Firm Profile > Allen & Gledhill LLP > Singapore, Singapore

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Antitrust and competition: local firms Tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP continues to be the preeminent firm in advising on mergers and acquisitions in Singapore, handling merger control issues for high value transactions. In addition, the team also frequently handles matters involving anti-competitive agreement allegations, cartel allegations, and consumer protection advisory work. The team is led by Daren Shiau and Chief Economist Elsa Chen. Shiau also acts as co-head of the firm’s corporate and commercial team, and has a broad practice encompassing antitrust litigation, cartels, and merger control. Scott Clements is another key contact in the team and is active in all areas of antitrust law.

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‘The anti-trust team is very professional and get the work done on time.’

‘Highly specialised team with excellent practical experience. The fact that the firm has a dedicated team for competition made up of not just lawyers but also economists shows the commitment which the firm has towards building its competence in competition law.’

‘Elsa Chen joined A&G from the Singapore Competition Commission and is able to bring her inside knowledge and experience to bear on procedural and substantive issues that arise in the course of an application.’

Banking and finance: local firms Tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP is at the forefront of traditional domestic and cross-border financings, while setting the standards in new products such as sustainable finance. It continues to dominate the big-ticket real estate finance segment, illustrated by it representing the lenders on the S$8.67bn financing to Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Syndicated and bilateral loans, refinancings, and project finance also feature strongly. Department heads Kok Chee Wai and Mark Hudspeth have an excellent record in big-ticket financings, including syndicated lending and project finance. Lim Wei Ting has now emerged as a major player in the market, in real estate finance and other key areas.

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‘Good overall market knowledge and depth of experience.’

‘A&G is our go-to law firm for Singapore law related transactions, especially for event-driven deals and slightly less vanilla deals.

‘The individuals we work with are characterised by quick turnaround times coupled with sound transaction advice that seeks to find a balance between legal technical versus commercial.’

Capital markets: equity and debt: local firms Tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP has an outstanding record in most equity and debt segments. It has a proven record in first-of-a-kind type deals, and is the recognised leader in the REIT and business trust space. It continues to advise a range of tier-one issuers and underwriters, such as Singapore Airlines on its S$5.3bn renounceable rights issue of new ordinary shares and its S$3.5bn renounceable rights issue of mandatory convertible bonds. Jerry Koh is the dominant figure in the REIT and business trust segments alongside the increasingly prominent Chua Bor JernTze-Gay Tan leads the equity capital markets (ECM) team with Margaret Chin heading the debt capital markets (DCM) group.

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‘Exemplary service and attitude, sensitive to client’s concerns and processes, proposes practical and commercial solutions, seamless coordination for all areas of Singapore law.’

‘A&G is arguably the law firm for REITs in Singapore. In this arena, no other law firm in Singapore is comparable.’

‘The team is extremely strong in its knowledge of the practice and regulatory developments, is a thought leader in the market and provides careful advice and representation on transactions.’

‘Jerry Koh, Chua Bor Jern and Edward Long are supportive, responsive and highly competent in providing solutions to all issues we encountered.’

‘Tan Tze-Gay is a thought leader in the space and brings a lot of experience to her representations. She is extremely accessible and provides clear advice.’

‘Tan Tze-Gay and Rhys Goh are both exemplary partners in A&G’s capital markets team. Both are very hands-on in all their transactions, they make it a point to attend all transaction meetings and go well beyond their time costs to ensure that their work is well done to the highest quality and expectations to the client’s satisfaction.’

‘Bernie Lee is exceptionally helpful, friendly, patient, and approachable. He has an exceptionally good rapport with the various teams/partners in his firm and coordinates internally to provide well-reasoned commercial and practical solutions/advice to challenging issues.’

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

Allen & Gledhill LLP has a highly developed practice, which is recognised for its deep expertise in OTC and exchange-traded derivatives, covered bonds, and repackagings and securitisations. The firm has recently impressed in retail bond offerings, including those backed by cashflows from private equity houses. Head of DCM Margaret Chin is an experienced figure in asset securitisations, Francis Mok is a key practitioner in derivatives and regulatory matters, and Yeo Wico is immensely experienced in mainstream capital markets deals, securitisation and structured finance. Magdalene Leong is also recognised for Islamic finance and structured finance.

Construction: Local firms Tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP is extensively involved in large-scale and high-end building and infrastructure projects in Singapore and around the region, often acting for blue-chip developers, contractors, and state entities, providing 'practical and pragmatic advice while having a solid grounding in legal analysis and industry practice'. The 'extremely capable and highly experienced' Chien Mien Ho advises on non-contentious aspects in the development of infrastructure, commercial and residential projects, as well as cross-border disputes. Sathiaseelan Jagateesan is 'an outstanding construction lawyer and is the go-to lawyer for government', their linked entities, and developers in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters relating to private and public infrastructure projects. Charmelia Sugianto is recommended for contract negotiation, procurement, and risk management.

