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Banking and finance: local firms in Singapore

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP‘s team is considered by clients to be ‘at the forefront of the changes in the market‘, advising an impressive array of financial institutions, corporates, private equity houses and sovereign wealth funds on the spectrum of their banking and finance transactions in Singapore and across the region. The group is particularly noted for project and real estate finance, as well as leveraged, acquisition, asset and structured financing deals. It also has a strong Islamic finance practice. Co-leading the department, Mark Hudspeth and Kok Chee Wai both have significant experience in cross-border finance. Jafe Ng is a specialist in asset and project financing, additionally handling debt capital markets fundraising. Lim Wei Ting (‘a strong addition to any deal team‘) and Julie Sim are also lawyers of note.

Practice head(s):

Mark Hudspeth; Kok Chee Wai

Other key lawyers:

Jafe Ng; Julie Sim; Lim Wei Ting

Testimonials

‘Worked a lot with the banking team. At the forefront of the changes in the market. Up to date. and quick to provide solutions.’

‘Very responsive with a quick turnaround; provides innovative solutions; detailed and minimal errors or mistakes; able to drive the transactions to meet timelines and coordinate well with all parties.’

‘One of the leading (if not the leading) Singapore law firms in the market. Partners are knowledgeable and deliver consistent quality.

‘There is a strong preference / inclination to work with Lim Wei Ting. His strong understanding of banking constructs and balance between commercial versus (legal) technical make for a very practical / accessible approach toward deals. On top of that, he always makes himself available for discussions / brainstorming. A strong addition to any deal team.’

A&G is very strong in most areas. We can always tap on their vast resources and industry knowledge to obtain consistent sound advices/solutions in a timely manner. There is better rapport and understanding with A&G generally and no surprises when dealing with them.’

Work highlights

  • Advised DBS, OCBC and UOB on the grant of S$1.95bn term loan facilities to MS Commercial Pte. Ltd., for refinancing of its existing indebtedness as well as financing Marina One’s office and retail components (but excluding the residential component).
  • Advising ARA Trust Management (Suntec) Limited (in its capacity as manager of Suntec REIT). HSBC Institutional Trust Service (Singapore) Limited (in its capacity as trustee of Suntec Real Estate Investment Trust has entered into a facility agreement with various banks to make available S$700m and S$200m term loan facilities to the Borrower.
  • Advised DBS and OCBC, as transaction counsel, on the S$900m term and revolving credit facilities to DBS Trustee Limited (in its capacity as trustee of OUE Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust) and RBC Investor Services Trust Singapore Limited (in its capacity as trustee of OUE Hospitality Sub-Trust).

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP houses a practice that combines transactional experts, led by Angela Lim with financial services regulatory lawyers, headed by Regina Liew, enabling it to provide a one-stop-shop to banks and financial institutions. Areas of transactional expertise include acquisition, trade, project, structured and property finance, in addition to Islamic banking structures. On the regulatory side, the team is deeply involved in the fintech sector, as well as advising on financial products and services offerings. Qualified in Singapore, England and Malaysia, Sey Ming Ng is a transactional finance lawyer with extensive cross-border experience. Cheryl Tan is a specialist in acquisition and venture debt financing deals; Mei Shi Ho is increasingly active in the green and sustainability-linked finance space.

Practice head(s):

Angela Lim; Regina Liew

Other key lawyers:

Sey Ming Ng; Larry Lim; Lee Xin Mei; Lee Weilin; Terence Choo; Cheryl Tan; Mei Shi Ho

Testimonials

‘R&T has been very responsive, commercial in structuring solutions acceptable to both lender and borrower.’

‘Ng Sey Ming was very hands-on and proposed novel solutions to bridge my credit requirements vs a very strong borrower with very pro-borrower financing terms. Available for discussions at any time.’

‘Excellent law firm which is reassuring, articulate, knowledgeable and effective.’

‘The team is very responsive and has a wide team covering different aspects of funds, real estate, arbitration. Able to provide an all round view.’

Key clients

DBS Bank Ltd.

