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Nazim Khan

Senior Partner   |  
Advocate & Solicitor (Singapore)

Nazim Khan – Lawyer Profile

Nazim specialises in complex high value Commercial Litigation and International Arbitration.

key areas of practice

  • Insolvency & Restructuring
  • Corporate, Commercial and Civil Litigation
  • International Arbitration

Nazim was called to the English Bar in July 1990 (Middle Temple) and to the Singapore Bar in January 1992. Nazim specialises in complex high value Commercial Litigation and International Arbitration with a particular focus on forensics, fraud and white-collar crime. He also does a fair amount of corporate work notably shareholders’ agreements, the buying and selling of assets and businesses, mergers and acquisitions and other varieties of corporate agreements. He has acted as Lead Counsel in the following areas:

  • Insolvency, Judicial Management, Receivership and Restructuring;
  • matters relating to Companies & Corporations including derivative actions, minority oppression, breach of directors’ duties, fraud, financial assistance and breaches under various provisions of the Securities and Futures Act and the Companies Act;
  • Letters of Credit, Standby Letters of Credit, Guarantees and Performance Bonds;
  • Banking Litigation;
  • Tortious claims and Economic Torts;
  • Defamation;
  • Disputes on assets and matters arising from Probate and Letters of Administration including cross-jurisdictional disputes;
  • Professional Negligence;
  • Construction related disputes, infrastructure projects and Power Plants (cross-jurisdictional) – domestic and international arbitration;
  • Personal Debt Restructuring for owners in Corporate Insolvencies including Voluntary Arrangements.

Over the years he continues to advise high net worth individuals and entrepreneurs on their personal and business legal issues.

key areas of practice

  • Insolvency & Restructuring
  • Corporate, Commercial and Civil Litigation
  • International Arbitration

Notable Cases

  • Acting successfully in a 22-day trial with 16 witnesses in the Singapore High Court involving allegations of Fraudulent Misrepresentation and Unlawful Means Conspiracy with several experts; the decision is reported at [2021] SGHC 246;
  • Acting for private equity investor in relation to a negligence action against an offshore bank in an acquisition of an oil rig (value US$6 million) with limitation issues reported at [2021] SGHC 141 & [2021] SGHC(A) 16;
  • Acting for a financial education company listed on the ASX against a former director for breach of director’s duties and breach of a restraint of trade clause which resulted in a favourable settlement (2021);
  • Acting for a Plaintiff in a complicated estate matter who had loaned S$5 million to a deceased – the matter was settled favourably (2020);
  • Acting for a former Goldman Director relating to the 1MDB saga in relation to CMSA charges in Malaysia and as they relate to Singapore (2019/2020);
  • Acting for a Counterparty in the Hin Leong/Ocean Tanker matter relating to white collar issues (in excess of US$50 million) (2020);
  • Acting for a GIP Fund in claims by its preference shareholders against the Fund by way of a Derivative Action and subsequently acting for the Directors in claims against them for breach of fiduciary duties (S$40 million) which resulted in a settlement (2018 – 2021);
  • Acting for a substantial unitholder of Eagle REIT in Singapore comprising 18 US hotels originally valued at US$1.2 billion and dealing with issues relating to an EOGM, the MAS and the REIT Trustee (2020/2021);
  • Acting successfully for a Key Director in his Defence in an Unlawful Means Conspiracy claim by Shanghai Shipyard for US$40 million that resulted in a favourable settlement (2020);
  • Acting for an Interim Judicial Manager in relation to the completion of the upgrading of 55 HDB Blocks (2016/2017);
  • Acting for the Special Investigation Committee of a local listed company (SBI Offshore) in relation to investigating allegation of overseas bribery (2017);
  • Acting for a Co-Administrator in removing another Administrator which involved assets in several jurisdictions notably in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore and the BVI and which resulted in a settlement of S$22 million (2015/2016);
  • Claims in the High Court relating to shares in a listed company involving breach of moratorium reported at [2014] SGHC 180 & [2015] SGHC 40;
  • Acting for a large Philippine company against an offshore bank in relation to a wrongful call on a standby letter of credit reported at [2004] SGHC 30; and
  • Acting for Receiver & Managers and Judicial Managers in relation to Construction Companies (Guan Choon and Pillar Construction – G10 Companies) (2003/2004);
  • Acting in an arbitration relating to a combined cycle power plant in Bangladesh that resulted in a settlement (in excess of US$150 million) (2002/2004);
  • Acting on matters relating to several large mounted power plants owned by several Malaysia listcos in the late 1990s that went into their equivalent of Judicial Management (“Danaharta”) covering Kenya, Ecuador, Dominican Republic and Bangladesh;
  • Acting for the 1st Defendant in a 13-day trial involving allegations of Limitation, Conversion and Constructive Trust reported at [1998] 1 SLR(R) 357; [1998] SGHC 35;
  • Acting for Schindler Lift Company Pte Ltd in many claims arising out of being a Nominated Sub-Contractor under the Singapore Institute of Architects Conditions of Contract during the 1997 financial crisis;
  • Acting for the key prosecution witness in PP v Cheam Tat Pang [1996] 1 SLR 54, where the trial in the District Court lasted more than 30 days (1994-1996);
  • Acting in collateral civil suit between a Listco and an investor in setting up of a large Poultry Farm in Tianjin, China (1994/1996);
  • Acting for a large main contractor in disputes relating to sheet piling for a 9-storey flatted factory (1994/1995);
  • Successfully set-aside a Consent Judgment for approximately S$2 million that remained executory for more than 12 years for mistake of fact; the case is reported at [1995] SGHC 29. The counterparty appealed and lost.

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