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‘A&G is set apart from its competitors as it is one of the few teams in Singapore which has a strong expertise and experience in representing the state/state-related entities in large-scale construction projects.’

‘Practical and pragmatic advice that is workable and can be implemented while having a solid grounding in legal analysis and industry practice. This is business-friendly and cost-effective. Having a wide range of experience across a client range also provides a good benchmark for the advice provided. The turnaround time is generally quick. The partners accessible and willing to front face with the client even for small and seemingly minute questions.’

‘J. Sathiaseelan is an outstanding construction lawyer. He is proactive and prompt in providing sound legal advice to clients. He makes concerted attempts to understand the technical issues on hand so that he is in a position to provide practical legal solutions to clients.’

‘Sathiaseelan Jagateesan is the best construction lawyer that I have worked with and the first one I look to when it matters. What sets him apart is his ability to be a first-class problem-solver and being able to leverage on his legal expertise to provide workable solutions for his clients.’

‘Ho Chien Mien, a Partner, is extremely capable and highly experienced, who readily provides a superb view of the intricacies involved, helping his clients in putting up a solid contract, mirroring the EPC project they are about to undertake!’

Corporate and M&A: local firms Tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP has one of the largest M&A teams in Singapore and Southeast Asia. The firm is rated for Singapore takeovers, real estate deals, healthcare and financial services M&A, and for its growing standing in private equity (particularly private equity real estate). It advised Ascott Reit Manager on the S$1.2bn combination of Ascott Reit and Ascendas Hospitality Trust and represented CapitaLand Mall Trust Management on the S$8.27bn proposed merger of CapitaLand Mall Trust and CapitaLand Commercial Trust. It has an ever-growing reputation in cross-border ASEAN deals, leveraging its own presence and top-drawer contacts throughout the region. The immensely experienced Lim Mei and highly-rated Christian Chin now co-head the practice, which includes top practitioner Andrew LimChristopher Koh has emerged as a major name in big-ticket deals, notably in the real estate segment, and Prawiro Widjaja is highly rated for Singapore and Indonesia transactions.

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‘These are A-list lawyers. They clearly know their stuff, are subject matter experts and are able to handle highly complex and difficult transactions. First-class work and consistently high quality drafting and advice.’

‘The teams that I have worked with are dedicated, conscientious, practical and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Christian Chin is an outstanding partner who understands commercial imperatives much better than many of his contemporaries. He doesn’t argue a point just for argument’s sake, and tends to cut through posturing and go straight to the point.’

‘Richard Young is very proactive, meets tight deadlines, and is very commercially minded. He is prepared to meet legal costs budget constraints and capped fees even when actual time costs overrun the estimated budgets. He is a relationship builder and should be commended for his high EQ in managing his clients.’

Dispute resolution: local firms Tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP's well-established disputes practice is the 'to go to for efficient and effective legal advice and solutions', fielding an experienced group of 'first-class lawyers' in international arbitration alongside disputes in banking, corporate, regulatory enforcement, and white-collar crime, among others. Key figures on the sizeable team include Stanley Lai, a specialist in commercial and IP disputes, and William Ong and Vincent Leow for financial and securities-related disputes. Peh Aik Hin, Tan Kai Liang, and Ramesh Kumar are recommended for commercial litigation, while Jason Chan's practice focuses on regulatory and white-collar criminal cases.

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‘Ramesh Kumar has always been willing to give his opinion and honest feedback even when it may be not what we wanted to hear. He was excellent at identifying the key issues we needed to address and kept us focussed on the end game. ‘

‘The team in A&G is one of the best dispute resolution practices in Singapore to go to for efficient and effective legal advice and solutions. The partners are very hands-on and give practical and solutions focused advice.’

‘I highly commend partner Tan Kai Liang. He is exceptionally gifted in strategizing and has an uncanny ability to cut through the chase in complex situations to give spot-on advice.’

‘A&G’s disputes practice is very experienced, with partners who have been with the firm for a long time.’

‘The team constantly punches above its weight and their collective knowledge is just as good if not better than the best of international law firms.’

‘I have the privilege of working with William Ong. I appreciate William’s practical approach to legal and commercial issues. William never fails to disappoint with his ability to distill the issues and bring about an amicable and (most importantly) commercially palatable resolution to any situation. ‘

‘Very strategic in advice and delivers consistently high-quality advice. Always reliable. Extremely responsive and are subject matter experts in their field. First-class lawyers.’

‘Peh Aik Hin – one of the best in class in his field. His depth of knowledge in dispute resolution matters is outstanding. Able to deliver quick, simple, and practical advice and has the energy and perseverance to see through very complex and difficult matters. His client management is also first class. With Aik Hin on your side, you will not have to worry about the quality of legal advice and work. It is always consistently excellent.’

‘Mr Vincent Leow is the go-to lawyer for all Singapore litigation and arbitration matters. Excellent lawyer with a first-class mind, who always ensures his clients’ interests are properly protected. He is extremely knowledgeable with an innate ability to navigate myriad regulations with ease and balance.’

