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Allen & Gledhill LLP

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Singapore, Yangon

Singapore

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP's 'excellent' international arbitration team provides an 'efficient and effective' service and is 'extremely good at strategy and perspectives'. Key figures include Chua Kee Loon, who is 'attentive to clients' needs' and delivers 'high-quality advice'; Chong Boon Leong, who is 'passionate and committed'; and Ankit Goyal, who is noted for his 'very strong India credentials'. Andrew Yeo co-heads the litigation and dispute resolution department and infrastructure and construction leader Chong Yee Leong is co-head of the international arbitration team alongside Dinesh Dhillon.

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Singapore: Antitrust and competition

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

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP's 'antitrust and competition practice group is extremely impressive in terms of its deep understanding of laws and practice and the advice is always very practical and strategic'. Practice head Daren Shiau is 'the undoubted master of highly complex transactions and behavioral investigations'. Elsa Chen and Scott Clements are also 'very impressive'. The team advises on all aspects of competition law including high-profile multi-jurisdictional merger clearances, investigations, and leniency and abuse of dominance matters. It advised Global Logistic Properties and JP Morgan on the  multi-jurisdictional merger notifications for the approximately S$16bn proposed acquisition of all issued and paid-up ordinary shares of Global Logistic Properties by Nesta Investments. In other work, it is handling numerous Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) investigations and has obtained a number of merger clearances without conditions.

Leading individuals

Daren Shiau - Allen & Gledhill LLP

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Singapore: Banking and finance

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

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP continues to operate at the forefront of real estate finance; recent work has involved loans to REITs, real estate developers and other real estate players. The firm is also strong in PPP financings and bilateral and syndicated loans. The practice's client base has typically skewed towards banks, though instruction from non-bank lender and borrower clients has grown. It advised CapitaLand Commercial Trust on the S$1.42bn financing of its acquisition of Asia Square Tower. Clients highlight the team's 'strength in depth', 'industry knowledge', 'value for money', 'constructive advice' and its 'accessibility and responsiveness'. Kok Chee Wai is 'commercially savvy enough to make sure his clients' interests are protected'. Other key figures include Mark Hudspeth, Aloysius Ng who is noted for his record in PPP financings, Jafe Ng, who is a key name for real estate finance, and Lim Wei Ting, who is 'a well-rounded counsel with a strong ability to forge consensus'. Yeo Wico is also recommended.

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

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

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP is at the forefront of Singapore initial public offerings (IPOs). The firm has played a dominant role in equity issuances by real estate investment trusts (REITs) and in covered bonds. Highlights included advising NetLink NBN and Singtel on the S$2.3bn IPO and listing of NetLink NBN Trust on the Singapore Exchange (SGX), and acting for Cromwell EREIT Management as the manager of Cromwell European Real Estate Investment Trust on its IPO on SGX. The team advises banks and issuers and is 'always available and responsive', 'technically strong', and has 'deep bench strength'. Jerry Koh is universally regarded as a leader in REITs and business trusts listings. Other key figures include Tan Tze Gay, who is 'incredibly sharp' and 'is able to take on tricky/complex issues in her stride'; Margaret Chin; and Leonard Ching,  who is 'a top-class operator' and is 'always calm under pressure'. Chua Bor Jern is 'extremely helpful in providing solutions to many complex issues'. Senior associate Delwin Singh and counsel Alvin Zhuang are also singled out.

Leading individuals

Jerry Koh - Allen & Gledhill LLP

Margaret Chin - Allen & Gledhill LLP

Tan Tze Gay - Allen & Gledhill LLP

Next Generation Partners

Alvin Zhuang - Allen & Gledhill LLP

Delwin Singh - Allen & Gledhill LLP

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Singapore: Construction

Construction – Local firms
Construction – Local firms - ranked: tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP  is considered 'excellent' on all fronts and is noted for its 'in-depth knowledge and awareness of industry practices'. Sathiaseelan Jagateesan, who is 'very knowledgeable, wise, eloquent, patient and cares about his clients', and Ho Chien Mien lead a substantial team that advises on construction projects, engineering and infrastructure mandates, as well as back-end litigation and arbitration. The former is advising the developer, Soil-Build, on all aspects of the S$50m integrated construction of a manufacturing and fabrication facility, which includes offices and a dormitory. In other work, the team is assisting IOI Properties Group with the development of the Central Boulevard project located within the Central Business District of Singapore, which is valued at S$3bn and concerns the envisaged construction of two Grade A office towers together with a retail space. The team is also handling a number of arbitrations and litigation concerning large-scale power and transport projects, as well as disputes over design and building defects. Other key lawyers include Chong Yee Leong and Chong Boon Leong.

