Bertrice Hsu

Associate
Advocate and Solicitor, Singapore

bertricehsu@lvmlawchambers.com
+65 6921 7188

Bertrice graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2018 and joined LVM after spending 2 years at another mid-sized boutique commercial litigation firm. She has represented clients in a broad range of matters spanning financial disputes, breaches of fiduciary duties, restructuring and insolvency matters, and matrimonial disputes, and has acted as lead counsel in matters in the State Courts and the Family Court and in interlocutory applications for matters in the High Court.

Bertrice specialises in corporate commercial disputes and has assisted on numerous complex and high-value commercial litigation disputes spanning all levels of the Singapore judiciary, including the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC). High profile matters that she has assisted on include the reported SICC decision in Malayan Banking Bhd v Barclays Bank PLC [2019] 4 SLR 109, which was the first judgment in the Commonwealth world to pronounce on the legal character of a SWIFT transaction, representing the interests of a group of bank lenders in the restructuring of a prominent Singapore water technologies company, Hyflux Limited, and a fraud and conspiracy claim by United Overseas Bank Ltd, a leading Singapore bank, against Lippo Marina Collection Pte Ltd.

Bertrice was also an accomplished mooter during her time in NUS. She was a finalist in and emerged Champion of the Advocacy Cup 2016 and went on to represent NUS in the ALSA Witness Examination Competition 2016 and the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition 2018. She was ranked as one of the top 30 speakers as part of the Best Newcomer Team in the latter competition.

Outside of the office, Bertrice is an avid film buff and enjoys reading.

Case Highlights

  • Represented one of Singapore’s largest banks, United Overseas Bank Ltd in its claims for fraud and conspiracy against, amongst others, Lippo Marina Collection Pte Ltd, a property development company within the well-known Lippo Group, relating to UOB’s grant of mortgage loans amounting to an aggregate sum of S$181 million for the purchase of luxury condominium units at The Marina Collection at Sentosa Cove developed by Lippo Marina.
  • Represented a working group of bank lenders comprising approximately S$874.6 million of the unsecured debt of Hyflux Limited, in the proposed restructuring of the Hyflux Group.
  • Represented Malayan Banking Berhad before the Singapore International Commercial Court in a dispute with Barclays Bank PLC, the first case regarding the legal principles behind SWIFT transactions, and the law relating to the allocation of risk and liability in the area of cross-border funds transfers via SWIFT payments (Malayan Banking Bhd v Barclays Bank PLC [2019] 4 SLR 109).
  • Represented a leading web-hosting services company incorporated in Vietnam in an arbitration against a US incorporated software giant in the Singapore International Arbitration Centre.
  • Represented and advised a client in proceedings in the High Court of Singapore where claims in excess of $10 million were brought against him for breaches of fiduciary duties.
  • Represented a British-Hong Kong individual in applications before the Family Court and the Family Division of the High Court, and successfully resisted the counterparty’s attempts to relocate the only child of the marriage to Perth, Australia.
  • Represented a Malaysian individual in proceedings under Sections 5 and 11 of the Guardianship of Infants Act, which involved substantial litigation on child issues which required the involvement of a Child Representative.
  • Represented an ex-domestic worker in a pro bono matter, who had been subject to salary deductions by the local employment agency that was in excess of the quantum of deductions allowed under the Employment Agencies Rules in Singapore.

Appointments

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

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