Qualifications

  • LL.B. (Hons), National University of Singapore (2006)
  • Admitted to the Singapore Bar in May 2007

Rakesh specialises in commercial dispute resolution and litigation, in particular shareholders’ and directors’ disputes, economic torts, employment disputes, disputes concerning breaches of confidentiality and disputes concerning technology and electronic evidence. He also advises on cyber and digital business issues, including compliance with technology regulations and cybersecurity. 

In particular, he has substantial experience in dealing with issues concerning technology and electronic evidence and extensive skills and knowledge in the information technology field. With his legal and technical knowledge, Rakesh manages the interface between legal and technical issues for clients and simplifies these issues for judges and arbitrators alike.

The clients he has advised include various multi-national corporations, multi-jurisdictional private equity funds and listed companies both in Singapore and other jurisdictions.

As a student, Rakesh was a speaker on the winning team that represented NUS in the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition Asia-Pacific Regional Rounds in Sydney, Australia, in April 2005 and went on to represent NUS at the World Finals in Fukuoka, Japan in October 2005 where he appeared before members of the International Court of Justice. He was also the winner of the Law Society Prize for the Best Student in Advocacy in the Postgraduate Practical Law Course in 2006.

Rakesh also teaches advocacy and coaches moot teams at the NUS Law Faculty on a voluntary basis.

  1. Lead counsel in a 2017 ICC arbitration in London in a claim by a Chinese state-owned entity against an African counterparty for dispute over a seismic data acquisition contract.

  2. Successfully defended a High Court claim against Performance Motors Ltd by a customer in respect of allegations of a defective BMW car. The claim was successfully dismissed in the High Court. (Chan Chee Kien v Performance Motors Ltd [2015] SGHC 54)

  3. Represented a group of investment companies in an arbitration brought by its information technologies contractor over the failed deployment of its IT systems in a failed joint venture project.

  4. Advised insurance majors on compliance with Singapore cybersecurity law in offering cybersecurity services and compliance with Monetary Authority of Singapore technology regulations.

  5. Advised an acted for a company listed on the Singapore Exchange on a dispute with its technology service provider concerning migration issues to a new platform. 

Global Arbitration Review 9th edition (2016)
A client praised Rakesh for his “professional and efficient service".

Singapore Business Review
Singapore’s 70 most influential lawyers aged 40 and under in 2016 – Listed lawyer

  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law, Legal Education Committee