Mr Siva Kumar Kanagasabai > Skrine > Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia > Lawyer Profile

Level 8, Wisma UOA Damansara

Work Department

  • Maritime and Shipping
  • Employment
  • Commercial Litigation and Arbitration
  • Fraud and Asset Recovery




Kumar heads the Maritime and Shipping practice group in the firm. He has acted and advised local and international clients in ship arrests, charterparty disputes, oil pollution claims, vessel detentions, cargo claims, Incoterm contracts and enforcement of ship mortgages under conventional and Islamic facilities.

He also co-heads the Employment practice of which he has over 20 years’ experience.  He has acted as lead counsel in a full range of employment-related disputes.  He is also involved in general corporate/commercial litigation and has acted as counsel in both domestic and international arbitrations. Kumar is a regular contributor to law publications and is often invited to speak at law conferences.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


English, Malay and Tamil.


  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member, Shipping & Admiralty Law Committee, Bar Council
  • Member, Transport & Infrastructure Committee, Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Member, Malaysian Institute of Taxation
  • Panel member, Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC)
  • Life member of Ikhtisas Kelautan Malaysia (Association of Malaysia’s Maritime Professionals)
  • Vice-Chair, Anti-Corruption and Rule of Law Committee, Inter-Pacific Bar Association


  • Diploma in International Arbitration, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2012)
  • Advocate and Solicitor, High Court of Malaya (1995)
  • LL.B (Hons), Adelaide (1994)
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Adelaide (1993)

Lawyer Rankings

Malaysia > Shipping

(Leading individuals)

Siva Kumar KanagasabaiSkrine

Skrine’s shipping practice is jointly led by Siva Kumar Kanagasabai who handles contentious matters and enforcement of ship mortgages under conventional and Islamic facilities; and Fariz Abdul Aziz who advises on the full range of non-contentious matters from ship registration to structuring. The team has seen an increase in cases involving the use of securities against cargo and vessels, and matters arising from the insolvency of shipping and oil trading businesses.

Malaysia > Labour and employment

(Leading individuals)

Siva Kumar KanagasabaiSkrine

Skrine has a wealth of experience in the employment and industrial relations sphere, handling investigations, disciplinary action, retrenchment, compliance, and employment disputes. The highly experienced duo Siva Kumar Kanagasabai and Selvamalar Alagaratnam jointly lead the team; according to their clients, Kanagasabai provides ‘top draw commercial practical advice‘ and Alagaratnam is singled out for her ‘holistic thinking, calmness and legal acumen which make complicated issues resolved with the best outcome‘. Kanagasabai handles trade disputes, fraud-related issues and investigations, structuring senior executive packages, and advises on separation schemes and crisis management, while Alagaratnam provides support on compliance, managing the exit of employees, protection of confidential and proprietary information, disputes and business immigration.