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Norton Rose Fulbright

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Yu-En Ong

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Norton Rose Fulbright

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Foreign firms

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London-based, Jeff Smith leads the South East Asia team at Norton Rose Fulbright, which regularly advises on big-ticket power and infrastructure projects in Indonesia together with associate firm TNB & Partners. Singapore-based project finance expert Nick Merritt is recommended, as is corporate finance specialists Stephen Woods and Craig Loveless. Bangkok-based M&A expert Somboon Kitiyansub is also worthy of note. Other key names in the team include Stephen Begley, also in Singapore, and of counsel Laurie Pearson. Also recommended is Yu-En Ong, who is an expert in acquisition and asset finance.

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Foreign desks

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Yu-En Ong - Norton Rose Fulbright

Within: Foreign desks

Norton Rose Fulbright's expertise spans government advisory, banking and finance, M&A, infrastructure and project development work. The¬†team provides ‚Äėgood response times and a very good overall service‚Äô. Key names to note are finance-focused¬†Yu-En Ong¬†in Singapore, and Sydney-based insolvency and restructuring expert¬†Scott Atkins. It handled a number of high-value matters, among them advising a financial services client in relation to legislative framework reviews.

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Singapore: Banking and finance

Banking and finance ‚Äď Foreign firms

Within: Banking and finance ‚Äď Foreign firms

Norton Rose Fulbright is noted for its track record in trade and commodity finance, leveraged finance, telecoms finance, and cross-border real estate finance, and increasingly advises debt funds and alternative lenders. The firm has worked on a series of landmark commodity finance transactions and has a high market share of big-ticket telecoms financings in Myanmar and Indonesia. Amongst a number of headline deals, the Singapore office advised a syndicate of banks on a cross-border non-recourse financing to Kia Motors India for the construction of Kia Motors' $1.1bn automobile manufacturing facility in Andhra Pradesh, India. Team head Yu-En Ong is 'hands on, has good understanding of the commodity industry and can tap into a lot of experience'. Stephen Begley and Nick Merritt are recommended for energy and infrastructure financings, while of counsel Janelene Chen is noted for her ability to 'manage a deal end-to-end'.

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Singapore: Financial services regulatory

Financial services regulatory ‚Äď Foreign firms

Within: Financial services regulatory ‚Äď Foreign firms

Norton Rose Fulbright is well known for its cross-border compliance expertise, where the firm is able to field multi-disciplinary teams drawn from a number of jurisdictions. The team is well versed in assisting clients with complying with the requirements of the Singapore Monetary Authority, with recent work in this area relating to technology risk management and outsourcing. In addition to its advisory work, it regularly collaborates with Ascendant Legal LLC, with which the firm is in a formal law alliance with, in respect of litigation matters. The team has handled investigations in the financial services sector and advised on licensing issues for fintech start-ups. Managing partner Yu-En Ong, Wilson Ang,  Sheela Moorthy and Anna Tipping are key names. The 'very commercial' Stella Cramer is also noted, especially for her expertise in the TMT space.

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