Construction: Local firms in Singapore

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP advises government agencies, special purpose vehicles, financiers, contractors and major developers on the full spectrum of construction work, handling a balanced workload of non-contentious and contentious matters. It has recently been active assisting with greenfield developments of data centres, public infrastructure projects such as waste management schemes and mass rapid-transit lines, large-scale multi-use developments, and infrastructure projects. It is also able to leverage the firm's significant foothold across South-East Asia, particularly in Malaysia and Myanmar. The practice is jointly headed by Chien Mien Ho, who is praised for his 'knowledge of legal dispute settlements' and 'highly experienced construction specialistSathiaseelan Jagateesan. On the contentious side, Dao Kai Lim acts for statutory boards, government-linked companies,  developers and contractors in domestic and international arbitral forums. Charmelia Sugianto was made up to partner in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Chien Mien Ho, Sathiaseelan Jagateesan

Other key lawyers:

Dao Kai Lim; Charmelia Sugianto

Testimonials

The team’s ability to provide top-level valuable and efficient advice in construction law is highly appreciated.

Ho Chien Mien’s ability to grasp legal problems and knowledge in legal and dispute settlements are qualities we look highly upon.

Allen & Gledhill’s construction team is focused, flexible, and able to offer a personalised approach to tackle any problem and according to the specific needs of any client.

Allen & Gledhill has a great wealth of construction knowledge – they stand out among most run-of-the-mill kind of legal firms.’

Work highlights

  • Advising a property developer on the Guoco Midtown Project on Beach Road, Singapore, comprising of 770,000 sq ft of Grade A office space, 30,000 sq ft of retail and entertainment area and more than 200 residential units.
  • Advised a regional development company on the $1.5bn phase 1 development of the New Yangon City in Myanmar, which will include the development of roads, bridges, utilities and telecoms infrastructure, public transport, as well as residential, industrial and commercial zones.
  • Advising a real estate company on the development of its global headquarters, campus and Centre of Excellence for Innovation in Singapore.
  • Advising a food conglomerate on the establishment of its Myanmar joint venture company and the development of a $50m greenfield brewery plant.
  • Advising a trustee on the development of Jewel Changi Airport, a mixed-use development at Changi Airport,  comprising of various facilities including gardens and attractions, retail stores, a hotel and facilities for airport operations.

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP is noted for its 'solid ability to handle the largest construction projects in the region', such as assisting with the $3.5bn One Bangkok mixed-development  project and advising Facebook on its S$1.4bn investment to construct its first Asian data centre in Singapore. The team of 'highly experienced lawyers' is able to advise on early-stage project feasibility, procurement, project financing and dispute resolution. Soh Lip San leads the group, which also includes transactional partners Sim Chee Siong and Shemane Chang, who have significant experience in running projects in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Ng Kim Beng specialises in disputes arising in engineering and construction; power; oil & gas; and telecoms infrastructure development. Shannon Tan Yu Inn left the practice.

Practice head(s):

Soh Lip San

Testimonials

The team has a great knowledge of ongoing projects and is able to advise on the impacts your project or third party projects may have on your project. Also with respect to any changes in the implementation of the local regulations by authorities.’

‘Shemane Chang is very impressive – her extensive knowledge in the EPC industry is superb and she is very strong in negotiations backed up by her competencies’

Key clients

Facebook, Inc

One Bangkok

Neste Singapore Pte Ltd

Singapore Technologies Marine Limited and Tuas Power consortium

PT Maruwai Coal

Ikano

Wintree Investment Pte Ltd

Leighton Contractors (Asia) Limited (Philippines Branch)

Mitsui & Co. Ltd and Osaka Gas Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Facebook on its S$1.4bn investment to construct its first Asian data centre in Singapore.
  • Advised the developer on the $3.5bn One Bangkok project, the largest private sector property development initiative undertaken in Thailand.
  • Assisting Neste with various sale and purchase agreements and supporting documentation as part of its long-term strategic S$2.2bn investment to increase its biofuel production capacity in Singapore by up to 1.3 million tonnes per annum.    
  • Advising a consortium of Tuas Power and Singapore Technologies Marine as preferred bidder on the development of Singapore’s fifth desalination plant on a design-build-operate basis.