‘Tan Kai Liang deserves special mention. Incredibly smart, very impressive, and an all-rounded lawyer. Absolutely top drawer and has a great capacity for hard work.’

Financial services regulatory: local firms Tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP has a large and dedicated team to financial services regulatory work. It is at the forefront of Payment Services Act matters, digital bank licensing arrangements, and Securities and Futures (Amendment) Act issues. On the contentious side, the firm is active in anti-money laundering enforcement and sanctions. The firm has historically represented the major local and international banks, but has extended this to smaller institutions, fintech players, and commodity traders. Francis Mok and Karen Tiah both have over 20 years of experience in non-contentious regulatory work. Adrian Ang is rated for fintech-related matters and Aaron Lee is a key figure in contentious issues.

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‘They have a strong grasp of the regulations. Often, they are able to advise not purely on regulatory interpretation but also regulatory expectation and industry practice.’

‘A&G has always been able to give us advice based on actual experience and offer practical solutions.’

‘Francis Mok and his team are extremely reliable, insightful on regulatory advice and developments and most commendably, are able to provide very practical advice, taking into account and sharing industry practice and commercial realities balanced with regulatory requirements and expectations. They have a broad view of the industry trends and developments and are very responsive in providing advice.’

‘Francis Mok’s depth of experience and balanced insights ensure we are compliant with legal and regulatory requirements, taking into consideration commercial practicalities where feasible. He is very responsive and can be relied upon to provide in-depth advice even on complex issues.’

‘Francis Mok is the consensus ‘go-to’ lawyer for Singapore.’

‘Karen Tiah has in-depth knowledge of the financial regulations and the banking business as a whole. She is familiar with the set up of the bank, the client documentation used and the services and products that we offer. She is very dedicated and very accessible.’

‘With Adrian Ang’s vast experience in this area, we can always count on him for effective and practical advice and solutions.’

‘Adrian Ang is truly world-class and is the best financial regulatory lawyer in town. He has a razor-sharp legal mind and this is complemented with very practical commercial sensibilities. I have the sense that he is heavily invested in ensuring that his client gets the right results and works tirelessly to achieve this. Adrian should be the first port of call for any financial regulatory matter.’

Intellectual property: Local firms Tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP's sizeable intellectual property team is active in all areas of this field, including the registration, management, exploitation, and protection of intellectual property. The team's technical expertise is demonstrated by its work for Singaporean and international clients in sectors such as communication technology, manufacturing, and pharmaceuticals. The practice is led by Stanley Lai SC, who has experience in both litigation and advisory work with a particular focus on the pharmaceutical industry. Gloria Goh also has a broad practice, as does Vignesh Vaerhn.

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‘Allen & Gledhill IP Team provides excellent services, e.g. they address the client’s enquiries precisely and provide their opinion in a timely manner.’

‘Dr. Stanley Lai, SC handled my cases. He is excellent in providing professional opinion and services in a timely manner. His professionalism and attention to detail in dealing with my cases is first class!’

‘I am impressed by the breadth and depth of A&G’s IP practice. In my current in-house role, I have instructed A&G on IP matters ranging from IP registration and prosecution to litigation and general advisory. Each time, A&G has delivered results exceeding expectations.’

‘I have had highly positive experiences working with Vignesh Vaerhn. I appreciate his ability to provide client-focused and legally sound solutions that are practical and workable, on quick turnaround times. Vignesh is highly intelligent and knowledgeable, has a sharp legal mind and very keen commercial sense. He is also readily reachable and provides personalised partner-level attention to all our matters. His ability to deliver results is exemplified in positive outcomes he achieved in the High Court and Court of Appeal.’

‘Although possessing a great depth of knowledge over the subject matter, this team is also quite commercial-minded and are able to add value in that regard. They deliver quality work.’

‘Dr. Stanley Lai is a subject matter expert and gives practical advice and is also a good mediator. His reputable standing in the community is also useful in dispute resolution.’

Investment funds: local firms Tier 1

Highly reputable investment funds practice, Allen & Gledhill LLP is sought after by leading domestic and international fund managers, financial institutions, sovereign wealth funds, and government entities. Key areas of work include structuring and formation of private equity funds, hedge funds and real estate, venture capital funds, and REITS. Jerry Koh spearheads the private funds and REITS offering, and recently acted alongside Long Pee Hua and Teh Hoe Yue on the first UK-focused REIT listed IPO on the Singapore Stock Exchange, the £130m listing of Elite Commercial REIT. Sarah Teo and Shieh Lin Lai are experts in retail collective investment schemes and exchange-traded funds.

