Pradeep Pillai’s area of practice is in litigation and arbitration. His principal focus is general commercial disputes and insolvency (both domestic and cross-border). He is also actively involved in dispute advisory work relating to employment and corporate/shareholder disputes. Pradeep regularly appears as lead counsel in High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings as well as lead counsel in international arbitrations.
Vice-Chairman of the Insolvency Committee, Inter-Pacific Bar Association; Member of the Admissions Committee of the Law Society of Singapore, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Some of Pradeep’s notable cases in Banking/Insolvency include acting for the judicial managers in relation to the S$350 million insolvency and restructuring of electronics manufacturers, Jurong Technologies Industrial Corporation Ltd and Jurong Hi-Tech Industries Pte Ltd; acting for the liquidators of Pars Ram Brothers (Pte) Ltd, a large spice and commodity broker, in a S$160 million insolvency; and acting for Otto Marine Limited in successfully applying to place the company in judicial management. The offshore marine company (with 70 subsidiaries & associated companies in several jurisdictions) was on the brink of financial collapse with debts of S$1.15 billion. This insolvency represented one of the largest insolvencies in 2018.
For commercial disputes (litigation/arbitration), Pradeep has acted for a Hong Kong company in Singapore High Court litigation involving a dispute over a copper mining concession in Laos; acted for a major foreign bank in an SIAC arbitration involving a shareholder dispute under Indonesian law; and acted for a top Turkish fashion conglomerate in an SIAC arbitration against a large Indian apparel company in a shareholder dispute relating to a joint venture in India, to name a few.
In the employment sector, Pradeep has acted for Dell’s former Asia-Pacific Vice President in Singapore High Court proceedings commenced by Dell to enforce a restrictive covenant preventing the client from joining Dell’s competitor Hewlett-Packard Co; acted for a senior money broker in Singapore High Court litigation in a claim for wrongful dismissal against an employer in relation to a fixed term employment contract; and acted for a large international travel logistics and travel solutions company in the High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings which involved the company suing seven of its former directors and senior management team for breach of fiduciary duties and breach of contract.
Pradeep contributed to the Singapore section of the PLC Global Employment and Employee Benefits multi-jurisdictional guide 2012/13 (Volume 1, 11th Edition).