Leading individuals

Sathiaseelan Jagateesan - Allen & Gledhill LLP

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Singapore: Corporate and M&A

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

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP's sizeable team, which features a deep bench of experienced partners, is frequently engaged in the biggest-ticket deals in the market. Moreover, it is building its presence in private equity, venture capital and the startup environment, including fintech. Christian Chin led the team advising Grab on its acquisition of the South East Asia operations and assets of Uber Technologies, in return for a 27.5% stake in Grab. In other headline deals, a team led by Lim Mei advised Global Logistics Properties (GLP) and JP Morgan (as financial adviser to GLP) on the S$16bn sale of GLP to Nesta Investment Holdings; this was Asia's largest private equity buyout. The firm also advised Broadcom on its redomiciliation from Singapore to the US. Other key figures in the 'highly competent and responsive' include Richard Young, who is 'very sensible and gets things across the line', Andrew M Lim, Christopher Koh, Prawiro Widjaja and Lee Kee Yeng.

Leading individuals

Andrew M Lim - Allen & Gledhill LLP

Lim Mei - Allen & Gledhill LLP

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Singapore: Dispute resolution

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

Allen & Gledhill LLP

At Allen & Gledhill LLP, Dr Stanley Lai, SC ('a good strategist and IP litigator') is now the firm's sole Senior Counsel litigator following the departures of Ang Cheng Hock SC to the bench and Edwin Tong SC, who became Senior Minister of State for Law and Health. Despite these departures, the firm maintains a high market share of big-ticket Singapore disputes. Lai recently led the team that represented Credit Suisse Trust in a headline dispute concerning a trust set up by Bidzina Ivanishvili, the Georgian billionaire and former Prime Minister of Georgia. The 'truly excellent', 'professional' and 'fantastic' team features William Ong, who 'can zero in on the key issues of concern, map out strategic solutions and passionately deliver legal arguments'. Vincent Leow provides 'very good and practical advice' and 'impresses with the quality of his work'. Jason Chan is noted for white-collar crime and investigations, while Tay Yong Seng 'truly goes above and beyond' and 'understands what the business is and what the business wants'. Peh Aik Hin is a 'top-tier lawyer' who is 'razor sharp in getting to the issues and addressing concerns'. Kristy Tan has has joined the Attorney General's Chambers.

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Singapore: Financial services regulatory

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

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP's team provides 'first-class advice' and is 'extremely good value for money'. It handles the gamut of advisory and disputes cases in respect of banking, securities, futures and commodities trading, in addition to advising on the regulatory aspects of mergers and acquisitions. The team also has good links with a variety of regulators. The well-regarded Francis Mok and Karen Tiah jointly head the team and Adrian Ang is 'an excellent lawyer with a first-class mind, who always ensures his clients’ interests are properly protected and is a real pleasure to work with'. The team advised HSBC and Maybank on the transfer of its retail banking operations from its respective Singapore branches into newly incorporated subsidiaries. It also assisted a well-known UK bank with regulatory issues pertaining to the transfer of its Singapore operations from an existing bank and merchant bank in Singapore to a new bank entity in order to comply with UK ring-fencing regulations.

Leading individuals

Francis Mok - Allen & Gledhill LLP

Karen Tiah - Allen & Gledhill LLP

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Singapore: Intellectual property

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

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP fields 'a fabulous team that knows its stuff and can deliver outcomes'. Practice head Dr Stanley Lai, SC is 'a good strategist and has the seniority to reach out to third parties and their counsel to mediate and deliver outcomes'. Other key members of the team include Low Pei Lin, Tham Kok Leong and William Ong. The group has a range of expertise in areas such as chemistry, biotechnology and engineering and undertakes patent and trade mark prosecution work and infringement matters together with transactional work including the negotiation of commercial agreements. It is acting for ASM Technology Singapore in an appeal to the Court of Appeal against a High Court decision regarding patent infringement and validity concerning a patent relating to a process and apparatus to seal electronic components with moulding resin. It is also representing a group of defendants in a dispute pertaining to allegations of copyright infringement and breach of confidence. Alexander Yap is a key name for commercial transactions relating to intellectual property, information technology and the protection and management of data.

Leading individuals

Stanley Lai SC - Allen & Gledhill LLP

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Singapore: Investment funds

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

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP is 'a market leader in this area', 'has a good understanding of market practice' and 'provides a quick turnaround at a reasonable price'. Senior members of the team include Jerry Koh, Danny Tan, Tan Sai Hong and the 'responsive and hands-on' Sarah Teo, who provides 'advice that is commercially viable'. The team's recent work includes advising Centurion Corporation, as manager of Centurion US student housing fund, on the establishment and successful closure of its inaugural private fund, which had an aggregate committed capital of $89.5m.

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

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

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP's team handles the gamut of employment and industrial relations matters especially those pertaining to cross-border and dual-employment arrangements and employee transfers and also has strength in areas such as pension schemes and employment disputes - particularly those involving senior employees. In recent work, it acted for Grab Inc, as it acquired the operations of Uber Technologies, on the transfer of the employees in Singapore and numerous other Asian jurisdictions. The team also advised on various complex, cross-border and Singapore law employment issues in connection with the merger of Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management. On the disputes side, it acted for Brightex Paints in a case concerning the theft of valuable industrial, confidential information by an employee. Kelvin Wong and Sanjiv Kumar Rajan jointly head the team; litigator Aaron Lee is recommended for his 'responsiveness and great industrial knowledge'; and Vincent Leow is another name to note.

