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Chia Voon Jiet

Director
Commercial Litigation, Competition Law & Regulatory Practice

Voon Jiet handles a broad spectrum of litigation and arbitration matters, both domestic and cross-border. These include civil disputes relating to banking and finance, commercial contracts, company law, insolvency, corporate fraud, tort, and employment. He has over 10 years of experience representing multinational corporations, financial institutions, statutory boards and individuals at all levels of the Singapore Court, including as lead counsel in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

He also specialises in competition law, administrative law and regulatory matters. He has extensive experience in these matters across various industries, including info-communications, media, energy and transport. He has represented various local and overseas entities in competition and regulatory investigations, as well as appeals to the Competition Appeal Board.

Voon Jiet obtained First Class Honours from the National University of Singapore. He also attended Harvard Law School, where he graduated with a Master of Laws.

He is a co-author for the Singapore Academy of Law Annual Review on Civil Procedure. He has also contributed chapters to a number of prominent publications and textbooks on Singapore law.

Experience

Voon Jiet has handled a variety of contentious matters. Here are just a few:

  1. Co-counsel in $80 million international arbitration - Co-counsel in an international arbitration between a Singapore government-linked company and an Australian listed company in a dispute arising out of a major infrastructure project. The dispute comprised various claims in excess of $85 million, and involved numerous technical experts.
     
  2. Defending a law firm in US$47 million professional negligence suit - Successfully defended a law firm and a senior corporate lawyer in a negligence claim arising from a complex cross-border corporate transaction involving the acquisition of an interest in an Indonesian coal mine. ([2015] SGHC 146, [2016] SGCA 12)
     
  3. First competition appeal on abuse of dominance - Acted for the ticketing service provider in an appeal against an infringement decision by the Competition Commission of Singapore regarding abuse of dominance arising from various exclusive agreements. This was the first case in Singapore involving abuse of dominance, and resulted in a landmark decision by the Competition Appeal Board (SISTIC.com Pte Ltd v CCS [1/2010]).
     
  4. Representing the telecommunications regulator - Advised and acted for the telecommunications regulator on a wide range of litigation and regulatory matters. Many of these involve issues relating to telecommunications, competition and administrative law.
     
  5. Representing a director sued for breach of fiduciary duties - Acted for the director of a private equity investment group who was sued for alleged breach of fiduciary duties. The case involved a joint venture in a New Zealand food company and concerned the validity of various securities in Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. ([2006] SGHC 31; [2007] 2 SLR(R) 597)

Publications and Papers

  • Co-author for Singapore Academy of Law Annual Review on Civil Procedure (2016)
  • Author of the “Sale of Goods” chapter in Law Relating to Specific Contracts in Singapore (Sweet & Maxwell, 2016)
  • Co-author of the “Investigations, Enforcement and Rights of Private Action” chapter in both editions of Competition Law and Policy in Singapore (Academy Publishing, 2009 and 2015)
  • Co-author of the “Interlocutory Injunctions” chapter in Commercial Litigation in Singapore (Sweet & Maxwell, 2016)

Accolades

Asia-Pacific Legal 500
Dispute Resolution 2018 – Recommended lawyer

Who’s Who Legal
Telecommunications Media & Technology 2016: Telecommunications & Media – Leading Lawyer

Singapore Business Review
Singapore’s 40 most influential lawyers aged 40 and under in 2015 – Listed lawyer

Memberships

  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law
  • Member, Inquiry Panel of the Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Criminal Law Advisory Committee (Hearing)
  • Member, Professional Values Chapter of the Singapore Academy of Law Professional Affairs Committee (2010 - 2012)