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WongPartnership LLP
12 MARINA BOULEVARD, LEVEL 28
MARINA BAY FINANCIAL CENTRE TOWER 3
SINGAPORE 018982
Singapore

Banking and finance: local firms Tier 1

WongPartnership LLP has a sizeable market share of major domestic and regional banking and finance transactions. The firm represents an array of influential lenders, including local, regional, and international banks. It is also close to alternative lenders, corporate borrowers, and private equity sponsors. Susan Wong is at the forefront of the market, earning accolades for her work in acquisition finance, syndicated lending, refinancings, and project finance, among others. Senior figure Alvin Chia has a fine record in structured lending, refinancings, acquisition finance, real estate finance, and project finance. Christy Lim also has an impressive record in headline and complex financings.

Key clients

Raffles Medical Group

Far East Organization

ARA Asset Management

GuocoLand Limited

CIMB Bank

BNP Paribas

Ascendas Group

DBS Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

Parkway Holdings

United Overseas Bank

UOL Group Limited

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

Lend Lease Investment Management

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation

Keppel REIT (K-REIT)

TCC Assets

Temasek Holdings

Frasers Centrepoint

Khazanah Nasional

City Developments

Perennial Real Estate

Goldman Sachs

EFG Bank

Morgan Stanley Asia International

Credit Suisse

Société Générale

Capital markets: equity and debt: local firms Tier 1

WongPartnership LLP is a major force in Singapore capital markets offerings and has gained considerable regional eminence, now advising on deals involving issuers from China down to Indonesia and elsewhere. The ECM group is active in Singapore offerings, along with issuances on Bursa Malaysia, Indonesian Stock Exchange, and Stock Exchange of Thailand. It continues to be amongst the leading firms in REIT offerings; it advised the joint book-runners and underwriters on the IPO of Elite Commercial REIT on the Singapore Exchange. The DCM group is also at the forefront of Singapore and international issuances. Choon Yuen Hui leads the DCM group with Gail Ong heading the ECM team.

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Testimonials

‘WongP’s capital markets practice is one of the clear leaders in the space due to their deep knowledge of Singapore regulations and market practice. The practice has a strong bench of partners who provide solid advice and representation.’

‘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.’

‘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. She is also flexible and accommodative to clients.’

‘Gail Ong’s US capital markets background provides added benefit on international transactions where she is able to anticipate issues and help structure the deal.’

Karen Yeoh is very strong on Singapore regulations. She is also extremely responsive and careful in her analysis.’

Key clients

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation

CGS-CIMB Securities (Singapore)

China International Capital Corporation (Singapore)

DBS Bank

Citigroup Global Markets Singapore

ESR Funds Management (S)

Merrill Lynch (Singapore)

Wave Life Sciences

Alliance Healthcare Group

First Sponsor Group

Frasers Property AHL and Frasers Property

Lendlease Retail Investments 3

Allgreen Treasury  / Allgreen Properties

Sembcorp Marine

Cathay Pacific Airways

Changi Airports International

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

WongPartnership LLP's dedicated derivatives and structured products practice has an impressive background in OTC derivatives, synthetic products, retail structured products and structured finance transactions. It is a member of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA)  and it continues to make a greater impression in the fintech market. The firm routinely advises the major local, regional and international financial institutions that operate in this space. Rosabel Ng leads the derivatives and structured products practice, having a strong background in both regulatory and transactional matters.

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City Developments

CIMB Bank

Clearstream Banking

China CITIC Bank

Credit Suisse

DBS

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation

Rio Tinto

SG Securities (Singapore)

Société Générale

The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

Temasek

UBS

UOB Bank

Construction: Local firms Tier 1

WongPartnership LLP's Christopher Chuah led team is 'well equipped with the skill and knowledge in the areas of construction law' and is a well-reputed local firm retaining full breadth and depth of contentious and non-contentious capabilities. Chuah is a prominent advocate in landmark construction law cases and arbitral disputes before the highest courts in Singapore and China. The firm is involved in prominent front-end and large infrastructure and PPP projects around the region, such as advising for China Harbour, a major contractor in the S$1.5bn development, and construction of the Integrated Waste Management Facility by the National Environment Agency, on contractual and various construction arrangements. Peng Cheng Tay and Ian de Vaz are highly recommended for disputes while Lay Theng Kua, Lesley Tan, and Linda Low are active on the non-contentious side.

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Testimonials

‘WongP has the largest and broadest range of expertise in construction-related matters in Singapore. I would strongly recommend WongP for front-end construction work. ‘

‘The team lead by Mr Christopher Chuah is well equipped with the skill and knowledge in the areas of construction law. We are particularly pleased with the sound advice rendered by the team and its quick responses.’