Leading individuals

Vincent Leow - Allen & Gledhill LLP

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Singapore: Projects and energy

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

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP has worked on a series of iconic deals, including landmark transport infrastructure projects and recent public private partnership (PPP) projects in Singapore. It advised the Land Transport Authority of Singapore on agreements with SBST Transit and SMRT Buses for 11 bus packages under the bus contracting model. The firm is also active in oil and gas projects (including petrochemical projects). Myanmar is an increasingly important jurisdiction for the practice. The firm is primarily focused on the sponsor side, though is increasingly engaged by regional banks. Kok Chee Wai and Kelvin Wong are recommended for project finance and project development respectively.

Leading individuals

Kelvin Wong - Allen & Gledhill LLP

Kok Chee Wai - Allen & Gledhill LLP

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Singapore: Real estate

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

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP is involved in many of the market's most significant transactions and has the full range of expertise on acquisitions, divestments and developments as well as REITs. Co-head of the team Penny Goh has extensive experience in corporate real estate including a focus on REITs work and fellow co-head Ho Kin San is noted for 'having a wealth of experience and knowledge' and for being 'calm in the face of urgency'. Hoo Sheau Farn is also highlighted for her 'keen eye for detail and in-depth expertise in real estate'. Other key members in the sizeable team include Eudora Tan, Fock Kah Yan  and Tan Boon Wah. Highlights included acting for CapitaCommercial Trust Management on the S$2.1bn acquisition of Asia Square Tower 2 from BlackRock Asia Property Fund III.

Leading individuals

Penny Goh - Allen & Gledhill LLP

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Singapore: Restructuring and insolvency

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

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP is a popular choice for large-scale, cross-border restructuring and insolvency work. Highlights included acting for Jurong Town Corporation in the statutory transfer of bankruptcy actions and claims from the Housing Development Board to Jurong Town Corporation, in a matter that involved a series of High Court and State Court applications relating to more than 400 claims. It also represented the Chapter 11 Trustee for the China Fishery Group/CFG Peru Investments after a large number of the China Fishery Group companies filed for Chapter 11 protection in the US. Andrew Chan, who has wide-ranging expertise including handling one of the first sukuk defaults in Singapore, is a key name along with Edward Tiong. The latter acted for Gibson Innovations in the restructuring and insolvency of Gibson Brands, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with debts estimated at  $500m; as part of the restructuring, Gibson Brands agreed to a restructuring support agreement. Corina Song is also a noted practitioner. Edwin Tong SC is now Senior Minister of State for Law and Health.

Leading individuals

Andrew Chan - Allen & Gledhill LLP

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Singapore: Shipping

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

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP is 'a simply terrific firm that  definitely lives up to its billing as one of the leading firms in Singapore' and 'has deep domain expertise and a good network with maritime law firms in other jurisdictions'. It has a comprehensive range of expertise in matters ranging from financing and debt restructuring to litigation and arbitration where contractual and other disputes arise. The team is acting for a client in a cross-border dispute relating to a project to convert a floating storage and offloading vessel, a matter that has been referred to the ICC for arbitration. In other work, it advises local and international banks and other financial institutions on term and other loan facilities and refinancing concerning the construction of fleets of ships and other vessels.  Vivian Ang, who stands out 'as a strong leader and excellent strategist' and provides 'an outstanding level of service', and Gina Lee-Wan are the highly respected group heads. Other team members include Corina Song, whose practice includes contentious shipping and admiralty cases such as charterparty disputes and mortgage enforcement. Kenny Yap handles a range of contentious and advisory work across shipping and international trade and Harold Or undertakes shipping and aviation matters.

Leading individuals

Corina Song - Allen & Gledhill LLP

Gina Lee-Wan - Allen & Gledhill LLP

Vivian Ang - Allen & Gledhill LLP

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Singapore: TMT

TMT – Local firms
TMT – Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP attracts praise for its 'sound and prompt advice and its bench strength'. The group's comprehensive expertise spans the acquisition and financing of technology companies, licensing, regulatory and data protection as well as related IP protection. It also advises on developing areas such as cloud systems and fintech. Tan Wee Meng and Yeo Boon Kiat led a team that advised NetLink NBN and SingTel on a S$2.3bn IPO and listing of NetLink NBN Trust on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading. Other work included assisting the Asean Football Federation on its appointment of Lagardère Sports as the exclusive marketing and media rights holder for the Suzuki Cup. Tham Kok Leong  and Dr Stanley Lai, SC are highly regarded.

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Singapore: Tax

Tax – Local firms
Tax – Local firms - ranked: tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP 's tax team covers a range of corporate transactions and disputes, including capital markets issuances, M&A and restructuring engagements. It also acts for private equity funds looking to invest in the region through Singapore's tax regime. The team has built an impressive body of experience in acting for clients in disputes with Singapore's Inland Revenue Authority. It advised Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation on the tax aspects of its agreement to acquire the retail finance business of National Australia Bank. Sunit Chhabra covers both transactions and disputes, while Lim Pek Bur specialises in transactional work and wealth management issues.

Leading individuals

Sunit Chhabra - Allen & Gledhill LLP

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