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Singapore: Asset finance

Asset finance – Foreign firms
Asset finance – Foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP

Leo Fattorini is the joint head of Bird & Bird ATMD LLP's international aviation sector group and leads the firm's Asia Pacific practice. He, together with of counsel Chris Healy, handles a broad range of impressive aviation financing and transactions. Fattorini advised CMB Financial Leasing on its  purchase and leaseback of four Boeing aircraft from Turkish Airlines. Other clients include AirAsia Group, Nok Air, Jeju Air and  DVB Bank.

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Singapore: Capital markets

Capital markets – Local firms
Capital markets – Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP has a strong focus on startups and SMEs, in addition to acting for government enterprises and multinationals. The 'very responsive' team has 'good knowledge' and has seen growth in issuances from the medtech and education sectors. The issuer-oriented practice has a fine record in Hong Kong main board and GEM listings and offerings on the Catalist and main board of SGX. The team advised Singapore-headquartered C&N Holdings on its IPO on Hong Kong's GEM board. It also represented Clearbridge Health, the medtech investor, on its proposed IPO on the Catalist board. Marcus Chow has a fine record in Singapore and Hong Kong offerings; he 'puts himself in the shoes of clients' and is 'able to give surgically tailored and relevant solutions'.

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Singapore: Corporate and M&A

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

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP 's Singapore practice is closely aligned with the firm's global emphasis on new technology, digital and life sciences. The firm is notably active in private equity-backed deals, cross-border transactions and venture capital financings. Energy, real estate and infrastructure are also fortes for the team. Clients include Sealed Air, Singapore Press Holdings, Dow Chemical Pacific Singapore, Cityneon Holdings, Quantum Inventions and ST Engineering Ventures Fund. It advised New York-listed Sealed Air on its $100m acquisition of Fagerdala Singapore,  the manufacturer and fabricator of polyethylene foam. The team is praised for its 'strong commercial sense', 'good allocation of resources' and 'quick turnaround times'. Marcus Chow 'watches out for clients' interests', 'makes sound judgments very quickly' and is praised for his private equity expertise. Sandra Seah is noted for energy, real estate and infrastructure deals and Ken Cheung is also recommended for energy transactions.

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Singapore: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution – Local firms
Dispute resolution – Local firms - ranked: tier 4

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP has genuine dispute resolution pedigree and has upped its emphasis on investigations and compliance, thanks in part to the extensive regulatory knowledge that sits within the team; the team frequently acts for regulators. Beyond this, the practice has experienced growth in shareholder disputes and high-value licensing disputes. It represented Verona Capital in an appeal before the Singapore Court of Appeal concerning its claim against Ramba Energy West Jambi for breach of an investment agreement relating to the exploration and production of oil and gas in Sumatra, Indonesia. Swee Siang Boey, Navin Joseph Lobo and Jonathan Choo comprise an impressive senior team; Choo is 'friendly, easy to work with and well experienced in litigation'.

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Singapore: Intellectual property

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

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP stands out for 'its meticulous approach and responsiveness to client's demands even if timelines are tight', as well as 'its good contacts in other countries'. Joint managing partner Lorraine Tay is 'responsive and commercially minded' and 'does a fantastic job in maintaining the client relationship'. Tay focuses on non-contentious advisory work and leads the brand management team. Anan Sivanathan is also highlighted for providing 'excellent advice on the commercialisation of IP assets including patents'. The well-known Alban Kang has considerable expertise across patent and trade mark protection matters including conducting cases before the Court of Appeal and managing counsel Gene Kwek is another highly experienced practitioner, especially in respect of trade mark protection work. The team, which includes patent attorneys, advises on the lifecycle of IP protection and commercial matters. In recent work, it successfully defended an invalidation action against Big Box Corporation's 'Big Box' trade mark. In other work, it is acting for Celltrion in relation to a claim by three major drug companies under the Health Products (Therapeutic Products) Regulations for relief against alleged prospective patent infringement, including unquantified damages.

Leading individuals

Alban Kang - Bird & Bird ATMD LLP

Lorraine Tay - Bird & Bird ATMD LLP

Next Generation Partners

Gene Kwek - Bird & Bird ATMD LLP

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Singapore: Labour and employment

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

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP's team provides 'very timely advice and the foundation of its knowledge in employment law is very strong but its real value lies in the sound advice it offers towards resolving some very tricky HR matters'. Consultant Susan de Silva is 'a guru on union matters and expert in all other employment areas' and her 'foresight and calmness are truly valuable in manoeuvring through complex matters'. Goh Seow Hui, who is 'an expert in most employment areas', and senior associate Rachel Lim Xiu Zhen acted for Orient Corporation in an action against a former executive who had misappropriated highly valuable company information that was disclosed to competitors in China. The matter involved both arbitration and court proceedings in China. In addition to handling contentious work, the team assists clients with cross-border matters concerning executive compensation and benefits, employee transfers and workforce reductions.

Leading individuals

Susan de Silva - Bird & Bird ATMD LLP

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Singapore: Projects and energy

Projects and energy – Local firms
Projects and energy – Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP is at the forefront of the convergence between technology and energy, including energy storage, cleantech and renewables. It handles a range of investment and project development work, and is also strong in energy regulatory work; it represents many of the key government agencies in Singapore. Other clients include German and UK developers. Beyond Singapore, the firm has a fine record in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, the Philippines, Australia, and Bangladesh. It recently advised Tigris on an investment and development of a waste water and water treatment project in Quezon province in the Philippines. Joint managing partner Sandra Seah has an extensive background in energy regulations and public projects. Ken Cheung is noted for clean energy and renewables and is 'creative, efficient and competitive on rates'; he is recognised for his expertise in EPC contracts.

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Singapore: TMT

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

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP handles transactions and disputes in the technology and telecoms sectors and is well placed to assist with regional and global mandates. Highlights included advising Effective Space Solutions on its negotiations with two customers to launch a space drone that will perform life-extension services to communications satellites currently in geosynchronous orbit. It is also assisting Australia-Singapore Cable with the commercial and regulatory issues concerning the construction of a subsea communications cable from Singapore to Australia, and advising on the commercial and regulatory aspects of a new extension to the subsea cable to Indonesia. Alexander Shepherd 'is extremely well versed in his subject matter' and is able to 'stake out good negotiating approaches'. Shepherd's expertise spans the commercial and regulatory aspects of telecoms, IT and e-commerce with a focus on technology procurement and regulated outsourcings. Jonathan Choo is a key name for contentious matters and senior associate Daniel Song is also a name to note.

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