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Welcome Address

The Honourable Justice Aedit Abdullah

Supreme Court of Singapore

Justice Aedit Abdullah was appointed Judicial Commissioner in 2014 and High Court Judge on 30 September 2017.

Mr Abdullah obtained a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1994, as well as a Bachelor of Civil Law (First Class) from the University of Oxford and a Master in Public Management from NUS in 2007.

He joined the Singapore Legal Service in 2000 and began his career as a Justices’ Law Clerk. He then taught at the Faculty of Law, NUS, before re-joining the Singapore Legal Service. He has held various appointments, such as Deputy Public Prosecutor, Deputy Senior State Counsel and District Judge of the Subordinate Courts (renamed as State Courts in 2014). He was appointed Chief Prosecutor (Economic Crimes and Governance Division), and subsequently Chief Prosecutor (Criminal Justice Division) at the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) in 2011 and served as special counsel at the Monetary Authority of Singapore from January 2008 to June 2009. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2012.

He is the chair and a member of various committees.

Mr Wendell Wong


Co-Chair, Criminal Practice Committee, The Law Society of Singapore; Director (Dispute Resolution), Drew & Napier LLC

Wendell is a highly respected civil and criminal lawyer.

Wendell was a former Deputy Public Prosecutor with the Attorney General’s Chambers from 1997 to 2000. His civil-commercial practice includes contracts and commercial disputes, shareholder and director disputes, medical negligence, product liability, asset recovery and local and cross border arbitration work under SIAC and ICC Rules. Wendell has also appeared as a lead counsel in the Singapore International Commercial Court. His criminal practice focuses on commercial and business crime, fraud, securities, corruption, corporate governance related offences and investigation work. Wendell also regularly engages in regulatory and compliance advisory work including anti-fraud and anti-bribery investigations work for multinational and listed companies.

Chambers Global ranks Wendell as a leading practitioner in dispute resolution and commends his regional work related to the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. It describes him as renowned for his developed understanding of the Indonesian legal system. Legal 500 Asia Pacific also recommends Wendell for dispute resolution, where he is praised as a ‘strong and well respected advocate’, having ‘practical approach’ and ‘partnership with clients’. Who’s Who Legal recognises Wendell as an eminent Business Crime Defence and Investigations lawyers in Singapore, saying that he is ‘well known for his work in the criminal investigations space’, “recognised for his ‘practical and smart’ approach to investigations”, and “commended by sources for his ‘ability to anticipate regulators' concerns and find effective solutions’”.

Wendell is the current co-chairperson of the Criminal Practice Committee, Law Society of Singapore, and a member of the Steering Committee, Criminal Legal Aid Scheme, Singapore Academy of Law. Wendell is a firm supporter of pro-bono work and is a member on the Board of Law Society Pro-Bono Services Ltd.

Wendell was appointed as a member of the Penal Code Review Committee by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Law. Wendell is also the Regional Coordinator for the International Bar Association Anti-Corruption Committee’s Structured Criminal Settlements Sub-Committee.

Opening Address

Mr Edwin Tong, SC

Senior Minister of State for Law and Health; Member of Parliament for Marine Parade GRC

Mr Edwin Tong S.C. is the Senior Minister of State for Law and Health.

He was educated at St Joseph’s Institution and later read law at the National University of Singapore. Admitted to the Singapore Bar in 1995, Edwin’s core practice areas were in corporate and commercial disputes, restructuring and insolvency matters, and international arbitration. He was made partner at Allen & Gledhill in 2000 and later appointed Senior Counsel. Prior to being appointed Senior Minister of State in July 2018, he was Head of the Allen & Gledhill’s Restructuring and Corporate Insolvency Department, and also Co-Head of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department.

Edwin has been consistently cited and recommended for his expertise in dispute resolution and as a restructuring and insolvency practitioner in various leading legal publications. Chambers Asia-Pacific has described Edwin as “an outstanding lawyer” and “a renowned name in the market” (2017), as well as “one of the pre-eminent practitioners” (2018) in Singapore. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific cites Edwin for his “excellent leadership, hands on approach and strategic outlook” of his practice and, in the 2018 edition of IFLR1000, he was ranked as a “Market Leader”, recognising him as a standout performer in the field of restructuring and insolvency.

Edwin was first elected into Parliament in 2011 and, since 2015, has been the Member of Parliament for the Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency (GRC). Between 2011 and July 2018, he was the Deputy Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Law & Home Affairs. In March 2018, he was selected to be part of a 10-member Select Committee tasked to look into ways to combat deliberate online falsehoods.

