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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is at the forefront of intra-Asia disputes and has a sizeable senior bench of partners and of counsels. The team is fast developing additional connections to North Asia clients and is increasingly active in South Asia, including India. The department has a fine record in power and energy disputes, including upstream oil and gas cases. The 'excellent team' is noted for its 'response times, professionalism, knowledge and diligence'. Kah Cheong Lye is praised for his 'intellectual firepower and best advocacy'; he is 'commercially astute and an experienced tactician',  a 'very good team leader' and 'identifies issues and addresses them'. Of counsel Katie Chung is an 'intimidating opponent', 'cuts to the chase', 'knows her stuff' and is 'really impressive'. Of counsel Darius Chan has 'a great future ahead of him', is 'excellent with clients', 'hard working', 'bright' and 'very articulate'.

Leading individuals

KC Lye - Norton Rose Fulbright

Next Generation Partners

Darius Chan - Norton Rose Fulbright

Katie Chung - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Singapore: Asset finance

Asset finance – Foreign firms
Asset finance – Foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright offers 'value for money and lots of industry experience in the offshore oil and gas asset finance and shipping spaces'. Keith Sandilands heads the Asia aviation work and is advising major Asian and European banks and airlines on a range of financing arrangements. Ben Rose is the head of Asia shipping and also handles offshore oil and gas financing; he and Robert Driver are noted for their depth of industry knowledge. James Bradley joined K&L Gates in 2017.

Leading individuals

Ben Rose - Norton Rose Fulbright

Keith Sandilands - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Singapore: Banking and finance

Banking and finance – Foreign firms
Banking and finance – Foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is noted for its track record in trade and commodity finance, leveraged finance, telecoms finance, and cross-border real estate finance, and increasingly advises debt funds and alternative lenders. The firm has worked on a series of landmark commodity finance transactions and has a high market share of big-ticket telecoms financings in Myanmar and Indonesia. Amongst a number of headline deals, the Singapore office advised a syndicate of banks on a cross-border non-recourse financing to Kia Motors India for the construction of Kia Motors' $1.1bn automobile manufacturing facility in Andhra Pradesh, India. Team head Yu-En Ong is 'hands on, has good understanding of the commodity industry and can tap into a lot of experience'. Stephen Begley and Nick Merritt are recommended for energy and infrastructure financings, while of counsel Janelene Chen is noted for her ability to 'manage a deal end-to-end'.

Next Generation Partners

Janelene Chen - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Singapore: Capital markets

Capital markets – Foreign firms
Capital markets – Foreign firms - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is recommended for DCM, derivatives, structured products and Islamic products. The firm is at the forefront of green bonds and advised the underwriters on the Republic of Indonesia’s $3bn sukuk issuance, the world's first sovereign green sukuk. Vicky Münzer-Jones led on that deal and is recommended for structured and Islamic products and corporate trustee work. She also advised The Bank of New York Mellon as trustee counsel on the establishment of Ausgrid Finance's $3bn EMTN programme. Also recommended are Colin Rice, who is praised for his derivatives expertise, and counsel Cynthia Teo.

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Singapore: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A – Foreign firms
Corporate and M&A – Foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is a leading player in financial institutions (including insurance), shipping and transport, mining and commodities, and private equity transactions. India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Laos and Vietnam are key markets for the team, which is praised for its 'innovation' and 'global reach'. Sheela Moorthy leads the team, which includes the 'very personable and approachable' Craig Loveless. Anna Tipping is also recommended for insurance-sector deals.

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Singapore: Energy

Energy – Foreign firms
Energy – Foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is closely aligned to the oil and gas industry, with extensive experience in oil and gas (including LNG to power projects) and renewable energy. The team has 'good industry knowledge' and is 'attentive to the client’s predicaments'. Ben Smith has 'deep expertise, a congenial manner, and a very practical outlook'; he has an impressive record in gas and LNG projects. Stephen Begley is recommended for midstream oil and gas and 'possesses in-depth understanding' of the industry. He recently advised nine lenders on the $1.25bn financing for the development of an oil storage terminal to support a large integrated refinery complex in Johor, Malaysia. Vincent Dwyer has left practice.

