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Watson Farley & Williams LLP

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Singapore

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP has a fast-growing arbitration practice, focused primarily on oil and gas assets, shipbuilding, commodity disputes and aviation cases. The firm has a significant market share of disputes relating to FPSOs and drillships, oil field licenses and production sharing contracts. Its client base consists of oil and gas companies, charterers, FPSO equipment suppliers, FPSO owners, shipbuilders, shipowners and commodity traders. Marcus Gordon and Dan Thompson are well-established figures within the Singapore arbitration scene.

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Singapore: Asset finance

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

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP’s team counts ABN AMRO, Bank of America, Macquarie Bank, Golar LNG and Credit Suisse among its clients, and handles a wide range of matters, including acquisitions, leases, joint ventures and financings. Siva Subramaniam handled the acquisition of thirty five B373 MAX aircraft from Boeing Company for Malaysia Airlines. Simon Petch is advising the Singapore branch of DVB Bank as facility agent on the financing of six bulk carriers to IVS Bulk. Andrew Nimmo led a team assisting Sapura Energy as part of a joint venture with Seadrill on $780m of multi-tranche facilities to finance three pipelay support vessels. Practice head Mei Lin Goh advised Reliance on the $573m financing of the construction of six ethane carrier vessels, consisting of a Korea Trade Insurance Corporate. Bank of America is also a client. Samuel Kolehmainen, Mehraab Nazir and Shawn Er are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Siva Subramaniam - Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Next generation lawyers

Samuel Kolehmainen - Watson Farley & Williams LLP

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Singapore: Banking and finance

Foreign firms
Banking and finance: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP’s practice is principally in the asset finance field, though with seven partners dedicated to banking and finance it has a broad suite of expertise and an extensive client base. The firm advised SapuraKencana on the restructuring of its group-wide debt facilities, including its new multi-currency financing facilities. Goh Mei Lin leads the practice, which includes Mehraab Nazir, Siva Subramaniam and Andrew Nimmo.

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Singapore: Corporate and M&A

Foreign firms
Corporate and M&A: foreign firms - ranked: tier 4

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP has a strong record in transport, energy and oil and gas matters, and the firm has a growing practice in restructuring and private equity transactions involving distressed assets. Clients highlight the team’s ‘niche expertise’ in Indonesia-related joint ventures. Moreover, it is increasingly active in renewable energy deals in Taiwan. The firm acts for an array of offshore oil and gas clients and many companies in the transport and mining industries. It advised M3nergy Group, the Malaysian exploration and production company, on its $265m acquisition of Lundin Services, which owns the FPSO Bertam, operating in the Bertram field, offshore Malaysia. Chris Kilburn is ‘excellent’, ‘solutions driven’ and ‘unflappable in the heat of the moment’, and Ivan Chia is another key partner. Senior associate Neil Calder is ‘attentive’ and ‘thorough’.

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Singapore: Projects and energy

Foreign firms
Projects: foreign firms - ranked: tier 4

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP has leveraged its international standing in renewable energy to be a key player in this industry in South-East Asia. The firm has impressed in the offshore wind farm space, though has a much broader practice across energy and oil and gas; offshore oil and gas project work, including FPSOs, forms a notable part of the practice. It advised SapuraKencana Petroleum on the $780m financing of three pipe-lay support vessels. The firm has also experienced growth in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand; it advised Cathay United Bank (as agent) and a syndicate of 11 banks on a $210m secured term loan facility to PetroVietnam Gas Joint Stock Corporation to finance the Nam Con Son (Phase 1) oil and gas project in Vietnam. Ivan Chia, Chris Kilburn, Andrew Nimmo, Mehraab Nazir and Shawn Er comprise a formidable senior bench.

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Singapore: Restructuring and insolvency

Foreign firms
Restructuring and insolvency: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP’s team acts for banks and borrowers in the transportation and offshore oil and gas sectors in debt, bond and loan restructuring. The group also specialises in maritime restructuring and insolvency proceedings, often involving cross-border elements. Simon Petch advised Precious Shipping on the settlement and cancellations of ultramax vessel orders performed by Taizhou Sanfu Ship Engineering. Bank of Nova Scotia, BNP Paribas, Korea Development Bank and ING Bank are clients. Mei Lin Goh is also recommended.

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Singapore: Shipping

Foreign firms
Shipping: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP’s ‘highly experienced and knowledgeable’ group provides ‘timely advice’ on maritime commercial contracts as well as wider advisory and transactional matters, with emphasis on the oil and gas, LNG, logistics and leisure sectors. Mei Lin Goh advised Reliance Industries on the $573m financing for the construction of six very large ethane carrier vessels, while Andrew Nimmo assisted SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad with the $780m multi-tranche loan facility for the financing of three pipe-lay support vessels. Marcus Gordon and Dan Thompson lead the contentious side of the practice, handling commodity disputes, ship arrests and maritime casualties as well as charterparty disputes and investigations. Simon Petch is ‘very knowledgeable and has a wealth of experience combined with a commercial approach and effective transaction management skills’. Mehraab Nazir is another key contact.

Leading individuals

Mei Lin Goh - Watson Farley & Williams LLP

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