‘Christopher Chuah is highly regarded in the construction industry and we are particularly impressed with his depth of knowledge.’

‘Lesley Tan is the first name that comes to my mind for front-end construction matters. She is very client-centric and has always been able to come through for me no matter how difficult the matter may have been.’

Key clients

Wheelock Properties (Singapore)

Ministry of Health Singapore

Tuan Sing Holdings Ltd.

Koh Brothers Group Ltd.

SC Global Developments Pte. Ltd.

Lum Chang Holdings Ltd.

Keppel Corporation Ltd.

SembCorp Utilities Pte. Ltd.

Sunhuan Construction Pte. Ltd.

UOL Group Limited

Corporate and M&A: local firms Tier 1

WongPartnership LLP is at the forefront of the burgeoning private equity market in Singapore and Southeast Asia, though is equally at home in corporate transactions and strategic M&A. The firm continues to make an impression in real estate (including REIT) deals, corporate restructurings, takeovers, and M&A. The firm advised the manager of CapitaLand Commercial Trust on the merger of CapitaLand Commercial Trust and CapitaLand Mall Trust by way of a trust scheme of arrangement to form the third-largest REIT in the Asia-Pacific region. It has achieved further prominence in e-commerce, fintech, start-up, and venture capital transactions. Andrew Ang leads the team and remains noted for high-value strategic M&A and private equity deals. Ng Wai King is the managing partner but continues to be a major figure in private equity and M&A.

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Testimonials

‘The partners are highly responsive and dare to make commercial calls.’

‘Apart from smart team members, communication within the team is very efficient. They know our subject matter.’

‘WongPartnership lawyers are very professional. I have worked with different teams in the firm and the lawyers would be apple to assist on all matters with good commercial knowledge.’

‘Ng Wai King is an outstanding lawyer.’

‘Chan Sing Yee is able to understand the needs of the client. You let her know what your needs are and she is able to have a helicopter view of the matter.’

‘Chan Sing Yee goes the extra mile for her client. She ensures that her client covers all grounds and maintains commerciality.’

Key clients

Perennial Real Estate Holdings

Frasers Property

Keppel Group

KKR

Sembcorp Industries

Temasek Holdings

CapitaLand

Singapore Exchange

United Overseas Bank

DBS Bank

Dispute resolution: local firms Tier 1

WongPartnership LLP's comprehensive dispute practice handles a range of contentious work on behalf of government entities, multinational corporates, shareholders, and private individuals across a wide range of practices such as commercial, banking, and white-collar crime. The practice is jointly led by Alvin Yeo, Chee Meng Tan, and Sean Yu Chou and includes Swee Yen Koh, a 'commercial-minded and tenacious lawyer' in high-value commercial and corporate disputes and cases involving fraudulent misconduct, and Melanie Ho, who specialises in criminal investigations. Construction-related litigation is another key area of focus, predominantly handled by Ian de Vaz and Christopher Chuah.

Testimonials

‘Wong Partnership is very unique in their services and strategies and the team that we worked with Melanie Ho Team is amazing. We have worked with several lawyers and legal practitioner in the past but WP standard sets a very high quality of work.’

‘Melanie Ho is very performance-minded and they are very focus and full-hearted in their work. I have never seen this kind of work commitment in our previous engagement with top tier law firm.’

‘Koh Swee Yen deserves a special mention, a strategists and a far-sighted individual with a knack of putting people at ease with her sincerity and personable demeanour.’

‘The team is prompt, efficient, and driven. They are very pro-client but yet balanced to be able to advise whether a settlement should be reached as a compromise to ensure that unnecessary legal costs are not incurred, even though the case may be strong in our favour.’

‘Koh Swee Yen is a very tenacious lawyer, commercial-minded, yet shrewd and effective. She negotiates hard but is prepared to advise on a settlement for the good of her clients.’

Key clients

Element Six Technologies Ltd (subsidiary of the De Beers Group)

J&F Investimentos S.A., Joesley Mendonça Batista, Wesley Mendonça Batista

William Soerjonegoro & Partners

Sun Travels & Tours Pvt Ltd

Credit Suisse AG, Singapore Branch

EC Prime Pte Ltd

Sunbreeze Group Investments Limited, Mr Manoj Mohan Murjani, Mrs Kanchan Manoj Murjani

Financial services regulatory: local firms Tier 1

WongPartnership LLP's extensive financial services regulation practice covers traditional areas including licensing and approval applications to more contemporary issues centred on the broader fintech environment and digital banking licences. The firm continues to advise a large number of major financial institutions and corporates. Elaine Chan is at the forefront of advisory and transactional matters in this space, including fintech, cryptocurrency, and payment services engagements. Rosabel Ng leads the derivatives and structured products group and has deep experience of regulatory concerns in this area, and has also developed a strong focus on the fintech sector. Tian Sion Yoong is recommended for blockchain matters.

