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Allen & Gledhill LLP’s ‘competent and experienced’ team ‘understands its clients’ commercial considerations, business strategy and corporate culture’. It handles contentious and non-contentious matters, often with a cross-border element, for major contractors and developers. The ‘outstandingSathiaseelan Jagateesan provides ‘well-rounded, pragmatic advice’ and is advising the developer consortium led by Lendlease on the S$3.2bn Paya Lebar Quarter mixed-use development. In another highlight, Jagateesan acted on the acquisition and development of a data centre for Mapletree Industrial Trust. Ho Chien Mien and Chong Yee Leong are ‘extremely experienced, client-focused and commercially minded’; the former is representing Global Switch in a S$23m dispute with Arup Singapore arising from the construction of a data centre, and is assisting South Beach Consortium on the development of the S$3bn South Beach project. Andrew Yeo is also recommended.

Pinsent Masons MPillay’s group comes ‘highly recommended for large-scale construction disputes’ and complex infrastructure projects in the region. Practice head Mohan Pillay ‘has the pulse of any tribunal’ and ‘smooths over difficult issues with his effective strategy’. He is ably assisted by the ‘hardworking’, ‘calm’ Chen Han Toh, who is is a ‘go-to individual for complex delay claims’ and is ‘unafraid to dive into details’. Contractors form a substantial proportion of its client base; Toh recently acted for Keong Hong Construction in a delay claim brought before the Singapore courts. Other highlights included representing major contractors in high-stake arbitration proceedings, claims against sub-contractors and payment disputes with developers. The ‘experienced’ Nicholas Brown and Jonathan Howes are also recommended.

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP’s ‘dependable’ team includes the ‘respectful, responsive and knowledgeableNg Kim Beng, who is ‘adept at handling all types of queries’. International arbitration specialist Andre Yeap SC and projects expert Soh Lip San head the practice, which counts TRX City, Obayashi Corporation, Marubeni Corporation, Siemens AG and 3M among its clients. The team provides a full-service offering, advising on high-value infrastructure projects, oil and gas developments and public private partnerships as well as complex litigation and arbitration proceedings. Shemane Chan is assisting Ikano with the contractual matters pertaining to the construction of a shopping centre in Malaysia and advising a developer on a mixed-use hotel complex in the Mariana Islands. Sim Chee Siong is recommended.

WongPartnership LLP’s team’s clients range from developers to public entities, with Surbana Jurong, Ministry of Health Singapore, Lum Chang Holdings, Wheelock Properties and Asplenium Land some of the key names. Christopher Chuah (who is praised for his ‘practical approach, great at balancing legal and commercial matters’) and Nikki Ngiam successfully defended Mer Vue Developments against S$32m claims brought by the management of the Seaview Condominium, alleging contractual and tortious breaches. Tay Peng Cheng (who is rated for his ‘good grasp of the law and the industry, ability to understand the clients’ requirements and good response time’) and Linda Low are assisting a consortium of Hyflux and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries with the procurement process to design, build, own and operate a waste to energy plant. Ian de Vaz is advising a client on a government-backed project.

Disputes expert Nandakumar Ponniya leads Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow’s team, which supports clients through the full lifecycle of large-scale energy and infrastructure projects. Its enviable client base includes developers, financial institutions, consultants, contractors and suppliers. Martin David, who specialises in front-end advisory work and financing matters, advised LG International on the development of the Hasang hydropower project in North Sumatra. Other highlights included assisting Clean Energy Asia with a 50MW wind farm project in Ömnögovi region in Mongolia, which involved drafting and negotiation of the EPC contract. Also recommended are Wong Tjen Wee and newly promoted partner Kim Hock Ang.

Cavenagh Law LLP’s team focuses on cross-border contentious matters, particularly pertaining to large infrastructure and energy projects. ‘Master tactician’ Paul Sandosham, who leads the practice, is ‘never afraid to take on difficult issues’; he is ably supported by counsel Wei Xian Kelvin Teo, who has ‘great in-depth industry knowledge’. The group acted for a contractor in a dispute arising from a large-scale renewable energy project and represented a sub-contractor in arbitration proceedings pertaining to the faulty construction of a multimillion-dollar residential development. Clients include Hyundai Engineering & Construction, Jangho Group and Cooperativa Muratori & Cementisti di Ravenna.

