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Allen & Gledhill LLP’s domestic and cross-border work includes public and private M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. Andrew Lim and Lim Mei jointly lead the team, which recently acted as Singapore counsel to Avago Technologies in its $37bn acquisition of Broadcom. Prawiro Widjaja and Song Su-Min are also recommended.

WongPartnership LLP is ‘without doubt, a top firm for M&A’. Team head Andrew Ang, Audrey Chng and Kyle Lee advised CB Medical Holdings on its amalgamation with Biosensors, which was the first take private of a company listed on the Singapore Exchange through an amalgamation. Ng Wai King has ‘heaps of experience’, and Mark Choy and Low Kah Keong are also key figures.

Drew & Napier LLC acted as Singapore counsel to GE Capital in the $6.3bn sale of its consumer lending business in Australia and New Zealand to an investor group. Maryam Menon and Farhana Siddiqui are other key names in the team, which is led by Gary Pryke. Ralph Lim left for OC Queen Street LLC and Lam Shiao Ning joined Oon & Bazul LLP.

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC’s Suet-Fern Lee and Wai Ming Yap acted as Singapore counsel to Alibaba Group Holding in its $1bn acquisition of Lazada Group. Elizabeth Kong assisted Global Mobility Holding with the Singapore law issues concerning its proposed €3.7bn sale of LeasePlan to a consortium of investors. Lian Seng Yap is also recommended.

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP’s Danny Lim and Chia Lee Fong were the lead advisers to China Merchants Property Development Company during the RMB57.3bn merger with its controlling shareholder. Serene Yeo, Cheng Yoke Ping and Koh Choon Yee are assisting Gallant Venture with exiting from its investment in the Lao Xi Men Project in Shanghai. Alison Foo and Hoon Chi Tern made partner.

Baker McKenzie.Wong & Leow’s Min-tze Lean assisted Singapore Post with acquiring the Store Friendly Self Storage group of companies. Andrew Martin, Ai Ai Wong and senior associate Luyi Chan are other names to note. Lynette Low departed the firm.

Sandra Seah leads Bird & Bird ATMD LLP’s team, which handles M&A, corporate restructurings and private equity deals throughout South-East Asia. In 2015, Marcus Chow acted for Eyeota in a $6.2m Series A fundraising exercise and corporate restructuring. Ken Cheung is experienced in energy sector transactions. Alexander Shepherd joined from Simmons & Simmons.

At Colin Ng & Partners LLP, Stephen Soh, Tan Min-Li and others are acting for Memstar Technology in its proposed $314.5m acquisition of Longmen Group. Lisa Theng advised SUTL Marina Holdings on a joint venture with UEM Land Berhad to set up a marina in Puteri Harbour, Malaysia. Gregory Chan joined Insights Law LLC.

Dentons Rodyk assists with domestic and cross-border public and private M&A, and private equity deals. Gerald Singham has competition law expertise, while Jacqueline Loke is knowledgeable on regulatory issues. Evelyn Ang and Eng Leng Ng jointly lead the practice; the latter acted for Grand Apex Holdings in its proposed S$255m acquisition of Popular Holdings.

Pinsent Masons MPillay’s expertise in oil and gas corporate mandates were strengthened by Steve Potter and Ashley Wright joining from Jones Day and Norton Rose Fulbright respectively. Perry Yuen, Kelvyn Oo and Bethia Su are also recommended. The group assisted Sin Heng Heavy Machinery with selling its interest in an associated company.

Shook Lin & Bok LLP’s workload includes private equity buyouts, competitive takeovers, privatisations of listed companies and joint ventures. David Chong, Chew Mei Choo and others acted as Singapore counsel to Accor in its $2.9bn acquisition of FRHI. Michelle Phang and Ho Ying Ming are recommended. Dayne Ho joined from TSMP Law Corporation.

TSMP Law Corporation acted for Halcyon Agri Corporation in its merger with GMG Global, and advised Gaw Capital Partners on the privatisation of Ascendas Hospitality Trust. Stefanie Yuen Thio’s team includes Wun Wen-na, who joined from Singapore Power.

Duane Morris & Selvam LLP assists clients with forming business entities, negotiating commercial agreements and making investments. Krishna Ramachandra, Mark See, who recently joined from Drew & Napier LLC, and senior associate Mindy Ng acted for NCell during TeliaSonera’s $1.37bn divestment of shares in the client’s business to Axiata. Leon Yee and Ramiro Rodriguez are other key names. James Wong joined Collyer Law LLC.

Harry Elias Partnership LLP advises on structuring business entities, share and asset transactions, and negotiating various types of corporate and commercial agreements. Department head Claudia Teo and James Lin recently acted for the selling shareholders of Barito during the sale of the company to Catalist-listed P99 Holdings. Ong Wei Jin is also recommended.

Lee & Lee’s corporate team is led by Adrian Chan, who worked alongside Lun Chee Leong and others to advise Golden Star Group on its mandatory offer for Singapore and Hong Kong-listed company Novo Group.

Legis Point LLC’s Young Chee Foong is knowledgeable about domestic and cross-border M&A, foreign direct investments, joint ventures, licensing and regulatory compliance, among other matters.

At Loo & Partners LLP, key contacts include Loo Choon Chiaw and Yau Khai Ling; the latter recently joined from Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC, while Andrew Mak Yen-Chen departed for Fortis Law Corporation. Raffles Medical Group, Declout Limited and Gobi Singapore Media Ventures feature on the client roster.

At Prolegis LLC, Ban Leong Oo and Safa Zahedi are acting as Singapore counsel to Pertamina (Persero) in the wind-down of its trading subsidiaries in Singapore and Hong Kong. Of counsel Gary Wan and associate director Jocelyn Chew are also recommended.

Led by Azman Jaafar, the team at RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP handles domestic and multi-jurisdictional joint ventures, acquisitions and disposals, as well as corporate restructurings. Recent hires include Ow Kim Kit from the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Chong Eng Wee from Duane Morris & Selvam LLP and Patrick Dahm from Rodyk & Davidson LLP. Tan Chong Huat is another noteworthy practitioner.

At Straits Law Practice LLC, M Rajaram and recently promoted director Chan Lai Foong advised Wentworth Insurance Company on its S$7.5m acquisition of shares from Cosmic Insurance.

A notable highlight for Virtus Law LLP – Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance was advising General Mills on restructuring its Häagen-Dazs business in Singapore and Malaysia. Allan Tan and Elaine Beh are recommended.

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