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Rishwant Singh

Partner
Year of Call
1999
Advocate & Solicitor T +603 2726 3700 D +603 2726 3712
F +603 2726 3733 E rishwant@cecilabraham.com

Overview

Rishwant Singh is a partner at Cecil Abraham & Partners. He specialises in Capital Markets and Financial Services, Media, Competition, Telecommunications as well as Clubs and Associations disputes. He has extensive advocacy experience before the domestic courts and before arbitral tribunals. He has a broad client base, acting for both private clients and public bodies.

He has appeared in several landmark cases in Malaysia relating to the duties and liabilities of lead arrangers in respect of capital market transactions in CIMB Bank Malaysia Berhad v Maybank Trustees Bhd & 10 other appeals [2014] 3 MLJ 169, the territorial rights of states concerning oil royalty payments and the appropriate test for a case to be decided on a pure question of law in State Government of Kelantan v Petroliam Nasional Berhad [2014] 6 MLJ 31, the law of libel in respect of on-line publications and the use of hyper-links in Stemlife Berhad v Bristol Myers Squibb (M) Sdn Bhd & Anor [2010] 3 CLJ 251. He has also appeared in Terengganu Forest Products Sdn Bhd v Cosco Container Lines Ltd & Anor and other applications [2011] 1 MLJ 25, which is the leading case in Malaysia on the applicable test in respect of granting leave to appeal to the Federal Court of Malaysia.

More recently he has appeared as junior counsel for the current Prime Minister of Malaysia in a claim filed by the former Prime Minister of Malaysia relating to the law of misfeasance in public office by way of Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad & Ors v Datuk Seri Mohd Najib bin Tun Hj Abdul Razak [2017] 9 MLJ 1.

Practice Areas

  • Capital Markets and Financial Services Disputes
  • Clubs and Unincorporated Associations
  • Competition Law
  • Corporate and Commercial Litigation
  • Media Law Disputes
  • Telecommunications

Reported Cases

Administrative Law

  • Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad & Ors v Datuk Seri Mohd Najib bin Tun Hj Abdul Razak [2017] 9 MLJ 1
  • Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad & Ors v Datuk Seri Mohd Najib bin Tun Hj Abdul Razak [2016] 11 MLJ 1
  • Kurnia Outdoor Sdn Bhd v Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya [2015] 1 LNS 670

Banking & Securities Law

  • Tan Lee Hong & Anor v Pengkalen Securities Sdn Bhd[2011] 1 LNS 1923
  • Alliance Bank Malaysia Bhd v W Shalihudin bin W Ibrahim & Anor Suit [2012] 10 MLJ 374; [2012] 4 AMR 335; [2013] 4 CLJ 653
  • CIMB Bank Bhd v Maybank Trustees Bhd and other appeals [2014] 3 MLJ 169
  • Mayban Trustees Berhad v CIMB Bank Berhad and other cases [2012] 2 MLJ 187; [2013] 2 CLJ 306

Civil Procedure

  • Leisure Farm Corporation Sdn Bhd v Kabushiki Kaisha Ngu & Ors [2015] 4 MLJ 543; [2015] 3 CLJ 489
  • Fiden Electrical Engineering Sdn Bhd v Nippon Seiko KK & Ors [2004] 7 MLJ 231; [2004] 7 CLJ 12
  • Kerajaan Negeri Kelantan v Petroliam Nasional Berhad & other appeals [2014] 6 MLJ 31
  • Kerajaan Negeri Kelantan v Petroliam Nasional Bhd & Anor [2011] 6 CLJ 649
  • Terengganu Forest Products Sdn Bhd v Cosco Container Lines Co Ltd & Anor & other applications [2011] 1 MLJ 25; [2011] 1 CLJ 51
  • Interactive Brokers LLC v Neo Kim Hock & 7 Ors [2014] 8 CLJ 747; [2014] 1 AMCR 695
  • Ceramtec Sdn Bhd v Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad [2011] 1 LNS 1833
  • MBF Holdings Bhd & Anor v DeutscheBank (Malaysia) Berhad [2011] 2 AMCR 237; [2011] 1 LNS 366
  • Kerajaan Negeri Terengganu v Petroliam Nasional Bhd [2004] 1 MLJ 8; [2003] 4 CLJ 337
  • Raphael Pura v Insas Bhd [2003] 1 MLJ 513; [2003] 1 CLJ 61
  • Allied Capital Sdn Bhd v Mohamed Latiff bin Shah Mohd and another application [2001] 2 MLJ 305; [2001] 2 CLJ 253
  • Chia Yan Tek & Anor v Ng Swee Kiat & Anor [2001] 4 MLJ 1; [2001] 4 CLJ 61

