The judge in Heineken's court case with its partners in Singapore has dismissed the Netherlands-based brewer's summons.

Heineken confirmed to just-drinks today (1 December) that the judge dismissed the summons yesterday, with costs - meaning the brewer will have to pay all costs for the case.

Heineken brought the case to the High Court of Singapore earlier this week, saying that it was seeking "legal clarification" as to whether it or Fraser & Neave - whose joint venture with Heineken owns a stake in Heineken Asia Pacific Breweries (China) - can appoint the regional managing director for HAPB.

Speaking to just-drinks, a spokesperson for Heineken said: "The judge ruled that it was not suitable for the situation to be dealt with by way of a summons." The spokesperson added that the situation came about because Heineken wants to be responsible for appointing the regional managing director.

"We are studying the judge's statements and considering our position," the spokesperson concluded.

Asia Pacific Investment, a company jointly-owned by Fraser & Neave and the Dutch brewing giant, holds a 50% stake in HAPB, a joint venture that acts as Heineken's operational business in China. the other 50% is held by Asia Pacific Breweries (APB). Asia Pacific Investments in turn owns about 65% of APB, which brews Tiger Beer and runs brewing operations in nine countries in Asia-Pacific including Singapore, Vietnam, China and New Zealand.