Ryan’s experience as a lawyer began in 2002 having being called to the Singapore Bar then. Ryan joined Rajah & Tann in 2002 and has practiced in the firm since, becoming a partner in 2009. Ryan has a practice which is banking and commercial centric in nature with an added specialization in the field of insolvency. He regularly advises financial institutions, statutory boards, corporates, insolvency practitioners as well as individuals on a broad range of banking, commercial and insolvency related issues.
Ryan has been involved in a variety of litigious cases, acting for financial institutions on their legal rights and defending the institutions against claims commenced by their customers. Ryan is currently handling numerous cases for banking institutions in the enforcement of their claims against corporate entities and individuals. Ryan was one of the firm’s partners acting for a foreign private bank in its defence of a claim commenced by its former customers, for an alleged breach of contract. Ryan has also been part of a team defending a financial institution in a claim commenced by its former employee for wrongful termination of employment. Ryan has also advised on claims relating to allegations of mis-selling of financial products, which involves dealing with queries from the Monetary Authority of Singapore and looking into issues relating to sale of complex financial products in connection with requirements under the SFA and FAA. Ryan has advised financial institutions on complicated and novel situations in relation to securities over land in Sentosa Cove as well as advised a group of syndicate lenders (together with foreign counsel) in relation to their rights under a syndicated loan arrangement.
In addition, Ryan is actively involved in general commercial disputes, including contract, shareholders, employment and tenancy-related disputes.
With regard to his insolvency practice, Ryan advises statutory boards, corporate entities, financial institutions as well as insolvency practitioners on an array of issues relating to the administration of any particular insolvency regime, including liquidation (both compulsory and voluntary), judicial management and receivership. Ryan has assisted on relevant legal issues (vulnerability of pre-insolvency transactions, priority of creditors’ claims, adjudication of proofs of debt, validity of security, misfeasance of former officers of the company, scope of the rights of an appointment holder in a particular insolvency regime), procedural and compliance matters (compliance with all relevant statutory and regulatory requirements) as well as practical operational matters (dealing with the appointment holder and negotiating with creditors and all other third parties - suppliers, tenants, prospective purchasers etc…).
Ryan has been involved in advising the judicial managers appointed over an electronics company, a company in the chemical/water treatment industry and a construction company. Ryan has also advised receivers and managers appointed over an aircraft leasing company, a F&B distribution company listed in Australia and receivers appointed over income as well as specific secured assets (including an industrial property). Ryan has also acted for liquidators in numerous compulsory liquidations, including the liquidators appointed over a sports distribution company specializing in golf products and a company which supplies clothing to international fashion brands. Restructuring-related work also forms part of Ryan’s portfolio, having been involved in restructuring negotiations and preparation of schemes of arrangement.
Memberships / Directorships
- Member, Law Society of Singapore
- Member, Singapore Academy Of Law