Malayan Banking Berhad

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited

United Overseas Bank Limited

CIMB Banking Berhad

Caterpillar Financial Services Asia Pte Ltd

OUE Commercial REIT Management Pte. Ltd

TML Holdings Pte. Ltd.

China Maple Leaf Educational Systems Limited

RHB Bank Berhad, Singapore branch

Work highlights

  • Acted as legal counsel to DBS Bank Ltd. and Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited as joint lenders and sustainability coordinators in relation to the first sustainability linked loan in Singapore’s energy sector.
  • Acted for CapitaLand Treasury Limited as Borrower and CapitaLand Limited as Guarantor in relation to the largest bilateral sustainability linked loan in Singapore’s real estate sector to date.
  • Acted for Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited in a S$300m sustainability-linked loan to DBS Trustee Limited (in its capacity as trustee of Mapletree Industrial Trust (MIT). This is MIT’s first ever sustainability-linked credit facility.

Shook Lin & Bok LLP

Shook Lin & Bok LLP is praised by its banking and finance clients for ‘going the extra mile to provide assistance’, combining transactional experts, with specialists in financial services regulations, insolvency, restructuring and banking litigation. The group is regularly instructed on complex cross-border transactions, with a notable presence for asset, leveraged and asset financing, and a strong track record in green finance projects. Heading the group is Liew Kai Zee, whose practice centres around domestic and cross-border acquisition and structured finance. Stanley Lim spends his time working on bilateral and syndicated loans; while Marilyn See is called upon for debt capital markets work. Clement Khoo is also noted for acquisition financings. In January 2021, real estate finance expert Paul Goh was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Liew Kai Zee

Other key lawyers:

Stanley Lim; Marilyn See; Pok Eu Jin; Tan Zhi Ming; Clement Khoo; Paul Goh

Testimonials

‘They are a very well co-ordinated team, who provide good advice. They are contactable at all times, even past working hours to provide guidance and input on complex cases. ’

Shook Lin & Bok is a trusted law firm. The firm’s charges are reasonable and the team provides very sound legal advice. They always stretch their limits to help complete transactions on time. They often give talks to share knowledge and the latest updates in the finance and legal industry. ‘

Both Liew Kai Zee and Tan Zhi Ming are very knowledgeable and experienced lawyers. They are approachable,  friendly and helpful. Whenever we have any queries relating to legal matters, we will not hesitate to call Kai Zee and Zhi Ming for advice. They are always willing to share their views and industry expertise.’

The team displays good teamwork and unity which is vital to get things done promptly and accurately. They have also gone the extra mile to provide assistance in areas which are not within their scope of works.’

Stanley Lim from Shook Lin has always rendered excellent service to clients and takes the extra mile to provide assistance even though it may not be within his area of focus at times.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for a major Singapore bank in the financing of the voluntary unconditional general offer for and market purchase of the shares in the SGX Mainboard-listed Hi-P International Limited by special purpose vehicles wholly owned by Hi-P International’s Chief Executive Officer and controlling shareholder.
  • Acted for a leading real estate sponsor based in Singapore in relation to the INR 425 Crore and INR 625 Crore green finance facilities granted to the respective project companies in India in relation to the development of two green certified business parks in two different locations in India that implement environmentally conscious and sustainable measures in their construction and operation.
  • Acted as Singapore counsel to SoftBank Group Corp., on its senior secured debtor-in-possession financings to distressed satellite constellation operator, OneWeb, leading to its successful bailout from bankruptcy.

WongPartnership LLP

The ‘trustworthy and focused‘ team at WongPartnership LLP is at the forefront of green and sustainability-linked deals, which are part of its broad practice covering the waterfront of banking and finance transactions. Susan Wong heads the financial services group and banking and finance practice, with substantial experience in local and cross-border debt-related transactions, acting for lenders and big-ticket borrowers. Alvin Chia is most active in the project and real estate finance spaces, the latter being an area where Bernadette Tan stands out. Christy Lim focuses on acquisition and leveraged financing involving takeover offers.

