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WongPartnership LLP

12 MARINA BOULEVARD, LEVEL 28, MARINA BAY FINANCIAL CENTRE TOWER 3, SINGAPORE 018982, SINGAPORE
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Singapore

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 2

WongPartnership LLP

WongPartnership LLP has an 'outstanding' track record in investor-state disputes, commercial arbitration and construction cases and 'has accumulated genuine international arbitration knowledge'. The 'superb' team is regarded as 'more international' than many of its Singapore rivals and often receives referrals from international firms; 'its preparations and planning are very thorough and its advice and strategy are meticulous'. Its international standing has also led to engagements in arbitrations seated outside of Singapore. Alvin Yeo SC's 'wisdom and powers of persuasion are phenomenal' and he is 'very articulate', 'very intelligent' and 'impressive'. He led the team that represented Swissbourgh Diamond Mines and related parties in court proceedings relating to an investment treaty arbitration against the Kingdom of Lesotho. Swee Yen Koh is 'a local star', 'meticulous over detail and has an instant grasp of the key issues'. Wendy Lin is 'responsive', 'displays maturity and acumen that are well beyond her years' and 'is a very good strategist who always thinks several steps ahead'. Construction specialist Christopher Chuah, Andre Maniam SC, Tan Chee Meng SC and Chan Hock Keng are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Alvin Yeo SC - WongPartnership LLP

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Private wealth
Private wealth - ranked: tier 1

WongPartnership LLP

WongPartnership LLP is, according to one client, 'as good as anyone in Singapore' and its 'costs for contentious matters were very reasonable compared to other firms'. Key practitioners include Hui Choon Yuen whose broad practice takes in private wealth, debt capital markets and financial services regulatory compliance. Sim Bock Eng  is highly rated for understanding 'the sensitivities of the subject matter' as well as for being 'very approachable and personable'. Associate Alvin Lim  also stands out for his 'communication and organisational skills'. Highlights included advising a very high-net-worth family on the structuring of a trust and investing entity for the family's wealth and obtaining regulatory clearance from MAS for the underlying investing entity.

Leading individuals

Sim Bock Eng - WongPartnership LLP

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Singapore: Antitrust and competition

Antitrust and competition – Local firms
Antitrust and competition – Local firms - ranked: tier 2

WongPartnership LLP

WongPartnership LLP's team is 'to the point and commercially minded' and is 'great value for money and a pleasure to deal with'. Ameera Ashraf, who leads the team is, according to one client, 'the best practitioner in Singapore' in this area, and Chan Jia Hui is also noted. The group handles merger control matters, leniency issues, abuse of dominance and other investigations. Clients include well-known international corporates and in recent work it advised Luxottica Group on a merger control filing in respect of the proposed multibillion-dollar merger with Essilor International; the matter proceeded to a phase 2 review by the CCCS.

Leading individuals

Ameera Ashraf - WongPartnership LLP

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Singapore: Banking and finance

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

WongPartnership LLP

WongPartnership LLP has a highly developed banking and finance practice, covering all mainstream financing products and with a significant market share of big-ticket acquisition finance and real estate finance transactions. It acted as Singapore counsel to Nesta Investment Holdings on a $4bn term loan and revolving facilities for its headline acquisition of Global Logistic Properties. It also advised a syndicate of lenders on a S$950m term loan and revolving facilities for Frasers Property Quayside's acquisition of real estate for the construction of a residential development. The 'very responsive and knowledgeable' team acts for all the major banks in Singapore and a large proportion of international banks that operate in the region.  The outstanding Susan Wong leads the team, which includes Alvin Chia, who is 'very commercial and has good knowledge of what the client wants'. Christy Lim, Felix Lee and Tan Li Wen are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Alvin Chia - WongPartnership LLP

