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Allen & Gledhill LLP’s ‘extremely diligent’ team ‘leaves no stones unturned’. It manages personal as well as corporate insolvencies and cross-border restructurings, particularly in the oil and gas, shipping and construction sectors. ‘One of the strongest litigators around’, Edwin Tong SC is praised for his ‘excellent leadership, hands-on approach and strategic outlook’. Tong, Corina Song and Kristy Tan are advising DNB Bank as agent and security trustee for a syndicate of lenders on the restructuring of $300m of debt tied to the vessel Lewek Constellation.Andrew Chan advised the creditors on the judicial management of Swiber Holdings, which involve facilities amounting to more than $1.6bn. Kenneth Lim was part of the team assisting Astro Overseas and nTan Corporate Advisory with matters pertaining to the liquidation of TTNV. Edward Tiong is another name to note.

Drew & Napier LLC’s ‘smart, commercial and solution-focused’ team ‘delivers out-of-the-box solutions’ which keep it at the ‘top of the field’ and make it a popular choice for large-scale regional restructurings. Sushil Nair and Chan Wei Meng are advising ING Bank as secured lender and PricewaterhouseCoopers as receiver on matters arising from the restructuring of OW Bunker Group. The ‘absolutely first-classJulian Kwek is ‘committed and professional’, with the ‘uncanny ability to look beyond the legal aspects and provide invaluable advice on commercial implications’.Blossom Hing led a team advising Pacific Andes Resources Development on a $430m debt restructuring, comprising bilateral and syndicated loans, as well as bonds listed on the Singapore Exchange.

Judicial managers, insolvency professionals and creditors instruct Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP’s team on matters arising from large-scale restructurings and insolvency proceedings. Lee Eng Beng SC advised Maybank on the moratorium application filed by Pacific Andes Resources Development and its three subsidiaries. Patrick Ang is leading a team, which includes Wilson Zhu, Sim Kwan Kiat and Quek Teck Liang, providing ongoing advice to the joint and several judicial managers of Swiber Holdings and Swiber Offshore Construction. The group is also assisting the judicial managers of Swissco. Mark Cheng and Danny Ong are also recommended.

Shook Lin & Bok LLP’s track record ranges from distressed mergers and acquisitions to divestment of assets, debt restructuring, judicial management and schemes of arrangement. The group’s client base comprises public and private companies, frequently with assets abroad. Sarjit Singh Gill SC and Probin Dass are advising one of the largest creditors in the judicial management of Swiber Holdings and Swiber Offshore Construction on matters involving the validity and viability of contractual and security arrangements. Debby Lim is part of a team assisting the liquidators of two India-headquartered entities in Singapore with creditor claims. David Chan is defending a non-executive director of a liquidated company against $16m claims of fiduciary breaches and fraud. Pradeep Pillai is another name to note.

WongPartnership LLP’s team advises borrowers, court-appointed administrators and special situation investors with matters arising from complex cross-border restructurings and insolvencies. It successfully represented Rabobank and Standard Chartered Bank as creditors of entities within the Pacific Andes Resources Development group in resisting a moratorium application by several debtors. Other highlights included devising restructuring strategies for companies based abroad and assisting receivers with enforcement matters for assets held by companies under judicial management. Manoj Sandrasegara, Chou Sean Yu and Mark Choy lead the team.

Boutique BlackOak LLC houses ‘subject matter specialists’ with ‘great attention to detail’, who ‘always go the extra mile’. The ‘flexible and nimble’ team handles highly complex matters such as bondholder restructurings and non-traditional lender activity. The ‘highly innovative, hardworking, dedicated and commercial’ Ashok Kumar is a ‘veteran of the market, who gets things done and is able to execute on difficult transactions’. Kumar is supported by the ‘sharp, intelligent and insightful’ Darius Tay, who is ‘one to watch’. Highlights included advising the provisional liquidators of Mongolian Mining Corporation with the company’s debt restructuring strategy, which involved the restructuring of its secured notes by way of cross-border schemes of arrangement.

Dentons Rodyk’s ‘commercially minded, strategic and well-connected’ group is praised for its ‘impressive response times and quality of service’. It acts for receivers and liquidators as well as distressed companies on a wide range of contentious matters. Siang Pheng Lek is advising the Steering Committee of lenders on matters pertaining to the consensual restructuring proposed by a Singapore Exchange-listed borrower. The ‘impressiveHerman Jeremiah is acting for Global Maritime Group and the former directors of Marine Contracting on placing the company into a voluntary liquidation scheme. The group is also acting for the receivers on the restructuring of Jurong Aromatics. Also recommended are Maw Shen Foo and Gerald Singham, who is ‘always on top of issues and very hands on’.

Advocatus Law LLP is a ‘solid firm with exceptional expertise and practical approach’ that remains ‘always on top of the game’. Christopher Anand Daniel is advising Ernst & Young Solutions as liquidators of Wiseley Management on the heavily contested winding-up proceedings, involving $15m debt. Suresh Nair left to establish Nair & Co LLC in 2017.

Eversheds Harry Elias’ group is particularly active in the shipping and energy sector and counts judicial managers, liquidators, receivers, managers and creditors among its clients. Justin Chia assisted Conchubar Aromatics and UVM Investment with contested applications for schemes of arrangement under section 210 of the Companies Act. Other highlights included advising investors on the informal restructuring of a company based abroad.

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC’s team regularly handles cross-border insolvency proceedings and matters requiring debt and equity capital markets expertise. The group previously provided ongoing advice to the judicial managers of Poh Lian Construction and provided assistance to the receivers and managers of Singapore Flyer. Justin Yip and Lim Sin Teck are key contacts.

Clients of TSMP Law Corporation’s group include debtors as well as creditors, insolvency professionals and investors. The team is advising multiple parties in connection with the restructuring of Ezra Holdings, acting for Bank of America in resisting a moratorium application on the basis of a jurisdictional argument and resisting the proposed schemes of arrangement filed by Berau Capital Resources and PT Berau Coal Energy. Thio Shen Yi SC is a key contact.

Tan Kok Quan Partnership’s team handles a wide spectrum of matters, many of which involve cross-border elements or unusual arrangements. The team is handling the winding up of various subsidiaries of Foreguard Shipping I Singapore and is advising Dragon Technology on two applications for judicial management. Paul Seah is advising the judicial managers of Sembawang Engineers & Constructors and Punj Lloyds in a matter involving more than 1000 creditors and debt amounting to S$750m. The ‘impressiveEddee Ngknows his way around the Singapore courts’.

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