Subramaniam Valliappan



Subramaniam Valliappan is a Director of Selvam LLC. He focuses his practice in the areas of commercial and civil litigation, arbitration and construction disputes. He has acted for and advised clients on a wide range of matters including construction and infrastructure projects, arbitrations, shipping, trusts and estates, insurance, employment, bankruptcy and contractual disputes. His experience also includes advising on FIDIC, REDAS, SIA and PSSOC contracts and SOP adjudications.

Mr. Valliappan’s practice also includes advising on employment law matters. He has considerable experience in matters in relation to employment law disputes, and other employment law matters including termination provisions and restrictive covenants / non-complete clauses. Most recently he has acted for the Managing Director of the Singapore subsidiary of a German MNC regarding a restrictive covenant in his employment contract.

In addition, Mr. Valliappan also handles a variety of general corporate law matters, including mergers and acquisitions, licensing, financing, franchising and leasing agreements, data protection and intellectual property. He is also well-versed in corporate secretarial matters and corporate governance.

Prior to joining Selvam LLC, Mr. Valliappan was Head of the Commercial Practice Group at United Legal Alliance LLC. He was formerly the Founding Partner of Leong, Goh, Danker & Subra (renamed as Veritas Law Corporation) for over 12 years. He was the first General Counsel and Operations Director of Q&M Dental Group (Singapore) Limited, one of the largest Singapore-listed dental care group in Asia in 2011. He was later appointed as a Deputy CEO of Nass Energy Pte Ltd.

Mr. Valliappan graduated from the National University of Singapore with a LL.B. (Hons) degree in 1996 and a LL.M. in 1999. He is admitted to the Singapore Bar as an Advocate and Solicitor. He is fluent in English and Tamil speaks basic Mandarin.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation
  • International Arbitration
  • Construction Disputes


  • Singapore


  • National University of Singapore, LL.M., 1999
  • National University of Singapore, LL.B. (Hons), 1996


  • Selvam LLC
    - Director, April 2019 – present

  • United Legal Alliance LLC
    - Head, Commercial Practice Group, June 2014 – March 2019

  • NASS Energy Pte Ltd
    - Deputy CEO & General Counsel, December 2013 – June 2014

  • Q&M Dental Group (Singapore) Limited
    - General Counsel & Operations Director
  • Leong, Goh, Danker & Subra (renamed as Veritas Law Corporation)
    - Founding Partner, September 1999 – March 2011

Professional Activities

  • Member of Society of Construction Law (Singapore)
  • Member of the Law Society of Singapore
  • Member of the Singapore Academy of Law


  • Contributor, "Legal Aspects of Insurance" – Fourth Edition (2016), Singapore College of Insurance

Representative Matters

    Construction Disputes

  • Acted for a main contractor against a developer in a multimillion dollar SOPA claim in respect of refurbishment of a grade “A” building in Raffles Place, the centre of the Financial District of Singapore.
  • Successfully defended a main contractor in the Court of Appeal in setting aside of an adjudication award.
  • Acted for the Management Corporation of a condominium in a claim against a developer for defective works.
  • Acted for various contractors including specialist contractors in courts and SOPA adjudication against main contractors for non-payment of claims and issues of defective constructions.
  • Defended clients against charges on violations of work safety regulations and breach of employment laws.
  • Commercial Litigation

  • Successfully acted for investors against an investment company and their director in the High Court of Singapore for repayment of investment amount in excess of S$6 million.
  • Acted for various minority shareholders in shareholder disputes in the High Court of Singapore.
  • Acted for various investors against a group of investment companies involved in a Ponzi scheme.
  • Acted for various companies in insolvency proceedings.
  • Defamation

  • Successfully recovered damages against an international bank for defamatory remarks made against a customer through internal emails.
  • Acted for an estate management company against a resident for defamatory remarks made via social media.
  • Acted for a group of doctors against wrongful use of their image by a third party.
  • Corporate

  • Advised on a 300MW solar power project in Karanataka, India including on the tender and financing documents, and power purchase agreements for a Singapore Holding Company with an Indian subsidiary.
  • Advised on funding and joint venture agreements for an Indian company and a German partner for a 150MW solar power project in Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Advised on funding arrangement and co-operation agreements between a Chinese investor and a Singapore company in respect of solar power projects in India.
  • Acted for various companies in the sale and purchase of shares and assets.
  • Acted for a listed company in securitization of various assets for a syndicated loan.
  • Advised on listings in Hong Kong in respect of Singapore law.
  • Advised on acquisition and restructuring of various healthcare clinics, hospitals and medical manufacturing and distribution companies.

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Duane Morris LLP is a law firm based in the United States founded in 1904. We use "Duane Morris" to refer to Duane Morris LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership, and affiliated entities that practice under the name Duane Morris or a similar name.

To the extent that the representative matters listed on this website above fall outside the context of “permitted areas of legal practice” within the meaning of Section 36A of the Legal Profession Act (Chap. 161), they have been conducted by the above named lawyer in his/her capacity as an Advocate & Solicitor of Selvam LLC, a Singapore law practice of the Joint Law Venture.