Kelvin Chia

FOUNDER AND MANAGING PARTNER

LL.B. (Hons), National University of Singapore
Called to the Bar Singapore, 1978
Founder date: 1 January 1997

Kelvin is the managing partner of the firm and actively engages in both contentious as well as non-contentious work.

His practice extends to a wide range of commercial matters with particular focus on intellectual property litigation, cross-border commercial transactions and arbitration. He has litigated on trademark and design infringement, copyright protection, breach of confidentiality and misuse of trade secrets. He has also represented clients in intellectual property and trade-related disputes before the ICC in London and Hong Kong. One of the major IP matters handled by him involved disputes over a manufacturing and trade mark licensing arrangement which became the subject of arbitration in London and resulted in trademark rectification proceedings in multiple jurisdictions.

Kelvin is sensitive to the differences presented by the varied legal environments in Asia. He has arbitrated in and managed legal actions and proceedings overseas, and worked on many challenging projects in Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, North Korea and Cambodia. He has specific expertise in mining investments and projects, and real estate acquisition exercises. Kelvin manages our offices in Vietnam, where he has built up an extensive network with both government and non-government entities. He was also instrumental in the setting up of offices in Pyongyang.

Kelvin has experience in the area of banking litigation, where he has defended banks against lenders' liability and other claims arising from banking operations. He has also represented individual and institutional clients in complex banking-related disputes involving substantial monetary claims.

Kelvin's understanding of clients' business needs, unflagging personal attention and practical problem solving skills have led to innovative and successful strategies for many otherwise unworkable situations. Kelvin is a member of the International Trademarks Association, International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property and The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys.

Kelvin was named one of Singapore's Top Lawyers in 2018. See the full list here.

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