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Next generation lawyers

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    • Edward Bennett - Ashurst LLP
    • Charlotte Evans - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Samantha Loh - Ashurst LLP
    • Chaiyee Oh - Linklaters Singapore Pte. Ltd
    • Sze-Shing Tan - Clifford Chance *since publication, Sze-Shing Tan has joined Baker McKenzie.Wong & Leow

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At Allen & Overy, Chris Moore and recently promoted partner Alun Evans acted for Central Group in its €1.1bn acquisition of Big C Vietnam from Group E Casino, representing the largest inbound M&A transaction in Vietnam since 2012. Moore is also leading the advice to Axiata regarding the merger of its Bangladeshi subsidiary with Airtel Bangladesh. Barry Irwin, Brendan Hannigan, Yin Mei Lock and Kenny Kwan are also recommended.

Clifford Chance has a strong track record in big-ticket Singapore and cross-border transactions. Lee Taylor, Andrew Brereton, Nathan Sandwell and others acted for Metro Group in its acquisition of Classic Fine Foods. Taylor also advised ACE on the Asian aspects of its $29.2bn acquisition of Chubb. Kathy Honeywood heads the corporate practice in South-East Asia.

William Kirschner and Sophie Mathur jointly lead the team at Linklaters Singapore Pte. Ltd, which acted for Macquarie Infrastructure Fund in its acquisition of an interest in the Universal Terminal oil storage facility. The firm’s transactional strengths are supported by capabilities in ancillary disciplines, such as TMT and financial regulation. Adrian Fisher made counsel.

At Ashurst LLP, Andrew Digges and Jon Ornolfsson arrived from Allen & Overy and Herbert Smith Freehills LLP respectively, while on the departures side, Shaun Lascelles joined Vinson & Elkins RLLP in London and Keith McGuire left for PwC Legal. The firm's recent work highlights saw Joel Hogarth assisting CLSA Capital Partners with a $100m distressed investment in Sariwangi Agricultural Estate Agency.

Baker McKenzie.Wong & Leow’s team assists with all stages of the business lifecycle, including pre-transaction corporate restructurings and post-transaction integration issues. Andrew Martin, Alex Tan (who made local principal in 2015) and others acted for EQT Partners in the sale of Classic Fine Foods to Metro Group. Ai Ai Wong, Ken Chia, Min-tze Lean and Stephanie Magnus are also recommended, as is Kelvin Poa, who heads the Singapore private equity group.

Stephen Revell and Gavin MacLaren jointly lead Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s practice, which excels in big-ticket multi-jurisdictional transactions. MacLaren led a cross-office team that advised Tenaga Nasional Berhad on its $2bn bid for Edra Global Energy’s 13 power plants. In another highlight, Revell and senior associate Richard Blair assisted Hewlett-Packard with its global split into two separate listed companies. Senior associate Charlotte Evans is also recommended.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s team has vast experience in south-east Asian transactions, with sector strengths including energy and natural resources, infrastructure, mining and TMT. David Clinch, Brian Scott, Adrian Cheng and others advised CGN Group as lead counsel on its $2.3bn acquisition of the Edra Global power business from Edra Global Energy Berhad. Nicola Yeomans and Mark Robinson acted for Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology during its $780m acquisition of STATS ChipPAC from Temasek.

Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee is a strong choice for pan-ASEAN M&A, private equity transactions and funds-related work. Mark Cooper and senior associate Matthew Bousfield worked with the Beijing office to advise Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets on its acquisition of 45MW solar facilities in San Carlos City in the Philippines. Stephanie Keen’s team includes Noor Meurling, a recent hire from Oentoeng Suria & Partners. Alex Cull departed for Jones Day.

Dennis Barsky heads Jones Day’s department, where Mae Shan Chong and Darren Murphy are jointly leading a cross-office team advising TonenGeneral on a proposed $15bn merger with JX Holdings. David Longstaff is also recommended. Elizabeth Cole, who splits her time between Singapore and Shanghai, joined from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, while Alex Cull arrived from Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s Sharon Lau recently advised GIC on a $350m joint investment (along with Bain Capital and Advent International) in QuEST Global Services. Michael Sturrock’s team also includes Chei Liang Sin, who is experienced in domestic Singapore M&A as well as the Singapore law aspects of cross-border transactions. Rod Brown recently joined Mayer Brown JSM, while Dipti Thakar moved to Harneys.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP’s David Zemans, Jacqueline Chan and senior associate James Orme worked with the New York office to handle the novel restructuring of Indonesian shipping company Berlian Laju Tanker for its secured creditors, which included DNB Bank and affiliates of KKR and York Capital. Associate Pablo Malay is experienced in energy and natural resources M&A.

