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Withers KhattarWong LLP

80 RAFFLES PLACE, UOB PLAZA 1, #25-01, SINGAPORE 048624, SINGAPORE
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Work +65 6535 6844
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www.witherskhattarwong.com
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Singapore: Banking and finance

Banking and finance – Local firms
Banking and finance – Local firms - ranked: tier 4

Withers KhattarWong

Withers KhattarWong has strong banking traditions and is on the panels of many of the major banks that operate in the region. It is 'commercial and knowledgeable'. Real estate finance is a particularly forte of the team, which was further bolstered by the arrival of Kenneth Szeto from Colin Ng & Partners LLPPearl Lim is 'commercial and thorough', an experienced figure with a substantial record in real estate finance.

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Singapore: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A – Local firms
Corporate and M&A – Local firms - ranked: tier 4

Withers KhattarWong

Withers KhattarWong has a growing reputation in the market with the firm advising a range of institutional clients and high net-worth individuals, especially wealthy Indonesians. It has experienced growth in high-value and cross-border deals, including those with a strong intellectual property component. Highlights included advising Grab, the leading on-demand transportation and mobile payments platform, on its investment into and partnership with oBike, the regional bike-sharing business. The team is also active in fund investments, drawing on the firm's leading tax expertise. Key figures include Farhana Siddiqui, who has fund structuring and public takeover expertise, and Winston Seow, who is recommended for Indonesia-related deals and energy transactions.

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Singapore: Dispute resolution

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

Withers KhattarWong

Withers KhattarWong's Singapore office is heavily focused on dispute resolution and provides 'an excellent service'. The firm has an extensive track record handling cases involving financial institutions and has experienced a notable uptick in international commercial litigation and white-collar crime cases; it acted for the claimants in a groundbreaking case in which an insurance company was found to be vicariously liable for its agent’s acts. Key figures include Deborah Barker SC, who is 'very thorough and strong', 'can focus on the important matters', 'takes an assertive stance' and 'can make quick assessment of the situation'; Ushan Premaratne, who impresses with 'his very quick grasp of the financial figures', 'his sharp observations and insight, and succinct summaries'; and the 'very knowledgeable and professional' Chia Ho Choon. Insurance and reinsurance specialist K Anparasan joined WhiteFern LLC, while Justin Yip has arrived from Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC to boost the firm’s expertise in insolvency cases.

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Singapore: Intellectual property

Intellectual property – Local firms
Intellectual property – Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Withers KhattarWong

The IP and technology department at Withers KhattarWong is 'extremely hard working, very good value for money and very client orientated'. Jim Lim  is considered to be 'one of the leading IP lawyers in Singapore -  very experienced and knows his stuff inside out'. The team assists local and foreign clients with a range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters including managing IP portfolios and assisting with commercialisation strategies. It acted for the applicant, LG Electronics, in relation to the registration of the mark 'QuadBeat', which was opposed by Beats Electronics. In other work, it is assisting a client on a cross-border distribution dispute and is acting for another client in a matter concerning counterfeit products, which involved search warrants, raids and High Court actions for trade mark infringement and passing off. Gretchen Su and senior associate Magdalene Tan are other names to note.

Leading individuals

Jim Lin - Withers KhattarWong

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Singapore: Private wealth

Private wealth – Foreign firms
Private wealth – Foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Withers KhattarWong

Withers KhattarWong provides cross-border and comprehensive expertise on trusts, wills and probate, immigration issues and tax issues including those applicable in the US and UK. Fernando Gandioli is highly adept at US and international tax matters and estate planning and assists international families and entrepreneurs with establishing tax-efficient succession planning. Leon Kwong Wing is also noted for his tax management experience. In highlight work, the team is advising a family on various matters, including the establishment of a family office and investment holding structure in Singapore, ongoing assistance with various Singaporean and foreign tax issues and the establishment of a philanthropic vehicle.

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Singapore: Restructuring and insolvency

Restructuring and insolvency – Local firms
Restructuring and insolvency – Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Withers KhattarWong

Withers KhattarWong provides 'excellent client service, is highly responsive and committed and the firm’s rates are also reasonable'. Leading partner, Tahirah Ara is commended for being 'commercially minded in her approach' and for her 'extensive experience in the Indonesian market'. Special counsel Lawrence Altman is also singled out for 'thinking commercially and for being both legally and commercially insightful' and partner Justin Yip is also recommended - a client sees him 'as a rising star'. The team attracts considerable Indonesia-related work and acted for Bumi Resources on a complex debt restructuring deal which  included a court-sanctioned scheme of arrangement in 2016 and a Chapter 15 proceeding in the US in 2017.

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Singapore: TMT

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

Withers KhattarWong

Withers KhattarWong stands out for its 'prompt response times, industry knowledge and appropriateness of advice'. Jim Lim is the highly regarded head of the IP and technology department and advises on a range of IP protection and commercialisation, procurement of IT services and other transactions in the tech sector. Recent work includes advising an insurance company on a software development project in collaboration with a start-up firm, to incorporate artificial intelligence technology into its operations.

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Singapore: Tax

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

Withers KhattarWong

Withers KhattarWong has a sizeable Singapore tax practice comprises six partners that cover a wide range of international and domestic tax issues. The firm is at the forefront of investment funds tax structuring and has a fine record in restructurings and investments for multinationals and family offices. It advised PT Bumi Resources on the tax aspects of its $4.5bn debt restructuring. Eric Roose leads the international corporate tax practice in Asia and has a strong focus on Japan; he splits his time between Singapore and Tokyo. Leon Kwong Wing heads the Singapore tax and private client practice, and Mahesh Kumar is noted for India-related matters.

Leading individuals

Eric Roose - Withers KhattarWong

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