Offshore in Singapore

Carey Olsen Singapore LLP

Carey Olsen Singapore LLP maintains a dominating presence in Singapore’s offshore legal market, consistently demonstrating its full service capabilities when providing the complete range of services including banking and finance, funds, corporate, private wealth, insolvency, trusts and dispute resolution. Leading on the transactional side is Anthony McKenzie, bringing extensive experience in offshore corporate, investment funds and finance transactions, as well as being admitted to practice in the Cayman Islands, BVI and Bermuda. James Noble leads the contentious offering and is a specialist in complex and high-value shareholder litigation, asset-recovery, cross-border enforcement and insolvency. Tom Kastaros’ practice focuses primarily on the establishment, structuring and maintenance of offshore PE and hedge funds, while Helen Wang, who was promoted to partner in January 2023, has a wealth of experience advising clients on cross-border litigation across the banking and financial services, energy and resources, and insurance sectors. Counsel’s Kate Lan, Amelia Tan and Rebecca Lee are key members, with the former well-versed in complex shareholder, insolvency and company law related disputes; and the latter, highly sought after by top corporates, holding companies and family offices.

Practice head(s):

Anthony McKenzie; James Noble; Tom Katsaros

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Yao; Helen Wang; Nicholas Lee; Wei Xun Toh; Rebecca Lee; Kate Lan; Amelia Tan


‘Carey Olsen Singapore’s dispute resolution team is in my view the A-Team of all offshore practices operating in Singapore today. They would be my go-to team for complex, multi-jurisdiction work involving any corporate or commercial dispute resolution in the BVI or Cayman Islands, or Singapore arbitration work, and they have a stellar array of clients drawn from across the Asia Pacific region and beyond that underscores their status as the best of the best.’

‘James Noble is quite simply the best of the best. James possesses that rare combination in a team leader of great legal insight, great leadership skills and a frightening eye for detail.’

‘Kate Lan is a hard-hitting senior lawyer who is a determined fighter for her client’s interests, always going the extra mile. Kate is a joy to deal with: formidably talented and hard working.’

‘Amelia Tan has the gift of making everything seem straightforward and simple, which belies the very hard work she puts into preparing every brief. Amelia is utterly dependable, meticulous in her preparation, and always meets or exceeds expectations.’

‘Carey Olsen Singapore provided BVI advice and support for a restructuring and M&A transaction. They made a difficult transaction and closing much smoother and would be flexible around other stakeholders who were unhelpful.’

‘Anthony Mckenzie was responsive, commercial and put forward an excellent team.

‘Fast responses and clear advice.’

‘Helen Wang is particularly excellent. Confident, knowledgeable and commercial.’

Key clients

Babel Holding Limited

Caldicott Worldwide Ltd

G Medical Innovations Holdings Ltd.

Kathryn Ma (Private client)

Mubadala Petroleum (Thailand) Holdings Limited

Smarter Microelectronics



Walkers has established a deep bench of offshore specialists in Singapore, offering extensive experience across a number of key practice areas encompassing finance, corporate and investment funds, insolvency and dispute resolution; as well as the recent addition of a regulatory and risk advisory group. An expert on both BVI and Cayman Islands law, managing partner John Rogers brings a broad range of expertise from acquisition and real estate finance to securitisation and private equity. Laura Rogers, corporate and investment funds partner, regularly advises major international financial institutions, onshore law firms, corporate and investment managers. James Twigg has represented an abundance of Asia Pacific clients in high-value M&A, equity capital raisings and general corporate matters, while Richard Siddle has a particular focus on fund finance including capital call financings, NAV and hybrid facilities. On the finance side, Shirleen Tan has a strong niche acting for clients from Hong Kong and Greater China on a wide array of financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

John Rogers

Other key lawyers:

Laura Rogers; Richard Siddle; Timothy Stevens; Shirleen Tan; James Twigg


‘Walkers Singapore continues to attract the very biggest and best in commercial litigation from Hong Kong, China and Singapore: huge banking disputes, shareholder disputes and insolvencies. At the top of their game.’

‘Walkers have the leading offshore legal finance practice in Singapore and we work with them very regularly.’

‘The lead partner we work with is Richard Siddle. He is highly responsive, knowledgeable and has a keen transactional acumen.’

Key clients

Credit Suisse

Capital Square Partners

Dymon Asia Private Equity

Fullerton Healthcare Corporation Limited



National Australia Bank

Primavera Capital Management

SeaTown Holdings

Standard Chartered Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

TAG Holdings Limited

United Overseas Bank Limited

Zapp Electric Vehicles Group

Forbes Hare

With extensive knowledge of the BVI, Cayman Islands and other Eastern Caribbean jurisdictions laws, the Singapore offshore practice at Forbes Hare has a notably strong contentious offering; consistently covering complex cases concerning commercial, corporate, trust and investment disputes, as well as insolvency issues. Leading this contentious practice is the vastly experienced Sam Robertson, who regularly receives cross-border instructions from top financial institutions, family offices, trustees and insolvency practitioners. Catherine Ross leads the investment funds group, while Patrick Colegrave continues to act for clients located in numerous jurisdictions spanning the US, UK, South Africa and the Middle East.

Practice head(s):

Sam Robertson; Catherine Ross

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Colegrave


‘Practical, efficient and direct. Provide excellent personal service and response.’

‘We approached Sam Robertson and the team to act for us on a tricky offshore matter and they were able to provide innovative and effective advice in a way that showed deep consideration of the matter at hand as well as on point knowledge of the key legal issues.’

