Lim Tong Chuan
Director and Head of the Dispute Resolution Practice
Tong Chuan is a Director and Head of the Dispute Resolution Practice in Malcolm Tan Chambers LLC .
Tong Chuan was admitted as a Barrister-at-Law in England & Wales in 1991 and since then he has been admitted to practise law in a few other jurisdictions in Asia Pacific. He was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1992, as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 2001 and as a Solicitor in Hong Kong in 2017. He is also a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.
With over 25 years of experience, Tong Chuan has practised in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. He specializes in litigation and dispute resolution. His areas of practice include arbitration, construction, commercial and contractual disputes, banking, insolvency and liquidation, shareholders’ disputes, insurance, intellectual property, real property & leases, contentious & non-contentious probate, family law and civil matters, amongst others.
Tong Chuan has acted for governments of numerous countries and multi-national companies in many notable cases, including the landmark decisions touching on the sovereignty of Taiwan, the applicability in Singapore of the double-actionability rule in tort (in conflict of laws) and the definition of ‘materiality’ and ‘accident’ in insurance law.
Chairman & General Counsel of Gravitas International
Founder & CEO of Gravitas.Financial (Challenger Bank)
Head Business Development at Malcolm Tan Chambers LLC
Chairman and General Counsel of Gravitas International, Founder and CEO of Gravitas.Financial (Challenger Bank), and Head of Business Development at Malcolm Tan Chambers LLC, amongst other companies, Malcolm Tan is an established Singaporean legally-trained entrepreneur with extensive experience in the construction, telecommunications, engineering, retail, IT and financial industries. Previously trained at top law firm Allen & Gledhill, Malcolm developed and acquired skills in litigation, corporate law, and mergers and acquisitions. He previously held legal counsel positions in both global and regional capacities across the Asia-Pacific region, MENA, and North America, and is currently a panel assessor selected by Ministry of Law for Singapore’s emergency COVID-19 response bill this year.
Malcolm also has direct interests in legal services, corporate services, corporate advisory, finance and wealth management and digital marketing, which directly contribute to the success factors required for new companies and businesses. He also has exposure and connections in multiple industries, including corporate advisory, technology and finance (venture capital, private equity) which are particularly pertinent for the fintech, consulting and ICO space.
He published a book last year on “How to ICO/ITO – Legal and Regulatory Framework in Singapore” and has already, and is still advising over 80 companies who have already, or are intending to ICO/ITO in Singapore and around the world, with clients from the UK, Malta, Russia, Ukraine, China, Korea, Japan, Singapore, etc. Many clients are also in the midst of licence applications in Singapore for Payment Services Act licences, and other types of regulated licences such as Recognised Market Operators, Commodities, Precious Metals etc.
In the ICO, IEO, STO, Cryptocurrency and Blockchain space, Malcolm has done regulatory reviews and consulted with multiple governments, and is frequently a speaker and thought leader for DLT (Distributed Ledger Technology) and ICO and Cryptocurrency regulations and law.
Gravitas International is a full service, end-to-end service provider with advisory, corporate structuring, legal, white paper and tokenomics, marketing and PR, smart contract, dapp and token launcher building capabilities, and can also assist with post ICO activities such as exchange listings, token offering underwriting and business development. Gravitas has direct partners and/or a presence in many countries around the world, such as the USA, UK, Europe, Russia, MENA, China, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanman, Cambodia, India, Australia, etc.
Gravitas.Financial is a major initiative that Malcolm is heading, that is a crypto-industry enabling project, encompassing financial services, ewallet, stable coin, crypto deposits, crypto lending and exchange, P2P, OTC, insurance, etc. It is slated to be a major game changer and industry-wide enabler of the new and upcoming Crypto Economy. Gravitas.Financial is under Malcolm’s www.qrypttech.com umbrella, and is a consortium member of the Enigma Technologies group that applied for one of Singapore’s new Digital Full Bank licences and will be looking to acquire digital bank and fintech licences internationally.
Nicholas Chang is a Senior Associate with Malcolm Tan Chambers LLC.
Nicholas graduated from the University of Leeds with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 2014, and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 2016. He has worked in both small and large law firms throughout his practice.
Nicholas’s practice focuses on both dispute resolution and corporate law. Nicholas has been involved in contentious matters representing both individuals and companies in a variety of disputes in the Supreme Court, the State Courts and the International Chamber of Commerce (for arbitration matters). Such matters include contractual and company disputes, banking disputes, employment disputes and tortious claims. He has successfully led trials and hearings in both the Supreme Court and the State Courts.
In his corporate practice, Nicholas primarily drafts legal opinions, business plans and applications for licensing under the Payment Services Act, and actively works on compliance-related matters. He frequently drafts and reviews a range of commercial documents and contracts.
Nicholas also has experience in mainboard matters such as investigations of whistleblowing claims and restatement of financial statements.
Memberships & Associations
- Member, Law Society of Singapore
- Member, Singapore Academy of Law
- Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
- Corporate and Commercial Law