- Oon Thian Seng
- Bazul Ashhab
- Kelly Yap Ming Kwang
- Suresh Divyanathan
- Ting Chi Yen
- Lam Shiao Ning
- Chenthil Kumarasingam
- Faezah Omar
- Lionel Chan
- Laila Jaffar

 

 

Our Partners

SURESH DIVYANATHAN
Partner

Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore
LLB Hons (Singapore)

 

Suresh is the Head of the Firm's Commercial Arbitration Practice.

He has represented clients in international arbitrations involving disputes over construction, energy, technology transfer projects, joint ventures and distributorships in jurisdictions such as Japan, South Korea, India and Indonesia. Suresh has experience in both ad-hoc arbitrations as well as institutional arbitrations governed by International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Rules, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Rules and UNCITRAL Rules where the substantive laws of the contracts have included Swiss law, Japanese law and Indonesian law.

Suresh also acts in civil & commercial trials as well as appeals against domestic arbitration decisions in the High Court of Singapore. An article appearing on the 19th of September 2011 issue of The Business Times reported that in a successful S$1 million lawsuit, Suresh was praised by High Court Judge Quentin Loh "for acting in the best traditions of the bar in presenting his client's case with fairness and candour. Our bar will continue to retain the respect from the public and bench alike if it is peopled by counsel like Mr Divyanathan."

Suresh has also been ranked as a leading lawyer in various legal publications, including Legal Media Group's Rising Stars - Expert Guides, Benchmark Asia and Asialaw Leading Lawyers. Recent editions of Chambers Asia Pacific quoted sources referring to Suresh as being "a very competent counsel and a good advocate: certainly a rising star" and an "assured practitioner who comes across very well" in proceedings.

Suresh’s cases have included: -

  • A US$150 million international arbitration between a global car manufacturer and its national sales company in a claim for wrongful termination, involving complex issues of materiality of breaches, damage to reputation, good faith obligations and the proper assessment of damages. As lead arbitration counsel, Suresh coordinated and led a team which included law firms from Japan and India as well as expert witnesses from the United States, England, Japan and India.
  • A US$20 million international arbitration between a famous Japanese consumer goods retailer and its Indonesian distributor in an allegation that corporate restructuring triggered change of control clauses, involving complex issues of contractual interpretation, trustee and beneficiary relationships and conflicts of laws. As lead arbitration counsel, Suresh coordinated and led a team including law firms and expert witnesses from Japan and Indonesia.
  • Acting as lead counsel in a multi-million dollar international arbitration between a prestigious South Korean cosmetics company and its Chinese joint-venture partner in a claim for rescission of contract, involving issues of misrepresentation, conspiracy and force majeure as well as jurisdictional issues of the effect of assignments and mergers on arbitration clauses.
  • Acting as lead counsel in a multi-million dollar international arbitration between a Singapore shipping company and its Bangladeshi shipping agents in a claim for wrongful termination, involving issues of constructive dismissal, fraud and forgery, negligence, contractual interpretation and customary laws and practices.
  • Acting as lead counsel in a multi-million dollar international arbitration between a Japanese educational software developer and its Indian joint-venture partner in a claim for wrongful termination, involving issues of material breaches of contract, causation and remoteness of damages, fraud, misrepresentation and loss of opportunity.

Outside of legal practice, Suresh was appointed as a member of the Steering Committee of the Committee to Strengthen National Service ("CSNS") on 8th May 2013 by the Ministry of Defence. The CSNS Steering Committee was headed by Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen and its members included (then) Second Minister for Defence Mr Chan Chun Seng, Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General Ng Chee Meng and (then) Chief of Army Major-General Ravinder Singh. In mid-2014, the CSNS Steering Committee made recommendations to the Singapore Government for 30 changes to be made to the National Service system in Singapore, all of which were subsequently accepted by the Government.

Suresh holds the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the Singapore Armed Forces and currently serves as the Commanding Officer of a Combat Engineer Battalion.

 

 

 

 

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