Case Update: Priority of An Admiralty Claim Versus Insolvency

Wong Chee Chien writes a case update on when an admiralty claim trumps insolvency.

More often than not, a creditor with an admiralty claim would take steps to arrest a ship or vessel of the debtor, for the purposes of selling it so that the proceeds of sale will be held as pre-judgment security for the creditor.

However, if the debtor subsequently goes into liquidation, what happens to the proceeds of sale from the arrested vessel? Should the proceeds be paid to the creditor, or should they be distributed to all unsecured creditors pari passu? These issues were dealt with by the High Court in Dan Bunkering (Singapore) Pte Ltd v The Owners of the Ship or Vessel “PDZ Mewah” & Anor (see grounds of judgment dated 9 August 2021).

Although this decision deals with several issues, this case update focuses on the question of whether the creditor’s admiralty claim trumps the insolvency regime of pari passu distribution among unsecured creditors. Continue reading

Case Update: Mandatory for Bursa Malaysia to De-List a Wound Up Company

The Court of Appeal in Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad v Mohd Afrizan bin Husain (grounds of judgment dated 2 July 2021) ruled that once a winding up order was made against a public listed company, Bursa Malaysia must de-list that company from the stock exchange.

The case dealt with interesting issues between the interplay of a liquidator’s role under the Companies Act and where the liquidated company is also subject to Bursa Malaysia’s Listing Requirement.

The Federal Court has granted leave to appeal against this Court of Appeal decision.

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Case Update: Court Will be Slow to Second Guess Liquidator’s Decision on Proof of Debt

The Court of Appeal in its grounds of judgment dated 18 March 2021 in Sunrise Megaway Sdn Bhd (in liquidation) v Kathryn Ma Wai Fong set out the principles when there is a challenge on a liquidator’s decision to admit or reject a proof of debt. Exceptional circumstances are required to second guess the liquidator’s decision.
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Case Update: Local Authority’s Assessment Rates is Not a Priority Debt in Liquidation

In the High Court decision of Re SG & Sons Sdn Bhd (grounds of judgment dated 10 February 2021), the Court has confirmed that the local authority’s assessment rates is not a priority debt in a winding up.
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Case Update: Factors for Deciding Between Competing Liquidator Nominees

The High Court in Re Rentak Arena Development Sdn Bhd (In Liquidation); Ex Parte Spanland Sdn Bhd and Another Case [2020] MLJU 2133 (see the grounds of judgment dated 18 November 2020)  provided useful guidance on factors considered when there are competing nominees to be appointed as liquidator of a company.

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