Firm Profile > Norton Rose Fulbright > Singapore, Singapore

Norton Rose Fulbright
#09-09 SINGAPORE 018937

Asset finance: foreign firms Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright's diverse shipping and aviation financing and leasing practice advises shipowners, lessors, offshore oilfield service providers and government agencies on all aspects of shipping and aircraft transactions. Keith Sandilands advises airlines, finance and operating lessors, banks and equity providers on all aspects of domestic and cross border sales, finance and leasing for aircraft, equipment and ships. Ben Rose is involved in major finance transactions in the shipping and oil and gas industries; recently working on the $1.2bn financing and delivery of the world’s first converted floating liquefied natural gas production vessel Hilli Episeyo. Robert Driver is another key name for commercial shipping matters.


‘NRF Singapore Aviation team provides the all-round, specialist legal service needed by today’s aviation industry. This team’s strength is bolstered by their aviation disputes group, which advises on all aspects of aviation industry disputes including delivery disputes, lease defaults and repossessions, risk management and contractual and insurance issues. The team demonstrates expertise in both domestic and cross-border matters.’

Key clients


BNP Paribas

CCB Financial Leasing

Deutsche Bank

Investec Bank

Malaysia Airlines

Royal Brunei Airways Sdn Bhd

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

Norton Rose Fulbright has an established position in derivatives transactions, including OTC and Islamic structures. The team is also noted for securitisations and other structured products, along with a steady pipeline of licensing and regulatory engagements. It has an outstanding record with a range of banks and financial institutions that operate in these segments. Colin Rice leads the Singapore derivatives and structured products practice.


‘In comparison to other law firms, this one is responsive and very knowledgeable in the respective areas they are engaged for. More often than not, they are willing to go beyond the agreed work scope, if the needs arise, at the original agreed professional fee.’

‘Colin Rice is a very professional lawyer who is able to think from a commercial point of view for a matter on top of rendering pure legal advice. He is also very patient with clients, and always makes sure that his clients understand fully what he is trying to convey.’

Key clients

Bank of Communications

CCB International





Financial services regulatory: foreign firms Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright is well-versed in the core financial services regulatory practices, both in Singapore and across multiple jurisdictions throughout the region. The multi-disciplinary team leverages considerable bench strength from its Asia-wide group of financial specialists based in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Thailand, to advise on the cross-border aspects of regulatory and compliance issues and developments in the fintech, blockchain and bitcoin space. Yu-En Ong, Anna Tipping and Wilson Ang are the key figures.

Key clients



TMT: foreign firms Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright's integrated team is best known for its full-service offering in fintech, initial coin offerings and blockchain; privacy and data protection; artificial intelligence and startups. Fintech specialist Stella Cramer leads the group; she has a focus on digital transformation programmes, technology and commercial transactions, outsourcings and related regulatory issues. Craig Loveless, Stephen Woods and counsel David Olds are the other key figures.

Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright is recognised for its energy sector expertise, including its expertise in reserve-based lending. It has deep resources in Singapore covering key sectors such as trade and commodities finance, acquisition and leveraged finance, infrastructure finance and real estate lending. A stellar client base of international and Asian banks has been augmented by alternative lenders and credit funds. The team has impressed in frontier markets such as Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Yu-En Ong is highly rated for frontier market financings and Stephen Begley and Nick Merritt are big names in project and infrastructure finance. Counsel Janelene Chen is also a pivotal team member.


‘The team has the ability to quickly mobilise colleagues in their network, which is really valuable for regional opportunities. They know the market well, are commercial and committed. They are able to efficiently manage time differences when working with parties located across Asia and Europe.’

Key clients


BNP Paribas

DBS Bank

Deutsche Bank



Societe Generale

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright has been recognised for its geographically diverse practice, especially South East Asia and South Asia. Financial institutions, transport and logistics, and energy are among the key sectors for the team. Clients range from multinationals corporates to state-linked organisations and institutional investors. Sheela Moorthy heads the Singapore corporate and M&A team, which includes the highly rated Craig Loveless and insurance sector specialist Anna Tipping. Chris Bell impresses at the associate level.


