Chia Ming Lee
Chia Ming is dispute resolution lawyer based in Singapore. She focuses on litigation and international arbitration in complex cross-border commercial disputes, shareholder and joint venture disputes, trust and estate disputes, and insolvency and restructuring-related proceedings. She regularly acts for corporate and commercial clients, financial institutions, state-linked entities, and high net worth individuals across a wide range of industries, including energy, mining, and banking.
Chia Ming is an experienced litigator at all levels of the Singapore Courts where she has acted both as lead counsel and as second chair to senior counsel. She has also been appointed to act as young amicus curiae to the Supreme Court and has been “unreservedly commend[ed]” by the High Court (Chua Hock Soon James v Public Prosecutor and other appeals  5 SLR 997). Chia Ming also regularly acts in international arbitration matters and her experience includes an international arbitration secondment to the London office of an international law firm.
On top of her practice, Chia Ming is appointed to the Singapore Management University Yong Pung How School of Law Practice Advisory Panel. She also serves as adjunct teaching faculty with the university.
Chia Ming is qualified as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore. Prior to joining the firm, she worked in dispute resolution at a leading Singapore law firm and a large international firm.
Chia Ming holds a double degree in Law, Summa Cum Laude and Business (Finance Major), Summa Cum Laude from the Singapore Management University, where she consistently ranked on the Dean’s List for academic excellence and was awarded the prestigious Lee Kong Chian scholarship.
- Financial institutions
- Energy, infrastructure, and resources
- Litigation and dispute resolution
- International Arbitration
- Restructuring and Insolvency
- Trusts, Estates, Wealth Preservation
- Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore, 2014
Memberships and activities
- Practice Advisory Panel, Singapore Management University, Yong Pung How School of Law (2021-2023)
- Adjunct faculty, Ethics and Social Responsibility, Singapore Management University (2016-Present)
- Member, The Law Society of Singapore (2014 – present)
- Member, Singapore Academy of Law (2014 – present)
- Committee Member, Law Awareness Committee, Law Society of Singapore (2019-2020)
- Committee Member, Public and International Law Committee, Law Society of Singapore (2018-2019)
- Founding shareholder: Acted for the claimant in a cross-border joint venture dispute with a foreign logistics conglomerate in arbitration proceedings involving claims in excess of S$70 million. The disputes included breach of directors’ duties, wrongful termination of employment, and minority oppression.
- International power Engineering Corporation: Acted for a global conglomerate in infrastructure and payment claims against foreign state-linked entities in arbitration proceedings involving claims and counter-claims in the region of US$1 billion.
- VTB Bank: Represented the major Russian bank in the Court of Appeal before a specially constituted 5-member Coram in respect of novel points of law regarding the interaction between the arbitration and insolvency regimes. Also acted for the bank in the High Court in relation to contested winding up proceedings over a US$250 million debt and related injunction proceedings and urgent applications (AnAn Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd v VTB Bank (Public Joint Stock Co)  1 SLR 1158; VTB Bank (Public Joint Stock Co) v Anan Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd  SGHC 250).
- Keppel: Acted for a subsidiary of a major local conglomerate in a joint venture dispute and secured a S$300 million strategic commercial deal by resisting injunction proceedings in the Singapore courts and cross-jurisdictional challenges in PRC and in Hong Kong.
- High net worth individual: Represented an Australian billionaire before the SICC and in appeal proceedings before the Court of Appeal in a multi-party share sale dispute involving complex cross-border legal issues (Lew, Solomon v Kaikhushru Shiavax Nargolwala and others  3 SLR 61; Lew, Solomon v Kaikhushru Shiavax Nargolwala and others and another appeal  SGCA(I) 1).
- International business software provider: Acted for the company in arbitration proceedings brought against a European business software provider in a joint venture dispute.
- Australian state-owned mining company: Represented the company in adjudication proceedings against a Chinese state-owned enterprise over a multi-million dollar energy and mining dispute.
- Prominent Indian software company: Represented the company in a suite of SIAC arbitration proceedings involving long-running intellectual property disputes between US and Indian technology firms.
- Estate: Represented executors in the High Court and Court of Appeal in recovering millions paid out by a wealthy individual in a state of mental incapacity and undue influence. This matter also involved the making of a statutory will and pursuing enforcement proceedings across multiple jurisdictions. (Philip Antony Jeyaretnam and another v Kulandaivelu Malayaperumal and others  3 SLR 738)
- Estate: Acted for executors in resisting challenges brought against a wealthy testator’s will on alleged grounds of testamentary incapacity and undue influence. (UWF and another v UWH and another  SGHCF 22)
- Confidential high net worth clients: Acted in various matters, including as legal advisors to safeguard the interests of minor beneficiaries in relation to high value family trusts, representing family businesses in a series of disputes spanning family companies across Asia, successfully obtaining in the Court of Appeal a stay of proceedings in a cross-border matter which involved the intersection of conflict of laws with public policy concerns regarding the welfare of a child.
- Major local and international banks: Acted in various matters, including representing and advising creditor banks in contentious restructuring proceedings, and spearheading confidential internal investigations regarding complaints made against senior personnel in a global bank.
Insights and presentations
- Facilitator, SIAC Russia Academy 2021, “Time and Cost Savers at SIAC: Emergency Arbitration, Expedited Procedure and Early Dismissal”
- Facilitator, SIAC Indochina Academy 2020, “Time and Cost Savers at SIAC: Emergency Arbitration, Expedited Procedure and Early Dismissal”
- Speaker, Advance Legal Planning (bilingual talk in English and Mandarin), Law Awareness Weeks 2019
- Co-organiser and Panellist, Dentons-FTI Consulting Seminar, “Cross-Border Injunctions: Strategic and Innovative Ways to Deal with Legal Emergencies”, 2019
- Rapporteur, “What are the challenges to the growth of arbitration in Singapore in the upcoming decade?”, SIAC Website (Posted 16 Aug 2019)
- Co-rapporteur, “Multiplicity – Managing Parallel Proceedings Under Multiple Instruments”, SIAC Congress Week 2018 Newsletter
- Co-author (together with SMU Assistant Professor Kenny Chng), "Lord Denning's Influence On Contract Formation In Singapore—An Overdue Demise?" Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal (2017) 17(2) Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal 211