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    • Kelvin Teo - Cavenagh Law LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP  is considered 'excellent' on all fronts and is noted for its 'in-depth knowledge and awareness of industry practices'. Sathiaseelan Jagateesan, who is 'very knowledgeable, wise, eloquent, patient and cares about his clients', and Ho Chien Mien lead a substantial team that advises on construction projects, engineering and infrastructure mandates, as well as back-end litigation and arbitration. The former is advising the developer, Soil-Build, on all aspects of the S$50m integrated construction of a manufacturing and fabrication facility, which includes offices and a dormitory. In other work, the team is assisting IOI Properties Group with the development of the Central Boulevard project located within the Central Business District of Singapore, which is valued at S$3bn and concerns the envisaged construction of two Grade A office towers together with a retail space. The team is also handling a number of arbitrations and litigation concerning large-scale power and transport projects, as well as disputes over design and building defects. Other key lawyers include Chong Yee Leong and Boon Leong Chong.

Cavenagh Law LLP, which has a formal alliance with Clifford Chance is 'fantastic' and 'has a very strong team in place across all levels of seniority and, in addition to being an excellent domestic Singaporean outfit, can draw upon the global Clifford Chance network seamlessly'. The group handles key matters in the power and transport industries throughout Asia, as well as development projects in Singapore and has end-to-end expertise. It is acting for the main contractor in disputes arising out of a nuclear power plant project and is also representing a client in a contentious matter concerning EPC contracts pertaining to the construction of a power plant on Jurong Island. Matthew Buchanan heads the Asia construction practice and advises on front-end work and the 'practical and commercially savvy' Paul Sandosham is the head of the Asia infrastructure, energy and resources group with a particular focus on dispute resolution. Other key team members include counsel Kelvin Teo, who is 'an extremely creative lawyer who thinks of solutions that no one else can', and 'relentlessly productive' senior associate Elan Krishna.

'Among the top firms in Singapore for construction', Pinsent Masons MPillay is also noted for its expertise in disputes and for being 'a good team for large matters'. Co-head Mohan Pillay has considerable experience in the space, particularly regarding contentious matters, and is 'very strategic in his advice and has a great sense of what tribunals are looking for'. Fellow co-head Jonathan Howes led the team that represented the subcontractor, McConnell Dowell South East Asia, in two adjudication proceedings, as well as SIAC arbitration proceedings concerning disputes arising under the client's contract with the main contractor for major piping works on a refinery project in Singapore. Other key names include Nicholas Brown and the 'very methodical' Chen Han Toh, 'who is composed but forceful and relentless in his cross-examination'. The team attracts large-scale construction-related disputes and is skilled in arbitration, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution methods. Andrea Clark joined from K&L Gates LLP. Ho Jai Lin is now with Gilbert + Tobin.

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP provides 'an excellent service'. Andre Yeap SC and Soh Lip San jointly head the group, which handles international arbitration and major infrastructure projects, as well as other construction and engineering work. Ng Kim Beng  and Sim Chee Siong are also names to note, especially for litigation and arbitration. Shemane Chan, who 'negotiates hard for her clients', is leading a team that is advising a consortium on its bid for the Kuala Lumpur–Singapore High-Speed Rail Assets Co PPP project. Senior associate Yong Hui Loh is also noted for his 'drafting' skills. Other work includes advising clients on a variety of major commercial, energy-related, residential and mixed-use developments, in addition to handling a range of disputes.

Tay Peng Cheng and Ian de Vaz jointly head the energy, projects and construction group at WongPartnership LLP. The team handles complex construction projects, such as its work for Japanese contractor Penta–Ocean Construction, where it assisted with securing a contract as a specialist subcontractor for a Japanese consortium acting as the EPC contractor for the construction of a power plant and port facility in Bangladesh, a matter valued at $1.5bn. In addition to its front-end expertise, the team also handles arbitration and litigation in Asia Pacific and beyond. Christopher Chuah is the overall head of infrastructure, construction and engineering; his expertise spans front-end advice as well as disputes.

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow's team is 'sharp, thorough and sensitive to business considerations'. The group's expertise ranges from project financing, procurement strategies, drafting and negotiating contracts, through to risk management  and dispute resolution. Recent highlights include handling a number of high-value, cross-border claims, some of which have gone to arbitration. In other work, the team is assisting a client with reviewing tender documents for a large-scale public infrastructure project for which it intends to bid together with a joint venture partner. Practice head Nandakumar Ponniya and Wong Tjen Wee are 'highly intelligent and strategic thinkers'. Martin David specialises in project finance and transactional work and Sheik Umar focuses on dispute resolution work, including adjudications.

Disputes expert Philip Jeyaretnam, SC and Paul Wong jointly head a sizeable team at Dentons Rodyk that undertakes the full range of advisory and disputes work. The group assists clients with domestic and international construction and engineering projects, in areas including transport, commercial and residential builds, schools and  hospitals. It acted for Mercatus on the purchase of the suburban mall development, Jurong Point, together with the mall operating business for S$2.2bn and is also representing ARV Offshore, a Thai oil and gas project management company, in resisting the application made by two Myanmarese companies to vary the terms of a mareva injunction granted by the Singapore Court. Kia Jeng Koh, who has been promoted to senior partner, has an active caseload.

Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore handles a range of on- and off-shore projects, including work spanning suites of construction and engineering contracts and procurement matters to mediation, adjudication, arbitration and litigation. Eugene Tan's work includes representing an Indonesian construction client in a dispute that involves a number of number of arbitrations before SIAC. He is also advising a major construction company in Singapore on a high-value commercial construction project including on the project financing.

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC's 'strengths include its depth of knowledge of the construction industry and vast experience in dispute resolution'. Daniel Chia is 'an effective advocate'. In one highlight matter, the team was successful in setting aside an adjudication determination for Samsung C&T in a matter that went to the Court of Appeal, which concerned a long-standing dispute regarding the Suntec City Mall project in Singapore. Kelvin AwLynette Chew and associate Grace Lu have joined CMS Holborn Asia.

The team at TSMP Law Corporation counts developers, owners, main contractors and consultants among its clients. It handles all types of construction and related contracts and litigation, arbitration and adjudication. Derek Loh leads the construction team and Melvin Chan heads the disputes work, which includes claims relating to delays, defects and claims for variations. The team is acting for a client in a matter concerning a construction that involves potential claims against the developer, various suppliers and sub-contractors among others. It is also acting for a client in a cross-border dispute with an EPC contractor pertaining to the potential termination of the contract with the main contractor.

The team at Eversheds Harry Elias advises on construction and infrastructure projects regionally as well as in Singapore. It is acting for Surbana Jurong Consultants on the Tuas Terminal project, part of the Tuas Mega Port project. Other work includes handling a number of disputes with or against contractors in respect of construction defects. Chau Yee Tan is the head of construction and engineering and Justin Chia is another key partner in the group.

Shook Lin & Bok LLP's team, which is led by Joseph Tay, has expertise in areas ranging from the drafting and review of contracts and project financing to regulatory and environmental issues. Clients include banks and government-linked companies as well as  construction and engineering companies, property developers and contractors. In recent work, it advised on a project to develop and build a facility on industrial land, which involved corporate real estate and landlord and tenant issues, as well as construction law. Debby Lim acted for a construction company in an adjudication concerning a payment dispute relating to the construction of a foreign workers’ dormitory.

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