Firm Profile > Norton Rose Fulbright > Singapore, Singapore

Norton Rose Fulbright
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MARINA ONE WEST TOWER
#09-09 SINGAPORE 018937
Singapore

Asset finance: foreign firms Tier 1

Keith Sandilands and Ben Rose lead the aviation and shipping offering at Norton Rose Fulbright in Singapore, with additional expertise across a global network of offices. The practice demonstrates significant breadth and depth in domestic and cross-border sale and purchase transactions, financings, and aircraft leasings, including tax-based structures for aircraft, equipment, and ships, as well as restructuring and the granting and enforcement of security. Recently promoted partner Sue Ann Gan and counsel Jonathan Siu are also recommended ship finance, restructuring, and commercial matters.

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Testimonials

‘Patient, Resourceful, Analytical, Structuring / Drafting was good Partner (Ben Rose) was present and engaged – delivered a strong solution for us. ‘

‘Strong offshore oil & gas legal skill sets’

‘Ben Rose and Jonathan Siu – Strong commercial sense and very responsive to work order requests’

‘The team was also able to address the issues faced in a relevant and efficient manner, and they did a good job in monitoring and keeping track of fulfillment of conditions precedent and conditions subsequent.’

Key clients

ING Bank

BNP Paribas

SilkAir (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Aircastle Singapore Pte Limited

Bank of Communications Co., Ltd., Singapore Branch

Singapore Airlines

Capital markets: structured finance, derivatives and securitisation: Foreign firms Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright has a highly-focused derivatives practice, covering OTC derivatives, islamic derivatives, structured note programmes and other segments. On the advisory side, it frequently addresses LIBOR-related issues, licensing and regulatory requirements, and Covid-related fallout matters. It advises a range of global, Asia Pacific and Middle East-based financial institutions, along with derivatives users and commodity producers. Singapore licensing and regulatory obligations engagements are provided through its Formal Law Alliance (FLA) with Ascendant Legal LLCColin Rice leads the team.

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‘We mainly instruct NRF on corporate derivatives and where we require regulatory and ECM expertise, they are able to slot colleagues in seamlessly.’

‘Colin Rice is very knowledgeable and has an excellent understanding of clients’ requirements.’

 

Key clients

Airtrunk Operating

Al Rajhi Bank

Anglo American

Bank of Communications

Barclays Bank

BHP Billiton

Citibank

Commerzbank

Credit Suisse

EFG Bank

Equinor

Exxon

First Abu Dhabi Bank

HSBC Bank

Kotak Mahindra Bank

Macquarie Bank

Maybank

MUFG Bank

Shell

Societe Generale

Standard Chartered Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

The Northern Trust Corporation

United Overseas Bank

Yes Bank

Financial services regulatory: foreign firms Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright is fully-aligned with the development of the financial services sector in Singapore, notably in fintech, disruptive technologies, and digital currencies. It is also active in digital banking licence applications. The team features a number of former in-house counsels and others that have completed stints with financial services regulators such as the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). The Singapore team also leverages the expertise and experience of colleagues in the US and Europe. The group now represents a range of financial institutions along with a growing number of start-ups and growth companies. Anna Tipping is an insurance sector specialist, while Stella Cramer is a leading figure in fintech and disruptive technologies. Wilson Ang is key for compliance and investigations. Singapore office head Yu-En Ong leads the team.

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AXA

QBE

Transamerica

BNP Paribas

Factory Mutual

FWD

Citibank

The Northern Trust Company

United Overseas Bank

TMT: foreign firms Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright's standout team is led by Stella Cramer, who is 'one of the most experienced fintech lawyers' and offers a broad spectrum of transactional and regulatory expertise across various facets of TMT. The team is at the forefront of emerging developments in the industry, specifically blockchain, cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings and are involved in a number of technological transformation projects. Counsel David Olds frequently works alongside Cramer on the most significant mandates.

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‘Norton Rose is a very good fintech/TMT firm. They have a very good partner, who is a notable lawyer in fintech industry, and a very strong team as well.’

‘Stella Cramer is one of the most experienced fintech lawyers and her great leadership gives comfort to the clients. She is able to manage her team very well and deliver the work in a timely manner.’

Key clients

AFIN/IFC/World Bank

DNV GL

Standard Chartered Bank

HSBC

Accenture

AT&T

White-collar crime - Foreign firms Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright represents a wide variety of multinational corporates and financial institutions in connection with regulatory investigations and compliance, including investigations linked to bribery and corruption, money-laundering, fraud, trade sanctions violation, data privacy, cybersecurity, and other regulatory issues in Asia. The firm has advised on a series of bribery and corruption investigations, cybersecurity investigations, and data security breach matters. It is also notably active in anti-money laundering and fraud engagements. Wilson Ang leads the Asia regulatory investigations and compliance practice.

Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright is consistently singled out as a leading firm in trade and commodities finance, along with energy and infrastructure finance. Reserve based lending is another forte for the firm, which has made further inroads into the syndicated loans, green loans, and acquisition finance markets. It is also making an impression in restructurings and complex workouts, while debt fund financing is another growth area. The team advised Frasers Property Limited on a A$750m five-year term loan facility, comprising of a A$500m green loan and a A$250m term loan. Yu-En Ong heads the Singapore office and the structured lending and markets team. Stephen Begley is rated for oil and gas sector financings, while Nick Merritt is a leader in project and infrastructure finance. Structured lending specialist Janelene Chen was promoted to partner in 2020.

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Testimonials

‘Strong execution capabilities and commercially focused on getting things done.’

‘NRF stands out from the rest for being well qualified in many jurisdictions and the lawyers are trusted to always be able to deliver in cross-border transaction advisory and execution.’

‘They are always my first choice for a client referral. The rapport and guidance was outstanding at all times.’

‘Yu-En Ong remains an incredibly steady pair of hands, solution-focused and backed by huge experience in the market.’

‘Yu-En Ong is a very detail-oriented and highly knowledgeable lawyer. Yu-En is the first person that I will call for a highly complex transaction involving multiple jurisdictions as I believe that he is one of the most knowledgeable partners in Singapore for debt transaction structuring.’

‘Ang Kai Ye is an outstanding associate with a sharp legal mind and strong business acumen.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Frasers Property

United Overseas Bank

BNP Paribas

DBS Bank

Pierfront Capital Mezzanine Fund

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation

Siam Commercial Public Bank

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation

Societe Generale

Mashreqbank

Airtrunk Operating

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright has further cemented international client relationships through its Singapore office, with the team representing the likes of AXA, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, and Michelin. Key sectors for the group include technology, financial institutions, energy (including oil & gas), shipping, aviation, and infrastructure. Stephen Woods heads the corporate M&A and securities practice in Singapore, where Craig Loveless consistently impresses with his work on headline and high-value transactions; he led the team that advised Michelin on its $545m acquisition of PT Multistrada Ara Sarana, the Indonesian tyre company. Anna Tipping is recommended for insurance sector deals and former department head Sheela Moorthy became a consultant in 2020.

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Testimonials

‘Norton Rose Fulbright is often willing to go the extra mile to achieve your commercial goal. Even their junior lawyers are very reliable, independent, and precise.’

‘Craig Loveless is highly experienced in M&A activities. His M&A expertise coupled with his clear understanding of our unique business activities allows him to tailor the risk matrix and the corresponding mitigation measures.’

‘Craig Loveless is responsive, commercial, and practical and not overly legal.’

Key clients

Michelin

AXA

Louis Dreyfus Commodities

State owned entities owned by the Government of Indonesia

ENGIE

Seaspan

Yinson Holdings

Olam International

Energy: foreign firms Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright advises both Singaporean and multinational companies on oil and gas, renewables, and coal projects. The team particularly stands out for its work in the LNG sector, in which it advises on transactions involving LNG assets, the financing and development of LNG projects, and commercial LNG contracts. In addition to collaborating with its offices around the world, the firm also has a formal law alliance with Ascendent Legal, a boutique dispute resolution firm, allowing it to represent clients in energy-related arbitrations. The practice is led by Ben Smith and Stephen Begley.

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Key clients

Gas Malaysia Berhad

Energy Market Authority of Singapore (EMA)

Total Marine Fuels

Pavilion Energy

BP Singapore

Insurance: foreign firms Tier 2

Offering expertise in the cross-border insurance aspects of M&A and joint ventures, business licensing and restructuring, technology, and regulatory compliance including anti-money laundering and investigations, Norton Rose Fulbright is regularly instructed by household names such as Standard Chartered Bank, Macquarie, HSBC, and Vodafone. Corporate and regulatory lawyer Anna Tipping primarily focuses on M&A, distribution/bancassurance, corporate restructuring, structured and alternative risk transfer insurance transactions.

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Standard Chartered Bank

RBS & Natwest

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Macquarie Bank

BNP Paribas

HSBC

Projects: foreign firms Tier 2

Led by Nick Merritt, Nicky Davies, and Stephen Begley, Norton Rose Fulbright has a diverse projects practice covering all of South East Asia. In addition to advising the sponsors and lenders on energy projects, the team is also advising in the financing of hospitality projects, mines, and a satellite. Merritt also acts as the firm's global head of infrastructure, mining and commodities, while Begley focuses on the energy sector. Counsel Laurie Pearson is another key contact in the team.

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Testimonials

‘In-depth understanding and vast experience in the operational and commercial aspects of the gas industry.’

