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Allen & Gledhill LLP's team provides 'first-class advice' and is 'extremely good value for money'. It handles the gamut of advisory and disputes cases in respect of banking, securities, futures and commodities trading, in addition to advising on the regulatory aspects of mergers and acquisitions. The team also has good links with a variety of regulators. The well-regarded Francis Mok and Karen Tiah jointly head the team and Adrian Ang is 'an excellent lawyer with a first-class mind, who always ensures his clients’ interests are properly protected and is a real pleasure to work with'. The team advised HSBC and Maybank on the transfer of its retail banking operations from its respective Singapore branches into newly incorporated subsidiaries. It also assisted a well-known UK bank with regulatory issues pertaining to the transfer of its Singapore operations from an existing bank and merchant bank in Singapore to a new bank entity in order to comply with UK ring-fencing regulations.

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP's 'knowledge and insight is impressive, and it is good value for money' and is especially noted for its work related to investment funds. It has expertise in a range of derivatives, structured and other investment products and has been involved in the establishment of a number of exchanges such as the derivatives exchanges and the Singapore Commodity Exchange. Regina Liew, Larry Lim, David Yeow and Benjamin Liew are the key partners for financial regulatory work and Arnold Tan and Philip Yeo are names to note on the investment funds side of the practice. The team is acting for Asia Pacific Exchange and Asia Pacific Clear on the establishment of a new futures exchange and a new futures clearing house as an approved exchange and an approved clearing house respectively, the establishment of both is subject to regulation by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. The team has a history of advising on the derivatives-related financial crisis in addition to assisting clients with licensing and regulatory issues.

WongPartnership LLP's 'fantastic' team has 'an excellent understanding of clients’ needs and the approach to be adopted to reach a resolution on difficult issues'. Chan Jia Hui is singled out for being 'pragmatic and practical in his approach and for his understanding of the local market' and associate Hannah Ng is 'excellent'. Rosabel Ng , who jointly heads the team with Joy Tan and Elaine Chan, is 'one of the stars of the firm' and Tian Sion Yoong is also noted. The group provides regulatory compliance advice to financial institutions based in North America, Europe and the Middle East as well as in the Asia Pacific region, including assisting with internal investigations and enforcement actions. The team, which includes individuals with expertise in the fintech sector, acts for clients including the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, Morgan Stanley Asia International and Credit Suisse. Recent work includes acting for a major European client on its application to the Monetary Authority of Singapore for approval and recognition as a clearing house in Singapore under the Securities and Futures Act. It also advised NTUC Income on a proposed partnership with Fullerton Fund Management to appoint Fullerton as the investment manager of a portfolio of NTUC assets valued at an estimated S$23bn.

Stephanie Magnus leads a team at Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow that provides 'excellent response times and has a strong ability to advise on the application of regulatory requirements to business needs'. Local principal Eunice Tan is singled out for being 'smart and having the ability to navigating the Singapore regulatory landscape' and is 'responsive, pleasant and willing to explore different parameters'. The team acts for clients including Affinity Equity, MUFG Bank and the Carlyle Group  and it advised the Julius Baer Group on a joint venture with Siam Commercial Bank to offer wealth management services to Thai clients, which will operate through a domestic company in Thailand and an international company in Singapore.

Cavenagh Law LLP, which is in an alliance with Clifford Chance, provides 'an amazing overall service and advice that is always solid and accurate'. Counsel Janice Goh is 'an outstanding lawyer who really understands clients' businesses and sensitivities'. She was part of the team that advised two international banks on the regulatory issues concerning their digital private banking and wealth management strategies. Other team members include Sarah Hew and Jerald Foo. The team handles litigation in addition to its regulatory advisory expertise and is frequently involved in high-profile cross-border matters and investigations. 

The team at Pinsent Masons MPillay is well regarded for cross-border corporate crime and investigations. Neil McInnes is 'very sound, up-to-date and pragmatic'. The team advises a range of corporate clients on compliance issues, corporate investigations and anti-corruption matters. It handles a number of internal investigations, some of which span over two years, involving allegations of fraud or corruption and including those that have arisen from whistleblowing. It also assists corporate clients with risk assessments and compliance training.

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