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Allen & Gledhill LLP

ONE MARINA BOULEVARD, #28-00, SINGAPORE 018989, SINGAPORE
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www.allenandgledhill.com
Singapore, Yangon

Singapore

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP is recommended for β€˜complex commercial matters’. Co-head of litigation and dispute resolution Andrew Yeo is a big name in the sector, as are Dinesh Dhillon and Chong Boon Leong. Chong Yee Leong is co-head of international arbitration and is recommended for construction and infrastructure cases, an area where the firm is especially active. Peh Aik Hin is a rising star, and Chua Kee Loon is β€˜quick minded’, β€˜creative’ and a β€˜strategic thinker’.

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Singapore: Antitrust and competition

Local firms
Antitrust and competition: local firms - ranked: tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP’s team, led by Daren Shiau and economist Elsa Chen, assists major private and listed companies with investigations, in addition to specialising in managing merger control notifications to the Competition Commission of Singapore. Shiau and Chen led the team acting as joint counsel to ASML and Hermes Microvision on the merger control notification concerning the former’s $3.1bn acquisition of outstanding shares in the latter. The group is also advising DBS Bank on the S$110m acquisition of the wealth management and retail banking business of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group. Other highlights included filing merger control notifications for a joint venture between SIA Engineering Company and Airbus, Samwoh’s acquisition of a competitor’s assets, and Western Digital’s proposed acquisition of the outstanding shares in SanDisk.

Leading individuals

Daren Shiau - Allen & Gledhill LLP

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Singapore: Banking and finance

Local firms
Banking and finance: local firms - ranked: tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP represents the β€˜gold standard’, is β€˜in a class of its own’ and is β€˜a mark above others’ across the banking and finance spectrum and especially in the real estate finance segment, where it is a dominant force in big-ticket deals. The firm has a fast-developing leveraged finance practice, most notably in deals linked to privatisations. It has an even balance of lender and borrower engagements, the latter emanating from a growing number of corporate and financial sponsor clients. Among recent work highlights, the firm advised The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and United Overseas Bank (UOB) on a S$2.83bn term loan facility to Wealthy Link to finance its acquisition of land located at Central Boulevard, Singapore. Mark Hudspeth and Kok Chee Wai jointly lead the banking and finance practice, which includes senior figures Yeo Wico and Eugene Ooi, real estate finance specialist Jafe Ng, and Lim Wei Ting on acquisition and takeover financings.

Leading individuals

Kok Chee Wai - Allen & Gledhill LLP

Mark Hudspeth - Allen & Gledhill LLP

Yeo Wico - Allen & Gledhill LLP

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Singapore: Capital markets

Local firms
Capital markets: local firms - ranked: tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP has β€˜cornered the market for Singapore initial public offerings (IPOs)’ with a large senior team that is β€˜best in class’, has the β€˜best industry knowledge’ and is β€˜in tune with every aspect of a transaction’. It has made a big impression with local corporate issuers and REITs. The β€˜vastly experienced’ Tan Tze Gay and Jerry Koh lead the equity capital markets (ECM) and REITs teams, respectively. The firm advised NetLink NBN Trust, the broadband unit of Singapore Telecommunications, on its $1.95bn IPO. On the debt capital markets (DCM) side, the firm has a huge market share of medium term note (MTN) programmes in the local market. Margaret Chin is recommended for DCM offerings by repeat issuers; she is β€˜detail-oriented’ and β€˜handles clients very well’. On the covered bonds side, Magdalene Leong led the team that advised OCBC on the establishment of its $10bn global covered bond programme. Rhys Goh is praised for his β€˜100% dedication and commitment’ to β€˜deliver a high-quality product’ and β€˜get the deal done’. Senior associate Delwin Singh is β€˜brilliant’ and is β€˜now one of the very few pioneers of the local covered bonds market’.

