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WongPartnership LLP Offices
12 MARINA BOULEVARD, LEVEL 28
MARINA BAY FINANCIAL CENTRE TOWER 3
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WongPartnership LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
WongPartnership LLP is at the forefront of big-ticket and high-value transactions, including those in the acquisition finance and real estate finance segments. The firm is routinely engaged in market-first financings and innovative transactions. The large team, which features six partners, also advises a wide range of lenders and borrowers. Susan Wong is a true market leader with a wealth of experience, known for her advice in big-ticket and innovative transactions. Alvin Chia is held in similarly high regard, while Christy Lim provides further senior-level firepower.
‘The team is an extremely competent and professional group. The team has good bench depth, is very commercial oriented and backed by strong legal expertise and knowledge.’
‘Susan Wong is a guru, with a wealth of experience, is technically very good and fights tooth and nail for her clients.’
‘Alvin Chia has strong technical skills and wide experience, such that he is able to advise not only on the law, but also on practical and commercial matters. He grasps issues quickly and is able to provide concise explanations.’
Raffles Medical Group
ARA Asset Management
United Overseas Bank
Lend Lease Investment Management
WongPartnership LLP has a healthy mix of equity and debt deals, including bond programmes, perpetual securities, IPOs, REIT offerings and Catalist listings. The firm has made significant headway in listings by Chinese issuers, along with achieving prime roles as international counsel on deals in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. The wider capital markets team is especially active in real estate, healthcare and technology. Gail Ong heads the equity capital markets (ECM) team with Hui Choon Yuen leading the debt group. Trevor Chuan is another key DCM specialist, along with Chee Shan Long and Karen Yeoh on the ECM side.
‘The team is very professional, technically strong and dedicated in ensuring a successful outcome. They are very fast in understanding our business operations and perfect in the documentation required. The team is very responsive and addresses concerns rapidly. They also co-ordinated well with other professional teams.’
‘Hui Choon Yuen and Trevor Chuan are both veteran in the DCM markets. They are commercial and exhibit strength in their focused area and deliver quality services.’
‘Gail Ong is commercially minded and able to explain complicated legal/ regulatory matters to laymen in simple and understandable language. Whenever there are issues to be resolved, she will jump in to smoothen things out and to gain consensus among various professional parties.’
‘Karen Yeoh is a mentor to the younger team members, providing good guidance and overseeing the delivery of the project. She fronts meetings well and is able to ask the right questions to get the right answers.’
Credit Suisse (Singapore)
WongPartnership LLP has demonstrated a longterm commitment to this sector, covering both regulatory and transactional elements. It has a strong focus on OTC derivatives, synthetic products and structured products, and is at the forefront of a reawakening securitisation sector. Moreover, it is closely aligned with Singapore's burgeoning fintech sector. Rosabel Ng heads the derivatives and structured products practice, having fine credentials in the regulatory field. Hui Choon Yuen heads the DCM practice and is noted for securitisation expertise.
Construction: Local firms Tier 1
WongPartnership LLP is best known for assisting multinational developers with the most significant infrastructure and public-private partnership projects in Singapore and across South-East Asia. In a recent example of its work, it advised on the development of a $2bn aromatics complex on Jurong Island and on the development of the Rah Falhu Huraa Islands in the Maldives. Practice head Christopher Chuah is 'well known' in the industry and 'a solid adviser on all matters of construction' and is particularly noted for his expertise in joint ventures and representation in construction-related litigation. Other prominent practitioners of note are Peng Cheng Tay and Ian de Vaz, who jointly head the energy, projects and construction department, and Lay Theng Kua, who has notable expertise assisting with building contracts, project advisory issues and joint ventures.
‘The team is able to deal with large and complex construction disputes. They are responsive and on top of the matters. Always deliver outstanding results. Excellent in strategising the case.’
‘The team sets itself apart from the competition with its in-depth industry insights and experience. This gives them the edge in providing advice that is legally sound and ultimately practical for the business. With their deep industry knowledge, they are able to anticipate issues and provide guidance early. This often translate to a very useful edge during negotiations.’
Wheelock Properties (Singapore)
Ministry of Health Singapore
Asplenium Land Pte. Ltd.
SC Global Developments Pte. Ltd.
SembCorp Utilities Pte. Ltd.
