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Latham & Watkins LLP

Singapore: Banking and finance

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

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP has a significant presence in Singapore with a substantial team of finance specialists. The firm consistently impresses in acquisition and leveraged finance, syndicated lending and project finance. It advised International Sports Capital HK on a $80m term loan facility to support its acquisition of a majority stake in Inter FC. It also assisted GITI Tire with a $400m term loan facility to refinance its existing debt. Timothy Hia is a key name, as is Stephen McWilliams, who is recommended for project finance.

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Singapore: Capital markets

Foreign firms
Capital markets: foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s longstanding and fervent commitment to Singapore has enabled it to be a prominent player in both DCM and ECM. The firm has impressed with its record in Singapore IPOs, India listings and US equity offerings. It also brings its world-leading high-yield debt expertise to the Singapore and South-East Asia markets. Clients include Barclays Bank, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Fullerton Healthcare, Golden Energy and Resources, Hunan Valin Iron & Steel Group, Temasek, and Vedanta Resources. In January 2017, the firm advised Vedanta Resources on its $1bn high-yield bond issuance; this was the largest single tranche G3 high-yield bond issuance by an Indian company since 2015. It also represented Morgan Stanley as lead manager in India Grid Trust’s $350m IPO. ‘Wonderful lawyerSharon Lau, Michael Sturrock and India expert Rajiv Gupta are key individuals.

Leading individuals

Michael Sturrock - Latham & Watkins LLP

Next generation lawyers

Marcus Lee - 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

Latham & Watkins LLP’s sizeable Singapore platform delivers integrated international and Singapore law expertise through a QFLP structure. The firm frequently advises on Singapore law-based M&A transactions alongside its steady diet of international law-driven deals. Clients include Altius Holdings, Broadcom, Delphi Automotive Systems Singapore, Fullerton Healthcare, HSBC, IBS Software, Standard Chartered and TPG Capital. The team advised Singapore Technologies Telemedia on its acquisition of a 74% stake in the India and Singapore-based data centre businesses of Tata Communications, and assisted MakeMyTrip, the India-based provider of online travel services, with the sale of a 27% stake in the business to, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group. Michael Sturrock, Sharon Lau, Rajiv Gupta and Chei Liang Sin are the names to note.

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Singapore: Energy

Foreign firms
Energy: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s team regularly handles high-stake corporate transactions in the energy and natural resources sector and counts multinational and state-owned energy companies among its clients, with Oil India, Mizuho Bank and Roy Hill Holdings being some of the key examples. Global co-chair of the power group Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi is advising PT Pertamina on the $25bn redevelopment of refineries in Indonesia through joint ventures with Saudi Aramco, China Petroleum, Sinopec and JX Nippon Oil. Other highlights included assisting the Republic of Indonesia with the project financing of the Tangguh Train 3 project, and advising a consortium of Qatar Investment Authority and Glencore on the financing of the acquisition of a 19.5% stake in Rosneft Oil. Chei Liang Sin is another name to note.

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Singapore: Projects and energy

Foreign firms
Projects: foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP

Demonstrating ‘sheer quality’, Latham & Watkins LLP handles a range of energy and infrastructure projects. Clients include the Republic of Indonesia, Asian Development Bank, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), PT Pertamina and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. The team has an especially strong record in Indonesia and advised the lenders on the $440m project financing of the Muara Laboh Project, an 80MW geothermal power plant in West Sumatra. It also assisted SKK Migas with the $3.75bn project financing of the Tanngguh Train 3 Project. Stephen McWilliams and Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi are recommended, as is Andrew Roche – a ‘real asset’ to the firm with a ‘great deal of intellectual capital’.

Leading individuals

Stephen McWilliams - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Singapore: TMT

Foreign firms
TMT: foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP’s ‘outstanding, phenomenally responsive, commercially minded and practical’ team ‘leverages the firm’s global network’ to advise clients ranging from global corporations to start-ups. Luke Grubb, who has ‘seen and done a lot’, is ‘always calm under the most intense of pressure and incredibly responsive’. Grubb is advising Royal Caribbean Cruises on compliance and regulatory aspects of its operations across China, Hong Kong and South East Asia, and is assisting Tencent Holdings with the acquisition of exclusive internet content license rights to ESPN editorial and live sports streaming. ‘Very bright’ associate Sally Murphy ‘grasps the client’s needs and provides advice that is quick and to the point, effectively addressing the issue without a swirl’.

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