Toh Han Li has been named the new chief executive officer of the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS), taking over from Yena Lim, who will step down on Sept 30.

Mr Toh is currently assistant chief executive (legal and enforcement) at the CCS and has represented the commission as its counsel in every appeal before the Competition Appeal Board.

In a statement issued yesterday, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said that under Mr Toh, both Competition Bar and Competition Law jurisprudence had developed significantly, with important legal precedents being established in the area of anti- competitive agreements, abuse of dominance and financial penalties.

Before being seconded to the CCS in 2009, Mr Toh held various public- sector positions, including that of a Justices' Law Clerk to the Chief Justice and the Court of Appeal of Singapore, Deputy Public Prosecutor and State Counsel, Senior Assistant Registrar at the Supreme Court as well as Registrar and District Judge of the Subordinate Courts.

Ms Lim has led the CCS since 2010, during which the commission issued a number of infringement decisions in anti-competitive cases that created important case precedents.

Extending his appreciation to Ms Lim for her contributions to the commission, Ng How Yue, second permanent secretary at MTI, said: "Under Yena's leadership, CCS has developed a stronger and more robust competition regime for Singapore.

"Yena has also taken a proactive and strategic approach in business outreach to encourage voluntary compliance among businesses. We would like to extend Yena our best wishes in her future endeavours."

He said of Mr Toh: "Han Li is no stranger to CCS . . . He has helped to refine Singapore's legal framework and guidelines pertaining to the Competition Act."