Navin Thevar is a director at Davinder Singh Chambers LLC.
His practice is primarily in the field of financial and economic crime. He also advises clients in relation to investigations by regulatory authorities and handles contentious civil and commercial matters.
Navin started his practice at Drew & Napier after being called to the Singapore Bar in 2014. Prior to that, he was a deputy public prosecutor (DPP) in the economic crimes and governance division (presently known as the financial and technology crimes division) of the Attorney-General’s Chambers of Singapore (AGC).
As DPP, Navin specialised in, and conducted, numerous prosecutions on behalf of the state for financial crimes such as fraud, corruption, money laundering and securities-related offences. In 2012, Navin was the first DPP from the AGC to be seconded to the Singapore Exchange (SGX) where he served in the issuer regulation and enforcement units. He also served as the AGC’s representative in the Singapore delegations to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) against money laundering and terrorist-financing.
Since joining private practice, Navin has acted for multinational corporations, public-listed entities and their key executives in a suite of contentious criminal, regulatory and civil matters in Singapore, including a minority oppression action (and the ensuing appeal) on behalf of a Singapore public-listed entity, and a landmark application on behalf of a client for disclosure of an ex parte production order obtained by the Attorney-General of Singapore under the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act (MACMA) against the client.
Navin has also advised a global commodities company in relation to investigations into potential breaches of UN sanctions resolutions and represented a leading distributor of food products in Singapore and the region, and its top executives, in connection with investigations by the Singapore Corrupt Practices Investigations Bureau into the alleged payment of gratifications. He also negotiated with the Attorney-General’s Chambers of Singapore for the withdrawal of a drug-trafficking charge against a young offender, thereby securing an acquittal for the client.
Navin has also represented the Attorney-General’s Chambers of Brunei in a number of complex criminal trials and appeals in Brunei as prosecution counsel.
Navin graduated from the National University of Singapore with an LLB (Hons) degree in 2009. In the same year, he was a finalist in the Jean-Pictet International Humanitarian Law Moot Competition. In 2008, he won the Alexander Stone Scottish national moots while on exchange at the University of Glasgow. In 2005, Navin won the Peter English Memorial Prize for the top-performing student in the Criminal Law Course at the National University of Singapore.