Disa Sim is a Partner with the Appeals & Issues Practice Group in Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP. Disa joined Rajah & Tann in 2007 as a partner. Prior to joining Rajah & Tann, she served as law clerk to the Chief Justice of Singapore, and was subsequently appointed a judicial officer hearing both criminal and civil cases. She also lectured for a number of years at the National University of Singapore, specialising in the law of criminal and civil evidence. Her focus is on corporate and commercial disputes work, with particular emphasis on banking and shareholder disputes. 

Disa obtained her LL.B (First Class Honours) at the National University of Singapore in 1998, where she graduated at the top of her class. She later took a Masters degree from Harvard Law School, where she received the Addison Brown Prize for the best student essay on a subject related to private international law or maritime law. Disa is also admitted as an Attorney and Counsellor-at-Law of the State of New York.   

Experience

Disa’s main practice areas are in financial services dispute resolution, joint venture and shareholders’ disputes, as well as appellate advocacy. Her experience includes: 

  • Representing a consortium of five banks in the debt restructuring of public listed company.
  • Advising and acting as legal counsel in joint venture and shareholders’ disputes.
  • Advising and acting as legal counsel for banks to defend private banking claims.
  • Advising and acting for financial institutions on potential disputes under ISDA documentation and the sale of structured notes.
  • Advising and acting as legal counsel for public listed companies in a defamation claim and contractual disputes.
  • Advising the Ministry of Trade & Industry, Singapore on an asset transfer transaction under Section 98, Gas Act.
  • Advising regulators on a variety of regulatory matters.
Reported Judgments
  • Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd v BNP Paribas [2008] 4 SLR(R) 33
  • BNP Paribas v Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd [2009] 2 SLR(R) 949
  • E C Investment Holding Pte Ltd v Ridout Residence Pte Ltd and another (Orion Oil Ltd and another, interveners) [2011] 2 SLR 232
  • E C Investment Holding Pte Ltd v Ridout Residence Pte Ltd and others and another appeal [2012] 1 SLR 32
  • Tan Juay Pah v Kimly Construction Pte Ltd and others [2012] 2 SLR 549
  • PT Pukuafu Indah and others v Newmont Indonesia Ltd and another [2012] SGHC 187
Other Significant Cases
  • Represented Standard Chartered Bank in complex litigation involving claims by 24 investors concerning the multi-billion dollar fraud perpetrated by former New York NASDAQ Chairman Bernard Madoff.
  • Represented Portcullis Trust (Singapore) Ltd in a multi-million dollar cross-border asset recovery exercise commenced by the Republic of Djibouti involving Singapore, the UK and the BVI.
  • Represented Citibank NA against Oei Hong Leong in a private banking dispute.
  • Represented an American MNC in post-arbitral enforcement proceedings.
  • Represented a structured notes distributor in a pre-action discovery summons against the structured notes manufacturer.
  • Represented a financial institution to resist an application for an anti-suit injunction.
  • Represented a public listed company to successfully strike out a claim to purchase shares.
  • Represented international casinos to recover a gaming debt.
Memberships / Directorships
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law
  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Young Members’ Chapter, Singapore Academy of Law Professional Affairs Committee (2007)
  • Member, Membership and Social Committee, Singapore Academy of Law, Singapore Academy of Law (2003 – 2004)
  • Member, Library and Publications Committee, Singapore Academy of Law (June 2001 – 2004)
Publications
A. Articles
  • Law and Practice of Commercial Litigation in Singapore (2015), Chapter 13 Appeals (co-author)
  • ‘Burden of proof in undue influence: Common law and codes on collision course’ (2003) 7 E & P 221
  • ‘Expanding tort claims in construction cases: Time to contract?’ (2003) 11 Tort L Rev 38
  • ‘Dr. Khoo James & Anor. v. Gunapathy d/o Muniandy and another appeal: Implications for the Evaluation of Expert Testimony’ [2003] SJLS 601
  • ‘The Scope and Application of Good Faith in the Vienna Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods’ [2002-2003] Review of the Convention on Contracts for the International Sales of Goods 19
  • ‘The Right to Solitude in the United States and Singapore: A Call for a Fundamental Reordering’ 22 Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review 443
  • ‘Double Jeopardy and Abuse of Process in Professional Disciplinary Proceedings: Law Society of Singapore v Edmund Nathan’ [2001] SJLS 130
  • ‘Principles and Practices of Voting: The Singapore Electoral System’ 17 SingLRev 244
B. Judicial Citations Of Articles
  • The Owners - Strata Plan No 43551 Walter [2003] NSWSC 1177
  • Rolls-Royce New Zealand Ltd v Carter Holt Harvey Ltd & Anor [2004] NZCA 97