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Siraj Omar
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Siraj is an expert in a broad spectrum of corporate and commercial litigation and knows the Asia-Pacific market well.

During the course of nearly 20 years in practice, Siraj has been involved in a wide range of disputes in the Singapore courts as well as domestic and international arbitration, focusing mainly on banking and finance, corporate/commercial disputes, insolvency and restructuring, shareholders and partnership disputes and defamation. 

Siraj has been involved in several landmark cases before the Singapore courts, including a representative action on behalf of 212 plaintiffs against a local bank, and an application to restructure debt obligations owed under a global note.

Siraj is also actively involved in legal education. He teaches the Advocacy and Introduction to Dispute Resolution at the National University of Singapore, as well as the Advocacy and Negotiation courses as part of the Postgraduate Practice Law Course conducted by the Singapore Board of Legal Education.

Memberships

Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 

Fellow, Arbitration and Mediation Institute of New Zealand

Member, Law Society of Singapore

Member, Singapore Academy of Law

Relevant work

Acting in a landmark representative action in the Singapore High Court representing a group of 212 investors in structured notes in their claim against DBS Bank Limited, the largest bank in Singapore 

Acting for various clients in claims against a range of international and domestic banks, including a US$600m claim against Citibank N.A., a US$40m claim against Goldman Sachs International and a SD$138m claim by United Overseas Bank.

Advising and representing various bank employees in investigations conducted by a number of international banks into market-wide allegations of manipulation and other improper conduct in connection with benchmark foreign exchange rates

Acting for 14 foreign individuals and corporations in defending a IDR185bn claim brought against them by a United States-based investment fund. The matter included successfully setting aside a worldwide freezing order that had been obtained against the clients ex parte and staying all further proceedings in the matter

Acting in a successful application to the Singapore High Court to sanction the restructure of a US$325m note issued by a wholly-owned subsidiary of a company listed on the Jakarta Stock Exchange. This is understood to be the first successful application of its kind in Singapore in relation to the restructuring of such a note

Acting for clients in a wide-range of corporate / commercial disputes, including claims for minority shareholders oppression, corporate derivative actions, corporate fraud and breaches of fiduciary duties