Leading individuals

Margaret Chin - Allen & Gledhill LLP

Tan Tze Gay - Allen & Gledhill LLP

Next generation lawyers

Delwin Singh - Allen & Gledhill LLP

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Singapore: Construction

Local firms
Construction: local firms - ranked: tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP’s β€˜competent and experienced’ team β€˜understands its clients’ commercial considerations, business strategy and corporate culture’. It handles contentious and non-contentious matters, often with a cross-border element, for major contractors and developers. The β€˜outstanding’ Sathiaseelan Jagateesan provides β€˜well-rounded, pragmatic advice’ and is advising the developer consortium led by Lendlease on the S$3.2bn Paya Lebar Quarter mixed-use development. In another highlight, Jagateesan acted on the acquisition and development of a data centre for Mapletree Industrial Trust. Ho Chien Mien and Chong Yee Leong are β€˜extremely experienced, client-focused and commercially minded’; the former is representing Global Switch in a S$23m dispute with Arup Singapore arising from the construction of a data centre, and is assisting South Beach Consortium on the development of the S$3bn South Beach project. Andrew Yeo is also recommended.

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Singapore: Corporate and M&A

Local firms
Corporate and M&A: local firms - ranked: tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP

With a deep and stable bench of lawyers with extensive experience in cross-border M&A and private equity transactions, Allen & Gledhill LLP has the β€˜healthiest market share’ and is β€˜organised in a highly specialised way’. Operating across South-East Asia, the firm has experienced notable growth in real estate and healthcare deals. It advised Hotel Holdings on a $1.85bn voluntary unconditional cash offer for, and compulsory acquisition of Goodwood Park Hotel; this was an unusual deal given the hotel’s unlisted status. β€˜Brilliant lawyer’ Andrew Lim is β€˜technically very competent’, β€˜easy to deal with’ and a β€˜top-rated dealmaker’ and heads the practice alongside Lim Mei. Christopher Koh is a regular adviser on headline deals and Prawiro Widjaja is prominent in Indonesia transactions. Lee Kee Yeng is recommended for public M&A, and Richard Young is β€˜very commercial’, β€˜very bright’ and β€˜has the confidence of private equity investors’.

Leading individuals

Andrew Lim - Allen & Gledhill LLP

Lim Mei - Allen & Gledhill LLP

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Singapore: Dispute resolution

Local firms
Dispute resolution: local firms - ranked: tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP’s dispute resolution practice is widely regarded as among the elite groups in Singapore. It is consistently engaged in big-ticket cases and advice is β€˜timely, thorough and helpful’ with a notable β€˜clarity of explanation’. Edwin Tong SC has a burgeoning reputation and recently successfully defended Professor London Lucien Ooi, a leading local surgeon, in a medical negligence suit brought by a prominent Malaysian businessman. Vincent Leow is β€˜highly experienced’, β€˜understands commercial issues’ and provides β€˜robust, thorough and sound advice’, while William Ong and Jason Chan are also recommended. Tan Xeauwei is β€˜clear and concise’ and β€˜takes a well-rounded approach when looking for solutions’. Ang Cheng Hock SC has been appointed a Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court of Singapore with effect from 14 May 2018.

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Singapore: Financial services regulatory

Local firms
Financial services regulatory: local firms - ranked: tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP’s group attracts praise for its β€˜excellent response times and industry knowledge’. Clients include banks, financial institutions, investment funds, insurers, among other key players in the financial services, banking and commodities sectors. It handles a diverse range of contentious and advisory matters, ranging from licensing of exchanges and trading platforms to assisting with the regulatory aspects of large-scale corporate transactions as well as raid, investigations and enforcement actions. Practice head Francis Mok is advising a Swiss bank on regulatory issues pertaining to shifting its booking operations for OTC derivatives from London to Singapore, while Karen Tiah and Aaron Lee are assisting the Singapore branch of a global bank on anti-money laundering incentives. The β€˜extremely knowledgeable’ Adrian Ang β€˜navigates myriad regulations with ease’ and β€˜balances technical excellence with a commercial mindset’; he handles regulatory matters for fintech clients, including money transfer companies, crowdfunders and non-traditional lenders. The team also advised the Keppel Group on the consolidation of its asset management business and acted for Bank of Singapore on regulatory aspects arising from its acquisition of Barclays’ wealth and investment management business in Singapore and Hong Kong. Compliance, licensing and outsourcing specialist Wong Sook Ping is another name to note.

