ZHUANG WenXiong is a Partner in the Commercial & Corporate Disputes Practice.
 
WenXiong has an active Court and arbitration practice spanning the full gamut of cross-border commercial and corporate disputes, including banking, construction, cryptocurrency, defamation, energy projects, fraud, hospitality, minority oppression, mergers and acquisitions, supply of goods, and syndicated loans. WenXiong has appeared before the High Court and Court of Appeal, in addition to international arbitrations under various arbitral rules (including the SIAC, ICC and LCIA). WenXiong also successfully prosecuted the first cryptocurrency claim before the Court of Appeal, which raised novel and complex legal issues pertaining to the algorithmic trading of cryptocurrencies. 
 
WenXiong graduated with a LL.B. (First Class Honours) from the National University of Singapore, and a LL.M. from New York University on the NUS-NYU LL.B/LL.M Dual Degree Programme. Prior to private practice, WenXiong served as a Justices’ Law Clerk to both the High Court and Court of Appeal, and as an Assistant Registrar and Magistrate, whereby he authored landmark judgments on the conflict of laws and substituted service by social media. In addition, WenXiong was a Teaching Fellow with the National University of Singapore, where he co-taught conflict of laws and international commercial litigation with Professor Tan Yock Lin.
 
WenXiong has been appointed as Young Amicus Curiae by the High Court, to assist the Court in its determination of novel and complex issues of law. He has submitted on public interest immunity in the context of mutual legal assistance, and the appropriate sentencing framework for breaches of remission orders.
 
WenXiong has published extensively. He is a contributor to Singapore Civil Procedure, and is the author of numerous articles published in the Singapore Academy of Law Journal and Singapore Journal of Legal Studies. His articles have been cited favourably by the Court of Appeal, High Court, and by other academics. 
 
WenXiong has also done a placement with Fountain Court Chambers where he worked with a number of barristers and Queen’s Counsel on a variety of matters in the English commercial courts.

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

  • Acting for B2C2 Ltd, one of the world’s largest market makers in cryptocurrency, in a dispute over the cancelling of cryptocurrency trades at 250 times the going rate, in the first such dispute before the Singapore courts and involving inter alia the novel issue of how the doctrine of mistake was applicable to algorithmic trading in cryptocurrency (Quoine Pte Ltd v B2C2 Ltd [2020] 2 SLR 20).
  • Acting in an appeal against a Tribunal’s preliminary ruling on jurisdiction; the underlying dispute was over the supply of round logs governed by a suite of related agreements with different arbitration clauses (BQP v BQQ [2018] 4 SLR 1364).
  • Acting for Kajima Overseas Asia Pte Ltd, one of the largest construction companies in Singapore, in the setting aside of an adjudication determination (made pursuant to the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act) on the grounds of a prematurely filed adjudication application (Linkforce Pte Ltd v Kajima Overseas Asia Pte Ltd [2017] SGHC 46).
  • Challenging the appointment of a third member of a tribunal constituted under ICC Rules, on the grounds that the third member was to act as an umpire rather than a chairperson (BNP and another v BNR [2018] 3 SLR 889).
  • Successfully obtaining a worldwide Mareva injunction and an order for the appointment of receivers and managers in respect of Singaporean companies linked to a former Russian minister.
  • Acting for Indonesian hotel owners in a dispute with a European hotel operator over the termination of a series of long-term hotel management agreements.

Related Practice

  • Commercial & Corporate Disputes
  • Contributor to the 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 editions of Singapore Civil Procedure (commonly known as the White Book)
  • “Prospective Judicial Pronouncements and Limits to Judicial Law-Making” (2016) 28 SAcLJ 611, cited with approval in the Court of Appeal decision of Adri Anton Kalangie v Public Prosecutor [2018] 2 SLR 557
  • “The (Quistclose) Resulting Trust as a Proprietary Response to Unjust Enrichment: A Bridge Too Far?” (2014) 26 SAcLJ 649, cited in Attorney-General v Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council [2015] 4 SLR 474
  • “Rethinking the Dichotomy between Civil and Criminal Contempt of Court” (2015) 27 SAcLJ 555
  • “Burgundy, the Bifurcation of Jurisdiction and its Future Implications” (2015) 27 SAcLJ 222
  • “The Subsumation of Maintenance and Champerty Under Third Party Orders” [2014] SJLS 377

The GAR100 has stated that the “constant determination and drive” of WenXiong gave the client confidence the case was in good hands.