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Allen & Gledhill LLP's 'antitrust and competition practice group is extremely impressive in terms of its deep understanding of laws and practice and the advice is always very practical and strategic'. Practice head Daren Shiau is 'the undoubted master of highly complex transactions and behavioral investigations'. Elsa Chen and Scott Clements are also 'very impressive'. The team advises on all aspects of competition law including high-profile multi-jurisdictional merger clearances, investigations, and leniency and abuse of dominance matters. It advised Global Logistic Properties and JP Morgan on the  multi-jurisdictional merger notifications for the approximately S$16bn proposed acquisition of all issued and paid-up ordinary shares of Global Logistic Properties by Nesta Investments. In other work, it is handling numerous Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) investigations and has obtained a number of merger clearances without conditions.

The 'extraordinarily responsive' team at Drew & Napier LLC stands out for its 'strong relationships with the competition agency in Singapore' and its 'always hands-on and practical advice - the team can cover the full range from simple merger filing questions to complex economic analysis'. It is advising a client in relation to a CCCS cartel investigation against five capacitor manufacturers pertaining to allegations that they engaged in anti-competitive agreements that included price-fixing and the exchange of confidential sales, distribution and pricing information. The group has also been assisting a client in a market inquiry by the CCCS into the downstream petrol market in Singapore. Lim Chong Kin and Corinne Chew are 'fantastic' and 'deserve strong recognition for their client focus'. Cavinder Bull SC has extensive expertise in complex litigation with an emphasis on competition law matters such as investigations.

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP's team is 'excellent - very responsive with good industry knowledge' and provides 'advice that is very practical and value for money'. Practice head Kala Anandarajah is 'extremely knowledgeable' and provides 'timely and practical advice'. Other notable team members include Dominique Lombardi and principal economist Tanya Tang. The practice covers all aspects of competition law and has been involved a number of landmark cases. Lombardi acted for Cyclect Electrical Engineering and others in respect of high-profile bid-rigging charges brought by the CCCS. The team is also dealing with cases pertaining to allegations of restrictive practices or participation in international cartels and multi-jurisdictional merger clearances.

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow is able to draw on the firm's global network to provide an outstanding cross-border service to its clients in respect of anti-monopoly and competition matters and it routinely handles merger control filings with the CCCS, at EU level and elsewhere. The team is advising on responses to requests for information from the CCCS concerning the alleged refusal to supply certain spare parts. It is also assisting clients with matters such as antitrust audits and price-fixing allegations. Head of the Singapore group Ken Chia and Melissa Healy are the key contacts.

Dentons Rodyk's group, led by Gerald Singham and Ajinderpal Singh, provides advice across the spectrum of competition matters including handling various investigations into areas such as price fixing as well as merger control matters. Recent work includes acting for the Tong Huat Group in an investigation concerning price fixing allegations; a proposed infringement decision was issued by the CCCS but the investigated parties were given the opportunity to provide written submissions in response and the CCCS then issued a supplementary proposed infringement decision. The team also represented Panasonic as Singapore counsel in its leniency application to the CCCS in respect of the supply and distribution of capacitors in Singapore - the application was part of the client's multi-jurisdictional leniency strategy which resulted in full immunity in Singapore. Mark Tan left the practice in March 2018 to establish Mark Tan LLC Advocates and Solicitors.

WongPartnership LLP's team is 'to the point and commercially minded' and is 'great value for money and a pleasure to deal with'. Ameera Ashraf, who leads the team is, according to one client, 'the best practitioner in Singapore' in this area, and Chan Jia Hui is also noted. The group handles merger control matters, leniency issues, abuse of dominance and other investigations. Clients include well-known international corporates and in recent work it advised Luxottica Group on a merger control filing in respect of the proposed multibillion-dollar merger with Essilor International; the matter proceeded to a phase 2 review by the CCCS.

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