Clubs & Unincorporated Associations

  • Law Nam Poh v Dato' Lim Teong Wah & 8 Ors [2014] 1 LNS 410; [2014] AMEJ 0533
  • Lee Mew Kwan v Royal Lake Club [2013] 1 MLJ 583; [2012] 8 CLJ 105
  • Leong Sang v Dato' Chu Ah Nge [2011] 2 CLJ 923
  • Charan Dass a/l Sadhu Ram v Tunku Abdul Aziz & Ors [2006] 3 MLJ 416; [2006] 5 CLJ 617
  • Raja Servai SHS Iyadorai v Tunku Abdul Aziz & Ors [2005] 5 MLJ 160; [2005] 6 CLJ 443

Constitutional Law

  • Mohd Alias Ibrahim v RHB Bank Berhad & Anor [2011] 4 CLJ 654
  • Rosli bin Dahlan v Tan Sri Abdul Gani bin Patail & 10 Ors [2014] 11 MLJ 481
  • Dato' Pahlawan Ramli bin Yusuff v Tan Sri Abdul Gani bin Patail [2015] 7 MLJ 763t
  • Dato' Dr Zambry bin Abd Kadir v Dato' Seri Ir Hj Mohammad Nizar bin Jamaluddin (Attorney General of Malaysia, Intervener) [2009] 5 MLJ 464

Contempt of Court

  • The New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd & 4 Ors v Ahirudin bin Attan [2008] 1 MLJ 814; [2008] 8 CLJ 56

Contract Law / Company Law

  • Lee Tiow Kee v Ng Geok Hwa [2017] 4 MLJ 92
  • NV Bina Sdn Bhd v Magna Park Sdn Bhd [2016] 9 MLJ 313
  • Lee Yin Chuan & Ors v Johan Properties Sdn Bhd and other appeals [2016] 2 MLJ 140
  • Abdul Razak Sheikh Mahmood & Ors v Amanah Raya Berhad & Anor Case [2015] 1 LNS 508
  • MWE Holdings Bhd v Cosmic Horizon Sdn Bhd & Ors [2013] 1 LNS 1283
  • K-Zaq (M) Sdn Bhd v Johnson Matthey Public Ltd & Ors [2014] 1 MLJ 272
  • K-Zaq (M) Sdn Bhd v Johnson Matthey Public Limited Company & 3 Ors [2009] 1 LNS 1420
  • Hoh Kiang Ngan & Ors v Hoh Han Keyet [2013] 4 MLJ 199; [2013] 5 CLJ 222
  • Johan Properties Sdn Bhd v Lee Yin Chuan & Ors [2011] 6 CLJ 14
  • Isometric Innovations Sdn Bhd v Radicare (M) Sdn Bhd [2011] 1 LNS 366
  • Cosco Container Lines Co Ltd & Anor v Trengganu Forest Products Sdn Bhd & Anor Appeal [2011] 4 CLJ 47
  • Isometric Innovations Sdn Bhd v Radicare (M) Sdn Bhd [2011] 1 LNS 551
  • Johan International Ltd Hong Kong v Roy Chok Wai Kim & Anor [2009] 8 MLJ 653
  • OSK Securities Bhd v Probo Pacific Leasing Pte Ltd [2009] 3 MLJ 712
  • OSK Securities Bhd v Probo Pacific Leasing Pte Ltd [2009] 2 MLJ 87
  • OSK Securities Berhad v Probo Pacific Ltd & Anor [2003] 1 LNS 744
  • Jupiters Limited v Gan Kok Beng [2007] 7 MLJ 228; [2008] 7 CLJ 715
  • Jupiters Limited (trading as Conrad Treasury Casino) v Lim Kin Tong [2006] 5 CLJ 277
  • Choo Chin Thye v Concrete Engineering Products Bhd [2005] 4 MLJ 14
  • Dato' Mohd Anuar Bin Embong & Anor v BBMB [2003] 3 MLJ 37

