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Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP

Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP has gained greater recognition following the arrival of Craig Celniker from the firm's Tokyo office; he now splits his time between Singapore and Hong Kong. Celniker is a respected trial lawyer with deep international arbitration experience, particularly in the intellectual property space. Technology, infrastructure, warranty and indemnity, and trade cases are also core to a practice that acts for a number of Chinese and Japanese clients, along with a range of multinational technology businesses.

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Singapore: Banking and finance

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

Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP

Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP has moved towards a debt and credit fund driven practice, though it retains a healthy pipeline of bank lender and corporate borrower engagements. Leveraged and acquisition finance deals are key areas of strength for the team, which is rated by clients for its 'knowledge of financing trends and structures in key markets', 'value for money' and 'reliability'. Singapore-based Yemi Tépé, who spends part of her time in Hong Kong, is 'a highly effective negotiator' with 'good commercial skills'. She and a multi-office team advised BlackRock on the acquisition financing of two blocks of grade-A office buildings at Waterfront Place, Shanghai from PGIM Real Estate. This was one of a number of China-related deals that the team has worked on, though it also continues to be active in Southeast Asia.

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Singapore: Corporate and M&A

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

Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP

Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP has an impressive record in big-ticket transactions, most notably in the real estate, technology, financial institutions and private equity spaces, acting for a number of regional players, Japanese clients and US corporates. The practice acted for JT International on its $936m acquisition of tobacco business assets of Mighty Corporation, the second largest manufacturer and distributor of cigarettes in the Philippines. Jake Robson is praised for 'his out of the box solutions and practicality' and Shirin Tang is 'proactive, experienced and efficient, has commercial sense and is able to flag up the key issues'. Of counsel Maria Steeples provides further senior-level gravitas.

Leading individuals

Jake Robson - Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP

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Singapore: TMT

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

Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP

The team at Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP is 'very focused on business' and is 'commercially savvy'. It assists clients with investments, joint ventures and finance matters, especially those in the fintech and insurance fields. Practice head Jake Robson led the team advising Big Pay on its work with AirAsia concerning the development and roll out of a platform whereby a pre-paid card, linked to a mobile wallet application, could be used by customers. The team also advised Chubb on a regional distribution joint venture with Grab in order to provide insurance products through Grab’s platform to both customers of Grab and Grab drivers. Shirin Tang is highlighted for her 'commercial sense and for being proactive and efficient'. Craig Celniker, who heads the disputes team and acts for a range of TMT clients, is 'very business minded' and has 'a deep understanding' of China-related matters.

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