Firm Profile > Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee > Singapore, Singapore

Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee
50 COLLYER QUAY
#10-01 OUE BAYFRONT
SINGAPORE 049321
Singapore

Singapore > White-collar crime - Foreign firms Tier 1

Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee has a well established investigations, white-collar and fraud practice headed by market leader Maurice Burke, one of the most experienced names in the investigations segment in Southeast Asia, most notably in highly regulated sectors such as financial services, oil and gas, mining and telecoms. He and the team have an extensive record in representing multinationals in cross-border investigations in Southeast Asia, notably in Indonesia and Vietnam. Bribery and corruption and fraud investigations are a particular forte for the group, which also frequently works alongside colleagues in the Indonesia and Vietnam offices; it has a particularly fruitful connection to Hogan Lovells in association with Dewi Negara Fachri & Partners in Jakarta. The wider practice is noted for regional bribery, corruption and fraud investigations and in multinational investigations, working alongside offices in the UK, US and elsewhere.

Singapore > Asset finance: foreign firms Tier 2

Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee advises a broad mix of banks, airlines, aircraft leasing and finance companies, and aircraft manufacturers on aviation finance and leasing transactions, alongside capital markets and finance expertise in EETC, ABS, and private placement transactions. Matthew Leigh focuses on structured asset finance and leasing. Often working alongside Leigh, senior associate Terry Chang is also highly experienced in aviation transactions and has recently acted for Deutsche Bank on the financing of two Airbus A220 aircraft to Aviation, on lease to airBaltic.

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Deutsche Bank AG

Standard Chartered Bank / Pembroke Capital Limited

Singapore > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 2

Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee has an impressive record in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional M&A, along with a solid presence in private equity deals. It has a particular focus on TMT, energy and natural resources, life sciences, financial services, education, consumer, and food and beverages. Singapore managing partner Stephanie Keen is a recognised private equity specialist with an additionally strong reputation in international M&A. Mark Cooper has joined Latham & Watkins LLP.

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‘Hogan Lovells has an excellent Singapore team with a great depth of experienced partners with impressive industry knowledge. Their offering is very client service-oriented, their team adapts to our style more readily so it feels more personal and tailored.’

‘Very hardworking and dedicated partners that will go the extra mile to assist their clients with their transaction.’

‘I admire the way the Hogan Lovells team works as a cohesive unit. I have observed partners cross-referring and drawing from the expertise of their partners in other offices to assist our relevant issues.’

‘Stephanie Keen is an excellent lawyer with a very strong work ethic and an unrelenting commitment to her clients. Stephanie has excellent technical abilities and knowledge of corporate/private equity practice, but it is her commercial acumen and ability to relate to clients that really sets her apart.’

‘Stephanie Keen also always stays calm under pressure and has an inclusive approach with her team. I appreciated the way she brings in experts from her team.’

Key clients

Affirma Capital Management

Anglo American

M&G Group

Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines)

Navis Capital Partners

Norvatis Group

Standard Chartered Bank

TES-Envirocorp

ZWC

Singapore > Restructuring and insolvency: foreign firms Tier 2

Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee is 'extremely commercial and has some outstanding lawyers who are able to give clear, commercial and precise legal advice'. The team draws upon its Singapore and international capabilities to advise on debt restructurings, distressed M&A, non-performing loan portfolio sales, alongside representation in local courts handling insolvency procedures and enforcement litigation. Senior associate Carol Hartopp Hall is the main contact in Singapore, following the departure of Shaun Langhorne to Clifford Chance in mid-2020. Jonathan Leitch heads the practice from the Hong Kong office.

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‘HLL is extremely commercial and has some outstanding lawyers who are able to give clear, commercial, and precise legal advice to the bank. HLL can be more expensive than both local and some of the other international firms, but the advice that we get usually justifies the incremental costs.’

‘HLL compares very favourably. It has good coverage/footprint across other jurisdictions and an extremely solid restructuring and insolvency practice here in SG and abroad. One of the main benefits HLL has vs the other international firms is that it has an insolvency/restructuring partnership presence here in SG, which most other firms run out of HK. That advantage has now been lost given Shaun’s departure to CC.’

‘Carol Hartopp is hands down one of the best R&I associates in the market with a great understanding of what international banks are looking for. She asks the right questions, focuses on the right issues, and is not afraid to pull out all the stops to get us the right outcome.’

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Standard Chartered Bank

Madison Pacific Trust Limited

Major International Bank as Facility Agent and Security Agent together with 18 lenders

Singapore > Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 3

Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee's core team is centred around asset finance, energy and infrastructure finance, and fund financings. Charles Clayton-Payne rejoined the Singapore office in July 2020 from Harneys in Hong Kong to reinforce the general banking and finance practice following the departure of department head Alexander McMyn to White & Case Pte. Ltd. in 2019; Clayton-Payne replenishes the firm's standing in acquisition finance, leveraged finance, and structured lending, amongst other areas. It has achieved additional prominence in subscription line financings for private equity clients. Indonesia and Vietnam are key markets for the team, which frequently works alongside colleagues in both jurisdictions. Samantha Campbell has a regional project finance practice, and oversees the firm's operations in Vietnam and the Mekong region. Counsel Soumitro Mukerji provides further senior-level banking and finance expertise.