Susan Wong - WongPartnership LLP

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Singapore: Capital markets

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

WongPartnership LLP

WongPartnership LLP is a big player in both debt and equity transactions, acting primarily for issuers, and has experienced an increase in debt restructuring engagements as well as a steady flow of MTN programme issuances. The 'commercially minded' team 'goes the extra mile for clients', and recently advised Danone Probiotics on its secondary sale of the common stock of Yakult Honsha Co raising gross proceeds of Y175bn. On the debt side, it advised Bread Talk on its S$100m note issuance pursuant to its S$250m multi-currency MTN programme. Gail Ong and Long Chee Shan are prominent ECM practitioners, while key figures on the DCM side include Hui Choon Yuen and Trevor Chuan, who are 'knowledgeable, technical, experienced, very helpful, polite and conscientious'. Rachel Eng has left to join PwC’s legal arm.

Leading individuals

Gail Ong - WongPartnership LLP

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Singapore: Construction

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

WongPartnership LLP

Tay Peng Cheng and Ian de Vaz jointly head the energy, projects and construction group at WongPartnership LLP. The team handles complex construction projects, such as its work for Japanese contractor Penta–Ocean Construction, where it assisted with securing a contract as a specialist subcontractor for a Japanese consortium acting as the EPC contractor for the construction of a power plant and port facility in Bangladesh, a matter valued at $1.5bn. In addition to its front-end expertise, the team also handles arbitration and litigation in Asia Pacific and beyond. Christopher Chuah is the overall head of infrastructure, construction and engineering; his expertise spans front-end advice as well as disputes.

Leading individuals

Christopher Chuah - WongPartnership 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

WongPartnership LLP

WongPartnership LLP is a key player in the market, particularly in public and private M&A, and private equity transactions, and has experienced an uptick in venture capital engagements. The firm advised a consortium led by Yanlord Land Group and Perennial Real Estate on the acquisition of an 33% stake in United Engineers and a 30% stake in WBL Corporation, resulting in the consortium having to make mandatory general offers for the remaining stock units and preference shares of United Engineers. In private equity, it advised KKR in a series of transactions, including the acquisition by Demeter Indo Investment, an affiliate of KKR Asian Fund III, of a 13% stake in PT Nippon Indosari Corpindo, Indonesia’s leading mass market bread company, from Bonlight Investments Limited. The 'very strong and experienced M&A team' is 'commercial' with 'in depth regulatory knowledge'. Ng Wai King is 'very commanding and drives a hard bargain, but is able to see all sides', 'knows the issues and approaches the regulators in the right way'. Andrew Ang is praised for his 'knowledge of key stakeholder behaviour and precedents' and his ability to 'offer solutions to myriad of options with listed companies'. Low Kah Keong  is 'very commercial' with 'innovative ideas for when parties are stuck'. Quak Fi Ling has 'in-depth knowledge', is 'able to negotiate well' and is 'detailed in her work'. Mark Choy is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Andrew Ang - WongPartnership LLP

Ng Wai King - WongPartnership LLP

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Singapore: Dispute resolution

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

WongPartnership LLP

WongPartnership LLP remains at the forefront of big-ticket disputes in Singapore and continues to leverage its sizeable senior bench in headline cases. The 'excellent team' is 'responsive, collaborative, nimble and has a great depth of resources and offers top-notch court advocacy at a good price'. 'The level of service is exceptional and client-oriented without losing out on any professional excellence and legal competence'. Alvin Yeo SC is 'one of the best in a court room and offers his clients sound advice when navigating challenging strategic issues'. He led the team that represented Swissbourgh Diamond Mines and related parties in court proceedings relating to an investment treaty arbitration against the Kingdom of Lesotho. Alongside him at senior counsel level are Tan Chee Meng SC and Andre Maniam SC. They are supported by a sizeable team of top litigators including the 'brilliant, decisive and fearless' Koh Swee Yen and Chan Hock Keng, who is 'unparalleled in his forward-thinking abilities' and has 'an exceptional ability to understand the actual issues that matter'. Wendy Lin is 'a highly distinguished litigator who fully understands and is able to manoeuvre comfortably in commercial aspects that are highly technical and complex'. Lim Wei Lee 'offers excellent client service and is extremely persuasive and thoughtful in giving counsel'.

