Samantha was admitted to the Singapore bar in 2016 and has been actively involved in commercial disputes and transactional matters, Samantha applies her experience from contentious matters to provide fresh viewpoints (for example, pitfalls to avoid) on what may be considered standard transactional work; and, vice versa, applies her transactional experience to contentious matters to advise clients on what may be ideal enforcement methods.
She regularly provides advice to clients on a wide range of issues, typically arising from the maritime industry. On the transactional side, this typically includes ship finance transactions and regulatory issues, whilst on the contentious side, this typically involves advising clients on issues relating to non-payment for goods and services and enforcement actions.
She is often involved in advising purchasers in merger and acquisition exercises – from conducting due diligence on the target companies to the drafting of the relevant legal documentation in the acquisition exercise.
More generally, Samantha also provides corporate/company law advice to clients and assists clients in the drafting of various types of agreements, including but not limited to shareholders’ and joint venture agreements, loan and security agreements, sale and purchase agreements, commercial management agreements, etc.
HIGHLIGHT MATTERS INCLUDE:
Advising clients on their structuring of several cross-border private shipping funds involving private and corporate investors from various jurisdictions, including Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Advising incoming financiers on the re-financing of a potentially distressed business trust’s existing syndicated loan; the business trust’s portfolio includes a fleet of vessels across major shipping sub-sectors.
Providing legal and practical advice to a multinational corporation in a business acquisition of a locally grown entity – as the sellers were to stay on as management in the company there were practical issues which needed to be addressed whilst protecting the legal interests of the purchaser.
Acting for various trade creditors in arbitrations and enforcement actions to register and enforce arbitration awards in the Singapore High Court, including the conduct of proceedings for the examination of the director of the judgment debtor.
Acting for cargo interests in the Singapore High Court in a contamination claim – cargo was found contaminated at the discharge port.