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Andrew Lee Weiming

Partner   |  
Advocate & Solicitor (Singapore)

In October 2017, Andrew was featured as one of “Asia’s brightest young legal minds under 40 years of age making waves” by Asian Legal Business.

key areas of practice

  • Marine, Trade & Energy
  • International Arbitration
  • Corporate Commercial & Civil Litigation
  • Corporate Commercial Advisory
  • Private Client Disputes & Advisory

Andrew graduated from the National University of Singapore with an LLB (Hons) degree in 2008 and was admitted to the Singapore Bar in 2009. Prior to joining Peter Doraisamy LLC in January 2017, Andrew started his practice career in one of Singapore’s leading firms before joining the Singapore office of a US-based international law firm.

 

In October 2017, Andrew was featured as one of “Asia’s brightest young legal minds under 40 years of age making waves” by Asian Legal Business.

 

Andrew was also named as one of “Singapore’s most influential legal minds aged 40 and under for 2018” by the Singapore Business Review.

 

Andrew’s experience extends to the areas of maritime, offshore oil and gas, energy and international trade disputes. In particular, Andrew’s experience extends to charterparty disputes, marine insurance disputes, shipbuilding and/or repair disputes, ship collisions and ship arrests, and disputes involving bills of lading and documentary letters of credit and investigations. Andrew had the opportunity to act as counsel in one of the first offshore cases to be heard by the Singapore International Commercial Court. Andrew has also acted as counsel in SIAC, UNCITRAL, LMAA and SCMA arbitration proceedings.

 

Andrew regularly engages in advisory work on all aspects of shipping related and regulatory compliance matters (including advising on issues relating to the drafting and review of charterparties, bills of lading, marine insurance, repair, sale & purchase and chartering/operations/management of ships). He has acted for vessel owners based in the Middle East and the Maldives and advised on complex transactional matters relating to the owners’ vessels. He is also acting for local shipping companies in the marine offshore sector, advising these companies on all business aspects as well as handling all litigation and disputes.

 

Andrew also has extensive experience in complex commercial and civil disputes. Andrew has acted as counsel in director and shareholders disputes, minority oppression cases, and construction disputes. Andrew also regularly advised his clients on corporate business and regulatory compliance matters.

 

Andrew currently heads the firm’s Private Client Practice Group. Andrew has acted in estate disputes involving significant assets in multiple cross-border jurisdictions. Andrew also deals with contentious matrimonial proceedings and disputes in custody matters. Andrew regularly advises high net-worth individuals on complex estate, trust and succession planning matters involving cross-border assets.

 

As a former national rugby player for Singapore, Andrew now sits on the judiciary panel for the Singapore Rugby Union.”

key areas of practice

  • Marine, Trade & Energy
  • International Arbitration
  • Corporate Commercial & Civil Litigation
  • Corporate Commercial Advisory
  • Private Client Disputes & Advisory

