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Siraj Omar, SC
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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 more than 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 disputes, corporate/commercial litigation and insolvency and restructuring-related matters.  He was appointed Senior Counsel in January 2019. 

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 a first-ever Court-sanctioned restructuring of debt obligations owed under a global note.

Siraj is also actively involved in legal education. He has helped conduct the Trial Advocacy course at the National University of Singapore and the Advocacy and Negotiation courses as part of the Postgraduate Practice Law Course conducted by the Singapore Board of Legal Education.  He also volunteers as an Assigned Solicitor with the Legal Aid Bureau.  

Memberships

Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 

Fellow, Arbitration and Mediation Institute of New Zealand

Member, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators

Member, International Bar Association

Member, Inter-Pacific Bar Association

Member, London Court of International Arbitration

Member, International Association of Defence Counsel

Member, Law Society of Singapore

Member, Singapore Academy of Law

Relevant work

Landmark representative action – Acting for a group of 212 investors in derivative credit-linked notes in their claim against DBS Bank Limited, the largest bank in Singapore, in the Singapore High Court. 

First restructuring of a Global Note  Representing the issuer in the first successful application of its kind in Singapore to sanction the restructure of a US$325 million Global Note.  The client was a Singapore-incorporated, wholly-owned subsidiary of a company listed on the Jakarta Stock Exchange. 

Claims against financial institutions – acting for various clients in claims against a range of international and domestic banks, including a US$600 million claim against Citibank N.A. and a US$40 million claim against Goldman Sachs International.  

Regulatory and other investigations – advising and acting for individuals who are the subject of investigations by banks and other financial institutions, as well as by regulators such as the US Department of Justice, the UK Serious Fraud Office and the Monetary Authority of Singapore.  These include investigations into allegations of market manipulation, benchmark foreign exchange rates and tax evasion.   

Corporate / commercial disputes – acting for various clients in a wide-range of corporate / commercial disputes, including claims for minority shareholder oppression, corporate derivative actions, corporate fraud and breaches of fiduciary duties. 

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Leading Individual - Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2019