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‘Strong regulatory knowledge and analysis. Very good domain knowledge in blockchain.’

‘Elaine Chan has very strong legal expertise in fintech regulations.

‘Tian Sion Yoong has very good domain knowledge in blockchain technology and the accompanying legal issues.’

Key clients

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

EFG Bank

CIMB Bank

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation

Temasek Holdings

Xfers

Private wealth and family law – local firms Tier 1

WongPartnership LLP 's 'extremely capable and commercially savvy team' have a breadth of expertise across the full spectrum of private client matters, from succession planning, estate and trust administration to matrimonial disputes and those between trust parties or estate beneficiaries. The team is also able to assist with tax incentives and residency issues. David Chee specialises in wealth planning with a cross-border element and is sought after for his expertise in international tax and trust structuring. Sim Bock Eng is the lead partner for contentious work.

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‘Extremely capable and commercially savvy team.’

‘The team is always available for formal advice and informal guidance, no matter what the subject matter. Sim Bock Eng has a high profile in our industry and is supported by an excellent team. They are good value for money given the high quality of advice and service given. They are also fun and a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

HSBC Trustee (Singapore) Limited

DBS Trustee Limited

Trident Trust Company (Singapore) Pte. Limited

UBS Trustees (Singapore) Ltd.

Singapore Trust Company Pte. Ltd.

LGT Bank (Singapore) Ltd.

Asiaciti Trust Singapore Pte Ltd.

Zedra Trust Company (Singapore Limited)

Vistra Trust (Singapore) Pte. Ltd

Morgan Stanley

SG Trust (Asia) Ltd

Projects and energy: local firms Tier 1

WongPartnership LLP advises clients on projects in sectors including renewables, hospitality, commercial property, and data centres. The team handles aspects of projects including financing, development, and procurement, as well as representing clients in arbitration claims. The practice is led by Peng Cheng Tay, who has broad experience in this space, and construction specialist Ian de Vaz. Lesley Tan is also active in both contentious and non-contentious work.

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Keppel Corporation Ltd.

SembCorp Utilities Pte. Ltd.

Singapore Power Limited

Hyflux Ltd.

Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

UOL Group Limited

OKP Holdings Limited

ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.

Santarli Construction Pte. Ltd.

Land Transport Authority

Real estate: local firms Tier 1

WongPartnership LLPs' lawyers are 'extremely experienced and always forthcoming with advice on navigating transactions and potential pitfalls' and are well placed to advise commercial, residential and mixed-development issues owing to the group's extensive experience in the real estate market in Singapore and across Asia. It is noted for acting in highly structured acquisitions and financing arrangements, divestments, joint ventures, commercial leasing, and substantial development projects. Dorothy Marie Ng is the main figurehead; Monica Yip, Teck Howe Tan, Serene Soh, and Angela Lim are also highly recommended.

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‘I deal mainly with Angela Lim, who is a partner at the property practice. She is very customer-focused and is proactive in coming up with innovative solutions to assist the client.’

‘Extremely experienced and always forthcoming with advice on navigating transactions and potential pitfalls. Shows genuine interest in the success of their clients’ transactions.’

‘Dorothy Ng is extremely approachable, and has notable expertise and experience in the field.’

‘Trust-worthy, Unique expertise and in-depth knowledge, bench strength, highly response’

‘Dorothy Ng is an established practitioner which I consider to be a guru in the local property scene. Her unparalleled knowledge is matched by practical and at times, out-of-the-box solutions that are always beneficial to her clients. Her partners such as Bonnie and Monica are also extremely professional and can always be counted on to provide their undivided attention and well thought out solutions and opinions.’

‘The team was experienced in the relevant field of law and was able to guide me and my colleagues at all stages of the transaction. In addition, the team was readily contactable and responsive, which is a crucial factor in a time-sensitive transaction.’

Key clients

ESR-REIT

UOL Group Limited

M + S Group

CapitaLand Group/CapitaLand Commercial Trust/CapitaLand Malls Asia Trust/Ascendas REIT

Mapletree Group/Mapletree Industrial Trust

AIMS AMP – Capital Industrial REIT

Resorts World Sentosa

Shimizu Group

Arkema Pte Ltd

Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

NTUC Income Insurance Co-Operative

ARCH Capital Management Company Limited

Manulife Financial Corp

Parkway Trust Management Limited/ Parkway Pantai Group

ARA Asset Management Limited

United Overseas Bank Limited

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited

Perennial Group

Grab

Central Provident Fund Board

Lendlease

Restructuring and insolvency: local firms Tier 1

WongPartnership LLP's 'technically sound and commercial' team is a visible name in the restructuring and insolvency sector throughout Asia, and is able to draw upon its wider expertise from its disputes and corporate departments to advise on contentious matters and distressed transactions. The team is noted for acting for debtors in out of court restructurings and advising the holders of distressed investments. Manoj Sandrasegara is currently advising Pacific International Lines on the restructuring of the approximately $3.3bn in aggregate of debts and liabilities of the shipping group via a consensual debt re-profiling exercise with its creditors in Singapore. Smitha Menon is noted for corporate and debt restructurings, liquidations, schemes of arrangement, and receiverships. Head of special situations Mark Choy and banking partner Sean Yu Chou comprise the other key figures.