‘Stephen Begley shows high level of commitment in delivering the services, is able to provide practical solutions, and is highly committed in meeting the clients’ expectations. He has in-depth understanding of the legal, operational and commercial aspects of the Third Party Access of the gas industry.’

Key clients

Kacific Broadband Satellites Group

K-Water

Hyundai

Bank of China

MUFG

Asia Development Bank

DBS Bank

The Export-Import Bank of China (CEXIM)

VinGroup

AirTrunk Operating Pty Ltd

Global Climate Partnership Fund

Global Petro Storage (GPS) Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Standard Chartered Bank

Natixis

Restructuring and insolvency: foreign firms Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright is active in all areas of financial restructurings and insolvencies in matters ranging from the largest multi-jurisdictional cases to regional and domestic businesses. It is well placed to advise on banking, corporate and contentious matters in cooperation with its wider network of offices and departments, as well as advocacy in local courts through its formal law alliance with Ascendent Legal. Office head Yu-En Ong, shipping lawyer Sue Ann Gan and litigator Kei-Jin Chew comprise the team.

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DBS Trustees

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Shipping: foreign firms Tier 2

Ben Rose leads Norton Rose Fulbright's Asia-wide shipping practice, which is well known for its reputation acting for banks, shipowners, lessors, offshore oilfield service providers on sale, purchase, leasing, and lending matters. Other areas of notable depth include private equity and capital market financings, shipping and offshore oil and gas projects, and restructuring work. Rose specialises in complex and high-end structured financings, such as Chinese sale & leasebacks, JOLCOs, and limited recourse project financings. Sue Ann Gan was promoted to the partnership and has a varied practice spanning transactional shipping and maritime litigation. Director and shipping litigator Edgar Chin joined from Incisive Law LLC. Robert Driver retired from the partnership but remains active on restructuring matters.

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‘Very experienced and professional in shipping finance.’

‘Ben Rose as the Team Head is excellent in shipping structured finance and very good in a complicated structure.’

‘Responsive, open communication, organised, open to discussion, commercial-oriented.’

‘Sue Ann Gan is very responsive and maintains good communication with the clients.’

‘Patient, Resourceful, Analytical, Structuring / Drafting was good Partner (Ben Rose) was present and engaged – delivered a strong solution for us. ]’

‘Strong Offshore oil & gas legal skill sets.’

‘Ben Rose – Strong commercial sense and very responsive to work order requests.’

Key clients

Mezzanine Equities N.V.

ING Bank N.V.

Standard Chartered Bank

Bank of Baroda

BNP Paribas Hong Kong Branch

Natixis

Nordea Bank Abp, Singapore Branch

China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., Ltd.

Korea Development Bank

International arbitration Tier 3

The dispute resolution practice at Norton Rose Fulbright has 'bags of experience' handling international arbitration in the energy sector, particularly in disputes involving oil and gas and power generation. The one partner team is led by KC Lye (who is 'great to have on your side') and includes counsel Katie Chung. The team also benefits from access to the firm's global network and reputation in the energy sector.

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Bags of experience. Bright, friendly, insightful. Extremely high-quality work. Very client-friendly.

KC Lye: extremely astute commercially. Great to have on your side. Works hard and a real team leader.’

The exceptional international arbitration team at Norton Rose Fulbright is a cut above its peers. They invest their time to understand your industry and commercial realities, and always provide practical, user-friendly legal advice. When faced with seemingly insurmountable obstacles, they take pride in being able to come up with fresh and innovative get-around and never losing sight of the ultimate end goals.’

Department head, KC Lye, runs a tight ship and inspires absolute confidence within the ranks. He has an astute strategic sense and is very fast to see right through the heart of complex legal and commercial issues. At the associate level, Samuel Leong, Ervin Tan and Johnson Teo also impress with their intellectual rigour and excellent client-facing skills.

KC Lye is a solid pair of hands on any dispute whilst Katie Chung is a rising star.

Key clients

NEPC Consortium Power Ltd (a subsidiary of Edra Global Energy Bhd)

Myanmar > Foreign desks Tier 1

Located in offices in Singapore, Australia, and Thailand, the team at Norton Rose Fulbright focuses mainly on advising international clients on project finance, banking, restructuring, insolvency, and government advisory work in Myanmar. It draws on its integrated relationship with a global network of other teams to advise on cross-border matters in the South East Asia region. 2020 saw significant work advising on the financing of more than two thousand telecom towers across Myanmar. Operating out of Singapore, practice leader Yu-En Ong is licensed to practice in England and Wales, Singapore, and Hong Kong, and focuses primarily on banking and finance matters. Furthermore, Janelene Chen was promoted to partner in the Singapore office in January 2020. She works primarily on cross-border structured transactions.

