Paras Lalwani is a partner in our Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice and Arbitration practice.
Paras was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor in Singapore in 2009, and to the New York Bar in 2014.
Paras has advised and acted for a diverse range of entities including financial institutions, major corporations and multinationals, governments and state-owned entities, and high net worth individuals on complex commercial disputes across a myriad of industries.
He has also advised on general civil and commercial disputes, banking and corporate disputes, as well as disputes relating to intellectual property, insolvency, employment, commercial fraud, securities, defamation, trust, landlord and tenant, probate and tort. He has advised his clients on various non-contentious matters including oil and gas transactions, consumer issues, employment and disciplinary matters, transportation, construction, and ship and aircraft financing.
Paras has had the experience of being led in large, complex disputes, as well as handling cases in his own right.
- Foreign company: Representing 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.
- Directors of a private company in the semiconductor industry: Advising in the assessment of damages phase of a split-arbitration against the previous shareholder of the company. The amount of damages sought in the arbitration was in excess of S$95 million (US$70.5 million).
- Provider of online gaming services: Advising on its dispute with a former director for alleged unpaid commissions. The dispute was referred to mediation administered by the Singapore Mediation Centre..
- Majority directors of a regional shipping company: Acting in a SIAC arbitration brought by the minority directors. The dispute involved issues relating to directors’ breaches of fiduciary duties, minority oppression and the newly introduced emergency arbitration proceedings under the SIAC Rules.
- Various entities within a prominent group of trust companies based in Asia: Acting 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.
- Leading provider of integrated solutions for drilling, production, pipeline, construction and well intervention: Acting in a US$4 million HKIAC dispute relating to the provision of pipeline pre-commissioning works for the SHWE Gas Project in Myanmar.
- Confidential client: Acting for the contractors in relation to a dispute arising out of a contract for the provision of topside modules on an EPC contract for installation on an FPSO facility. The clients were claiming for certain milestone payments together with sums due for variations. The claim was being resisted on various grounds including disputes as to the scope of the lump sum work, the validity of instructions given to the contractors, the provision of design and engineering drawings and counter claims of liquidated damages and various back charges. Singapore law applied to the contract and disputes were subject to arbitration under the auspices of the SIAC.
- Confidential client: Acting as secretary to the Tribunal in a number of SIAC disputes.
- Multi-national shipbuilding company headquartered in Singapore: Advising on the client’s rights in relation to regulatory investigations in the US, UK, Germany, Brazil and Singapore arising out of allegations of bribery and corruption made against it and its employees in Brazil.
- CEO and the finance and executive director of a prominent Singapore-listed company in the construction industry: Representing and advising against alleged insider trading offences under the Securities and Futures Act.
- Government-linked company: Advising in respect of allegations of cross-ownership made against it by Komisi Pengawas Persaingan Usaha (KPPU), an anti-monopoly body in Indonesia. This matter also involved, among other things, related class action suits commenced in Indonesia.
- Confidential client: Representing and advising an accused facing a charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder on a pro bono basis. Paras conducted a cross-examination on a witness in the High Court proceedings in this matter.
- International airline: Advising in relation to its aircraft leases and purchase agreements with a transaction value of over US$1 billion.
- Oil company: Advising on agreements for the sale and purchase of liquefied natural gas and off take agreements for the sale and purchase of crude oil.
- Leading shipbuilding company: Advising on its potential liability to the owners of a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel in tort and contract.
- Author, “The 2013 SIAC Rules”, K&L Gates Arbitration World, 23rd Edition, July 2013
- Co-author, “Don’t Trip on the Steps: Tiered Arbitration Clauses Part II: France, New York and Singapore”, K&L Gates Arbitration World, 24th Edition, November 2013
- Author, Singapore Chapter, K&L Gates Global Workplace Guide
Activities and Affiliations
- Asia Legal Seminar, Singapore Management University, Singapore, 23 October 2014
- Member, Singapore Academy of Law
- Member, Law Society of Singapore
- Member, Young SIAC (YSIAC)
- Member, Young ICCA
Prior and Present Employment
- Partner, Dentons Rodyk (formerly Rodyk & Davidson LLP), 2015-present
- K&L Gates LLP, 2012-2015
- Drew & Napier LLC, 2009-2012