Notable Cases

Marine, Trade & Energy

  • Acted for a subsidiary of a Singapore Stock Exchange listed company, involved in a dispute with a US-based company over three separate offshore oil and gas projects off the coast of Australia involving cross-claims amounting to over USD 40 million. This dispute was brought before the newly established Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) and was one of the first three cases to be heard by the SICC. The case was fixed for a three-week trial before the Honourable Justice Sir Bernard Eder (an SICC International judge and former judge of the High Court of England and Wales). In deciding a preliminary issue, the Court provided guidance as to when a dispute under the auspices of the SICC would constitute an “offshore case” under the Singapore Rules of Court. This was of particular importance as it shed light on when parties could appoint legal counsel with no expertise in Singapore law. The Court deemed this dispute to be an offshore case and this paved the way for the US- based company to appoint United States counsel, thereby being the first SICC case in Singapore involving foreign counsel. At the conclusion of the trial, our clients obtained judgment for its full claim of USD 27 million. The case received significant media attention in the Singapore local newspapers, The Straits Times.
  • Acted as counsel for the subsidiary of a company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange involved in arbitration proceedings under the London Maritime Arbitrators Association Rules regarding a dispute over the sale of a self-elevating jacked-up barge vessel which serves as a platform for gas turbines used to generate electricity in Indonesia. Allegations of contractual breach arising from the seller’s failure to meet dry-docking requirements as well as conspiracy and collusion between the seller and third-party Indonesian vessel agents were raised in the dispute.
  • Acted as counsel for a Chinese shipbuilding and ship repair company in the arrest of a bulk container vessel registered in Panama. The admiralty and arrest proceedings involved claims from numerous intervening parties including the cargo owners, bunker suppliers, mortgagee bank and crew and concluded with the judicial sale of the vessel. Also obtained judgment in a sister ship claim against the same owners.
  • Acted as counsel for a Singapore shipping company in the business of providing bunker supplies involved in the arrest of a vessel registered in Indonesia to secure a claim in an admiralty action against the Indonesian vessel’s owners.
  • Acted for a Mexican oil and gas company which commenced arbitration proceedings under the UNICTRAL Rules against a Singapore rig-building company over a dispute involving the construction of a semi-submersible oil drilling rig for a claim of approximately US$35 million.
    Acted for a North American oil and gas company involved in an arbitration dispute with a Malaysian petroleum company involving the claims in respect of the performance of the exploration and drilling of oil and gas in Vietnam for a claim of approximately US$50 million.
  • Acted as counsel for a Singapore company listed in the SGX mainboard dealing with the ownership and chartering of offshore vessels and rigs against a Mexican credit company involving a dispute over standby letters of credit amounting to approximately US$9 million issued pursuant to a charterparty agreement. As part of the proceedings, obtained an interlocutory injunction against the Mexican company preventing it from calling for payment under the letters of credit.
    Acted as counsel for three Indonesian shipbuilding companies in a USD 125,000,000 dispute relating to banking term loan and money market loan facilities with a financial institution.
  • Acted as counsel in arbitration proceedings for a global conglomerate company involved in the trading of mineral and steel products in an international trade dispute with a Chinese trading and manufacturing company with a claim of approximately US$3 million.
  • Acted as counsel for an American stainless steel and commodities trading company in an arbitration dispute with a Singapore commodities trading company involving allegations of breach of contract, conspiracy and fraud.
  • Acted as counsel for a company based in the Marshall Islands to enforce a London Maritime Arbitrators Association award against an Indonesian-based company. As part of the proceedings, obtained a worldwide Mareva Injunction preventing the dissipation of assets within and outside the jurisdiction of Singapore.
  • Acted as Singapore counsel for the owners of a Hong Kong registered bulk carrier vessel involved in a three-way collision with a Marshall Islands bulk carrier vessel and a vehicle carrier from Singapore.
  • Acted as Singapore counsel on behalf of a Hong Kong cargo and freight forwarding company commencing admiralty actions for indemnity claims against master carriers in respect of loss cargo arising from the sinking of a Bahamian container vessel.
  • Acted as counsel for a Singapore company involved in a dispute against a Timor Leste insurance company under the Marine Insurance Act relating to insurance claims for losses of over USD 1.2 million arising from acts of piracy in the waters off the coast of Tanjung Berakit, Indonesia.
  • Advised a subsidiary of a leading Indian private sector shipping company in the first ever prosecution brought by the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore under the Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) Act.
  • Advised the owners of a tugboat that sunk off the coast of Pedra Branca and assisted in investigations by the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore.
    Acting for and advising a vessel owner based in the Middle East in a complex transaction involving the sale and purchase of an offshore support vessel and the structuring of investment funds relating to the transaction.
  • Acting for and advising a group of family-owned shipping companies in the marine offshore industry on an aspects of the group’s business, including handling all of the group’s litigation. This includes ongoing litigation in the High Court of Singapore, as well as an ongoing SIAC arbitration dispute relating to the charter of the group’s tug and barge fleet to a Bruneian company.
  • Advising the Singapore entity of a Maldivian-based leading trading company involved in the importation and distribution of fuel and coal on all aspects of its business.

 

