Singapore - Stephenson Harwood Expands Marines and International Trade Practice With New Partner Hire.

Legal News & Analysis – Asia Pacific – Singapore – International Trade

17 August, 2015


Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance has boosted its Marine and International Trade practice with the addition of partner Michelle Yong, a specialist in energy, shipping and international trade. 


Michelle is dual-qualified in Singapore and the UK, which has placed her well to advise on international disputes as well as act in Singapore-based arbitrations. Michelle has focused on the shipping sector since the beginning of her career and is regularly invited to speak at industry seminars, sit on panel discussions and assist in events to boost Singapore's reputation as a maritime hub.


Michelle has experience acting for banks in financial 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. Her 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. Michelle is recommended by Legal 500 for International Arbitration. 


Durai Shunmugam, Partner at Stephenson Harwood in Singapore commented: "Michelle is bright and extremely committed to serving her clients' legal needs, which she does in a smart, sensible and commercially-aware manner. We see her as one of the next wave of partners who will ensure Stephenson Harwood's future growth."


Michelle advised Opus Offshore on the acquisition of semisubmersible rigs and the establishment of JV with Songa Offshore which was awarded Marine Money Offshore M&A Deal of the Year 2015.