Cumara Kamalacumar

Associate

Biography

Cumara Kamalacumar is an Associate in Selvam LLC’s Litigation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution team. Cumara first joined Selvam LLC as a trainee in January 2017, after graduating with Honours (2nd Upper) from Durham University Law School.

Cumara practices in various fields of litigation and dispute resolution. He has an interest in restructuring and insolvency litigation, shareholder disputes and employment matters. Cumara has argued various contentious applications in the High Court. Cumara hopes to continue having many opportunities to argue contentious applications in the courtroom.

Cumara is fluent in English and Tamil.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • International Arbitration

Admissions

  • Advocate & Solicitor to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Singapore

Education

  • Durham University, LL.B. (Hons), 2nd Upper, 2016

Experience

  • Selvam LLC - Associate, 2018-present
  • Selvam LLC - Trainee, 2017-2018

Representative Matters

    Restructuring & Insolvency Litigation

  • VTB Bank (Public Joint Stock Co) v Anan Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd [2018] SGHC 250. Defending a China publicly listed company in a winding-up application brought by a leading Russian Bank for the debt amount of over USD 170 million. A novel point of law was argued – the standard of proof the Court should adopt when a winding-up petition is brought, despite there being an arbitration agreement between parties. The Court’s decision is currently on appeal.
  • Acted for a South Korean conglomerate in successfully obtaining a winding-up order against a Singaporean company for a debt of over USD 8 millions dollars.
  • Assisted a Singapore publicly listed technology company, and its subsidiary, in their applications for a moratorium under section 211B and section 211C of the Companies Act respectively. The Court granted the two companies the moratorium they asked for.
  • Acted for a South Korean metal trading company to resist an application by a Singapore Company for judicial management under section 227B of the Companies Act.
  • Acted for one of the biggest accounting firms in Singapore in successfully discharging bankruptcy orders, and bringing the office of the trustee to a close.
  • Acted a South Korean conglomerate in resisting an application by a debtor Singapore company for a moratorium under section 211B of the Companies Act.
  • Commercial Matters

  • Acted for a South Korean beauty and cosmetics conglomerate - the world's 14th largest cosmetics company operating 33 health, beauty and personal care brands - in conducting an investigation into suspected bid rigging/collusion by a number of its contractors in Singapore.
  • Acting for a shareholder of a famous textile brand, in his claims for breach of the shareholder agreement and minority oppression under section 216 of the Companies Act.
  • Acted a Singapore power supply company in its claim against certain government entities, including successfully resisting an application by the government entities to strike-out the power supply company’s claim.
  • Advising a South Korean engineering and construction conglomerate in its claim against a trading company for non-delivery of goods. Causes of action include fraud, misrepresentation, breach of agreement and unjust enrichment. The has awarded pre-trial judgment for part of the company’s claim.
  • Acted for a Singapore metal trading company in urgently obtaining mareva injunctions against the adverse company and its controlling director in a claim for conspiracy to injure.
  • Assisted a reputable Singapore oil provider in obtaining a mareva injunction against an Indonesian company with assets in Singapore to satisfy a claim for breach of contract and unjust enrichment.
  • Assisted in making a S$ 150-million-dollar payment claim under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act by a South Korean conglomerate in the engineering and construction industry against a publicly listed multinational engineering and infrastructure company in Singapore.
  • Advising an ex-employee in a claim for wrongful dismissal against one of the largest banks in Singapore.


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