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Yzabel Dumaguing

Associate   |  
Advocate & Solicitor (Singapore)

Yzabel’s main areas of practice are complex commercial and civil litigation (including cross-border commercial and corporate disputes), fraud investigations, energy, natural resources & mining, offshore, international trade, and insolvency and restructuring.

key areas of practice

  • Civil & Commercial Disputes
  • Shipping Litigation
  • Corporate Practice

Yzabel is an associate of the Firm. She was admitted to the Singapore Bar in August 2022.

 

Yzabel’s experience in the Firm’s litigation and corporate practice areas began in 2017 when she joined the Firm as a Legal Manager while concurrently reading law as part of the pioneer batch of the Singapore University of Social Sciences’ School of Law.

 

Yzabel’s main areas of practice are complex commercial and civil litigation (including cross-border commercial and corporate disputes), fraud investigations, energy, natural resources & mining, offshore, international trade, and insolvency and restructuring.

 

Yzabel has also advised and represented multinational corporations and organisations in corporate disputes and general corporate matters.

 

Outside of practice, Yzabel currently serves as Touch Singapore’s Deputy Judiciary Director.

key areas of practice

  • Civil & Commercial Disputes
  • Shipping Litigation
  • Corporate Practice

Work Highlights

CIVIL AND COMMERCIAL DISPUTES

  • Acting for the Respondent in the appeal against the High Court’s decision in Sizer Metals Pte Ltd and Chubb Insurance Singapore Limited [2022] SGHC 51. This case concerns a marine cargo insurance claim by a metals trading company (who is the respondent in the appeal) against an insurance company in a dispute relating to shipments of tin ore cargo which were the subject of theft enroute from Kigali to Penang via Dar es Salaam. Judgment was obtained for the full claim sum. The appeal is fixed for late 2022.
  • Assisted as second chair for the 2nd Defendant in a USD 3 million dispute brought by a US company against a Singapore company and its director over the provision of face masks during the COVID-pandemic. Allegations of fraud, intermingling of funds and conspiracy were brought against the director personally to pierce the corporate veil. The Plaintiffs also mounted a claim against the 2nd Defendant for tort of inducement to breach contract. Judgment is pending.
  • Assisted in a representative action with 154 Claimants. The Claimants claimed approximately S$47 million in a scam that spanned across several jurisdictions (Dubai, Switzerland, India, Malaysia, and Singapore). The scam involved the setting up of multiple sham and façade companies used to induce investors to invest with promises of guaranteed exorbitant interest returns (around 70% to 120%) on invested sums. A worldwide Mareva injunction order was obtained against 18 out of 19 defendants in the suit.
  • Assisted in an application to introduce new evidence on foreign law to set aside an arbitral award on the basis that: (i) the Award contained decisions on matters beyond the scope of submission to arbitration; (ii) there was a breach of the rules of natural justice in the making of the Award; and (iii) the Award is contrary to Singapore public policy (see Gokul Patnaik v Nine Rivers Capital Ltd [2021] 3 SLR 22).
  • Assisted in an application for an interim injunction to restrain defendants from disposing any shares in a company listed on the Catalist of the Singapore Exchange (see Chen Mingxing and others v Zhang Jian and others [2021] SGHC 3).
  • Assisted in a case commenced by a private investor against a director of a filmmaking company for breach of contract (see Simran Bedi v Mark A Montgomery [2022] SGHC 67).
  • Assisted in a High Court conspiracy claim by one of the largest logistics and petrochemical service providers in South-East Asia against several ex-employees of a subsidiary. This action included an application for a prohibitory injunction against the said ex-employees. The matter was settled.
  • Assisted in a claim by the estate of the Deceased against a hotel (see https://tnp.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/shortcomings-found-bugis-hotel-pool-where-woman-drowned) This matter has since been settled.
  • Assisted in a High Court action involving a US-listed company, its representatives and its shareholders, arising from a shareholder take-over and minority oppression, with causes of action including contractual and shareholding disputes, tort of deceit and misrepresentation.
  • Assisted in a High Court dispute between owners of big local construction companies relating to indemnities and apportionment of blame, engaging the concept of non est factum, Quistclose trust and the extent to which the Court can order for production of documents. This matter also addressed the technical point of “change in circumstances” for setting aside a Mareva injunction as part of an array of interlocutory applications that included applications for summary judgment and striking out of pleadings.
  • Assisted in defending a claim by a local food supplier against a prominent Malaysian and local group of companies in the industry of importing and supplying perishables, wherein a summary judgment application was resisted on a highly technical point of what is entailed in a by-consent order for conditional leave to file a Defence.

 

SHIPPING LITIGATION

  • Acting for the Respondent in the appeal against the High Court’s decision in Sizer Metals Pte Ltd and Chubb Insurance Singapore Limited [2022] SGHC 51. This case concerns a marine cargo insurance claim by the Plaintiff (who is the Respondent in the appeal) against the Defendant for a pay-out under its insurance policy due to thefts of the Plaintiff’s goods during their voyage to the end destination. The main issue in this case is whether the losses suffered by the Respondent are covered by the insurance policy that the Appellant provided. The appeal is fixed for late 2022.
  • Assisted the Plaintiff in a High Court dispute against a Timor-Leste insurance company over gasoil cargo valued at approximately USD 1.5 million. The cargo was to be shipped from Singapore to Karabela Port, Timor-Leste. During the course of the voyage, the vessel carrying the cargo was hijacked by pirates in the waters off the coast of Tanjung Berakit, Indonesia. The action involved allegations of conspiracy and that the piracy act was staged, failure to comply with the Marine Insurance Act and lack  of insurable interest. The Plaintiff successfully obtained judgment for the full claim amount. Post-Judgment, an application for pre-action discovery was interestingly made by the Plaintiff against the Defendant’s  reinsurers’ brokers.
  • Assisted in defending a High Court suit against a sub-contractor facing a claim from owners and engine manufacturers for damages in excess of US$1.5 million resulting from an engine room fire.

 

CORPORATE PRACTICE

  • Conducted due diligence for a group of companies which specialise in chartering of ships, barges and boats with crew.
  • Assisting in corporate matters for a Japanese in-house advertising agency for one of the largest automotive manufacturers.

Memberships in Professional Bodies

  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law
  • Deputy Judiciary Director, TSG Singapore National Touch Rugby Association
  • Member, International Malaysian Society of Maritime Law

Speaking Engagements

  • Co-presenter for a seminar on the Personal Data Protection Act organised by the Catering Association of Singapore
  • Presenter for a seminar on legacy protection organised for the United Overseas Bank

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