Equity & Trusts

  • Hasmah binti Abdul Rahman v Chua Kien Lam [2006] 5 MLJ 236

Insolvency & Bankruptcy

  • Mutiara Metropolis Sdn Bhd v Selangor Dredging Berhad [2007] 1 MLJ 745
  • RNC Corporation Bhd v Kesvaran a/l T P Murugasu [2009] 3 MLJ 178; [2009] 5 CLJ 110
  • CGU Insurance Bhd v Asean Security Paper Mills Sdn Bhd (and other appeals) [2002] 2 MLJ 1; [2002] 2 CLJ 1

Insurance

  • Bakar & Partners v Malaysia National Insurance Bhd & Ors [2010] 4 MLJ 493; [2010] 4 CLJ 770

Intellectual Property

  • The New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd & Anor v Admal Sdn Bhd [2013] 6 MLJ 405; [2013] 9 CLJ 955

Land & Property

  • Citibank Bhd v Mohamad Khalid bin Farzalur Rahman & Ors [2000] 4 MLJ 96; [2000] 3 CLJ 739

Legal Profession

  • Bar Malaysia v HF Vitality Sdn Bhd [2003] 5 MLJ 145; [2003] 1 CLJ 510

Libel, Slander & Malicious Falsehood

  • StemLife Berhad v Mead Johnson Nutrition (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd & Anor [2014] 1 LNS 1398
  • StemLife Berhad v Mead Johnson Nutrition (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd & Anor [2013] 1 LNS 1446
  • StemLife Bhd v Bristol Myers Squibb (M) Sdn Bhd & Anor [2010] 3 CLJ 251
  • Dato' Paduka Husam bin Musa v YB Dato' Nozula Mat Diah & 2 Ors [2013] 1 LNS 1399
  • Sulaihah Maimunni v UEM Builders Berhad & Anor [2012] 1 LNS 1055
  • Tan Sri Dato' Seri Eric Chia Eng Hock v NKK Corporation (Japan) [2004] 7 CLJ 137

Offshore

  • Ashok Kumar Mittal v Portcullis Trustnet (Singapore) Pte Ltd & Ors & Anor Case [2015] 1 LNS 901
  • Portcullis Trustnet (Singapore) Pte Ltd & Ors v Cardiff Ltd & Anor [2015] 4 MLJ 595; [2015] 6 CLJ 10
  • Portcullis Trustnet & Ors v Cardiff Ltd; Ashok Kumar Mittal (Intervenor) [2014] 1 LNS 1868

Revenue Law

  • Maxis Communications Bhd v Director General of Inland Revenue & Anor [2014] 6 MLJ 753; [2014] 9 CLJ 899
  • Ketua Pengarah Hasil Dalam Negeri & Anor v Maxis Communications Bhd [2013] 5 MLJ 698; [2013] 8 CLJ 883
  • Maxis Communications Berhad v Ketua Pengarah Hasil Dalam Negeri & Anor [2012] 7 MLJ 391; [2011] AMTC 278; [2011] 1 LNS 1841

Expertise

  • Capital Markets and Financial Services Disputes
  • Clubs and Unincorporated Associations
  • Competition Law
  • Maritime Law
  • Media Law Disputes
  • Telecommunications

Qualifications

  • LL.B. (Hons), Bond University, Australia
  • Certificate of Legal Profession, Malaysia
  • Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya

Publications

  • Co-contributor of HALSBURY'S LAWS OF MALAYSIA on 'Civil Procedure' (Volume 1, 2002 Reissue, Malayan Law Journal Sdn Bhd).
  • Co-contributor of the following three (3) chapters for the Malaysian Court Forms in Civil Proceedings: Contempt, Issues and Accounts.
  • Sweet & Maxwell's Malaysian equivalent of the popular Supreme Court Practice ('White Book') published in the United Kingdom. Co-contributor of the following ten (10) Orders of the Rules of the High Court 1980: Orders 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 16, 62 and 65 (the Rules of the High Court 1980 are the rules of civil procedure that apply in proceedings before the Malaysian courts).
  • Co-contributor for the Malaysian Chapter of 'International Civil Procedure' edited by Shelby Grubbs, published by Kluwer Law International in 2003 (ISBN 9041120947).
  • Co-contributor for the Malaysian Chapter of 'FIDIC: An Analysis of International Construction Contracts' published by Kluwer Law International (ISBN 90-411-2323-7).




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