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Michelle Yong

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Stephenson Harwood

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Dispute resolution


Michelle is a dispute resolution partner with a particular focus on energy, shipping and international trade.

Michelle has experience acting for banks in finance litigation matters, ship yards in complex ship and rig building disputes, oil majors, wind farms, national airlines and other multi-national corporations. She also regularly provides risk management and litigation advice on corporate and ship finance matters. Michelle's experience in disputes is beneficial in negotiating, drafting and advising on potential risks in commercial contracts on shipbuilding, ship charters, ship sale and purchase, offshore contracts and commodities contracts.

Being dual-qualified in both Singapore and in England and Wales has placed her well to advise on international disputes as well acting in Singapore-based arbitrations. She is knowledgeable in the law, but is always mindful to adopt a commercial and sensible approach in finding solutions for clients. Having specialised since the inception of her career, she is recognised by the shipping market as credible and committed to the industry.


International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Stephenson Harwood LLP has a built a highly credible international arbitration practice following the arrival of top practitioner Timothy Cooke in 2017; Cooke is a barrister by background and 'an outstanding advocate' who 'is particularly suited to complex arbitration issues' and 'masters his brief thoroughly'. He and the team have experienced a notable uptick in investment-related disputes, acting for a range of corporate and private equity investors. The department upped its status in oil and gas cases, particularly in Indonesia and the Philippines, and in telecoms and power disputes. Myanmar is another key jurisdiction for the firm. Clients include Jaguar Energy Guatemala, Tarek Damerji, Petrobras Singapore and Jindal Steel and Power. The team is 'extremely responsive', impresses with its 'strategic thinking and guidance', and is 'cost effective'. Michelle Yong is 'great', 'very responsive' and 'on top of the case at all times'.

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Singapore: Shipping

Shipping ‚Äď Foreign firms

Within: Shipping ‚Äď Foreign firms

Stephenson Harwood LLP has a strong track record in the shipping and offshore area and considerable finance-related expertise and is able to draw on experts from the firm's global network. Gregg Johnston, who leads the finance side of the practice, and Durai Shunmugam, who has a focus on contentious marine and international trade,  jointly head the team. Iain Young, Huay Yee Kwan and Michelle Yong are the other key practitioners. The team was strengthened by the arrival of several new hires, including Timothy Cooke,  who focuses on arbitrations and mediations, and joined from Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC's Stamford office in June 2017; senior associate Justin Gan, who  transferred from the firm's Hong Kong office in January 2018; and associates Wei Dai and Sarah Kuek, joined in mid-2017 from a Chinese bank and Gurbani & Co LLC respectively. The team was further boosted by the arrival of Martin Brown, who joined from Ince. The team's recent work includes the construction, acquisition, leaseback and sale of vessels, including offshore platforms and related joint ventures as well as cargo-related and other disputes.

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