Oon & Bazul is delighted to announce the promotions of Ang Kaili and Prakaash Silvam to Partners of the firm. Both Kaili and Prakaash specialise in commercial litigation and arbitration with a focus on international trade, shipping and oil & gas.
Kaili has been involved in multi-jurisdictional cases involving cargo claims, charterparty disputes, bill of lading disputes, offshore construction disputes among others, across jurisdictions including the United Kingdom, India, and around the region. She has experience acting in ad-hoc, SIAC and LMAA arbitrations.
Prominent matters Kaili has handled include resisting a claim by owners of a vessel for breach of a long-term charterparty and hire in excess of US$23 million which involved issues of agency and authority to contract on behalf of charterers; as well as instructed and managed the filing of multiple petitions with the Bombay High Court in India to obtain injunctions restraining calls on bank guarantees in India amounting to approximately US$107 million.
She is also a contributor to the International Comparative Legal Guide (ICLG) to: Litigation & Dispute Resolution 2019, where Oon & Bazul is the country contributor representing Singapore.
Prakaash regularly acts for parties in disputes rising under shipbuilding contracts, MOAs, charterparties, contracts of affreightment as well as the physical trading of commodities. He represents banks and financiers in multi-jurisdictional enforcements and also frequently acts for marine insurers (P&I, H&M and cargo) and for insurance claimants.
The international nature of Prakaash’s practice often necessitates taking account of legal issues and the court procedures of more than one jurisdiction. His clients hail from various jurisdictions such as China, Malaysia, Canada and Switzerland. He has acted in matters before the Singapore Court and in ad-hoc, LCIA, SIAC, GAFTA and LMAA arbitrations.
Prakaash has also acted in cases involving novel factual and legal issues. One of his prominent matters include The “Star Quest” and others  SGHC 100 where he successfully acted for the owners of a bunker barge to resist a summary judgment application for a misdelivery claim. The case raises very interesting issues on how a document bearing the words “bill of lading” on its face would be treated in the context of the bunker trade in Singapore.