Qualifications

Wendell is a highly respected civil, commercial and criminal lawyer. His civil and commercial practice includes contracts and commercial disputes, shareholder and director disputes, asset recovery, medical negligence, product liability and cross-border arbitration work. His criminal practice focuses on commercial and business crime, fraud, securities, corruption, corporate governance related offences and investigation work.
 
Wendell regularly engages in regulatory and compliance advisory work including anti-fraud and anti-bribery investigations work for multinational and listed companies. He is on the panel of lawyers representing various embassies in Singapore, including those of the United States of America and Qatar.
 
Wendell is an experienced arbitration counsel who has acted as lead counsel in numerous disputes and international arbitrations under the rules of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). Wendell has also acted as lead counsel in the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) in a landmark securities law case related to ISDA Master Agreement Long Form Confirmation under English Law. 
 
Chambers Global ranks Wendell as a leading practitioner in dispute resolution and commends his regional work related to the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)Chambers Global describes him as renowned for his developed understanding of the Indonesian legal system. The Asia Pacific Legal 500 also ranks Wendell high in the area of dispute resolution. Who’s Who Legal recognises Wendell as one of the top Business Crime Defence and Investigations lawyers in Singapore. Wendell is also listed as Who’s Who Legal Thought Leader in Investigations 2019
 
Wendell is a member on the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee. Wendell was also appointed as a member of the Penal Code Review Committee by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Law.
 
Wendell is the Chairman of the Criminal Practice Committee, Law Society of Singapore and a member of the Criminal Legal Aid Steering Committee, Singapore Academy of Law. He is also the Membership Officer of the International Bar Association, Anti-Corruption Committee.
 
Wendell is a strong advocate of pro bono work and was one of the pioneer trainers for International Bridges to Justice, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Criminal Justice Training for ASEAN Countries in Singapore and Laos in 2011 and involved Myanmar trainees in 2013. He is also a mentor with the Criminal Legal Aid Fellowship, Law Society of Singapore. Wendell is an immediate past member on the Board of Law Society Pro-Bono Services Limited.
 
Wendell joined Drew & Napier in 2000, having spent three years as Deputy Public Prosecutor / State Counsel with the Attorney General's Chambers.
 
In 2020, Wendell was appointed an non-executive independent director on the board for listed property developer, GSH Corporation Limited.

Wendell has successfully handled many high-profile matters including:

1. Successfully represented Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) in the then largest debt restructuring in the world exceeding US$16 billion and related US securities action (including dealings with the US Securities Exchange Commission), bondholders and class action litigation and investigations in jurisdictions including Indonesia, Singapore, New York, California, various other parts of the US, Canada and Bermuda. The APP group has more than 150 companies worldwide including U.S., Canada, China, India, Indonesia and Singapore.

2. Represented Zhong Jun Resources Pte Ltd in a claim brought by creditors in relation to allegations involving multi-billion dollars’ worth of commodities stock related fraud in Qingdao warehouse(s) (“Qingdao Fraud”).

3. Successfully defended the former CEO of Crimson Logic Pte Ltd in what was termed by the media as a ‘rare acquittal in a commercial crime case’ involving alleged commercial corruption with the trial having spanned some 60 hearing days in court over 10 months.

4. Secured an acquittal for a senior lawyer, who is also a former independent director of Singapore-listed company, Airocean, in a landmark decision by the former Chief Justice regarding corporate disclosure obligations under listing rules and securities law.

5. Successfully argued a landmark product liability suit at trial and before the Court of Appeal for actress, Andrea De Cruz, against importers and distributors of Slim 10 slimming pills. 

6. Successfully argued a complex trust lawsuit involving family arrangements of oral trusts with trust assets in excess of S$60 million.

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021 edition

Corporate Investigations / Anti-Corruption: Domestic – Band 3

“Wendell Wong is recognised for his experience in commercial litigation and corporate investigations. He is well placed to advise on potential litigation arising out of investigations and anti-corruption matters.”

Chambers Global 2015

Indonesia: Dispute Resolution (International Firms)  (Experts Based Abroad) – Indonesia – Band 2

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration – Singapore (Foreign Experts) - Indonesia

“Wendell Wong is highlighted for his cross-border arbitration work, and is well known for handling commercial disputes relating to the energy and natural resources sectors.”

Wendell Wong regularly tackles cross-border matters, particularly in arbitrations relating to Indonesia. His broad practice spans both civil and criminal law.”

“Wendell Wong is renowned for his developed understanding of the Indonesian legal system.

Asia Pacific Legal 500

Dispute Resolution 2021 – Recommended lawyer for 4 consecutive years

White-Collar Crime 2021 – Recommended lawyer

Sources say Wendell is “a natural leader, meticulous listener, excellent negotiator, with top-notch client centric work ethics and excellent business sense.”

‘noted for headline commercial and white-collar crime cases’

‘strong and well respected advocate’, who is praised for his ‘practical approach’ and ‘partnership’ with the client

Rising star Wendell Wong is commended for his sound strategy and responsiveness

Wendell Wong is diligent, sound in judgment and pragmatic in approach

Who’s Who Legal

Thought Leader, GIR: Investigations 2021 – Thought Leader

Global Leader: Business Crime Defence 2021 – Recommended lawyer for 9 consecutive years (Individuals and Corporates chapters)

Global Leader: Investigations 2021 – Global Elite Thought Leader

Global Leader: Professional Negligence 2020 – Recommended lawyer

National Leader: Southeast Asia, Business Crime Defence 2021 – Recommended

National Leader: Southeast Asia, Investigations 2021 – Recommended

Wendell Wong is highly esteemed for his profound expertise in regulatory compliance and fraud investigations

Wendell Wong is revered for his top-tier work on complex fraud, securities and corruption cases

