Francis has been Head of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group since 1999. He was appointed Head, Disputes Practices in November 2009. He was a statutory member of the Law Society Council until December 2008, having been appointed in January 2005 by the Minister of Law. Francis was appointed Senior Counsel in January 2009.
Francis has practised cross-border commercial litigation and international arbitration for more than two decades. He specializes in corporate and commercial disputes especially in the areas of company, banking, property and financial and investment related claims. He has handled cases involving securities fraud, insider trading and general commercial fraud. He also specialises in aviation law and advised in the class-action suit resulting from the crash of the SilkAir flight in Indonesia in 1997 and the Taiwan SIA crash. Francis has acted in a number of highly publicized reported cases at trial and appellate level, including Sumitomo Bank Ltd v Kartika Ratna Thahir, the East Coast Recreation Centre and American Express Bank litigation. He has been and continues to be involved in a number of cross-border international arbitration involving the aviation, oil production, power generation and toxic wastes industries.
Francis has been recognised as a leading lawyer by Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2001/2002, 2002/2003, 2003/2004, 2004/2005, 2008/2009), AsiaLaw Profiles (2007), Asia Law leading lawyers (2009) and Chambers Global (2010).
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