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Danny Ong


Practice Area:

Commercial Litigation
Restructuring & Insolvency
International Arbitration
Fraud, Asset Recovery and Investigations

Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore (2000)
Solicitor of Hong Kong SAR (2006)
Solicitor of England and Wales (2004)
LLB (Hons), National University of Singapore (1999)
DipArb (CiArb)

T +65 6232 0260
E danny.ong@rajahtann.com

Danny specialises in complex international commercial disputes and investigations across a multitude of industries, as well as the international enforcement of judgments and awards.  He has been recognised in these areas of expertise by international legal directories, with clients describing him as “a formidable force”“an excellent litigator”“our go-to guy", an “outstanding lawyer”“very switched on”"good when you need someone to fight your corner"“sophisticated and thorough in his work”“adept at tackling unique and challenging issues”“very commercial, he knows when he has to be aggressive and commercially aware at the same time"“combining a deep and broad knowledge of the law with a pleasant manner and an ability to switch gears and become a powerful advocate and highly effective cross-examiner"“very client and service oriented”“excellent for contentious restructuring matters”, with “agility of thought in problem solving” and “significant intellectual horsepower”.

On the fraud and asset recovery front, Danny is regularly called upon to investigate, prosecute, as well as defend, claims involving complex multi-jurisdictional corporate and commercial fraud, and the recovery of misappropriated assets globally, including assets held through multi layered trust structures. He is the sole Singapore member of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Fraudnet, an international network of independent leading civil asset recovery specialists. Danny has been recognised by Who’s Who Legal as amongst the Global Elite and one of 40 Thought Leaders in the field of asset recovery globally.

On the banking and finance front, he has led cross-border disputes involving complex financial products, cryptocurrencies, securitisation transactions, commodities, bonds, market manipulation, insider trading, layering and spoofing, and investigations into interest-rate fixing, currency fixing, and money laundering, to name a few. Most recently, he successfully prosecuted the first cryptocurrency claim before the Singapore International Commercial Court, which raised novel and complex legal issues as to the nature and trading of cryptocurrencies.

Danny has also acted and continues to act in some of the largest and most complex insolvencies in the region representing liquidators and creditors, including acting for the liquidators overseeing 45 Lehman entities across Asia (ex-Japan), MF Global Singapore, Dynamic Oil Trading (of the OW Bunker Group), and BSI Bank, and is particularly known for his expertise in complex cross-border contentious insolvency.

Danny is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, and formerly the firm’s Deputy Head of Dispute Resolution Practices. He graduated from the National University of Singapore and is admitted to the Singapore Bar as well as the Rolls of Solicitors of the High Courts of Hong Kong and England and Wales.

Danny is a lead advocacy trainer of the Singapore Institute of Legal Education. He is also a founding director and Vice-President of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) of Singapore and South-East Asia.

