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Shook Lin & Bok LLP Offices
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Shook Lin & Bok LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
Shook Lin & Bok LLP has one of the largest teams in the market. It has strong connections to the top Singapore banks, a number of other Asian banks and a series of international banks. The team handles a sizeable volume of mid-market deals and a healthy share of big-ticket financings, including acquisition finance, refinancings and restructurings. It is also at the forefront of green and sustainability finance, having advised on a series of headline deals in this segment. Liew Kai Zee is hugely experienced, as is Stanley Lim. Pok Eu Jin is also rated.
Shook Lin & Bok LLP has demonstrated a full commitment to both debt and equity transactions through respective teams led by Marilyn See and Gwendolyn Gn. The equity team has a healthy market share of primary and dual Hong Kong listings, and is a frequent counsel to trustees on REIT offerings. The established DCM group is active from retail bond offerings to perpetuals, MTN programmes and securitisations; it has seen an uptick in Chinese clients issuing bonds through the Singapore market. Tan Woon Hum is recommended for trustee engagements, including REIT offerings.
Shook Lin & Bok LLP's trust, asset and wealth management practice is 'well versed in the area of fund management' and 'keeps abreast of the regulatory environment.' Core areas of expertise include listed REITs, and onshore and offshore hedge and private equity funds. Practice head and fund formation specialist, Tan Woon Hum is 'very knowledgeable' with the 'ability to think out of the box to provide commercially viable solutions to very complex issues'. Andrea Ng is another key name to note for real estate funds.
‘The funds and wealth management team, led by Tan Woon Hum, is commercial and proactive in managing matters entrusted to it.‘
‘Shook Lin and Bok is a strong law firm that is well versed in the area of fund management work, and also always keeps abreast of the regulatory environment.’
‘Tan Woon Hum is an expert in the area of trust, asset management and wealth management. He is very commercial and has the ability to think out of the box to provide solutions to sometimes very complex matters.’
‘Tan Woon Hum is very knowledgeable and well respected in the industry as a professional who is able to provide sound advice as well as practical solutions to business requirements. He trains up a very good team that is responsive, diligent and dependable.’
Shook Lin & Bok LLP's team has 'significant bench strength' and is 'highly recommended' for organisational restructuring issues, redundancy exercises, outsourcing agreements and for representing employers in disputes involving wrongful termination, enforcement of restrictive covenants and fiduciary duties. Teo Mae Shaan and Joseph Tay are the key partners for non-contentious and contentious matters, respectively.
Private wealth: local firms Tier 2
Shook Lin & Bok LLP handles a range of work, including structuring private trusts, the establishment and documentation of family offices and wealth preservation issues, as well as handling wealth migration and transition issues. The team is led by Tan Woon Hum, who has a strong background in estate and succession planning, the establishment of investment funds and regulatory compliance. The team is also experienced in handling disputes in relation to trusts, estate, asset tracing and issues falling under the Mental Capacity Act.
Real estate: local firms Tier 2
Shook Lin & Bok LLP's 'commercial and efficient' real estate team has expertise in a broad range of multi-disciplinary matters including acquisitions and sales, property development and financing, securitisation, joint ventures, property funds, REITs, commercial leasing and built-to-suit developments. Corporate real estate specialists Chew Mei Choo and Lee Chau Hwei are praised for their 'outstanding ability to explain legal clauses in a clear and concise manner'. Tan Woon Hum focuses on structuring complex real estate investments, joint ventures and tender projects.
‘The team is commercial and willing to understand the client’s case before proposing a suitable solution. They are prompt and efficient in their work.’
‘Chew Mei Choo and May Loo are highly recommended – both are passionate about their job and helping their clients to solve the issue. They are outstanding in their ability to explain issues and legal clauses to their clients in a clear and concise manner.’
Shook Lin & Bok LLP's practice comprises of transactional, insolvency, restructuring and litigation lawyers, who 'provide a good level of service with a commercial approach'. The team advises a mix of local and international financial institutions and corporate clients on distressed mergers and acquisitions, divestment of assets, restructuring of debt and liability management issues, liquidations, bankruptcies, landmark receiverships, judicial management and schemes of arrangement. Key names in the sizeable team include Sarjit Singh Gill SC, Probin Dass, Debby Lim and head of practice, David Chan.
Shook Lin & Bok LLP has a long history with Western and North Asian clients and has a growing number of engagements from Chinese businesses; it has a number of Chinese-qualified partners and Mandarin speakers across the team. It has extensive experience in healthcare, technology, media and education especially and is also a growing force in private equity and venture capital investments. David Chong is a prominent name, as is Ho Ying Ming, while Teo Mae Shaan is noted for healthcare deals.
Shook Lin & Bok LLP has tremendous big-case experience, coupled with the resources to handle higher-volume disputes. It continues to impress in banking disputes, along with insolvency and restructuring cases, including acting for banks in opposing Chapter 11-style arrangements. It remains a regular counsel to Indian clients and has a growing cohort of Chinese clients. Department head David Chan is noted for banking, insolvency, fraud and shareholder disputes, while Sarjit Singh Gill SC is a leader in banking and insolvency cases and disputes involving Indian parties. Probin Dass is rated for shipping, trade and insolvency cases. Debby Lim and Yeow Khoon Ng are also recommended.
