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Former Singapore Director of Inter-Pacific Petroleum sued for USD 156 million

06 Oct 2020

Judicial Managers (JMs) of former Singapore bunker supplier and bunker craft operator Inter-Pacific Petroleum (IPP) on Friday (2 October) filed a suit against its former Singapore Director, namely Dr Goh Jin Hian, reported The Business Times.

It noted the Deloitte & Touche JMs suing Dr Goh for over USD 156 million over losses of IPP, due to alleged breach of his director’s duties.

The development took place after a recent approval from the Singapore High Court for an application by major creditors of IPP to fund the company’s legal suit against Dr Goh.

The Singapore branch of Maybank is looking to recover an amount of USD 88.3 million while Societe Generale (SocGen) is owed USD 81.3 million that they allege to be due to Dr. Goh’s negligence as director.

Reportedly, Dr. Goh has said that it is not the responsibility of the director to authenticate documents from management and he disputes against the banks’ own due diligence and credit risk assessment.

According to earlier court documents, the JMs said they had been looking into IPP’s books and records and investigating its affairs since the Company was placed under judicial management. 

“It was following such investigations that the JMs, in consultation with their solicitors, verily believe that the Company has a viable claim against one of its former directors (specifically, one Dr. Goh Jin Hian (“Dr Goh”)) for breaches of his director’s duties to act with skill, care and diligence which he owned to the Company,” stated the document. 

A timeline organised list of events preceding the current development of Inter-Pacific Petroleum have been recorded by Manifold Times below:

Related: Inter-Pacific Petroleum creditors authorised to fund lawsuit against former Director
Related: New Silkroutes under investigation over possible breach of Securities and Futures Act
Related: Judicial Managers considering to take former Singapore Director of Inter-Pacific Petroleum to court
Related: Singapore: Inter-Pacific Group receives winding up order from High Court
Related: Singapore: Inter-Pacific Group files for winding up application at High Court
Related: MPA revokes Inter-Pacific Petroleum Pte Ltd bunker supplier licence
Related: Co-heads of Trade and Commodities Finance for Asia-Pacific leave SocGen
Related: Inter-Pacific Group, Inter-Pacific Petroleum to hold creditors’ meet
Related: NewOcean detains Singapore-flagged bunker tanker “Pacific Energy 28”
Related: SocGen lawsuit against NewOcean Petroleum dropped, party to counterclaim
Related: MPA revokes Inter-Pacific Petroleum bunker craft operator licence
Related: Magnets on MFMs: Trial starts for former bunker clerk of “Consort Justice
Related: First suspect charged over MFM tampering in landmark case
Related: With nearly $180 million of debt, IPP proposes interim judicial management
Related: Inter-Pacific Group, Inter-Pacific Petroleum under judicial management
Related: Magnets on MFMs: “Consort Justice” crew pleads ‘not guilty’ to tampering charge
Related: IPP responds to temporary suspension of bunker craft operator licence
Related: MPA temporarily suspends IPP bunker craft operator licence
Related: Singapore: Bunker Cargo officer, crew face charges over alleged MFM tampering

Photo Credit: Manifold Times

Published: 6 October, 2020

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