He was a member of both the Insolvency Law Review Committee as well as the Committee to Strengthen Singapore as an International Centre for Debt Restructuring, which recommended significant changes to the insolvency and restructuring laws which aim to enhance Singapore’s effectiveness in facilitating international debt restructuring.

Keynote Session

Attorney General Michael Lauber

Attorney General of Switzerland

Michael Lauber was elected Attorney General by the United Federal Assembly of Switzerland on 28 September 2011.

He assumed office on 1 January 2012. On 17 June 2015 he was elected to serve a second term of office (2016–2019).

AG Lauber has overseen some of the most high profile and complex white collar criminal investigations in the world.

Plenary Session 1

Mr Suresh Damodara

Partner, Damodara Hazra LLP

Suresh is a recognised litigator who continues to practice in the areas of civil, criminal and commercial litigation. Prior to him setting up his own boutique law practice in 2009, he was an integral part of the bigger firms including White & Case Colin Ng LLP where he headed the Commercial Infringements department.

Under his criminal portfolio, Suresh has done briefed and LASCO (Legal Aid Scheme for Capital Offences) assigned capital crime matters both in the High Court and the Court of Appeal. In the area of financial crime, he has litigated (both at first instance and on appeal) and advised in the areas of corruption (under the Prevention of Corruption Act), Corruption, Drug Trafficking and other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act (“CDSA”) and the Companies Act. Suresh has especially undertaken significant briefs in the areas of Section 39 and 47 of the CDSA (laundering and suspicious transaction reporting obligations respectively) and Section 157 of the Companies Act (duties and liabilities of directors).

Suresh has been involved in a number of significant and precedent setting decisions which are a part of Singapore’s criminal jurisprudence.

Over and above his practice areas, Suresh is a serving member of the Criminal Practice Committee of the Law Society where his contribution has been, inter alia, to give written reports (feedback) to the Ministries of Law and Home Affairs on intended legislation under the Criminal Procedure Code and Penal Code.

Suresh plays a key role in liaising with other stakeholders including the Attorney-General’s Chambers on areas of practice which include disclosure issues, sentencing trends/options, accused person’s rights etc.

Suresh is a Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (“CLAS”) volunteer lawyer and serves in the CLAS committee. He also mentors younger lawyers in their criminal brief undertakings. In this context he serves in the Criminal Legal Aid Steering Committee which oversees and assists in the workings of CLAS.

Mr Hri Kumar Nair, SC

Deputy Attorney-General, Attorney-General's Chambers

Mr Hri Kumar Nair, S.C. was a director at Drew & Napier LLC and has more than 25 years of experience as a litigator.  He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2008 and assumed the office of Deputy Attorney-General on 1 March 2017.

He is recognised in the legal field as an expert in dispute resolution and arbitration.  Mr Nair’s main areas of practice include banking and finance, fraud and complex corporate disputes.

He has also led investigations into the affairs of banks and listed companies.  He has been involved in a series of high-profile cases, including a landmark case involving fraudulently issued cashiers’ orders and gaming contracts, an action involving a multi-million dollar fraud on foreign banks and defamation actions involving political figures and international publications.

Between 2006 – 2015, Mr Nair served as a Member of Parliament in the Bishan - Toa Payoh Group Representation Constituency, and was Chairman of the Law and Home Affairs Government Parliamentary Committee.

Mr David Chew

Director, Commercial Affairs Department, Singapore Police Force

Mr David Chew joined the Singapore Legal Service in 1992. He graduated with an LLB (Hons) from the National University of Singapore in 1991 and worked as a litigation lawyer prior to joining the State Courts in 1992 as a Magistrate and thereafter as a District Judge. He served as a DPP in the Attorney-General’s Chambers in 1999 where he prosecuted several notable financial crime cases involving

•  The Managing Director of EC-Asia Ltd (listed on the Australian bourse) for cheating local banks of US$290 million in a trade financing fraud; 
•  Eight Romanian members of an international syndicate who used cloned credit cards to make fraudulent cash withdrawals from ATM machines in Singapore;
•  An American for laundering the proceeds of a transnational phone scam through Singapore via remittance companies.

In 2013, he assumed the post of Deputy Chief Prosecutor, Financial and Technology Crime Division, AGC.

On 27 April 2015, he was seconded to the Singapore Police Force as the Director of the Commercial Affairs Department. On his watch, CAD investigated a number of high profile cases, for example the 1MDB money laundering investigation that resulted in the closure of 2 banks, seizure of more than $200m and the conviction of 5 suspects for money laundering and other offences and the $40m SSG government grant fraud and participated in the FATF mutual evaluation (2015-2016).