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United Overseas Bank

Asian Development Bank

DBS

OCBC

FMO

ING

Malaysia > Foreign firms Tier 2

Specialising in energy and infrastructure, project finance expert Stephen Begley heads the team at Norton Rose Fulbright. More broadly, the group deals with disputes, investigations, compliance and covers additional sectors such as power, financial services, shipping and offshore. Key clients include Gas Malaysia Berhad, AXA, Société Générale and the Bank of Baroda. A recent highlight concerns its role in advising an international syndicate on the US$800m refinancing for an FPSO vessel owned by a subsidiary of Yinson Holdings Berhad.

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Gas Malaysia Berhad

Edra Global Energy Berhad

AXA

Société Générale

Mezzanine Equities N.V.

ING Bank N.V.

Standard Chartered Bank

Bank of Baroda

South Korea > Shipping: foreign firms Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright's Korea shipping practice is led by Ben Rose in Singapore, who is supported by a team of lawyers across Asia, particularly those based in the Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo offices. The group is active in all areas of shipping work, such as finance for offshore oil and gas vessels and rigs, sale and leasebacks, JOLCOs, commercial contracts and dispute resolution. Clients include lessors, banks, private equity companies and government agencies.

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Korea Development Bank

Export-Import Bank of Korea

POSCO Daewoo Corporation

Korea Asset Management Corporation (KAMCO)

Citibank, N.A.

Indonesia > Foreign firms Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright's skillset within this space covers project and corporate finance, as well as advising on M&A transactions. Singapore and Bangkok are the two main offices for Indonesian work as well as its affiliated office in Jakarta TNB & Partners.  Project finance expert Nick Merritt and corporate finance experts Stephen Woods and Craig Loveless are the important figures in Singapore. In Bangkok, M&A specialist Somboon Kitiyansub is a noteworthy name.

The firm: Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 4,000 lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

Areas of practice: Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Through our global risk advisory group, we leverage our industry experience with our knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide our clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.

Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein, helps coordinate the activities of Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients. Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney and Johannesburg. For more information, see nortonrosefulbright.com

Offices: We have offices in the world’s most important business, financial and regulatory centres and are active in strategically important growth markets. Our offices are located in Amsterdam, Athens, Austin, Bahrain, Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Brussels, Calgary, Canberra, Cape Town, Casablanca, Dallas, Denver, Dubai, Durban, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Houston, Istanbul, Jakarta (in association with Norton Rose Fulbright Australia), Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan, Minneapolis, Monaco, Montréal, Moscow, Munich, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Perth, Piraeus, Port Moresby, Québec, Rio de Janeiro, Riyadh (in association with Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm), San Antonio, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, St Louis, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Warsaw and Washington, DC. In Africa, we have alliances with firms in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Zimbabwe

Number of partners (worldwide): 1,000+
Number of other fee-earners (worldwide): 2,000+
Total staff: 7,500+

Global key contacts
Financial institutions:
James Bateson
Energy: Anne Lapierre and John Mauel
Infrastructure, mining and commodities: Nick Merritt
Transport: Harry Theochari
Technology: Nick Abrahams
Life sciences and healthcare: Stacey Martinez and Randy Sutton

Department Name Email Telephone
Financial institutions
Energy
Infrastructure
Mining
Commodities
Transport
Technology
Innovation
Life sciences
Healthcare
Photo Name Position Profile
 Wilson Ang  photo Wilson Ang
 Sue Ann Gan  photo Sue Ann Gan https://www.nortonrosefulbright.com/en/people/121999
 Stephen Begley  photo Stephen Begley
 Darius Chan  photo Darius Chan www.nortonrosefulbright.com/people/165812/dariuschan
 Janelene Chen  photo Janelene Chen www.nortonrosefulbright.com/people/50290/janelenechen
 Katie Chung  photo Katie Chung www.nortonrosefulbright.com/people/35657/katiechung
 Stella Cramer  photo Stella Cramer
 Nicky Davies  photo Nicky Davies
 Robert Driver  photo Robert Driver
 Craig Loveless  photo Craig Loveless
 Kah Cheong Lye  photo Kah Cheong Lye
 Nick Merritt  photo Nick Merritt
 Sheela Moorthy  photo Sheela Moorthy
 David Olds  photo David Olds https://www.nortonrosefulbright.com/en/people/128638
 Yu-En Ong  photo Yu-En Ong
 Laurie Pearson  photo Laurie Pearson www.nortonrosefulbright.com/people/29109/lauriepearson
 Colin Rice  photo Colin Rice www.nortonrosefulbright.com/people/139719/colinrice
 Ben Rose  photo Ben Rose
 Keith Sandilands  photo Keith Sandilands
 Ben Smith  photo Ben Smith
 Stephen Woods  photo Stephen Woods