and engineering disputes, and competition law. His reading list is as varied as the legal briefs he handles; he is never happier than when immersed in the eclectic world of economics, history, business, finance, engineering, science and psychology.

Outside the courtroom, Shen Yi strikes the gavel as Singapore's most sought after unpaid charity auctioneer. After his debut at TSMP's 10th anniversary gala charity auction, he has gone on to appear at numerous auctions, further honing his talent for persuasion by making people part with their money for a worthy cause.

Bar Admissions

Singapore

Education

M.A. (CANTAB)
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)
Articles

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

It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of incredulity. Blazing yellow sun. Lapping blue waves. Tanned beach bods and a palm tree’s silhouette swaying against an orange sky. Once ubiquitous, the California Fitness logo that hints at its fabulous lifestyle offering has vanished from Singapore. In its heyday “Cali”, as its legions of fans called it, was not merely a gym, it was a status symbol...

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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