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International Arbitration: Singapore

International Arbitration: Singapore

Kristine Koh Associate

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Kristine Koh

Kristine Koh
Associate

T: +65 6622 9683 M: +65 9145 5201 Email Kristine | vCard Office: Singapore

Kristine is an international disputes lawyer based in Singapore. She has particular experience with multijurisdictional commercial and maritime dispute resolution, with a focus on the Asian region. She values her clients’ interests and believes in working together to achieve solutions which make sense for their business.
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Kristine acts in complex matters across a wide range of industries including shipping, commodities, logistics, manufacturing, consumer goods and telecommunications, involving various jurisdictions including Japan, Indonesia, China, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Myanmar, US, UK and Singapore.

She also developed an interest in trade digitalisation, with a focus on electronic bills of lading (eBLs). She has co-authored a guide to eBLs in collaboration with the Singapore Infocomm Media Development Authority and has also worked closely with her clients on developing their eBL platform and obtaining approval from the International Group of P&I Clubs.

Beyond commercial and maritime matters, Kristine had for a time worked in the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Enforcement Department, where she advised on criminal and regulatory investigations, enforcement actions against breaches of financial services regulations and drafted enforcement-related legislation.

Kristine is qualified in Singapore and England & Wales. She began her practice at a leading local law firm, where she represented clients in international arbitrations, and at all levels of the Singapore courts including as lead counsel. Kristine was also recognised as a “Next Generation Lawyer” for International Arbitration by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2017, 2018 and 2019).

  • Commodities
  • International arbitration
  • Commercial litigation
  • Shipping litigation
  • Banking and financial services regulation
  • Shipping

Acted for a large LPG shipping and trading company in a multi-million dollar LCIA arbitration against a Chinese counterparty concerning breaches of an LPG term sale contract. The dispute involved conflicts of laws and issues of assignment, agency, ratification and insolvency, requiring cross-border coordination with clients, counsel, solicitors and experts in the UK, Singapore and China.

Advised clients on numerous disputes arising out of long-term transhipment contracts for the supply of bauxite from Guinea to the UAE. Clients were engaged to construct and supply transhipment systems and provide transhipment services over a long-term period. The dispute involved questions about the readiness of systems, commencement of the contract period, force majeure, transhipment rates, replacement vessels, applicable tariffs and capacity allocation between projects.

Acted for two shipowners in arbitrations in relation to the fraudulent procurement of delivery of numerous log cargoes in India without the production of the original bills of lading.

Acted for a national automobile sales company in a multi-million dollar SIAC arbitration against a global car manufacturer, with the principal claim being wrongful termination. The dispute involved complex issues of Japanese and Indian law and cross-border coordination with experts from the US, UK, Japan and India.

Acted for a leading Japanese electronics retailer in a multi-million dollar SIAC arbitration arising out of its Indonesian joint venture agreement, with the principal issue being an alleged change of control from corporate restructuring. The dispute involved Indonesian and Japanese law.

Acted for Bangladeshi shipping agents in an ad-hoc arbitration seated in London against a Singapore shipping company for wrongful termination. The dispute involved issues of constructive dismissal, fraud and forgery, negligence, contractual interpretation and customary laws and practices. Managed the defence of anti-suit injunction proceedings in the English Commercial Court.

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Acted as co-lead counsel for an aerospace parts manufacturer and its director in the trial of a S$9 million minority oppression dispute.

Acted as lead counsel for a Singapore company in a multi-million dollar trial involving issues of security interests, knowing receipt, dishonest assistance, fraud and constructive trust with parties from Japan, Indonesia, Korea, China and Singapore.

Acted for a prominent Japanese newspaper company in obtaining an Anton Piller Order in respect of a breach of confidence claim. Parallel litigation in Japanese courts.

Acted for a prominent Japanese cosmetics manufacturer and retailer in a US$10 million lawsuit against its distributor in Myanmar and obtained an anti-suit injunction against in favour of arbitration in Singapore.

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Advised buyers on disputes arising from their purchase of new build dual fuel vessels being constructed by a Singapore shipyard, including in relation to the sufficiency of the contract price and claims for variation orders.

Acted for charterers in an arbitration in relation to Owners' repudiation of the charterparty on the basis of trade sanctions and Libya clauses. The dispute involves issues of interpretation and application of the trade sanctions and Libya clauses and cross-border collaboration with clients, counsel, solicitors and experts in the UK and China.

Acted for charterers in an arbitration in relation to an underperformance claim under a time charterparty. The dispute involves issues of interpretation of the performance warranty and bottom fouling clauses.

Advised on enforcement actions against several financial advisory and insurance firms for breaches of requirements relating to risk management arrangements and the remuneration of supervisors under the Financial Advisers Act.

Advised on a civil penalty action against a global bank in relation to deceptive trades carried out by its client advisors in breach of the Securities and Futures Act.

Advised on enforcement actions against various individuals for market manipulation and unauthorised trading under the Securities and Futures Act.

Advised on numerous confidential investigations and enforcement matters against entities and individuals involving fraudulent and dishonest conduct, disclosure breaches, licence revocation and prohibition orders.

Advising on whether Owners' standard charterparty provisions allowed them to legally refuse requests / voyage instructions to call at Russian ports or carry Russian cargoes, and whether there was sufficient compliance with sanctions.

Collaborated with clients on the development of their electronic bills of lading platform, including by providing input on platform design, crafting key legal documentation to support the platform and successfully presenting an application for approval from the International Group of P&I Clubs.

Advising Charterers on claims arising out of a fire incident on board a container ship, involving issues of causation and cargo declaration. 

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Acted for a leading Japanese electronics retailer in a multi-million dollar SIAC arbitration arising out of its Indonesian joint venture agreement, with the principal issue being a change of control resulting from corporate restructuring. The dispute involved Indonesian and Japanese law.

Acted for a prominent Japanese newspaper company in obtaining an Anton Piller Order in respect of a breach of confidence claim. Parallel litigation in Japanese courts.

Acted for a prominent Japanese cosmetics manufacturer and retailer in a US$10 million lawsuit against its distributor in Myanmar and obtained an anti-suit injunction against in favour of arbitration in Singapore.

Advised a Japanese airplane part manufacturer in a multi-million dollar dispute with a prominent Singapore airline company regarding the formation of agreement and “subject to contract” clauses.

Acted for a large LPG shipping and trading company in a multi-million dollar LCIA arbitration against a Chinese counterparty concerning breaches of an LPG term sale contract. The dispute involved conflicts of laws and issues of assignment, agency, ratification and insolvency, requiring cross-border coordination with clients, counsel, solicitors and experts in the UK, Singapore and China.

Acted for charterers in an arbitration in relation to Owners' repudiation of the charterparty on the basis of trade sanctions and Libya clauses. The dispute involves issues of interpretation and application of the trade sanctions and Libya clauses and cross-border collaboration with clients, counsel, solicitors and experts in the UK and China.

Collaborated with clients on the development of their electronic bills of lading platform, including by providing input on platform design, crafting key legal documentation to support the platform and successfully presenting an application for approval from the International Group of P&I Clubs.

Awards

International Arbitration: Singapore

International Arbitration: Singapore

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