Labour and employment: local firms Tier 1

As one of the top local full-service firms, Allen & Gledhill LLP offers top-tier broad expertise on non-contentious employment arrangements and contracts as well alongside experience representing employers in High Court disputes and other high-value claims. Practice co-head Sanjiv Rajan has a solid reputation in contentious employment and white-collar crime. Another key partner, Kelvin Wong supports multinational corporates and financial institutions on a wide variety of local and cross-border HR-related issues, including managing performance issues and disciplinary processes. Others to note are Vincent Leow for disputes and Aaron Lee for regulatory and corporate governance matters.

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‘The Team is highly responsive and effective. They are thorough and detailed, leaving nothing left to chance while maintaining a keen eye for strategy.’

‘I put great value in their quick, yet thorough, response and commitment to deliver high-quality product and service, and still a pleasant-to-be-with character.’

‘Allen & Gledhill is a wonderful law firm with excellent lawyers.’

‘Vincent Leow is the go-to lawyer for employment matters. Extremely knowledge. Goes the extra mile to provide prompt advice. A lawyer with a first-class mind.’

Projects and energy: local firms Tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP advises on projects and energy matters including the financing and development of projects, as well as transactions involving these assets. The team advises on projects throughout SE Asia, working in conjunction with the firm's other offices, and is particularly active in Myanmar. The team is led by Kelvin Wong, who also co-heads the Corporate and Commercial practice, and Chee Wai Kok, who co-heads the Financial Services department. Wong specialises in the development and operating of energy projects, while Chee Wai handles financing. Wee Meng Tan focuses on telecommunications projects, and also handles energy-related work.

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‘Good quality legal work in a cost-effective manner.’

‘Tan Wee Meng is able to give practical solutions to address business needs – he is responsive when asked for assistance.’

Real estate: local firms Tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP is the pre-eminent real estate practice for property funds, major lenders, and corporations, and is noted for its ability to handle complex and high-profile acquisitions and in the REIT sector, such as the S$1.54bn proposed merger of Frasers Logistics & Industrial Trust and Frasers Commercial Trust. Ho Kin San heads the corporate real estate practice and is supported by Eudora Tan and Hoo Sheau Farn, who are experienced in REIT's, build-to-suit transactions, and commercial leasing. Penny Goh became a senior advisor in early 2020.

Restructuring and insolvency: local firms Tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP utilises the firm's disputes, corporate, and finance expertise to offer a full-service restructuring and insolvency representation for creditors, debtors, and liquidators. The practice also advises potential investors in distressed situations and is active on the most high-profile restructurings in the shipping industry, most notable for the Hyflux Group, and in the offshore energy sector. Practice head Chong Yee Leong and deputy head Edward Tiong are top advisors for corporate restructuring and local litigation. Andrew Chan often represents creditors and trustees in insolvency disputes.

Shipping: local firms Tier 1

Top local practice Allen & Gledhill LLP has 'strong industry and market knowledge' and is  'able to add value on top of good legal advice with practical assistance'. The firm is noted for its breadth of expertise in the maritime industry, particularly in transactional and finance work, and top-tier capability in sales and purchases, lending and leasing agreements, restructurings, and dispute work. Key figures include Gina Lee-Wan who is active in ship finance, leasing, and equity transactions, with Yin Chuin Soh and Harold Or also on the transactional side. The firm fields a sizeable group of contentious admiralty law specialists comprising of Vivian Ang, Kenny Yap, Yap Yin Soon, and Corina Song.

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‘I’m impressed with Yap Yin Soon and Kenny Yap. Both are shipping lawyers that possesses in-depth enforcement expertise, and are technically sound, commercial minded to provide practical solutions.’

‘The A&G team was proactive and able to respond very quickly when needed of them, without compromising on the quality of very practical options, discussions, and advice given. Their services are also very reasonably priced compared to their peer law firms.’

‘Kenny Yap – A veteran in the admiralty and shipping industry who could fully appreciate the issue from the client’s perspective, including internal considerations, to provide practical options, discussions and advice.’

‘Soh Yin Chuin, Shaun See Tow Ting Xuan, Li Qing and Wilfred Ong Tjun Wei – A relatively lean team that was primarily responsible for and could amazingly heavy-lift the organisation and drafting of all the corporate agreements and documents, understand the complex needs of the client, face-off our counterparties, and close the transaction.’

‘Strong industry and market knowledge, and able to add value on top of good legal advice with practical assistance. They provide efficient resourcing as well, and are able to manage their legal fees within the budget that we have discussed.’

‘Soh Yin Chuin, Kenny Yap, Shaun See Tow – they are all excellent lawyers, with strong industry and market knowledge, and able to add value on top of good legal advice with practical assistance.’

‘There are few shipping lawyers in Singapore (with the relevant expertise) that can successfully extract/reposition vessels detained in foreign jurisdictions.’

‘In our dealings with Corina Song/team, she has demonstrated her capability in assisting with releasing vessels that are stuck in various unfriendly foreign jurisdictions. Her years’ of experience, coupled with good networking/contacts with oversea counterparts are also crucial and an added advantage in such areas.’

