CPIT Investments Ltd v Qilin World Capital Ltd and another

JurisdictionSingapore
CourtInternational Commercial Court (Singapore)
JudgeVivian Ramsey IJ
Judgment Date28 July 2017
Neutral Citation[2017] SGHC(I) 7
Citation[2017] SGHC(I) 7
Plaintiff CounselTan Poh Ling Wendy and Chua Han Yuan, Kenneth (Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC)
Docket NumberSuit No 5 of 2016 (Summons No 21 of 2017)
Date28 July 2017
Defendant CounselRenganathan Nandakumar, Sharon Chong Chin Yee and Nandhu (RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP)
Hearing Date28 July 2017
Published date18 August 2017
Subject MatterCivil Procedure,Stay of execution
Vivian Ramsey IJ (delivering the judgment of the court ex tempore): Introduction

This judgment deals with the principles to be applied to an application to stay execution of a judgment in the Singapore International Commercial Court (“SICC”) pending an appeal.

Summons No 21 of 2017 (“the Summons”) is an application by the Second Defendant (“Qilin”) to seek a stay of execution of my judgment handed down in Suit No 5 of 2016 on 17 July 2017 (“the Stay Application”): see CPIT Investments Limited v Qilin World Capital Limited and another [2017] SGHC(I) 5 (“the Judgment”). The stay is sought until Qilin’s appeal from the Judgment in Civil Appeal No 126 of 2017 (“the Appeal”) is determined.

In the Judgment, I found there was a constructive trust in respect of proceeds which had come from an unlawful sale for HK$62.5m of the 25,000,000 shares in Millennium Pacific Group Holdings Limited (“Millennium”) that the Plaintiff (“CPIT”) had provided to Qilin in exchange for a non-recourse loan (“the Pledged Shares”), leading to HK$31.25m being held on trust by Qilin as the proceeds of the sale of the Pledged Shares (at [300(a)]). I also ordered an account be taken of the profits made by Qilin in respect of that sum held on trust (at [300(b)]).

Background

Pursuant to the terms of a consent order dated 12 February 2016 and a solicitors’ undertaking dated 15 February 2016, the sum of HK$27,532,000 is currently held in Qilin’s solicitors’ trust account as security for CPIT’s claim in these proceedings. The sum is to be released within 14 days from receipt of a written demand from CPIT’s solicitors. Given that CPIT’s solicitors have issued a written demand on 18 July 2017, the sum would be payable on 1 August 2017.

In those circumstances, Qilin now seeks a stay of the enforcement of the Judgment, in particular in relation to the solicitors’ undertaking and the sums which are held there, pending the Appeal.

The grounds on which Qilin seeks to stay the enforcement of the Judgment are set out in the affidavit of Wilbur VI Morgan James (“Mr Wilbur”) dated 21 July 2017. Mr Wilbur is a US citizen who gave evidence before me during the course of the trial. In addition, I have seen written submissions which were submitted shortly before this hearing which outlined the legal position on a stay of execution in Singapore and also set out what Qilin says are the merits of the appeal.

I therefore take those matters into account when I consider whether it is appropriate in this case to grant a stay of execution.

The applicable legal principles

The position in Singapore, similar to other common law jurisdiction, is set out succinctly by Yong Pung How CJ in Lee Sian Hee (trading as Lee Sian Hee Pork Trader) v Oh Kheng Soon (trading as Ban Hon Trading Enterprise) [1991] 2 SLR(R) 869 (“Lee Sian Hee”) at [5], which has been cited in Lian Soon Construction Pte Ltd v Guan Qian Realty Pte Ltd [1999] 1 SLR(R) 1053 at [14] and also in Denis Matthew Harte v Tan Hun Hoe and another [2001] SGHC 19 (“Denis Matthew Harte”) at [61]. Yong CJ said in Lee Sian Hee (at [5]) that:

While the court has power to grant a stay, and this is entirely in the discretion of the court, the discretion must be exercised in accordance with well-established principles (Lee Kuan Yew v Jeyaretnam Joshua Benjamin [1990] 1 SLR(R) 772). First, as a general proposition, the court does not deprive a successful litigant of the fruits of his litigation, and lock up funds to which prima facie he is entitled, pending an appeal (The Annot Lyle (1886) 11 PD 114 at 116). However, when a party is exercising his undoubted right of appeal, the court ought to see that the appeal, if successful, is...

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