Leading individuals

Alvin Yeo SC - WongPartnership LLP

Tan Chee Meng SC - WongPartnership LLP

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Singapore: Financial services regulatory

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

WongPartnership LLP

WongPartnership LLP's 'fantastic' team has 'an excellent understanding of clients’ needs and the approach to be adopted to reach a resolution on difficult issues'. Chan Jia Hui is singled out for being 'pragmatic and practical in his approach and for his understanding of the local market' and associate Hannah Ng is 'excellent'. Rosabel Ng , who jointly heads the team with Joy Tan and Elaine Chan, is 'one of the stars of the firm' and Tian Sion Yoong is also noted. The group provides regulatory compliance advice to financial institutions based in North America, Europe and the Middle East as well as in the Asia Pacific region, including assisting with internal investigations and enforcement actions. The team, which includes individuals with expertise in the fintech sector, acts for clients including the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, Morgan Stanley Asia International and Credit Suisse. Recent work includes acting for a major European client on its application to the Monetary Authority of Singapore for approval and recognition as a clearing house in Singapore under the Securities and Futures Act. It also advised NTUC Income on a proposed partnership with Fullerton Fund Management to appoint Fullerton as the investment manager of a portfolio of NTUC assets valued at an estimated S$23bn.

Leading individuals

Rosabel Ng - WongPartnership LLP

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Singapore: Intellectual property

Intellectual property – Local firms
Intellectual property – Local firms - ranked: tier 2

WongPartnership LLP

WongPartnership LLP stands out for providing 'exceptional quality work, with clear, concise advice executed in a timely fashion'. Its wide-ranging work encompasses IP enforcement together with transactional and advisory work such as R&D collaborations, joint ventures and franchising agreements. Together with a network of alliance partners it covers multi-jurisidictional cases and counts both corporates and public and government bodies among its clients. It assisted a well-known, global client with setting up a joint venture and advised on the related IP aspects and in other work acted for a client on the acquisition of intellectual property rights and brand names that involved 19 jurisdictions. Lam Chung Nian is known for his IP, media and IT/telecoms experience and is valued for his 'good commercial and practical advice'; Kylie Peh is another noted name. Jeffrey Lim and senior associate Yue Lin Lee have left the firm.

Leading individuals

Lam Chung Nian - WongPartnership LLP

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Singapore: Investment funds

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

WongPartnership LLP

WongPartnership LLP's asset management and funds practice has particularly strong expertise in private equity and REITs matters. It acted for Indies Capital Partners on its strategic alliance with Värde Partners, the US global alternative investment firm; the work included the creation of an investment platform with the aim of investing in private debt in Indonesia. Other clients include TPG Capital, KKR Asia and Morgan Stanley Real Estate. Low Kah Keong leads the team and Felicia Marie Ng is a key contact.

Leading individuals

Low Kah Keong - WongPartnership LLP

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Singapore: Labour and employment

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

WongPartnership LLP

WongPartnership LLP's practice is led by Vivien Yui and Jenny Tsin, who have a wide range of employment, corporate, compliance and disputes expertise, as well as experience in ancillary areas including health and safety. The team acted for the ex-CEO and the Rothschild Trust Guernsey in a multimillion-dollar claim against Noble Resources and the Noble Group for unpaid dividends, bonuses, stock options and shares owing during the CEO's employment. It is also advising SMRT on its review of its HR disciplinary procedures and guidelines relating to its employees who number some 9,500. Other work includes assisting with exit packages for senior executives.