‘The team is commercially savvy, responsive and excellent at working to tight deadlines. Working with them feels like the team is an extension of our in-house legal team, in a positive way. Their knowledge of commodities makes them invaluable to our team.’

‘One of the strongest teams for M&A with unique blend of strong experience internationally as well as dealing with Indonesian clients.’

‘The team is consistently exceptional across all levels.’

‘Craig Loveless is a very hands on partner with both international and domestic experience, and is cold blooded in the most difficult situations. He adds a lot of value in negotiations.’

‘Craig Loveless is a very good negotiatior, doesn’t play fast and loose, thinks ahead and is strategic, keeps a level head and is easy to work with.’

‘Chris Bell is a very hard working associate, able to turn around a termsheet and discussion at record times, which helps speed up rounds of negotiation.’

Key clients


International Finance Corporation

Caisse de Depot et Placement de Quebec

SCF Partners


Sime Darby

Olam International

Energy: foreign firms Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to the energy segment, including oil and gas, conventional power and renewables. The substantial Singapore team operates a diverse practice across a wide geographic region. This includes oil and gas market liberalisation, offshore wind projects in Taiwan and elsewhere, along with a growing number of LNG projects in frontier markets such as Pakistan and Bangladesh. Stephen Begley and Ben Smith are widely recognised for their oil and gas expertise.


‘Excellent knowledge of gas and power markets and deep experience in Asia. The team has depth at the partner and associate level and is highly professional.’

‘Stephen Begley is a consummate gas expert and a highly professional lawyer. Beyond his commercial nous, he is also skilled at stakeholder engagement with regulators and policy makers.’

‘Ben Smith has deep commercial knowledge of global gas markets.’

Key clients

Edra Global Energy

Gas Malaysia

Energy Market Authority of Singapore

Standard Chartered Bank

Insurance: foreign firms Tier 2

Anna Tipping leads the Asia-wide insurance practice at Norton Rose Fulbright; she has a strong track record in M&A, distribution/bancassurance, structured and alternative risk transfer insurance transactions, among others. Other core areas for the team include credit default insurance, regulatory matters and cybersecurity issues.

Key clients

Hyperion / Howden Insurance Brokers

Vision Service Programme

XL Catlin


International arbitration Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright is a leader in power and oil and gas disputes. It has achieved further growth in power generation cases and South Asia disputes, particularly India and Bangladesh. Aviation is another prime sector for a team that continues to achieve prominence in investor-state arbitrations and FMCG cases. The team members appear in multiple arbitral centres and has experience in a variety of governing laws. KC Lye is a leading practitioner, supported by prominent counsel Katie Chung. The firm also has a fruitful relationship with Ascendant Legal LLC, to cover any related Singapore court applications and proceedings, with the Singapore firm's managing director Kei-Jin Chew having a particularly fine reputation. Darius Chan has moved to Fountain Court Chambers.


‘A very strong team with a breadth of experience, very good client handling skills and an excellent strategic approach.’

‘It is superb and reliable. The team is very thorough, diligent, meticulous and very pragmatic. Their service is good value for the money.’

‘KC Lye is outstanding and very experienced. I would say, he is one of the best international arbitration practitioners.’

‘KC Lye is the one you want on your side to win. He leads a high performance team that constantly delivers high quality on time.’

‘Darius Chan is extremely diligent and a very experienced for his age. He is not only good at communication and people skills, he reverts promptly and is a caring human being.’

Key clients


Royal Brunei Airlines

Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company

NEPC Consortium Power

Projects: foreign firms Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright has a substantial Singapore team that has a wide geographic scope and diverse sector experience. The team covers greenfield project development and EPC matters through to big-ticket project finance. It has landed big renewables and gas to power project engagements through to major mining projects in Asia and elsewhere. Nick Merritt is global head of infrastructure, mining and commodities, 'good operatorStephen Begley has unique regulatory experience in the gas sector, and Nicky Davies has extensive concession agreement and EPC expertise. Counsel Laurie Pearson provides further PPA and concession agreement experience.

