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Allen & Gledhill LLP’s practice, headed by Edwin Tong SC, is acting for private and public multinational companies and financial institutions. Complex cross-border and domestic restructurings and insolvency matters form the key mandates. Highlights included advising lenders and security agents in the cross-border restructuring of Jurong Aromatics’ $2.5bn project financing. Andrew Chan, Edward Tiong and Kenneth Lim are recommended.

Drew & Napier LLCconsistently achieves excellent results in an efficient manner’. ‘Outstanding lawyersSushil Nair and Julian Kwek head the practice and ‘work relentlessly for their clients’. The team also includes ‘extremely smart and effective litigatorBlossom Hing. Kwek and Chan Wei Meng acquired a court-approved scheme of arrangement for Glory Wealth Group following a $1.1bn out-of-court debt restructuring. Clients also include CapitaLand, CVC Partners and PwC.

Sim Kwan Kiat leads the practice at Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP. Danny Ong is ‘excellent for contentious restructuring matters’; together with Patrick Ang and Chua Beng Chye, he has been assisting the liquidators of 45 Lehman Brothers’ entities across nine jurisdictions. Wilson Zhu and Chong Kah Kheng have been promoted to partner.

At Shook Lin & Bok LLP, Debby Lim has been advising a creditor and a majority shareholder of the operator of a $2.4bn petrochemical plant in relation to its debt restructuring and receivership. The team is particularly active in the energy, natural resources, shipping and construction sectors. Sarjit Singh Gill SC, David Chan, Pradeep Pillai and Probin Dass are also recommended.

WongPartnership LLP’s ‘strong team’ has an ‘excellent understanding of client needs’ and provides a service that is ‘second to none’. Manoj Sandrasegara, Chou Sean Yu and Mark Choy lead the practice, acting for clients from pre-distress to post-collapse stage, advising buyers and sellers on distressed M&A transactions, and assisting issuers and investors with securitisation issues. The team was instructed by Jurong Aromatics regarding its $1.816bn debt package restructuring and acted for the judicial manager of Altus Shipping and Logistics. Tan Mei Yen is a ‘talent’.

Dentons Rodyk’s team is renowned for its contentious expertise; it has been advising Global Maritime Group and the ex-directors of Marine Contracting on placing the latter company into voluntary liquidation. Siang Pheng Lek, Herman Jeremiah and Maw Shen Foo are key contacts.

Justin Yip at Morgan Lewis Stamford LLCprovides practical solutions to complicated problems.’ The team is ‘always able to come up with sound and specific legal advice’, and acts in complex restructurings with a capital markets angle. Special situations debt restructuring and distressed transactions are other areas of focus. Lim Sin Teck is also recommended.

Suresh Nair, who joined from Straits Law Practice LLC, and Christopher Anand Daniel lead the practice at Advocatus Law LLP. The boutique predominantly acts for distressed companies in high-value bond restructurings and insolvencies.

Ashok Kumar, who joined from TSMP Law Corporation, leads the ‘responsive, engaged and passionate’ team at BlackOak LLC and combines ‘deep industry knowledge with a commercial approach’. Clients include Bilcare Research and Standard Chartered Bank.

Eddee Ng heads the practice at Tan Kok Quan Partnership, acting primarily for accounting firms and financial institutions. Paul Seah has been representing UOB in a creditors’ action against the judicial receivers. Ernst & Young and PwC are also clients.

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