Leading individuals

Francis Mok - Allen & Gledhill LLP

Karen Tiah - Allen & Gledhill LLP

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Singapore: Intellectual property

Local firms
Intellectual property: local firms - ranked: tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP’s group is regularly called on to handle the intellectual property aspects of large-scale corporate transactions, as well as trade mark management, patent prosecutions and passing-off actions. On the contentious side, Stanley Lai SC and Gloria Goh are acting for Warner-Lambert Company in a patent infringement action pertaining to β€˜skinny labelling’, while William Ong acted for Bentley Motors in the successful revocation of a conflicting trade mark. On the non-contentious side Alexander Yap advised Bank of Singapore on intellectual property matters pertaining to its $228m acquisition of Barclays Bank’s wealth and investment management business in Singapore and Hong Kong. Low Pei Lin is managing patent prosecution portfolios for several large multinational corporations, higher education institutions and research institutes in Singapore and overseas, including Samsung Asia, Hitachi Asia, Singapore Post, Mattel and Shell Brands International. Low Pei Lin is another name to note.

Leading individuals

Stanley Lai SC - Allen & Gledhill LLP

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Singapore: Investment funds

Local firms
Investment funds: local firms - ranked: tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Providing advice that is β€˜timely and to the point’, β€˜cogent’ and β€˜accurate’, the team at Allen & Gledhill LLP is especially noted for matters relating to retail funds and REITs, and has genuine credibility across other key segments such as unit trusts and private funds (including private equity, real estate and sovereign wealth funds). It assisted Mapletree Real Estate Advisors with the establishment of the $1.3bn MGSA Private Trust and its $535m equity raising. The practice includes Jerry Koh, who is a market leader in REITs, and Tan Sai Hong, who is β€˜efficient’, β€˜works quickly’, is β€˜open minded’ and is widely noted for retail funds work. Danny Tan has made a big impression in private funds and is praised for his familiarity with β€˜Singapore’s fund ecosystem’ and his β€˜useful contacts at high levels at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)’; Shieh Lin Lai is active in the retail sector and is praised for her attention to β€˜ongoing regulatory requirements’ and β€˜excellent review of fund offering documents’; and senior associate Huang Hanyin is noted for her β€˜client responsiveness’, β€˜knowledge of the funds space’ and β€˜relationship management’.

Leading individuals

Danny Tan - Allen & Gledhill LLP

Jerry Koh - Allen & Gledhill LLP

Tan Sai Hong - Allen & Gledhill LLP

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Singapore: Labour and employment

Local firms
Labour and employment: local firms - ranked: tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP’s team β€˜quickly identifies key issues’ and β€˜knows how to manage expectations’. The β€˜extremely experienced and knowledgeable’ Sanjiv Kumar Rajan β€˜gets stuck in and delivers effective and commercial advice’. Vincent Leow is assisting corporate clients with claims against directors concerning breaches of fiduciary duty, misconduct and conspiracy, while Aaron Lee has a track record of handling contract reviews as well as discrimination and unlawful dismissal claims. Trade secret misappropriation disputes are another area of work. Kelvin Wong is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Vincent Leow - Allen & Gledhill LLP

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Singapore: Projects and energy

Local firms
Projects and energy: local firms - ranked: tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP handles a mix of energy, oil and gas, utilities and infrastructure projects across South East Asia, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos and Singapore itself. The practice has seen particular growth in Malaysia, especially in the power sector, and in Indonesia. It has deep connections to local and regional banks, local and regional sponsors, and governments and regulators. Work highlights included advising the Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore on its agreements with SBST Transit and SMRT Buses for 11 bus packages under the bus contracting model, a new framework for procuring public bus services in Singapore. Moreover, the firm advised the LTA on its $991m acquisition of the operating assets of SMRT Trains and SMRT Light Rail under a new rail financing framework. Kelvin Wong leads on the project development side with Kok Chee Wai heading the project finance team.

