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Allen & Gledhill LLP is 'a market leader in this area', 'has a good understanding of market practice' and 'provides a quick turnaround at a reasonable price'. Senior members of the team include Jerry Koh, Danny Tan, Tan Sai Hong and the 'responsive and hands-on' Sarah Teo, who provides 'advice that is commercially viable'. The team's recent work includes advising Centurion Corporation, as manager of Centurion US student housing fund, on the establishment and successful closure of its inaugural private fund, which had an aggregate committed capital of $89.5m.

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP's team stands out for its 'impressive knowledge and insight' and provides 'good value for money'. The well-regarded Arnold Tan heads the department and has expertise in the establishment of both on- shore and offshore investment funds, including hedge funds, private equity and real estate funds together with regulatory regimes. Other noted practitioners in the sizeable team include Philip Yeo , Leong Lu Yueh, Anne Yeo and associate Mifiona  Quah. The team advises on  all stages of the private investment fund cycle from formation to restructuring and winding-down including the handling of cross-border offerings. In recent work, it has acted for Mizuho Asia Partners and Nuvest Capital.

Shook Lin & Bok LLP's team is 'well connected and well versed in the asset and fund management industry'. The group 'always provides relevant insights and options that take into account the realistic business environment and constraints' and 'works alongside the client to problem solve'. The team is also highlighted as 'best in class for trustee work for REITS and on transaction management'. Tan Woon Hum is highly rated and Andrea Ng and associates Catherine Lim and Andrew Chow are also noted. Recent work includes acting for Gordian Capital Singapore on the establishment of a Singapore unit trust fund - the Greater China equity market neutral fund with a targeted size of $1bn, which was structured in collaboration with a large Chinese asset management company.

WongPartnership LLP's asset management and funds practice has particularly strong expertise in private equity and REITs matters. It acted for Indies Capital Partners on its strategic alliance with Värde Partners, the US global alternative investment firm; the work included the creation of an investment platform with the aim of investing in private debt in Indonesia. Other clients include TPG Capital, KKR Asia and Morgan Stanley Real Estate. Low Kah Keong leads the team and Felicia Marie Ng is a key contact.

Dentons Rodyk is, according to one client, 'a go-to firm for funds and REITs'. The team has expertise across the establishment of local and offshore funds, debt- or equity-linked securities and divestments. Clients include funds and asset management companies, fund managers, private equity investors and  venture capital funds, including BNP Paribas Trust Services Singapore, APS Asset Management and Vertex Venture Management. Lim I-An has a focus on private equity and venture capital funds including on- and offshore fund structures and S Sivanesan's broad practice includes advising fund managers, venture capital funds and start-ups.

Drew & Napier LLC is, for one client, 'a go-to firm for all Singapore funds work' and the team is 'always responsive and commercial and can handle the straight-forward matters as well as the more complex'. Petrus Huang and Ron Cheng, who stand out for their 'experience and knowledge', are strong in all aspects of funds management and private equity transactions together with regulatory regimes and related tax issues. The group is advising Raffles Ventures Partners on a number of matters, including sub-fund issuances, capital calls and the restructuring of a number of its funds. In other work, it is advising a private equity manager on certain investments. The team is also acting for a client that intends to form and manage an umbrella unit trust. Other work includes acting for Citicorp Trustee (Singapore) on setting up retail-authorised schemes with Citicorp acting as the trustee. Senior associate Luke Chen joined Clifford Chance in October 2017.

The funds and private equity practice at CNPLaw LLP advises asset managers, financial institutions and investee companies on fund management and investment. The group has a focus on work involving investments into India and also serves Chinese clients. Key names include Bill Jamieson and Amit Dhume whose work includes advising one of Southeast Asia’s leading early stage private equity-focused funds on its successful closing. The team has also advised on a number of Cayman Islands-domiciled funds, including the formation and structuring of a fund focused on alternative renewable energy projects.

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