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Sreenivasan Narayanan S.C.

Managing Partner, Singapore
Fax +65.6538.1311
Sreenivasan Narayanan is a senior counsel and has practiced extensively over 32 years in civil litigation and arbitration. He is also well recognized in the areas of business crime and financial regulatory matters. He is admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore. Mr. Narayanan is a fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of the UK and the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.

Professional Background

Mr. Narayanan was awarded a Public Service Commission scholarship to read law at the National University of Singapore. Upon graduation, he commenced his legal career as a legal service officer in the Singapore Legal Service in 1985. In 1990, Mr. Sreenivasan entered into private practice. In 2013, he was appointed Senior Counsel.


  • Appointed Senior Counsel by the Chief Justice of Singapore

Chambers & Partners, Asia-Pacific 2018

  • Ranked Band 2 for Dispute Resolution: Litigation – Singapore

The Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018

  • “Very smart lawyer N Sreenivasan SC has a fine record handling civil and criminal cases, and is frequently instructed as counsel by other law firms.”

Asialaw Profiles 2018

  • “Sreenivasan N, the practice leader, and hard worker and highly knowledgeable.”

ALB SE Asia Law Awards 2018

  • Winner: Medical Law Firm of the Year
  • Finalist: Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year

Asia Business Law Journal

  • The A List: Singapore Top 100 lawyers

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Awarded Public Service Medal by the President of Singapore in 2014

Law Society of Singapore
  • Treasurer, Ex-Co and Council Member (1998 to 2001)
  • Chairman Continuing Legal Education Committee, Chairman Law Awareness Committee, Chairman Advocacy Committee (Various periods from 1993 to 2014)
  • Current - Member of the Board of Law Society ProBono Services (a autonomous charity set up by the Law Society to run its pro bono activities)
  • Law Society Pro Bono Ambassador 2010

Singapore Business Federation Foundation
  • Current – Board Member and Chairman, Programme Committee

Singapore Red Cross
  • Member, Council of the Singapore Red Cross (2011-2014)
  • Current – Member, Audit Committee
  • Awarded Singapore Red Cross Outstanding Service Award in 2014

Ministry of Home Affairs
  • Member Criminal Law Advisory Committee (1995-2014)
  • Member Home Detention Advisory Committee (2015 to date)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)
  • Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators

Additional Information

Advocacy training
Mr. Narayanan has been an advocacy trainer since 1993. He has taught basic, advanced and teacher training courses in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, and South Africa and is a senior moderator and teacher trainer with the Advocacy Committee of the Law Society of Singapore.

Cross-professional activities
Mr. Narayanan has served on the Inquiry Committee and Disciplinary Committee of the Singapore Medical Council and the Singapore Dental Council.

  • Chapter on Criminal Advocacy in Modern Advocacy – More Perspectives from Singapore (to be published by the Singapore Academy of Law in 2019)
  • Chapter on Presentation of Factual Evidence at Trial – Law and Practice of Commercial Litigation in Singapore (Sweet & Maxwell) 2015
  • Business Crime Q&A’s, Singapore - Financial & Business Crime Global Guide 2018/2019
Commercial and Civil Litigation
  • The Oriental Insurance Co Ltd v Reliance National Re Pte Ltd [2008] 3 SLR (R) 121 was an appeal where conflicting House of Lords and Australian High Court decisions were considered in relation to a scheme of arrangement and the powers of the court.
  • In Als Memasa & anor v UBS AG [2012] 4 SLR 992 Sreeni argued circumstances where a claim against a bank could proceed despite various clauses in the bank-customer agreement in relation to causes of action involving misrepresentation.
  • In Dorsey James Michael v World Sport Group Pte Ltd [2014] 2 SLR 208, the Court of Appeal circumscribed the extent of pre-action discovery and interrogatories in relation to a defamation claim.
  • Marynai Sadeli v Arjun Permanand Samtani & Anor and other appeals [2015] 1 SLR 496 was the last the series of cases known as the Horizon Towers cases. The case involved complex issues of res judicata and abuse of process as well as equitable damages.
  • Acted in several applications to the Singapore courts in aid of arbitration, including obtaining pre-arbitral injunctive reliefs.
  • Acted in the first case involving recognition in Singapore of Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 proceedings in the United States under the new transnational insolvency regime.
  • Acted in a complex shareholder dispute between investors and the founder of a chain of aesthetic medicine clinics, including application for a Mareva injunction.
  • Acting for an ultra high net worth individual against a very large bank in a private banking claim in excess of US$500 million. In addition to issues of breach of trust and fraud, there are complex issues of conflict of laws and forum non conveniens.
Arbitration Matters
  • An investment dispute between a Myanmar government-linked company and a Singapore-listed company in relation to the nature and effect of a change of control clause in a joint venture agreement. This was the first non-treaty international arbitration out of Myanmar and was successfully concluded. The subject matter involved was valued at US$560 million.
  • Acted for a hotel management company in a transnational dispute with the owners of the property. The ICC arbitration involved issues of conflict of laws and domestic public policy in the country of operation, in addition to the usual contractual interpretation issues.
  • Acted in an SIAC arbitration involving quality and quantity claims, demurrage claims and remoteness of damages in relation to a series of iron ore shipments from India to China.
Family and Trust Litigation
  • Lian Hwee Choo Phebe v Tan Seng Ong [2013] 3 SLR 1162 was a case involved an alleged postnuptial agreement involving matrimonial assets in excess of SG$100 million.
Criminal and Regulatory Matters
  • Mustafa Ahunbay v PP [2015] 2 SLR 903 was a criminal reference to the Court of Appeal relating to a point of law of public interest. The subject matter was procedure for the continued seizure of assets. The case involved a sum in excess of SG$30 million.
  • Acted for the deputy pastor of a mega church in a case involving criminal breach of trust and falsification of accounts. The matter ran for 140 days at trial and subsequently went before a specially constituted three-judge High Court bench and a specially constituted five-judge Court of Appeal bench, as it involved novel points of law.
  • Acting in a case of alleged market manipulation case involving three main board listed counters which had, at peak, market capitalization in excess of SG$8 billion. The matter has been fixed for 120 days at trial.
  • Uwe Klima v Singapore Medical Council [2015] SGHC 97 Successfully argued against the disciplinary finding of the Singapore Medical Council against a prominent cardio-thoracic surgeon.
  • Acted in a landmark claim arising from the wrongful fertilisation of an egg with the sperm of a stranger during IVF. The case involved conflicting judicial precedents from England, Ireland, Australia, and the United States and has sparked off extensive academic writings on ‘wrongful birth’ and ‘wrongful conception’. The Singapore Court of Appeal developed the entirely new concept of the right of genetic affinity. The case is reported as Thomson Medical Pte Ltd & Ors v ACB [2017] SGCA 20.