Senior partners Philip Jeyaretnam SC and Paul Wong head Dentons Rodyk’s group, which is renowned for its contentious expertise, ranging from risk management to procurement disputes. It handles arbitration and litigation proceedings for domestic as well as international companies, with infrastructure and energy-related projects a key source of the group’s instructions. CSC Holdings, Frasers Centrepoint, Hitachi Asia and MacGregor Norway are clients. Highlights included representing Meinhardt Facade Technology in a S$25m negligence claim filed by the developers and acting for Wah Loon Engineering and Wah Loon Plant & Instrumentation as claimants in a data misappropriation claim.

Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore’s group specialises in infrastructure and engineering construction projects and handles matters ranging from procurement and planning to implementation and dispute resolution. Contentious highlights included acting for an Indonesian contractor consortium in a dispute arising from a gas pipeline construction project in Sumatra and representing Telekomunikasi Indonesia International in a dispute pertaining to the $115m construction of a data centre in the Singapore Data Centre Park in Jurong. In another highlight, the group defended Rider Levett Bucknall against two professional negligence claims filed by a terminated main contractor and involving allegations of tort of conspiracy. Eugene Tan and Justin Tan are key contacts.

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC’s team handles contentious as well as transactional matters pertaining to infrastructure, engineering and construction developments in the region and beyond, with strength on both the front and back-end of projects. Clients include Jurong Primewide and PSA Panama International Terminal. Practice co-head Kelvin Aw is advising MCC Land and China Jingye Engineering as sponsors on the procurement for the S$188m Marina East desalination plant project, which involved negotiations of the applicable agreements and financing arrangements. Aw and fellow co-head Lynette Chew are representing Lendlease in a defect claim against contractors pertaining to the collapse of the JEM shopping centre. The team also acted for Bonaventure (Maldives) as a developer of a holiday resort in arbitration proceedings filed by the contractor, Keong Hong Construction.

TSMP Law Corporation’s team attracts instructions in matters arising from infrastructure, engineering and transportation projects in Singapore. Highlights included acting for an international company in disputes pertaining to two developments in the Middle East, representing an international contractor in a dispute arising from the construction of a major hospital in Singapore and advising a consortium of contractors on a multimillion-dollar commercial development. The group is also advising a bidder for the design of the new Changi Airport Terminal 5 and is handling ongoing matters arising from the construction of an international school. Derek Loh and Melvin Chan are key contacts.

The group at Eversheds Harry Elias assists local and international owners, developers, contractors and industry professionals with transactional work as well as dispute resolution arising from commercial and public projects in Singapore and abroad. It also handles procurement advice for consultants and contractors. Tan Chau Yee represented Rich-Link Construction in High Court proceedings filed by CKR Contract Services involving claims of non-performance and contractual breaches. Justin Chia is acting as specialist claims counsel for Surbana Jurong International in the S$2.42bn Tuas Terminal project. Other highlights included providing ongoing assistance with contentious matters for Wee Hur Holdings and acting for Ser Kim Koi in delay and defect claims against a contractor. CapitaLand, Singapore Land Transport Authority and Ministry of Health are clients. Justin Chia is also recommended.

Shook Lin & Bok LLP’s clients include construction, energy and government-linked companies as well as developers and financial institutions. Joseph Tay is advising a Fortune 500 company on matters arising from the S$120m construction of a data centre facility on industrial land and is assisting a listed real estate investment trust with the development of a large-scale food preparation and storage facility. In another highlight, Tay is handling project financing for the refurbishment and redevelopment of the Suntec Mall for ICBC Bank. Debby Lim is acting for a building construction company in Singapore in adjudication proceedings pertaining to a payment dispute arising from a dormitory construction project.

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