Derric Yeoh

Senior Associate
Advocate and Solicitor, Singapore

derricyeoh@lvmlawchambers.com
+65 6921 7186

Derric began his legal career training under Dr Michael Hwang SC, a leading international arbitrator and former Chief Justice of the Dubai International Financial Centre. He has experience and familiarity with arbitration proceedings from a common law and civil law perspective, having worked at a leading Swiss law firm and United States firm prior to joining LVM Law Chambers. He has acted in a variety of arbitrations ranging from commercial arbitrations to sports and investor-state arbitrations.

Derric also has litigation experience and was instructed counsel in BOK v BOL & BOM [2017] SGHC 316, which is a seminal case on the applicability of the doctrine of unconscionability in Singapore.

Derric has also written articles on international arbitration that have been published in the Journal of International Arbitration, the Singapore Arbitration Journal, and the Kluwer Arbitration Blog. These are widely cited by other authors. He has also spoken at international conferences on international arbitration together with such prominent speakers as Lord Briggs of the United Kingdom Supreme Court. He is also the assistant editor of the Singapore Arbitration Journal and is among the pioneer batch of graduates of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) accredited tribunal secretaries program. A keen mentor, Derric is active in several young arbitration groups and is an elected Council Member of the Law Society of Singapore.

Case Highlights

  • Represented the settlor in BOK v BOL & BOM [2017] SGHC 316 and successfully set aside a deed of trust at the Singapore High Court as instructed junior counsel to Dr Michael Hwang SC. This is now one of the leading cases on the doctrine of unconscionability in Singapore. The matter concerned a SGD 54 million dispute over a deed of trust which involved issues of mistake, misrepresentation, undue influence, unconscionability, equity and trusts, implied retainer, breach of contract, and professional negligence.
  • Represented a Swiss bank in a USD 200 million banking dispute in several jurisdictions (such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore) against a Taiwanese insurance company regarding the embezzlement of funds. Successfully resisted enforcement of the arbitral award in Hong Kong.
  • Represented the Russian Federation against Ukrainian companies over the expropriation of assets estimated at USD 5 billion in an investment treaty arbitration seated at the Hague under UNCITRAL Rules governed by international law.
  • Represented a Swiss pharmaceutical company against a US company for a USD 20 million dispute over a breach of an exclusive distributor agreement in an ICC arbitration seated in London and governed by English law.
  • Represented a British commodities MNC against a Ukrainian commodities company for a USD 23 million dispute over the loss of commodities in an LCIA arbitration seated in London and governed by English law.
  • Represented a group of Russian track and field athletes accused of doping and successfully overturned their lifetime Olympic bans before the CAS in sport arbitrations. The doping allegations were the subject of the award-winning Netflix documentary “Icarus”.
  • Represented a US renewable energy company against a Japanese supplier concerning a USD 25 million dispute over the supply of defective goods in an SIAC arbitration seated in Singapore and governed by Singapore law.

Appointments

  • Council Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law
  • Assistant Editor, Singapore Arbitration Journal

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