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Danny Ong Partner at Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP (Singapore)


Danny specialises in complex international commercial disputes, fraud and asset recovery investigations and litigation, and cross-border restructuring amd insolvency, across a multitude of industries.  He has been recognised in his areas of expertise by international legal directories, with clients describing him as “a formidable force”, “a powerful advocate and highly effetive cross-examiner”, “an excellent litigator”, “a strong advocate authoritative when cross-examining”, “our go-to guy", “outstanding lawyer”, “very switched on”, "good when you need someone to fight your corner", “very commercial, he knows when he has to be aggressive and commercially aware at the same time", having “deep and broad knowledge of the law” and “excellent for contentious restructuring matters”, and “exuding confidence, knowledge and commitment”. 

Specifically, Danny is deeply experienced and known for his work in cross-border fraud and asset recovery investigations and litigation.  Danny is regularly called upon to investigate and prosecute claims involving complex multi-jurisdictional corporate and commercial fraud, and the recovery of misappropriated assets globally, most recently arising from the 1MDB debacle. He is the Singapore member of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Fraudnet, an international network of independent leading civil asset recovery specialists. Danny is the only lawyer in Singapore who is recognised by Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Global Elite 2019 in the field of asset recovery. 

On the banking and finance front, he has led cross-border disputes involving complex financial products, cryptocurrencies, securitisation transactions, commodities, bonds, market manipulation, insider trading, layering and spoofing, and investigations into interest-rate fixing, currency fixing, and money laundering, to name a few.  Most recently, he is lead counsel in the first cryptocurrency dispute before the Singapore International Commercial Court, which raise raised novel and complex legal issues yet to be determined in the common law world. 

Danny has also acted and continues to act in some of the largest and most complex insolvencies in the region representing liquidators and creditors, including acting for the liquidators overseeing 45 Lehman entities across Asia (ex-Japan), MF Global Singapore, Dynamic Oil Trading (of the OW Bunker Group), and BSI Bank, and is particularly known for his expertise in complex cross-border contentious insolvency.

Danny is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, and formerly the firm’s Deputy Head of Dispute Resolution Practices.  He graduated from the National University of Singapore and is admitted to the Singapore Bar as well as the Rolls of Solicitors of the High Courts of Hong Kong and England and Wales. 

Danny is a lead advocacy trainer of the Singapore Institute of Legal Education.   He is also a founding director of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) of Singapore and South-East Asia, and was recently appointed its Vice-President.  TMA is the leading organization dedicated to turnaround management, corporate restructuring and distressed investments. 

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