Melissa Thng is a partner in our Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice and Arbitration practice. She has acted for and advised companies and individuals in a diverse range of disputes in the areas of contract, international trade, insurance, shipping and aviation, though her practice has a particular focus on corporate and shareholder disputes, trusts and insolvency. In the course of her work, she has been involved in trials, urgent applications for injunctive relief, enforcement proceedings and appeals before the Court of Appeal.
Melissa also has experience in mediation and settlement negotiations, and has conducted arbitrations under the auspices of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Rules and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
- Eldest son in a high-profile family: Advising and acting in a dispute over shares in private companies in Singapore and Hong Kong, shares in a listed company in Singapore, ownership of a building in the Central Business District of Singapore and various other assets estimated to be worth more than S$200 million.
- Danish equipment and service supplier: Advising on a dispute with its German joint venture partner in international arbitration proceedings under the auspices of the ICC.
- SBS Transit Ltd: Acting as lead counsel in a coroner's inquiry wherein which it was alleged that the fatal road traffic accident was caused by faulty brakes on our client's bus.
- Founder and former executive chairman of a listed company: Acting in a dispute with his son in respect of ownership of shares in that company worth approximately S$18 million, breaches of directors' duties and corporate governance. Commenced a related suit seeking the replacement of his son as administrator of his late wife's estate by reason of his breaches of trust.
- Australian mining company: Acting in application to reverse the winding up of its local subsidiary and restore it to a going concern. Until this case, the prevailing view was that the only recourse was a stay or indefinite stay of the winding up.
- Singapore Airlines Ltd: Defending against a claim made by one Mr. Mark David Ryan for damages for personal injury under the Warsaw Convention (as amended by the Hague Protocol) (entering into force by way of the Carriage by Air Act) for a sum exceeding S$1million.
- The 11 Singaporean distributors of the Lehman Brothers Minibond notes (banks and stockbroking firms): Acting in the wake of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, advising them on their dealings with the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the trustee of the notes program and in dealing with claims made against them by individual noteholders for "mis-selling."
- DBS Bank Ltd: Acting in its claim against Yamazaki Mazak Singapore Pte Ltd and one of its employees for damages arising from fraud and conspiracy in relation to a credit facilities extended for the purchase of machinery.
- Belizean oil trading company Projector SA and its local subsidiary: Acting in a dispute with Samsung Total Petrochemical Co Ltd over the sale of naphtha, where allegations of fraud were levied and Mareva injunctions obtained against our client.
- Co-author, "Conflict Of Party Autonomy In The Selection Of Arbitrators - A Pragmatic Approach To Resolution," Starboard, June 2015
- Co-author, Singapore Chapter, Commercial Litigation - Jurisdictional Comparison, (The European Lawyer), 2011
Activities and Affiliations
- Law Society of Singapore
- Singapore Academy of Law
- YSIAC Committee
Prior and Present Employment
- Partner, Dentons Rodyk (formerly Rodyk & Davidson LLP), 2008–present