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HFW Singapore LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

HFW Singapore LLP

HFW Singapore LLP is primarily known for commodities, energy and transport disputes. The team has extensive experience of SIAC proceedings, including shipbuilding disputes and offshore energy-related arbitrations. Paul Aston is an experienced hand in international arbitrations, while Chris Swart is noted for commodities disputes and Chanaka Kumarasinghe for energy and oil and gas arbitrations. Newly promoted partner Adam Richardson provides further expertise in commodities and shipping disputes.

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Singapore: Asset finance

Asset finance – Foreign firms
Asset finance – Foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

HFW Singapore LLP

HFW Singapore LLP is, according to one client, 'exceptional bar non' for asset finance. John Forrester and David Brotherton lead teams that provide 'great service and good value' and 'have a very commercial approach.' Ling Lui has extensive expertise covering cross-border aviation finance and leasing as well as ship and ship equipment lease financing and Leigh Borello is noted for his considerable skills in aircraft and equipment finance, structured finance and cross-border leasing transactions. Senior associate Christopher Marrable is also noted for his strength in aviation matters. Clients include Nigeria LNG, Eastern Pacific Shipping, Nordea Bank and ABN Amro Bank. The team's recent work includes advising Crédit Agricole and others on the transactional and financing aspects of the $65m acquisition of a portfolio of 14 spare engines for Asia Aviation Capital, the leasing arm of AirAsia.

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Singapore: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A – Foreign firms
Corporate and M&A – Foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

HFW Singapore LLP

HFW Singapore LLP's Brian Gordon heads the global corporate practice and has an especially strong record in mining and resources. The firm's presence in this sector was further enhanced by the launch of a Jakarta presence in November 2017. Moreover the firm recruited energy and resources specialist Alistair Duffield, formerly the managing partner of Berwin Leighton Paisner's South East Asia practice. The Singapore team advised Stratex International, the AIM-quoted gold exploration and development company, on the potential acquisition of ASX-listed Crusader Resources. Of counsel Aaron Kok is 'a tremendous asset' with 'good legal knowledge and operational understanding'.

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Singapore: Energy

Energy – Foreign firms
Energy – Foreign firms - ranked: tier 4

HFW Singapore LLP

HFW Singapore LLP's strong energy credentials encompasses offshore oil and gas transactions and disputes, and the firm is a growing force in renewables, most notably in wind energy. It delivers 'top-quality commercial legal advice and is extremely responsive to tight timetables and client demands'. Highlights included advising Kirkham Finance on the amendment of its $9m secured bonds traded on the Singapore Exchange. Corporate transactions specialist Brian Gordon 'has outstanding sector knowledge as well as the commercial acumen and tenacity to get deals done'. Chris Swart 'is an excellent litigator with huge capacity to understand complex contractual disputes'. Ivan Chia is noted for energy projects.

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Singapore: Shipping

Shipping – Foreign firms
Shipping – Foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

HFW Singapore LLP

HFW Singapore LLP's 'top-tier' practice stands out for its industry knowledge. Its expertise spans all aspects of shipping - high-profile, contentious cases, acquisitions and sales of vessels and shipping-related financing. Toby Stephens, who transferred from the firm's London office in August 2017, heads the team and John Forrester, who also relocated from the London office, is a key name on the financing side. The team acts for P&I clubs, commodities houses, shipbuilders, clients in the offshore industries as well as financial institutions. It is handling high-profile cases concerning the grounding or collision of vessels, some of which include serious environmental damage and disputed salvage cases. The team is representing Discovery Drilling in court proceedings and an arbitration concerning an offshore rig. It is also dealing with matters that relate to the alleged breach of sanctions. The team was bolstered by the arrival of senior associate Manik Verma, who joined in August 2017 from  Watson Farley & Williams LLP, and Siri Wennevik, who joined from Wikborg Rein in January 2018. Paul Apostolis departed to join Campbell Johnston Clark Singapore LLP.

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