Practice head(s):

Susan Wong

Testimonials

‘Trustworthy, focused and valuable advice and expertise.’

‘Susan Wong and her colleague Bernadette Tan are a great team to have. They are highly customer oriented, dish out useful and sound advice and can be counted to deliver under the most stressful situations.’

Experienced and friendly team, always accessible to provide advice.’

Very experienced and knowledgeable, creative in problem-solving.’

Key clients

Far East Organization

GuocoLand Limited

ARA Asset Management Limited

Lendlease Group

ESR Funds Management (S) Limited

Frasers Property Limited

Frasers Logistics & Industrial Trust

CIMB Bank Berhad

BNP Paribas

Ascendas Group

DBS Bank Ltd.

Standard Chartered Bank

Parkway Holdings

United Overseas Bank Limited

UOL Group Limited

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited

Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited

City Developments Limited

Perennial Real Estate Holdings Pte Ltd

Bank of China Limited, Singapore Branch

China CITIC Bank International Limited, Singapore Branch

KKR & Co. Inc.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Marina South Investments Pte. Ltd. and MS Commercial Pte. Ltd. (wholly-owned subsidiaries of M+S Pte. Ltd.) in the grant of S$1.95bn facilities to MS Commercial Pte. Ltd. to, amongst others, refinance loans granted in 2012 for the development of an integrated project (which includes office and retail components) in downtown Singapore located at Marina South. This was the largest green loan for a real estate company in Asia Pacific at the time.
  • Acting as lead counsel for Singapore Economic Development Board in the loan investment of US$45m to Arcturus Therapeutics, Inc. for the purpose of financing the development and manufacturing of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • We acted for Perennial Shenton Property Pte. Ltd. in the S$1bn refinancing in relation to the divestment by a consortium led by Perennial Real Estate Holdings Limited of its 50% stake in AXA Tower to Alibaba Group Holding Limited.

Dentons Rodyk

The group at Dentons Rodyk is active in the energy, natural resources and real estate sectors, where it provides a full-service to borrowers and lenders in relation to financing. Areas of expertise include syndicated lending, asset, project, structured and leveraged finance, as well as Islamic financial structures and financial restructuring issues. The department is led by Doreen Sim, a banking and finance generalist. The Islamic finance offering is led by Zhulkarnain Rahim, who has experience in Shariah-compliant restructurings. Wanqing Loke is an expert in project finance and often advises on cross-border deals.

Practice head(s):

Doreen Sim

Other key lawyers:

Joo Thye Tan; Zhulkarnain Rahim; Wanqing Loke

Testimonials

‘The team is genuinely pleasant to deal with and patient in handling the counterparty and the business.’

‘Doreen Sim is very patient.’

Key clients

OCBC

CIMB

Great Eastern Life

Mapletreelog Treasury Company Pte Ltd

MapletreeLog Treasury Company (HKSAR) Ltd

Millenia Hotel Private Limited

Sajahtera Investments (Singapore) Pte Limited

Frasers Property Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Mapletreelog Treasury Company Pte Ltd and MapletreeLog Treasury Company (HKSAR) Ltd in an approximately $300m unsecured multicurrency revolving credit facility granted by a local bank.
  • Acted for Millenia Hotel Private Limited in the refinancing of its existing $270m banking facilities from DBS, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Singapore Branch and UOB, secured against The Capella.
  • Acted for Sajahtera Investments (Singapore) Pte Limited in the grant by a local bank of approximately $200m facilities, secured by the hotel Royal Plaza on Scotts and the service apartment 8 on Claymore.

Drew & Napier LLC

According to one client, ‘the diversity of skills and knowledge of the legal eagles at Drew & Napier LLC is astounding and exudes confidence‘. The banking and finance practice encompasses the spectrum of credit and loan transactions, including in relation to bond issuances, acquisition financing and debt restructuring. The group is also known for its banking advisory and regulatory work. Heading the team is Pauline Chong, an expert in bilateral and syndicated loan facilities in cross-border deals. Renu Menon is the name to note for regulatory issues, while Benedict Teo handles banking litigation.

