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Allen & Gledhill LLP’s ‘extremely knowledgeable’ team ‘delivers seamless cooperation’ to financial institutions, equity providers, commodity traders, insurers, shipbuilders and other clients, who instruct it on complex multi-jurisdictional matters ranging from cargo claims to wet shipping work. Soh Yin Chuin advised Malayan Banking Berhad on the $50m refinancing of 10 vessels owned by Hong Lam Marine and Adamas Marine, which involved a Shari’ah-compliant murabaha facility and a conventional ISDA hedging facility. The group also acted for Malayan Banking Berhad on the $163m debt restructuring of Vallianz Holdings and its subsidiaries. Kenny Yap is assisting China Merchants Bank with heavily contested arrest and mortgage enforcement proceedings in Singapore against a vessel. Co-head Vivian Ang is a ‘hardworking, detail-focused and extremely good lawyer who runs her team well’. Gina Lee-Wan, who heads the practice alongside Ang, handles contentious as well as non-contentious maritime work.

In addition to managing long-term projects for shipowners and operators, Asia Practice LLC ’s ‘pragmatic’ group handles cross-border acquisitions and wider corporate transactions in the sector. The ‘very professional and knowledgeable’ Chien Herr Lee is ‘focused on commercial solutions’. Lee and Leon Low advised a syndicate of lenders led by a Dutch international bank on $795m trade and vessel facilities provided to a global commodities trading group. The team also assisted an international financial leasing company of a major Chinese bank with the $648m sale and leaseback of eight container vessels to a global shipping company and acted for a container investment fund on a $260m syndicated loan facility for the acquisition and consolidation of various container portfolios. Jonathan Tan is advising the Singapore branch of an American bank on a $130m facility granted to a shipping branch of an English company for the acquisition of six bulk carriers.

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP houses a ‘highly knowledgeable team of professionals with top maritime expertise, who are very sharp in advising and aggressive in litigation’. The firm’s non-contentious expertise was further enhanced by the acquisition of TSMP Law Corporation’s team led by Chua Choon King. Restructurings and insolvencies continue to form a large part of the practice, along with casualties and collision disputes. ‘Master strategist’ Toh Kian Sing SC is leading a team acting for PSA Corporation and other creditors and shipowners in matters arising from Hanjin Shipping’s bankruptcy and moratorium application. Winston Kwek is assisting the judicial managers of Swiber Offshore Construction. John Seow is a ‘skilled litigator with strong tactical skills’ who ‘takes the job to heart, works with passion and knows no rest in attending to clients’ requirements’. Kendall Tan is ‘always cautious, thorough and good with complex issues’ while ‘forcing opponents to get to the nub of the issues’. Ian Teo is another name to note. Winston Wong joined Gunvor.

Dentons Rodyk’s team utilises its ‘excellent admiralty knowledge’ to ‘deal with matters quickly and efficiently’. Practice leaders Lawrence Teh and Janice Ngeow are advising Navios Maritime Partners on the $113m acquisition of a fleet of 14 container vessels from Rickmers Maritime Trust, following the latter company’s winding up. Ngeow is acting for the owner and operator of Myanmar Industrial Port on a $200m multilateral loan to finance the expansion of the port. Other highlights included advising a syndicate of United Overseas Bank, DBS Bank and Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation on the provision of a 5-year multi-tranche loan facility to ASL Marine Holdings and is representing Skaugen in a $20m fraud and deceit claim against Man Diesel and Turbo. Iain Sharp joined Gunvor as head of Asia Pacific.

Joseph Tan Jude Benny LLP’s team combines ‘second-to-none industry knowledge’ with ‘a collaborative approach’ and ‘steady hand’ in difficult situations. Its diverse client base includes charterers, shipowners and shipyards, who instruct the team on matters ranging from trade finance transactions and ship finance to cargo claims, ownership transfers and marine casualties. Dato’ Jude P Benny is ‘well connected in the industry and acutely aware of any developments that may affect the client’s position’. K Murali Pany heads the practice. Danny Chua is also recommended.

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC’s Kelvin Aw specialises in project finance while Daniel Chia represents clients in arbitration and litigation proceedings. Wai Ming Yap, Sin Teck Lim and Justin Yip acted for Rickmers Maritime on its debt restructuring, which involved a $260m secured term loan facility by HSH Nordbank and DBS Bank. Bernard Lui was part of a team advising Ezion Holdings a S$137.5m rights issue. Wendy Tan is also recommended.

Oon & Bazul LLP’s group handles transactional work as well as complex disputes, and is particularly proficient in handling petrochemical cargo contamination cases. Its client base includes shipping companies, traders, lenders and insurers. Collisions, salvage and insurance disputes are other areas of work. Kelly Yap, who leads the wet shipping practice, acted for Jiang Xin Shipping in a case arising from two vessel arrests. Bazul Ashhab is also recommended.

Virtus Law LLP – Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance’s combined financing and litigation practice is managed by Colin Jarraw and Daryll Ng, who handle transactions and restructuring matters across the region. The group is assisting Korea Development Bank with matters arising from Hanjin Shipping’s bankruptcy. Jason Yang advised a syndicate of lenders led by BNP Paribas on debt restructuring options in light of Rickmers Maritime’s insolvency.

Incisive Law LLC houses a team of ‘prompt and helpful problem solvers’, including Bill Ricquier and Edgar Chin, who is praised for his ‘deep sector knowledge and strong team leadership’. The group acts for shipowners, shipping companies and insurers on a wide range of matters, including casualty and misdelivery claims. Actions for liquidators and judicial managers are another area of work.

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