As Director, he oversaw CAD’s review of its organizational structure to make it a more effective financial crime fighting unit. He also oversaw a number of important collaborations with key stakeholders, like the CAD-MAS joint panel investigation of Capital markets offences that did away with the civil-criminal investigation dichotomy, and the joint forum to combat government grant fraud with IRAS, Skills Future and SPRING. He co-chairs the private-public partnership with key players in industry to combat money laundering (“ACIP”, the AML/CFT Industry Partnership).

In 2017, he oversaw the formation of the Transnational Commercial Crime Task Force that implemented a centralized strategy to investigating cross -border scams. He also worked on closer collaboration with domestic stakeholders (eg MAS, ABS, GIA, ISCA, NCPC, WMI) and foreign law enforcement agencies to fight crime or prevent it. Under his guidance, CAD has regular collaborations with authorities in China and Malaysia to share information and take joint action against cross border syndicates perpetrating scams on Singapore residents.

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Mr Dane Shelly

Senior Manager, Global Investigations, Asia-Pacific, Paypal

As a seasoned, 15-year veteran with extensive experience in financial crime compliance and investigations, Dane Shelly brings with him a wealth of knowledge across both the private and public sector and multiple geographies.

As part of the Global Investigations team based in Singapore, Dane leads complex investigations that identify financial crime patterns, trends, and typologies in the APAC region. Working with law enforcement agencies, the team’s goal is to mitigate identified risks to PayPal and the global user community.

Prior to joining PayPal, Dane was Director of Sanctions Investigations at Standard Chartered Bank looking at sanctions evasion in the ASEAN and South Asia markets. Before transitioning into the private sector, he had nearly a decade of public sector experience working in various agencies of the U.S. Government, holding roles in the U.S. Defense Department and the U.S. Treasury Department, as well as a diplomat in India.

Dane graduated from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where he received his Juris Doctorate degree, and Eastern University in Philadelphia, PA, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

Breakout Session 1

The Honourable Justice Lee Seiu Kin

Supreme Court of Singapore

Justice Lee was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court in April 2006, after having served as a Judicial Commissioner and as Second Solicitor-General in the Attorney-General’s Chambers.  Justice Lee headed the development of the eLitigation System of the Singapore judiciary that was launched in 2013 and chairs the Court of the Future project.  He also chairs the Legal Technology Committee of the Singapore Academy of Law which is charged with leading the exploitation of Infocomm technology in the legal sector.

Mr Jerrold Soh

Co-Founder, Lex Quanta

Jerrold co-founded Lex Quanta Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based legal analytics startup, and leads the startup's data science projects. Through Lex Quanta, Jerrold has worked on criminal data analysis projects and outcome simulators. Jerrold is currently also a Lecturer at the Singapore Management University School of Law. His research areas are in law and technology, artificial intelligence regulation and legal analytics. He holds an LLB and a BSocSci (Economics) from the National University of Singapore.

Mr Li Hongyi

Deputy Director (Government Digital Services Product Design Development), Government Technology Agency

Hongyi leads a team of engineers, designers, and product managers who build technology for the public good. Projects they work on include Parking.sg – an app to replace parking coupons, and Data.gov.sg – the government’s open data repository. He believes in working on real problems, building for the user, and pushing for change.

Prior to joining the public sector, Hongyi worked at Google on the distributed databases and image search teams. He previously attended MIT, where he obtained degrees in computer science and economics. In his free time, he works on personal projects like typographing.com and chatlet.com.

Mr Rakesh Kirpalani

Director (Corporate Restructuring & Workouts / Dispute Resolution), Drew & Napier LLC

Rakesh Kirpalani is a disputes and technology director at Drew & Napier LLC and has over 10 years of experience in commercial, criminal and technology related disputes and advisory matters. The matters he has acted in and advised on include information technology infrastructure and platform deployment, evidence management, search orders involving computer forensic imaging, e-discovery, data protection and cybersecurity. He is a member of the Singapore Academy of Law (“SAL”) Legal Innovation Committee and was part of the SAL Legal Technology Vision Working Group which contributed to the launch of the Legal Technology Vision in 2017. He has spoken not just at legal but also technology conferences in respect of the impact of technology on the law, and how the law should regulate technology. He is the co-author of the chapter titled “Presentation of Computer Forensic Evidence” in International Conference on Electronic Litigation, published in July 2012 by the SAL and has recently been quoted by media platforms in respect of the new Cybersecurity Act 2018 in Singapore. He is regularly consulted by and acts for both individual and institutional clients in respect of both legal and technology issues within Singapore as well as cross-border.