WongPartnership LLP is a recognised force in strategic M&A and private equity. It routinely advises top regional and international corporates and financial sponsors. While noted for big-ticket deals it has also advised a number of private equity clients on growth capital investments and smaller to mid-cap deals. Moreover, it is frequently engaged by international law firms on the Singapore or regional component of global and multi-jurisdictional deals. Real estate and technology are particularly active industry sectors for the team. Managing partner Ng Wai King has 'a major market share of the private equity sector', while having a fine record in strategic M&A, and head of the M&A practice Andrew Ang is recognised for big-ticket public M&A and private equity deals. Mark Choy, Chan Sing Yee, Low Kah Keong and Quak Fi Ling are also highly commended.
WongPartnership LLP has impressive dispute resolution credentials with three very active Senior Counsels amongst the ranks. The firm has a tremendous record in regulatory disputes, white-collar crime and investigations, and is highly rated for court applications linked to arbitration proceedings. It has also set the benchmark in minority oppression cases. Alvin Yeo SC is at the pinnacle of the dispute resolution profession, Andre Maniam SC impresses in financial crime cases, Chou Sean Yu in banking disputes and Koh Swee Yen in commercial cases. Construction specialist Tan Chee Meng SC, Hock Keng Chan and Wendy Lin are also highly rated.
‘It is the premier dispute resolution team in Singapore. It has unrivalled strength in numbers, depth of experience and sheer talent, including four Senior Counsel. I do not know of any other firm in Singapore/the region which is comparable. The team in in a class of its own when it comes to dispute resolution matters, particularly of an international nature.’
‘It is a highly skilled firm, which is not afraid to look to creative legal strategies to resolve complex commercial issues. The firm also does an excellent job of communicating relevant updates with clients to ensure timely resolution including presenting various options for resolution.’
‘Alvin Yeo SC and Joy Tan are highly sophisticated and excellent counsel to have on your side in a tough fight.’
‘Koh Swee Yen is a highly talented partner with the firm who has been instrumental in court actions in Singapore regarding commercial theft and fraud matters. Her legal guidance has always been prudent and timely.’
‘Wendy Lin is highly impressive, tough, tenacious and rigorous. She leaves no stone unturned to fight for her clients. At the same time, she is charming and easy to work with. I could not recommend her more highly.’
L Capital Asia Advisors
Singapore River Explorer
Swissbourgh Diamond Mines
Shareholders of Malaysia Dairy Industries
WongPartnership LLP's core areas of activity include assisting with the preparation of licensing applications and other regulatory submissions, compliance, banking secrecy issues, anti-money laundering matters and financial products. Rosabel Ng focuses primarily on the regulation of derivatives and structured products, where she advises issuers, sponsors, arrangers and investors on the regulatory aspects of listed and unlisted structured notes and products. Elaine Chan supports foreign and domestic financial institutions with their operations and compliance in Singapore, as well as in licensing applications, sales and disposals and fintech-related matters.
Private wealth: local firms Tier 1
WongPartnership LLP focuses on advising high-net-worth individuals, international private banks and trust companies on the core areas of asset protection, succession and estate planning across generations, estate and trust administration, charitable giving and tax planning. Sim Bock Eng is the lead partner.
WongPartnership LLP has genuine local and regional credibility, providing its recognised expertise in utilities, oil and gas, conventional power and renewables. It has a fine record in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Tay Peng Cheng and Ian de Vaz have outstanding utilities and wider project development experience. Lesley Tan is also rated.
‘We chose to work with WongPartnership because of its in-depth knowledge, expertise and experience in handling construction matters.’
‘Lesley Tan is a very capable and experienced construction lawyer who not only handles contentious construction matters but also brings to bear her experience with front end construction drafting. She picks up very quickly on issues and provides valuable practical and strategic advice.’
Real estate: local firms Tier 1
WongPartnership LLP is regularly instructed by leading real estate developers, foreign and local property funds and government-linked companies on structured acquisitions and financing arrangements, divestments, joint ventures, commercial leasing and extensive development projects. Practice head Dorothy Marie Ng is 'a well-respected name in the industry', and is 'a go-to adviser' for big-ticket developments, such as Grab's construction of its new headquarters in Singapore. Monica Yip, Teck Howe Tan, Angela Lim and Serene Soh comprise the other partners in the sizeable team.
WongPartnership LLP is instructed by a wide range of stakeholders, including corporate debtors, lenders, debtor-in-possession financiers, turnaround professionals, creditors, investors and trustees to act on cross-border debt restructurings and related disputes. The team also advises buyers and sellers on distressed mergers and acquisitions, and assists issuers and investors with securities offerings arising out of consensual and court restructurings. Manoj Sandrasegara, Sean Yu Chou, Choon Yuen Hui and Smitha Menon.