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Singapore: Financial services regulatory

Financial services regulatory – Foreign firms
Financial services regulatory – Foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is well known for its cross-border compliance expertise, where the firm is able to field multi-disciplinary teams drawn from a number of jurisdictions. The team is well versed in assisting clients with complying with the requirements of the Singapore Monetary Authority, with recent work in this area relating to technology risk management and outsourcing. In addition to its advisory work, it regularly collaborates with Ascendant Legal LLC, with which the firm is in a formal law alliance with, in respect of litigation matters. The team has handled investigations in the financial services sector and advised on licensing issues for fintech start-ups. Managing partner Yu-En Ong, Wilson Ang,  Sheela Moorthy and Anna Tipping are key names. The 'very commercial' Stella Cramer is also noted, especially for her expertise in the TMT space.

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Singapore: Projects and energy

Projects and energy – Foreign firms
Projects and energy – Foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has devoted considerable resources to the projects field, enabling it to advise on a rich mix of project development and project finance engagements. The team covers big-ticket high-speed rail projects to large LNG to power matters and is recognised by clients for its expertise in renewable energy projects. Nick Merritt, the global head of infrastructure, mining and commodities, and hugely experienced energy and infrastructure expert Stephen Begley are key names in the team. The department includes a number of project document specialists including EPC and O&M expert Nicky Davies and Laurie Pearson, an acknowledged leader in power purchase agreements (PPAs).

Leading individuals

Nick Merritt - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Singapore: Restructuring and insolvency

Restructuring and insolvency – Foreign firms
Restructuring and insolvency – Foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

The restructuring and insolvency team at Norton Rose Fulbright, which is led by banking partner Robert Driver, is able to draw on the firm's global network together with its formal law alliance with Ascendant Legal LLC in Singapore to assist clients. It has particular experience in the shipping, energy, offshore and international trade sectors where it handles complex restructuring matters including workouts and rehabilitation processes and can call upon specialists in the corporate, banking and finance and dispute resolution teams. Of counsel Sue Ann Gan has a focus on the shipping sector and advises a range of clients on the restructuring of shipping debt.

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Singapore: Shipping

Shipping – Foreign firms
Shipping – Foreign firms - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright's 'extensive network of offices around the world is useful for multi-disciplinary and cross-border transactions' and the team is 'responsive and able to distinguish for its clients what they really need in a deal and what is "nice to have”'. Ben Rose specialises in offshore oil and gas and shipping finance transactions and Stephen Woods' expertise is in corporate and commercial work including mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures in the shipping, transport and offshore sectors. The 'responsive and pragmatic' of counsel Sue Ann Gan stands out for her ability 'to think outside the box in cross-border transactions and her drive to get the deal done'.

Leading individuals

Ben Rose - Norton Rose Fulbright

Next Generation Partners

Sue Ann Gan - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Singapore: TMT

TMT – Foreign firms
TMT – Foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

The 'excellent, very responsive and very commercially minded' team at Norton Rose Fulbright has an impressively comprehensive range of expertise, both regionally and internationally through its network of offices. In addition to telecoms, IT and outsourcing matters, it handles mandates concerning evolving disruptive technologies in the financial services sector; cryptocurrency and blockchain matters and related regulatory developments and initial coin offerings. The team also advises on data protection and cybersecurity. Stella Cramer, who has 'a very commercial' approach, is valued for 'understanding the regulatory framework very well, particularly in relation to outsourcing and data issues' and is also 'up-to-date on privacy, outsourcing and fintech developments'. Telecoms expert David Olds is also a noted member of the team. Gigi Cheah has left the firm.

Leading individuals

Stella Cramer - Norton Rose Fulbright

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