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Shook Lin & Bok LLP
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Banking and finance: local firms Tier 2

Shook Lin & Bok LLP has committed a great deal of resources and senior expertise to maintaining its illustrious traditions in the banking and finance sector. This has been rewarded by an enviable client base of Singapore, regional and international banks, enabling the team to inhabit the high value and mid-market spaces. The broad-based practice ranges include particular strengths in acquisition finance, structured finance, trade and commodity finance, REIT finance, and Islamic finance. Debt restructuring and recovery is another particular forte. The group operates in the domestic Singapore market and is active in cross-border financings across Southeast Asia. Liew Kai Zee is hugely experienced, while Stanley Lim is noted for bilateral and syndicated loans, collective sale financing, trade finance, project finance, and acquisition finance.

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Professional, knowledgeable, and in tune with the latest regulations. Constantly providing updates, feedback, and classes to keep clients informed of the latest developments.

‘Stanley Lim is approachable, helpful, knowledgeable and responsive.’

Capital markets: equity and debt: local firms Tier 2

Shook Lin & Bok LLP remains prominent in debt, equity, and equity-linked transactions in Singapore and across the region. The DCM team is particularly recognised for retail structured note programmes. On the equity side, the firm remains active in Singapore offerings and Hong Kong listings by Singapore issuers. Marilyn See is a leader in DCM and Gwendolyn Gn in ECM. Tan Woon Hum leads the corporate real estate practice and is noted for representing trustees in REIT offerings; he led the team that advised DBS Trustee on Prime US Reit’s $612m IPO on the Singapore Exchange.

Investment funds: local firms Tier 2

Shook Lin & Bok LLP has a good spread across REITs, retail unit trusts, hedge and private equity funds. The team is also able to assist with equity fund-raising, debt financing, and securitisation. Key partner Woon Hum Tan handles various funds through Singapore funds and offshore funds vehicles, such as Cayman LP funds and segregated portfolio companies. Andrea Ng is recommended for REITs, trust, asset, and wealth management work.

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‘The SLB partner, Woon Hum, and his team that we work with are very knowledgeable, reliable, and prompt in their advice and replies. SLB has also participated in the pilot launch of Singapore VCC fund structure and in numerous regulatory updates and panel talks. This keeps the team at the forefront of the ever-changing regulatory landscape.’

‘Woon Hum has been such a wonderful legal counsel to our firm. He is always providing us business-friendly advice and frequent industry updates as well. He is very knowledgeable in fund management regulations and provides very valuable advice in fund structuring.’

Private wealth and family law – local firms Tier 2

Comprised of funds specialists, Shook Lin & Bok LLP is instructed by local and foreign licensed fund managers, trustees, asset and wealth managers, and investors. Main contact Tan Woon Hum primarily advises on the set up of private trusts, family trusts and offices, wealth protection, and succession matters.

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Real estate: local firms Tier 2

Working alongside colleagues in other departments, Shook Lin & Bok LLP leverages multi-disciplinary expertise in local commercial, industrial and residential property transactions as well as in China, India, and Indonesia. Chew Mei Choo impresses with her 'astute and deep knowledge of her field' and has over 30 years' experience in property development, securitisation, and finance. Lee Chau Hwei and Tan Woon Hum are the other key figures.

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‘We like that SLB is a mid-sized firm and we find the team very personable and they always have time for us. The team also has deep knowledge in their respective domain. They are always one call away. Other bigger firms may have more clients and thus have correspondingly less time for us. The SLB team is always professional yet warm, and they evaluate options from all angles, not blindly siding the clients.’

‘Special mention goes to Ms Chew Mei Choo, a partner of the corporate real estate practice. She has provided incisive analysis and invaluable advice, and has impressed us with the astute and deep knowledge of her field. Her wide network of contacts also proved to be very useful when certain matters required immediate attention by third parties. ‘

Restructuring and insolvency: local firms Tier 2

Focusing on insolvency litigation, Shook Lin & Bok LLP's team is comprised of litigators working alongside India and China qualified lawyers to provide additional cross-border expertise in debt restructuring and contentious matters. It also frequently works in tandem with its corporate and banking team to advise on distressed M&A, divestment of assets, restructuring of debt and liability management issues, liquidations, bankruptcies, and landmark receiverships. Sarjit Singh Gill SC and David Chan are the key figures.

Corporate and M&A: local firms Tier 3

Shook Lin & Bok LLP has earned recognition for its experience and expertise in representing Asian, European, and North American multinationals and financial investors in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional deals. The financial institutions, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, energy, real estate, construction, and transportation sectors are amongst its areas of particular expertise. Department head David Chong is noted for his record in TMT, energy, and natural resources. Mark Wong, an expert in China investments into Southeast Asia, has joined from Duane Morris & Selvam LLP.

