Trends in Crypto Asset Disputes in Common Law Jurisdictions – Singapore

We are pleased to invite you to join an informative breakfast session on 22nd February 2024 at the Shangri-La Singapore. A high-level panel will discuss current topics and developing trends arising from disputes involving crypto assets, both in the courts in the common law jurisdictions, and via arbitration. Please click here for the invitation, which includes further details on venue and timing.


  • Justice Philip Jeyaretnam is the President of the Singapore International Commercial Court and a Judge of the Singapore High Court. His focus since joining the Bench in 2021 has been in complex commercial cases, arbitration law, building and construction, company and trust law. He is also a member of the Judicial Service Commission, and the Presidential Council for Minority Rights. While in practice, he was a senior counsel, having been appointed at the early age of 38, and recognised as an expert in commercial litigation, arbitration and construction law in all major legal publications. In 2020, the Law Society conferred on him the CC Tan Award, which honours exemplars of professional values and integrity. He was managing partner of Rodyk & Davidson LLP from 2011, and, following its 2016 combination with Dentons, ASEAN CEO. Justice Jeyaretnam was the founding chairperson of the Society of Construction Law (Singapore), from 2002 to 2004, and served as the President of the Law Society during the years 2004 to 2007.
  • Sapna Jhangiani KC has over two decades’ experience in appearing before courts and tribunals, and sitting as a neutral, in complex commercial disputes seated all over the world. She has practised in London, New York, Dubai and Singapore and is dual-qualified as an English barrister, and an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore. Sapna is consistently ranked in the leading legal directories, was recognised by Asian Legal Business as one of Asia’s top 15 female lawyers and included in Asia Law Business Journal’s inaugural list of “Asia’s top 100 Lawyers”. Sapna is currently International Legal Counsel at the Attorney-General’s Chambers, Singapore, where she maintains a practice as arbitrator and mediator. She is a Fellow and Chartered Arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is Chair of the Singapore branch of the Institute.
  • Andre Yeap SC, who was appointed by the Singapore Supreme Court as Senior Counsel in 2003, is the Senior Partner of Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP, the largest Singapore law firm with regional or representative offices across 9 jurisdictions, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines and China.  He oversees the firm’s disputes practice, including the International Arbitration Practice.  Apart from international arbitration, where he also sits as an arbitrator, he specializes in a broad range of cross- border corporate, commercial, construction, energy and insolvency-related disputes and has dealt with significant cryptocurrency disputes. Andre has acted in various billion-dollar international arbitration disputes including state-investor arbitrations, oil concessions, steel plants, failed port ventures, gold and coal mines and has led some of the region’s largest insolvencies, including Lehman Brothers and MF Global. He has also separately acted for and against various states in investor-state arbitration disputes. He is consistently named as a leading individual for international arbitration and disputes in numerous legal publications. Andre was also party to the formation of the Singapore International Commercial Court and has been a member of Singapore’s Energy Market Authority Board and the Esplanade Board.
  • David Quest KC is joint Head of Chambers at 3 Verulam Buildings, London. He is ranked across the legal directories as a leading silk in in commercial dispute resolution, banking and finance, civil fraud, insurance, cryptocurrency/blockchain assets, offshore disputes, and Middle East work. He is a lead author of the landmark UK Jurisdiction Taskforce (UKJT) Legal Statement on Cryptoassets and Smart Contracts, which sets out the law on the proprietary status of cryptoassets and the enforceability of smart contracts and has been endorsed by courts in England and around the world. He is also a lead author of the UKJT Digital Dispute Resolution Rules, a ground-breaking set of arbitration rules aimed at digital transactions. He continues to be closely involved in UKJT projects, and in the work of the University of Oxford Digital Assets Project.


  • Christopher Lau SC is a Senior Counsel and Chartered Arbitrator, and Associate member of 3 Verulam Buildings, London. He is recognised as “obviously one of the most experienced arbitrators in Singapore” (Chambers Global Guide 2019) and is ranked by Chambers & Partners as one of the Most In Demand Arbitrators in the Asia-Pacific Region. His arbitration practice encompasses investment as well as all aspects of commercial disputes including construction, corporate, energy, maritime, aerospace, communications, pharmaceuticals, military & defence procurements involving the laws of various common and civil law jurisdictions including those of Cambodia, Denmark, England & Wales, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, New York, Oman, Pakistan, PRC, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Date:     22nd February 2024

Time:    8.15am to 8.45am: Registration and continental breakfast

8.45am to 9:45am: Panel discussion

Venue: Shangri-La Singapore, Tanglin Room

We hope you will be able to join us. To RSVP please email:

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