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Allen & Gledhill LLP’s group attracts praise for its ‘excellent response times and industry knowledge’. Clients include banks, financial institutions, investment funds, insurers, among other key players in the financial services, banking and commodities sectors. It handles a diverse range of contentious and advisory matters, ranging from licensing of exchanges and trading platforms to assisting with the regulatory aspects of large-scale corporate transactions as well as raid, investigations and enforcement actions. Practice head Francis Mok is advising a Swiss bank on regulatory issues pertaining to shifting its booking operations for OTC derivatives from London to Singapore, while Karen Tiah and Aaron Lee are assisting the Singapore branch of a global bank on anti-money laundering incentives. The ‘extremely knowledgeableAdrian Angnavigates myriad regulations with ease’ and ‘balances technical excellence with a commercial mindset’; he handles regulatory matters for fintech clients, including money transfer companies, crowdfunders and non-traditional lenders. The team also advised the Keppel Group on the consolidation of its asset management business and acted for Bank of Singapore on regulatory aspects arising from its acquisition of Barclays’ wealth and investment management business in Singapore and Hong Kong. Compliance, licensing and outsourcing specialist Wong Sook Ping is another name to note.

In addition to established financial institutions and banks such as Citibank, HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank and BNP Paribas, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP’s group acts for fintech start-ups, private equity funds and technology companies. The team frequently receives instructions on matters with a cross-border element; recent highlights include assisting a major private bank with its international business in South East Asia and advising a foreign bank on regulatory aspects of its new business venture. It also acted for the liquidators of BSI Bank Singapore in investigations into alleged money laundering and dissipation of assets purportedly belonging to a Malaysian state-owned company. Larry Lim is ‘analytical’ and ‘cuts directly to the core of any issue to apply a forward-thinking and commercial solution’. Danny Ong specialises in investigations and contentious regulatory matters in the financial services sector, including those arising from fraud and restructurings. Regina Liew is also recommended.

WongPartnership LLP’s team handles a range of issues, from investigations and enforcement actions to providing regulatory advice, for clients such as Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, Goldman Sachs, EFG Bank, Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse. Rosabel Ng, Tian Sion Yoong and Chan Jia Hui advised EFG on regulatory aspects arising from the transfer of BSI’s private banking, treasury and wealth management business. The group also assisted the Singapore branch of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group with the statutory voluntary transfer of its retail and wealth management business in Singapore to DBS Bank. Elaine Chan and Joy Tan are also recommended.

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow fields a dedicated team of fintech specialists led by Stephanie Magnus featuring newly promoted partner Eunice Tan, although the firm’s wider expertise spans financial services, insurance and commodities sectors. The group advised LGT Group Foundation on the regulatory aspects of its acquisition of ABN AMRO’s businesses in Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai, and assisted Allianz with the bidding process for a 15-year bancassurance agreement with Standard Chartered Bank. Magnus acted for M-DAQ Cashport on its successful application for a remittance licence before the Monetary Authority of Singapore and advised Asia Wealth Platform on licensing aspects related to its launch of a digital management platform.

Cavenagh Law LLP regularly acts for clients across the full spectrum of financial products, from derivatives and equities to automated trading systems and private banking. The group manages cross-border investigations and devises anti-money laundering strategies for global financial institutions, as well as advising on the regulatory aspects of restructurings and bankruptcies. Key figures include practice head Nish Shetty and Janice Goh, who was promoted to counsel.

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