Reading Time: 6 minutesSingapore’s reputation as a global financial centre makes it susceptible to cross-border money laundering activities. In response, the Singapore government has stepped its efforts to protect the system’s integrity, in three ways. This article is written by Shashi Nathan and originally published in The Business Times. The “Article in 60 Seconds” is contributed by Leanne Cheng. […]
Shashi is a Partner in the Criminal Litigation Practice in KhattarWong. Prior to joining KhattarWong, he was a Director of a boutique law firm. Previously he was a Senior Partner and Head of Criminal Litigation at Harry Elias Partnership LLC for over 10 years. Shashi is widely regarded as one of Singapore’s leading criminal defence lawyers. His areas of expertise straddle both white collar criminal work as well as blue collar cases. Shashi’s white collar practice includes advising and defending institutions as well as individual clients on Singapore’s regulatory and compliance framework. He is in particular, familiar with the Securities and Futures Act. He regularly advises clients on areas including insider trading, market manipulation, tax fraud, as well as a spectrum of legislation dealing with corporate malfeasance. In 2007, Shashi was cited in Who’s Who Legal as one of Singapore’s leading business crime lawyers Who’s Who Legal cited him as follows: “Shashi Nathan … is a founding member of the association of criminal lawyers in Singapore (ACLS). His white-collar practice has seen him working on the defence or investigating cases involving the whole spectrum of business crime offences. Nathan is currently doing a great deal of work regarding the Securities and Futures Act.” Shashi is also a leading practitioner in the Singapore Criminal Bar where he often has conduct of high profile cases in both the trial and appellate courts. His cases involve offences of murder, drug trafficking, and kidnapping. Shashi is listed as a Lead Counsel under the Supreme Court’s list of Assigned Counsel for Capital Cases and he has defended numerous clients charged for capital offences. In leading these areas of practice, Shashi has presented many papers and conducted seminars internally, as well as for clients in various aspects of criminal practice, fraud risk management and compliance. Shashi was the founding member and past Vice President of Association of Criminal Lawyers in Singapore. In 2005, Shashi was recognized by the Law Society of Singapore for his contributions to the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme and for being its top volunteer lawyer. Shashi sits on the Criminal Practice and Admissions Committees of the Law Society of Singapore. He plays an important role in advancing criminal procedure and practice in Singapore. He is also actively involved with the work of the Singapore Academy of Law where he is regularly invited as a panelist and speaker for conferences. Shashi also occasionally guest lectures at the Faculties of Law of both the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Management University.