Projects and energy: local firms in Singapore

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP‘s multi-disciplinary offering is well placed to provide advice throughout the entire life cycle of a project, be it in the oil, gas, energy, utilities, telecoms or transportation sector. On the development side, the key contacts are group lead Kelvin Wong  and Boon Kiat Yeo; both have considerable experience assisting with project structuring, establishment and conduct of operations, and industry-specific regulatory and compliance matters. On the financing side, regional practice co-head Chee Wai Kok and Aloysius Ng are the names to note. Wee Meng Tan, who oversees the firm’s work in the telecoms area, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Kelvin Wong; Chee Wai Kok

Testimonials

‘The senior partners had expert knowledge regarding contract and corporate matters, and coached our team on specific matters related to legal agreements, negotiating tactics, and possible outcomes.’

‘Given the pandemic and the situation in Myanmar, our team received good and dependable counsel while managing the business in a ‘one-of-a-kind’ environment in Asia and Myanmar.’

‘The team, which was led by Boon Kiat Yeo, was very commercially minded and responsive – I would highly recommend this practitioner.’

Work highlights

  • Advising the Land Transport Authority on the concession agreement for the Singapore-Johor Bahru Rapid Transit System Link.
  • Advising Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation, through a wholly owned subsidiary, KMH, on its agreement to jointly own and develop the Bifrost Cable System with a subsidiary of Facebook and PT.
  • Advised DBS, as transaction counsel, on the S$40m term loan facility granted to Sembcorp Floating Solar Singapore.

Dentons Rodyk

The team at Dentons Rodyk is noted particularly for its ability to assist global clients with their international needs, by leveraging its energy experience across many jurisdictions. Chinese state-owned enterprises form a core part of the firm’s client base; advising such clients on their investments into offshore renewable projects in Belt and Road Initiative countries continues to be an area of focus for the practice. UK and Singapore-qualified lawyer Joo Thye Tan leads the group, and is equally well versed in handling the contractual, corporate and financing aspects of the work. The practice also fields fluent Mandarin speakers Jonathan Guwe and Loke Wanqing.

Practice head(s):

Joo Thye Tan

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Guwe; Loke Wanqing

Testimonials

‘The team is able to work together across country lines to provide regional-based financing suitable for the client.’

‘Price competitive at the outset, adaptable, and able to work with the local team in a Covid environment.’

‘Dentons Rodyk has a broad network of partner law firms in the region that I think have struck the right balance between legal risk management and respecting commercial drivers. Having a good panel of legal partners is key as most commodities deals intersect different law/jurisdiction and securities arrangements.’

Key clients

Sinenergy Holdings Pte Ltd

SHS Holdings Ltd

Samko Timber Limited

Fujian Yongfu Power Engineering Co, Ltd.

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

Sponsors, contractors, service providers, financiers and government regularly instruct the team at Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP to advise them on the full gamut of projects issues, particularly those concerning energy and resources, across the Asia-Pacific region. The practice, under the leadership of Soh Lip San, is especially well regarded for its dispute resolution expertise in the projects space. On the non-contentious side, Shemane Chan is the name to note for issues relating to procurement, while Larry Lim is a noted advisor on energy and commodities trading. In other key developments, Matthew KohAlessa Pang and Devathas Satianathan all made partners in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Andre Yeap; Soh Lip San

Testimonials

‘Practical and commercially minded. Understands the client’s requirements.’

‘Ng Kim Beng has a practical and “to the point” approach to legal issues.’

‘This team is very strong and is just that, a team, both internally and also working with the client and external experts or other counsel. Very impressive.’

‘Ng Kim Beng is the partner I know best. He is an extremely good and contentious lawyer, with very clear thinking on strategy and tactics.’

‘Alessa Pang is a very strong litigator with a great ability to assimilate detail and reframe it for the fight!’

Key clients

Shanxi Electric Power Engineering Co., Ltd

Linde Gas Singapore Pte Ltd

Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad

TRX City Sdn Bhd

Frasers Property Holdings (Thailand) Co., Ltd /One Bangkok

Development Management

Beximco

SA Corporation

Neste Singapore Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad on the grant of an exclusive concession to a new company to take over, operate, maintain and upgrade its existing district cooling and co-generation plant, which provides chilled water and electricity to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport complex as well as the surrounding facilities.
  • Advising the receivers (appointed by Maybank) on the proposed sale of the power plant and associated assets of Tuaspring to a subsidiary of YTL Power International Berhad.
  • Advising Teesta on the structuring and drafting of documentation relating to the engineering, procurement, construction, operation and maintenance of a solar plant project.