Breakout Session 2

The Honourable Justice See Kee Oon

Presiding Judge, State Courts of Singapore

Justice See Kee Oon was appointed Judicial Commissioner in 2014 and a High Court Judge in January 2017. In addition to his appointment in the Supreme Court, he concurrently serves as the first Presiding Judge of the State Courts.

He received his Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Singapore in 1991. He also holds a Masters in Law from the University of Cambridge, and a Masters in Public Management from the National University of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

He joined the Singapore Legal Service in 1991 and was appointed a Deputy Registrar and Magistrate in the Subordinate Courts (renamed as State Courts in 2014) before joining the Supreme Court in 1995 as a Justices’ Law Clerk. In 1997, he returned to the Subordinate Courts as District Judge. In 2007, he joined the Ministry of Law and headed the Insolvency and Public Trustee’s Office until 2009. He then returned to the Subordinate Courts in 2009 and was appointed Senior District Judge of the Criminal Justice Division in 2010. He became Chief District Judge of the Subordinate Courts in 2013 and continues to hold the appointment, now known as Presiding Judge of the State Courts.

Justice See chairs the Probation Committee, the board of the Community Justice Centre and the Criminal Legal Assistance Steering Committee. He is also Deputy President of the Industrial Arbitration Court. He also sits on the Military Court of Appeal.

Dr. Jerome Goh

Senior Consultant and Chief (Department of Forensic Psychiatry), Institute of Mental Health; Council Member, Medico-Legal Society of Singapore

Dr Jerome Goh is a Senior Consultant and Chief of the Department of Forensic Psychiatry at IMH. He is also the Clinical Director of Prison’s Psychiatric Housing Unit (PHU), which provides mental health treatment and rehabilitation to inmates with mental disorders. He holds teaching appointments for medical students as Clinical Senior Lecturer with Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor with Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School. He is one of the recipients of the Healthcare Humanity Awards 2016. He and his team in Forensic Psychiatry work closely with health, legal and correctional systems on policy and programme development for forensic populations (such as Mandatory Treatment Order and Forensic Psychiatric Community Service programmes) and promoting co-learning/skills building opportunities.”

Mr Mohamed Faizal Mohamed Abdul Kadir

Deputy Chief Prosecutor/Senior State Counsel, Criminal Justice Division/DPP, Attorney-General's Chambers

Faizal serves as Deputy Chief Prosecutor at the Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney-General's Chambers.

He commenced his legal career as a Justices’ Law Clerk and Assistant Registrar in the Supreme Court, during the course of his career, has also served as General Counsel & Director (Legal) at the Singapore Medical Council. He is the author of the "Criminal Procedure, Evidence and Sentencing" and "Muslim Law" chapters of the SAL Annual Review of Singapore Cases and General Editor of “The Criminal Procedure Code of Singapore: Annotations and Commentary”. He is also a member of the MUIS Appeal Board.

Faizal was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) in 2014, the Association of Conflict Resolution’s International Outstanding Leadership Award in 2015 and inducted by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2016. He holds law degrees from NUS and Harvard University.

Mr Sunil Sudheesan

President, Association of Criminal Lawyers of Singapore; Director, Head Criminal Department, Quahe Woo & Palmer LLC

Criminal lawyer Sunil Sudheesan is the Head of Quahe Woo & Palmer LLC’s Criminal Department. He graduated in 2004 with an Honours degree in Law from the National University of Singapore. Sunil was called to the Singapore Bar on 28 May 2005 and has cultivated deep experience in criminal law ever since.

Sunil handles the entire gamut of criminal law cases including capital cases (murder and serious drug offences), all forms of cases involving hurt (culpable homicide, voluntarily causing hurt and hurt by rash or negligent acts), corporate crime, cheating offences, corruption offences, sexual offences, immigration offences, traffic offences and offences under the Remote Gaming Act.

Sunil has had the privilege of being mentored by the storied Subhas Anandan for more than 10 years since 2004. Consequently, Sunil has been involved in close to 1,000 criminal cases since starting practice.

Sunil’s passion is criminal law. He is currently the President of the Association of Criminal Lawyers of Singapore (“ACLS”). Sunil is actively involved in pro bono work and attends regularly at various legal clinics. He is also a volunteer lawyer with the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (“CLAS”), a non-profit initiative by the Law Society of Singapore to provide legal assistance to needy defendants in criminal cases. For his efforts, Sunil was awarded one of the two Subordinate Courts’ Volunteer of the Year (Advocate and Solicitor category) awards in 2010. Currently, Sunil is one of 3 criminal lawyers assisting in the Enhanced Guidance for Plea Scheme in the State Courts ("EGPS"). Colleague and fellow criminal lawyer Diana Ngiam assists the EGPS together with Sunil.

