Our Partner

Low Cheong Yeow

Low Cheong Yeow

Partner

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Civil and Commercial Litigation

Cheong Yeow received his legal education at the National University of Singapore and went on to earn a Masters of Laws in Commercial and Corporate Laws from the University of London in the United Kingdom.

Prior to entering private practice, Cheong Yeow served as a Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) and State Counsel with the Attorney-General’s Chambers of Singapore from 1993 to 2007. Between 2005 and 2007, Cheong Yeow was attached to the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) of the Singapore Police Force, advising CAD investigators on money-laundering, prosecutorial and investigative matters. In his capacity as a DPP, Cheong Yeow had also advised the Monetary Authority of Singapore in relation to a wide-range of regulatory and compliance-related matters.

In addition, Cheong Yeow has experience acting as both defence and prosecuting counsel in cases involving Penal Code offences (such as causing hurt, cheating, maid abuse and outraging of modesty); illegal money lending; Immigration Act offences; drug consumption and trafficking; corruption; firearms offences; murder; Companies Act offences; and departmental summonses.

Since entering private practice, Cheong Yeow has acted for many expatriate clients accused of committing criminal offences and has successfully secured withdrawal of charges after representations were made on his clients’ behalf to the Attorney-General Chambers of Singapore.

Throughout the years, Cheong Yeow has also been a member of the Law Society of Singapore, Singapore Academy of Law and the Association of Criminal Lawyers of Singapore.

Notable Cases
The high-profile cases that Cheong Yeow has handled include the following:

  • Acted for an ex-broker from UOB Kay Hian and successfully argued for a fine to be imposed in respect of a market rigging offence under the Securities and Futures Act (SFA).
  • JEL Corporation (Holdings) Ltd case: Acted for the former Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of JEL, a company listed on the SGX Main Board, in relation to a failure to make corporate disclosure under the SFA.
  • Citiraya Industries Ltd case: Prosecution of securities offences under the SFA.
  • JEL Corporation (Holdings) Ltd case: Acted for the former Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of JEL, a company listed on the SGX Main Board, in relation to a failure to make corporate disclosure under the SFA.
  • Citiraya Industries Ltd case: Prosecution of securities offences under the SFA.
  • Sunshine Empire case: Acted for the defendants in the largest prosecution against multi-level marketing in recent years, in which the founder and senior executive of the said company were charged with fraudulent trading, criminal breach of trust and creating fictitious documents.
  • Autron Corporation Ltd case: Market rigging. PP v Richard Yong and PP v Loo Say San: Prosecution of the former Chairman and Honorary Treasurer of the “old NKF” for breach of director’s duties under the Companies Act.
  • PP v Taw Cheng Kong: Major corruption trial involving a senior investment officer of the Government Investment Corporation of Singapore.
  • PP v Anthony Ler: Murder trial in 2001 that attracted unprecedented publicity.
  • Formerly appointed as Prosecuting Counsel for the Health Sciences Authority.
  • Formerly appointed as External Counsel for Council for Estate Agencies.