WongPartnership LLP

The group at WongPartnership LLP offers leading expertise in the transactional, advisory and regulatory aspects of projects work, as well as handling the full spectrum of dispute resolution matters which may arise. Energy, construction and infrastructure are sectors of particular focus. The practice is jointly led by Tay Peng Cheng and Ian de Vaz, both of whom are also partners in the international arbitration and Middle East departments, and are able to leverage this experience in their leadership roles. Lesley Tan is another key member of the team; her regular workload includes drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts and tender documents for various mega infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Tay Peng Cheng; Ian de Vaz

Other key lawyers:

Lesley Tan

Testimonials

‘The team is detailed, diligent and able to respond effectively to help clients.’

‘Tay Peng Cheng is a good listener and knows his law well. He is able to advise clients on complex matters and makes an effort to help to resolve disputes well.’

‘They have progressed from the handling of disputes to the non-contentious side of this work and remain one of the leading firms in this field.’

Tay Peng Cheng and Lesley Tan  provided timely and practical advice on dealing with a range of building and construction-related issues.’

‘The team is highly knowledgeable and commercial in its outlook.’

‘Lesley Tan stands out for her commercial acumen.’

‘Extremely responsive and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Keppel Corporation Ltd.

SembCorp Utilities Pte. Ltd.

GrabTaxi Holdings Pte. Ltd.

Woh Hup (Private) Limited

Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

UOL Group Limited

OKP Holdings Limited

ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.

Santarli Construction Pte. Ltd.

Land Transport Authority

Work highlights

  • Assisting Resorts World at Sentosa with the redevelopment of its integrated resort, which includes advising on an investment sum of S$4.5bn to refresh and reinvigorate the resort, as well as on ancillary issues arising out of the impact of the pandemic.
  • Advising SMRT Corporation on the project documentation for the Singapore-Johor Bahru Rapid Transit Link.
  • Assisted GrabTaxi Holdings with the development and lease of a purpose-built building at one-north business park, Singapore, specifically for use by the client and its various related entities.

Drew & Napier LLC

Under the leadership of Jimmy Yim SC, contentious and non-contentious specialists at Drew & Napier LLC work together to offer clients a broad spectrum of skills and knowledge in high-profile projects spanning the power, telecoms, waste disposal and construction sectors. The team is also highly familiar with the workings of the multilateral and export agencies that provide funding for infrastructure development in Asia. The practice is differentiated by its close co-operation with the firm’s well regarded dispute resolution department; Mahesh Rai is a noteworthy contact in this area. On the financing side, Renu Menon and Sok Hiang Lau are some of the key names to note. For clients from the oil and gas sector, Ong Sim Ho is particularly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jimmy Yim SC

Testimonials

‘Excellent sector knowledge.’

‘Understand the underlying commercial issues on major projects and provide pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

Goldbell Corporation Pte Ltd

SAMART Comtech Co., Ltd

Logix Aero Ireland Ltd

ACASS Canada Ltd

Daewoo Engineering & Construction

Royal Group Investments Pte Limited

American Bureau of Shipping

Keppel Singmarine

Creative Technology Limited

Essar Group including Essar Projects (India) Limited and Essar Projects Singapore Pte Ltd

SK Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. including SK E&C (Singapore branch)

Emirates National Oil Company (Singapore) Private Limited

Cisco Systems Inc

Vietnam Trading Engineering Construction Joint Stock Corporation

Subash Kabini Power Corporation Limited

Daelim Industrial Co. Ltd

Noomadi Resorts & Residences AG

Multi-Gold SSDK Resources Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Instructed as borrower’s counsel to KrisEnergy (Apsara) Company and KrisEnergy (Cambodia), both wholly-owned indirect subsidiaries of KrisEnergy, on a transaction which involves entering into a $87m credit facility agreement with Kepinvest Singapore, as lender.
  • Successfully represented Goldbell Engineering against Range Construction, resulting in the setting aside of an ex-parte injunction which restrained the client from obtaining payment in lieu of extension of a $3.8m performance bond in relation to a construction project.

Harry Elias Partnership

Harry Elias Partnership‘s expertise extends to both front-end projects and dispute resolution work. The firm has developed a niche specialism in the areas of marine engineering, dredging, land reclamation and shore protection, and is also particularly strong when it comes to matters concerning underground tunnelling and railways. The group’s capabilities in the international construction space were considerably strengthened by the arrival of highly regarded practitioner Yvonne Foo from Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore in September 2020. Tan Chau Yee and Justin Chia jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Tan Chau Yee; Justin Chia

Other key lawyers:

Yvonne Foo

Testimonials

‘Yvonne Foo and the team are a first class team who are incredibly international in their outlook and approach. Their connections with the region (and world’s) largest contractors are very impressive. They think outside of the box and find ways to continue to deliver on client satisfaction.’