Practice head(s):

Pauline Chong

Testimonials

‘The team is collaborative and well coordinated across different departments. Experienced, responsive and gives good advice’

‘Committed, good technical knowledge, commercial and good communication skills.’

‘The diversity of skills and knowledge of the legal eagles at Drew Napier is astounding and exudes confidence. They have the resources at hand to afford excellent service’

‘Renu Menon has been most helpful and provides quick responses despite her punishing schedule. Advice is practical and wholesome.’

‘Client engagement – understanding of customers’ needs and prompt replies.’

‘Outstanding knowledge of the area of expertise.’

‘Responsive and professional’

‘Pauline Chong is professional, efficient, knowledgeable and helpful.’

Key clients

United Overseas Bank Limited

DBS Bank Ltd

Standard Chartered Bank

Far East Organization Centre Pte Ltd

CIMB Bank Berhad, Singapore Branch

Guthrie GTS Pte Ltd

Tuan Sing Holdings Limited

Overseas Union Enterprise Limited

Bank of China Limited, Singapore Branch

Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Singapore Branch

COSCO SHIPPING International (Singapore) Co., Ltd

The Bank of East Asia Limited, Singapore Branch

Meinhardt Group International Limited and Meinhardt (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Hotel Properties Limited

CWT Pte Limited

Credit Industriel et Commercial, Singapore Branch

KrisEnergy Ltd

Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Limited

Overseas-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited

Bank of Singapore Limited

Bank of China Limited

Citibank N.A.

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

UBS AG

Bank J. Safra Sarasin Singapore

Qatar National Bank (Q.P.S.C)

Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

VP Bank Ltd

Woori Bank Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising the informal steering committee of lenders to troubled oil trading company Hin Leong on the potential debt restructuring of Hin Leong, approximately US$3.85bn.
  • Advising Heliconia Capital Management on the restructuring of and investment into Pacific International Lines, which is Singapore’s largest container shipping line and 12th largest in the world. The clients are linked to Temasek Holdings, one of Singapore’s sovereign wealth funds.
  • Advising TT International and its subsidiaries on the S$500m debt restructuring, including the debt obligations under an existing scheme of arrangement that was sanctioned by the Singapore Courts and affirmed by the Singapore Court of Appeal in October 2010.

Asia Practice LLC

At corporate finance boutique Asia Practice LLC, lawyers focus on advising banks and financial institutions on a wide variety of financings, with a pedigree in aircraft, receivables and trade financing. Lee Chien Herr is a shipping finance specialist, who is regularly instructed on leasing matters also areas of expertise for practice co-head Jonathan Tan. Leon Low, the other co-head, has developed a practice involving commodities and trade finance, as well as financial products.

Practice head(s):

Leon Low; Jonathan Tan

Other key lawyers:

Lee Chien Herr

Testimonials

‘The team is always willing to provide assistance on a very wide and diverse range of legal issues and has also been providing legal advisory services for the bank’s corporate banking portfolio for close to 10 years now. Over the years the team became familiar with our standard form documents and their limitations and legal gaps. They are also familiar with many of the bank’s documentation and front office staff.’

Work highlights

  • Advising a major construction and steel fabrication company listed in Singapore on the refinancing of its facilities involving a syndicate of subordinated creditors.
  • Acting as Singapore counsel to a leading Japanese bank in a US$50m bilateral term loan financing of a leading industrial and manufacturing group in Vietnam.
  • Advising two major international banks in Singapore on facilities of over S$46m granted to one of the largest construction and property development companies in Singapore, to finance its construction of a hotel in Singapore’s downtown area and a new iconic residential development in Singapore’s central region.

