Kai Liang’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, arbitration and investigations.
He regularly advises clients in a wide range of corporate disputes relating to joint ventures, post-acquisition disputes, shareholders’ disputes, employment as well as real estate and property matters.
In this regard, Kai Liang has developed a strong professional liability practice acting for major insurers and defending professionals such as solicitors, accountants and architects as well as an active practice in respect of corporate disputes arising from the natural resources, trade and commodities sector. He also regularly handles corporate investigations concerning employee misconduct, fraud, corruption and other corporate governance breaches and has acted for regulators and listed companies alike on market misconduct and market manipulation matters.
He is recommended in legal publications such as The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific and has been described as being a “superb” litigator who is “extremely bright”, “one of the best” and “practical in his case management”.
Previously, Kai Liang was selected for placement under the Supreme Court’s Amicus Curiae Scheme and has subsequently appeared as amicus curiae before the Singapore High Court. Thereafter, Kai Liang was awarded the Singapore Academy of Law Overseas Attachment Award and was seconded to Fountain Court Chambers in London where he worked with leading Queen’s Counsel.
Prior to joining Allen & Gledhill, Kai Liang was an Assistant Registrar as well as Senior Justices’ Law Clerk and Justices’ Law Clerk to the Chief Justice and Judges of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Singapore. He was formerly also an adjunct faculty member teaching law at the Singapore Management University and the National University of Singapore.
Kai Liang graduated from the National University of Singapore with an LL.B. (Hons) degree (First Class) and was awarded prizes such as the Law Society of Singapore Book Prize and the Shook Lin & Bok Prize. He subsequently obtained an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School on a Kathryn Aguirre Worth Memorial Scholarship.
He presently also sits on the Singapore Academy of Law’s Promotion of Singapore Law Committee and is a member of the Professional Values Chapter of the Professional Affairs Committee.
- Acted for a Fortune 500 technology company in an IT contract dispute against a statutory board in excess of S$1 billion, achieving a favourable settlement for the client.
- Successfully defended a solicitor in a US$30 million professional negligence claim in respect of a cross-border investment in a natural resources company, involving foreign law issues of ownership and licenses.
- Successfully represented various Indonesian mine owners in a US$50 million SIAC arbitration dispute over a coal mine in South Kalimantan, involving breaches of a sale and purchase agreement.
- Successfully prosecuted for the Monetary Authority of Singapore in respect of market misconduct offences under the Securities and Futures Act concerning wash trades of illiquid counters.
- Acted for a listed company on internal investigations concerning alleged issues of fraud, conflict of interest and unfair preference by the Chief Financial Officer and related special audit matters.