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Dispute resolution: local firms Tier 3

Shook Lin & Bok LLP is a well-known disputes practice, headed by David Chan, and is a reputable name for continuous work in corporate and commercial, banking, employment, construction, and white-collar crime arenas. The firm also demonstrates an excellent capability to handle insolvency, professional negligence, and product liability matters. Chan and Sarjit Singh Gill SC are also highlight recommended for international commercial arbitration.

Labour and employment: local firms Tier 3

Shook Lin & Bok LLP's employment practice is led by Teo Mae Shaan, who is experienced in the employment aspects of M&A transactions and redundancy exercises, as well as representing corporate clients in contentious issues arising in the course of employment such as misuse of confidential information, and other disputes. Joseph Tay is the other key litigator in the team.

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TMT: local firms Tier 3

Shook Lin & Bok LLP's corporate and finance lawyers practice at the intersection of technology, regulation, and commerce, handling primarily TMT M&A transactions, licensing and distribution of media and technology assets, data protection, and regulatory compliance issues. David Chong, Ying Ming Ho, and Eric Chan are the main contacts.

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Construction: Local firms Tier 4

The lawyers at Shook Lin & Bok LLP 'give good advice and explore every possibility and leave no stone unturned' and regularly works alongside colleagues in the real estate, disputes, banking, and insolvency departments to offer a one-stop-shop for banks, construction engineering companies, developers and contractors. Joseph Tay is an experienced litigator and with complementary sector expertise in drafting, reviewing, and negotiation of all manner of design and engineering projects.

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‘The team took on the case seriously and was very committed which gave me the assured and confidence that I’ve got the right lawyers working on my case. They give good advice and explored every possibility and leave no stone unturned.  I’ll gladly recommend Shook Lin & Bok LLP. ‘

‘Joseph Tay spends long hours working on the case especially when the hearing dates draw close. He chaired very effective and constructive meetings to piece everything together as we are not trained in law. During the hearing, he’s very sharp and fast with all the information he needed as he’s well prepared. ‘

International arbitration Tier 4

Shook Lin & Bok LLP's international arbitration practice is particularly strong for banking and finance, energy and trade and shipping sector disputes. Practice head David Chan and Probin Dass are noted for their respective finance and shipping expertise, while Sarjit Singh Gill SC has broad disputes experience.

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Firm Overview:

Shook Lin & Bok LLP is a leading full-service law firm in Singapore with a strong Asian presence and global reach. The firm has more than a century of rich legal heritage with a number of partners who are eminent lawyers in their respective areas of expertise.

Much of the firm’s success lies in its team of well-trained and experienced lawyers who are innovative and effective in solving complex and difficult legal issues, and who are able to provide customised and value-added legal services to its clients. As a result, many of its clients, comprising both local and international financial institutions, large multinational corporations and professional firms have been with them since its establishment.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking & Finance

Advises on many high-profile, complex and significant local and cross-border banking and finance transactions including property financing, green financing, leveraged and acquisition financing, asset financing, cross-border financing and bilateral and syndicate lending

Capital Markets

Advises on both local and cross-border capital markets transactions covering both equity and debt instruments including IPOs, dual listings, rights issues, share placement, equity and equity-linked, debt / certificates of deposits programmes and drawdowns, stand-alone debt listings, liability management exercises relating to existing debt instruments, securitisation and rated and unrated commercial mortgage backed securities

Construction & Projects

Advises on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious construction and infrastructure matters, including adjudication proceedings, project documentation for developers and main contractors, as well as build-to-suit transactions


Advises on a broad range of local and cross-border M&A transactions including tender offers, buyouts, mergers, reverse takeovers, joint ventures and amalgamations, privatisations, and trade and business sales and purchases

Corporate Real Estate

Advises corporates on all aspects of real estate transactions involving industrial, commercial, and residential property


Advises on a broad range of employment matters including employment contracts, employment handbooks, employee share option schemes, wrongful termination, organisational restructuring issues, misuse of confidential information, restrictive covenants and fiduciary duties

Energy & Natural Resources

Advises the oil and gas, petrochemical, minerals, waste-water and utilities sectors on a broad range of legal issues including project financing, capital fund raising, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, divestment, employment and regulatory and licensing issues

Environmental, Social & Governance

Advises on environmental, social and governance issues arising from day-to-day to complex transactions and litigious matters

Financial Services Regulatory

Advises banks and other financial institutions on a broad range of financial services regulations including business conduct requirements, sales and marketing of investment products, risk management compliance, regulatory, anti-money laundering, privacy, anti-corruption, as well as assists on licence applications and other regulatory submissions

Intellectual Property

Advises on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters including patents, copyright, trademarks, trade secrets and confidential information, exploitation of IP rights through securitisation, licensing and franchising agreements, and applications for the registrations of IP rights and IP portfolio management