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC‘s financing group advises lenders, underwriters, borrowers and agents in domestic and cross-border transactions across the ASEAN region and China. The broad practice includes structured and syndicated lending, leveraged buyouts and project finance, as well as Islamic financing structures, debt restructuring and pre-IPO financings. Sin Teck Lim advises issuers and arrangers on the spectrum of debt capital markets issues. Wai Ming Yap is a specialist in project finance. Former practice head Guan Feng Chen left the firm in August 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Sin Teck Lim; Wai Ming Yap; Cheryl Chan

Key clients

Ezion Holdings

CIMB Bank Bhd, Singapore

FKS Food and Agri Pte Ltd

Asian Development Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised FKS Food and Agri Pte Ltd as borrower on a US$152.5mand IDR1.45tn dual currency facility arranged jointly by BNP Paribas, Singapore Branch and Rabobank, Singapore Branch.
  • Advised Asian Development Bank as lender on a US$100m financing for Bank of Communications Leasing Co. Ltd. to fund leases or purchases of new energy buses in the PRC.
  • Assisting CIMB Singapore with the preparation of base documents and the drafting of standard document for the issuance of a new Islamic Structured Deposit. This new structure deposit has yet to be launched in Singapore.

Virtus Law LLP

Virtus Law LLP – Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance has a formal alliance with Stephenson Harwood, meaning it has the ability to advise on Singapore law banking and finance matters while having access to a strong international office network. The group handles the gamut of issues, with a particular focus on shipping and offshore finance, aviation and structured finance, as well as restructuring and insolvency issues. Colin Jarraw heads the team which includes Jason Yang, who is known for sale and leaseback transactions, as well as assisting clients with restructurings and enforcement strategies.

Practice head(s):

Colin Jarraw

Other key lawyers:

Jason Yang

Key clients

National Australia Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

ING Bank

BNP Paribas

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

EnTrust Global

MBSB Bank Berhad

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Hong Kong Branch

DNB

Bank of Communications Financial Leasing

Nordic Trustee AS

Work highlights

  • Advising National Australia Bank Limited (NAB) on the structuring and documentation of a US$178m limited recourse financing of nine aframax tankers to a Korean investment fund.
  • Advising BNP Paribas on a complex refinancing and re-domiciliation exercise under the Singapore Inward Re-Domiciliation Regime.
  • Advising Entrust Global on the US$27.5m financing of two tankers which were acquired from Maersk.

Withers KhattarWong LLP

Withers KhattarWong LLP has a well-established banking and finance practice dealing with domestic and cross-border financings and securities transactions. The group is noted for working closely with the firm’s real estate offering, handling the finance for property acquisitions and development in Singapore and overseas. It also draws on the capabilities of the restructuring and insolvency group in matters for banks involving creditor committees, judicial managers and liquidators, as well as for borrowers in distressed debt transactions. Showing its dedication to the market, it has strengthened its financing offering with the hire of former practice head Guan Feng Chen who joined from Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC in August 2021, bringing with him over 25 years of experience advising on high-profile finance transactions across Southeast Asia, particularly in Indonesia, and a growing number of fintech-related deals. Kenneth Szeto heads the team, with significant expertise in real estate and asset-backed financing. Consultant Agatha Lee has a varied client list of local and overseas banks and financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Szeto

Key clients

DBS Bank Ltd

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited

United Overseas Bank Limited

RHB Bank Berhad

CIMB Bank Berhad

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

Credit Suisse AG

Malayan Banking Berhad

UOB Kay Hian Private Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised United Overseas Bank Limited and DBS Bank Ltd on the term loan facilities extended to Perpetual (Asia) Limited, the trustee of Boustead Industrial Fund, to partially finance its acquisition of 11 JTC industrial building assets, by way of either direct asset acquisition or through the acquisition of property holding company shares from the subsidiaries of the sponsor, Boustead Projects Limited.
  • Act for a corporate borrower, which is a shareholder of a power plant, in a senior secured facility financing of approximately $35m by an international bank.

