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Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

8 MARINA BOULEVARD, #05-01 MARINA BAY FINANCIAL CENTRE TOWER 1, SINGAPORE 018981, SINGAPORE
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Work +65 6338 1888
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Singapore

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow is best known for construction and engineering, energy, and oil and gas disputes. 'The level of service is first class', and the team 'has unparalleled knowledge and contacts, especially in Southeast Asia'. The firm's localised Singapore practice also enables it to handle arbitration-related proceedings in the Singapore courts. Nandakumar Ponniya is highlighted for Indonesia construction and engineering cases and 'provides practical, on the ground advice that clients need'. Leng Sun Chan SC, former global head of arbitration, has joined Essex Court Chambers. Ashish Chugh joined from K&L Gates in March 2019.

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Private wealth
Private wealth - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow's wealth management and related tax offering is led by Dawn Quek, who is assisted by senior associate Enoch Wan. In addition to advising ultra high-net-worth families on tax, trusts and estate planning, the team also acts for a number of the financial institutions that provides related advice to such clients. Highlights included assisting a foreign billionaire with setting up a Singapore private trust company and family office structure and advising on a permanent residency application under the Global Investor Programme.

Leading individuals

Dawn Quek  - Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

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Singapore: Antitrust and competition

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

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow is able to draw on the firm's global network to provide an outstanding cross-border service to its clients in respect of anti-monopoly and competition matters and it routinely handles merger control filings with the CCCS, at EU level and elsewhere. The team is advising on responses to requests for information from the CCCS concerning the alleged refusal to supply certain spare parts. It is also assisting clients with matters such as antitrust audits and price-fixing allegations. Head of the Singapore group Ken Chia and Melissa Healy are the key contacts.

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Singapore: Banking and finance

Banking and finance – Foreign firms
Banking and finance – Foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow has a prominent reputation in Singapore for acquisition finance, project finance, real estate finance, trade and receivables financings, Islamic finance and restructurings. The team in Singapore is able to leverage the firm's sizeable Southeast Asia platform, which includes offices in Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and elsewhere. The firm is also at the forefront of China's Belt and Road initiative, leading to key engagements such as advising PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia China (KCIC) on the development and financing of Indonesia’s first high-speed railway project connecting Jakarta and Bandung. Other highlights included advising on the banking aspects of LGT’s acquisition of ABN AMRO’s private banking business in Asia and the Middle East. James Huang acts for a number of regional borrowers and lenders, and is praised for 'going above and beyond expectations'. Emmanuel Hadjidakis acts for a number of key international lenders such as Standard Chartered and 'is extremely commercial and takes a very balanced and even approach'. Andrew Zaw has joined from Linklaters to bolster the firm's bank-side relationships, especially on the project finance side. Local principal Kenneth Chuah and associate principal Prashanth Venkatesh are also recommended.

Next Generation Partners

Andrew Zaw - Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

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Singapore: Capital markets

Capital markets – Foreign firms
Capital markets – Foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow handles a broad mix of equity and debt work across South East Asia and India. It has advised on a series of market-first type transactions, including representing PT Jasa Marga (Persero), the leading Indonesian infrastructure provider, in the first Komodo bond issuance. The firm also advised Thailand's Singha Estate on its dual-track offering of $180m of convertible bonds and $50m of shares. Liability management, bond restructurings and high-yield debt are also key features of the practice. The 'highly professional and competent team' is praised for its record in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and India. Ashok Lalwani is immensely experienced, particularly in equity transactions; he is 'able to identify significant issues and suggest potential solutions' and is recommended for his expertise in India. Senior associate Jitesh Shahani is 'hardworking and able to effectively work on Indian deals'. Pallavi Gopinath Aney joined Allen & Overy in June 2019.

Next Generation Partners

Jitesh Shahani - Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

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Singapore: Construction

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

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow's team is 'sharp, thorough and sensitive to business considerations'. The group's expertise ranges from project financing, procurement strategies, drafting and negotiating contracts, through to risk management  and dispute resolution. Recent highlights include handling a number of high-value, cross-border claims, some of which have gone to arbitration. In other work, the team is assisting a client with reviewing tender documents for a large-scale public infrastructure project for which it intends to bid together with a joint venture partner. Practice head Nandakumar Ponniya and Wong Tjen Wee are 'highly intelligent and strategic thinkers'. Martin David specialises in project finance and transactional work and Sheik Umar focuses on dispute resolution work, including adjudications.

