Jonathan Muk

Associate Director
Advocate and Solicitor, Singapore

jonathanmuk@lvmlawchambers.com
+65 8022 2376

Jonathan attended the Singapore Management University’s School of Law and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Laws (Summa cum Laude) and Bachelor of Business Management (Finance) (Summa cum Laude). He is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and basic Bahasa Melayu.

Upon graduation, Jonathan served as Deputy Public Prosecutor for a short period of time before being posted to the Supreme Court of Singapore as a Justices Law Clerk for two years where he assisted the Singapore High Court and Court of Appeal on a variety of matters involving different fields of law. Two of the judgments Jonathan assisted on have since become landmark decisions on administrative law and litigation funding.

After his stint in the Judiciary, Jonathan was called to the Singapore Bar in 2016. Since then, he has worked with senior local and international practitioners in private practice, including practitioners from the United States of America, the United Kingdom, the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Japan, and the British Virgin Islands. His practice area is mainly in high-value commercial litigation, arbitration, and mediation, specifically in the fields of banking, real estate, oil and gas, financial technology, and private equity. Some of the clients Jonathan has represented include Unipec Singapore Pte Ltd, Grabtaxi Holdings Pte Ltd, MS First Capital Insurance Pte Ltd, and Asiatravel.com Holdings Ltd.

Most of Jonathan’s cases involve investigations and uncovering of fraudulent conduct.

Jonathan is also an accredited mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre and part of the FIDReC-SMC Co-Mediation Pilot Scheme. Since being empanelled, Jonathan has mediated several cases involving credit card disputes, motor insurance, and accident and health insurance. He has been commended for his ability to manage expectations and emptions well and received positive feedback for his “good control of the proceedings”, ability to build “good rapport with the parties”, and “helping explore and develop options” for the parties to amicably resolve their dispute.

Outside of private practice, Jonathan has served as an adjunct faculty at the Singapore Management University’s School of Law and contributed to several leading textbooks and journal publications, such as the Singapore Academy of Law Journal and Derivatives & Financial Instruments.

A firm believer that being part of a community also means giving back to it, Jonathan is actively involved with ReadAble Ltd, a non-profit organisation established to serve children and families from a low-income estate in the area of literacy and numeracy.

Case Highlights

  • Presently representing a major state-owned entity in a Singapore International Arbitration Centre arbitration against one of the largest independent oil storage terminals in Asia Pacific. The claim is worth about US$40 million and relates to the largest corporate fraud in Singapore’s history.
  • Successfully represented and advised an individual in resisting an appeal concerning the recission of a share transaction worth US$30 million (Liberty Sky Investments Ltd v Aesthetic Medical Partners Pte Ltd and other appeals and another matter [2020] 1 SLR 606). The matter involved issues of fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of contract, and bars to recission of contract.
  • Successfully represented and advised a law firm in an appeal such that the law firm was free to act for a second client against the same defendants when a previous suit against the defendants had settled on terms which were confidential (LVM Law Chambers LLC v Wan Hoe Keet and another and another matter [2020] 1 SLR 1083).
  • Represented 4 high net-worth individuals from an Indonesian family in an inheritance dispute concerning the division of a family-owned conglomerate. The dispute was worth more than US$200 million and eventually successfully settled after mediation at the Singapore International Mediation Centre.
  • Successfully represented a couple in the Singapore High Court on their claim against a rogue financial adviser for breach of fiduciary duties and fraud (Sabyasachi Mukherjee v Pradeepto Kumar Biswas [2018] SGHC 271) and getting the appeal struck out on the basis that the appellant repeatedly failed to file the necessary documents for bringing the appeal (Pradeepto Kumar Biswas v Sabyasachi Mukherjee and another [2019] SGCA 79)
  • Represented a high net worth individual in a preliminary determination involving questions of law relating to res judicata and abuse of process (BLL v BLM and another [2019] SGHC 208)
  • Successfully assisted Malaysian lawyers and a high net-worth individual in a defamation appeal to the Malaysian Court of Appeal by providing a Singapore law perspective on the law of defamation.
  • Successfully represented 4 companies in obtaining a moratorium under Section 211B of the Companies Act and preparing the proposed scheme of arrangement to the creditors.
  • Successfully represented a high net-worth expatriate mother in an acrimonious divorce in an application for her to relocate back to her home country with her 2-year-old son.
  • Successfully obtained a conditional warning for an individual charged under Section 322 of the Penal Code (Cap 224, 2008 Rev Ed) for voluntarily causing grievous hurt after extensive engagement with the Prosecution.

Appointments

  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law
  • Associate Mediator, Singapore Mediation Centre
  • Co-Mediator, Financial Industry Disputes Resolution Centre Ltd

Education

  • Bachelor of Laws, Singapore Management University (Summa cum Laude) (Highest honours)
  • Bachelor of Business Management (Finance), Singapore Management University (Summa cum Laude) (Highest honours)

Publications

  • Randolph Khoo Boo Teck and Jonathan Muk Chen Yeen, “Trusts and Divorce” in Law and Practice of Family Law in Singapore (Foo Siew Fong gen ed) (Sweet & Maxwell, 2016)
  • Chen Siyuan and Muk Chen Yeen Jonathan, Family Law (2019) 16 SAL Ann Rev 2019
  • Jonathan Muk Chen Yeen, “Less Payne In The International Relocation of Children: BNS v BNT [2015] 3 SLR 973” (2016) 28 SAcLJ 303
  • Jonathan Muk Chen Yeen and Chin Wan Yew Rachel, “Sections 299 and 300 of the Penal Code: A Revisit and Further Suggested Amendments” [2015] 33 Sing L Rev 1
  • Jonathan Muk Chen Yeen, “The Sound of Silence ­– An Analysis of the Incorporation of Arbitration Terms after Contract Formation: R1 International Pte Ltd v Lonstroff AG [2015] 1 SLR 521” [2015] 11(1) Asian International Arbitration Journal 93
  • Jonathan Muk Chen Yeen, “Proposed Improvements To The Division of Parties’ Beneficial Interests Beyond the Women’s Charter: Chan Yuen Lan v See Fong Mun [2014] 3 SLR 1048” (2015) 27 SAcLJ 245
  • Jonathan Muk Chen Yeen, “Too Confident: Section 33 of the Income Tax Act and Its (Mis)Trust in Judicial Precedent” (2014) Derivatives & Financial Instruments 208
  • Jonathan Muk Chen Yeen, “Al Bai Bithaman Ajil: The grant of ibra in customer default situations” [2015] 5 Malayan Law Journal 1
  • For more publications, kindly contact Jonathan Muk.

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