CNPLaw LLP

CNPLaw LLP‘s team is focused on advising banks, financial institutions and investment funds, as well as corporate borrowers, on domestic and cross-border financing transactions. The group’s experience covers acquisition and leveraged finance, asset and asset-backed financing, debt restructuring and insolvency. Real estate-related finance is a forte for the firm, which is also active in the TMT and shipping arenas. Quek Li Fei heads the department with varied experience pertaining to secured and unsecured lending in Singapore and across borders and a particular specialism in project finance. English-qualified Bill Jamieson is able to provide expertise in financial services regulations. Kenn Lim and Wong Pei-Ling  are also lawyers of note. In January 2021, the team was joined by Low Wee Siong  from Wong Tan & Molly Lim LLC.

Practice head(s):

Quek Li Fei

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Theng; Bill Jamieson; Kenn Lim; Low Wee Siong; Wong Pei-Ling

Key clients

Pison Investments Pte. Ltd.

Lend Collective Pty Ltd

Hera Capital Partners Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Pison Investments, a potential investor, on the restructuring of a major water treatment business with a holding company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange, Hyflux Limited.
  • Acted as Singapore law counsel to Lend Collective in a cross-border finance transaction between an Australian lender and an Australian borrower with a Singapore parent company.
  • Assisted Hera Capital Partners with drafting the fund documents and negotiating the terms of the convertible loan note pre series B investment in Nutrition Technologies.

Duane Morris & Selvam LLP

The banking and finance practice at Duane Morris & Selvam LLP provides local, regional and international advice to financial institutions in relation to a wide variety of transactions. The group has experience in project, real estate and asset finance, and is also regularly instructed on leveraged and acquisition finance deals. Regulatory compliance is another strong area for the group, which advises on the spectrum of banking regulations arising from its clients’ activities. An area of increasing focus for the team is venture financing transactions. Chairman of the Singapore office Leon Yee leads the team which includes banking and private equity expert Ramiro Rodriguez and Priyank Srivastava, who is an expert in Myanmar-related deals.

Practice head(s):

Leon Yee

Other key lawyers:

Ramiro Rodriguez; Priyank Srivastava

Key clients

Genesis Alternative Ventures

State Bank of India

Eco-Friendly Towers Company Limited

Iceberg Holding

Work highlights

  • Acted for Genesis Alternative Ventures on a provision of term loan facility to a fintech startup.
  • Represented Myanmar company Eco-Friendly Towers Company and the guarantor (Singapore Holding co.) on a term loan facility of US$20m involving review and advice on Singapore and Myanmar security documents.
  • Advising Singapore oil & gas retail holding company Iceberg Holdings on its US$50m financing and expansion plans in south-east Asia.

K&L Gates Straits Law LLC

K&L Gates Straits Law LLC's team is most known for advising Indian companies on their transactions in Singapore and across south east Asia, as well as assisting Indian banks with operations in Singapore. The team has recently become more active in advising on enforcement, investigations and recovery work on behalf of banking clients. Chairman of the Singapore office M Rajaram has extensive experience in traditional banking transactions, acting for lenders in the infrastructure, power and mining sectors.

Practice head(s):

M. Rajaram

Other key lawyers:

Ahmad Khalis; Lai-Foong Chan

Testimonials

Willingness to take in last minute instructions and burn the midnight oil to deliver. Ability to convince the most difficult of clients.

Loo & Partners LLP

Loo & Partners LLP has a broad banking and finance practice, advising clients on issues such as syndicated loans, project, aircraft and ship finance. The team also has experience in assisting foreign banks with the establishment of branches in Singapore and regulatory compliance matters. Founding partner Loo Choon Chiaw is a veteran finance lawyer with an increasing presence in the fintech arena.

Practice head(s):

Loo Choon Chiaw

Testimonials

‘The team provides comprehensive supports. Other than legal, the team provides their view from commercial, investors and financial points of view.’

Key clients

Bank of Taiwan

Cathay United Bank, Singapore Branch

Chang Hwa Commercial Bank

China Development Bank

E.SUN Commercial Bank, Ltd.

First Commercial Bank

Korea Development Bank, Singapore Branch

Land Bank of Taiwan, Singapore Branch

Mega International Commercial Bank

Hua Nan Commercial Bank

Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Co., Ltd.

