Ajinderpal Singh is a senior partner in our Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Arbitration practice groups. Ajinder's practice is focused on partnership and shareholder disputes, insolvency and banking litigation. He has acted for both minority and majority shareholders, representing a diverse range of clients: a multinational advertising group, locally listed public companies, foreign joint venture partners and a home grown family businesses selling medicated oil. He has been involved in partnership disputes between local law firms and international firms. Notably, he acted in the action brought by the minority shareholders of Borden Co Pte Ltd which went before the Court of Appeal.
Ajinder has advised directors and CEOs on the laws pertaining to directors' duties and corporate governance, and regularly gives talks on the subject. Presently, he is one of counsel representing two directors in the dispute concerning Metalform Asia Pte Ltd. He regularly advises leading insurance companies on issues arising in relation to their D&O policies (directors' and officers' liability insurance policies).
As a banking and insolvency practitioner, Ajinder has presented judicial management petitions for several creditors. He acted for the judicial managers of Singapore Leasing Pte Ltd, Tang Dynasty and Showpla Asia Ltd. He has been involved in preparing schemes of arrangements between companies and their creditors and reconstruction and amalgamation schemes for solvent groups of companies, often under time-sensitive and pressing conditions. He has represented liquidators and assisted them in investigations into the affairs of the company, notably in cases involving fraud and suspected insolvent and fraudulent trading. He has acted for receivers. His banking experience includes complicated disputes concerning syndicated loans in excess of tens of millions of dollars.
Ajinder has a broad and diverse range of arbitration experience. He has been involved in ICC, SIAC and other "ad hoc" arbitrations. He is well versed with issues related to the enforcement of arbitral awards, including applications for the setting aside of such awards. He has represented an investment fund vehicle against a local listed company in a dispute over their investment in a condominium development project. He acted for a major Japanese institution against its Indonesian joint venture partner. He has been involved in proceedings concerning the setting aside of a substantial arbitral award in favour of an American company against a state owned Indonesian oil and gas company.
In terms of his competition practice, he successfully obtained clearance from the Competition Commission Authority of Singapore for a Japanese and American airline to implement their co-operation agreements, in Singapore. He regularly also advises and represents clients in cartel, price-fixing investigations.
His general practice encompasses employment, tenancy and competition law. He is developing his insurance practice, in particular professional indemnity insurance.
- Confidential client: Acting in an SIAC arbitration in a substantial contractual dispute relating to sale of submarine fibre optic cables between Singapore and Jakarta.
- Japan Airlines International Co Ltd and American Airlines Inc (the "Joint Applicants"): Acting in Notification Application for Decision to the CCS under s.44 of the Competition Act (Cap. 50B) with respect to their Joint Business Agreement and Alliance Agreement (the "Agreements"). These Agreements were cleared by CCS on 7 April 2011. The CCS' clearance decision allows the Joint Applicants, as members of the oneworld alliance, to implement the Agreements in relation to Singapore, boosting their level of cooperation on the operation of transpacific routes between Singapore and United States via Japan. The Agreements enable the two carriers to work together to optimise and expand their product offerings and quality of service to air passengers, providing enhanced and more effective competition against other global airline alliances. After nearly four months of deliberations and intense scrutiny of submissions and arguments submitted on behalf of the Joint Applicants, the CCS issued their official clearance of the Agreements on 7 April 2011, concluding that the Agreements result in net economic benefits to competition in Singapore and are thus excluded from the s.34 prohibition of the Competition Act.
- AIG: Acting as Singapore counsel on Singapore regulatory and competition issues relating to the proposed sale of its Asian life insurance arm to Britain's Prudential for S$50 billion. Previously advised AIG on regulatory issues relating to its exit from the Federal Reserve funding.
- Confidential client: Acting in a case where the High court struck out the multiplier applied by a party in the computation of its claim for damages for breach of warranty in a case where the underlying agreement had no express contractual provision for the use of such a multiplier in computing damages. Reported at  SGHC 131.
- FedExpress Services (M) Sdn Bhd: Acting in a claim brought against them by Smart Modular Technologies Sdn Bhd. Smart's shipment of semi-conductor chips through FedEx was hijacked and one of the issues in the case was whether the exclusion clause, which, inter alia, provided that FedEx would not be liable for events beyond its control, in the contract of carriage was applicable. The High Court found in FedEx's favour and the Court of Appeal upheld the High Court's decision. Reported at  2 SLR 797 and subsequent Court of Appeal decision reported at  1 SLR 411.
