Premjit Dass

Premjit Dass
Firm:
Office:
460 Alexandra Road
22-05 PSA building
119963
City:
Singapore
Country:
Singapore
Tel:
+65 6276 9050

Biography:

Who's Who Legal Investigations: Forensic Accountants

Premjit Dass is a managing director at Ankura, based in Singapore. He is a forensic accountant with close to 20 years’ experience. Premjit has acted as an expert witness in SIAC and ICSID arbitrations. Premjit’s experience includes accounting investigations, anti-bribery and corruption investigations, commercial disputes, quantum of loss assessments, transaction-related disputes, and breach of warranty and accounting manipulation claims.

Premjit’s professional experience includes anti-bribery and corruption review of Indonesian operations of a leading US chemical manufacturer of industrial chemicals; anti-bribery and corruption investigation into the Indian operations of a US-based software services company; and acting as an expert witness on behalf of a Malaysian organisation that was concerned that a number of financial irregularities or improprieties, or both, had occurred in connection with the application of the funds transferred by it to its subsidiary organisations.

Premjit also provided expert witness services on behalf of a Malaysian construction company, in relation to a Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration matter regarding lost profits suffered by a tank farm near Johor Bahru, Malaysia; assessed the damage suffered by a Malaysian port caused by oil spill operations; and gave expert witness services in the context of a post-acquisition dispute of a Chinese company in an HKIAC arbitration.

His experience also includes assessing the evidence on a loss of profits and business opportunity in an SIAC arbitration brought on by a developer against a government body with respect to a property development; assessing the valuation of a company and the purchase price of shares of a 50% JV partner in an SIAC arbitration; and acting as an expert witness in an SIAC arbitration on behalf of the investor in casinos in proceedings brought by the government of an Asian country, as well as giving oral testimony before the tribunal.

Premjit also acted as an expert witness in a Singapore SIAC arbitration with respect of the alleged wrongful termination of a contract; and on behalf of a distributor of industrial steel products in relation to allegations of the breach of fiduciary duties on the part of the directors in connection with related party transactions.

He gave expert witness services in the context of an LCIA arbitration on behalf of a Cypriot bank against an Indonesian bank with respect to the legitimacy of certain loan arrangements; in a London arbitration with respect to a breached distribution agreement for luxury sports wear; and in an Australian arbitration where a construction project overran by US$800 million.

Other experience includes the forensic review of accounting practices and governance framework for a manufacturing organisation in Saudi Arabia; an engagement on behalf of a leading US-based conglomerate to conduct a global post-acquisition risk assessment on a company that it had acquired; and an FCPA investigation on behalf of a global medical devices company.

Premjit also conducted investigations into allegations of financial irregularities improprieties in the Ethiopian operations of a leading US charity; on behalf of a UK-based company supplying goods to the US military; on behalf of a major UK-based aeronautical manufacturer into allegations of financial irregularities at its Indian operations; into allegations of bribes paid by a leading manufacturer of industrial machinery to government officials in order to obtain business; and into alleged bribes of the Indian subsidiary of a medical technology company to officials of the Indian Ministry of Health to obtain an import licence.

He also conducted an investigation on behalf of a JV with the Turkish government into allegations of embezzlement and fraud raised by a whistle-blower; co-led an investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption in an oil major’s shipping department; and conducted an FCPA investigation on behalf of a global freight forwarder with reviews across a number of client's locations.

WWL says: Premjit Dass is commended for his “attention to detail” and “ability to assess areas of strength and weakness”. Described by clients as “a cut above the rest”, he is involved in such issues as accounting manipulation claims and corruption investigations.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Investigations which can be purchased from our Shop.

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