SPEAKERS



Guest of Honour
Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon
Supreme Court Singapore

Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on 6 November 2012. He is the first Singapore-born Chief Justice.

Chief Justice Menon graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from the National University of Singapore in 1986 and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School in 1991. He was admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore in 1987, and as an attorney and counsellor-at-law in New York in 1992.

After he was called to the Bar in Singapore, he practised with major local and international law firms, primarily as an advocate, in the fields of commercial litigation and arbitration, construction law and insolvency law. From 2006 to 2007, he served as a Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2008. In 2010, he was appointed the 6th Attorney-General of Singapore, a post he relinquished in 2012 shortly before his appointment as a Judge of Appeal. He was appointed to the Presidential Council for Minority Rights upon his appointment as Attorney-General in 2010 and was later appointed as its Chairman in 2012, upon his appointment as Chief Justice.

He is also the President of the Singapore Academy of Law.

Distinguished Speaker
SMS Edwin Tong SC
Senior Minister of State
Ministry of Law

Mr Edwin Tong S.C. is the Senior Minister of State for Law and Health.

He was educated at St Joseph’s Institution, Raffles Junior College and later read law at the National University of Singapore. Admitted to the Singapore Bar in 1995, Edwin practised extensively in corporate and commercial disputes, restructuring and insolvency matters, and international arbitration. He was made partner at Allen & Gledhill in 2000 and later appointed Senior Counsel. At Allen & Gledhill, Edwin was concurrently Head of the Restructuring and Corporate Insolvency Department, Co-Head of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department and also a member of the firm’s Exco before he was appointed Senior Minister of State for Law and Health in July 2018.

Edwin was a leading lawyer at the Singapore Bar. He has been consistently cited and recommended for his expertise in dispute resolution and as a restructuring and insolvency practitioner in various leading legal publications. Chambers Asia-Pacific has described Edwin as “an outstanding lawyer” and “a renowned name in the market” (2017), as well as “one of the pre-eminent practitioners” (2018) in Singapore. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific cites Edwin for his “excellent leadership, hands on approach and strategic outlook” of his practice and, in the 2018 edition of IFLR1000, he was ranked as a “Market Leader”, recognising him as a standout performer in the field of restructuring and insolvency.

Edwin was first elected into Parliament in 2011 and, since 2015, has been the Member of Parliament for the Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency (GRC). Between 2011 and July 2018, he was the Deputy Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Law & Home Affairs. In March 2018, he was selected to be part of a 10-member Select Committee tasked to look into ways to combat deliberate online falsehoods.

He was a member of both the Insolvency Law Review Committee as well as the Committee to Strengthen Singapore as an International Centre for Debt Restructuring, which recommended significant changes to the insolvency and restructuring laws which aim to enhance Singapore’s effectiveness in facilitating international debt restructuring.

 
Session 2
Tan Beng Tee
Assistant Chief Executive
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Ms Tan Beng Tee is the Assistant Chief Executive (Development) of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

In her capacity as Assistant Chief Executive (Development), Ms Tan oversees developmental matters pertaining to Singapore as an International Maritime Centre (IMC), MPA’s international relations, port policies and organisation-wide plans.

Ms Tan holds a degree in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore and a Diploma in Shipping from the Norad Fellowship in Oslo, Norway

Prior to her appointment as Assistant Chief Executive (Development) of MPA, Ms Tan was the Group Director (IMC) in MPA. She was previously Director (Corporate Group) in the then International Enterprise Singapore.

In July 2018, Ms Tan was conferred the Honorary Fellowship by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her contribution towards growing Singapore as an International Maritime Centre by Seatrade and Lloyds List, in 2018 and 2008 respectively.

In 2012, Ms Tan was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Silver) Bar in recognition of her contribution in growing and promoting the Singapore Maritime Cluster. Prior to this, she was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 1997 for her contributions to the development of the transport and logistics industry in Singapore.

 
Session 3

Arjun Batra (Moderator)

Group Managing Director
Drewry Group

Arjun is a multi-faceted maritime professional. He combines an entrepreneurial flair with astute strategic planning and deal making. He is a Master Mariner, a MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School in London. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Shipbrokers and a Member of the Nautical Institute.