Tax: local firms Tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP's sophisticated tax practice is often sought after by Singapore and international corporate clients, banks, real estate funds, and private equity fund managers for cross-border tax planning and structuring. Department head Sunit Chhabra is a wealth of knowledge on income tax, stamp duty, and goods and services tax matters, with addition to advising on tax implication of corporate and capital markets transactions. He also maintains a busy contentious tax practice where he assists clients in the settlement of disputes with the IRAS. Lim Pek Bur is principally involved in tax and wealth planning for high net worth clients.

TMT: local firms Tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP's stellar practice benefits from an in-house technology consultant experienced in securing and implementing IT procurement and development projects, in addition to top-level specialists in the fields of technology, telecoms, media, and IP. Key areas of focus include acquisition and financing of technology companies and their intellectual property, cloud deployment and strategy, data protection compliance, and large-scale outsourcing projects, often with an international angle. Kok Leong Tham stands out for his reputation in commercial and contractual matters, advising on franchising, outsourcing, and technology transfer arrangements. Head of telecoms Tan Wee Meng; IP specialists Dr Stanley Lai, SC, Gloria Goh, and Eugene Ho, as well as Alexander Yap for fintech, complete the main team.

White-collar crime - Local firms Tier 1

Allen & Gledhill LLP has a highly developed white-collar crime practice, primarily covering regulatory investigations, employment investigations, and fraud and cybersecurity attacks. It has a particularly strong record in Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act (MACMA) cases. The firm represents a range of banks, other financial institutions, and blue-chip corporates. The team has a high degree of specialisation with department co-head Aaron Lee working closely with the firm's financial services regulatory team. Moreover, co-head Jason Chan SC is one of few Singapore Senior Counsels to specialise in this area, having been appointed a Senior Counsel in January 2020. Both partners and others within the team are former prosecutors or judicial officers.

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‘The firm has provided excellent, timely legal services on the matters and their fees were very reasonable.’

‘Each time they have been impressed with the professionalism, responsiveness, judgement, and analytical strength of their lawyers.’

International arbitration Tier 2

Allen & Gledhill LLP's international arbitration practice 'handles complex matters with confidence'. The group is particularly well-known for representing clients from South-east Asia, China, Japan, Korea and India in high-value, complex arbitrations relating to infrastructure, energy, construction and engineering projects. As a domestic firm, it benefits from the ability to handle international arbitration as well as arbitration-related litigation in Singapore. Head of disputes Andrew Yeo jointly leads the international arbitration practice alongside Dinesh Dhillon, Chong Yee Leong (who attracts praise for his 'rich experience in construction disputes'), Chua Kee Loon and the 'outstandingRamesh Selvaraj. Vivekananda Neelakanta is a name to note for India-related arbitration.

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Very professional approach. Use a good strategic methodology.

Subject matter expertise is great. Presented the options to me (client) to consider, weighing the costs and benefits. Very impressed with Ankit Goyal and Vivekananda Neelakantan in the Singapore office.

As a major law firm in Singapore, has vast variety of lawyers who can handle vairous kind of issues.’

Mr. Chua Kee Loon has rich experience in construction disputes, especially those that involve Japanese companies. He gives advice based on his rich experience, best coordinates with affiliated Japanese law firms and is capable of forming a team best suited for the issue.

The practice has very competent and experienced lawyers. They are sensitive to costs and internal policy considerations of clients. The team handles complex matters with confidence and in a calm manner. They are also comfortable explaining complex legal issues to senior management and non legal professionals.

Ramesh Selvaraj is an outstanding lawyer. He has an excellent grasp of many areas of the law. He seeks to understand the business/technical/policy concerns of clients, and gives practical legal advice to support decision making. He is calm in the face of adversity and ambiguity, especially in complex matters. He is very approachable and patient with clients. He is also honest in his case assessments.

Very responsive to time-sensitive matters. Personal attention given to the client by the partners. Technical excellence but with business considerations.

Ramesh Selvaraj is a trusted business advisor with excellent client service. Prompt and generous with time which may not be billable. Eye is on long term client relationship rather purely driver by billings.’

Excellent subject matter experts, adepts at handling SIAC arbitrations, effective client handling.’

Ramesh Selvaraj, Nicholas Tan Pang Leong and Joshua Hiew E-Wen have been an excellent team to work with. They bring effective dispute resolution experience and we have been very pleased with both their dispute management and client management abilities.

Malaysia > Labour and employment Tier 2

Advising companies on all aspects of employment law and industrial Relations, the team at Rahmat Lim & Partners maintains a strong relationship with Allen & Gledhill LLP, Singapore. This means that clients can benefit from extensive legal resources for matters such as EPF and SOCSO contributions, union recognition, disciplinary actions, terminations of service and misconduct. Lead partner Jack Yow, a 'well-rounded' expert in industrial relations, advises on the legal implications of poor performance, redundancy, voluntary separation schemes and restructuring. The firm recently represented Kontron Design Manufacturing Services in an unfair dismissal claim at the Industrial Court.

