RAJAH & TANN SINGAPORE LLP
9 Battery Road #25-01
Straits Trading Building
Andre has developed a broad-based corporate, commercial and insolvency-related litigation practice which includes banking, securities, shareholder disputes, fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, trust and estate matters, often with strong cross-border elements. Many of his cases are landmark cases, setting precedent for various areas of the law.
The Asia Pacific Legal 500 has stated 'Andre Yeap SC is a pillar of strength in commercial matters' and he has been cited or recommended in the area of dispute resolution by other publications, such as Chambers and AsiaLaw Profiles.
Andre holds the office of Deputy Chairman of the Income Tax Board of Review. He was also appointed as a member of the Competition Appeals Board.
Andre specialises in a broad range of corporate and commercial dispute work. Often acting for financial institutions, Andre has represented an insurance conglomerate in a dispute over a highly complex US$220 million securitization transaction involving pulp and paper receivables, and had successfully restrained the execution and implementation of a series of collaterised equity leveraged loan securities backed notes in excess of US$180 million.
In his varied commercial practice, he has been involved in some of the largest property disputes in Singapore, including the $500 million en-bloc sale of Horizon Towers, and the $550 million en-bloc sale of Gillman Heights. He also represented the Commissioner of Estate Duty in a dispute relating to the valuation of one of the largest estates in Singapore.
Andre has acted and advised in various insolvency and liquidation matters. He has represented the Official Assignee / Receiver of the State of Queensland; was responsible for the compulsory liquidation of Daewoo Singapore Pte Ltd with debts well in excess of $400 million, one of the largest insolvencies in the Singapore corporate scene; was involved in the international liquidation of the CHS Group, then one of the largest disk-drive producers in the world; and has oversight of the restructuring and liquidation of the Lehman Brothers Group in Singapore and India, part of which was named “Insolvency and Restructuring Deal of the Year, 2009”, by both International Financial Law Review and Asian Legal Business and which is potentially the largest insolvency in the region. He is also leading the legal team in relation to the liquidation of MF Global Singapore.
Andre has acted in a billion dollar dispute involving a steel plant, and those involving hotel ownership and management, power plants, telecommunication systems, underwater channels, and represented telecommunication giants such as AT&T.
With a long historical involvement in some of Singapore’s oldest and largest trusts and estates, he has acted for some of the most prestigious trust corporations in Singapore, including British & Malayan Trustees. In addition, he successfully led the prosecution, on behalf of the Law Society of Singapore, on a complaint made by a Court of Appeal Judge, against certain lawyers who had fraudulently caused the Supreme Court to wrongfully pay out about $4.3 million in respect of the administration and distribution of a Muslim estate which was embroiled in a series of competing claims.
Member, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
Honorary Legal adviser, Anglican Welfare Services
Director, ASL Marine Holdings Ltd (listed company)
Member, Competition Appeal Board (September 2005 – 2009)
Deputy Chairman, Income Tax Board of Review
Member, Law Society of Singapore
Member, Singapore Academy of Law