He is the Group Managing Director and major shareholder of Drewry Shipping Consultants globally. The Managing Director and sole shareholder of North South Maritime Pte Ltd., a ship broker and commercial/corporate ship manager, currently managing about 32 vessels. He is also a shareholder and non-executive director of Maritime Content Limited, Digitalship Limited in the UK and Anchor SM (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

Previously, he was a non-executive Director of AIM’s listed dry-bulk operator Globus Maritime Limited (GLBS.L) and Henschien Insurance Services Limited in Norway.
CEO of Shipdesk, a start up online ship chartering platform and advisor to venture capitalist/ incubator Antfactory in London. He was a founder member of the start-up team of Easyjet Airlines, Finance Director of Stelmar Tankers and Insurance Manager at Troodos Shipping. He started his working career as an officer in the Merchant Navy.


Vivek Kumar
Managing Director
Western Bulk Pte Ltd

Vivek is Managing Director at Western Bulk, based in Singapore. Apart from his administrative role, he is also responsible for company’s business in Asia, West Coast South America and New projects. Vivek has started and managed multiple businesses both in bulk and break-bulk in India/Middle East/Africa and Australia. He joined WBC as operations Manager and has been with them for 11 years, rising progressively through various ranks to now as Managing Director. Previous experiences include dry bulk broker with Braemar Seascope and engineer with NYK on board their ships.


Haridass Ajaib
Consultant
Haridass Ho & Partners

Ajaib Haridass specialises in all shipping and admiralty matters both litigious and non-litigious in nature as well as matters relating to ships sale, purchase and finance. On the admiralty/shipping front, he handles marine insurance claims, collision claims, salvage, cargo claims, oil pollution and bunker supply disputes, charterparty disputes, bills of lading, towage and shipbuilding/construction disputes. He also has an active practice in international sale of goods, letters of credit, commercial and banking litigation.

Over the years, he conducted several major arbitration cases in Singapore in the capacity as Arbitrator, as Counsel and as Mediator/Conciliator relating to shipping, ship-repairs and ship construction and commodity related disputes.

Ajaib is an Independent Director of Sembcorp Industries Ltd and serves as Chairman of its Board Risk Committee. He is Lead independent director of Nam Cheong Limited. He recently retired as Independent Director of Sembcorp Marine Ltd where he served several years as member of its Executive Committee and as Chairman of its Board Risk and Nominating Committees.


Capt Rajalingam Subramaniam
President & CEO
AET Tankers Pte Ltd

Capt. Rajalingam Subramaniam holds the highest office as AET President & CEO effective 1 January 2016. He began his career at sea, came ashore in 1996 and has since held various management positions in the MISC Group.

He also serves as Board Member of various subsidiaries and joint venture companies within the Group; Gas Tankers Committee Chairman; INTERTANKO Board Member; GARD P&I Committee Member and Honorary Commander, Royal Malaysian Navy Reservist Programme.

In his current tour of duty in AET, environmental stewardship was top-of-mind for AET with investment in eco-friendly tonnage and operating practices which improved the company’s environmental footprint. The company’s goal is to halve its carbon emissions by 2050 on the IMO baseline and minimise the “single use plastics” in all its global offices and on board its assets to further establish itself as responsible corporate citizen.


Nicholas Fell
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
BW Group

Nicholas Fell is an Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the BW Group. He is currently also a Director of the North of England P&I Association Limited, is an Associate Mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre, and is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.

In his role as General Counsel of the BW Group, Nick oversees the Legal, Insurance, Corporate Secretarial and Communications departments of the Group. Nick has worked with BW since 2012.

Prior to joining BW, Nick was Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel for AET Group (a tanker owner and operator), where he led the Group’s Legal, Risk Management and Compliance, HR and IT functions.

From 1999 to 2005, Nick worked in San Francisco as In House Counsel at GATX Financial Corporation, where he was responsible for the shipping, aviation and technology businesses worldwide.

Nick has an LLB from University of Liverpool, an LLM from the University of Leicester and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is qualified as an attorney in England, Hong Kong, New York and California.

 
Session 4
Vasanti Selvaratnam QC
Barrister
36 Stone

Vasanti Selvaratnam QC has significant experience of dispute resolution in both a judicial and quasi-judicial capacity. She was appointed a Recorder in 1999 (one of the youngest appointees to be selected), is an accredited mediator, and receives regular appointments to act as an arbitrator across a wide range of commercial sectors, including but not limited to shipping and international trade disputes. She accepts appointments under all the major industry rules, including LMAA, LCIA, ICC and SIAC.

