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Gerard Quek

Partner   |  
Advocate & Solicitor (Singapore)

Gerard’s main areas of practice include fraud and asset recovery, commercial disputes, financial services law and regulation and shipping litigation.

key areas of practice

  • International Arbitration
  • Corporate Commercial & Civil Litigation
  • Financial Regulatory Compliance and Advisory
  • Fraud, Asset Recovery and Investigations
  • Corporate Practice

Prior to joining Peter Doraisamy LLC, Gerard trained at one of the largest law firms in Singapore and was also mentored by a prominent Senior Counsel. Gerard also worked for a reputable UK Law firm in London in their Maritime & International Trade department and assisted with several matters, including a complex arbitration dispute, involving a wrongful termination of contract for the operations of a copper mine in Zimbabwe.

 

Since, being called to the Singapore Bar, Gerard has argued on various matters before the Supreme Court and State Court of Singapore. In particular, Gerard acted for the insurers of one of the largest commodities warehouse operators in the world. The aforesaid matter is a complex one that involves various issues of law and several multinational claimants in various jurisdictions. The total estimated claims made by all claimants is approximately USD 500 million dollars.

 

In 2018, Gerard was appointed as a Legal Advisor to the Association of Catering Professionals Singapore (members include MNCs and listed Companies) Gerard graduated from the University of Tasmania in the top 30% of his cohort and was subsequently admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor in Singapore.

 

Gerard can be contacted at gquek@pdlegal.com.sg

key areas of practice

  • International Arbitration
  • Corporate Commercial & Civil Litigation
  • Financial Regulatory Compliance and Advisory
  • Fraud, Asset Recovery and Investigations
  • Corporate Practice

Areas Of Practice And Experience

Civil and Commercial Disputes

  • Gerard acts for 154 Claimants in a representative action. A representative action is unique in nature and uncommon in Singapore. The Claimants are claiming approximately $47 million in a multi jurisdiction scam. The alleged scam involved the setting up of sham and façade companies. These companies were used to induce investors to invest in the same with promises of guaranteed exorbitant interest returns (around 70% to 120%) on invested sums. Gerard successfully argued for a world-wide mareva injunction order against eighteen defendants in the said suit.
  • Gerard acts for the husband of Madam He Ying (the “Deceased”). In summary, the Deceased swam in the swimming pool of a Hotel and drown shortly after entering the said pool. A Coroner’s hearing was held and the summarised facts and findings can be found in the following link: https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/shortcomings-found-bugis-hotel-pool-where-woman-drowned
  • Gerard acts for one of the largest logistics and petrochemical service providers in South East Asia in respect of a conspiracy claim against several employees of a subsidiary. More recently, Gerard argued for a prohibitory injunction against the said employees.
  • Acted as Singapore Counsel for the insurers of one of the largest commodities warehouse operators in the world involving various issues of law and several multinational claimants in various jurisdictions. The total estimated claims made by all claimants is approximately USD 500 million.
  • Acted as Singapore Counsel to one of the largest light works supplier and designer in Thailand against a SGX listed company and its subsidiary, in respect of a complex cross jurisdictional contractual dispute. In the said matter, Gerard argued to resist a stay of proceedings application made by a listed company, in favour of arbitration and/or forum non conveniens.
  • Acted as Counsel for a creditor seeking to support the winding up of a company. The winding up of the said company was complex in nature due to, among other things, the cash flow complexities and immediate asset realisation of the company used to prove or disprove the insolvent nature of the company. Further, the said creditor represented by Gerard was also the director of the company it sought to wind up.
  • Acted for a key shareholder in respect of a cross claim against a company listed on the OTCQX (New York). The total value of the cross claim amount to approximately USD 30 million.

 

Shipping Litigation

  • Acting for an LNG carrier in respect of the grounding by the said carrier of the reef at the Eauripik Atoll in the Yap State of the Federated Stated of Micronesia.

 

Financial Regulatory Compliance & Advisory

  • Advised a US Treasury Bond proprietary trader in respect of allegations of Wash Trading and Market Manipulation which also involved investigations conducted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (New York).
  • Assisted with a matter which was a highly publicised corruption scandal in South America involving the first ever FCPA resolution involving a Singapore company and an unprecedented global settlement between three jurisdictions.
  • Assisted in the Defence of a proprietary trader who was charged by the SGX Disciplinary Tribunal. The said trader was alleged to have contravened SGX-ST Rule 13.8.1, market manipulation and creation of false market (the “rule”). Issues raised include the definition of “layering”, whether “iceberg orders” amount to market manipulation especially when such orders are applied on penny stocks with little movement and whether such an act contravenes the said rule.
  • Assisted in a matter involving a reputable securities broker seeking to recover trading losses made and disputed by the Defendant. Issues raised include whether a trading limit imposed is for the benefit of the broker or the customer.
  • Assisted in the internal Investigation of an employee of a client, a Forex Trader who purportedly performed several “wash trades” contravening Part I paragraph 6 of the Blue Book. Issues include whether a private and confidential agreement between two individuals to perform what seems to be a “wash trade” like transaction, contravenes the Blue Book.
  • Advised a wealth manager facing internal disciplinary proceedings in respect of a complaint made regarding the failure to comply with section 58 of the Financial Advisers Act (Cap. 110)

 

Corporate Practice

  • Assisted in a complex share pledge between a mining company and a consortium of 11 banks for the re-financing of eight oil rigs.
  • Conducted due diligence for a company seeking to list itself on the London Stock Exchange.

Professional Engagements

  • Legal Advisor to the Association of Catering Professionals Singapore (members include MNCs and listed Companies)
  • Consultant to an iconic Italian leather goods Company

Memberships In Professional Bodies

  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law

Course Attended

  • Continuing Legal Education Auditing Programme – “Admiralty Law & Practice” (Aug 2017 to Nov 2017)

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