Leading individuals

Jenny Tsin - WongPartnership LLP

Vivien Yui - WongPartnership LLP

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Singapore: Projects and energy

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

WongPartnership LLP

WongPartnership LLP handles a mix of contentious and non-contentious matters, with much of the department's work connected to project development in the oil and gas sector and a growing portion of renewables projects (particularly solar). Clients include developers, main contractors and lenders. The team advised on the review and amendment of an agreement relating to the proposed development of a gasification plant and an industrial utilities supply facility on Jurong Island. Tay Peng Cheng is a leader on both the contentious and non-contentious sides. Ian de Vaz is noted for his expertise in utilities projects, including water desalination projects.

Leading individuals

Ian de Vaz - WongPartnership LLP

Tay Peng Cheng - WongPartnership LLP

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Singapore: Real estate

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

WongPartnership LLP

WongPartnership LLP's expertise extends across large-scale development projects, acquisitions, divestments, commercial leasing and related financing for local, regional and international clients. The team acted for ESR Funds Management, the manager of ESR-REIT, on the acquisition and leaseback by RBC Investor Services Trust Singapore of 8 Tuas South Lane, in its capacity as trustee of ESR-REIT, from water treatment specialist Hyflux Membrane Manufacturing for an acquisition cost of approximately S$111m. It also advised Shimizu Corporation on a joint venture with Afro-Asia Shipping Company to redevelop the Afro-Asia Building, an office block in Singapore’s Central Business District, a project with an estimated cost of S$320m. Dorothy Marie Ng, Monica Yip and Tan Teck Howe are the senior members of the team together with Jerry Tan.

Leading individuals

Dorothy Marie Ng - WongPartnership LLP

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Singapore: Restructuring and insolvency

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

WongPartnership LLP

Chou Sean Yu, Mark Choy and Manoj Sandrasegara jointly head the team at WongPartnership LLP, which has 'an indepth knowledge of restructuring and insolvency law, good depth, and strong commercial and business acumen', and stands out for its 'cohesive' approach and for having 'a single point of contact coordinating internally'. Leading the team, Sandrasegara is 'responsive and extremely commercial and has good connections in the market'. Smitha Menon is 'technically very strong and responsive'. The group attracts high-profile and complex insolvency matters in the region involving consensual or court-driven restructurings combined with capital raisings and refinancings. It acted for EMAS Chiyoda Subsea and its subsidiaries on a $1.6bn cross-border debt restructuring, which was completed with S$90m of debtor-in-possession financing so that four of the key operating entities emerged as going concerns, saving about 400 jobs in the US and in Singapore.

Leading individuals

Manoj Sandrasegara - WongPartnership LLP

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Singapore: TMT

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

WongPartnership LLP

WongPartnership LLP provides 'a good balance between legal and regulatory requirements and practical solutions'. Areas of expertise include IT roll outs and related disputes, media-related licensing and regulatory regimes and telecoms-related commercial and regulatory issues. In recent work, the team advised a number of clients including banks and start-ups on fintech issues. It is also advising clients on the deployment of automated robo advisers and algorithms. Lam Chung Nian, who heads the firm's TMT and IP practices, is valued for providing 'solutions that are always direct and to the point and for being very approachable and open to discussions'.  Kylie Peh is another noted partner. Jeffrey Lim has left the firm.

Leading individuals

Lam Chung Nian - WongPartnership LLP

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Singapore: Tax

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

WongPartnership LLP

WongPartnership LLP's 'service-minded' team handles a balanced mix of advisory and contentious work and attracts a high market share of big-ticket M&A-related engagements. The team is rated for its 'excellent response times' and ability to 'calibrate the work and level of detail based on the requirements of the project'. Clients include Ascendas Real Estate Investment Trust, UOL Group, Hyflux and Olam International. The team advised Parkway Pantai on the tax aspects of its issuance of $500m senior perpetual securities. The 'excellent' Tan Kay Kheng heads the team and is recognised for his contentious expertise. Partner Tan Shao Tong is recommended for capital markets-related tax issues and Senior associate Jeremiah Soh is also singled out. Senior associate Novella Chan has left the firm.

Leading individuals

Tan Kay Kheng - WongPartnership LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jeremiah Soh - WongPartnership LLP

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