‘The team is professional and knowledgeable.’

‘Yvonne Foo is a standout partner. She is one of the brightest and most well connected individuals in the market and with a drive to always deliver that which is best for the client.’

‘Experienced and knowledgeable in their expertise.’

‘Pleasant and dedicated to the case; able to present their case well leaving the client fully satisfied.’

Key clients

Koh Brothers Building & Civil Engineering Contractor (Pte) Ltd

DBS Trustee Ltd as Trustee of Soilbuild Business Space REIT

GlaxoSmithKline Pte Ltd

Standard Chartered Bank / Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Ltd

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

Singapore Land Transport Authority

Maritime Port Authority of Singapore

Public Utilities Board

Singapore Land Authority

National Environment Agency

Ministry of Health

National Parks Board

People’s Association

Singapore Turf Club

AGC Holdings Ltd

BRC Asia Limited (including subsidiary Lee Wielded Mesh Singapore P/L)

Gathergates Group Pte Ltd

Systems on Silicon Manufacturing Co. Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Appointed as the claims specialist to the Project Manager (Surbana Jurong Consultants) and Superintending Officer and Employer (Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore) for the Tuas Terminal Port Project 1.
  • Assisting the Ministry of Health with a review and amendment of the standard term contracts to be used when engaging the contractors, architects and consultants working on the upcoming Senior Care Centres to be built in Singapore.
  • Acting for MCST 4122 in its claim against the developer, main contractor, and sub-contractors for building defects.

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP

The team at Bird & Bird ATMD LLP is particularly sought after for its expertise in corporate, public procurement and regulatory matters in the energy sector, particularly renewables and cleantech. Group lead Sandra Seah has extensive experience assisting with all the transactional aspects of large-scale projects and tenders, and also acts as an advisor to a large number of state agencies, including the Energy Market Authority.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Seah

Testimonials

‘Strong knowledge of the Singapore energy market and a good relationship with the Energy Authority are key strengths.’

‘Strong knowledge on hydrogen – in relation to both local and international laws and standards. They have showed that they are levelled up and competent to identify the advantages and disadvantages, gaps and challenges for every country, able to propose areas to work on and how to go about doing it. This stems from their willingness to work with the industry partners and corporations, participate in activities and events on hydrogen and the different applications organised by government agencies, industry and trade associations.’

‘Sandra Seah has been the driving force for Bird & Bird in raising awareness of hydrogen and other clean energy sources.’

Key clients

SEEIT Asia Limited

Total Eren AS

Hydrogen & Fuel Cells Association of Singapore

LYS Energy Group

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA)

Macquarie Bank Limited

DNV GL Pte Ltd / Public Utilities Board Singapore (PUB)

Aztech Well Construction International Pte Ltd

BayWa Wind r.e. Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised the Building and Construction Authority and the Singapore Green Building Council on the development of the first Energy Performance Contract for Buildings to help building owners and EPC firms achieve a hassle-free efficiency arrangement.
  • Acting for an oil and gas management consultancy group, in a case in the Singapore High Court against a prominent oil and gas exploration company which concerns a dispute regarding an oil field exploration in Myanmar.
  • Advising a sustainability-focused private equity fund and other private equity based in London and Hong Kong on the acquisition of a portfolio of energy efficient projects in Singapore.

Duane Morris & Selvam LLP

Oil and gas projects form the cornerstone of the practice at Duane Morris & Selvam LLP, with the group regularly advising on regulatory and licensing matters, foreign investments and joint ventures, land and employment issues and contractual arrangements. Multinational corporations, national energy regulators and government-owned utilities in many Asian countries, including India, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia, as well as Singapore, regularly instruct the firm; recommended practitioner Krishna Ramachandra also has particularly close ties with Myanmar. Chairman Leon Yee and newly promoted director Priyank Srivastava complete the roster of core contacts.

Key clients

Sembcorp Utilities Pte Ltd

ONGC Videsh Limited

ONGC Videsh Vankorneft Pte Ltd

Mercantile & Maritime Energy Pte. Ltd

Hanwha Energy

Iceberg Holdings Pte Ltd

Ponna International Pte Ltd

AG Resources Myanmar Co. Ltd.

OIL India Limited

Ayeyar Hinthar Holdings

Htoo Group

Shwe Min Gan Finance Company Limited

Ashro Singapore Pte. Ltd.

NES Global

State Bank of India

iGenesis

Heineken Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.

Petrochina International (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Sembcorp Utilities on the $250m financing of its gas fired power plant project.
  • Advising Htoo Group on its $20m joint venture with Banyan Tree Holdings.
  • Advising a Singapore oil and gas retail holding company on its $50m financing and joint-venture plans in Southeast Asia.