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Very efficient and quality service provided. The capability of the lawyer helped our company succeed in a key labour case‘.

The L&E team under Jack Yow is supportive, particularly during the recent pandemic of which the team is clear and responsive to various L&E issues arise, well done‘.

The lawyer was well-versed in the legal knowledge required by our company. Very professional service given in a timely manner‘.

Jack Yow is a seasoned L&E lawyer coupled with his strong litigation background make him the right fit we look for in term of balancing company interest while juggling the human element when it comes to L&E disputes. A well-rounded L&E lawyer‘.

Indonesia > Banking and finance Tier 3

Soemadipradja & Taher has expertise in financing and restructuring transactions, and has recently enhanced its cross-border capabilities due its recent alliance with Singaporean firm Allen & Gledhill LLP. The team advises international and local clients, with its current workload involving the refinancing of bilateral loans, corporate facility agreements, and regulatory compliance issues.  Emalia Achmadi is the key name to note.

Indonesia > Foreign firms Tier 4

A leading Singaporean firm, Allen & Gledhill LLP has significantly enhanced its presence in Indonesia through its recent tie up with local firm Soemadipradja & Taher . This collaboration came shortly after the arrival of corporate and M&A partner Oene Marseille , who formerly worked for local outfit ABNR Counsellors at Law. He leads the practice alongside Prawiro Widjaja, who focuses on M&A and private equity transactions.

Allen & Gledhill is an award-winning full-service South-east Asian law firm which provides legal services to a wide range of clients. Established in 1902, the firm is consistently ranked as a market leader in Singapore for every major practice area, having been involved in numerous challenging, complex, cutting-edge and significant deals. The firm’s partners are specialists in their areas of practice and many are widely recognised as leading legal experts by clients and peers.

Allen & Gledhill is renowned for delivering exceptional legal services in Singapore and South-east Asia. Its reputation for high-quality advice is regularly affirmed by its strong rankings in leading publications, and by the various awards and accolades it has received from independent commentators and clients. The firm is consistently ranked tier one in the highest number of practice areas, and is one of the firms with the highest number of lawyers recognised as leading individuals. Over the years, it has also been named ‘Regional Firm of the Year’ and ‘Singapore Firm of the Year’ by many prominent legal awards.

Currently one of the largest law firms in Singapore and South-east Asia, comprising 600 lawyers in the region, Allen & Gledhill, with its offices in Singapore and Myanmar, its associate firm in Malaysia and alliance firm in Indonesia, is well-placed to advise clients on their business interests in Singapore and beyond, particularly on matters involving South-east Asia and the Asian region.

Its associate firm in Malaysia, Rahmat Lim & Partners, located in Kuala Lumpur, is a full-service corporate and commercial law firm. Rahmat Lim & Partners is one of the fastest growing law firms in Malaysia. Its team of approximately 90 local lawyers is well-positioned to provide an invaluable combination of Malaysian law and practice, local insight of the Malaysian environment and context, as well as international best practices.

The firm’s Myanmar office is based in Yangon. It is a fully licensed law firm which provides Myanmar legal advice, and issues Myanmar legal opinions. Both Myanmar and foreign qualified lawyers are familiar with the business environment, laws, regulations and practices of Myanmar to provide value-added advice and service to clients across key industry sectors.

Its alliance firm in Indonesia, Soemadipradja & Taher, based in Jakarta, is one of Indonesia’s largest independent full service law firms. Established in 1991, the firm is consistently ranked in the top tiers of legal publications and directories.

Furthermore, Allen & Gledhill has strong working relationships with leading law firms worldwide, and serves both local and international clients on multi-jurisdictional transactions in South-east Asia, China, India, the Middle East, the United Kingdom, continental Europe and the United States of America. This experience allows the firm to take on an effective lead counsel or project manager role in cross-border transactions.

Apart from providing legal services, the firm is committed to acting as a responsible corporate citizen and to do good to effect positive changes in the ASEAN community. A principal focus is working in partnership with, or supporting, community and charitable organisations by providing them with expertise and skills, which brings an added dimension to its practice of the law. In addition to helping charities, it also helps individuals through existing pro bono initiatives, where its lawyers volunteer at the Law Society of Singapore’s community legal clinics or take on criminal cases through the Law Society’s Criminal Legal Aid Scheme.

Allen & Gledhill collaborates closely with its clients, employees and the wider community in its CSR activities and initiatives. As part of its commitment to continue using its resources and capabilities to benefit the wider community, the firm and the National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Law jointly established the A&G-NUS Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS) Pro Bono Internship Programme in 2016. The programme is the first formal partnership between a law firm and the NUS Law Faculty focusing on pro bono work. Allen & Gledhill is driven by its belief that sustainable practices and meaningful community engagement benefit all stakeholders and help create a stronger community.