Taipei Fubon Commercial Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Taipei Fubon Commercial Bank Co., Ltd, Singapore Branch in relation to a facility of up to $5m to Tung Mung Textile Company (Singapore) Pte Ltd
  • Drafting of a legal opinion on the validity of Hua Nan Commercial Bank’s power of attorney under the laws of Singapore.
  • Advised Land Bank of Taiwan, Singapore Branch in relation to a proposed supplemental facility letter  to the facility agreement dated 26 September 2012  for a $50m 1-year unsecured and uncommitted bilateral credited facility with Vitol Asia Pte. Ltd. (the Borrower) based on an uncommitted framework agreement.

Oon & Bazul LLP

At Oon & Bazul LLP, lawyers have a strong reputation for advising merchant and trade banks on Singapore law financing issues. The group is particularly active in assisting Indian banks with transactions and regulatory compliance. The group also has a strong ship finance practice and has recently become more active in the fintech and payment systems space. Ting Chi Yen heads the team and has a broad practice spanning structured, acquisition and project finance, in addition to banking regulatory issues. Senior associate Joseph Tay is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ting Chi Yen

Other key lawyers:

Oon Thian Seng; Joseph Tay

Q.E.D. Law Corporation

Q.E.D. Law Corporation‘s practice spans real estate and construction finance, as well as financial transactions arising from the energy and natural resources sectors and aviation. Clients include an array of borrowers and lenders, with transactions involving Singapore law issues. Susan Kong leads the department, and has experience in cross-border financings, including in relation to China, Indonesia, Thailand and Australia. Marilyn Goh has developed a strength in real estate financing, advising banks and corporations. Linda Cai has expertise in project finance, as well as acquisition financing and debt restructuring. Annabelle Wang is increasingly known for domestic and cross-border syndicated lending and bilateral loans.

Practice head(s):

Susan Kong

Other key lawyers:

Marilyn Goh; Linda Cai; Annabelle Wang

Testimonials

QED’s lawyers are very responsive and attentive to their clients’ needs.’

Marilyn Goh and Annabelle Wang are friendly, efficient and prompt. Matters are in safe hands with them.’

Key clients

Ascott Group

United Overseas Bank

PT Bank UOB Indonesia

Kajima Group

TSMP Law Corporation

TSMP Law Corporation is focused on corporate real estate financing, with a specialism in land acquisition and development finance. The group acts for lenders and borrowers, counting major Singapore banks as clients. An additional area of expertise is assisting multinationals as Singapore counsel for secured note financings. Established real estate finance lawyer Jennifer Chia  heads the department. June Ho is also experienced in transactions across a number of sectors, including in relation to bi-lateral loans and ship financing.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Chia; June Ho

Testimonials

‘Good teamwork, responsive and professional’

‘Jennifer Chia is knowledgeable, responsive, meticulous and efficient’

We have worked together with June Ho on several international financings during the last year, and find her to be very responsive, excellent quality of work, pragmatic and pleasant to work with.’

Key clients

INEOS Styrolution APAC Pte. Ltd.

Pan Asia Realty Advisors (Singapore)

Ashurst ADTLaw

Oxley Beryl Pte. Ltd. (“Oxley”)

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Oxley Group in its discharge of securities securing the loan facilities of S$483m from HSBC and Maybank in relation to 30 Raffles Place, Chevron House
  • Acted for OCBC and DBS on the grant of S$446m to 71 Robinson Pte. Ltd. for the acquisition of 71 Robinson Road from its affiliate.
  • Acted for DNB Bank ASA in the US$2bn refinancing of Norway’s largest offshore company Solstad.

Wong Tan & Molly Lim LLC

Wong Tan & Molly Lim LLC advises borrowers and lenders on Singapore-related financing transactions. Departmental head Ong Beng Hong takes the lead on most of the firm's banking and finance work and has experience in project finance facilities. Tan Swee Gek is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Ong Beng Hong; Tan Swee Gek

Other key lawyers:

Yuan Lee

Testimonials

‘Experienced and friendly team, always accessible to provide advice’

‘Very experienced and knowledgeable, creative in problem-solving.’