- The minority shareholders of Borden Co Pte Ltd.: Acting in connection with Court of Appeal's decision is reported at  4 SLR 745.
- Confidential client: Acting in the dispute between the majority owners of Greenville Condominum and Leonie Court Pte Ltd. The majority owners had entered into a sale and purchase of the condominium with Leonie Court. Leonie Court terminated the agreement on the basis that the majority owners had not exercised best endeavours in trying to obtain strata board approval. The matter went before the High Court and the High Court granted a declaration that the sale and purchase agreement remained valid and binding. Reported at  1 SLR 445, see also  SGSTB 5 for Strata Board's decision to allow the sale.
- IFLR1000: Leading Lawyer for Financial and Corporate Law, 2017
- IFLR1000: Leading Lawyer for Restructuring and Insolvency, 2016
- “…Ajinderpal Singh is 'very thorough’...” – Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2008/2009
- Author, "Avoiding Defective Arbitration Clauses", Rodyk Reporter - Litigation Brief, September 2007
- Co-Author, "Rodyk Secures Significant Court Of Appeal Ruling In Minority Oppression Case", Rodyk Reporter - Litigation Brief, December 2006
- Co-Author, "Guide To Office Raids", Rodyk Guides, April 2006
- Co-Author, Singapore Precedents of Pleadings (2006), ed. by Jeffery Pinsler
Activities and Affiliations
- Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
- Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
- Associate, Insolvency Practitioners Association of Singapore
- 2nd Annual Symposium for Arbitrators and Mediators, December 2, 2015
- Restructuring of Foreign Companies Listed in Singapore, September 11, 2015
- Singapore Restructuring Options, May 7, 2015
- Mediation and Arbitration: Towards More Effective and Efficient Ways of Resolving International Commercial Disputes, December 2, 2014
- The Challenges and Options Available to Bondholders upon Default or Conditions Nearing Default, August 25, 2014
- Compliance With Regulatory Competition And Anti-Corruption Laws, June 11, 2013
- International Arbitration: Perpetual Challenges And Unknown Dangers In Cross Border Disputes, May 3, 2013
- Drafting Arbitration Clauses, November 1, 2012
- A Hands On Workshop on Drafting An Arbitration Clause - Old Wine In A New Bottle, February 1, 2012
- Avoiding Arbitrary Choices In The Arbitration Process: Managing The Arbitral Process with a Focus On China & Indonesia, February 1, 2011
- Competition Law - Dawn Raids, January 27, 2011
- ADR Congress India 2009, October 15, 2010
- Director's Duties & Liabilities, March 18, 2010
- Liability Exposure For In-House Counsel, December 1, 2009
- Talk On Competition Law, July 29, 2009
- Directors' Duties, Common Pitfalls And Issues In The Face Of Economic Crisis, July 17, 2009
- Professional Liability - Concurrent Liability Under Tort And Contract, July 14, 2009
- Sure Management In Unsure Times: The Duties And Rights Of Company Directors And Officers In The Face Of Economic Crisis, November 19, 2008
- Concurrent Liability Under Tort And Contract, July 14, 2008
- A Hands-on Guide To Drafting Commercial Contracts, March 10, 2008
- Understanding Shareholders' Rights To Successfully Protect Their Interest, February 22, 2008
- An Update On Directors Duties, August 30, 2007
- Avoiding Defective Arbitration Clauses, July 26, 2007
- Recent Case Law Developments, May 11, 2007
- Limiting Your Liability: Exclusion Clauses - Case Law, April 12, 2007
- Indemnity Liability In Contracts - Limiting Your Liability: Exclusion Clauses, January 26, 2007
- Indemnity Liability In Contracts - Limiting Your Liability: Exclusion Clauses, January 12, 2007
- Limiting your Liability - Exclusion Clauses, December 15, 2006
- Limiting Your Liability: Exclusion And Indemity Clauses, November 2, 2006
- Insider Trading, July 20, 2006
Prior and Present Employment
- Senior Partner, Dentons Rodyk (formerly Rodyk & Davidson LLP) (2004 - present)
- Rajah & Tann (1998 - 2003)
- Drew & Napier (1997 - 1998)