Tax: local firms Tier 1
WongPartnership LLP handles a mixture of corporate advisory, transactions and litigation matters. Capital markets transactions, corporate reorganisations and high-stakes litigation are major features of the practice. Head of the practice Tan Kay Kheng is a leading tax litigator, while Shao Tong Tan continues to impress in tax structuring for capital markets transactions.
WongPartnership LLP is highly active in multi-jurisdictional cartel and merger-related work; recent mandates include advising Luxottica Group on its merger with Essilor International and assisting CapitaLand with its proposal to acquire the Ascendas-Singbridge group of companies controlled by Temasek Holdings, in a deal valued at $11bn. Ameera Ashraf and Jia Hui Chan specialise in cartels and leniency, mergers, restrictive practices and abuse of dominance matters.
International arbitration Tier 2
WongPartnership LLP is gaining further recognition for its specialist expertise in international arbitration, with the firm noted for its record in investment treaty cases, commercial arbitration and for its formidable advocacy expertise. Arbitrations involving Asia Pacific parties, especially those from South East Asia, are core to the practice. Alvin Yeo SC and Koh Swee Yen are recognised leaders in the field, along with Chou Sean Yu, Andre Maniam SC, Christopher Chuah, Hock Keng Chan and Chee Meng Tan SC.
‘The WongPartnership team are specialists in the field of international arbitration and rank amongst the very best in the world. Their application of the facts to the law, to consider every detail relating to the extensive record of our case and to master complex issues of the case are unique.’
‘Alvin Yeo SC is involved in a large number of high-value disputes and has been for some time’.
‘Alvin Yeo SC is a superb lawyer, always well-prepared, an articulate and forceful advocate.’
‘Koh Swee Yen definitely stands out, she is straight forward, convincing, has excellent people skills and has very well thought strategies for document production and for presentation in the tribunal.’
Accor Asia Pacific
Independent State of Papua New Guinea
Swissbourgh Diamond Mines
WongPartnership LLP's expertise in the funds space covers the core areas of private equity, hedge fund and infrastructure, with increased activity in the REIT space. Practice head Low Kah Keong is noted for fund formation, asset management and private equity. Private funds specialist Felicia Marie Ng acts for fund managers and sponsors, institutional investors and sovereign wealth funds as investors of alternative investment funds.
WongPartnership LLP advises on the full gamut of non-contentious and contentious employment law matters, with niche experience in negotiating with unions, particularly concerning industrial relations, and challenging disciplinary and misconduct investigations. Department co-head Vivien Yui advises on the employment aspects of major corporate transactions, global share incentive plans and benefits and local policies, in addition to immigration law. Fellow co-head Jenny Tsin is noted for her experience in disputes between employers and employees, regulators and trade unions. She also assists clients with conducting investigations into whistle-blowing allegations and employee misconduct. Qi-Yang Chang is noted for employment-related disputes.
‘The WongPartnership team is very professional and knowledgeable. The key strength of the team is its focus on keeping the client first. They have the exceptional ability to understand the ’human’ angle in a dispute/ litigation. The team bring academic rigor and thorough knowledge on the technical aspects of law.’
‘I would like to specifically recommend Mr CHANG Qi-Yang for his unique ability to vicariously perceive and re-create events through his client. In complicated litigations, such as the one on which we are working, this ability of perception is extremely crucial. Another distinctive and rare strength is his ability to anticipate and intercept the tactics of opponents. Above all, it is a combination of his empathy, his intellect and his patience which have and will continue to elevate him above the rest.’
Exyte Singapore Pte Ltd
IHH Healthcare Bhd
TMT: local firms Tier 2
According to one client, WongPartnership LLP is 'well-placed to provide on-point and commercial advice in the areas of data privacy, protection and cybersecurity'. Other areas of activity include technology and media-related investments, securitisation, M&A transactions, regulatory and licensing issues. Lam Chung Nian's practice spans intellectual property, IT, telecoms and media, with niche expertise in the music industry. Kylie Peh is the other key contact.
‘WongPartnership are very responsive and know the field perfectly. They are also obviously well-known with the regulator, which is always a very important point certainly in sensitive matters.’
‘Wong Partnership’s TMT team is well-placed to provide on-point and usable commercial advice in the area of data privacy and protection and cybersecurity. ‘
‘Lam Chung Nian is business oriented but very knowledgeable and experienced. He has a very good network and strong expertise.’
