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Muralli Raja Rajaram

Partner
+65.6713.0216
Fax +65.6538.1311
Mr Rajaram is involved in Complex Commercial Litigation and Disputes, International Arbitration, Restructuring & Insolvency and Internal Investigations.

Mr Rajaram has represented clients across wide-ranging industries, including aviation, banking, commodities, construction, healthcare, hospitality and joint ventures. He has appeared in all levels of Courts in Singapore and has considerable experience dealing with high-value complex litigation. On the International Arbitration front, Mr Rajaram has broad experience dealing with ad hoc and institutional arbitrations as well as seeking redress and intervention from the Courts in relation to such arbitrations.

Mr Rajaram has broad experience over many areas of law. He is comfortable arguing in civil and commercial matters before the High Court and the Court of Appeal and in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations. Mr Rajaram also assists clients in the conduct of internal investigations relating to compliance and employee fraud issues. He is also active in the contentious aspect of Restructuring & Insolvency.

In 2016, Mr Rajaram was recognized as one of the top 40 lawyers under the age of 40 by Asian Legal Business. In 2018, he was identified as a Future star in the Commercial disputes space by Benchmark Litigation and a Future Leader by Who’s Who Legal where he is described as “a very sharp and practical litigator” who “really stands out” for his expert handling of complex commercial proceedings, particularly relating to corporate finance disputes.

Professional Background

Mr Rajaram started his career in one of the largest law firms in Singapore, where he completed his pupilage under a distinguished Senior Counsel. He then joined K&L Gates Straits Law LLC as part of a team move.

Achievements

  • Identified as one of the top 40 lawyers under the age of 40 by Asian Legal Business where he is described as one who “never shies away from a fight”.
  • Identified as a Future star in the Commercial disputes space by Benchmark Litigation in 2018.
  • Identified as a Future Leader by Who’s Who Legal 2018, where he is described as “a very sharp and practical litigator” who “really stands out” for his expert handling of complex commercial proceedings, particularly relating to corporate finance disputes.

Speaking Engagements

He has had several engagements to speak at in-house client sessions and client organized events on varied topics.

Additional Information

Mr Rajaram is involved in Advocacy training as part of the Bar Exams in Singapore. He has attended various courses on advocacy in Singapore and abroad.
Commercial and Civil litigation
  • Acted for Receivers of a Hong Kong company in an interpleader summons where the Hong Kong company sought to argue that assets said to be worth USD80,000,000 did not fall within the group of assets over which a charge was created.
  • Acted for a Ministry of an African country seeking to overturn a liquidator’s decision in rejecting a proof of debt filed. Issues relating to State Immunity Act were raised at interlocutory applications.
  • Acted for a former employee of a Bank who alleged that his employment was wrongfully terminated. The former employee was said to have played a prominent role in the LIBOR rate rigging scandal and the defence raised was that the Bank had condoned his actions.
  • Acted for a Dubai company in the setting aside of an injunction enjoining the making of payments on a letter of credit. The party that applied for the injunction had alleged that the Dubai company had obtained the Bills of Lading by fraud.
  • Acted for a Bank in a claim brought by its former CEO. The former CEO withdrew his claim against the Bank in its entirety.
  • Acted in various litigations relating to a chain of aesthetics clinics in Singapore. The dispute related to shareholding disputes, breaches of directors’ duties, conspiracy and breach of employee duties.
  • Acted for an individual who invested through another in Sony TV in India. The initial investment was not well documented and was placed under various layers. When the founding shareholders’ stake was disposed of, an issue arose on the client’s share of proceeds.
Arbitration
  • Acted for a company listed on the Singapore Exchange and its subsidiary in an SIAC arbitration of a dispute relating to the sale of shares in an Indonesian company which the vendors represented had an indirect right to mine and extract coal from an Indonesian mine.
  • Acted for a company in an ad hoc arbitration relating to the supply of certain pumps. The matter required in depth understanding of complex engineering concepts.
  • Acted for a group of Indian companies in 2 separate SIAC arbitrations where rules relating to expedited proceedings and payment of security of costs came into play at a very early stage.
  • Acted for an individual at hearings before the Singapore High Court and Court of Appeal following the issuance of an arbitral award against a company. Novel issues relating to whether the company could be wound up prior to enforcing the award through the High Court and pending an appeal were raised and successfully argued.
  • Acted for an Asian government in an ICC arbitration against a company that was to have assisted that government in the starting up of an International Airline.
Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Advising a Bank on restructuring options available in relation to a major customer involved in the oil and gas industry. The Bank has security over various assets that are situated around the world. The various security agreements are subject to the laws of various jurisdictions and the client required liasing with foreign lawyers on various issues.
  • Acted for a company in successfully resisting the recognition of foreign insolvency proceedings maintained in breach of an injunction granted by the Singapore Court. This was the first case of its kind under newly adopted laws in Singapore.
  • Acted for several Banks in successfully resisting an application by a company to restrain proceedings pending the finalising of a scheme of arrangements. The application was made by the company under newly adopted laws in Singapore.
  • Acting for White Knights in relation to restructuring efforts undertaken by a company under judicial management.
  • Acted for liquidators of a company that held a capital markets services licence. Advised on regulatory issues, liasing with relevant authorities, and disposal of assets, some of which comprised shares in foreign companies.
  • Acted for all the secured lenders to an engineering and construction company involved in numerous public sector construction projects. There were issues relating to the realization of assets in Singapore, Indonesia and India.
Internal investigations
  •  Assisted and advised in the conduct of internal investigations of a Singapore Exchange listed company on the instructions of its audit committee. A poison letter had been sent to the regulators raising suspicious transactions by an officer of the company and potential insider trading.
  • Assisted and advised a Bank in the conduct of internal investigations relating to potential unauthorized access to computers.
  • Assisted and advised a Bank in the conduct of internal investigations relating to potential fraud by an employee of the Bank.
  • Assisted and advised a multi-national corporation in the conduct of internal investigations into its Human Resource Department relating to compliance and regulatory issues.