Norton Rose Fulbright handles M&A, corporate reorganisations and joint ventures, and associated regulatory, competition and anti-corruption issues. Although the firm’s work spans a variety of sectors, it is strong in the financial institutions space, as well as energy and transport. Key practitioners include Nick Dingemans, Sheela Moorthy and Anna Tipping. Ben Smith relocated to Singapore from the Hong Kong office, while Ashley Wright departed for Pinsent Masons MPillay.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP is particularly strong in transactions centred in emerging markets, working closely with the Yangon office on local deals in Myanmar, and operating alongside Jakarta-based firm Mataram Partners in Indonesian matters. Core sector strengths include oil and gas, commodities and aviation. Manoj Purush is the main contact in Singapore.

Gibson Dunn has a team of lawyers qualified across five jurisdictions: the US, the UK, Australia, India and Singapore. In 2015, Jai Pathak and of counsel Priya Mehra acted for Smart Health in the sale of its Indian healthcare and hospital assets to an Indian medical services group.

Noted for its pan-Asian practice, Holman Fenwick Willan Singapore LLP’s Indonesia-related transactional work is gaining momentum in particular. The firm has sector expertise in areas such as oil and gas, mining, shipping and commodities. Practice head Brian Gordon, who splits his time between London and Singapore, works alongside senior associate Gordon Inkson. Noble Group, X-Coal and CNOOC are clients.

At Sidley Austin LLP, counsel Waltter Kulvik joined from White & Case Pte. Ltd. in 2015, following Charlie Wilson’s move from the same firm. Wilson and Kulvik advised Boon Rawd Brewery on its $1.1bn aggregate investments in Masan Consumer Holdings and Masan Brewery. Tju Liang Chua and Gerard Hekker are also recommended.

In 2015, White & Case Pte. Ltd.’s Jonathan Olier advised Chiyoda Corporation on forming a joint venture with Ezra’s subsea services business. In another highlight, Jon Bowden, who joined from Linklaters Singapore Pte. Ltd, and practice head Barrye Wall acted for XL Axiata in a $267m sale and leaseback of telecoms towers in Indonesia.

Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore hired Benjamin Hirasawa and Jonathan Lynch from DLA Piper, while Charles Baillehache joined from InterContinental Hotels Group and Ian Stewart made senior equity partner. Equally adept in domestic and multi-jurisdictional transactions, the firm’s work highlights saw Justin Tan advising Huntsman Group on a $700m investment into new chemicals plants at Shanghai Chemical Industrial Park.

John Viverito and Myles Hankin are key names in DLA Piper’s team, whose experience in domestic and international M&A is supported by additional resources in other departments, such as banking and finance, projects, and capital markets. Heng Loong Cheong splits his practice between Singapore and Hong Kong. Michael Horn joined from Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore.

Duane Morris & Selvam LLP has country-specific desks focused on markets where the firm has particular expertise. Special counsel Babita Ambekar and Leon Yee head the India and China practice groups respectively, while Krishna Ramachandra has longstanding experience acting for companies in Myanmar. Arfat Selvam is also recommended, as is Mark See, who joined from Drew & Napier LLC in 2015. James Wong and Geoffrey Grice departed for Collyer Law LLC and Intelligent Energy, respectively.

In 2015, Morrison & Foerster’s Eric Piesner and Shirin Tang acted for Global Logistic Properties in its $4.55bn acquisition of a logistics portfolio from Industrial Income Trust, and assisted the same client with forming a joint venture with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Jake Robson, Adam Summerly and recently promoted of counsel Maria Steeples are also recommended.

At Shearman & Sterling LLP, Sidharth Bhasin relocated from Hong Kong to Singapore, and associate James Clayton-Payne joined from Linklaters Singapore Pte. Ltd. In addition to M&A, the firm handles private equity transactions for clients such as Ashmore, NewQuest Capital Partners and Equis. Anthony Patten and Bill McCormack are recommended for oil and gas deals.

Stephenson Harwood LLP’s Tom Platts is experienced in cross-border transactions involving sectors such as TMT, logistics and financial services. George Cyriac, who joined in 2015 from White & Case Pte. Ltd., and of counsel Helen Rhind-Hufnagel are other names to note. Digicel Group, General Mills and Norstar Shipping are clients.

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