International Arbitration

Handles a broad range of complex domestic and international disputes across various industries, formulating arbitration strategies to help our clients succeed in the most challenging disputes across various industry sectors. Our partners routinely participate as counsel or as arbitrator in high-value arbitrations involving arbitral institutions based in Singapore, Sydney, London, Indian, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Mauritius and Vietnam

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Involved in a full range of contentious matters, including banking and finance, corporate matters, company and shareholders’ disputes, employment, insurance, property, fraud, defamation, media and technology, many of which are high profile and landmark cases. Also have extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and negotiation

Restructuring & Insolvency

Advises on landmark receiverships, judicial management and schemes of arrangement (a number of which have involved corporations with assets and operations in several countries), and liquidation of companies, both private and public listed

Shipping & Commodities

Advises and represents clients in shipping and commodities-related disputes and transactions, and has been involved in a significant number of high profile contentious and non-contentious matters

 Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Advises on practical and innovative customised solutions in relation to the entire range of TMT work, including commercial contracts, acquisitions, outsourcing, data protection, e-commerce, information management, fintech, media and telecommunications.

Trust, Asset & Wealth Management

Advises on licensing conditions and exemptions under the Singapore funds and fund management regulations, the establishment of traditional funds, private equity funds, hedge funds and real estate funds, as well as listed REITs and mutual funds; advises on formation of fund management companies, external asset managers, family offices, private trusts and wealth succession structures

International Work:

