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Stephenson Harwood LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Stephenson Harwood LLP

Stephenson Harwood LLP has a built a highly credible international arbitration practice following the arrival of top practitioner Timothy Cooke in 2017; Cooke is a barrister by background and 'an outstanding advocate' who 'is particularly suited to complex arbitration issues' and 'masters his brief thoroughly'. He and the team have experienced a notable uptick in investment-related disputes, acting for a range of corporate and private equity investors. The department upped its status in oil and gas cases, particularly in Indonesia and the Philippines, and in telecoms and power disputes. Myanmar is another key jurisdiction for the firm. Clients include Jaguar Energy Guatemala, Tarek Damerji, Petrobras Singapore and Jindal Steel and Power. The team is 'extremely responsive', impresses with its 'strategic thinking and guidance', and is 'cost effective'. Michelle Yong is 'great', 'very responsive' and 'on top of the case at all times'.

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Singapore: Asset finance

Asset finance – Foreign firms
Asset finance – Foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Stephenson Harwood LLP

Stephenson Harwood LLP's team, which is led by practice head Gregg Johnston, is 'at the forefront of ship finance'. The team counts major shipping, offshore companies, shipyards and insurers among its clients as well as energy service companies and oil and gas businesses. Saugata Mukherjee has expertise in structured and asset finance in the shipping and aviation sectors and led advice to the China Development Bank on the financing for the building of six LNG carriers in respect of a joint venture between Teekay LNG Partners and China LNG Shipping. Martin Green and Iain Young, who founded the firm's practice in Singapore, are seasoned asset finance practitioners and of counsel Michelle Runagall-Orlić, who has a focus on cross-border aviation financing, acquisition and leasing transactions, is also a name to note. The team advised BW LPG on a $150m term loan to refinance its existing revolving credit facility, which was raised from a number of banks including ING Bank and Development Bank of Japan. Other work includes assisting with the acquisition finance for a floating storage and regasification unit, where the group worked with colleagues in the firm's London and Hong Kong offices.

Leading individuals

Gregg Johnston - Stephenson Harwood LLP

Iain Young - Stephenson Harwood LLP

Martin Green - Stephenson Harwood LLP

Saugata Mukherjee - Stephenson Harwood LLP

Next Generation Partners

Michelle Runagall-Orlić - Stephenson Harwood LLP

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Singapore: Corporate and M&A

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

Stephenson Harwood LLP

Stephenson Harwood LLP's 'very client-focused', 'responsive' and 'pragmatic' team has a strong reputation for technology, telecoms, pharmaceuticals and healthcare transactions, and is making an impression in private equity and venture capital deals. The practice operates across Southeast Asia with a particular emphasis on key jurisdictions such as Myanmar and Vietnam, and is praised for delivering 'high-quality, tailored work to an international standard'. Recent highlights include advising Chemopharm, the Malaysian medical devices distribution group, on the sale of a majority stake to the Everstone Group via its platform Everlife. It also advised Singapore Technologies Aerospace on its divestment of a 5% equity stake in ST Aerospace (Guangzhou) Aviation Services Company, a joint venture with Guangdong Airport Authority, to Japan Airlines. Key figures include Tom Platts, who is 'very smart and solutions driven'; George Cyriac, who is 'a safe pair of hands' and noted for his private equity expertise; of counsel Helen Rhind-Hufnagel; and associate Mark Stephens, who 'understands his clients and is very commercial'.

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Singapore: Shipping

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

Stephenson Harwood LLP

Stephenson Harwood LLP has a strong track record in the shipping and offshore area and considerable finance-related expertise and is able to draw on experts from the firm's global network. Gregg Johnston, who leads the finance side of the practice, and Durai Shunmugam, who has a focus on contentious marine and international trade,  jointly head the team. Iain Young, Huay Yee Kwan and Michelle Yong are the other key practitioners. The team was strengthened by the arrival of several new hires, including Timothy Cooke,  who focuses on arbitrations and mediations, and joined from Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC's Stamford office in June 2017; senior associate Justin Gan, who  transferred from the firm's Hong Kong office in January 2018; and associates Wei Dai and Sarah Kuek, joined in mid-2017 from a Chinese bank and Gurbani & Co LLC respectively. The team was further boosted by the arrival of Martin Brown, who joined from Ince. The team's recent work includes the construction, acquisition, leaseback and sale of vessels, including offshore platforms and related joint ventures as well as cargo-related and other disputes.

Leading individuals

Gregg Johnston - Stephenson Harwood LLP

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