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Testimonials

‘Technically sound and commercial in their approach towards issues. The team is easy to work with, and deep bench strength.’

‘The team is able to offer good quality and commercially sound advice. I think it is important not to only tell us what the law is but offer solutions to the problem at hand. The team was able to first understand the issue at hand and look into solutions that are appropriate and acceptable to the Management of our company.’

‘We have worked with the team for the past year, and it is reassuring to us that when matters become tricky, they are always there to help us.’

Key clients

Pacific International Lines (Private) Limited

Hyflux Ltd.

Keppel Corporation Limited, Keppel Oil & Gas Pte Ltd

Wirecard Singapore

KKR

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation, Limited

DBS Bank Ltd

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, Singapore Branch

PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services

PricewaterhouseCoopers Hong Kong

Ernst & Young Global Limited

Madison Pacific Trust

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

White & Case LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Tax: local firms Tier 1

WongPartnership LLP's tax team is led by Tan Kay Kheng, and is a popular choice for local and international corporates and individuals for income tax, stamp duty, property, and goods and services tax. The practice is well placed to advise on tax aspects on high-value transactions owing to its frequent collaboration with its wider network of corporate, real estate, and banking lawyers. Tan and Shao Tong Tan are also experienced in tax litigation.

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The team headed by Tan Kay Kheng has the necessary tax expertise to be over average in the market.’

‘Tan Kay Kheng stands out with his expertise in income tax and property tax.’

Key clients

First Sponsor Group Limited

HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Singapore) Ltd (trustee of Capitaland Mall Trust)

United Overseas Bank Limited

ESR Cayman Limited

Fraser Property Treasury Pte Ltd

Antitrust and competition: local firms Tier 2

WongPartnership LLP handles a range of antitrust matters, including merger notifications and merger control issues, as well as advising firms on Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) investigations into anti-competitive practices. Much of the firm's work involves cross-jurisdictional mergers. Practice head Ameera Ashraf handles both contentious and non-contentious work; Chan Jia Hui is another key contact.

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‘I believe that the service Ms Ashraf provides is of much higher quality than what other individuals currently ranked in band 1 provide, for the following reasons. First, she is hands-on and always makes herself available, compared to her competitors who mostly rely on associates to run matters. Second, she is very creative and willing to push the envelope while her competitors are very conservative (and not commercially-minded). Third, she has very good relationships with the enforcers, which is very important for our clients. Fourth, for very significant matters that may require an appeal, the WongP litigation team is second to none and Ms Ashraf being a litigator herself, there is simply no better firm.’

Key clients

Uber Singapore Technologies Pte Ltd

Sembwaste Pte Ltd

Intercontinental Hotels Group

Japan Pulp & Paper

CapitaLand Ltd

Luxottica Group S.p.A

Intellectual property: Local firms Tier 2

WongPartnership LLP has a broad practice covering all areas of intellectual property law, as well as a client base including prominent multinationals. Practice head Chung Nian Lam is active in contentious and non-contentious intellectual property work; Kylie Peh is another key partner in the team.

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‘Wong Partnership advises us on our trade mark portfolio in the Asia Pacific region, including trademark renewals, applications, and enforcement actions. We have worked with the firm for several years now, and have absolutely no issues with the quality of advice and service levels.’

‘Lam Chung Nian himself personally responds to our emails and advises us. He is an absolute professional and dedicated counsel who values our relationship and has invested many hours of time and effort to strengthen that.’

‘Kylie Peh is very experienced in her field, and has the ability to provide practical and commercial solutions to her clients.’

‘Always available, and wide range of experience on different topics make the Wong Partnership team the perfect fit for any medium or large company looking to do business in South East Asia, and particularly Singapore.’