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Singapore: Real estate

Local firms
Real estate: local firms - ranked: tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP’s practice combines β€˜strong business acumen with a good balance between legal and commercial considerations’. Margaret Soh, Ho Kin San and Eudora Tan are advising Guthrie GTS and Lee Kim Tah Holdings on the S$2.2bn divestment of Jurong Point shopping centre to Mercatus Cooperative by way of seven inter-conditional sale and purchase agreements. Fock Kah Yan acted for Savills Fund Management on the S$531m property sale to a fund managed by CLSA Capital Partners. The group also assisted Mapletree Business City with the divestment of a S$1.78bn stake in the leasehold of an office tower and three business park blocks at Mapletree Business City and handled the two-phase disposal of a S$651.5m property portfolio by NTUC Fairprice Cooperative and Thomson Plaza Investments to Mercatus Cooperative. Tan Boon Wah and Penny Goh are also recommended. Lin Mei Ann recently joined the firm.

Leading individuals

Margaret Soh - Allen & Gledhill LLP *Since publication, Margaret Soh has left the firm

Penny Goh - Allen & Gledhill LLP

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Singapore: Restructuring and insolvency

Local firms
Restructuring and insolvency: local firms - ranked: tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP’s β€˜extremely diligent’ team β€˜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. β€˜One of the strongest litigators around’, Edwin Tong SC is praised for his β€˜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.

Leading individuals

Andrew Chan - Allen & Gledhill LLP

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Singapore: Shipping

Local firms
Shipping: local firms - ranked: tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP’s β€˜extremely knowledgeable’ team β€˜delivers seamless cooperation’ to financial institutions, equity providers, commodity traders, insurers, shipbuilders and other clients, who instruct it on complex multi-jurisdictional matters ranging from cargo claims to wet shipping work. Soh Yin Chuin advised Malayan Banking Berhad on the $50m refinancing of 10 vessels owned by Hong Lam Marine and Adamas Marine, which involved a Shari’ah-compliant murabaha facility and a conventional ISDA hedging facility. The group also acted for Malayan Banking Berhad on the $163m debt restructuring of Vallianz Holdings and its subsidiaries. Kenny Yap is assisting China Merchants Bank with heavily contested arrest and mortgage enforcement proceedings in Singapore against a vessel. Co-head Vivian Ang is a β€˜hardworking, detail-focused and extremely good lawyer who runs her team well’. Gina Lee-Wan, who heads the practice alongside Ang, handles contentious as well as non-contentious maritime work.

Leading individuals

Corina Song - Allen & Gledhill LLP

Gina Lee-Wan - Allen & Gledhill LLP

Vivian Ang - Allen & Gledhill LLP

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Singapore: TMT

Local firms
TMT: local firms - ranked: tier 2

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP’s expertise spans traditional and unconventional areas of work, assisting clients with outsourcing agreements, cloud deployment, global data protection compliance and IT procurement. Tham Kok Leong assisted DBS Bank with the technology and operational migration aspects of its acquisition of the wealth management and retail banking businesses from Australia and New Zealand Banking group across five markets. Tan Wee Meng, who has β€˜unparalleled business acumen and connections’, advised on the implementation of Samsung Pay mobile payment platform in Singapore, which involved drafting and negotiating agreements with card issuers, banks and third party service providers as well as devising a regulatory strategy. The team also acted for Far East Organization on the procurement of IT and cloud services. Stanley Lai SC is another name to note.

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Singapore: Tax

Local firms
Tax: local firms - ranked: tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP has a dedicated tax team led by two partners, Sunit Chhabra and Lim Pek Bur, covering both high-end tax advisory matters and big-ticket tax disputes. Its primary client base is listed companies and multinationals that have a presence in Singapore. The team has experienced an uptick in tax engagements linked to restructurings, capital markets transactions and real estate. It recently had an integral role in advising Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation on the establishment of its $10bn global covered bond programme.

Next generation lawyers

Mark Li - Allen & Gledhill LLP

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