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Allied Gold Corporation

BNP Paribas

Standard Chartered Bank

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

Deutsche Bank

Macquarie

Investec

MUFG

Citi Bank

OCBC Bank

Singapore > Capital markets: equity and debt: foreign firms Tier 3

Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee's practice continues to centre on EMTN programmes and corporate trustee transactions. The Singapore team has an extensive record in the Australian international bond market and has a niche in representing corporate trustees in a range of capital markets offerings. Bond restructurings in Southeast Asia and South Asia is another forte, while the sustainable and social impact bond market is a growing feature for the team. Andy Ferris leads the international DCM practice in Asia Pacific and is a leader in EMTN programmes and adviser to corporate trust services providers.

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‘Timely and professionally feedback and advice were given to the client; placed higher consideration for a long-term relationship.’

Key clients

HSBC

RHB Bank Berhad

BNP Paribas

RBC Europe

ANZ

JP Morgan

Morgan Stanley

The Bank of Nova Scotia

Citigroup

Bank of America

Deutsche Bank

Vicinity Centres RE

Singapore > Energy: foreign firms Tier 3

From its Singapore office, Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee advises on energy projects throughout the Asia Pacific region, acting for sponsors and lenders in the financing of deals as well as handling M&A transactions involving energy assets. The team is particularly focused on renewables work, and has recently been active in advising on renewable projects in Taiwan and Vietnam. The team is led by Samantha Campbell and Alex Wong. Campbell is especially active in Vietnam, while Wong frequently acts for Japanese clients alongside the firm's Tokyo office.

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‘Good understanding of market standards and practices in Indonesia and Vietnam.’

‘Able to give practical and commercially sensible advice.’

Key clients

OCBC Bank

MUFG Bank Ltd.

Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

Sojitz Corporation

CPC Corporation

Asian Development Bank

Super Energy (East) Pte. Ltd.

EDF Renewables

Singapore > International arbitration Tier 3

Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee's international arbitration practice attracts praise for its 'exceptional technical knowledge' particularly in energy, infrastructure and M&A disputes. It is known to 'excel in cross-border work' and frequently works with other offices across the region as well as in Paris, Washington DC and London. Practice head Kent Phillips counts Japanese and US-based companies among its clients, while senior associate Benson Lim is increasingly handling arbitrations involving Chinese parties.

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The arbitration team at Hogan Lovells are thought leaders in international arbitration. They are always going the extra mile to contribute to the industry, whether through speaking slots at conferences, articles, or editing specialist blogs like Kluwer.

In addition to exceptional technical knowledge, the individuals I have worked with at Hogans have boundless energy to share knowledge and contribute to industry excellence.

The firm is highly regarded for its international advisory capabilities. Their lawyers excel in cross-border work.

Mr. Benson Lim has an analytical mind and has great problem-solving skills. He is a very skilled and very experienced international arbitrator.  Above all, I trust his ability to deliver excellent results and to act with integrity at all times.

The Hogan Lovells IA team in Singapore has a good spread of expertise and experience.

 

Singapore > Projects: foreign firms Tier 3

Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee's Singapore office acts as a hub for its work in projects throughout the region, particularly in Taiwan and Vietnam. This practice focuses on advising sponsors and lenders on energy projects, both conventional and renewable, as well as assisting on M&A deals involving energy assets. In addition to acting on projects within the region, the team also advises Asian clients on investments in energy projects in Africa. The practice is led by Samantha Campbell and Alex Wong.

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OCBC Bank

MUFG Bank Ltd.

Asian Development Bank

Sojitz Corporation

Super Energy (East) Pte. Ltd.

CPC Corporation

Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

GuarantCo

Anglo American Marketing Limited

EDF Renewables

India > Foreign firms Tier 3

With a strong global network of offices, Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee combines its transactional capability in the corporate and finance space with thorough knowledge of antitrust law, restructuring matters, sanctions and disputes. Other areas of activity for the team, which is jointly led by Stephanie Keen and Soumitro Mukerji in Singapore, include project development, equity investments and capital raising issues. Keen routinely assists private equity houses, lenders and corporations in cross-border M&A and leveraged buy-outs, while dual-qualified Mukerji focuses on finance transactions, such as structured lending and distressed matters.

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‘While working with Stephanie Keen and Soumitro Mukerji, we have found them proactive. They demonstrate a good understanding of the client matters and cultural issues and are able to articulate these well so as to provide precise advice and commercial to the client.’

‘Hogan Lovells is a well-known law firm, having been around for a long time. Partners have vast knowledge and years of experience. Clients feel a sense of safety working with them.’

«The partners we work with are at a senior level across jurisdictions and bring a fair amount of practical knowledge and provide solution-oriented advice. Therefore, I would strongly recommend the firm.’

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Facebook

Ford Motor Company

Aeroports de Paris

Synopsys Inc

Deutsche Bank

Madison Pacific Trust Limited

Indonesia > Foreign firms Tier 4

Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee's Singapore and Tokyo offices are two key sources for Indonesian work, which often work alongside its local affiliated office Hogan Lovells in association with Dewi Negara Fachri & Partners. Singapore based Maurice Burke focuses on dispute resolution, most involving energy and infrastructure projects or financial services. Sean Conaty is the key contact in Tokyo, advising the non-contentious of energy infrastructure projects including energy, transport, and social infrastructure.

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‘Commercial, sound, and robust advice.’

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Photo Name Position Profile
 Samantha Campbell photo Samantha Campbell Partner
 Andy Ferris photo Andy Ferris Partner
 Stephanie Keen photo Stephanie Keen Partner
 Benson Lim photo Benson Lim Senior Associate
 Kent Phillips photo Kent Phillips Partner
 Kaveeta Sandhu photo Kaveeta Sandhu Counsel
 Alex Wong photo Alex Wong Office Managing Partner