WongPartnership LLP

WongPartnership LLP is best known for assisting multinational developers with the most significant infrastructure and public-private partnership projects in Singapore and across South-East Asia. In a recent example of its work, it advised on the development of a $2bn aromatics complex on Jurong Island and on the development of the Rah Falhu Huraa Islands in the Maldives. Practice head Christopher Chuah is 'well known' in the industry and 'a solid adviser on all matters of construction' and is particularly noted for his expertise in joint ventures and representation in construction-related litigation. Other prominent practitioners of note are Peng Cheng Tay and Ian de Vaz, who jointly head the energy, projects and construction department, and Lay Theng Kua, who has notable expertise assisting with building contracts, project advisory issues and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Chuah

Testimonials

The team is able to deal with large and complex construction disputes. They are responsive and on top of the matters. Always deliver outstanding results. Excellent in strategising the case.’

‘The team sets itself apart from the competition with its in-depth industry insights and experience. This gives them the edge in providing advice that is legally sound and ultimately practical for the business. With their deep industry knowledge, they are able to anticipate issues and provide guidance early. This often translate to a very useful edge during negotiations.’

Key clients

Wheelock Properties (Singapore)

Ministry of Health Singapore

Asplenium Land Pte. Ltd.

SC Global Developments Pte. Ltd.

SembCorp Utilities Pte. Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advising Pontiac Land Group on its $500m development of the Rah Falhu Huraa Islands in the Maldives, which will include the reclamation of four separate islands as well as the construction of three luxury hotels and a staff campus to be operated by Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton and Capella.
  • Advised Penta-Ocean Construction Co. on its joint venture with Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. and Hyundai Engineering & Construction to carry out the design and supply of caissons, construction of wharf structures and containment bund, reclamation and dredging for Tuas Terminal Finger Pier 3 in Singapore
  • Assisting ST Telemedia Global Data Centre with the construction of its largest data centre facility in Singapore,

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow covers the full range of construction-related work, from procurement, construction contracts and related matters to litigation and adjudication. Practice head Nandakumar Ponniya has in-depth knowledge of construction regulatory frameworks and courtroom experience in disputes arising in the infrastructure, oil and gas, and power sectors across Asia. Wong Tjen Wee's practice combines contentious work with the drafting and reviewing of construction-related contracts as well as project administration advice.

Practice head(s):

Nandakumar Ponniya

Other key lawyers:

Wong Tjen Wee

Key clients

PowerChina Resources

Work highlights

  • Advised PowerChina Australia on the construction, development, operation and maintenance arrangements for the Cattle Hill Wind Farm  project in Tasmania.
  • Assisting PowerChina Resources with its commodities trading activities and its involvement in the One Belt One Road initiative.
  • Representing Siemens in three concurrent actions in the Singapore Courts, two of which are in the the Court of Appeal — in defending claims brought by its subcontractor concerning the fabrication of various structural components for use at a major oil and gas facility in Russia.

Cavenagh Law LLP

Focusing primarily on dispute resolution within the construction industry, Cavenagh Law LLP, bolstered by its strategic alliance with Clifford Chance, has an active contentious practice, regularly acting on the side of international contractors, developers and sponsors. Key figure Paul Sandosham has vast historical courtroom expertise, with experience leading counsel in construction arbitrations seated in various jurisdictions, with an emphasis on real estate developments, nuclear power and petrochemical plants and renewable energy projects. Kelvin Teo is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Paul Sandosham

Other key lawyers:

Kelvin Teo

Key clients

Macquarie Capital

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

The Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM)

Work highlights

  • Representing an international contractor in a SIAC arbitration concerning contract for services to develop a project to construct the largest ferris wheel in the world.
  • Advised a leading owner and developer of utility-scale solar energy projects on disputes between its subsidiary entities and their EPC contractors, for the construction of three solar-power projects in India.
  • Represented a PRC state-owned entity in a SIAC international arbitration commenced against it by an Indonesian company, concerning the construction of multiple coal-fired steam power plants across Indonesia for an Indonesian state-owned entity.
  • Advising a Shanghai-listed MNC in ongoing disputes with a Korean MNC, arising out of contracts for aluminium and glazing works for the redevelopment of the oldest shopping centre on Orchard Road, Singapore.
  • Acting for a multinational joint venture company in Vietnam in a dispute with the EPC contractor concerning the construction of a petrochemical plant.

Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore

Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore has a wide range of experience in infrastructure, engineering and construction matters, and is regularly instructed to advise on procurement, project finance, operation and asset management and dispute resolution. Practice head Eugene Tan is a senior accredited specialist in building and construction law and an experienced advocate; he frequently acts for contractors, sub-contractors, consultants and suppliers in construction-related litigation and arbitration proceedings. The practice has also significantly expanded its offering in dispute resolution in the construction and engineering sectors with the arrival of Jonathan Howes as joint head of APAC Infrastructure and senior associate Sean Hardy; the duo joined from Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore in July 2019.

Practice head(s):

Eugene Tan

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Howes; Sean Hardy

Testimonials

‘Eugene Tan’s team is very close knit, and they complement each other very well. Together, they operate at the highest level of professionalism and deliver outstanding advice and results to their client.’

‘Eugene Tan has extensive experience in the construction industry and is certainly a class above his peers. Above all, Eugene is a formidable strategist and an absolute source of advice and guidance in times of need.’

 

Work highlights

  • Acted for a Singapore-based regional construction company  in a claim against the developer for work done in respect of two major projects in Myanmar.
  • Acted for a sub-contractor in obtaining a favourable adjudication determination against the main contractor for the entire sum claimed in respect of a HDB project
  • Successfully acted for the main contractor,  a consortium made up of a diversified Japanese conglomerate and a global EPC contractor based in Korea, in SIAC arbitration proceedings seated in Singapore in relation to the first MRT project in Ho Chi Minh City.

Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP

Jointly headed by Philip Jeyaretnam, SC and Paul Wong, the construction practice at Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP is known for its strong advocacy on behalf of leading developers and multinational construction firms, including China Huadian Engineering and SMRT Corporation. It advises on a range of engineering and construction matters, including roads, rail systems, residential and commercial developments in addition to major international construction projects. Kirindeep Singh acts for owners, developers, consultants, and contractors in construction and engineering disputes under standard form and bespoke contracts.

Practice head(s):

Philip Jeyaretnam, Paul Wong

Other key lawyers:

Kirindeep Singh

Key clients

Boustead Projects Ltd

China Huadian Engineering Co., Ltd

CS Bored Pile Systems Pte Ltd

Iljin Electric Co., Ltd Singapore Branch

Kimly Construction Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended two subsidiaries of Meinhardt in a Singapore High Court suit against claims by the owner of Centennial Tower, a 35-storey Grade A office building in Singapore’s central business district.
  • Assisted Sinopec with the preparation of tender documents for a design and build procurement of Sinopec’s first petrol station in Singapore.
  • Acted for an insurer in respect of a major industrial accident arising from the partial collapse of a dry-dock/quay sea-wall and advised on the contractor’s policy.

Pinsent Masons MPillay

Focusing predominantly on dispute resolution, Pinsent Masons MPillay's team, led by Mohan Pillay, is a 'top-choice practice for contentious construction work'. It focuses on the construction and engineering sector and handles domestic and international arbitrations, mediation and adjudication. Nicholas Brown and Toh Chen Han are the other key figures. Jonathan Howes and Sean Hardy moved to Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore in July 2019.

Practice head(s):

Mohan Pillay

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Brown; Toh Chen Han

Testimonials

‘Good regional understanding of the construction disputes business. Always a good team on the case with appropriate experience levels.’

Key clients

McConnell Dowell South East Asia Pte Limited

Leighton John Holland JV

Kalzip Asia Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing the subcontractor, McConnell Dowell South East Asia, in adjudication and SIAC arbitration proceedings, in a dispute arising under its contract with the main contractor for major piping works on a refinery project in Singapore.
  • Represented Kalzip Asia in the Singapore High Court in a S$14m claim against a specialist sub-contractor arising from the supply of defective GRP panels for the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort.

CMS Holborn Asia

CMS Holborn Asia has bolstered its construction practice following the hire of Kelvin Aw and Lynette Chew and their team of experienced associates -Leonard Chew, Grace Lu and Eugene Lee - from Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC in late 2018. The practice handles complex transactions and non-contentious work, including advising China Jingye Engineering Corporation (Singapore Branch) on various aspects of Contract T311 with the Land Transport Authority of Singapore for the Bedok South MRT Station. On the contentious front, the team is currently representing Samsung C&T Corporation in several disputes in the energy and construction space.

