Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Alan K Koh

Assistant Professor, College of Business (Nanyang Business School)

Asst Prof Alan K Koh

Alan is an Assistant Professor of Law at the Division of Business Law, Nanyang Business School (NBS). Before joining NBS he was a Research Associate at the Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS) at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (NUS Law), and a Sheridan Fellow at NUS Law. At NBS, he teaches Company Law & Corporate Governance.

He is the recipient of the 2018 Colin Picker Prize in Comparative Law (for best graduate student paper at the American Society of Comparative Law Younger Comparativists Committee Global Conference) and the 2019 Asian Law Junior Faculty Workshop Best Paper Prize.

Alan's research focuses on comparative corporate law and governance, with particular interests in Singapore and Japan. More broadly, as a jurist trained mostly in common law but also partly in the civil law tradition, he is interested in comparative law and dispute resolution in Asia, particularly in cross-border contexts raising issues of private international law.

Current projects include a sole-authored monograph comparing shareholder withdrawal regimes in four jurisdictions, Shareholder Protection in Close Corporations (under contract with Cambridge University Press), and the European Corporate Governance Institute-supported Global Shareholder Stewardship Project (as a contributor). His work is published or forthcoming in journals including the American Journal of Comparative Law, University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, Law Quarterly Review, Modern Law Review, Journal of Corporate Law Studies, Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, and Journal of Japanese Law.

Alan earned degrees from the law faculties of the National University of Singapore (LL.B. (Hons.)), Boston University (LL.M.) (concurrently with the NUS LL.B.), and Goethe University Frankfurt (Dr. jur. [Doctor of Law] (summa cum laude)). He was a Max Planck Society-funded Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law (Hamburg, Germany), and has visited or taught at the law faculties of University of Tokyo, Nagoya University, and Osaka City University. He is admitted to practice law as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore (currently non-practising), and fluent in Japanese and Chinese.
Research Interests
corporate law; comparative corporate law; comparative law; Japanese law; corporate governance; private international law; international corporate law
Current Projects
  • 1) International Corporate Law: Towards A Framework For Judicial Resolution of Corporate Law Disputes; 2)Comparative Corporate And Commercial Law: Bridging The Civil-Common Divide In Asia And Beyond
Selected Publications
  • Koh, Alan K. (2018). (Non-)Enforcement of Directors’ Duties in Corporate Groups. Modern Law Review, 81(4), 673–688.
  • Koh, Alan K & Hisashi Harata. (2017). シンガポール会社法・国際私法と日本会社分割の交錯―JX Holdings事件を素材として― [The Interaction of Singapore Corporate Law, Conflict of Laws, and the Company Split in Japanese Corporate Law]. Junkan Shoji Homu 旬刊・商事法務 [Commercial Law Review], 2152, 4–18.
  • Koh, Alan K & Tang Samantha S. (2017). Towards a "Just and Equitable Remedy" for Companies. Law Quarterly Review, 133(Jul), 372–377.
  • Koh, Alan K & Samantha S Tang. (2016). Delimiting a Director’s Fiduciary Duties. Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, 2016(3), 358–362.
  • Koh, Alan K. (2016). Reconstructing the Reflective Loss Principle. The Journal of Corporate Law Studies, 16(2), 373–401.

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