Jaikanth Shankar is roundly acclaimed as “a good litigator in court”. He manages a broad practice spanning litigation and investigation proceedings pertaining to allegations of fraud and other white-collar crimes.
Jaikanth Shankar is the chief executive officer of Davinder Singh Chambers LLC.
He undertakes a broad range of work in the areas of international commercial arbitration, commercial litigation and insolvency. He is also active in the investigations space.
Jaikanth regularly appears before the Singapore Courts and has also been involved in arbitrations under several institutions including the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the International Chamber of Commerce and the London Court of International Arbitration. He has also conducted a number of ad hoc arbitrations.
Jaikanth has handled several joint venture and shareholder disputes, claims involving fraud, cases concerning breaches of directors’ duties, complex contractual and commercial disputes as well as insolvency-related disputes.
Jaikanth has also acted for high-profile clients in a number of defamation suits, and has handled cases involving white-collar crime and employment disputes.
In Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific (2018), Jaikanth has been described by clients as an “excellent strategiser who pays attention to detail” and “a brilliant court advocate”.
Jaikanth was recommended as “a lawyer to watch” by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, where a client commented that he “cuts through complex technical issues”. He was also recognised as an endorsed individual in the area of international arbitration by Best Lawyers in their 2020, 2019 and 2018 editions.
Asialaw Profiles has repeatedly recognised Jaikanth in dispute resolution, ranking him as a “distinguished practitioner” (2020), a “leading lawyer” (2019, 2018 and 2017) and a “rising star” (2016).
In 2015, Jaikanth was listed as one of Singapore’s 40 most influential lawyers aged 40 and under by Singapore Business Review. In the same year, he was also listed as one of 40 “Asia’s Brightest Young Legal Minds” under the age of 40 by Asian Legal Business.
In 2014, a top Indian lawyer acknowledged Jaikanth’s work in arbitration and described him as “very able [and] impressive” in the India Business Journal.
Jaikanth graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2004, where he was a consistent feature on the Dean’s List. He was a member of the NUS team that was the runner-up in the prestigious Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in 2004. He was awarded the prize for Best Oralist by an esteemed panel of international judges. Jaikanth also won the prize for Best Advocacy during the 2005 Singapore Bar examinations.
In 2009, he earned an LLM from Columbia University (New York), and graduated as a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar. Jaikanth is a certified attorney of the State of New York, and a member of the Rolls of Solicitors of England and Wales.
He was appointed Young Amicus Curiae by the Supreme Court of Singapore in 2009/2010.