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Singapore: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A – Foreign firms
Corporate and M&A – Foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow has 'deep M&A experience', particularly in multi-jurisdictional deals. The Singapore team has an especially strong record in financial institutions, consumer goods and retail deals, and is a growing presence in the energy sector, thanks to the presence of principal Sze Shing Tan. Highlights included advising Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company on its acquisition of First Capital Insurance, Singapore’s largest commercial property and casualty insurer, from Fairfax Asia. Andrew Martin 'knows how to get a deal done in Asia', is 'very commercial and pragmatic'; he has particular expertise in consumer goods and retail, and recently advised Unilever on a joint venture with Europe & Asia Commercial Company in Myanmar. Min-tze Lean, Kelvin Poa and Stephanie Magnus are all notable partners.

Leading individuals

Andrew Martin - Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Next Generation Partners

Sze Shing Tan - Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

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

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow combines excellent Singapore law credentials with a top international profile across South East Asia. Ai Ai Wong advised Fitness First on the formation of a joint venture with Celebrity Fitness to acquire the entire issued share capital of various Celebrity Fitness and Fitness First subsidiaries. Min-tze Lean advised Fortis Healthcare, India’s second-largest private hospital chain, on its proposed acquisition of the asset portfolio of RHT Health Trust, the Singapore-listed business trust.

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Singapore: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution – Local firms
Dispute resolution – Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow continues to act for multinationals in big-ticket and multi-jurisdictional disputes in South East Asia. The Singapore team is appearing more frequently in the Court of Appeal and is increasingly active in compliance and investigations, thanks in part to the efforts of Celeste Ang and Weiyi Tan. Restructuring, energy, shareholder, product liability, IP and tax disputes are also key areas of growth. The team is 'excellent, proactive and responsive', 'a safe bet for large complex cases' and 'displays acute commercial sensitivities and strategically anticipates issues down the line'. It acted for a number of major telecommunications providers and content providers in private criminal copyright proceedings before the State Courts of Singapore, against retailers of illicit streaming devices. Leng Sun Chan SC is 'efficient and user-friendly', 'a team player' and 'is a meticulous and persuasive advocate with a wide range of experience within shipping and in more general commercial disputes'. Nandakumar Ponniya is 'intellectually sharp, well connected and street smart'. Andy Leck is recommended for IP litigation.

Leading individuals

Leng Sun Chan SC - Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

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Singapore: Energy

Energy – Foreign firms
Energy – Foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow is noted for its expertise in LNG and power, with a particular focus on M&A, project development and project financing in Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia. It represents a number of Korean clients in this sector and is building a record in China outbound deals. It advised on the joint development and shareholders’ agreements for the development of the 30MW Ninh Tay wind power project between Infraco Asia Development and TSV Joint Stock Company. Ang Kim Hock is recognised for Indonesia deals and Martin David is an experienced figure in renewables and conventional power.

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Singapore: Financial services regulatory

Financial services regulatory – Local firms
Financial services regulatory – Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Stephanie Magnus leads a team at Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow that provides 'excellent response times and has a strong ability to advise on the application of regulatory requirements to business needs'. Local principal Eunice Tan is singled out for being 'smart and having the ability to navigating the Singapore regulatory landscape' and is 'responsive, pleasant and willing to explore different parameters'. The team acts for clients including Affinity Equity, MUFG Bank and the Carlyle Group  and it advised the Julius Baer Group on a joint venture with Siam Commercial Bank to offer wealth management services to Thai clients, which will operate through a domestic company in Thailand and an international company in Singapore.

