Siraj has a broad-based corporate/commercial litigation practice and leads the film's litigation and dispute resolution department. 

He graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1997, having won all of the Law Faculty’s debating, mooting and advocacy competitions.  He was called to the Singapore Bar in 1998 and practiced with the litigation and dispute resolution department of Drew & Napier LLC between May 1998 and October 2002.  He has been involved in a wide range of corporate/ commercial litigation as well as international and domestic arbitration, focusing mainly on banking and finance, corporate/commercial disputes, defamation, partnerships, shareholders disputes and trusts.

Siraj also has corporate expertise and experience, having been part of a large international practice for two and a half years between October 2002 and May 2005.  During this time, his practice focused largely on corporate debt restructuring as well as mergers and acquisitions in Indonesia.  In June 2005, Siraj joined the litigation department of Tan Kok Quan Partnership and was appointed Senior Partner on 1 January 2006.

Outside of practice, Siraj has been teaching Advocacy and Introduction to Dispute Resolution at the National University of Singapore since 1997.  Since 2001, he has also been teaching Advocacy as part of the Postgraduate Practical Law Course conducted by the Board of Legal Education. He is also a member of the Advocacy Committee of the Law Society of Singapore and a Lead Trainer in various training courses and seminars conducted by the Advocacy Committee.

Some of the matters that Siraj is/has been involved in include:

Arbitration

An international commercial arbitration involving a US$300 million contractual dispute concerning Export Credit Agency financing. The matter involved legal proceedings in multiple jurisdictions, including letter of credit litigation in Wisconsin, USA, a successful worldwide injunction application in the High Court of Singapore and arbitration proceedings in Singapore.
   
An international arbitration of a US$14 million contractual dispute between the Government of Singapore and a US corporation. The matter included issues relating to the enforceability of performance bonds.

Banking and Finance

Lead counsel for an individual in her US$17 million claim against the private banking arm of an international bank.  The matter is presently awaiting an appeal to the Court of Appeal.
   
Lead counsel advising a group of investors in respect of their potential US$20 million claim against an international bank.
   
Lead counsel advising an individual in respect of her potential US$5 million claim against an international bank.
   
Acting for the Singapore branch of an international bank in its claims against a subsidiary of a public-listed Singapore company and its former finance director for approximately US$10 million arising from the fraud perpetrated by the former director.  An interlocutory appeal in respect of applications for discovery of documents is reported at [2006] SGHC 91.
   
Acting for a public-listed Singapore company in an S$8.8 million claim brought against it by a foreign bank.  The case was one of the first to consider the enforceability of letters of comfort under Singapore law.  The case is reported at [2000] 2 SLR 54.
   
Advising various local banks in respect of disputes with various customers in respect of mortgage and other financing documents. 

Corporate / Commercial Disputes

Lead Counsel for a statutory body in successfully defending a claim for approximately S$9 million brought against it by a local company for alleged fraud and breach of contractual representations.  The statutory body’s counterclaim for approximately S$300,000 was also allowed in full. The case is reported at [2007] SGHC 67. A subsequent appeal to the Court of Appeal against the decision was also dismissed.
   
Lead counsel for a SGX-listed company in its claim against a local sub-contractor for breach of a non-competition clause.  The matter included interlocutory applications that were successfully argued before the Court of Appeal.  An application for pre-action interrogatories is reported at [2006] SGHC 137.
   
Lead counsel for a Malaysian securities firm in its successful RM6 million claim against a local asset management company and its director in respect of a share trading agreement.  The case is reported at [2006] SGHC 99.
   
Lead counsel for two directors of a Singapore company in their defence of a claim brought against them for allegedly breaching fiduciary and other duties.
   
Acting for a Canadian company in its dispute with its local joint venture partner in relation to the interpretation of a ‘tag-along’ clause contained in the joint venture agreement.  The first instance judgment is reported at [2000] 4 SLR 645 and the subsequent Court of Appeal judgment is reported at [2001] 2 SLR 443.
   
An international insolvency relating to a computer disk drive manufacturer with subsidiaries and related companies in Singapore, USA, UK, France, Italy, Sweden, Japan and Thailand.

Defamation

Lead counsel advising a company and its directors in their claim in respect of defamatory allegations made against them. 
   
Lead counsel defending a director of a regional company in a claim by a local publishing company in respect of allegedly defamatory statements made by him and published in a local publication.
   
Lead counsel advising the chairman of the management committee of a local clan association in respect of defamatory comments made against him at an annual general meeting of the clan association’s members.
   
Advising a director of an SGX-listed company in relation to a claim of defamation levied against him in respect of alleged defamatory comments made by him and published in the local press.
   
Part of the team of solicitors acting for the (then) Senior Minister and Prime Minister in their respective claims against an individual for defamatory remarks made in the course of campaigning for Parliamentary General Elections.

Partnership / Shareholders Disputes

Lead counsel for the majority shareholders of a company in respect of an action for minority shareholders oppression.  The matter included an application by the minority shareholder for interlocutory injunctions restraining the calling of extraordinary general meetings.
   
Lead counsel acting for one of the parties in a shareholders dispute relating to a subsidiary of a NYSE-listed company.
   
Lead counsel advising minority shareholders in respect of various issues, including oppression, relating to their shareholding in a private company. 
   
Lead counsel for the managing director and shareholder of a Singapore company in his defence of claims brought by other shareholders in an on-going shareholders dispute.
   
An arbitration relating a partnership dispute involving an international accounting firm arising from the dismissal of one of its partners.  The matter raised several issues relating to the rules of natural justice.