‘Excellent legal knowledge and experience, with very hands on service. Better service than many larger Singapore firms.’
‘Sarjit Singh Gill SC is a highly experienced and aggressive advocate, very hands on and a street fighter.’
TMT: local firms Tier 3
Focusing on technology-related M&A transactions, fundraising, venture capital, regulatory matters and personal data protection laws, Shook Lin & Bok LLP's practice is headed by corporate and corporate finance partner, David Chong. Ying Ming Ho, Dayne Ho and Eric Chan are the other key figures.
‘Fast response time and commercial thinking.’
‘Ho Ying Ming – advice which balances commercial considerations with legal perspectives.’
Construction: Local firms Tier 4
Shook Lin & Bok LLP's core areas of work span litigation and arbitration, insolvency, drafting and reviewing of contracts, project financing, regulatory and environmental issues. Joseph Tay is experienced in commercial transactions and related project management matters within the construction and engineering industry. He also undertakes advocacy work before the Supreme Court of Singapore, international commercial arbitrations and in construction adjudication proceedings commenced under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act.
International arbitration Tier 4
Shook Lin & Bok LLP remains noted for insolvency, banking, commercial and fraud cases. It has seen a particular uptick in disputes involving banks against insurers. The team has a strong background with Indian and Indonesian clients and has expanded its client base to Chinese and Japanese entities, among others. Sarjit Singh Gill SC, David Chan, Probin Dass and Joseph Tay are notable figures.
Shook Lin & Bok LLP > Firm Profile
The firm: Shook Lin & Bok is one of the leading commercial law firms in Singapore with a strong Asian presence and global reach. The firm has a century of rich legal heritage with a number of partners who are eminent lawyers in their respective areas of expertise.
The firm’s success lies in its team of well-trained and experienced lawyers who are innovative and effective in solving complex legal issues, and who are able to provide customised and value-added legal services to clients. Over the years, the firm has built a strong base of clients comprising both local and international financial institutions, as well as large multinational corporations.
Areas of practice: The firm’s areas of practice are divided into three main areas: corporate banking, corporate finance, and litigation and dispute resolution. Within each of these areas, the firm has specialist lawyers who are able to come together as a team to provide a comprehensive range of legal solutions that are structured to meet the needs of its clients.
Corporate banking: the firm has a long tradition of providing legal support to the banking and finance industry in Singapore that dates back to its establishment in 1964. Its well-established and experienced team of banking and finance lawyers is highly praised for its expertise and has advised on many high-profile, complex and significant local and cross-border banking and finance transactions. Its clients include both local and foreign banks and financial institutions as well as corporates.
Corporate finance: The firm has a strong corporate finance practice which consists of specialists who are leading lawyers in their respective fields. The practice has been actively involved in advising clients, both local and international, on a diverse range of local and cross-border matters, including capital markets, corporate governance, derivatives, investments, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, property, regulatory, restructuring, technology, media and telecommunications, as well as trust, asset and wealth management.
The firm also provides assistance in setting up businesses in Singapore and provides advice on immigration, employment, regulatory, tax and other areas of law that are important in setting up a business or presence in Singapore. Its clients include start-ups, major Singapore corporate and multinationals, financial institutions, private equity and venture capital firms and other financiers.
Litigation and dispute resolution: the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice is among the select handful of practices in Singapore which can count on being briefed by one side or the other in any major dispute. The practice, which is recognised for its expertise by various legal publications, helps clients resolve a full range of contentious matters, including banking and finance, corporate matters, company and shareholders’ disputes, employment, insurance and property.
As courtroom battle is not the only way to resolve a dispute, where viable, the firm assists clients to resolve their disputes through alternative forms of dispute resolution. It has a strong international arbitration team which has been involved in arbitration cases both locally and around the world. Within the practice, it also has an active restructuring and insolvency team which represents bank and non-bank creditors, companies, regulators and insolvency practitioners.
|Banking and finance||Liew Kai Zee|
|Banking and finance||Stanley Lim|
|Capital markets||Gwendolyn Gn|
|Capital markets||Marilyn See|
|Construction and projects||Joseph Tay|
|Corporate real estate||Tan Woon Hum|
|Corporate real estate||Chew Mei Choo|
|Employment||Teo Mae Shaan|
|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||Pradeep Pillai|
|Restructuring and insolvency||Sarjit Singh Gill (SC)|
|Restructuring and insolvency||David Chan|
|Techology, media and telecommunications, intellectual property||Michelle Phang|
|Techology, media and telecommunications, intellectual property||Ho Ying Ming|
|Trust, asset and wealth management||Tan Woon Hum|
|China||Guo Xiaofei (registered foreign lawyer)|
|India||Sarjit Singh Gill (SC)|
|India||Aditi Mathur (registered foreign lawyer)|
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Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 100+
LanguagesBahasa Indonesia English Malay Mandarin Tamil
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Banking and finance: local firms
- Capital markets: equity and debt: local firms
- Investment funds: local firms
- Labour and employment: local firms
- Private wealth: local firms
- Real estate: local firms
- Restructuring and insolvency: local firms
- Corporate and M&A: local firms
- Dispute resolution: local firms
- TMT: local firms
- Construction: Local firms
- International arbitration