Vasanti has particular expertise in cases raising complex technical issues as well as novel or difficult points on assessment of damages. Vasanti joined the LOF Panel of Arbitrators in 2013.

1984 – LLM King’s College London (1st Class)

1999 – Recorder

2001 – QC

 
Session 5
Toh Kian Sing SC (Moderator)
Senior Partner
Rajah & Tann Singapore

Toh Kian Sing LLB (Hons)(NUS), BCL (Oxon) is a Senior Partner and Head of the Shipping & International Trade Practice Group of Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP. Author of the book, Admiralty Law and Practice (3rd edition, 2017), he handles a variety of contentious shipping and commodity work, ranging from charterparty, bills of lading, international sales, letters of credit to shipbuilding claims. Kian Sing also regularly sits as arbitrator in shipping and commodity disputes. Proficient in Chinese, he has developed a practice as counsel and arbitrator in joint venture disputes involving Chinese parties and holds a Visiting Professorship at Dalian Maritime University.


Sara Masters QC
Barrister
Twenty Essex

Sara has over 20 years’ experience in shipping and commodities and has developed a niche as a go-to Silk for jurisdiction and international trade related sanctions disputes. Her work includes charter party disputes, cargo claims, shipbuilding disputes including super yachts, ship sale and purchase, offshore and LNG.

She has a particular reputation in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes, anti-suit injunction cases and highly technical cases of substantial monetary, commercial and legal significance.

Particular highlights in recent years include appearing in the landmark Court of Appeal Maersk Tangier test case on the status of sea way bills and package limitation.

Sara has appeared in the High Court, Court of Appeal, House of Lords, Privy Council, before the CJEU and DIFC. She appears frequently before arbitrators in a broad range of disputes both in the UK and abroad.

She has an increasingly busy practice as an arbitrator and is also a CEDR accredited mediator.

In addition to a number of ad hoc arbitral appointments, she is appointed to the SCMA, SIAC and CIETAC panels of arbitrators and is registered with rights of audience before the SICC. She has recently been appointed to the ICC UK Arbitration and ADR Committee.


Elizabeth Leonhardt
General Counsel
Swiss Marine S.A

Elizabeth is a Solicitor (admitted to the Law Society of England & Wales) and also a Brazilian lawyer.   Before joining Swissmarine in 2010 as General Counsel she was a partner at Clyde & Co in London.
A primary part of her focus as General Counsel is the provision of in-house legal advice and the handling of all dispute resolution work for the Swissmarine group of companies in connection with contracts of affreigtment, charterparties, bills of lading and bunker supply contracts; she is also responsible for and/or oversees the insurance, corporate, compliance and regulatory affairs of Swissmarine.

Elizabeth and her legal team are recognized by Legal 500 General Counsel Powerlist Switzerland as one of the leading in-house legal teams in Switzerland. 

Elizabeth is also a Consultant to Holman Fenwick Willan LLP specializing on Latin America related work.  Elizabeth is a member of the International Bar Association Committee for Arbitration, Maritime & Transport and Insurance. She often attends international conferences as panelist or leading speaker and contributes articles to the related shipping and insurance press.


Julien Rabeux
Claims Team Leader
The West of England

Julien is a Claims Team Leader in West of England’s Singapore Office. He studied law in France and England and subsequently qualified as a solicitor in a London shipping law firm. Julien was based in West of England’s Hong Kong Office for 5 years, before moving to Singapore when the Club launched its office there two years ago. Prior to joining the Club, Julien worked for another IG Club in London for 7 years.


Justice Anselmo Reyes
International Judge
Singapore International Commercial Court

Anselmo Reyes practises as an arbitrator. He was Professor of Legal Practice at Hong Kong University from October 2012 to September 2018. Before that, he was a judge of the Hong Kong High Court from 2003-12, when he was in charge of the Construction and Arbitration List (2004-8) and the Commercial and Admiralty Lists (2008-12). He was Representative of the Hague Conference on Private International Law’s Regional Office Asia Pacific from April 2013 to July 2017. He became an International Judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court in January 2015.


