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  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Gigi Cheah - Norton Rose Fulbright
    • Stella Cramer - Norton Rose Fulbright
    • Matt Pollins - CMS
    • Mark Robinson - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Next generation lawyers

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    • Peggy Chow - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

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CMS’best-in-class’ team is noted for its ‘strong industry knowledge’ and ‘ability to deliver what clients want’. Matt Pollins is ‘one of the most diligent and amiable lawyers’; he ‘provides solutions that facilitate the conduct of business without compromising legal protection’. The group’s clients vary from start-ups to large national and multinational corporations including Unilever, NBC Universal and Deliveroo. Pollins is leading a team advising Microsoft and LinkedIn on matters related to their cloud computing business in the region, as well as on commercial contract negotiations. Other highlights included assisting BBC Worldwide with the launch of Player and handling a global procurement process for the provision of IT equipment for BHP Billiton.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s group handles a range of investment and joint venture transactions as well as outsourcing, procurement and regulatory matters. Practice head Mark Robinson continues to provide ongoing advice to Apple; mandates included launching the first Apple store in Singapore, introducing Apple gift cards and managing consultations with regulators regarding the proposed implementation of Apple Pay. The team is advising Axiata Group with its acquisition of 12.5% stake in the Singapore holding company of Myanmar Tower Company from YSH Finance and its arrangements in Sri Lanka for the management of mobile towers of Dialog Axiata. Other highlights included assisting Standard Chartered Bank with drafting an IT services outsourcing panel agreement and advising Thaicom on an agreement for the construction and launch of a satellite by China Great Wall Industry Corporation.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s Singapore office frequently takes the lead on global transactions and handles major transformational technology programmes, legislative and regulatory developments, and the drafting of outsourcing agreements. Financial institutions form a substantial proportion of the client base, as do technology and telecommunications companies, with fintech, cybersecurity and data protection all strong areas of expertise. Accenture, AIG, DBS, HSBC, Vodafone and Markit are clients. Stella Cramer is advising a major financial institution on an outsourcing contract for the provision of infrastructure services. Other highlights included assisting with regulatory aspects of client’s expansion the Singapore market and handling technology matters pertaining to a corporate transaction in the manufacturing sector. Consultant Gigi Cheah is also recommended. David Olds joined the team as of counsel.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP’s team is particularly active in the telecommunications sector, managing complex projects and transactions across the region. Practice head Giles Kennedy advised Protelindo on its acquisition and leaseback of cell towers from XL Axiata, sold through a public auction, and acted alongside senior associate James McFarlane for the same client on the sale of its telecoms tower portfolio in the Netherlands.

Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP’s ‘responsive, efficient, experienced and well-organised’ group advises traditional telecommunications operators as well as technology companies on a range of financing and corporate transactions. Practice head Jake Robson led a team advising Axiata Group on its acquisition of a controlling stake in Ncell by way of purchasing Reynolds Holding from TeliaSonera and SEA Telecom Investments for $1.7bn. The group is also assisting Axiata Digital Services with its investment into Etobee and is advising shareholders of Tarantula Global Holdings on the sale of the company to Volaris Group. Also recommended are Adam Summerly and Shirin Tang. Yemi Tépé joined from Clifford Chance.

Latham & Watkins LLP’s ‘outstanding, phenomenally responsive, commercially minded and practical’ team ‘leverages the firm’s global network’ to advise clients ranging from global corporations to start-ups. Luke Grubb, who has ‘seen and done a lot’, is ‘always calm under the most intense of pressure and incredibly responsive’. Grubb is advising Royal Caribbean Cruises on compliance and regulatory aspects of its operations across China, Hong Kong and South East Asia, and is assisting Tencent Holdings with the acquisition of exclusive internet content license rights to ESPN editorial and live sports streaming. ‘Very bright’ associate Sally Murphy ‘grasps the client’s needs and provides advice that is quick and to the point, effectively addressing the issue without a swirl’.

Linklaters’ group was bolstered by the arrival of Niranan Arasaratnam from Allens, who specialises in corporate transactions in the hi-tech and media sectors as well as licensing and procurement projects across the region. With clients ranging from global corporations to technology start-ups, the team attracts instructions in matters such as outsourcing agreements, data analytics partnerships, new product launches and acquisitions. Counsel Adrian Fisher assisted DBS Bank with the establishment of Innovation Group and advised Smove on the expansion of its business in Singapore.

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