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Singapore

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Shook Lin & Bok LLP

Shook Lin & Bok LLP remains noted for insolvency, banking, commercial and fraud cases. The team represents a number of Indian and Chinese clients in arbitral proceedings. It acted for the receivers, FTI, in a case against the promoters of a resort in Thailand, with proceedings taking place in Singapore and involving an anti-suit injunction to prevent the promoters from pursuing their claim in Thailand. Sarjit Singh Gill SC, Probin Dass, Joseph Tay and David Chan are key members of the team.

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Private wealth
Private wealth - ranked: tier 2

Shook Lin & Bok LLP

Shook Lin & Bok LLP covers the range of probate, trusts and other private family matters in order to preserve and maximise assets both in and outside of Singapore. Tan Woon Hum heads the practice and Sarjit Singh Gill SC is also noted, particularly for his handling of disputes work. Following its work representing the family of an older person suffering from mental incapacity in a case that went to the Court of Appeal concerning the application of aspects of the Mental Capacity Act, the team is now handling an appeal in respect of various costs issues. It also acted for a client in respect of cross-border tracing and investigations into a multimillion-dollar commercial fraud spanning numerous jurisdictions.

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Singapore: Banking and finance

Banking and finance – Local firms
Banking and finance – Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Shook Lin & Bok LLP

Shook Lin & Bok LLP is continuing to grow its market share of engagements from Asian banks, most notably in relation to acquisition finance, cross-border loans, insolvency and restructuring, and non-performing loan transactions. Clients rate the firm's 'full-service approach' and 'ability to bring in quality teams to support banking and finance transactions'. The firm advised Bank of China (Singapore branch) on the financing for COSCO SHIPPING International (Singapore)'s acquisition of Cogent Holdings.  Stanley Lim works hard to provide a 'streamlined service', while Liew Kai Zee and Pok Eu Jin are also key members of the team. Prakash Raja Segaran has joined Allen & Overy.

Leading individuals

Liew Kai Zee - Shook Lin & Bok LLP

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Singapore: Capital markets

Capital markets – Local firms
Capital markets – Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Shook Lin & Bok LLP

Shook Lin & Bok LLP has a well-developed capital markets practice with an established presence in equity and debt; perpetuals and liability management are fortes of the team. It advised Kakao on the first ever listing of global depositary shares (GDSs) on SGX. It also advised Q & M Dental Group (Singapore) on the establishment of its S$500m multi-currency debt issuance programme. Marilyn See is a leader in debt issuances, along with Pok Eu Jin. Gwendolyn Gn is at the forefront of equity offerings; she led the team advising Shougang Concord International Enterprises on its issuance of open offer shares to qualifying shareholders, and represented M&L Holdings Group on its listing on Hong Kong's Growth Enterprise Market (GEM).

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Singapore: Construction

Construction – Local firms
Construction – Local firms - ranked: tier 4

Shook Lin & Bok LLP

Shook Lin & Bok LLP's team, which is led by Joseph Tay, has expertise in areas ranging from the drafting and review of contracts and project financing to regulatory and environmental issues. Clients include banks and government-linked companies as well as  construction and engineering companies, property developers and contractors. In recent work, it advised on a project to develop and build a facility on industrial land, which involved corporate real estate and landlord and tenant issues, as well as construction law. Debby Lim acted for a construction company in an adjudication concerning a payment dispute relating to the construction of a foreign workers’ dormitory.

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Singapore: Corporate and M&A

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

Shook Lin & Bok LLP

Shook Lin & Bok LLP is steadily increasing its market share of higher-value deals, including public takeover work. It provides 'Magic Circle quality of advice' and 'exceptional value'. The young partnership team has substantial international law firm experience and has deep connections to banks, other financial institutions and multinational corporates. It advised the joint financial advisers to Nesta Investment Holdings on its S$16bn takeover of Global Logistic Properties. It also acted for TVS Asianics, the logistics service provider, in its acquisition of Pan Asia Logistics Group’s freight forwarding and contract logistics businesses. David Chong and Teo Mae Shaan are praised for their 'quality of advice, international experience, communication and intensity of engagement'. Michelle Phang, who previously practised in London, and Ho Ying Ming are also key partners, with the latter having a strong background in private equity and venture capital. Gwendolyn Gn provides further public takeover experience.