Leading individuals

Stephanie Magnus - Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Next Generation Partners

Eunice Tan - Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

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Singapore: Intellectual property

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

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

The 'excellent' team at Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow is well known for its  brand protection skills combined with its 'business acumen' and team head Andy Leck stands out for his experience in the region. Ren Jun Lim handles both contentious and non-contentious matters including infringements, and the execution of anti-counterfeiting operations in Singapore and regionally. Abe Sun is a key name for patent work and is highly recommended by a client for his 'engineering background which is invaluable for complex patent applications'. In addition to the team's brand protection work for household name clients, it also undertakes a range of copyright infringement and patent prosecution and infringement work for clients in diverse industries. In a recent case, it acted for Sanrio Company (owner of brands such as Hello Kitty, My Melody, Little Twin Stars and Kurom) in the first case in Singapore brought against a freight forwarder (as the trans-shipper) for trade mark infringement in respect of counterfeit goods.

Leading individuals

Andy Leck - Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

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Singapore: Investment funds

Investment funds – Foreign firms
Investment funds – Foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow's team is 'knowledgeable, pragmatic and client oriented' and provides 'a good level of service' and 'good response times.' Kelvin Poa jointly heads the team with the 'client-oriented, flexible and dedicated' Derek Kwan, who has considerable real estate fund formation expertise. Associate Jens Carle is also noted for his 'very structured and dedicated' approach. The team's expertise spans private equity, venture capital, hedge funds, real estate, energy and distressed assets and it stands out for its expertise across the region. It advised Godrej Fund Management on the formation and first closing of the Godrej Office Fund I, which was its entry into India’s office sector and which raised $110m from institutional investors in Australia and Europe at its first closing in 2017.

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Singapore: Labour and employment

Labour and employment – Local firms
Labour and employment – Local firms - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow provides 'commercial advice that is tailored and reliable and its responsiveness is impressive'. Celeste Ang and Kelvin Poa, who jointly head the practice, 'are great - reliable, cost effective, responsive and to the point'. Local principal Aran Alexander is 'a great coordinator for regional projects' and, according to one client, 'his APAC-wide knowledge and coverage means we get consistently high-quality and integrated advice'. Associates Ng Zhao Yang  and Jingyi Wang also stand out for 'their practical approach'. The team covers the breadth of employment and labour relations laws and is able to draw on the firm's global network. Recent work includes advising on work injury compensation insurance issues under the Work Injury Compensation Act; assisting with a range of internal corporate investigations; and handling various employment terminations, as well as workforce reorganisations and collective bargaining matters.

Leading individuals

Celeste Ang - Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Kelvin Poa - Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Next Generation Partners

Aran Alexander - Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

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Singapore: Projects and energy

Projects and energy – Foreign firms
Projects and energy – Foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow is a recognised presence in Southeast Asia project development, most notably in Indonesia power projects, where the Singapore office collaborates effectively with Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners, a member firm of Baker McKenzie; the team has an especially large market share of Indonesian renewable energy projects. Moreover, it is at the forefront of the power sector in Vietnam, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. It advised the project company and sponsors on the financing of a gas and oil-fired combined cycle power station in Sirajganj, Bangladesh. Martin David is an experienced hand in projects in the region.

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Singapore: TMT

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

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

The team at Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow stands out for 'its wide knowledge of local and foreign laws, excellent industry knowledge and strong understanding of commercial practices.' The group handles procurement, IT outsourcing projects, e-commerce, and data privacy and protection matters. Practice head Ken Chia has 'extensive knowledge of local and foreign data privacy laws', as well as telecoms and IT-related experience. Anne Petterd handles transactional and regulatory work as well as IT procurement projects. The team has been especially active in advising on data protection breaches and related internal investigations.

Leading individuals

Ken Chia - Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

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Singapore: Tax

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

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow's multi-disciplinary team in Singapore (part of the firm's extensive global practice) has market-leading expertise in International tax planning and tax controversy matters, and includes a number of economists that support the work it does in the tranfer pricing field. The team advises a range of US, European and North Asian multinationals, along with a multitude of Singapore and South East Asian corporates. The team provides 'a high level quality service and demonstrates a deep understanding of the industry that clients are in'. Allen Tan leads the tax, trade and wealth management team in Singapore and Dawn Quek provides further senior level international tax planning and corporate tax expertise. Local principal James Choo is also singled out.

Leading individuals

Allen Tan - Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Next Generation Partners

James Choo - Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

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