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The team at Clifford Chance, which is 'responsive and commercially practical', works in alliance with Cavenagh Law LLP to handle contentious and non-contentious regulatory matters concerning all aspects of financial transactions and products, including investment grade lending, derivatives and structured finance. 'Top notch lawyers' include Paul Landless and Lena Ng, who have 'an understanding of the local market and the global issues'. Nish Shetty is noted for running 'a particularly good team' and associate Zhern Leing Thai is 'always on top of the detail'. Kabir Singh and associate Sheena Teng are also key names. In recent work, the team advised a number of international banks on the OTC derivatives reforms, especially in respect of the margin clearing and trade reporting requirements in Singapore and a number of other jurisdictions in the Asia Pacific region. It is also advising a number of clients on the regulations pertaining to initial coin offerings in respect of operating platforms or exchanges on which digital tokens are used or traded.

At Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, the team is 'forward thinking and proactive' and has 'a generally unique offering in its relationship with regulators and know-how of the market which it shares with clients and industry players'. Natalie Curtis, who relocated from the firm's Hong Kong office to Singapore in January 2018, is valued for her 'multi-jurisdictional experience' and her 'proactive' approach. The team includes Siddhartha Sivaramakrishnan and senior associate Grace Chong. The practice, which frequently works with colleagues in Hong Kong, other regional offices and the firm's wider global network,  provides a comprehensive service across all aspects of financial regulatory compliance including in the fintech arena. It has been advising a number of Singaporean clients on offering investments in Hong Kong, including assisting with financial services licensing implications and the various rules under the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Hong Kong) legislation. The team is also advising various international banks on matters such as licensing requirements for Singapore-based and offshore fund managers.  Pamela Kiesselbach relocated to the firm's Hong Kong office.

Linklaters' team, which is able to leverage the firm's global network, is noted for 'its strong financial services regulatory practice'. The team acts for well-known clients, particularly in the banking space where it advises JP Morgan, UBS, Credit Suisse, as well as clients including KKR. Jelita Pandjaitan has a focus on cross-border disputes and investigations for major international banks and corporations including arbitrations and mediations and Melvin Sng and Peiying Chua are other notable practitioners. Associate Teddy Tang joined from Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP in July 2017. The team's workload includes advising global banks on internal investigations. Recent work includes assisting a bank with restructuring its global operations in order to comply with the UK ring-fencing regime. It frequently liaises with the Monetary Authority of Singapore with regard to matters such as a change-in-control application and licensing matters.

Norton Rose Fulbright is well known for its cross-border compliance expertise, where the firm is able to field multi-disciplinary teams drawn from a number of jurisdictions. The team is well versed in assisting clients with complying with the requirements of the Singapore Monetary Authority, with recent work in this area relating to technology risk management and outsourcing. In addition to its advisory work, it regularly collaborates with Ascendant Legal LLC, with which the firm is in a formal law alliance with, in respect of litigation matters. The team has handled investigations in the financial services sector and advised on licensing issues for fintech start-ups. Managing partner Yu-En Ong, Wilson AngSheela Moorthy and Anna Tipping are key names. The 'very commercial' Stella Cramer is also noted, especially for her expertise in the TMT space.

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