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Nigel Desmond Pereira


Practice Area:

Restructuring & Insolvency
Family, Probate & Trusts
Fraud, Asset Recovery and Investigations

LLB (Hons), University of Durham (St Aidan’s College)
Grad Dip Singapore Law, National University of Singapore
Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore
Solicitor, England & Wales (non-practising)

T +65 6232 0629

Nigel holds an LL.B from the University of Durham. He is admitted to the Singapore Bar and as a solicitor in England and Wales.

He was listed in Who’s Who Legal 2015 and 2019 for Investigations, Who’s Who Legal 2019 for Asset Recovery and “Recommended” by Doyles’ Guide on Leading Singapore Family & Divorce Lawyers in 2015.

He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (ACFE), a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and INSOL International, and an affiliate of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). He also holds certification in IT risk, governance, security and computer forensics and is a Certified Blockchain Professional (IIB).

Nigel practises primarily in restructuring and insolvency, with an emphasis on investigations and cross-border asset recovery. He has advised on fraud investigations, pre-action discovery, freezing injunctions, tracing and asset recovery efforts, employee disputes and management, computer misuse, personal data protection, disclosure and transfer of data, fraud risk, incident response, governance, anti-corruption initiatives and anti-money laundering.


Restructuring & Insolvency

  • China Medical Technologies Inc (In Liquidation) & Anor v Wu Xiaodong & Anor [2018] SGHC 178 (High Court)
  • The Royal Bank of Scotland NV (formerly known as ABN Amro Bank NV) and Ors v TT International Ltd and anor appeal [2012] SGCA 9 (Court of Appeal)
  • Liquidators of Progen Engineering Pte Ltd v Progen Holdings Ltd [2010] 4 SLR 1089 (Court of Appeal)
  • Liquidators of Progen Engineering Pte Ltd v Progen Holdings Ltd [2009] SGHC 286 (High Court)
  • Acted for various stakeholders in relation to insolvency/restructuring proceedings

Fraud, Investigations, Anti-bribery/ corruption, Data and Computer Misuse

  • Advised audit committees and forensic investigators in transaction investigations, listing and compliance issues
  • Undertaken investigations in pharmaceutical and healthcare sector, subsidiary operations in several cities in Asia
  • Advised on data use and disclosure issues in investigations, misuse, anti-corruption management, whistleblowing programs and related issues
  • Advised on preservation of evidence, including digital evidence, and digital forensics in support of investigations and asset recovery litigation
  • Advised on issues arising in blockchain projects, whitepapers, due diligence, and recovery in investment disputes


  • Advised on constructive dismissals, severance, breach of employment and duties, restructuring, cessation of operations, redundancy, restraint of trade, confidentiality and non-solicitation obligations, termination of employees, enforcement of training bond obligations, obligations under the Central Provident Fund Act, conflict of interest issues and non-disclosure risks

Commercial Litigation & International Arbitration

  • Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (Publ), Singapore Branch v Asia Pacific Breweries (Singapore) Pte Ltd and another and another appeal [2011] 3 SLR 540 (Court of Appeal) and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (Publ), Singapore Branch v Asia Pacific Breweries (Singapore) Pte Ltd and another and another suit [2009] 4 SLR(R) 788 (High Court)
  • Raffles Money Change Pte Ltd (formerly known as Honest Money Changer Pte Ltd) v Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (Publ) (formerly known as Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB) [2009] 3 SLR(R) 1 (High Court).
  • S Y Technology Inc v Pacific Recreation Pte Ltd [2007] 2 SLR(R) 756 (High Court)
  • CHS CPO GmbH & Another v Vikas Goel & Others [2006] SGHC 49 (High Court)
  • OCM Opportunities Fund II, LP & Ors v Burhan Uray (a.Wong Ming Kiong) & Ors [2004] 4 SLR 74 (High Court)
  • Acted in UNCITRAL ad hoc arbitration involving Sri Lankan operations, SIAC arbitration involving Indonesian pulp purchases, JCAA arbitration involving distribution agreements, SMC and private mediations
  • Acted for building sub-contractors, landlords and tenants in disputes on issues relating to breach of contract, recovery of arrears and debts, conversion and distress
  • Acted for vendors and purchasers in aborted transactions involving the sale/purchase of residential and industrial property
  • Acted for minority shareholders in shareholder disputes
  • Advised arts and events companies in event management and broadcast disputes

Family, Private Wealth & Succession

  • UAX v UAY [2017] SGFC 55
  • Kuntjoro Wibawa v Harianty Wibawa & Ors [2016] SGHC 109 (High Court)
  • MSS 5315/2014 [2015] SGFC 97
  • AYM v AYL & Anor Appeal [2014] SGCA 46 (Court of Appeal), AYL v AYM [2013] SGHC 237 (High Court), AYM v AYL [2012] SGCA 68 (Court of Appeal), AYL v AYM [2012] SGHC 64 (High Court)
  • AMJ v AML [2010] SGDC 404 (District Court)
  • Chng Heng Tee (alias Cheng Kim Tee) & another v Estate & Trust Agencies (1927) Ltd (Ho Hong Bee Christina (executrix of the estate of Koh Tek Heng, deceased), intervener) and another matter [2010] 1 SLR 681 (High Court)
Publications / Seminars
  • Seminars, including a National Law Conference of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, LawAsia conference, Hubbis’ Compliance in Asian Wealth Management Forum and TRACE International’s Anti-Bribery Workshop
  • Contributor, anti-bribery and anti-corruption in Singapore materials for TRACE International 2017-2019 and Brown Rudnick Survey 2018
  • Contributor, LexisNexis Practice Guides: Commercial – on bribery and anti-corruption/ investigations
  • Contributor, CMS’ Guide to Anti-Bribery 2016
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law
  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Law Society of England and Wales
  • CFE Member, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member, INSOL International
  • Affiliate, STEP