Michelle Lee is a Partner with the White Collar Crime, and Fraud, Asset Recovery and Investigations Practice Group, at Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP. She handles a wide range of dispute and advisory work in connection with criminal and commercial matters.
Michelle has extensive experience in advising and acting for corporate and individual clients in matters involving corruption offences, fraud, cheating, criminal breach of trust, money-laundering offences, and securities fraud (such as market manipulation and insider trading). Her work includes conducting internal investigations on behalf of corporations in respect of corporate and compliance breaches and improper activity by employees, and advising on reporting obligations and future compliance and risk management measures.
Michelle also advises financial institutions and corporations on regulatory compliance, and investigations and enforcement proceedings launched by regulatory bodies such as the Monetary Authority of Singapore, the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority, and the Ministry of Manpower.
Aside from defence counsel work, Michelle has conducted prosecution proceedings on behalf of corporate entities.
In addition to domestic crimes, Michelle has also advised clients in respect of cross-border matters such as extradition, mutual legal assistance, seizure and confiscation of assets, and infringement of sanction measures imposed by the United Nations.
Notable Cases & Transactions
Commercial and Criminal Disputes
- Advising on 1MDB-related matters and defending in 1MDB-related prosecutions in Singapore.
- Acting for a high-profile public officer in relation to a major corruption case involving bribes in the form of sexual gratification.
- Acting for individuals in corruption cases involving allegations of bribes provided to public servants.
- Acting in a case involving connected Indonesian parties to recover certain sums of money and assets that were allegedly transferred as a result of fraud.
- Acting in bunkering cases involving allegations of stolen marine fuel oil.
- Acting for a local businessman in relation to a corruption case that arose from match-fixing activities.
- Acting in a matter involving extradition to the United States of America in connection with charges of conspiracy to defraud the US government.
- Acting in matters involving infringement of sanction measures imposed by the United Nations.
Investigations, Regulatory and Other Advisory Work
- Conducting and advising Wirecard AG on internal investigations in relation to allegations of fraud.
- Conducting and advising a local Catalist-listed company on internal investigations in relation to falsification of documents by employees.
- Conducting internal investigations on behalf of an international electronics corporation in respect of corporate and compliance breaches, and improper activity by employees; advising on potential offences and consequences; making recommendations on remedial measures and future compliance and risk management measures.
- Advising corporations, including international corporations, on their internal conduct of investigations. internal fraud investigations, and conducting negotiations with local and foreign prosecution authorities.
- Preparing and advising corporations on risk management, ethics, and compliance policies, and reporting obligations.
- Advising corporations and individuals on securities fraud and market mismanagement, crisis management, and conducting negotiations with regulators.
- Advising corporations on dawn raids, and seizure and confiscation of assets.
- Advising on regulatory and compliance matters in relation to anti-money laundering and anti-corruption regulations.
- Advising in respect of cross-border matters such as extradition, mutual legal assistance, seizure and confiscation of assets.
- Member, Law Society of Singapore
- Member, Singapore Academy of Law
- Co-author, Singapore monograph in Internal Encyclopedia of Laws: Sports Law (Kluwer Law International, 2019)
- Co-author, Singapore chapter in Women, Business and the Law (Bloomsbury, 2014)