Contact details

Michelle Yong

T: +65 6622 9691 M: +65 9765 2936 Email Michelle | Vcard Office: Singapore

Awards

Recommended Lawyer for International Arbitration / Shipping: Foreign Firms

Recommended Lawyer for International Arbitration / Shipping: Foreign Firms

Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

Asian Legal Business 40 under 40 2016

Asian Legal Business 40 under 40 2016

Michelle Yong Partner

Contact details

Michelle Yong

Michelle Yong
Partner

T: +65 6622 9691 M: +65 9765 2936 Email Michelle | Vcard Office: Singapore

Michelle is a partner at our Singapore office. Her core areas of specialisation are energy, shipping and international trade.
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Michelle has experience acting for banks in finance litigation matters, ship yards in complex ship and rig building disputes, oil majors, wind farms, national airlines and other multi-national corporations. She also regularly provides risk management and litigation advice on corporate and ship finance matters. Michelle's experience in disputes is beneficial in negotiating, drafting and advising on potential risks in commercial contracts on shipbuilding, ship charters, ship sale and purchase, offshore contracts and commodities contracts.

Being dual-qualified in both Singapore and in England and Wales has placed her well to advise on international disputes as well acting in Singapore-based arbitrations. She is knowledgeable in the law, but is always mindful to adopt a commercial and sensible approach in finding solutions for clients. Having specialised since the inception of her career, she is recognised by the shipping market as credible and committed to the industry.

Michelle is regularly invited to speak at industry seminars, sit on panel discussions and assist in events to boost Singapore's reputation as a maritime hub.
  • Shipbuilding and offshore construction
  • Marine and international trade
  • Restructuring and insolvency

Acting for the buyers under various shipbuilding contracts with Chinese shipyards. The disputes involves rescission of the contract, claims for return of installments, claims on refund guarantees, issues on delays, design responsibilities and construction milestones.

Acting for a multi-national owner in claiming rescission of a shipbuilding contract for delays in delivery, dealing with claims on refund guarantees against a Chinese shipyard.

Acting for rig owners in complex multi-million dollar disputes under with errant charterers under ICC, LMAA and ad hoc arbitration proceedings, successfully obtaining an arbitration award in excess of US$30 million.

Acting for shipyard in respect of shipbuilding dispute with an Australian governmental organisation claiming for costs of variation works, damages for the failure to take delivery of the vessel, prolongation costs and extension of time for owners' delays.

Acting for leading dry bulk shipowner SIAC arbitrations over shipbuilding contracts with a Chinese shipyard with total claims exceeding US$25 million. The dispute involved rescission of the contract, claims for return of instalments, and on refund guarantees, issues on delays, design responsibilities and construction milestones.

Advising Opus Offshore Ltd on the acquisition of the 'Songa Mercur' and 'Songa Venus', two semi-submersible drilling units totalling over US$200 million, and their existing commitments from Songa Offshore SE (Marine Money Offshore M&A deal of the year 2015).

Advising Panalpina World Transport Ltd on a claim by PSS Consultants Pte Ltd for consultancy fee pursuant to an alleged agreement worth over US$1.4 million. PSS Consultants claimed that there was an agreement by which Panalpina had agreed to pay commissions for assistance in securing a deal with Modec group of companies.

 Advising an international energy company on the issues and claims arising out of the collision between the vessel and a jetty and pipeline at a wharf in South Korea, with oil pollution, property damage and business interruption claims in excess of US$170 million

Assisting a listed offshore operator in arbitration proceedings for their claims for unpaid charter hire against an Egyptian charter, in excess of US$5 million.

Helping world's 2nd largest container leasing company with their recovery efforts of leased containers, dues and demurrage in India, Vietnam, Iran, Singapore, Malaysia and elsewhere.

Assisting in arbitration claims in respect of demurrage claims where the demurrage claims arose due to delays in loading and delivery of cargo on board the vessels. 

More: Marine and international trade

Acting on various issues arising out of the Hanjin rehabilitation proceedings in Korea and elsewhere, including acting for lenders, mortgagees, shipowners, freight forwarders and cargo owners on a multitude of issues such as enforcement of securities, transhipment and delivery of cargoes, termination of charters, settlement of bunker claims, etc.

Advising various creditors of Swiber after Swiber collapsed and applied first for winding up and then judicial management in 2016.

Advising various creditors of Swissco, including lenders and joint venture partners, since Swissco started facing signs of trouble in the declining oil & gas market.

  • Offshore
  • International trade

Advising Opus Offshore Ltd on the acquisition of the 'Songa Mercur' and 'Songa Venus', two semi-submersible drilling units totalling over US$200 million, and their existing commitments from Songa Offshore SE (Marine Money Offshore M&A deal of the year 2015). It was on Euromoney "Offshore Deal of the Year in 2014.

Assisting Posh Semco Pte Ltd in arbitration proceedings for their claims for unpaid charter hire against Efadco Petroleum Services in excess of US$5 million.

Acting for rig owners in complex multi-million dollar disputes under with errant charterers under ICC, LMAA and ad hoc arbitration proceedings. These included the repossession or early redelivery of the rigs due to the inability of the charterers to pay hire in the challenging oil and gas market. 

More: Offshore

Assisting a listed offshore operator in arbitration proceedings for their claims for unpaid charter hire against an Egyptian charter, in excess of US$5 million.

Helping world's 2nd largest container leasing company with their recovery efforts of leased containers, dues and demurrage in India, Vietnam, Iran, Singapore, Malaysia and elsewhere.

Acting for shipowners in a claim for contamination of cargo.

Awards

Recommended Lawyer for International Arbitration / Shipping: Foreign Firms

Recommended Lawyer for International Arbitration / Shipping: Foreign Firms

Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

Asian Legal Business 40 under 40 2016

Asian Legal Business 40 under 40 2016

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