Daniel CHAN is a Partner in the Banking & Financial Disputes Practice.

His main practice areas are commercial disputes, derivatives & structured products, shareholder-related disputes, and insolvency & asset recovery.

Daniel regularly advises and acts for international banks and financial institutions in complex contentious matters involving both court proceedings and arbitration. He also advises private equity funds and venture capital firms on joint-venture-related disputes, shareholder disputes, alleged breaches of directors' duties and other employee-related matters.

In addition, Daniel has experience in advising blockchain platforms and cryptocurrency/digital token exchanges on fraud, disputed claims and other contentious matters. He also has experience in advising on technology law, including intellectual property rights, and has acted for clients in patent litigation.

Apart from his practice, Daniel is an adjunct faculty member with the School of Law at the Singapore Management University. He is also a Singapore Institute of Legal Education instructor for the Preparatory Course leading to Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations.

Daniel graduated from the National University of Singapore, and was placed 6th in his class in the Singapore Bar Examinations. He was a recipient of the Singapore Academy of Law Overseas Attachment Award. In addition to being a Fellow of the Insolvency Practitioners Association of Singapore, Daniel is a mediator accredited by the Singapore Mediation Centre.

Matters of significance in which Daniel has been involved in include the following:

  • Credit Suisse AG in Court of Appeal and High Court proceedings to defend a US$26 million claim brought by a former client for alleged breaches of duties in relation to losses arising from the client's investments in various financial derivatives, including dual currency investments and accumulators.
  • Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. in Court of Appeal and High Court proceedings to defend the validity of a statutory demand challenged on the grounds that third party security existed and the principle of co-extensiveness allegedly operated to preclude enforcement of the claim.
  • Element Six Technologies Limited, a subsidiary of De Beers, in Court of Appeal and High Court proceedings for the enforcement of multiple patents relating to synthetic single crystal CVD diamond against a Singapore company which claims to have the world's largest synthetic diamond manufacturing facility, in what is one of the most significant patent infringement actions to date in Singapore.
  • BVI and Cyprus incorporated companies in an arbitration claim against Indonesian coal mining companies seeking an annulment of the sale and purchase of three Indonesian coal mining companies with claims valued over US$185 million.
  • A private equity firm in a consolidated international arbitration against a major manufacturer in the petrochemicals industry pertaining to various claims involving fraud, breach of directors' duties and other shareholder-related disputes.
  • A major cosmetics distributor in an international arbitration pertaining to disputes arising from distribution agreements with one of the world's largest cosmetic manufacturers.

Related Practices

  • Banking & Financial Disputes