The firm has a strong regional practice focusing on the major markets throughout Asia. Its teams of dedicated lawyers have years of experience and are well-versed in local business and the associated cultural nuances. This allows the firm to provide quality and culturally sensitive legal advice to its clients. Together with its close network of Asian firms, the firm is able to offer a one-stop service for investment and financial solutions throughout the region.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Liew Kai Zee
Banking and finance Stanley Lim
Capital markets Gwendolyn Gn
Capital markets Marilyn See
Corporate/M&A David Chong
Construction and projects Joseph Tay
Corporate real estate Tan Woon Hum
Corporate real estate Chew Mei Choo
Employment Teo Mae Shaan
Employment Joseph Tay
International arbitration Sarjit Singh Gill (SC)
International arbitration David Chan
Litigation and dispute resolution Sarjit Singh Gill (SC)
Litigation and dispute resolution David Chan
Litigation and dispute resolution Ng Yeow Khoon
Regulatory David Chong
Regulatory Eric Chan
Restructuring and insolvency Sarjit Singh Gill (SC)
Restructuring and insolvency David Chan
Techology, media and telecommunications, intellectual property Dayne Ho
Techology, media and telecommunications, intellectual property Ho Ying Ming
Trust, asset and wealth management Tan Woon Hum
ASEAN David Chong
China Wong Gang
China Guo Xiaofei (registered foreign lawyer)
India Sarjit Singh Gill (SC)
India Aditi Mathur (registered foreign lawyer)
Intellectual Property Jevon Louis
Shipping & Commodities Moses Lin
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Ms Mei Choo Chew  photo Ms Mei Choo Chew Mei Choo is a Partner of Shook Lin & Bok LLP. Her…
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Mr David Chong  photo Mr David Chong David Chong is a Partner of Shook Lin & Bok LLP. He…
Mr Andrew Chow photo Mr Andrew Chow Andrew’s principal area of practice covers trust, asset and wealth management matters,…
Ms Shi Ying Chua  photo Ms Shi Ying Chua Shi Ying is a Partner of Shook Lin & Bok LLP. Her…
Mr Probin Dass  photo Mr Probin Dass Probin is a Partner of Shook Lin & Bok LLP. He practises in…
Mr Sarjit Singh Gill SC  photo Mr Sarjit Singh Gill SC Sarjit is the Senior Partner of Shook Lin & Bok LLP. He…
Ms Gwendolyn Gn  photo Ms Gwendolyn Gn Gwendolyn Gn is a Partner of Shook Lin & Bok LLP. Her…
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Ms Xiaofei Guo  photo Ms Xiaofei Guo Guo Xiaofei heads the Firm’s China Practice and she specialises in Capital…
Mr Shearman Ho  photo Mr Shearman Ho Sherman’s areas of focus include commercial litigation, banking and finance litigation, arbitration,…
Mr Dayne Ho  photo Mr Dayne Ho Dayne is a Partner of Shook Lin & Bok LLP. His areas…
Mr Ying Ming Ho  photo Mr Ying Ming Ho Ying Ming is a Partner of Shook Lin & Bok LLP. He…
Ms Melissa Huang photo Ms Melissa Huang Melissa Huang is a debt capital markets and banking lawyer with a…
Ms Jane Ittogi  photo Ms Jane Ittogi Jane Ittogi has expertise in alternative dispute resolution, in particular international arbitration.…
Mr Clement Khoo  photo Mr Clement Khoo Clement Khoo acts for financial institutions, large corporates and SMEs in local…
Ms Sally Lee photo Ms Sally Lee Sally practises in the areas of corporate and corporate finance, specialising in…
Mr David Lee  photo Mr David Lee David Lee acts for both lenders and borrowers for local and cross-border,…
Mr Chau Hwei Lee  photo Mr Chau Hwei Lee Chau Hwei is a Partner of Shook Lin & Bok LLP. He…
Ms Shueh Min Lian  photo Ms Shueh Min Lian Shueh Min is a Partner of Shook Lin & Bok LLP. She has…
Mr Kai Zee Liew  photo Mr Kai Zee Liew Kai Zee is a Partner of Shook Lin & Bok LLP. He…
Ms Catherine Lim photo Ms Catherine Lim Catherine’s principal area of practice is in trust, asset and wealth management…
Ms Agnes Lim  photo Ms Agnes Lim Agnes focuses her practice on financial services regulation. She advises a broad…
Mr Charles Lim  photo Mr Charles Lim Charles’ practice is in litigation and arbitration matters, with a focus on…
Mr Stanley Lim  photo Mr Stanley Lim Stanley is a Partner of Shook Lin & Bok LLP. He specialises…
Mr Moses Lin  photo Mr Moses Lin Moses Lin specialises in commercial dispute resolution, with particular experience in shipping…
Ms May Loo photo Ms May Loo May Loo specialises in a broad range of real estate work and…
Mr Jevon Louis  photo Mr Jevon Louis Jevon Louis specialises in intellectual property (IP) law and technology law. He…
Ms Aditi Mathur  photo Ms Aditi Mathur Aditi Mathur heads the Firm’s India Practice. She works regularly with leading…
Ms Kimberly Neo  photo Ms Kimberly Neo Kimberly Neo practices in the areas of corporate and corporate finance, with…
Mr Yeow Khoon Ng  photo Mr Yeow Khoon Ng Yeow Khoon is a Partner of Shook Lin & Bok LLP. He specialises…
Ms Andrea Ng  photo Ms Andrea Ng Andrea Ng is a Partner of Shook Lin & Bok LLP. She specialises…
Ms Lee Ping  photo Ms Lee Ping Lee Ping’s practice encompasses a diverse range of litigation and arbitration work…
Mr Eu Jin Pok  photo Mr Eu Jin Pok Eu Jin is a Partner of Shook Lin & Bok LLP. He…
Ms Marilyn See  photo Ms Marilyn See Marilyn is a Partner of Shook Lin & Bok LLP. Her main…
Mr Jamal Siddique photo Mr Jamal Siddique Jamal Siddique has a wide range of experience in litigation, arbitration and…
Ms Ying Yi Siow photo Ms Ying Yi Siow Ying Yi advises on a range of corporate and corporate finance matters,…
Mr Jun De Soong photo Mr Jun De Soong Soong Jun De specialises in commercial dispute resolution, with a particular focus…
Mr Joel Tan photo Mr Joel Tan Joel Tan specialises in corporate and corporate finance, with a particular focus…
Mr Wei Shyan Tan  photo Mr Wei Shyan Tan Wei Shyan is a Partner of Shook Lin & Bok LLP. He…
Mr Zhi Ming Tan  photo Mr Zhi Ming Tan Zhi Ming is a Partner of Shook Lin & Bok LLP. He…
Mr Daniel Tan  photo Mr Daniel Tan Daniel Tan’s main areas of practice are banking & financial disputes, with…
Mr Woon Hum Tan  photo Mr Woon Hum Tan Woon Hum is a Partner of Shook Lin & Bok LLP. He…
Mr Joseph Tay  photo Mr Joseph Tay Joseph is a Partner of Shook Lin & Bok LLP who specialises…
Ms Mae Shaan Teo  photo Ms Mae Shaan Teo Teo Mae Shaan is a Partner of Shook Lin & Bok LLP.…
Mr Kelvin Wong photo Mr Kelvin Wong Kelvin Wong specialises in local and cross-border financings. He is experienced in…
Mr Mark Wong  photo Mr Mark Wong Mark Wong’s main areas of practice are mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures,…
Mr Gang Wong  photo Mr Gang Wong Wong Gang is a Partner of Shook Lin & Bok LLP.  He specialises in…
Ms Pearlyn Xie  photo Ms Pearlyn Xie Pearlyn is a Partner of Shook Lin & Bok LLP. She has been…
Ms Serene Yeo photo Ms Serene Yeo Serene Yeo practices in the areas of corporate and corporate finance work,…
Mr Perry Yuen photo Mr Perry Yuen Perry Yuen’s area of practice covers corporate finance, namely, mergers and acquisitions…
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