Key clients

Edra Global Energy

Asian Development Bank

ING Bank

Standard Chartered


Sembcorp Industries

DBS Bank

POSCO Daewoo

Restructuring and insolvency: foreign firms Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright's restructuring and insolvency practice is led by Robert Driver, a banking expert with considerable experience handling complex cross-border restructuring matters, workouts and rehabilitation processes in the shipping and offshore energy sectors. Through its formal alliance with Ascendant Legal, the practice is also able to offer clients representation in the Singapore courts to obtain injunctions, apply for court-ordered schemes or court-ordered moratoriums.  

Key clients

DVB Group Merchant Bank

HSH Nordbank AG

ING Bank N.V. Singapore

Standard Chartered Bank

Société Générale

Shipping: foreign firms Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright fields 'a highly experienced and knowledgeable team of lawyers with excellent industry position and experience.' Projects and asset finance partner Ben Rose heads the Asia-wide shipping practice where he specialises in the offshore oil and gas and shipping sectors, and has recently advised on the $1.2bn financing and delivery of the world’s first converted floating liquefied natural gas production vessel Hilli EpiseyoRobert Driver advises shipowners, charterers, shipyards and banks on a range of commercial shipping matters. Senior associate Sue Ann Gan is another name to note for ship finance and leasing transactions.


Highly experienced and knowledgeable team of lawyers with excellent industry position and experience.’


Key clients

Export-Import Bank of Korea

KDB Capital Corporation

Korea Asset Management

Corporation (KAMCO)

Korea Development Bank

Korea Shipping & Marine Transport Corporation

Myanmar > Foreign desks Tier 1

Leveraging a firm-wide reputation for project finance work, Norton Rose Fulbright is especially well known in Myanmar for its activity in the telecoms sector, though the team is regularly involved in a range of cross-border project finance and general lending mandates across a variety of industry sectors. Yu-En Ong oversees the Myanmar practice and heads the firm's Singapore office and structured lending and markets team; he was recently acted for the arranging banks in the first-ever leveraged buyout in Myanmar. Also of note, a Sydney-based team including Scott Atkins is working with the Myanmar government on the modernisation of its insolvency laws, one of the government's key reform initiatives.

Key clients

DBS Bank

Government of Myanmar

Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij

Indonesia > Foreign firms Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright has expertise in project finance, corporate finance and M&A, and has a local presence through TNB & PartnersJeff Smith , who is based in London, leads the team and is very experienced in project financing and development. The Singapore office consists of fellow project finance specialist Nick Merritt, as well as corporate finance experts Stephen Woods and Craig Loveless. Also recommended is Bangkok-based Somboon Kitiyansub, who focuses on M&A transactions.

Malaysia > Foreign firms Tier 2

The Singapore-based Malaysia desk at Norton Rose Fulbright is known for handling a range of contentious and non-contentious projects and infrastructure matters, with particular experience in project finance in the shipping and offshore oil and gas sectors. Practice head Stephen Begley specialises in financing and development of energy-related transactions.

Key clients

Gas Malaysia Berhad

Trans Thai-Malaysia (Thailand) Limited

Edra Global Energy Berhad



South Korea > Shipping: foreign firms Tier 2

Ben Rose chairs the Asia-wide Norton Rose Fulbright shipping and offshore practice from Singapore. Focusing primarily on asset finance, Rose advises financial institutions, lessors and shipping  companies in connection with all types of secured lending, capital raising, leasing, multi-jurisdictional sale and purchase transactions.

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Leading firms Tier 3

At Norton Rose Fulbright, KC Lye in Singapore is backed up by prominent counsels Darius Chan and Katie Chung, as well as Camille Jojo and Alfred Wu, who are all key names to note in the firm's arbitration practice.

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 4000 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


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
Life sciences
Photo Name Position Profile
 Wilson Ang  photo Wilson Ang
 Sue Ann Gan  photo Sue Ann Gan
 Stephen Begley  photo Stephen Begley
 Darius Chan  photo Darius Chan
 Janelene Chen  photo Janelene Chen
 Katie Chung  photo Katie Chung
 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
 Yu-En Ong  photo Yu-En Ong
 Laurie Pearson  photo Laurie Pearson
 Colin Rice  photo Colin Rice
 Ben Rose  photo Ben Rose
 Keith Sandilands  photo Keith Sandilands
 Ben Smith  photo Ben Smith
 Jeff Smith  photo Jeff Smith
 Stephen Woods  photo Stephen Woods