The Omnibus is finally here: changes to Singapore’s insolvency laws

Singapore’s Insolvency, Restructuring and Dissolution Act (the “IRDA“), together with 48 pieces of subsidiary legislation, comes into force today, 30 July 2020 (available here). The IRDA consolidates Singapore’s personal and corporate insolvency and debt restructuring laws into a single piece of legislation. It also introduces a number of significant reforms designed to simplify and modernise … Read more

Chinese Court recognises Singaporean commercial judgment for the second time

On 2 August 2019, the Wenzhou Intermediate People’s Court of Zhejiang Province (Wenzhou Court) issued the Civil Ruling (2017) Zhe 03 Xie Wai Ren No. 7 (the Wenzhou Court Ruling) to recognise Judgement No. S139/2012 (Judgment) rendered by the Singapore High Court (Singapore Court) on 15 February 2013 (Oceanside Development Group Ltd. v. Chen Tongkao … Read more

Singapore Court of Appeal introduces a lower standard of review for debtors defending a disputed debt that is subject to an arbitration agreement

In AnAn Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd v VTB Bank (Public Joint Stock Company) [2020] SGCA 33, Justice Steven Chong, delivering the judgment of the Court, (1) overturned the decision of the High Court which allowed a creditor (VTB Bank) to proceed with its winding up petition against a debtor (AnAn), and (2) upheld the arbitration … Read more

COVID-19 Governance: New legislation provides temporary relief from performance for selected Singapore-related contracts (Singapore)

On 7 April 2020, the Singapore Parliament passed the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Bill (the COVID Act), which, amongst others, offers temporary reprieve to qualifying parties or qualifying contracts: found here. The COVID Act is a bold move by the Singapore government to pre-emptively manage the foreseeable increase in legal proceedings for enforcement of contractual rights. … Read more

Singapore and Fiji ratify the Singapore Convention on Mediated Settlement Agreements taking a significant step towards its entry into force

Yesterday, on 25 February 2020, Singapore and Fiji became the first two countries to deposit at the United Nations Headquarters their instruments of ratification of the Singapore Convention, more formally known as the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation. Singapore and Fiji have taken an important step towards bringing the Singapore … Read more

46 countries sign the Singapore Convention on mediated settlements today

After extensive discussions between member states, the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation, also known as the Singapore Convention, was signed today. A total of 46 countries signed the Convention, including the world’s two largest economies, the US and China, and several of the largest economies in Asia. This is the … Read more

Singapore International Mediation Centre signs MOU with China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission and Korean Commercial Arbitration Board

The Mane Forum was held today in Singapore on the eve of a historic moment – the signing of the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation, also known as the Singapore Convention. This morning, the Singapore International Mediation Centre signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China International Economic and Trade Arbitration … Read more