Paras Lalwani

Director, Dispute Resolution

Qualifications

  • LL.B. (Hons), National University of Singapore
  • Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore (2009)
  • Attorney of the State of New York (2012)

Paras is a Director in Drew & Napier’s Dispute Resolution Practice.

Paras has extensive experience in handling high value and complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters. He regularly appears before the Singapore Courts, and has also been involved in several ad hoc and institutional arbitrations administered by, among others, SIAC, LCIA, ICC and HKIAC.

Paras handles disputes relating to commercial contracts, corporate disputes, civil fraud, banking and finance, infrastructure projects, as well as disputes involving trusts, tortious claims, and insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings. Paras has also advised his clients on various non-contentious matters including investigations, aircraft financing, ship financing, oil and gas sales, consumer issues and regulatory matters.

Paras has acted for several high profile clients, including financial institutions, major corporations and multinationals, government and state-owned entities, and high net worth individuals in complex commercial disputes across a myriad of industries.

Paras’s experience has included a stint at Essex Court Chambers, a leading barristers’ chambers in London, England, where he worked on complex commercial litigation and arbitration disputes with several Queen’s Counsel.

In 2008, Paras graduated with Honours from the National University of Singapore (NUS). While in NUS, Paras was a semi-finalist in the Advocacy Cup and won the Best Memorial Prize in the B.A. Mallal Moots.

Paras also spent a year on exchange at the University of Melbourne, Australia, during which time he represented the University of Melbourne in the Australian National Rounds of the prestigious Phillip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition.

Paras is an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore, and a certified Attorney of the State of New York.

The following is a snapshot of some matters which Paras has worked on:

1. Successfully argued before the Court of Appeal in a landmark arbitration case

Paras successfully argued for the appellant before the Singapore Court of Appeal on issues of whether a party to an arbitration agreement had waived its right to arbitrate and/or repudiated the arbitration agreement by referring a dispute falling within the ambit of the arbitration agreement to litigation. The appeal also involved issued relating to approbation and reprobation of an arbitration agreement contained in a disputed contract, the scope of an arbitration clause contained in a Charter of a company, and estoppel. The case has been reported as Marty Limited v Hualon Corporation (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Receiver and Manager Appointed) [2018] SGCA 63.

2. Represented an Indian company in SIAC arbitration proceedings arising out of a share purchase agreement

Paras acted for an Indian company in a complex commercial arbitration arising out of a share purchase agreement valued at more than US$800 million. The arbitration involved, among others, issues relating to the duties of an arbitral tribunal where there is a risk that the contract underlying the dispute has been tainted by corruption.

3. Successfully acted for majority directors of a regional shipping company in minority oppression proceedings

Paras successfully acted for the majority directors of a regional shipping company in an SIAC arbitration brought by the minority directors. The dispute involved issues relating to directors’ breaches of fiduciary duties, minority oppression and the then-newly introduced emergency arbitration proceedings under the SIAC Rules.

4. Acted for majority bondholder against the issuer of the bonds

Paras acted for a majority bondholder in a dispute with the issuer of the bonds, a publicly-listed company on the SGX Main Board and a leading provider of offshore marine logistics and support services. The primary issue in the case was whether the bondholders’ rights of redemption under the terms of the bonds had been triggered as a result of the suspension of trading of the issuer’s shares. The case involved complex issues such as the redemption rights given to bondholders in Singapore, and trustees’ duties and obligations.

5. Acted for a prominent group of trust companies in a trust dispute against a former beneficiary

Paras acted for various entities within a prominent group of trust companies based in Asia in a dispute in the Singapore High Court against a former beneficiary. The dispute involved issues regarding the scope of fiduciary obligations owed by trustees in the case of warring beneficiaries, and whether such duties were breached where the trustees acted on the instructions of one beneficiary to the alleged detriment of the other.

  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law
  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Trainer, Advocacy Workshops for Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations
  • Contributor, Justice without Borders “Protecting Low-Wage Foreign Workers in Singapore from Bait- And-Switch Contracts” (2017).
  • Co-author, feedback paper to the Ministry of Law on proposed Third Party Funding regulations in Singapore, in collaboration with the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association.
  • “The 2013 SIAC Rules” (July 2013) K&L Gates Arbitration World, 23rd edition, at 38.
  • “Don’t Trip on the Steps: Tiered Arbitration Clauses Part II: France, New York and Singapore” (November 2013) K&L Gates Arbitration World, 24th edition, at 59.
  • Singapore Chapter, K&L Gates Global Workplace Guide.
  • Co-author, "Factors and stages: Considerations in a scheme of arrangement", Construction Updates (March 2016).