Qualifications

  • LL.B. (Hons), National University of Singapore (2004)
  • Admitted to the Singapore Bar in 2005
  • LL.M., Columbia University (New York) (2009), Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Admitted to the New York Bar in 2009
  • Member of the Rolls of Solicitors of England and Wales
  • Appointed Young Amicus Curiae by the Supreme Court (2009)

Jaikanth undertakes a broad range of work in the areas of international commercial arbitration, commercial litigation and insolvency. He also has an active investigations practice.

He regularly appears before the Singapore Courts and has also been involved in arbitrations under several instituitions including SIAC, HKIAC, ICC, and LCIA. He has also conducted a number of ad hoc arbitrations.

Jaikanth has handled several joint venture and shareholder disputes, claims involving fraud, cases concerning breaches of directors’ duties, complex contractual and commercial disputes as well as insolvency-related disputes.

Jaikanth has also acted for high-profile clients in a number of defamation suits and has handled cases involving white-collar crime and employment disputes.

Jaikanth has been described by clients as an “excellent strategiser who pays attention to detail” and “a brilliant court advocate” (Benchmark Litigation, 2018 edition).  Jaikanth is recommended as “a lawyer to watch” by The Asia Pacific Legal 500, where a client commended that he “cuts through complex technical issues”. He is also recognised as an endorsed individual in the area of international arbitration by Best Lawyers (2018 and 2019 editions). In 2017, Jaikanth was ranked as a “Leading Lawyer” for dispute resolution by Asialaw Profiles. In 2016, the same publication recognised Jaikanth as a “Rising Star”. In 2015, Jaikanth was listed as one of Singapore’s 40 most influential lawyers aged 40 and under by Singapore Business Review. In the same year, he was also listed as one of 40 “Asia’s Brightest Young Legal Minds” under the age of 40 by Asian Legal Business. In 2014, a top Indian lawyer acknowledged Jaikanth’s work in arbitration and described him as “very able [and] also impressive” in the India Business Journal.

Jaikanth graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2004, where he was a consistent feature on the Dean’s List. He was a member of the NUS team that was the runner-up in the prestigious Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in 2004. He was awarded the prize for Best Oralist by an esteemed panel of international judges. Jaikanth also won the prize for Best Advocacy during the 2005 Singapore Bar examinations.

In 2009, he earned an LL.M from Columbia University (New York), and graduated as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Jaikanth is a certified Attorney of the State of New York and a member of the Rolls of Solicitors of England and Wales.

He was appointed Young Amicus Curiae by the Supreme Court of Singapore in 2009/2010.

Jaikanth has been involved in many high profile and complex matters. Here are just a few:

  1. BCBC Singapore Pte Ltd and another v PT Bayan Resources TBK and another [2017] 5 SLR 77; BCBC Singapore Pte Ltd and another v PT Bayan Resources TBK and another [2016] 4 SLR 1 – Acted for Indonesian coal mining company PT Bayan Resources Tbk and Singapore company Bayan International Pte Ltd in a US$800 million joint venture dispute. This was the first case heard by the Singapore International Commercial Court. The claims related to alleged breaches of a joint venture agreement for the application of a patented technology to produce and sell upgraded coal from East Kalimantan in Indonesian Borneo.

  2. Ho Yew Kong v Sakae Holdings Ltd and other appeals and other matters [2018] SGCA 33; Sakae Holdings Ltd v Gryphon Real Estate Investment Corp Pte Ltd and others (Foo Peow Yong Douglas, third party) and another suit [2017] SGHC 73; Sakae Holdings Ltd v Gryphon Real Estate Investment Corp Pte Ltd and others (Foo Peow Yong Douglas, third party) and another suit [2017] SGHC 100 – Successfully acted for Sakae Holdings Ltd in a minority oppression claim against multiple defendants for conduct which was oppressive to Sakae as a minority shareholder of Griffin Real Estate Investment Holdings Pte Ltd. The Singapore High Court and the Court of Appeal allowed Sakae’s claims and ordered, among other things, that Griffin Real Estate Investment Holdings be wound up. In a landmark judgment, the Court of Appeal addressed the distinction between personal wrongs against shareholders of a company and corporate wrongs against the company, and the issue whether a director’s breaches of his duty of care, skill and diligence would support a finding of commercial unfairness for the purposes of an oppression action under s 216 of the Companies Act.

  3. The Wellness Group Pte Ltd and another v OSIM International Ltd and others and another suit [2016] 3 SLR 729 – Successfully defended OSIM International Ltd, its chairman and CEO Mr Ron Sim and multiple other defendants against claims of minority oppression, breach of contract, conspiracy and defamation brought by The Wellness Group Pte Ltd and another plaintiff. The plaintiffs’ claims were dismissed by the Singapore High Court and Court of Appeal.

  4. Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (Publ), Singapore Branch v Asia Pacific Breweries (Singapore) Pte Ltd and another and another appeal [2011] 3 SLR 540 – Successfully defended Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore (APB) against claims made by a number of foreign banks over unauthorised accounts and facilities that the company’s ex-finance manager had opened. The case involved a large and elaborate fraud by an ex-employee of APB, conducted over more than 4 years. It raised issues of agency, vicarious liability, bankers’ duties, negligence, and restitution. The banks’ claims were dismissed by the Singapore High Court and the Court of Appeal in landmark decisions.

  5. Lee Hsien Loong v Review Publishing Co Ltd and another and another suit [2009] 1 SLR(R) 177Lee Hsien Loong v Review Publishing Co Ltd and another and another suit [2007] 2 SLR(R) 453ReMillar Gavin James QC[2008] 1 SLR(R) 297 – Successfully acted for the Minister Mentor and the Prime Minister in defamation claims against the Far Eastern Economic Review. The High Court and the Court of Appeal allowed the plaintiff’s claims. Jaikanth was also involved in a number of interim and related proceedings.

The Asia Pacific Legal 500
Dispute Resolution: Local firms 2019 – Recommended lawyer for 2 consecutive years

“cuts through complex technical issues”

“a lawyer to watch”

Asialaw Leading Lawyers
Dispute Resolution & Litigation 2018 – Leading lawyer for 2 consecutive years

Best Lawyers International: Singapore (2019 edition)
International Arbitration - Endorsed individual for 2 consecutive years

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2018 edition
A client said Jaikanth is “An excellent strategiser who pays attention to detail—a brilliant court advocate.”

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

Identified by Asian Legal Business as one of 40 bright legal minds in the region under the age of 40 – “40 Under 40 list” (Sep 2015 issue)

In the India Business Journal, a top Indian lawyer acknowledged Jaikanth’s work in arbitration, describing him as “very able [and] also impressive” (Jun 2014 issue)

  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law