Jonathan MUK 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 was called to the Singapore Bar in 2016 after stints serving as a Deputy Public Prosecutor (“DPP”) with the Attorney General’s Chambers and as a Justices Law Clerk (“JLC”) with the Supreme Court of Singapore. He is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and basic Bahasa Melayu.

Jonathan co-heads the International Trade, Shipping, and Sanctions practice in the Firm. His practice 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. Most of Jonathan’s cases involve investigations and uncovering of fraudulent conduct, and to this end, Jonathan has successfully represented clients to apply for and obtain Anton Pillar orders (also known as search orders) against defendants suspected of misappropriating confidential company information. Given the international nature of Jonathan’s practice, he has experience working with senior local and international 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 on both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Some of the clients Jonathan has represented include Unipec Singapore Pte Ltd, Grabtaxi Holdings Pte Ltd, MS First Capital Insurance Pte Ltd, and Holdings Ltd. Clients have commended Jonathan for being “very attentive to the case and very prompt in providing detailed feedback, as well as clear and strategic advice on the way forward”, providing a “Quick turnaround, easily available to speak to, and [giving] good practical advice”, and being “very hands on the case and [knowing] it top to bottom”.

As a DPP, Jonathan prosecuted drug and regulatory offences, and assisted with the prosecution of several individuals involved in a high-profile Ponzi scheme. As a JLC, Jonathan assisted sitting judges in the Singapore High Court and Court of Appeal on a wide variety of matters. Two of the judgments Jonathan assisted on have since become landmark decisions on administrative law and litigation funding.

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.

Jonathan previously served as an adjunct faculty at the Singapore Management University’s School of Law and has contributed to several leading textbooks and journal publications, such as the Singapore Academy of Law Journal and Derivatives & Financial Instruments. He also advised on the Practice Advisory Committee with the Singapore Management University’s Yong Pung How School of Law.

Outside of work, Jonathan is actively involved with ReadAble Ltd, a charity which he co-founded and which today serves children and families in raising their literacy and numeracy proficiency.