‘In the very commercially competitive environment of legal practice in Singapore, WongPartnership LLP stands a head above the rest. In my 10 years of working with the team led by Liam Chung Nian, I have never needed clarification or a follow-up query to a response they provided because said response would have been complete with both the legal position and practical solution. The reason why I have never needed to consult anyone else is a testament that Lam Chung Nian’s team provides me (and all my clients who need legal assistance in Singapore) everything I need. An extremely valuable asset to me from a commercial standpoint

‘Lam Chung Nian has been the ever-present leader of the incredibly responsive and solutions-driven team. Notwithstanding, he still takes the trouble to reply to me personally. I cannot begin to explain the exceptional level of assurance that I can confidently convey to all my clients. Even while on conference or vacation, Chung Nian is on the ball and does not delegate the responses. I have received this same exceptional quality of service ever since I have known him 10 years ago. Kylie Peh has been Chung Nian’s reliable lieutenant, and under Chung Nian’s mentorship shows the potential to be a great practitioner in the future.’

‘The depth of knowledge and professionalism of Wong Partnership is unsurpassed, they may have peers but they do not have betters. They are an exceptional firm at the top of their game. They are highly responsive, cognizant of client needs and consistently deliver high-quality advice that major business decisions and entities can rely on. We have had the pleasure of working with them for many years now, relying on their services to meet the needs of our major clients in Singapore.’

‘Chung Nian Lam is a household name in Singaporean legal services, the depth of his knowledge of local IP law is unrivaled. He can always be relied upon to give clear, concise advice that cuts to the root of the problem, and assists clients in achieving their goals or in making an informed decision to go a different route. He is highly professional, yet personable. His team reflects the same qualities. We have had extensive relations with his firm for many years and always received nothing but top-quality advice. Other stand-out individuals who share his qualities include partner Kylie Peh, Sr. Associate Ling Yee, and Sr. Associate Karen Lai.’

Key clients

Adidas Singapore Pte

A Menarini Asia-Pacific

Burda

Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte

Chip Eng Sang Corporation

ChuanQi IP Co.

Cordlife Group

Essilor

Fast Retailing Co

Food Industry Asia

Frasers Property

Government Technology Agency

Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

Kao Corporation

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation

Motion Picture Association of America

Music Rights (Singapore) Public Ltd

National Arts Council

National Gallery Singapore

Oakwood Worldwide (Asia)

OCBC Bank

Resorts World at Sentosa Pte

Singapore Airlines Pte

Singapore Press Holdings

Singapore Exchange Ltd

SMRT Corporation

Sport Singapore

Temasek Holdings

The Football Association Premier League

Yum! Brands

 

International arbitration Tier 2

WongPartnership LLP's international arbitration practice fields a strong team of dispute resolution experts to handling international arbitration and arbitration-related court matters. It attracts praise for its 'international outlook' with experience handling arbitrations relating to investments, contracts and projects in India, Philippines, the PRC, the Middle East and Europe. Alvin Yeo SC  leads the practice alongside Sean Yu Chou (who specialises in banking and trade finance disputes) while Hock Keng Chan heads the commercial disputes team. Swee Yen Koh is noted for her broad experience in international arbitration, which spans energy, investment and trade issues. The group also counts infrastructure and construction disputes among its areas of expertise, for which Christopher Chuah and Peng Cheng Tay are key contacts. Andre Maniam SC was appointed to the Judicial Commissioner of the Singapore Supreme Court of Singapore.

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The international arbitration has a more international outlook and experience than many in Singapore.’

Alvin Yeo and Koh Swee Yen are the stars – they are always strategic and always prepared. They are clearly trusted by clients, colleagues and arbitrators alike.

Due to Wendy Lin, who is the lead counsel and partner on a complex international arbitration brief which she is leading for my firm, WongPartnership LLP is now our counsel of choice for all litigation and international arbitration briefs. We have dealt with many barristers, silks and international law firms and none of them can even come close to sky-high standards set by Wendy and WongPartnership LLP.

Wendy Lin is astoundingly brilliant. Her fierce intelligence, creativity, tactical acumen, and determination never ceases to impress.

I know Teck Wee Tiong at Wong Partnership who is a diligent and dedicated disputes lawyer. Teck Wee has an ability to focus on core issues in a case.

I have had the pleasure of witnessing senior WongPartnership advocates, Alvin Yeo SC and Koh Swee-Yen, in the Court of Appeal on two occasions. The firms written work is excellent and Mr. Yeo is a superb oral advocate.

Wong Partnership is known for high-level work and detailed analysis. We refer work to them regularly as they are a top tier firm. I believe they are considered one of the top two firms in Singapore, including the foreign firms, in terms of reputation and quality of work. Very impressive.

The team head is Alvin Yeo, who is widely regarded as one of the top arbitration specialists in Singapore. He has built a formidable team from within, including Swee Yen Koh and Wendy Lin. Both are very active in the Asia market and are highly regarded.

Able to simplify the true nature of the case and develop the appropriate strategy to defend client’s position.

Key clients

The Republic of India

Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels Inc.; Sureste Properties Inc.

Stinson Leonard Street LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Yulchon LLC

Independent State of Papua New Guinea

DLA Piper Singapore Pte Ltd

Sanum Investments Limited and its parent, Lao Holding N.V.