"Wendell is a well-experienced and knowledgeable lawyer who provides practical advice"

"He's a bonafide criminal investigations specialist"

"Wendell is a leading individual for white-collar defence work and is hands on in complex investigations"

Wendell Wong draws high praise as “a sound lawyer” who “has been at the top of the game for a while”

"His experiences from the public and private sectors helps him understand both perspectives, and he's able to solve complex problems as a result"

Wendell Wong is well regarded for his "focus on financial crime" and garners respect for his work in international investigations

“Recognised for his ‘practical and smart’ approach to investigations, and is commended by sources for his ‘ability to anticipate regulators' concerns and find effective solutions’”

Wendell Wong is well known for his work in the criminal investigations space, covering anti-bribery and anti-fraud matters for major corporations

Global Investigations Review 100 (GIR 100) 5th edition (2019)

Recognised as a leading individual for investigations. The GIR 100 identifies top 100 firms worldwide that handle complex cross-border government-led and internal investigations.

Best Lawyers International: Singapore (2022 edition)
Criminal Defense – Endorsed individual for 3 consecutive years

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2021 edition
Dispute Resolution Star – White Collar Crime for 3 consecutive years

International Law Office
White Collar Crime – Recommended lawyer

  • Coordinator, IBA ACC-International Chamber of Commerce: Joint Task Force on Issues of Corruption in International Arbitration, 2021
  • Member, IBA ACC UNGASS Asset Recovery Sub-Committee 2020

  • Member, IBA ACC Project Roll Out- OECD Working Group on Bribery 2020

  • Member, IBA ACC Structured Settlements Sub-Committee: Regional Co-ordinator 2017, 2018

  • Non-Executive Independent Director, GSH Corporation Limited

  • Member, Criminal Procedure Rules Committee, Singapore

  • Member of Penal Code Review Committee 2018, Ministry of  Home Affairs and  Ministry of Law

  • Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore 

  • Solicitor, England & Wales; Member of the Law Society of England & Wales

  • Chairman, Criminal Practice Committee, Law Society of Singapore

  • Member, Enhanced Criminal Legal Aid Scheme Steering Committee, Singapore Academy of Law

  • Past Board Member, Law Society Pro Bono Services Limited

  • Past Co-chairman, Legal Affairs Committee, American Chamber of Commerce, Singapore

  • Panel member of US Embassy, Singapore’s list of attorneys

  • Panel member of list of lawyers for Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, Singapore

  • Panel member of list of lawyers for Embassy of Sweden, Singapore

  • List of lawyers for Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Singapore

  • Panel Member, Lead Counsel, Supreme Court’s Legal Assistance Scheme for Capital Offences

  • Panel of Counsel for Disciplinary Matters, Law Society of Singapore 

  • Membership Officer, International Bar Association, Anti-Corruption Committee

  • Regional Co-ordinator (Asia), International Bar Association, Anti-Corruption Structured Criminal Settlements Sub-committee

  • Member, Criminal Legal Aid Scheme, Law Society of Singapore

  • Mentor, Criminal Legal Aid Fellowship, Law Society of Singapore

  • Panel Member, Investigation and Disciplinary Panel, Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants

  • Member, ASEAN Law Association

  • Member, Law Society of Singapore

  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law

  • Member, Selection Panel, School of Law, SIM University

  • Past member, Singapore Institute of Directors

  • Past member, Business China, Singapore

  • Immediate Past Advisor, Singapore Nightlife Business Association

  • The Legal 500: Country Comparative Guide to Bribery & Corruption, Singapore chapter – 2019, 2020 & 2021

  • “A sigh of relief: Extended COVID-19 relief from 31 July 2020” – Drew & Napier LLC, Legal update, 17 August 2020

  • “To release or not to release: Riddick undertaking? Asserting right(s) against self-incrimination and more…” – Drew & Napier LLC, Legal update, 1 September 2020

  • “The applicability of the Riddick undertaking where the discovered documents allude to serious criminal wrongdoing” – Drew & Napier LLC, Legal update, 11 May 2020

  • “Liquidated damages in the era of COVID19 Act: Time out only…” – Drew & Napier LLC, Legal Update, 24 April 2020

  • “The prosecution’s additional disclosure obligations: A potential game changer in criminal proceedings” – Drew & Napier LLC, Legal update, 9 April 2020

  • “Commercial fairness: Not merely a ‘skin deep’ exercise in minority oppression shareholder disputes” – Drew & Napier LLC, Legal update, 16 January 2020

  • “Criminal Procedure Code (Amendment) Act 2019 comes into operation” – Drew & Napier LLC, Legislation Update Series, 25 June 2019

  • “Enhancement to the Protection from Harassment Act” – Drew & Napier LLC, Legislation Update Series, 14 June 2019

  • International Arbitration 2018 Update – Drew & Napier LLC, 21 March 2019

  • IBA Anti-Corruption Committee, Structured Settlements Report – Co-contributor, March 2019

  • “The Regime for Deferred Prosecution Agreement” – Drew & Napier LLC, Legislation Update Series, 10 April 2018

  • “The Criminal Justice Reform Bill: A transformative reform” – Op-Ed, The Straits Times, 19 March 2018

  • “A look back for the future: transformational changes in our criminal justice system” – Law Gazette, 50th Anniversary Edition, 2017

  • “Time to Blow the Whistle on Securities Offences” – Asian Legal Business, March 2015

  • “To Give or Not to Give: That is the Question” – Access to Documents, Asian Legal Business, March 2014

  • “Fighting Transnational Crime” – Who’s Who in Law, Business Times Supplement, 18 May 2011

  • The Meaning of 'Corruptly' – Singapore Academy of Law Journal, Vol. 11, p. 147, 1999