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Singapore: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution – Local firms
Dispute resolution – Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Shook Lin & Bok LLP

Shook Lin & Bok LLP fields a team that is 'very responsive', 'commercial' and 'great value for money'. It has maintained a healthy pipeline of insolvency, banking and shareholder disputes, and is frequently engaged in big-ticket disputes including those that reach the Court of Appeal. Clients include listed corporates, banks and accounting firms. The team represented one of the largest creditors in the judicial management of Swiber Holdings and Swiber Offshore Construction, one of the largest corporate insolvencies in Singapore. Sarjit Singh Gill SC is 'very experienced' and 'has a very good rapport with clients'. Debby Lim is 'very personable, bright and driven and takes a commercial approach'. David Chan and Probin Dass are also highly reputed. Ng Yeow Khoon has joined from Withers KhattarWong.

Leading individuals

Sarjit Singh Gill SC - Shook Lin & Bok LLP

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Singapore: Investment funds

Investment funds – Local firms
Investment funds – Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Shook Lin & Bok LLP

Shook Lin & Bok LLP's team is 'well connected and well versed in the asset and fund management industry'. The group 'always provides relevant insights and options that take into account the realistic business environment and constraints' and 'works alongside the client to problem solve'. The team is also highlighted as 'best in class for trustee work for REITS and on transaction management'. Tan Woon Hum is highly rated and Andrea Ng and associates Catherine Lim and Andrew Chow are also noted. Recent work includes acting for Gordian Capital Singapore on the establishment of a Singapore unit trust fund - the Greater China equity market neutral fund with a targeted size of $1bn, which was structured in collaboration with a large Chinese asset management company.

Leading individuals

Tan Woon Hum - Shook Lin & Bok LLP

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Singapore: Labour and employment

Labour and employment – Local firms
Labour and employment – Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Shook Lin & Bok LLP

Shook Lin & Bok LLP handles all aspects of employment law from advising on employment contracts, organisational restructuring issues, redundancy exercises to matters concerning misuse of confidential information, employment disputes and restrictive covenants. The team also advises on the issues arising from mergers and acquisitions. Teo Mae Shaan, Joseph Tay and Probin Dass have a wide range of expertise handling advisory and contentious matters, including assisting a multi-national client with restraint of trade and non-compete provisions in the employment contracts of potential hires. Pradeep Pillai left the practice in mid-2017 to establish PRP LAW LLC.

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Singapore: Real estate

Real estate – Local firms
Real estate – Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Shook Lin & Bok LLP

Shook Lin & Bok LLP's Tan Woon Hum has 'an in-depth understanding of funds and REITs work' as well as corporate real estate investments and joint venture projects. Chew Mei Choo has a comprehensive practice advising local and offshore clients on commercial, industrial and residential property transactions. Recent work includes advising on a project to develop and build a facility on industrial land, which involves the leasing of the completed facility to an end user, and in which the developer is a real estate investment trust. The team also assisted an investment company as vendor of a hotel in the Serangoon Road vicinity in a matter valued at S$99m. In other work, the team advised on issues connected with the termination of the engagement of a hotel management contractor.

Leading individuals

Chew Mei Choo  - Shook Lin & Bok LLP

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Singapore: Restructuring and insolvency

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

Shook Lin & Bok LLP

Shook Lin & Bok LLP is 'unrivalled in terms of insolvency disputes'. The team has had a role in a number of significant cases, particularly in the energy and marine sectors and in Chapter 11 filings. Sarjit Singh Gill SC, who has many years of experience in domestic and cross border insolvencies and restructurings, heads the team. Debby Lim has, according to one client, 'a perfect record in achieving successful and often ground-breaking outcomes'. She acted for the liquidators of a Singapore shipping company that was part of an Indian conglomerate in filing an application in the High Court to void a lien over sub-freight under the Companies Act. The matter eventually went to the Court of Appeal for it to consider the interplay between shipping practice and insolvency law. David Chan is also noted for his skills in this area as well as his wider litigation and arbitration expertise.

Leading individuals

David Chan - Shook Lin & Bok LLP

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Singapore: TMT

TMT – Local firms
TMT – Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Shook Lin & Bok LLP

Shook Lin & Bok LLP acts for IT and telecoms sector clients and investors on IP, financing and asset acquisition. Its client roster ranges from early stage local start-ups to well-known international corporations including Amazon, Billboard, SoftBank and WPP Group. It acted for a fintech company in its successful negotiations with the Monetary Authority of Singapore concerning its remittance licence application to provide services in the international payment industry. Key contacts in the team include David Chong, Eric Chan  and Ho Ying Ming.

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