Dr. Winslow Munidasa

Founder & Executive Director, Promises Pte Ltd

Dr Winslow has a subspeciality in Addictions and Impulse Control Disorders. His areas of specialisation include alcohol, substance dependence, gambling, gaming, and sexual compulsivity. Dr Winslow pioneered the Community Addictions Management Program for the Ministry of Health in 2001, and he was Chief of the Department of Addiction Medicine at the Institute of Mental Health. He holds academic appointments with the National University of Singapore and other universities. He has appeared as an expert witness in cases in the High Court and State Courts of Singapore and the ASEAN region. Dr. Winslow maintains his therapeutic and counselling skills, and is accredited as a certified Master Addiction Counselor and certified Clinical Supervisor.

Dr Winslow established Promises Healthcare in 2011 as a multidisciplinary practice servicing the Asia Pacific with specialised medico-legal and forensic services. The aim of the highly trained Forensic Specialist Team is to provide comprehensive medico-legal assessment and treatment for individuals and families with co-occurring legal issues and mental health concerns.

Plenary Session 2

Ms Lee Lit Cheng

Second Chief Prosecutor, Criminal Justice Division, Attorney-General's Chambers

Ms Lee Lit Cheng is currently the Second Chief Prosecutor of the Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

Ms Lee graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree (Dean’s List) from the National University of Singapore in 1995. She obtained a Master of Laws (Distinction) from University College London in 2004, and was awarded the Derby-Bryce Prize.

She began her legal career as a Deputy Public Prosecutor in the Attorney-General’s Chambers in 1995. She helmed the Legal Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs from 2014 to 2016, and was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2014.

Mr Ramesh Tiwary

Sole Proprietor, Ramesh Tiwary Advocate & Solicitor

Ramesh is the sole proprietor of Ramesh Tiwary, which commenced operations in 2006. Ramesh is an experienced criminal law practitioner and is currently a member of the Criminal Practice Committee of The Law Society of Singapore as well as an advocacy trainer with The Law Society of Singapore. He is also an active CLAS Volunteer and a Lead Counsel on the Supreme Court’s Legal Assistance Scheme for Capital Offences (LASCO) panel.

Ms Corinna Lim

President, Association of Women for Action and Research

Corinna Lim is the first Executive Director of AWARE, the Association of Women for Action and Research.

She has led AWARE to contribute to reforms in laws relating to sexual harassment and sexual assault in Singapore.

Prior to joining AWARE as Executive Director, Corinna practised law for more than 10 years in Allen & Gledhill, Khattar Wong & Partners and Koh Ong & Partners. She was also a co-founder and CEO of Bizibody Technology, a technology business which services the legal industry.

Corinna has a Masters in Public Administration (with focus on social entrepreneurship) from Columbia University and is a Fulbright Scholar. She graduated with an LLB from the National University of Singapore and was called to the Singapore Bar in 1988. 

Dr. Stephen Phang

Senior Consultant, Department of Forensic Psychiatry, Institute of Mental Health

Dr Stephen Phang is a senior consultant psychiatrist attached to the Department of Forensic Psychiatry at the Institute of Mental Health and Woodbridge Hospital. Dr Phang received his postgraduate training in forensic psychiatry at the world renowned Institute of Psychiatry in London, and has since been extensively involved in the assessment and management of mentally disordered offenders charged with committing various offences, including serious capital offences. He has regularly appeared at both Supreme and State Courts in his capacity as expert witness and state forensic psychiatrist. Dr Phang holds clinical teaching appointments at both the Duke Graduate Medical School and the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine. He is also the Clinical Programme Director of the Mandatory Treatment Order (MTO) Programme. In between his busy schedule, Dr Phang, who has a keen interest in developing the discipline of forensic psychiatry in Singapore, regularly teaches and mentors junior psychiatrists and trainees.

Mr Eli Saada Ching

Business and Training Consultant

Deputy commander of the juvenile crime department in the Jaffa and Tel Aviv region.

  • Extensive experience in commanding myriad crime scenes with body count and controlling large-scale, complicated events like terrorist attacks, fires, car accidents;
  • Handled security for large-scale events (demonstrations, football games, riots, street parties, parades);
  • Served as a guide in certain counter-terror methods during police officer course;
  • Served as the regional lecturer on interrogation techniques at the Israel Police Academy; and
  • In 2008, supervised the teaching of interrogation techniques to all police personnel on all-countrywide basis at the Academy.

Appointed to represent the Israel police in remand hearings and other prosecutorial hearings in the courts. 

Head of Paedophile unit and child abuse department.