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.
Selvam LLC is a Singapore Law Practice in Joint Venture with Duane Morris LLP, under Duane Morris & Selvam LLP.
Areas of Practice
- Advocate and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore
- Durham University, LL.B. (Hons), 2nd Upper, 2016
- Associate, 2018-present
- Trainee, 2017-2018
- Co-author, "Singapore's COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Bill," Duane Morris Alert, April 3, 2020
Author, "New Tripartite Guidelines on Wrongful Dismissal Offer Much-Needed Guidance", Lexology, 22 May, 2019.
- 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 court has awarded pre-trial judgment for part of the company’s claim.
- Acted for a Singapore power supply company in its claim against certain government entities, including resisting an application to strike-out the power supply company’s claim.
- 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 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.
- Advised an ex-employee in a claim for wrongful dismissal against one of the largest banks in Singapore.
- Assisted in making a US $150 million 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.
- 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 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 moratorium.
- Acted for a South Korean conglomerate in successfully obtaining a winding-up order against a Singaporean company for a debt of over US$8 million.
- VTB Bank (Public Joint Stock Co) v Anan Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd  SGHC 250. Defending a Chinese publicly-listed company in a winding-up application brought by a leading Russian bank for a debt amount of over US$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.
- 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 a South Korean conglomerate in resisting an application by a debtor Singapore company for a moratorium under section 211B of the Companies Act.
- 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.
- Acted for one of the biggest accounting firms in Singapore in discharging bankruptcy orders, and bringing the office of the trustee to a close.