Lee & Ko

Foley Hoag LLP

Milbank LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Shin & Kim

Slaughter & May

Investment funds: local firms Tier 2

WongPartnership LLP's extensive cross-border investment expertise spans private equity, hedge funds, real estate, and collective investment schemes, among others. Low Kah Keong regularly acts for domestic and foreign sponsors and fund managers in asset management, fund formation, and private equity transactions. Infrastructure, REITs, tax, and regulatory aspects of transactions are also key areas of work. Felicia Marie Ng is a name to note in alternative investment funds.

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TPG Capital, L.P.

KKR Asia Limited.

OCBC Bank

L Catterton

Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited.

Providence Equity Partners

Morgan Stanley Real Estate

Keppel Capital

CapitaLand Limited

Lendlease Investment Management

B Capital Group

East Ventures

Indies Capital Partners

ABC World Asia Pte Ltd

Pierfront Capital Fund Management Pte. Ltd

Labour and employment: local firms Tier 2

WongPartnership LLP's team offers 'excellent industry knowledge on labour and employment issues', acting on the full gamut of labour aspects of disputes, regulatory work, and on employee transfers following corporate transactions. On the contentious side, the team is adept conducting disciplinary and misconduct investigations, implementing exit agreements, and negotiating with trade unions. Vivien Yui advises multinational corporations on global share incentive plans and the establishment of local employment practices and immigration law. Jenny Tsin is particularly well regarded for leading employment disputes and investigation.

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‘The team is dynamic and responsive. Very hands-on.’

‘Excellent industry knowledge on labour and employment issues. Gives practical advice to assist in commercial considerations. Prompt attention is given to the client. A trusted business advisor who looks out for your legal well-being.’

TMT: local firms Tier 2

WongPartnership LLP robust team is active on IT rollouts, licensing, regulatory and commercial mandates and is particularly visible in media, where it assists on the entire content creation cycle. The practice is spearheaded by Lam Chung Nian, who takes the lead in handling contentious and non-contentious issues such involving TMT aspects of IP transactions, cybersecurity and data protection, and contractual agreements in the telecoms sector. IP lawyer Kylie Peh is also recommended.

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‘Wong Partnership has strong capabilities in the digital space. They have provided extensive support to us – in the following areas: Singapore regulatory (payment services), gaming laws and related legal advice including in respect of Content and IPR.’

‘Chung Nian has provided us extensive and excellent support on Singapore and jurisdictional advice on gaming laws, IPR, and content-related matters. Chung Nian is very responsive, personable, and provides practical advice.’

‘Responsive, prompt, thorough We have found their advice to optimally balance business needs and legal risk. We find their pricing to be transparent and startup-friendly. Compared to other firms, we hesitate much less about the cost while approaching WongPartnership because we have come to trust them.’

‘Their ability to understand business needs and to shape and advise accordingly the appropriate contract structure to ensure every possible legal risk is mitigated without giving the impression to the counterparty the contract is aggressive.’

‘Whilst many top law firms are competent in advising on legal and regulatory expects, what makes this practice unique is its depth of understanding of the technology and media industry as well as its a keen understanding of relevant technologies, which is crucial in a practice’s ability to provide advice that is accurate, concise and to the point.’

‘Head of the department, Lam Chung Nian, is one of the few lawyers in Singapore that has developed significant expertise in the tech and media space. He is able to provide reasoned and trustworthy advice on the most complex and novel issues, which often crop up in these areas of law.’

Key clients

adidas Singapore Pte Ltd

Apple Inc

Capitaland

ChuanQi IP Co., Ltd

Daimler South East Asia Pte Ltd

White-collar crime - Local firms Tier 2

WongPartnership LLP has rich experience in domestic and cross-border government-led and internal investigations. This includes civil, criminal, and regulatory misconduct. It represents corporate and individual defendants in corruption, fraud, market misconduct, and a range of white-collar crime matters. Joy Tan is noted for contentious investigations.

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‘The team is very knowledgeable and they are very quick to understand my needs. They are extremely hardworking and they leave no stones unturned to put up a great defence. They are very systematic and practical in their approach.’

‘Melanie Ho did not stop thinking about my case. She looked at every detail of my case and tried to find the best defence for me. I do not think I could have walked so far in this case without her by my side.’

Key clients

NGSC

Former regional manager of BP Singapore

Mr Wong Chee Meng, former general manager of Ang Mo Kio Town Council

Ministry of Health (Singapore) and MOH Holdings

Myanmar > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

The Singapore-based specialist teams at WongPartnership LLP are widely known for their work on investments and divestments into Myanmar on a range of matters, including acting as Mynamar counsel for established international firms on banking and finance, infrastructure, construction, and engineering, and IP matters. Based in Singapore, Christopher Chuah leads on infrastructure and engineering matters, while Low Kah Keong  leads on asset management, and Teck Howe Tan focuses on real estate. Suegene Ang is the resident partner in Myanmar and a key contact.