Civil and Commercial Disputes

  • Acted for the litigation representative of a wealthy widow suffering from dementia. The widow owned an estate worth over S$40 million and was involved in a dispute with a Chinese tour guide who manipulated and exercised undue influence over the widow to procure his appointment as her donee under a Lasting Power of Attorney. The Chinese tour guide carried out acts of misappropriation of the widow’s monies and assets and procured a will bequeathing the widow’s entire estate to himself. As part of the court proceedings, a worldwide Mareva Injunction was obtained against the Chinese tour guide and his wife. Other successful court applications included applying to the Family Justice Courts to revoke the Lasting Power of Attorney and obtaining a court order under the Mental Capacity Act for a statutory will to be made on behalf of the widow. There has only been one prior reported case of a statutory will application in Singapore. Numerous other court applications were also heard before the Court of Appeal, High Court, State Courts and Family Courts. Also, successfully obtained judgment against the Chinese tour guide in the High Court civil proceedings. The case received widespread media attention.
  • Acted for a matriarch and her three sons involved in a bitter family dispute with the patriarch and two other sons over three family-run companies in the business of the wholesale trade of agarwood, spices and essential oils valued at approximately over S$20 million. Five separate court actions were commenced amidst allegations of misappropriation of company funds, collusion, breach of directors’ duties and diversion of business opportunities. As part of the court proceedings, cross-injunctive reliefs were sought by both sides. A separate derivative action was also commenced by the minority shareholders of the family.
  • Acted for a renowned luxury watch and jewellery international company and obtained judgment for the sum of S$13 million against its former Accounts Manager for misappropriation of company funds through the forgery and alteration of company cheques. As part of the proceedings, obtained a worldwide Mareva Injunction against the former Accounting Manager and her husband preventing the dissipation of assets within and outside the Singapore jurisdiction.
  • Acted for the same renowned luxury watch and jewellery international company bringing an action against a Singapore bank for professional negligence for the sum of S$10 million by reason of the bank’s failure to detect the former Accounting Manager’s acts of misappropriation through the forgery and alteration of cheques.
  • Acted for the same renowned luxury watch and jewellery international company bringing an action against its former auditors for professional negligence for the sum of S$13 million by reason of the former auditors’ failure to detect the former Accounting Manager’s acts of misappropriation. As part of the proceedings, obtained a pre-action discovery court order for the disclosure of the former auditors’ working papers.
  • Acted in a directors’ dispute and obtained judgment for a claim against the Defendant for US$3.5 million pursuant to a promissory note under the Bills of Exchange Act.
  • Acted as counsel for a global automation technology company in a directors’ dispute against former directors involving issues of conspiracy and misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information. As part of the proceedings, obtained an Anton Piller Order for the search and seizure of the misappropriated trade secrets and confidential information against the Defendant directors.
  • Acted as counsel for a Singapore company listed in the SGX mainboard dealing with the ownership and chartering of offshore vessels and rigs against a Mexican credit company involving a dispute over standby letters of credit amounting to approximately US$9 million issued pursuant to a charterparty agreement. As part of the proceedings, obtained an interlocutory injunction against the Mexican company preventing it from calling for payment under the letters of credit.
  • Acted as counsel for a director and shareholder of a Singapore steel and metals company involved in a director and shareholder dispute in the Singapore High Court involving allegations of minority oppression and breach of fiduciary duties.
  • Acted as counsel for a company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange involved in a dispute with a Singapore financial institution over the publication of analyst reports containing defamatory material aimed to depress the value of the company’s shares for financial gains by reason of the short selling position held by the financial institution’s clients over the company’s shares.
  • Acted for a BVI company involved in a dispute over a sale and put option agreement amounting to over S$20 million.
  • Acted for a BVI company involved in a dispute over a sale and put option and obtained judgment for the same.
  • Acted as counsel for a Singapore company involved in a dispute relating to claims under fifteen separate construction condominium projects amounting to approximately S$3 million relating to defective works.

 

Private Client Practice

  • Acted as lead counsel for the grandsons and daughter of an elderly woman with an estate worth over S$15 million. Andrew’s clients were involved in a dispute with the elderly woman’s son over issues relating to the mental capacity of the elderly woman and allegations against the son of the mishandling of the elderly woman’s estate.
  • Acted as lead counsel for one of the beneficiaries in a contentious probate relating to an estate worth approximately S$83 million with assets in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Advised on complex wills reflecting estate, trust and succession planning involving cross- border assets.
  • Advised and acted in contentious matrimonial proceedings involving assets in multiple jurisdictions and disputes in custody matters.

 

Criminal Litigation

  • Acted as counsel for a former court-appointed liquidator charged with the misappropriation of over S$40 million. The reported judgment in respect of the successful bail application was the first ever written decision to expressly set out the requirement that the provision of bail was not to originate from the accused.

Recent Reported Judgments

  • Teras Cargo Offshore Pte Ltd v Teras Cargo Transport (America) [2017] SGHC(I) 04
  • Teras Offshore Pte Ltd v Teras Cargo Transport (America) LLC [2016] SGHC (I) 02
  • TCZ v TDA, TBA and TDC [2015] SGFC 63
  • TDA v TCZ, TDB and TDC [2016] 3 SLR 329
  • Chung Khin Chun K (by her deputy Mok Chiu Ling Hedy) v Yang Yin and others [2015] 5 SLR 467 (reversed on appeal)
  • Ezion Holdings Ltd v Credit Suisse AG [2017] SGHC 137
  • Ewe Pang Kooi v Public Prosecutor [2015] SGHC 24
  • S Pacific Resources Ltd v Tomolugen Holdings Ltd [2016] 3 SLR 1049

Memberships In Professional Bodies

  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law
  • Judicial Officer, Singapore Rugby Union

Publications / Editorial Contributions

Andrew’s publications include:

  • Contributing Editor to the Singapore Civil Procedure (Special Volume) 2014
  • Author of the Singapore chapter of International Comparative Legal Guide on Shipping Law 2014
  • Contributing Author of The SICC Handbook: A Guide to the Rules and Procedure of the Singapore International Commercial Court – A Review of the Road Map to Navigating Order 110 of the Rules of Court
  • Co-authored the practice note produced with LexisNexis “Challenging arbitral jurisdiction and anti-suit injunctions in support of arbitration in Singapore”

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