Main contacts:
Christina Ong (chairman and senior partner)
Lee Kim Shin and Jerry Koh (joint managing partners)

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate & Commercial Kelvin Wong +65 6890 7644
Corporate & Commercial Daren Shiau +65 6890 7612
Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions Lim Mei +65 6890 7732
Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions Christian Chin +65 6890 7616
Corporate Real Estate Ho Kin San +65 6890 7928
Financial Services Christina Ong +65 6890 7700
Financial Services Kok Chee Wai +65 6890 7724
Financial Services Francis Mok +65 6890 7786
Intellectual Property & Technology Dr Stanley Lai, SC +65 6890 7883
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Andrew Yeo +65 6890 7850
Litigation & Dispute Resolution William Ong +65 6890 7894
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Vivian Ang  photo Ms Vivian Ang Partner
Mr Adrian Ang  photo Mr Adrian Ang Co-Head of the Firm’s FinTech Practice and Public Policy Practices
Mr Andrew Chan  photo Mr Andrew Chan Partner
Mr Jason Chan, SC  photo Mr Jason Chan, SC Co-Head of the Firm’s White Collar & Investigations Practice
Ms Elsa Chen  photo Ms Elsa Chen Co-Head of the Firm’s Competition & Antitrust Practice and Public Policy Practice
Mr Sunit Chhabra  photo Mr Sunit Chhabra Head of the Firm’s Tax Practice
Mr Christian Chin  photo Mr Christian Chin Partner and Co-Head of the Firm’s Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions Department
Ms Margaret Chin  photo Ms Margaret Chin Head of the Firm’s Debt Capital Markets team
Mr Leonard Ching  photo Mr Leonard Ching Partner
Mr Yee Leong Chong  photo Mr Yee Leong Chong Co-Head of the Firm’s International Arbitration Practice and Head of the Firm’s Restructuring…
Mr Boon Leong Chong  photo Mr Boon Leong Chong Partner
Mr Jonathan Choo  photo Mr Jonathan Choo Partner
Mr Kee Loon Chua  photo Mr Kee Loon Chua Co-Deputy Head of the Firm’s International Arbitration Practice
Mr Bor Jern Chua  photo Mr Bor Jern Chua Partner
Mr Scott Clements  photo Mr Scott Clements Partner
Mr Dinesh Dhillon  photo Mr Dinesh Dhillon Co-Head of the Firm’s International Arbitration Practice
Ms Kah Yan Fock  photo Ms Kah Yan Fock Partner
Mr Rhys Goh  photo Mr Rhys Goh Partner
Ms Gloria Goh  photo Ms Gloria Goh Counsel
Mrs Penny Goh  photo Mrs Penny Goh Senior Adviser
Mr Ankit Goyal  photo Mr Ankit Goyal Partner (Foreign Law)
Mr Eugene Ho photo Mr Eugene Ho Partner
Mr Chien Mien Ho  photo Mr Chien Mien Ho Co-Head of the Firm’s Construction & Engineering Practice
Mr Kin San Ho  photo Mr Kin San Ho Head of the Firm’s Corporate Real Estate Practice
Ms Sheau Farn Hoo  photo Ms Sheau Farn Hoo Partner
Mr Mark Hudspeth  photo Mr Mark Hudspeth Co-Head of the Banking & Finance Practice
Mr Sathiaseelan Jagateesan  photo Mr Sathiaseelan Jagateesan Co-Head of the Firm’s Construction & Engineering Practice
Mr Christopher Koh  photo Mr Christopher Koh Partner
Mr Jerry Koh  photo Mr Jerry Koh Managing Partner and Head of the Firm’s REITs and Investment Funds Practices
Mr Chee Wai Kok  photo Mr Chee Wai Kok Co-Head of the Firm’s Financial Services Department and separately, Co-Head of the…
Mr Ramesh Kumar photo Mr Ramesh Kumar Partner
Mr Sanjiv Kumar Rajan  photo Mr Sanjiv Kumar Rajan Co-Head of the Firm’s Employment Practice
Ms Shieh Lin Lai  photo Ms Shieh Lin Lai Partner
Dr Stanley Lai, SC  photo Dr Stanley Lai, SC Head of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Practice
Mr Bernie Lee photo Mr Bernie Lee Partner
Ms Kee Yeng Lee  photo Ms Kee Yeng Lee Partner
Mr Aaron Lee  photo Mr Aaron Lee Co-Head of the Firm’s White Collar & Investigations Practice
Ms Bik Wei Lee  photo Ms Bik Wei Lee Deputy Head of the Firm’s White Collar & Investigations Practice
Mr Kim Shin Lee, SC  photo Mr Kim Shin Lee, SC Partner
Mrs Gina Lee-Wan  photo Mrs Gina Lee-Wan Co-Head of the Maritime & Aviation Practice
Ms Magdalene Leong  photo Ms Magdalene Leong Partner
Mr Vincent Leow  photo Mr Vincent Leow Partner
 Tan Kai Liang photo Tan Kai Liang Partner
Mr Wei Ting Lim  photo Mr Wei Ting Lim Partner
