Legal Awards 2022

May22239 Jul2 630 Eugene Low is a recognisable and trusted litigator in Singapore’s closely-knit legal field. It therefore comes as no surprise that Eugene’s burgeoning firm, Ark Law, has grown to incredible levels of success in the short time since its incorporation. Eugene founded Ark Law Corporation in 2019 as a boutique law frm working across the full spectrum of commercial, corporate, and fnancial law, with specialisations in disputes, litigation, and corporate restructuring and insolvency matters with regional or international factors. Since incorporating the frm, Ark Law has worked with clients in numerous complex matters across a variety of subjects. Key matters handled by the frm include acting for a corporation headquartered in the United Arab Emirates and its Chinese shareholder in the Singapore International Commercial Court involving management fees in respect of photovoltaic plants built and operated in Pakistan, a State party in matters arising from an arbitration with a utilities concession holder, and an online binary trading platform in a highvalue dispute involving issues of English and Belize law. The frm has also successfully navigated shareholder disputes and has advised on director’s duties, exposure, and risk in relation to cryptocurrency companies. ‘We take a high energy, pragmatic and business-minded approach to serving our clients. While we generally work in teams, we make it a point for the most senior member of each team to be actively involved and available to our clients,’ Eugene notes. For Ark Law, client experience and involvement is a key driver behind how the team operates, and is how the frm manages to provide bespoke solutions that are not only effective, but also have the client’s buy-in. Ark Law’s signifcant experience with the Chinese market is something that the company takes a great amount of pride in. The frm has undertaken numerous cases for Chinese clients, including corporates and individuals, including a case that involved acting for a subsidiary of a Chinese State-Owned Enterprise in claims relating to a joint venture in Singapore, which has spawned litigation in multiple jurisdictions including Singapore, China and the United States. ‘China is a key market for the frm,’ Eugene comments, ‘and our experience and capabilities reflect that.’ Fluent in both English and Mandarin, Eugene is equipped to work flexibly and freely with clients across Singapore and China, and in turn, he has been able to ensure Ark Law’s success with the frm’s Chinese clients. Prior to the formation of Ark Law, Eugene spent time in the East China University of Political Science and Law, and also developed practical skills working in a fnancial services frm based in Shanghai, China. The connections and deep cultural understanding formed during Eugene’s time in China have been indispensable to Ark Law. The National University of Singapore alum also serves as a Volunteer Lawyer with the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme, which provides criminal legal assistance to those unable to afford a lawyer. Eugene is also a proud member of INSOL International, the Insolvency Practitioners Association of Singapore, the Singapore Academy of Law, and the Law Society of Singapore, and holds an Insolvency Practitioners’ Licence under the Ministry of Law. On the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on talent acquisition for law frms: ‘In my view,’ Eugene explains, ‘the most signifcant development in recent times has been the impact of COVID-19 on talent acquisition in Singapore. Prior to COVID-19, the employment market for young lawyers was very much an employer’s market due to the phased increase of the graduate classes of the three major universities offering law courses in Singapore. COVID-19 coupled with changes in bar qualifcation requirements appear to have reversed this trend.’ In addition to this, many young lawyers are leaving Singapore for jobs overseas or in an international law firm, which has further exacerbated the rift in recruitment for Singaporean firms. It has become increasingly difficult to both find and retain talent. In response, Ark Law maintains a flat hierarchy, which enables mentorship of young lawyers. The firm has also adopted flexible working hours, alternative working arrangements, and remuneration packages, leading the way for law firms across the globe.’ Innovation runs in Ark Law’s blood, and such moves have certainly paid off, as it is actively and aggressively expanding. This has culminated in the frm’s push to hire partners as well as young associates and office staff. It is clear to see that whilst Ark Law’s future may be busy, it will be flled with success in abundance thanks to its devotion to serving its clients effectively and cultivating sustainable growth. Contact: Eugene Low Company: Ark Law Corporation Web Address: ‘We take a high energy, pragmatic and business-minded approach to serving our clients. While we generally work in teams, we make it a point for the most senior member of each team to be actively involved and available to our clients,’ Most Trusted Corporate &Commercial Specialists LawFirm - Singapore