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Singapore: Banking and finance

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Banking and finance: foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s team has been particularly active in large-scale financing transactions in the projects, energy and natural resources space. Notable highlights included advising the lenders on the $1.17bn financing of the Sarulla Geothermal Power Project, and assisting PT Pertamina (Persero) with the $2.8bn financing of the Donggi-Senoro LNG project. Timothy Hia and Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi co-head the department.

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Singapore: Capital markets

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Capital markets: foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP has a substantial regional presence and has handled transactions in Singapore, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, among other jurisdictions. Practice head Michael Sturrock and Sharon Lau acted for the joint global co-ordinators and joint bookrunners in 7-Eleven’s circa-$225m IPO. On the debt capital markets side, highlights included advising PT Pertamina on a $1.5bn 30-year bond offering. Rajiv Gupta, who heads up the India practice, is recommended, as are Timothy Hia and Min Yee Ng. Counsel Dipti Thakar has joined the Singapore team from the firm’s Hong Kong office.

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Michael Sturrock - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Singapore: Corporate and M&A

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

Latham & Watkins LLP

In Michael Sturrock’s team at Latham & Watkins LLP, Rajiv Gupta is a name to note for India-related transactions, and Sharon Lau has a strong track record in Indonesian and Malaysian matters. In addition to its significant knowledge of US and English law, the group leverages its Singaporean law expertise to handle complex and high-profile domestic mandates; in a recent highlight, Sin Chei Liang advised PT Dian Swastatika Sentosa Tbk on its S$1.8bn reverse takeover of United Fiber System. Counsel Dipti Thakar has joined the Singapore team from the firm’s Hong Kong office.

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Singapore: Projects and energy

Foreign firms
Projects and energy: foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP has a first-rate reputation for handling landmark energy and infrastructure projects across Asia Pacific, as well as assisting Asian clients with transactions outside of the region. The project financing side of the practice continues to be particularly active; Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi and others assisted PT Pertamina with its $2.8bn financing of the Donggi-Senoro LNG project in Indonesia – the first LNG project in Indonesia to be developed on a downstream basis. Joseph Bevash, who splits his time between Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong, is another name to note, as is Stephen McWilliams, who recently advised the sponsors, Metro Power, in the $131.5m project financing of a 50MW wind farm in Sindh, Pakistan.

Leading individuals

Stephen McWilliams - Latham & Watkins LLP

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