Bazul Ashhab
Managing Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution
Oon & Bazul LLP

Bazul Ashhab is the firm’s Managing Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution leading its Litigation and the Arbitration Practice Areas.

Bazul specialises in commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation. His areas of practice include company law, international trade, banking, trade finance, shareholders’ disputes, insurance, insolvency, shipping and breach of fiduciary duties of agents and directors.
He acts for banks, trading houses, as well as listed and private companies in various matters across the region. He has been involved in several trials in the High Court of Singapore involving LC fraud, duties of negotiating banks, and documentary discrepancies. He has been involved and is familiar with the ICC DOCDEX dispute resolution process.

He is very well regarded for his expertise in resolving cross-border disputes. He has acted for clients from various jurisdictions in their disputes in the Asia Pacific region. His many years of managing disputes in the region has given him the ability to combine his legal expertise with cultural considerations to provide effective and practical solutions to resolve complex disputes.

Bazul was awarded by Asian Legal Business as “Singapore Managing Partner of the Year”. He is ranked as one of Singapore’s top 100 lawyers by Asia Business Law Journal. Chambers Global & Asia Pacific, Legal 500 Asia Pacific, and Asialaw Profiles recognises him as an exceptional lawyer who provides outstanding client service.

 
Session 6
Chong Ik Wei (Moderator)
Partner, Managing Director
Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore

Chong Ik Wei is part of Clyde & Co’s shipping, insurance and dispute resolution practice. He also spearheads the development of the firm’s business across Asia.

Ik Wei’s main areas of practice are in shipping, insurance, natural resources and energy, with a particular focus on disputes connected with China and the ASEAN region.

He has extensive experience in advising and representing clients in international and regional arbitration, including at the ICC, LCIA, LMAA, SCMA, SIAC, HKIAC, CMAC and CIETAC.

In addition to England and Wales, Ik Wei is also admitted to practise in Hong Kong and Singapore. He is fluent in English, Mandarin, Chinese dialects and Bahasa Malaysia.

He is recommended and recognised by various legal directories including Asia Pacific Legal 500, Chambers Asia Pacific as one of the leading individuals for shipping work.


Arthur Bowring
Convenor
Hong Kong Maritime Arbitration Group

Arthur Bowring MH is presently a Maritime and Commercial Advisor and Consultant and is a Maritime and Commercial Arbitrator and Mediator.

Arthur has a broad shipping and commercial background, which includes several years at sea as a deck officer, working as a ship surveyor for Lloyds Register, acting as an oil and dry cargo chartering and owning broker and freight trader for a major international trading house, handling marine insurance placing and claims and working as a consultant, handling investigative work, and claims and project management. He was the Managing Director of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association for almost 20 years.

Arthur is Council Member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Chairman of the Hong Kong Maritime Arbitration Group, and Fellow of several professional institutions.

Arthur has been honoured by several industry awards. In addition, he has been awarded the Medal of Honour by the Hong Kong SAR Government and conferred an Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Vocational Training Council.


David Martin-Clark
Full Member
London Maritime Arbitrators Association

After obtaining a degree in law and qualifying as a barrister, David had a commercial career with Thomas Miller in the City of London, where he was engaged, in particular, in the management of the UK P&I and Defence Clubs and the TT Club. He served as Chief Executive and then as Chairman of the Miller group and was a Director of its regional subsidiaries. He was resident in Hong Kong for some years.

After leaving Millers, David became an Associate Member of Stone Chambers in Gray’s Inn, London, and developed there an arbitration and mediation practice. He left Stone Chambers in March 2016 and now conduct his practice from his home address in Wallington, Surrey

David is a Chartered Arbitrator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. In addition to arbitrating in London, he arbitrates in Hamburg, as a member of the German Maritime Arbitrators Association and in Singapore, as a panellist of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration. David is also a panellist at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and a member of the CMAC in Shanghai.

David works also as a mediator, specializing in commercial disputes. He is accredited by CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, UK)

His fields of practice include disputes under charterparties, bills of lading, terminal operating contracts, sale and purchase and ship-building contracts, commodity contracts, container leasing contracts and policies of insurance and reinsurance.

He is a member of The Baltic Exchange.

