Daniel Chia is a corporate and commercial litigator who acts for clients in complex, cross-border, and multi-disciplinary high value disputes. He is sought for his expertise – both as legal advisor and counsel, in devising and executing litigation strategies for disputes relating to commercial crime, professional indemnity insurance, shareholder litigations, insolvency claims and securities and regulatory enforcement. He also represents clients, either as defendants or plaintiffs, in a wide range of white collar criminal proceedings, including allegations of money laundering, corruption and tax evasion.
Daniel strives to provide clients tailored, tactical advise that add value to their corporate strategy. In particular, he specializes in matters relating to Regulatory, Commercial fraud and Business Crime Defence. These include matters of fraudulent fund raising, and prosecuting and defending against allegations of money laundering and commercial crime. As a trial lawyer, he also regularly acts in professional liability cases where he acts for professionals, consultants and insurers in all matters relating to professional negligence suits. He also acts for clients in the e-payment industry and advises on various regulatory and competition legislation. In all these matters, he often acts as lead and coordinating counsel structuring litigation and client strategy and managing litigations in various jurisdictions. Daniel is also an active member of the firm’s crisis management practice.
He is recognised as a leading lawyer in major legal directories like Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 where clients have commended him for not just his technical ability in the law but also his business acumen and his ability to manage disputes and problems and structure solutions efficiently and effectively. Chambers and Partners Global acknowledge him as an "accomplished litigator", who is "diligent and has a great work ethic" along with “a hands on approach” and "a good mind for commercial litigation."
The Legal 500 acknowledges his “excellent reputation” amongst clients and peers. Asialaw Profiles quotes clients who have praised him for his "great technical skills" and "keen business sense. "Benchmark:Asia Pacific singles him out for his "keen sense of how to strike a balance between success strategy, client interests, and business and economic realities." Global Investigations Review - a Who's Who Legal publication recognised his "impressive [white collar and business crime defence] case load." He was recognised by the Singapore Business Review where he was credited as being one of the most influential lawyers under 40 in its inaugural awards in 2014 and in 2018, was nominated as a finalist for Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year by Asian Legal Business.
The Supreme Court of Singapore appointed Daniel as a Young Amicus Curiae in 2009. He has previously served as a member of the ethics committee of the Law Society of Singapore. He served as an adjunct tutor to the National University of Singapore and as a tutor for the core advocacy module for law graduates to get called to the Singapore Bar.
Daniel is also regularly appointed as pro-bono counsel by the Law Society of Singapore and the Supreme Court of Singapore in a wide variety of criminal matters.
National University of Singapore, 2005, LLB, Hons, Overall Deans List
Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Employment, Law360 (2017)
Ranked, Dispute Resolution: Litigation, Singapore, Chambers Global (2017, 2018)
Recommended, Dispute Resolution: Local Firms; Labor and Employment: Local Firms (Singapore), The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (2015–2018)
Recommended, Shipping: Local Firms (Singapore), The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (2018)
Ranked, Dispute Resolution: Litigation (Singapore), Chambers Asia-Pacific: Leading Lawyers for Business (2017, 2018)
Recognized, Asialaw Leading Lawyers (2015)
Recognized, Benchmark Asia-Pacific: The Definitive Guide to the Leading Disputes Firms and Lawyers in the Region (2013, 2014, 2018)
Recognized, "20 Most Influential 40 and Under Lawyers," Singapore Business Review (2014)
Finalist, “Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year,” Asian Legal Business (2018)