Areas of Practice


  • Bachelor of Laws, Singapore Management University (Magna cum laude)
  • Advocate and Solicitor, Singapore
  • Solicitor, England and Wales (Non-Practising)
"Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time"
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg

More About Mary-Anne Chua

Mary-Anne’s main areas of practice are dispute resolution and legal advisory, with an emphasis on shipping and international trade. She has represented clients in a spectrum of disputes ranging from transactional, shareholder, employment, insolvency, and restructuring matters and has previously been described in Benchmark Litigation as being “top-notch, patient and knowledgeable”. Although a large part of her work relates to early and active dispute avoidance and management, she also has extensive experience acting for clients in both arbitration and litigation proceedings. Mary-Anne is conversant in English and Mandarin.

  • The “URSUS” and Ors [2015] SGHCR 7: Represented ship-managers, successfully resisting vessel owners’ application to strike out claim and to stay in rem proceedings in Singapore. This is the first local decision considering the impact that a stay of in personam proceedings may have on in rem proceedings.
  • Centaurea International Pte Ltd (in liquidation) v Citus Trading Pte Ltd [2016] SGHC 264: Represented creditors, successfully resisting liquidator’s application under section 259 of the Companies Act. This is the first local decision on section 259 of the Singapore Companies Act.
  • Sinfeng Marine Services Pte Ltd v Taylor, Joshua James and Anor and Anor Appeals [2020] 2 SLR 1332: Successfully represented a company defending against an application for documents filed by creditors’ voluntary liquidators. This is a decision involving sections 285 and 310 of the Companies Act.
  • The “Echo Star” ex “Gas Infinity” [2020] 5 SLR 1025: Acted for the Plaintiffs in a collision matter involving the novel question of whether it is the new or old owner of a Defendant Vessel that should enter appearance.
  • A Singapore Consultancy Company v A Singapore Rig Company: Successfully represented rig consultants in an SIAC arbitration, in relation to contractual disputes and claims under their consultancy contracts.
  • A Foreign Joint Venture v A Singapore Insurance Company: Successfully represented insured companies against their insurers in an ad hoc arbitration where the claim related to the recovery of over SGD 10 million under a contractor’s all-risk insurance policy.
  • A Malaysian Property Company v UAE Hospitality Company: Successfully represented a purchaser in an LCIA arbitration, with respect to dispute arising from the acquisition of a property in Thailand, where the key issue in dispute involved the interpretation of the Thai tax code and Thai tax policy.
  • Acted for vessel owners in negotiating financing and management of back-to-back sale and purchase transactions for two vessels, advising on share/account pledges, assignments, trust deeds, bespoke charterparty and sale and purchase documentation.
  • Acted for a Myanmar congolmerate in a joint venture transaction relating to a commodities terminal in Myanmar.
  • Acted for a Myanmar company in a joint venture transaction involving a mixed-use development project in Myanmar.