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Illustrative of Drew & Napier LLC’s pre-eminent reputation in dispute resolution, Davinder Singh SC (‘the best in town’), Tony Yeo, Jaikanth Shankar and others acted for Bayan Resources and Bayan International in the first commercial dispute to be heard at the recently established Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC). Jimmy Yim SC, associate director Meryl Koh and senior associate Sally Tan are also recommended, along with Hri Kumar Nair SC and Cavinder Bull SC. Chau Ee Lee joined King & Wood Mallesons.

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP represented White Energy Company in the first case heard at the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC), and acted for the majority shareholders of a joint venture company in a dispute involving issues of minority shareholder oppression and unfair prejudice. Francis Xavier SC’s team includes Lee Eng Beng SC, Andre Yeap SC and Tan Chuan Thye SC. Mohammed Reza and Wei Na Sim left the firm.

FIRMS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Nicholas & Tan Partnership LLP

Established in early 2010, Nicholas & Tan Partnership LLP is a specialist litigation firm with the capability to handle complex litigation across a broad range of practice areas, including banking, finance, company, real property, intellectual property, tort, administrative and criminal law particularly commercial (or ‘white-collar’) crime.

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WongPartnership LLP’s Alvin Yeo SC is leading the representation of the independent state of Papua New Guinea in its $1.5bn High Court dispute with PNG Sustainable Development Program. The firm is also defending Mer Vue in a landmark building defects dispute. Recently promoted partners Sngeeta Rai, Pamela Tan and Sim Mei Ling are other names in Andre Maniam SC’s team, which also includes Tan Chee Meng SC and Koh Swee Yen.

Allen & Gledhill LLP’s Edwin Tong SC and Peh Aik Hin acted for Yves Bouvier in an application to set aside a Mareva injunction. Dinesh Dhillon and Lim Dao Kai are representing Kiri Industries in a $1bn cross-border minority oppression lawsuit. Ang Cheng Hock SC, Andrew Yeo and Stanley Lai SC are also recommended.

Baker McKenzie.Wong & Leow’s Nandakumar Ponniya has particular expertise in construction disputes arising from oil and gas, power and infrastructure projects. Andy Leck and Celeste Ang are other notable practitioners in Leng Sun Chan SC’s team. In addition to undertaking court litigation, the group handles compliance matters concerning the UK Bribery Act, data privacy and competition law.

Cavenagh Law LLP is recommended for high-value domestic and cross-border litigation, with experience spanning commercial, energy and insolvency disputes. Harpreet Singh Nehal SC worked with senior associates Joan Lim-Casanova and Jordan Tan to represent Ernest De Lasala in a complex multi-jurisdictional trusts case. Nish Shetty and Paul Sandosham are other highly regarded practitioners.

Dentons Rodyk’s team has vast experience in high-profile litigation; Philip Jeyaretnam SC is representing PNG Sustainable Development Program in a case against the Independent State of Papua New Guinea centred on control of the non-profit firm and its assets. Vi Ming Lok SC and Melissa Thng are representing an alleged accomplice in the Keppel Club fraud case. Medical negligence expert Siang Pheng Lek is also recommended.

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC impresses in novel and high-value cases; Adrian Tan acted for Italy-based IT company HT in a cyber-crime dispute involving confidential information disclosed on WikiLeaks. In another highlight, Daniel Chia and Justin Yip defended members of the Uzan family and Libananco Holdings against a $2bn claim brought by Motorola Solutions Credit Company for debts allegedly owed under several foreign judgments. Wendy Tan is also recommended.

Mohan Pillay and Jonathan Howes head the team at Pinsent Masons MPillay, which is instructed in cross-border disputes involving industries such as energy, financial services, construction and IT.

Shook Lin & Bok LLP’s broad practice handles minority shareholder oppression cases, disputes involving breaches of directors’ duties, banking-related litigation and professional negligence. Edmund Eng, David Chan - Sarjit Singh Gill SC, Pradeep Pillai and Probin Dass are key names.

TSMP Law Corporation has two vastly experienced senior counsel in Thio Shen Yi SC and Tan Cheng Han SC. The former is handling a family office trust dispute at the Singapore High Court, which involves assets with an aggregate value of between $600m and $800m. Melvin Chan’s team also includes recently promoted associate directors Nicole Wee, Freddie Lim and Kishan Pillay.

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP recently hired Jonathan Choo from Olswang Asia, whose expertise includes disputes involving technology and media, construction and infrastructure. Boey Swee Siang heads the practice, which is particularly active in disputes with a nexus to India, South Korea and Indonesia. Navin Joseph Lobo and counsel Cassandra Ow are other key practitioners.

Braddell Brothers LLP’s Edmund Kronenburg is acting for Success Elegant Trading in a high-profile case involving worldwide Mareva injunctions being granted in Singapore and Hong Kong. In another matter, Tan Kok Peng, Kevin Ho and senior associate Grace Loke represented Petroships Investment in an application for leave to commence derivative actions against the majority shareholders.

At Colin Ng & Partners LLP, managing partner Lisa Theng’s workload spans commercial, construction and shipping litigation. See Tow Soo Ling, Sean La’Brooy, Subramanian Pillai and Ravindran Ramasamy are also recommended.

In 2015, Harry Elias Partnership LLP’s S Suressh successfully defended E3 Holdings from an attempt by a shareholder to use the company to bring a derivative action claim against a former director. Managing partner Philip Fong is experienced in commercial contract disputes, shareholder litigation and contested trusts cases. Andy Lem is also recommended.

KhattarWong LLP’s practice head Deborah Barker SC and senior associate Ushan Premaratne are acting for TMT in a case against Royal Bank of Scotland concerning RBS’ alleged mismanagement of the client’s accounts. K Anparasan, Shashi Nathan and PE Ashokan are other names to note.

The team at Oon & Bazul LLP is praised for its ‘business acumen and commercially sensible solutions’. Led by Kelly Yap, the department has a strong pan-Asian client following. Other practitioners include Suresh Divyanathan, Bazul Ashhab, Nicholas Lum and Chenthil Kumarasingam; the latter joined from Quahe Woo & Palmer LLC.

Straits Law Practice LLC’s N Sreenivasan SC succeeded Suresh Nair as practice head, following Nair’s move to Advocatus Law LLP. In other developments, Sivakumar Murugaiyan joined from Premier Law LLC and the insurance litigation capabilities were bolstered following the firm’s recent merger with M Rama Law Corporation; M Ramasamy, NK Rajarh and associate director Ramesh Varathappan moved across. Other strengths of the practice include white-collar criminal defence, construction disputes and medical malpractice work. Chan Lai Foong and Ahmad Nizam Abbas were promoted to director.

Joint managing partners Marina Chin and Eddee Ng jointly lead Tan Kok Quan Partnership’s practice, which undertakes a broad spectrum of contentious matters, including those involving administrative law, banking, corporate and technology issues. In 2015, Paul Seah acted for Tania Rappo, one of the appellants accused of defrauding Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev of around $1bn.

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