WongPartnership LLP's 'knowledgeable and professional' team has a strong offering in transactional IP, advising on the IP aspects of M&A acquisitions, joint ventures and commercial exploitation through franchising. Its team also assist brand owners, including Resorts World Sentosa and Les Amis Group on the management of trade mark portfolios. Department head Lam Chung Nian 'can be counted on to deliver quality and effective legal advice' ; his practice spans contentious and non-contentious IP, media, fintech and data protection. Kylie Peh is another figure to note. Jeffrey Lim left the practice in October 2018.
‘Knowledgable and professional.’
‘Very strong intellectual property practice headed by Lam Chung Nian.’
‘Lam Chung Nian who heads the IP, Technology & Media practices is outstanding. He has very good in-depth knowledge and expertise in his fields of work and can be counted on to deliver quality and effective legal advice.’
A Menarini Asia-Pacific
Changi Airport Group (Singapore)
Cheetah Mobile, Inc
Cordlife Group Limited
Health Promotion Board, Singapore
India > Foreign firms Tier 5
With particular expertise in the financial services and real estate sectors, WongPartnership LLP handles M&A, strategic alliances, real estate and hospitality-related investments for foreign clients venturing into the Indian market, as well as local businesses as they expand regionally. Restructuring and insolvency proceedings as well as dispute resolution are other core areas for the firm, which is also well versed in international arbitration. Co-head Smitha Menon is part of the banking and financial disputes and international arbitration practices, and has experience advising on restructuring and insolvency mandates.
Tencent Holdings Limited
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services Pte. Ltd.
Madison Pacific Trust
WongPartnership LLP > Firm Profile
An established leader, WongPartnership’s reputation as a major provider of legal services in ASEAN, China and the Middle East is forged on the back of its dynamic energy and ability to respond to its clients’ needs. The Singapore headquartered firm has over 300 lawyers with offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Yangon, as well as in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Manila through member firms of WPG, a regional law network. Offering a full suite of services, the firm has a twin focus on advisory and transactional work where it has been involved in landmark corporate transactions, as well as complex and high-profile litigation and arbitration matters. The exceptional nature of its work has drawn recognition from major regional and international commentators, and the collaborative nature of WongPartnership’s practices ensures that clients receive the quality of service that is essential in today’s competitive and challenging environment.
Areas of practice
WongPartnership’s corporate group is at the forefront of corporate law in Singapore. Offering an extensive range of corporate advisory and transactional services, the firm advises on all aspects of corporate transactions and deal making in Singapore and across the Asia Pacific. Its specialties in these areas are broad, encompassing corporate advisory, corporate real estate, mergers and acquisitions, and competition and regulatory work. With practice areas built on the experience and expertise of its lawyers, WongPartnership ensures its clients receive high-quality legal services that achieve the optimum outcomes they deserve.
The financial services group covers a wide range of financial transactions. As specialists in equity and debt fund raisings in Singapore, securitisations, structured products, derivatives, asset management, financial services and regulatory advice, WongPartnership has developed deep experience and connections in Singapore and elsewhere across the global financial world. Clients include major domestic and international financial institutions, issuers and the treasury as well as financial departments of established companies.
As a market leader in Singapore, the litigation and dispute resolution group handles the full spectrum of contentious and potentially contentious work. With more than 140 disputes lawyers, including four Senior Counsel, the firm’s extensive expertise in banking and financial disputes, commercial and corporate disputes, infrastructure, construction and engineering, international arbitration and specialist and private client disputes is not limited to Singapore, but stretches across all of the principal jurisdictions in Asia.
WongPartnership believes that its specialised practices really set the firm apart. While the claim to be full service is often made elsewhere, the firm’s broad range of specialised practices are staffed with lawyers that are recognised experts in the fields that fall through the gaps in other major firms.
WongPartnership has active international practices in all of the key jurisdictions in ASEAN, China and the Middle East. The firm has also launched WPG, a regional law network comprising five prominent law firms across seven countries, to support the international and regional outlook of clients.
