Commercial Litigation & Arbitration
Fraud, Investigations & Employment
Kexin’s practice is best known for commercial disputes, fraud and investigations, and criminal defence.
Starting her own practice at a relatively young age (after working in one of Singapore’s top firms under Senior Counsel) has given Kexin both breadth and depth of experience. Her background acting for a mix of institutional and individual clients has taught her to formulate solutions that are tailored to the needs of each client, and the contours of each matter. She understands the real pressures of litigation, and provides counsel and clarity in the midst of complication.
Her notable cases include setting aside an injunction restraining the Singapore branch of a foreign bank, and attaining multi-million dollar reliefs in a claim for breach of director’s duties involving an international shipping group. She has argued at all levels of the Singapore Court, successfully striking out a wrongful termination claim in the High Court, and arguing a criminal procedure application before the Court of Appeal. Her expertise includes advising clients on investigations, and identifying and managing risks.
Kexin’s experience extends to alternative dispute resolution, having acted for an aerospace company in ICC arbitrations against a large MNC, and as counsel in multiple SIAC arbitrations. She is also an accredited mediator.
Along with legal practice, Kexin enjoys the challenge of long distance running and the never-ending pursuit of making the perfect chiffon cake.
- Acted for an Indonesian bank defending a claim of wrongful payment under demand guarantees. Set aside an ex parte injunction before the High Court. Successfully defended the plaintiff’s applications for summary judgment and striking out of the Defence.
- Acted for the liquidator in a suit against former directors of the Singapore arm of an international shipping group. Obtained a S$15 million judgment and other proprietary reliefs (Parakou Shipping Pte Ltd (in liquidation) v Liu Cheng Chan and others).
- Assistant counsel in a successful application to set aside service out of jurisdiction involving conflict of laws issues (Chen Yun Hian Christopher v BHNV Online Ltd and others). Led by Calvin Liang.
- Acted for directors of a company involved in gaming development and payment aggregation, to defend claims of breach of director’s duties.
- Acted for an Indonesian aerospace company in commencing three ICC arbitrations against a large multi-national corporation for a claim of close to US$30 million.
- Counsel in an SIAC Arbitration involving established companies in the FMCG market. Acted for the claimant against a large MNC, with claims of approximately US$1 billion. Led by Toby Landau QC.
- Counsel to a foreign mining corporation in an application to set aside an arbitration award. Led by Toby Landau QC.
- Acted for the subsidiary of a main-board listed company in Singapore, in an arbitration concerning a power-plant project in India.
- Acted for a Malaysian client in successfully obtaining an order for the recording of evidence in Singapore, for proceedings in a foreign jurisdiction.
- Acted for an international oil trading company investigating allegations of cheating and falsification of information.
- Acted for a Japanese company conducting an internal investigation into allegations of bribery.
- Assistant counsel to a foreign central bank investigating issues of financial fraud including round-tripping and Ponzi-like schemes.
- Acted for a multi-national company defending a claim of wrongful dismissal. Successfully struck out the entirety of the employee’s claim (Ng Chin Siong v MTU Asia Pte Ltd). Decision was upheld on appeal before the High Court.
- Advised a leading luxury-goods company on claims of unlawful dismissal.
- Lead counsel in a trial concerning charges under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
- Co-counsel in a Magistrate’s Appeal and related applications. Argued before the High Court and Court of Appeal.
- Obtained a Mandatory Treatment Order for an accused person facing charges concerning the retention of benefits from criminal conduct.
- 2014: National University of Singapore: LLB (Hons), Second Upper
- 2013: Research Assistant for Human Rights Law
- 2012: Research Assistant for Contract Law
- Singapore Mediation Centre – Accredited Mediator
- 2014: Overall 4th in the Singapore Bar Examination
- 2014: Distinction in Criminal Procedure
- 2014: Singapore Institute of Legal Education Prize for the Best Student in Ethics & Professional Responsibility
- 2011: Mallal Moots 1st Runner Up
- 2011: Rodyk Moots Top Ten Finalist
- 2020: Design Thinking: Perspectives, Postures and Processes for the Future of the Legal Industry, The Law Society of Singapore, Legal Research and Development Colloquium 2020, Research Paper Series
- 2020: Colloquium on ‘The Role of Lawyers in the Age of Disruption: Emerging Regulatory Challenges’, Panellist
Yu Kexin is practising from the sole proprietorship Yu Law (UEN No. 53408665M)