Firm Profile > Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee > Singapore, Singapore
Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee Offices
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Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee > The Legal 500 Rankings
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.
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.
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.
‘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.’
Affirma Capital Management
Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines)
Navis Capital Partners
Standard Chartered Bank
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.
Other key lawyers:
‘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.’
Standard Chartered Bank
Madison Pacific Trust Limited
Major International Bank as Facility Agent and Security Agent together with 18 lenders
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.
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.
Other key lawyers:
‘Timely and professionally feedback and advice were given to the client; placed higher consideration for a long-term relationship.’
RHB Bank Berhad
The Bank of Nova Scotia
Bank of America
Vicinity Centres RE
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.
Other key lawyers:
‘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.‘
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.
Energy: foreign firms Tier 4
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.
‘Good understanding of market standards and practices in Indonesia and Vietnam.’
‘Able to give practical and commercially sensible advice.’
MUFG Bank Ltd.
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
Asian Development Bank
Super Energy (East) Pte. Ltd.
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.
‘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.’
Ford Motor Company
Aeroports de Paris
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.
‘Commercial, sound, and robust advice.’
Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee > Firm Profile
About the firm: Change is happening faster than ever, and to stay ahead, clients need to anticipate what’s next. Hogan Lovells understands and works together with clients to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centers around the world. Whether expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, Hogan Lovells can help.
Straight talking. Understanding and solving the problem before it becomes one. Delivering clear and practical advice that gets the client’s job done. Hogan Lovells offers extensive experience and insights gained from working in some of the world’s most complex legal environments and markets for corporations, financial institutions, and governments.
The firm helps clients identify and mitigate risk and make the most of opportunities. Its 2,500 lawyers on six continents provide practical legal solutions wherever work takes you.
About our Asia practice: Since opening its first regional office in Hong Kong in 1982, the firm has spent the past 35 years growing the practice in Asia Pacific to encompass over 250 lawyers, including over 50 partners, based in 12 offices including associated offices in seven countries across the region. The firm understands the cultural nuances at play in different countries and applies this insight to provide locally viable solutions. It also works collaboratively across the region to get clients the advice they need, providing a seamless service no matter how many jurisdictions are involved.
Main areas of practice: Corporate; Finance; Intellectual property; Global regulatory; and Litigation, arbitration and employment.
Main industry sectors: Aerospace, defense & government services; Automotive and mobility; Consumer; Diversified Industrials; Education; Energy & natural resources; Financial institutions; Insurance; Life sciences & health care; Real estate; and Technology, media & telecommunications.
Offices: Alicante, Amsterdam, Baltimore, Beijing, Birmingham, Boston, Brussels, Budapest*, Colorado Springs, Denver, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta*, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Louisville, Luxembourg, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, Milan, Minneapolis, Monterrey, Moscow, Munich, New York, Northern Virginia, Paris, Perth, Philadelphia, Riyadh*, Rome, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai, Shanghai FTZ*, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Ulaanbaatar*, Warsaw, Washington, D.C., Zagreb*. * Associated offices
Legal Services Center: Berlin
|Maurice Burke||Partner||View Profile|
|Samantha Campbell||Partner||View Profile|
|Andy Ferris||Partner||View Profile|
|Stephanie Keen||Office Managing Partner||View Profile|
|Matthew Leigh||Partner||View Profile|
|Benson Lim||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Daniel Mok||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Kent Phillips||View Profile|
|Kaveeta Sandhu||View Profile|
|Ally Smith||Associate||View Profile|
|Henry Winter||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Alex Wong||Partner||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 2,500+ In Asia Pacific : 250+
MembershipsPRAC (Pacific Rim Advisory Council) SGLA (Sino Global Legal Alliance)
OtherContacts : Miguel A. Zaldivar, Jr. (regional managing partner) Contacts : Stephanie Keen (Singapore managing partner)
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- Projects: foreign firms
- Energy: foreign firms