Mr Andrew M Lim  photo Mr Andrew M Lim Partner
Ms Mei Ann Lim  photo Ms Mei Ann Lim Partner
Ms Sophie Lim  photo Ms Sophie Lim Partner
Mr Kenneth Lim  photo Mr Kenneth Lim Partner
Mr Dao Kai Lim  photo Mr Dao Kai Lim Deputy Head of the Firm’s Construction & Engineering Practice
Ms Pek Bur Lim  photo Ms Pek Bur Lim Partner
Ms Pee Hua Long  photo Ms Pee Hua Long Partner
Ms Pei Lin Low  photo Ms Pei Lin Low Partner
Ms Lim Mei  photo Ms Lim Mei Partner and Co-Head of the Firm’s Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions Department
Mr Francis Mok  photo Mr Francis Mok Co-Head of the Firm’s Financial Services Department and Co-Head of the Firm’s…
Mr Vivekananda Neelakantan photo Mr Vivekananda Neelakantan Partner (Foreign Law)
Mr Aloysius Ng  photo Mr Aloysius Ng Partner
Mr Jafe Ng  photo Mr Jafe Ng Partner
Mr William Ong  photo Mr William Ong Co-Head of the Firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department
Ms Christina Ong  photo Ms Christina Ong Chairman and Senior Partner, and Co-Head of the Financial Services Department
Mr Harold Or  photo Mr Harold Or Partner
Mr Aik Hin Peh  photo Mr Aik Hin Peh Partner
Mr Ramesh Selvaraj  photo Mr Ramesh Selvaraj Co-Deputy Head of the Firm’s International Arbitration Practice
Mr Steven Seow  photo Mr Steven Seow Partner
Mr Daren Shiau  photo Mr Daren Shiau Co-Head of the Firm’s Corporate & Commercial Department and Co-Head of the…
Ms Julie Sim  photo Ms Julie Sim Partner
Mr Yin Chuin Soh  photo Mr Yin Chuin Soh Partner
Ms Corina Song  photo Ms Corina Song Partner
Ms Su-Min Song  photo Ms Su-Min Song Partner
Ms Charmelia Sugianto photo Ms Charmelia Sugianto Partner
Mr Wee Meng Tan  photo Mr Wee Meng Tan Head of the Firm’s Telecommunications Practice
Ms Xeauwei Tan  photo Ms Xeauwei Tan Partner
Mr Boon Wah Tan  photo Mr Boon Wah Tan Partner
Ms Eudora Tan  photo Ms Eudora Tan Partner
Ms Su May Tan  photo Ms Su May Tan Partner
Ms Tze-Gay Tan  photo Ms Tze-Gay Tan Head of the Firm’s Equity Capital Markets team
Mr Yong Seng Tay  photo Mr Yong Seng Tay Partner
Mr Hoe Yue Teh  photo Mr Hoe Yue Teh Partner
Ms Sarah Teo  photo Ms Sarah Teo Partner
Mr Kok Leong Tham  photo Mr Kok Leong Tham Head of the Firm’s Technology & Corporate Intellectual Property Practice
Ms Karen Tiah  photo Ms Karen Tiah Partner
Mr Edward Tiong  photo Mr Edward Tiong Deputy Head of the Firm’s Restructuring & Insolvency Practice
Mr Vignesh Vaerhn  photo Mr Vignesh Vaerhn Partner
Mr Yeo Wico  photo Mr Yeo Wico Partner
Mr Prawiro Widjaja  photo Mr Prawiro Widjaja Partner
Mr Kelvin Wong  photo Mr Kelvin Wong Co-Head of the Firm’s Corporate & Commercial Department and Head of the…
Mr Alexander Yap  photo Mr Alexander Yap Co-Head of the Firm’s FinTech Practice
Mr Kenny Yap  photo Mr Kenny Yap Co-Head of the Firm’s Maritime & Aviation Practice and Shipping (Contentious) team
Mr Yin Soon Yap  photo Mr Yin Soon Yap Co-Head of the Firm’s Maritime & Aviation Practice and Co-Head of the…
Mr Andrew Yeo  photo Mr Andrew Yeo Co-Head of the Firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department
Mr Boon Kiat Yeo  photo Mr Boon Kiat Yeo Partner
Mr Richard Young  photo Mr Richard Young Partner
Mr Alvin Zhuang  photo Mr Alvin Zhuang Counsel
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Number of lawyers in regional network : 600
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One of South-East Asia’s leading and largest law firms, Allen & Gledhill seeks to be a responsible corporate citizen and do good to effect positive changes in the ASEAN community. The firm collaborates closely with its clients, employees and the wider community in its CSR activities and initiatives. As part of its commitment to continue using its resources and capabilities to benefit the wider community, the firm and the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law jointly established the A&G-NUS Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (CLAS) Pro Bono Internship Programme in 2016. The programme is the first formal partnership between a law firm and the NUS Law Faculty focusing on pro bono work.