Notable Experience
Fraud & International Enforcement
  • Acted for the liquidators of Torque Group, a major cryptocurrency investment e-platform, in investigations and claims relating to the misappropriation of cryptocurrencies valued at over US$300 million.
  • Acted in a $200 million claim for a Russian bank in relation to a fraud and asset recovery claim, involving proceedings in Singapore, Cyprus, Belize, Russia, and BVI.
  • Acted in a claim for fraud and corruption brought by various Mongolian state-owned entities against the former Prime Minister of Mongolia, Batbold Sukhbaatar, and his alleged nominees and associates.
  • Acted in a $4 billion fraud and asset recovery claim brought by Motorola Solutions before the Singapore Courts relating to an alleged fraud perpetrated by a wealthy family involving multiple jurisdictions including the Middles East, U.S. and Hong Kong.
  • Represented companies owned or controlled by Yves Bouvier in relation to a US$1 billion dispute with Dmitry Ryblolovlev and companies associated with him arising from the sale of valuable art, and successfully procured the setting aside of freezing orders against these companies.
  • Acted in a $500 million dispute before the Singapore Courts relating to an alleged fraud perpetrated on Suntech Group (China), in respect of the financing of solar power plants in Europe, which involved proceedings in Singapore, England, Luxembourg, and Italy.
  • Acted for a state-owned trading company in investigations into a $125 million fraud perpetrated by officers and controllers of that company in relation to its oil trading activities, and represented the state-owned company in civil claims brought before the Singapore Courts and related criminal complaints.
  • Acted for the liquidators of an insolvent international company in respect of a civil action in Singapore for a US$1 billion fraud perpetrated on the company, including obtaining search and seizure and freezing orders against multiple parties.
  • Acted for over 1,000 investors in relation to a $200 million investment ponzi scheme emanating out of Canada, including investigating into and prosecuting fraud claims against the perpetrators.
  • Acted in proceedings arising from a AU$160 million global ponzi scheme, which spawned proceedings in Cayman, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, UK.
  • Acted for a bank in respect of misappropriation of over $200 million and fraud and tracing claims arising therefrom against multiple parties in various jurisdictions, with worldwide freezing and disclosure orders obtained in various jurisdictions, including Singapore, Hong Kong, England, Switzerland, Nigeria, and the U.S.
  • Acted for a group of investors in investigations and fraud and asset recovery proceedings in respect of a US$30 million ponzi scheme involving investments in fine wines and the provision of financing for the acquisition of fine wines. The scheme was perpetrated in England, Hong Kong, Belize, to name a few jurisdictions.
  • Acted in the enforcement of an ICSID award for over US$370 million arising from expropriation of assets, against a South American state and its state owned entities.
  • Acted in the enforcement of an ICSID award for US$200 million arising from the expropriation of assets against an African state, and its state owned entities.
  • Acted for DBS Bank in prosecuting claims before the Singapore Courts arising from a fraud perpetrated on the bank, and recovery of proceeds across Asia.
Financial & Regulatory
  • Acted for B2C2 Ltd, one of the world’s largest market maker in digital currencies, in proceedings before the Singapore International Commercial Court in a dispute involving allegations of manipulation via algorithmic trading and misappropriation of bitcoins. This was the first action in Singapore involving the trading of digital currencies.
  • Acted for the liquidators of BSI Bank and separately, a US investment bank, in relation to investigations into alleged laundering and dissipation of some US$700 million purportedly belonging to Malaysian-state owned company, 1MDB, through various channels, which has spawned criminal investigations and legal proceedings in Singapore, Switzerland, New Zealand, and the US.
  • Acted for Bank JTrust (formerly Bank Century Indonesia) and JTrust Co Ltd in defending claims before the Singapore Court arising from English-law governed bonds, involving parallel proceedings in New York, Mauritius, and Japan.
  • Acted for WorldQuant (Singapore), one of the largest quantitative trading firms globally, in prosecuting a claim for alleged misappropriation of proprietary quantitative trading systems and algorithms.
  • Acted for Lehman Brothers Singapore Private Limited in the defence of an action by individual investors alleging misrepresentations in the prospectus for the $10 billion notes programme issued by Minibond Limited.
  • Acted for global financial institutions in claims before the Singapore Court for the enforcement of syndicated loans and ancillary onshore and offshore securities, and resisting claims by private wealth clients arising from investments (including in offshore funds, equity-linked notes, structured bonds, accumulators and decumulators, leveraged foreign exchange, and commodities options).
  • Acted for global financial institutions in investigating into alleged schemes to manipulate SIBOR interest rates and non-deliverable forward (NDF) rates, as part of a global investigations into such schemes across the major international financial markets, as well as investigations related to contingent convertible bonds (CoCos), and represented them in related claims.
  • Acted for syndicated lenders in a claim against an Indonesian tycoon and his companies for the recovery of facilities granted of over $140 million to an Indonesian conglomerate and enforcement of security onshore in Indonesia, which involved proceedings in Singapore and Indonesia.
  • Acted for some of the largest brokerages in the region – Maybank Kim Eng, UOB Kay Hian, KGI Securities, Philipp Securities - in claims before the Singapore Courts arising from trading in equities, commodities, and foreign currencies, and in market manipulation and market rigging cases.
  • Advised on alleged violations of North Korean sanctions and alleged laundering of funds for North Korea, as well as related OFAC sanctions.
Corporate and Commercial
  • Acting for MAN Diesel Group, the world market leader for large diesel engines for use in ships and power stations, in defending an action before the Singapore Courts brought by Skaugen Group, a marine transportation services provider headquartered in Norway, for the recovery of damages for alleged fraudulent misrepresentation and manipulation on the part of MAN Diesel in relation to fuel consumption values of certain diesel engines manufactured and delivered by MAN Diesel in the early 2000s.
  • Acted for ST Microelectronics Asia, one of the largest global semi-conductor manufacturers, in a dispute relating to the supply of chips for a $600 million national identity card project in South-East Asia, involving parallel proceedings in Singapore and Indonesia.
  • Acted for various Indonesian parties in defending a $12 billion SIAC arbitration claim relating to natural resources projects in Indonesia, including one of the largest mines in Indonesia.
  • Acted for Eli Lilly Group, one of the largest global pharmaceutical groups listed on NYSE, in a contractual dispute with the Tempo Group of Indonesia, listed on the Jakarta Stock Exchange, including successfully obtaining an anti-suit injunction from the Singapore Courts restraining PT Tempo Scan from continuing a claim brought by it before the Indonesian Courts against Eli Lilly.
  • Acted for Suntech Singapore in defending a $200 million claim by the liquidators of Power Solar Co Ltd, following upon the collapse of the Suntech Group.
  • Acted for GSF Capital in defending a EU$500 million claim by Suntech Power Holdings in relation to an alleged fraudulent bond issuance, involving proceedings in Singapore, England, Italy, and China.
  • Acted for a director of a property investment company in defending a $250 million claim for alleged breach of fiduciary duties and trust in respect of a project in China.
Insolvency and Restructuring
  • Acted for the liquidators of Torque Group, a major cryptocurrency investment e-platform, which collapsed upon misappropriation of cryptocurrencies valued at over US$300 million.
  • Acted for the Eagle Hospitality REIT Group, listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange, in the restructuring over US$500 million of debt, and related investigations and proceedings.
  • Acting as South East Asian Counsel to GATE and UTAC Group in relation to the successful restructuring of its US$1.1 billion notes and related Chapter 11 proceedings, following upon a dispute with bondholders before the New York Courts.
  • Acted for the liquidators of Dynamic Oil Trading (Singapore) Pte Ltd (“DOT”) in one of the most high-profile insolvencies in the shipping industry in Singapore in recent times, as part of the global collapse of the OW Bunker group.
  • Acted for the liquidators of MF Global Singapore, the most high-profile insolvency in the financial industry in Singapore since Lehman Brothers involving thousands of MF Global customers and efforts in recovering customers’ proprietary funds of over US$400 million in Singapore and other jurisdictions, including in landmark proceedings before the Singapore Courts for the sanction of interim distribution of over US$350 million of customers’ funds, and for the determination of complex issues relating to the treatment of customers’ claims for profits arising from leveraged foreign exchange and bullion transactions under Singapore's regulatory framework.
  • Acted for the liquidators various Lehman Brothers Singapore entities, including in Nomura’s acquisition of Lehman’s franchises in Asia-Pacific following the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008, which included the distressed sale of assets and the migration of employees (approximately 3,000 employees in multiple locations) across the Asia Pacific region under a very tight time frame following the collapse of Lehman Brothers.