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Singapore top court upholds order for Commerzbank to pay Long Well S$41m for breaching agreements

SINGAPORE’S highest court, the Court of Appeal, has upheld an earlier High Court order for Commerzbank-owned Commerzbank Asset Management Asia (CAMA) to pay Long Well Group S$41 million in relation to a soured investment, Long Well said in a statement on Friday.

The dispute centred on certain Libyan oil and gas concessions that CAMA and Indonesia state-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina had successfully bid for in October 2005. Singapore-headquartered Long Well, a private conglomerate with interest in energy, construction and property in South-east Asia, had sought to invest about US$18 million in the concessions.

Including interest, the Singapore High Court in March 2018 had ordered CAMA to pay S$41 million to Long Well.

The latest judgment was delivered by Judges of Appeal Andrew Phang and Steven Chong, and Justice Quentin Loh. Given that the Court of Appeal’s decisions are final and binding, the ruling concludes the long-running litigation case which first began in 2012.

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CAMA’s lawyers in the case could not be reached for comment at the time of writing.