‘I am always impressed with Sam Robertson. Once you start talking to him about a legal problem he dives right in and lives and breathes the issues with you. His enthusiasm for thorny legal issues is contagious.’

Key clients

Xin Gang Power Investments Ltd

PricewaterhouseCoopers (Peter Greaves and Alexander Lower in capacity as liquidators of Ample Source International Limited)

Discovery Key Investments Limited

Querencia Limited & Quo Vadis Investments

Hector Finance Group Limited

Shook Lin & Bok (The Estate of Robert Tarantular and expert evidence in proceedings HC/S 823/2020)

Deloitte & Touche LLP

Anonymous Contested Estate Proceedings

Work highlights

  • Advised Xin Gang Power Investments Limited in achieving the dismissal of winding up proceedings brought against it in the BVI, whilst concurrently running a related appeal and seeking the stay of new BVI proceedings pending the determination of an arbitration in Hong Kong.
  • Advising PricewaterhouseCoopers as liquidators of Ample Source International Limited with recoveries and other liquidation matters.
  • Advised Hector Finance Group Limited on a multi-jurisdictional dispute.

Harney Westwood & Riegels Singapore LLP

The Singapore offshore practice at Harney Westwood & Riegels Singapore LLP is noted for its considerable breadth of expertise offered to both domestic and international clients, with specialists across corporate and finance funds, private wealth and trusts, restructuring and insolvency, regulatory work, and arbitration and litigation. The team has carved out a strong reputation for its skill in the crypto, blockchain and digital assets space, regularly advising on complex liquidations of funds and entities invested in digital assets. Managing partner Lishi Fong heads up the transactional offering, with her financial expertise including such areas as acquisition, pre-IPO, trade and property finance. Nicola Roberts leads the litigation, insolvency and restructuring team, having established a strong track-record handling complex cross-border litigation in the Cayman Islands, BVI, and Bermuda. Jayesh Chatlani was promoted to partner in January 2023 and specialises in multi-jurisdictional shareholder disputes, funds litigation and valuation disputes involving private ventures and listed companies.

Practice head(s):

Lishi Fong; Nicola Roberts

Other key lawyers:

Jayesh Chatlani


‘Exceptional commercial acumen.’

‘Lishi Fong is pragmatic, succinct and excellent at her work.’

‘Jayesh Chatlani is very approachable and tenacious. He knows his stuff on crypto-related insolvency matters.’

Key clients

Creditors of Three Arrows Capital



China Merchant Banks

Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited

Taishin International Bank Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acted for creditors in liquidation proceedings against the Singapore-based cryptocurrency hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC) which filed for bankruptcy in the BVI.
  • Acted as Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands counsel to the lender in relation to 3 cross-collateralised facility agreements provided to related entities of the Salim Group for an aggregate commitment of US$1.4 billion in connection with the acquisition of up to 200 billion Series C shares in PT Bumi Resources Tbk.
  • Acting for JTrust in BVI litigation where we successfully obtained judgment for the main claim in favour of our client following the defendants’ contempt of court in respect of which we are seeking multi-jurisdictional enforcement in our global litigation managing role to oversee litigations in multiple jurisdictions.

Maples Group

Working collaboratively with team’s in the BVI, the Cayman Islands, London, Dubai and Dublin, Maples Group has a long-established reputation for servicing multinational clients on their investments in Asia, as well as Asia-based clients on their overseas investments. Providing the full spectrum of legal services, the practice is particularly well noted for its expertise advising on corporate, finance, insolvency, funds and investments, and dispute resolution issues. Michael Gagie is a leading figure and heads the BVI law practice, specialising in downstream PE, corporate, commercial, and banking and structured finance work. Head of the Asia corporate offering, Matt Roberts focuses on advising financial institutions, asset managers, and publicly listed and private companies. Nick Harrold is particularly adept regarding Japanese-related investments, while Iain Anderson caters to a broad range of PE and hedge funds, boutique managers, smaller start-up funds and investee companies.

Practice head(s):

Michael Gagie; Matt Roberts

Other key lawyers:

Nick Harrold; Iain Anderson


‘A top offshore firm.’

‘Maples has a top-rate practice, particularly owing to an outstanding technical and commercial partner in Matt Roberts, who is peerless in his expertise and advice.’

‘Maples’ bench is deep and they are able to seamlessly deliver advice and service across different practice groups.’

‘Matt Roberts gives practical and actionable advice based off his deep technical knowhow and experience.’

‘Matt Roberts makes this practice unique; he stands out as a creative, solution and commercially-driven adviser. Definitely our go-to whenever we need more than cookie cutter advice.’

Key clients

Citigroup First Investment Management Limited

IQ EQ Fund Management (Ireland) Limited

Navis Asia Fund VIII, L.P.

DCP Capital

DPC Dash Ltd

HK Acquisition Corporation

Social Capital Suvretta Holdings Corp. I and Akili Interactive Labs, Inc.

TechStar Acquisition Corporation

Aquilius Investment Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Citigroup First Investment Management Limited on the launch of Citigroup Note.
  • Advised IQ EQ Fund Management (Ireland) Limited, on the launch of Daiwa Blackstone Private Credit Fund. The Fund, which is expected to launch on 31 May 2023, is structured as a Cayman Islands unit trust and is authorised for public offering in Japan. The Fund will be distributed by Daiwa Securities Co., Ltd.