Key clients

Andaman Alliance Healthcare Ltd

Singapore Airlines Ltd

Nexland Company Ltd

Enterprise Singapore, Yangon Overseas Centre

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Ltd, Yangon Branch

Pan Pacific Hospitality Pte. Ltd

Keppel Land Ltd

DBS Yangon Representative Office

DSV Air & Sea Ltd

Denko Petrochemical Management Company Ltd

Sumitomo Osaka Cement Co., Ltd

Chip Eng Seng Construction Ltd

India > Foreign firms Tier 5

Based in Singapore, WongPartnership LLP predominantly offers representation to clients in relation to disputes involving Indian entities.  International arbitrations, namely investor state cases, are a core aspect of the service offering, which further covers corporate transactions and restructuring proceedings. Swee Yen Koh and co-head Smitha Menon are seasoned practitioners in the field of dispute resolution, with a particular emphasis on international arbitration.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

The Republic of India

Raffles Education Corporation Limited, Raffles Education Corporation Limited, Raffles Education Investment (India) Pte. Ltd, Raffles Design International India Pvt. Ltd

Mr. Darsan Jitendra Jhaveri, Singapore Star Holdings Pte Ltd, Great Newton Properties Pte Ltd, Capital Glory Investments Pte Ltd, Newton Noble Properties Pte Ltd, Sino Noble Asset Management Pte Ltd, Singapore Star Investments Pte Ltd, Singapore Star Shipping Pte Ltd, Singapore Star Properties Pte Ltd, Sino Ling Tao Resources Pte Ltd, Millers Capital Investments Pte Ltd, Nova Raffles Holdings Pte Ltd

QuEST Global

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

Malvinder Mohan Singh

The firm: 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Employment Vivien Yui
Employment Jenny Tsin
Financial services regulatory Joy Tan
Financial services regulatory Rosabel Ng
Financial services regulatory Elaine Chan
Intellectual property and TMT Lam Chung Nian
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
China Gerry Gan
Indonesia Manoj Sandrasegara
Indonesia Mark Choy
Malaysia Ng Wai King
Malaysia Chou Sean Yu
Middle East Mark Choy
Middle East Ian de Vaz
Myanmar Christopher Chuah
Myanmar Low Kah Keong
Myanmar Tan Teck Howe
Philippines Vivien Yui
Philippines Wendy Lin
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Andrew Ang  photo Mr Andrew Ang Head – Mergers & Acquisitions Practice; Partner – Private Equity Practice.
Ms Ameera Ashraf  photo Ms Ameera Ashraf Head – Antitrust & Competition Practice
Ms Sing Yee Chan  photo Ms Sing Yee Chan Partner – Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Practices.
Mr Hock Keng Chan  photo Mr Hock Keng Chan Joint Head – Commercial & Corporate Disputes Practice; Partner – International Arbitration…
Mr Alvin Chia  photo Mr Alvin Chia Partner – Banking & Finance Practice.
Ms Josephine Choo  photo Ms Josephine Choo Partner – Specialist & Private Client Disputes Practice.
Mr Sean Yu Chou  photo Mr Sean Yu Chou Head – Banking & Financial Disputes Practice; Partner – International Arbitration, Financial…
Mr Mark Choy  photo Mr Mark Choy Joint Head – Restructuring & Insolvency, Indonesia and Middle East Practices; Partner…
Mr Christopher Chuah  photo Mr Christopher Chuah Head – Infrastructure, Construction & Engineering Practice; Partner – International Arbitration, China…
Mr Joseph He Jun  photo Mr Joseph He Jun Head – China Practice; Partner – Mergers & Acquisitions Practice.
Ms Melanie Ho  photo Ms Melanie Ho Deputy Head – Specialist & Private Client Disputes Practice; Joint head- Crime:…
Mr Choon Yuen Hui  photo Mr Choon Yuen Hui Head – Debt Capital Markets and Insurance Practices; Partner – Financial Services…
Ms Swee Yen Koh  photo Ms Swee Yen Koh KOH Swee Yen is a Partner in the Commercial & Corporate Disputes…
Mr Chung Nian Lam  photo Mr Chung Nian Lam Head – Intellectual Property, Technology & Data Group.
Ms Christy Lim  photo Ms Christy Lim Partner – Banking & Finance Practice.
Mr Kah Keong Low  photo Mr Kah Keong Low Head – Asset Management & Funds Practice; Partner – Mergers & Acquisitions…
Ms Dorothy Marie Ng  photo Ms Dorothy Marie Ng Head – Corporate Real Estate Practice.
Ms Rosabel Ng  photo Ms Rosabel Ng Head – Derivatives & Structured Products Practice; Joint Head – Financial Services…
Mr Wai King Ng  photo Mr Wai King Ng Managing Partner.
Ms Gail Ong  photo Ms Gail Ong Head – Equity Capital Markets Practice.
Ms Fi Ling Quak  photo Ms Fi Ling Quak Partner – Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Practices.
Mr Manoj Pillay Sandrasegara  photo Mr Manoj Pillay Sandrasegara Joint Head – Restructuring & Insolvency and Indonesia Practices.
Ms Bock Eng Sim  photo Ms Bock Eng Sim Head – Specialist & Private Client Disputes Practice; Partner – Private Wealth…
Mr Teck Howe Tan  photo Mr Teck Howe Tan Partner – Corporate Real Estate and Myanmar Practices.
Mr Kay Kheng Tan  photo Mr Kay Kheng Tan Head – Tax Practice; Partner – Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group.
Ms Joy Tan  photo Ms Joy Tan Joint Head – Commercial & Corporate Disputes, Corporate Governance & Compliance, and…
Mr Chee Meng Tan  photo Mr Chee Meng Tan Deputy Chairman of WongPartnership LLP. Main areas of practice are general civil…
Mr Peng Cheng Tay  photo Mr Peng Cheng Tay Joint Head – Energy, Projects & Construction Practice; Partner – International Arbitration…
Ms Jenny Tsin  photo Ms Jenny Tsin Joint Head – Employment Practice; Partner – Commercial & Corporate Disputes and…
Ms Susan Wong  photo Ms Susan Wong Head – Financial Services Group; Head – Banking & Finance Practice.
Mr Alvin Yeo  photo Mr Alvin Yeo Chairman & Senior Partner of WongPartnership LLP. Acts as counsel in complex…
Ms Annabelle Yip  photo Ms Annabelle Yip Joint Head – Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice; Partner – Business Establishment,…
Ms Monica Yip  photo Ms Monica Yip Head – Corporate Group; Partner – Corporate Real Estate Practice; Partner –…
Ms Vivien Yui  photo Ms Vivien Yui Joint Head – Employment Practice; Partner – Business Establishment, Mergers & Acquisitions,…
Mr Ian de Vaz  photo Mr Ian de Vaz Joint Head – Energy, Projects & Construction Practice; Partner – International Arbitration…
Number of lawyers : 300+
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Chinese (Mandarin and dialects)
English
French
Filipino
Hindi
Punjabi
Thai
Contacts : Alvin Yeo SC (Chairman and Senior Partner)
Contacts : Ng Wai King (Managing Partner)
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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.


