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M Rajaram

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Straits Law Practice LLC

Work Department

India Practice Area(s) and the non-contentious work in Straits Law Practice LLC.


Executive Chairman


He was a former Police Officer who was admitted to the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1980. A Notary Public and Commisioner of Oaths, he is also a Solicitor in England and Wales. He started his professional career as a litigator in criminal and civil proceedings and for 15 years, and since then, he has been actively practising in the areas of Banking and Transactional Work, Merger and Acquisitions, Cross Border Work, Real Estate, Insolvency and Corporate Restructuring and Arbitration.

His teams have advised on a full spectrum of loan and other debt-related and corporate transactions, and a sampling of the casework is set out below:

  • Syndicated loans
  • Cross border financing
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Project, asset and asset-backed financing
  • Risk and funded transfer and management advice
  • Security arrangements and documentation
  • Shareholders’ and joint venture agreements for local and foreign parties
  • Comprehensive corporate secretarial services for private, public and publicly-listed companies
  • Debt restructuring and insolvency
  • Sale and purchase of businesses and assets
  • Due diligence
  • Hotel management and service agreements
  • General commercial advice
  • Working closely with reputable law firms in multiple jurisdictions to provide necessary cross-border transactional advice

Rajaram also oversees the Real Estate team and because of his close working relationship with the colleagues in the Real Estate team, and coupled with his ability to offer sound and commercially focused solutions to clients, Straits Law Practice LLC is able to provide clients with comprehensive legal advice.
Significant matters:

  1. Acted for Lender in respect of loan and security documents for acquisition of a company in Europe for an aggregate loan quantum of US$50 Million.
  2. Acted for various lending syndicates in respect of the refinancing of a syndication loan for a consortium of worth US$2.1 Billion.
  3. Acted for Lenders, Arrangers and Security Agent in respect of a working capital Demand Loan Facility, Documentary Credit Facility and Loan Equivalent Risk Facility amounting to US$56 Million.
  4. Represented foreign lender in the taking of various local law securities in relation to a multi-tranche credit facility for the financing to a global group of companies in the sum of AUD77 Million.
  5. Acted for lender with respect to the refinancing of a revolving term loan facility and secured by charge over book debts, pledge of stocks, mortgage over immovable properties and pledge of shares.
  6. Advised supplier of Lease line operations in relation to service and provision agreements with an international telecommunication operator.
  7. Acted for a private limited company in its restructuring exercise undertaken for the purpose of listing on the Singapore stock exchange.
  8. Advised on the enforceability of construction loan agreements and various local law securities given by a conglomerate construction company to construct a school campus in Singapore.
  9. Provision of legal advisory work to a Singapore public listed company in the construction industry.
  10. Acted for Singapore company in the set up and incorporation of a company in India.
  11. Advised the Singapore branches of foreign banks in its kitting up program and preparing the relevant standard loan and security documents.
  12. Acted for MNC borrower with respect to documentation on the refinancing of loan facility secured by debenture and mortgage.
  13. Acted for Singapore Company in its coal mining project in Indonesia.
  14. Acted for vendors in collective sale involving multiple properties under the Land Titles (Strata) Act
  15. Acted for MNC company in structuring and providing legal services in its several coal mining and manganese mining projects in Indonesia.


English, Tamil


 He is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (FSIArb) as well as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb). He is also an Accredited Mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC). M Rajaram received his training in mediation at SMC and Harvard Law School. He currently sits on the Presidential Council for Religious Harmony. He is a Past Chairman of the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and was the Vice-Chairman of the Singapore Business Federation, and Council Member of ASEAN Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Mali in Singapore. M Rajaram is actively involved in social work at the grassroots level and is a Patron of the Taman Jurong Citizenship Consultative Committee, having served as a Member of the Taman Jurong CCC for many years. He also assists in running the legal clinic at Jurong MPS on a weekly basis. He is also an EXCO member of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore, a Member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of the Institute of South East Asian Studies (ISEAS) and Chairman of its Audit Committee. M Rajaram sits as an Independent Director in some Companies listed in the Singapore Stock Exchange. He is also a Term Trustee in Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA). For his contributions to Society and to the business community, during his tenure as Chairman of the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, M Rajaram was bestowed the PBM (Pingkat Bakti Masyarakat – The Public Service Medal) by the President of the Republic of Singapore.


Rajaram graduated from the University of Singapore in 1978 and holds an MBA from Maastricht.

Singapore: Banking and finance

Banking and finance – Local firms

Within: Banking and finance – Local firms

Straits Law Practice LLC advises a number of Indian banks, such as Bank of India, Union Bank of India, and State Bank of India, that are increasingly using Singapore law for their loan documents. The firm is especially active in power and infrastructure loans, commodities and trade finance, acquisition finance, insolvency and restructuring, and regulatory and compliance work. It advised the secured Lenders on Sembawang Engineers & Constructors' insolvency and judicial management process. M Rajaram has a fine reputation.

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Singapore: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A – Local firms

Within: Corporate and M&A – Local firms

Straits Law Practice LLC retains a strong leaning towards India-related transactions and mid-cap listed company deals. The firm's 'well-organised, solid team' has 'a wealth of experience and expertise in a range of legal areas'. M Rajaram is a key figure in India-related transactions and Robert Wong has extensive listed company deal experience; he led the team that advised Europtronic Group on its delisting from SGX through an exit offer made by Project Goodwill, a special purpose vehicle incorporated by Huang Chuang Shueh-Ou, a director and controlling shareholder of Europtronic Group. Chan Lai-Foong 'exudes confidence, has tremendous patience and has an innate ability to set the client at ease'.

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Singapore: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution – Local firms

Within: Dispute resolution – Local firms

Straits Law Practice LLC has a formidable record in dispute resolution, and is noted for its advocacy skills and expertise in a range of cases, most notably gaining additional prominence in banking and insolvency cases, including representing clients in claims against banks. It acted for the Mandalay Trust in its $500m claim against Credit Suisse and Credit Suisse Trust. The 'very responsive' team features N Sreenivasan SC, who is 'rated as one of the top lawyers' and is feted for his 'fierce and exacting cross-examination skills'. Muralli Rajaram is also recommended, as is construction disputes expert Joseph Liow Wang Wu.

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