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Tng Sheng Rong

Partner

Practice Area:

Commercial Litigation
International Arbitration

LLM, New York University School of Law
LLB (Hons), National University of Singapore
Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore

T +65 6232 0199
E sheng.rong.tng@rajahtann.com

Sheng Rong specialises in complex international commercial litigation and arbitration, with a focus on shareholder and joint venture disputes, breaches of directors’ and employment duties and technology law.

He has acted in litigation before the Singapore Court of Appeal, the Singapore International Commercial Court and the Singapore High Court, as well as in arbitrations under the rules of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

He appeared before the Singapore Court of Appeal in I-Admin (Singapore) Pte Ltd v Hong Ying Ting and others [2020] SGCA 32, which was named Impact Deal of the Year at the Managing IP Asia-Pacific Awards 2021.

Prior to joining the firm, Sheng Rong was a Deputy Public Prosecutor at the Attorney-General’s Chambers, where he conducted criminal prosecutions and investigations in white-collar commercial crime, cybercrime, and securities and regulatory offences.

He was the winner of the Christopher Bathurst Prize 2011, organised by Fountain Court Chambers in London, UK. He was also the first runner-up in the ECC-SAL International Mooting Competition 2013, organised by Essex Court Chambers in London, UK.

Sheng Rong was selected for the prestigious NYU-NUS LLB-LLM concurrent degree programme, and graduated on the Overall Dean’s List.

Experience

Shareholder and joint venture disputes

  • Acting for an Australian public-listed company in the first-ever case before the Singapore International Commercial Court in relation to a failed joint venture with an Indonesian public-listed company to construct and operate a coal upgrading plant, with over S$1 billion in dispute
  • Acting for the Chairman of an Indian public-listed company before the Singapore High Court in relation to a joint venture with a Singaporean public-listed company to set up and develop an education business in India
  • Acted for a BVI investment company in SIAC arbitration in relation to a shareholders’ dispute with a Malaysian company over a Vietnamese manufacturing company
  • Acted in a shareholders’ dispute before the Singapore High Court in relation to a prominent social club in Singapore

Breaches of directors’ and employment duties

  • Acted for ex-employees before the Singapore Court of Appeal in relation to claims by an international travel services company for breaches of directors’ and employment duties and non-competition clauses
  • Acting for an international shipping company before the Singapore High Court in relation to claims against ex-directors for breaches of directors’ duties
  • Acted for an international group of coal mining companies headquartered in India before the Singapore High Court in relation to claims against ex-employees for fraud and conspiracy to divert profits and business opportunities
  • Acted for an international group of energy resources companies before the Singapore High Court in relation to claims against ex-employees for breaches of director and employment duties

Technology

  • Acting for an international technology company before the Singapore Court of Appeal in relation to claims against ex-employees for theft of intellectual property and breach of confidentiality
  • Acting for a professional body before the Singapore High Court in relation to claims by a technology company for anti-competitive behaviour, conspiracy and unlawful interference with trade
  • Advised senior-level executives in relation to claims by a global technology and manufacturing company for the recovery of confidential information

Shipping, commodities, energy and resources

  • Acted for an international shipping company before the Singapore High Court in relation to a claim against trade brokers for breaches of fiduciary and contractual duties
  • Acted for an Indian energy resources company before the Singapore High Court in relation to a claim for the supply of coal to a power plant in India
  • Acted for a global energy resources company in relation to investigations by the Commercial Affairs Department into a fraudulent conspiracy by employees to divert and misappropriate secret profits

Equity and trusts disputes

  • Acted for Serbian manufacturing companies before the Court of Appeal in relation to claims by a Panama investment company to garnish monies held on trust for a Yugoslav state-owned entity
  • Acting for the trustees of a Muslim charitable trust (wakaf) in proceedings before the Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS) in relation to a rogue trustee’s mismanagement of trust affairs and breach of trust
  • Acted for the trustees of a Muslim charitable trust (wakaf) before the Singapore Court of Appeal in relation to the rights of a statutory body, Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS), over the wakaf 

Financial services

  • Acting for a global private bank before the High Court in relation to claims by the Singapore authorities and foreign individuals over assets held in bank accounts
  • Acted for a global private bank before the Singapore High Court in relation to claims against high net worth individuals for losses sustained through margin trading 

Other notable experience 

  • Acted for a regional materials supplier before the Singapore Court of Appeal in relation to claims by an international construction company under a supply contract which was frustrated by the 2007 Indonesian sand ban
  • Acted in litigation before the Singapore High Court in relation to professional negligence claims pertaining to failed property investments in South America
  • Advising a global luxury brand in relation to investigations by foreign authorities pertaining to customs and tax regulations for the import and sale of consumer goods
Reported Decisions
  • Commodities Intelligence Centre Pte Ltd v Mako International Trd Pte Ltd and others [2022] SGHC 131
  • BCBC Singapore Pte Ltd and another v PT Bayan Resources TBK and another [2022] SGHC(I) 2
  • Commodities Intelligence Centre Pte Ltd v Hoi Suen Logistics (HK) Ltd [2022] SGCA 114
  • Liquidators of Ace Class Precision Engineering Pte Ltd (in members’ voluntary liquidation) v Tan Boon Hwa and others and other matters [2022] SGHC 134
  • I-Admin (Singapore) Pte Ltd v Hong Ying Ting and others [2020] SGCA 32
  • I-Admin (Singapore) Pte Ltd v Hong Ying Ting and others [2019] SGHC 127
  • BVU v BVX [2019] SGHC 69
  • BCBC Singapore Pte Ltd and another v PT Bayan Resources TBK and another [2019] SGHC(I) 1
  • StreetSine Singapore Pte Ltd v Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers and others [2019] SGHCR 1
  • BCBC Singapore Pte Ltd and another v PT Bayan Resources TBK and another [2017] SGHC(I) 6
  • The State-Owned Company Yugoimport SDPR (also known as Jugoimport-SDPR) v Westacre Investments Inc and other appeals [2016] SGCA 51
  • BCBC Singapore Pte Ltd and another v PT Bayan Resources TBK and another [2016] SGHC(I) 1
  • Griffin Travel Pte Ltd v Nagender Rao Chilkuri and others [2014] SGHC 205
  • Alliance Concrete Singapore Pte Ltd v Sato Kogyo (S) Pte Ltd [2014] SGCA 35
Memberships/Directorships
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law
  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Advocacy Trainer, Law Society of Singapore
Publications
  • Contributor, Chapter on “Role of Court”, Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, ed., Arbitration in Singapore: A Practical Guide (Sweet & Maxwell) (2nd ed., 2018; 1st ed., 2014)