In addition to his arbitration and mediation practice, David works as a consultant in the shipping and insurance industries. He has had experience as a director of a shipowner’s captive hull insurance company and of bolero.net


Dr Chen Bo
Deputy Secretary – General and Vice President
China Maritime Arbitration Commission

Dr. Chen, Bo is Deputy Secretary- General and Vice President of Arbitration Court of China Maritime Arbitration Commission. She got her Bachelor degree of Law and Master degree of International Law from China University of Political Science in 1984 and 1987 respectively. In 1999 she got her Master degree of International Maritime Law from International Maritime Law Institute of International Maritime Organization, Malta. In 2006 she got Doctor Degree of International Law from Dalian Maritime University. She has taught maritime law and international law in Central University of Nationalities in Beijing. Since 1993, she serves in the China Maritime Arbitration Commission (CMAC), and has handled thousands of maritime and commercial arbitration cases. Main areas of practice cover charterparties, bills of lading, ship sale and repairing, sale of goods, investment and insurance etc. She is also Secretary- General of China Maritime Law Association and Professor of China University of Political Science and Law, the Arbitrator of CMAC, CIETAC and VMAA, Supporting member of LMAA and Member of CIarb.


Jason Wee
Claims Director
The Standard Club

Jason Wee LLB (Hons), University College London & LLM., University of Malaya) was called to the Bars of England & Wales (Lincoln’s) and Malaysia in 2000 and 2001 respectively.

Jason was a partner in the litigation team of a shipping and commercial firm in Kuala Lumpur. He is currently a Claims Director with Charles Taylor Mutual Management (Asia) Ltd, managers of The Standard Club Asia, Singapore and serving the club’s Asian membership in P&I and FD&D matters.


Corin Ricketts
Of Counsel
Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Corin is an Of Counsel in the Dispute Resolution group with Watson Farley & Williams in Singapore.

Corin specialises in advising clients in the shipping, trade and commodities, energy and offshore oil and gas, defence and infrastructure sectors. He handles both dry and wet litigation work, including disputes arising out of charterparties, contracts of affreightment, bills of lading, sale and purchase agreements, construction and conversion contracts, international sale of goods and casualties. Corin is experienced in all methods of dispute resolution, including court proceedings, arbitration and mediation. He has extensive experience of arbitration in Singapore (SIAC, SCMA, UNCITRAL and ad hoc), London (LMAA, LCIA, ICC and ad hoc), Kuala Lumpur (KLRCA) and Hong Kong (HKIAC) as well as of court proceedings in London, Singapore and the DIFC.

Corin has practiced in London, Greece, the UAE and Singapore, where he has been based since 2003.

 
Session 7
Corina Song (Moderator)
Partner
Allen & Gledhill Singapore

Ms Song was admitted as a Solicitor of England & Wales in 1992 and called to the Singapore Bar in 1993. She joined Allen & Gledhill LLP in 1997 and is currently a partner in their Litigation & Disputes Resolution Department. Her practice covers shipping and international trade & commodities disputes, and she has acted in numerous arbitrations. More recently, she has acted as Counsel for various owners and financial institutions in most of the major shipping insolvency cases.

Ms Song has been described as a highly esteemed litigator and a Leading Individual by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific for Shipping. She has also been acknowledged as a notable practitioner for her expertise in Restructuring and Insolvency. In Chambers Asia-Pacific, she is listed as a notable practitioner and described as one that commands “the respect of her peers and impresses clients with her handling of shipping mandates. She acts for banks on a variety of contentious shipping matters, including mortgage enforcement, insurance and insolvency of shipping companies.”

Ms Song has also been appointed to the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) panel of arbitrators, the Maritime Panel of Associate Mediators of the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC) and as a Course Facilitator (Admiralty Practice) by the Singapore Institute of Legal Education (SILE) for the Preparatory Course leading to the Singapore Bar examinations.

She is the current Vice Chairperson of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA), Vice Chair of the International Bar Association (IBA) Maritime & Transport Committee and Secretary of the Maritime Law Association of Singapore (MLAS), and was also the Vice President of the Singapore chapter of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) from 2007 to 2009.