|Asset finance||Low Kah Keong|
|Banking and finance||Susan Wong|
|Banking and finance||Alvin Chia|
|Capital markets||Hui Choon Yuen|
|Capital markets||Gail Ong|
|Corporate and M&A||Ng Wai King|
|Corporate and M&A||Andrew Ang|
|Dispute resolution and international arbitration||Alvin Yeo SC|
|Dispute resolution and international arbitration||Tan Chee Meng SC|
|Dispute resolution and international arbitration||Andre Maniam SC|
|Financial services regulatory||Joy Tan|
|Financial services regulatory||Rosabel Ng|
|Financial services regulatory||Elaine Chan|
|Intellectual property and TMT||Lam Chung Nian|
|Intellectual property and TMT||Jeffrey Lim|
|Projects and energy||Tay Peng Cheng|
|Projects and energy||Ian de Vaz|
|Real estate and construction||Christopher Chuah|
|Real estate and construction||Dorothy Marie Ng|
|Restructuring and insolvency||Chou Sean Yu|
|Restructuring and insolvency||Manoj Sandrasegara|
|Restructuring and insolvency||Mark Choy|
|Tax||Tan Kay Kheng|
|Tax||Tan Shao Tong|
|China||Joseph He Jun|
|Malaysia||Ng Wai King|
|Malaysia||Chou Sean Yu|
|Middle East||Mark Choy|
|Middle East||Ian de Vaz|
|Myanmar||Low Kah Keong|
|Myanmar||Tan Teck Howe|
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Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 300+
LanguagesArabic Bahasa Indonesia Bahasa Melayu Burmese Chinese (Mandarin and dialects) English French Filipino Hindi Punjabi Thai
OtherContacts : Alvin Yeo SC (Chairman and Senior Partner) Contacts : Ng Wai King (Managing Partner) Contacts :
WongPartnership is a people-driven organisation built, since its inception, on a strong foundation of diversity within its ranks. We firmly believe that opportunities and advancement in the firm must be based on merit.
In 2018, WongPartnership clinched the “Best National Firm for Women in Business Law” award for a record fifth time and the “Best Firm in Singapore” award for a record seventh time at the Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Asia Women in Business Law Awards. In addition to the main awards, WongPartnership also won the inaugural “Best National Firm for Talent Management” award and “Best Firm for Diversity by National Firm” award. To date, the firm has garnered 20 Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Asia Women in Business Law Awards since 2011. These awards are testament to the positive impact that initiatives such as structured training programmes, varied career paths and flexible work arrangements have had on our lawyers and staff.
Place in the Community
WongPartnership is proud to be part of a vibrant and diverse legal landscape. Beyond that, we are also proud to be part of the wider community and recognise the importance of giving back to society.
WongPartnership actively participates in and contributes financially to various pro bono initiatives in Singapore. Our Pro Bono Practice provides legal services to charities and Institutions of a Public Character, to carry out their advisory and transactional work on a non-fee paying basis. Our lawyers also volunteer at legal clinics throughout the country and are also given secondment opportunities should they wish to be more involved in pro bono work. Aside from pro-bono work, WongPartnership also provides generous financial aid to many charities in Singapore. Several of our partners also sit on the board of not-for-profit organisations.
WongPartnership has been recognised by Asian Legal Business as one of the top 25 law firms in Asia with notable Corporate Social Responsibility work. We were also previously named the Corporate Citizenship Law Firm of the Year by the same publication in its Southeast Asia Law Awards.
TESTIMONIAL: “The firm provides sound legal advice with a good grasp of commercial issues, very professional and can be relied upon for good client care even after the transaction is closed.”
TESTIMONIAL: “Top notch for enforcement proceedings in Singapore in which it provides the highest calibre of service.”
TESTIMONIAL: “They’re impressive, their client awareness and commercial perception is super.”
TESTIMONIAL:”The team works very fast. We found they had a prompt response to every question raised either by our client, our office or by the tribunal.”
TESTIMONIAL: “It was comforting to be handled by a team that doesn’t just do the work, but makes sure you are completely apprised of the local laws, rules, regulations and practices.”
TESTIMONIAL: “It’s one of the most responsive law firms in terms of turnaround time – they always ensure the teams are big enough and experienced enough to handle the transaction.”
TESTIMONIAL: “It is a very professional and reputable firm with many capable lawyers. They have proved their ability through the cases that they have fought and won for us.”
TESTIMONIAL: “They are excellent; a good long-term partner.”
TESTIMONIAL:”By far one of the best in the business. Their client service is very good.”
TESTIMONIAL: “They are responsive and can do Singapore-based as well as internationally focused work. They have a great team environment and are very user-friendly. They are very knowledgeable about the law but also offer strategic and commercial advice.”
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Banking and finance: local firms
- Capital markets: equity and debt: local firms
- Capital markets: structured finance, derivatives and securitisation: Local firms
- Construction: Local firms
- Corporate and M&A: local firms
- Dispute resolution: local firms
- Financial services regulatory: local firms
- Private wealth: local firms
- Projects and energy: local firms
- Real estate: local firms
- Restructuring and insolvency: local firms
- Tax: local firms
- Antitrust and competition: local firms
- International arbitration
- Investment funds: local firms
- Labour and employment: local firms
- TMT: local firms
- Intellectual property: Local firms