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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.”


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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.”


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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.”


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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.”


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TESTIMONIAL: “By far one of the best in the business. Their client service is very good.”


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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.”


Headquartered in Singapore, WongPartnership is an award-winning law firm and one of the largest in the country. 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, we are a leading provider of legal services in ASEAN, China and the Middle East.

The WPG network includes our Singapore headquarters, offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Myanmar, as well as our member firms – Al Aidarous Advocates and Legal Consultants (Abu Dhabi and Dubai), Foong & Partners (Malaysia), Makes & Partners (Indonesia) and ZGLaw (Philippines). Together, WPG offers the expertise of over 400 professionals to meet the needs of our clients throughout the region. We have lawyers dedicated to supporting other country practices, including India, Thailand and Vietnam. The benefits for clients working on transactions in these jurisdictions include our relationships with local lawyers and our familiarity with local legal developments.

WongPartnership is also a member of the globally renowned World Law Group, one of the oldest and largest networks of leading independent full-service law firms. The World Law Group today has 59 member firms in 89 countries, with over 410 offices and 1800 lawyers world-wide. The World Law Group is one of a few “Elite”-ranked (Band 1) law firm networks, according to Chambers & Partners.

We are also proud to be the only Singapore member of the Employment Law Alliance (ELA), the world’s largest alliance of employment and labour law practitioners of the highest calibre. The ELA currently has more than 3,000 lawyers in over 100 countries and is ranked in Band 1 in the Employment & Labour – Global-wide in Chambers Global.

Our Awards and Accolades

WongPartnership has been consistently ranked as a leading firm across all practice areas in various publications such as Chambers Asia-Pacific & Global, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East & Africa, as well as IFLR1000 – The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms. We also received the inaugural Best Law Firm in Singapore award in FinanceAsia Country Awards.

WongPartnership has also been consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading law firm in the areas of corporate investigations, international arbitration, and cross-border restructuring and insolvency in Global Investigations Review 100, Global Arbitration Review 100, and Global Restructuring Review 100 respectively.