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Singapore’s reputation as a major seat for international arbitration is well established. Increasingly popular among Korean clients, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) remains an attractive venue for Singaporean, Indian and South East Asian parties in particular. Looking to further cement itself as a venue for dispute resolution, the government has proposed to establish two new centres: the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) and the Singapore International Mediation Court (SIMC). The intention is that Singapore will provide a full range of forums for the resolution of cross-border disputes.
For transactional work, Singapore continues to be an important hub for the region; its ongoing popularity, however, is a double-edged sword. New entrants in the local market are sparking concerns among some of the more established firms about sustainability, with the ever-increasing competition bringing fee considerations to the fore.
On the flip side, a number of local firms are looking beyond the domestic legal market, establishing country desks from Singapore or launching offices elsewhere in South East Asia. Rajah & Tann LLP, one of the ‘big four’ law firms in Singapore, is particularly active in regional expansion.
Allen & Gledhill LLP, WongPartnership LLP and Drew & Napier LLC (the remaining three of the ‘big four’) held their dominant positions in the domestic legal market, although other local firms are notable for their size, history and expertise: Rodyk & Davidson LLP, Shook Lin & Bok LLP, TSMP Law Corporation and Stamford Law are all key players.
On the international firm front, 2013 saw the arrival of Simmons & Simmons and the return of Morrison & Foerster. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has made significant strides since its 2012 relaunch, thanks in part to its large regional client base and well-established Hong Kong office.
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Drew & Napier acted for CapitaLand Limited (" CapitaLand ") on its joint venture with a subsidiary of Credo Group (" CG ") to develop an integrated development in Central Jakarta, Indonesia. CapitaLand and CG will each hold a 50% stake in the joint venture.
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This article discusses some of the recent developments in the healthcare regulatory landscape in Singapore.
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Stamford Law is advising the receivers and managers of Singapore Flyer Pte. Ltd. (in receivership) ( SFPL ) in the S$140 million sale to Straco Leisure Pte. Ltd of SFPL's business and assets, including the giant observation wheel known as the "Singapore Flyer".
Stamford Law advised International Game Technology, a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, on the gaming law aspects of the definitive merger agreement with GTECH S.p.A. for the acquisition of IGT by GTECH for US$6.4 billion, comprising of US$4.7 billion in cash and stock and the assumption of US$1.7 billion in net debt.
Stamford Law advised certain bondholders in relation the proposed acquisition of SGX-listed Goodpack Limited by a KKR affiliate by way of a scheme of arrangement, which values Goodpack at approximately S$1.399 billion.
Stamford Law is advising SGX-listed Q & M Dental Group (Singapore) Limited, a growing private dental healthcare group in Asia which operates the largest network of private dental outlets in Singapore, in (i) its proposed grant of a call option to Heritas Helios Investments Pte. Ltd., a healthcare private equity fund seeded by IMC and managed by IMC's wholly-owned subsidiary, Heritas Capital Management Pte. Ltd. and (ii) its proposed rights issue, to raise approximately S$44 million collectively.
Stamford Law is advising SGX-listed Giken Sakata (S) Limited on its proposed placement to raise gross proceeds of up to S$24 million. Religare Capital Markets is the placement agent for the proposed placement.
Stamford Law is advising SGX-listed JK Tech Holdings Limited in relation to: (a) the proposed acquisition of certain oil concession interests and related assets in Alaska for an aggregate consideration of US$52.5 million; and (b) the proposed placement to raise gross proceeds of S$60 million. DBS and Maybank Kim Eng are the joint placement agents for the proposed placement.
Stamford Law is advising SGX-listed AusGroup Limited on its proposed acquisition of certain Australian subsidiaries of SGX-listed Ezion Holdings Limited which are engaged in the business of operating a port and marine supply base, ship chartering services and maritime training to indigenous workers, for an aggregate consideration of S$55 million.
Stamford Law advised SGX-listed Vallianz Holdings Limited on its placement to raise gross proceeds of S$54 million. UOB Kay Hian, Tata Capital and Religare Capital Markets acted as placement agents for part of the placement tranche.
Stamford Law has advised SGX-listed Polaris Ltd. on (i) its acquisition of shares in Indonesian-listed PT Trikomsel Oke Tbk for an aggregate consideration of S$65.8 million, and (ii) its placement raising gross proceeds of S$150 million which were used to acquire additional shares in Trikomsel for a consideration of S$149 million. Both Polaris and Trikomsel are involved in the retail and distribution of telecommunication and multimedia products in Singapore and Indonesia respectively. As a result of the acquisitions, Polaris will expand its geographical footprint in Asia and gain access to Trikomsel's extensive brand portfolio in Indonesia.
Stamford Law advises Goodland Group Limited on its acquisition of land in Malaysia valued at approximately RM547.8 million slated for development as commercial and residential properties through the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Citrine Assets Pte. Ltd.