Practice head(s):

Kelvin Aw; Lynette Chew

Other key lawyers:

Leonard Chew; Grace Lu; Eugene Lee

Key clients

Samsung C&T Corporation

PSA International

China Jingye Engineering Co. Ltd (Singapore Branch)

Samsung – Tiong Seng Joint Venture

Tiong Seng Contractors (Private) Limited

Koh Brothers Investment Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing Samsung C&T Corporation in a dispute against Bintai Kindenko concerning the Pacificlight Power project in Jurong Island, Singapore.
  • Representing Samsung C&T Corporation in its disputes with Rotary Mechanical and Construction Company arising out of a subcontract for the piping and mechanical works in the Singapore LNG Terminal Phase 3 Expansion Project, Singapore.
  • Representing China Jingye in its successful tender for the construction of the Bedok South MRT Station.
  • Assisting PSA Panama International Terminal with contract documentation based on the FIDIC suite of standard forms to be used in the relation to the expansion of the container terminal in Panama.

TSMP Law Corporation

TSMP Law Corporation regularly acts for multinational corporations and contractors in all types of construction-related litigation, arbitration and adjudication proceedings. On the non-contentious side, the team is able to advise clients on engineering procurement and construction-related contractual matters, project management and assistance with bids and tenders for large infrastructure projects. Co-heads Derek Loh and Melvin Chan have extensive experience resolving disputes in the construction and engineering industry.

Practice head(s):

Derek Loh; Melvin Chan

Key clients

GS Engineering & Construction Corp.

Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd

Soletanche Bachy

YTL Power Seraya / YTL Communications Sdn Bhd / YTL Cement Berhad

RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Pte) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Hyundai-GS joint venture, as the main contractor, in a claim against EQ Insurance Company for payment under a performance bond issued in respect of the construction of the Marina One Project.
  • Acting for Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co in defending a claim by Taishi-Tech in respect of the construction of the Watertown integrated development project in Punggol.
  • Defending CSYA against claims of fraud, conspiracy, collusion and negligence and alleged failure to supervise the contractor.

Eversheds Harry Elias

Eversheds Harry Elias has developed a niche offering in the area of marine engineering, dredging, land reclamation and shore protection works having been involved in major projects, including the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort built on reclaimed land and the ongoing Tuas Mega Port project. The team assists with the drafting and review of construction contracts, construction management contracts, consultancy agreements and ancillary deliverables for residential, commercial and industrial projects. Key figures include practice head Tan Chau Yee and disputes specialist Justin Chia.

Practice head(s):

Tan Chau Yee

Other key lawyers:

Justin Chia

Key clients

Surbana Jurong Consultants Private Limited

Wee Hur Group of Companies

SMRT Corporation Limited

Straco Leisure Pte Ltd (Singapore Flyer)

Meinhardt Singapore Pte Ltd

Rich-Link Construction Pte Ltd

CapitaLand Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting as claims specialist to Surbana Jurong Consultants as part of Tuas Terminal Port Project 1.
  • Advising Senior Care Centres by Ministry Health Holdings on the contracts to be used when engaging the architects and consultants in relation to upcoming senior care centres to be built in Singapore.  
  • Represented MCST 3602 in a claim in the Singapore High Court against the builder (China Construction (South Pacific) Development), the architect and the professional engineer, for spontaneous shattering of glass balustrades due to the alleged incorrect use of glass material in all 132 units.

Shook Lin & Bok LLP

Shook Lin & Bok LLP's core areas of work span litigation and arbitration, insolvency, drafting and reviewing of contracts, project financing, regulatory and environmental issues. Joseph Tay is experienced in commercial transactions and related project management matters within the construction and engineering industry. He also undertakes advocacy work before the Supreme Court of Singapore, international commercial arbitrations and in construction adjudication proceedings commenced under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Tay

Work highlights

  • Advising a gaming company on a construction contract to build a new facility at One-North, which will become its new headquarters.
  • Advising Apollo Aquarium and Cube 2 on a construction project to build and construct a new vertical fish farm facility.
  • Advising a bank on a large-scale project for the supply and installation of energy-saving LED lights for HDB blocks, car parks and open spaces.