Stephen Hofmeyr QC
Barrister
7KBW

Stephen Hofmeyr QC is a leading commercial barrister, arbitrator and judge with an acknowledged international practice – with particular emphasis on contractual disputes of all kinds, energy and natural resources, shipping, insurance and reinsurance, commercial fraud, share valuations and professional negligence. In recent years, Stephen has received more than 200 appointments as arbitrator (ICC, LCIA, LMAA and ad hoc). Stephen has acted for and against numerous shipyards and shipping companies and dealt with a range of disputes relating to shipbuilding, ship repair, charterparties, bills of lading, contracts of affreightment, ship finance and marine insurance. He also has extensive energy experience dealing with disputes concerning pipelines, rigs, supply vessels, FPSOs and power plants. Although operating primarily out of London, he has an acknowledged international practice, having appeared and given evidence in Singapore, the Bahamas, the Eastern Caribbean, France, Switzerland, Holland and the USA. He is the editor of the chapter on bareboat charters in Carver on Charterparties.


Su Yin Anand
Legal & Compliance Manager
South 32 Marketing Pte Ltd

Su Yin is currently in-house counsel with the mining company, South32 Marketing Pte Ltd. Prior to joining South32, Su Yin a Partner at a leading international law firm where she specialized in dry shipping and logistics dispute resolution. She is also an expert in regulatory and compliance matters including issues from compliance with sanctions to compliance with the Hong Kong competition law. Su Yin has previously been ranked by Lloyd’s List as one of the top 10 maritime lawyers globally as well as a next generation in the maritime industry.


Craig Johnston
Senior Manager
Gard (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Craig is a qualified lawyer in South Africa, Hong Kong and England. He has a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Natal Durban. A former naval officer, Craig subsequently worked with South African and English law firms and another IG Club in London. Immediately prior to joining Gard, he worked with Holman Fenwick Willan in Hong Kong. Craig is based in our Singapore office. He heads up Gard’s Defence / Charterers & Traders Claims Asia team working with Gard’s Charterers & Traders clients across Asia. In addition, Craig handles claims for our Charterer & Trader Clients South East Asia, India and Australia. He has a special interest in ADR and is an accredited mediator.


Karnan Thirupathy
Partner
Kennedys Law LLP

Karnan is a Partner with Kennedys Legal Solutions and is qualified in both Singapore and in England and Wales.

Karnan specialises in shipping and international trade law. He speaks and reads Malay / Bahasa Indonesia and has extensive practical experience handling matters involving jurisdictions across South and South-East Asia including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, India and Bangladesh.
His clients include vessel owners, charterers, trading houses, offshore energy contractors, P&I Clubs and marine insurers. He acts for and advises clients on a range of shipping and trade related matters including those involving charter parties, commodity sale contracts, marine insurance, shipping related derivatives contracts and shipping related fraud. Karnan also specialises in assisting clients in the shipping, trade and marine insurance sectors with trade sanctions compliance and related regulatory issues.

Karnan regularly represents clients in international arbitrations in London, Singapore and Hong Kong and also appears as Counsel in Singapore Court proceedings.

Karnan is a member of the Singapore Shipping Association (International Committee), Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitrators Procedure Committee, Maritime Law Association of Singapore and Singapore Academy of Law. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is on the SIAC Reserve Panel of Arbitrators.

He has been consistently ranked as a leading individual by Chambers Global and clients describe him as someone who is noted for his “excellent understanding of the shipping industry and the complexities of doing business across the region”, while The Legal 500 has identified him as providing “clear and measured responses in difficult situations and under tight deadlines”.


Janice Choy
Assistant Vice President, Head of FD&D
Skuld Singapore

Janice Choy is an Assistant Vice President and the Head of FD&D in Skuld’s Singapore office. Skuld is an International Group P&I Club but also provides many other marine insurance products such as for hull, charterers, off-shore, yachts. Its FD&D cover (Freight Demurrage & Defence), also known as Skuld Defence cover, provides its members with claims handling experience and cover for legal costs for Shipping disputes. Skuld’s Singapore office serves all its members located in the Asia-Pac region, save for China.

A graduate of the National University of Singapore, Janice started practice as a Singapore lawyer in 2008. She joined Skuld as a Claims Executive for P&I and FD&D matters when its Singapore office opened in 2013. She has since risen to the Head of FD&D role, with overall responsibility for all FD&D claims and issues in the Singapore office.