Firm Profile > Duane Morris & Selvam LLP > Singapore, Singapore

Duane Morris & Selvam LLP
16 COLLYER QUAY #17-00
SINGAPORE 049318
Singapore

Singapore > Projects and energy: local firms Tier 3

Duane Morris & Selvam LLP has a varied projects practice encompassing work in sectors including energy, hospitality, and industry. The team is particularly active in Myanmar, where it provides regulatory advice as well as advice on financing and development for a varied range of projects. The practice is led by managing director Leon Yee and Krishna Ramachandra. Ramachandra splits his time between Singapore and Yangon, and stands out for his experience of the Myanmar projects market. Priyank Srivastava is another key contact in the team, focusing on oil and gas, LNG, and power matters.

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Sembcorp Utilities Pte Ltd

ONGC Videsh Limited

Iceberg Holdings Pte Ltd

Ponna International Pte Ltd

AG Resources Myanmar Co. Ltd.

OIL India Limited

Ayeyar Hinthar Holdings

AG Resources Myanmar Co. Ltd.

Htoo Group

Shwe Min Gan Finance Company Limited

Ashro Singapore Pte. Ltd.

NES Global

State Bank of India

Singapore > TMT: local firms Tier 3

Managing partner Krishna Ramachandra is the lead partner at Duane Morris & Selvam LLP which is noted for its depth in fintech and blockchain technology. The firm also assists in telecoms acquisitions, media regulations, licensing, data protection, and regulatory issues, as well as related corporate transactions involving elements of TMT.

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Protelindo

Globe Telecom, Inc.

PT iForte Solusi Infotek

XL Axiata

Dentsu Inc.

Nogle Limited

Vigilant Assets

Jules Corporation

Red Dot Power

Ringl

Singapore > Banking and finance: local firms Tier 4

Duane Morris & Selvam LLP's extensive resources and senior expertise in Singapore brings it a range of banking and finance engagements, including project finance, structured lending, and bank regulatory matters. The firm represents a range of Singapore and Asia-based banks, along with a number of major corporates. Leon Yee and Ramiro Rodriguez are versatile practitioners with considerable experience in banking and finance.

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Sembcorp Utilities

Singapore > Capital markets: equity and debt: foreign firms Tier 4

Duane Morris & Selvam LLP has maintained an impressive pipeline of India capital markets offerings and has carved out a growing portion of the Vietnam debt issuance market. Moreover, the hire of Jonathan Crandall as a partner from Clifford Chance, where he was a senior associate, brings additional senior-level credibility to the team. Jamie Benson leads the US securities practice and India practice in Singapore, and has worked on a high volume of India issuances over the last 15 years; he is close to many of the key book running lead managers in the Indian market. Gerard Hekker has a fine background in Indonesia's capital markets offerings and is a growing force in Vietnam.

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Morgan Stanley

JM Financial

Edelweiss Financial Services

ICICI Securities

Nomura Financial Advisory and Securities (India)

Kotak Mahindra Capital Company

SBI Capital Markets

Bajaj Finance

Axis Capital

IIFL Securities

Singapore > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 4

Duane Morris & Selvam LLP, the joint law venture firm, covers both Singapore and international law elements of transactions. It has a particularly extensive record in Singapore, Vietnam, and Myanmar, jurisdictions where it also has offices. The firm is also prominent amongst early-stage and mature businesses in a range of sectors. Department head Krishna Ramachandra has an impressive record in headline deals, including those in the TMT and fintech sectors. Leon Yee provides further senior-level corporate expertise and advises a range of Singapore and China-based clients, along with a series of private equity houses. Mark Wong has joined Shook Lin & Bok LLP.

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Best World International

Platinum Equity Advisors International

Yangzijiang Shipbuilding

Protelindo

Bond Capital Partners

Htoo Group

Korea Development Bank

Singapore > Corporate and M&A: local firms Tier 4

Duane Morris & Selvam LLP has a mix of Singapore and international law expertise within the team. The wider international firm has made bold investments into building a Southeast Asia presence, affording the Singapore team with heightened opportunities in Vietnam and Myanmar especially. Technology, energy, life sciences, and private equity are particular fortes for the team. Krishna Ramachandra leads the team and has a particularly strong record in fintech and TMT. Leon Yee is noted for China-related transactions and Gerard Hekker for Indonesia deals. Jonathan Crandall has joined as a director from Clifford Chance.

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Best World International

Platinum Equity Advisors International

Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (Holdings)

Protelindo

Bond Capital Partners

Htoo Group

Korea Development Bank

India > Foreign firms Tier 4

The core strengths of Duane Morris & Selvam LLP's India department lie in capital markets and energy and projects mandates. Furthermore, practitioners are adept at handling corporate deals, litigation, as well as issues pertaining to intellectual property and wealth and estate planning. Securities offerings expert Jamie Benson has significant experience handling India-related deals, while Priyank Srivastava focuses on project development in the oil & gas and power sectors. The practice was further strengthened by the addition of Jonathan Crandall from Clifford Chance; he brings to the table proficiency in equity and debt offerings. All named individuals are based in Singapore.

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Morgan Stanley

State Bank of India

Indraprastha Gas Limited

Iceberg Holding

ECU Worldwide

ONGC Videsh Limited

Oil India Limited

JM Financial Limited

Edelweiss Financial Services Limited

ICICI Securities Limited

Nomura Financial Advisory and Securities (India) Private Limited

Kotak Mahindra Capital Company Limited

SBI Capital Markets Limited

Bajaj Finance Limited

Axis Capital Limited

IIFL Securities

The firm: Duane Morris & Selvam LLP is a Singapore-based strategic joint venture law firm, consisting of Philadelphia-based Duane Morris LLP and Singapore-based Selvam LLC. The firm serves clients throughout Asia and foreign companies conducting business in Asia and beyond. In Asia, the firm has offices in Singapore, Shanghai, Vietnam, Myanmar and Taiwan, as well as country-specific practice groups for China, India, Japan, Korea, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. Together, the firm has over 800 lawyers in 29 offices across the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Main areas of practice
Corporate/M&A: Corporate lawyers advise early-stage and mature companies on a wide variety of corporate and commercial matters from planning and structuring to negotiating, documenting and implementing the transaction. They are involved in large and high-profile M&A transactions in Singapore and throughout the region.

Banking and finance: The firm offers experienced and comprehensive business and legal guidance for clients and support them with complex transactions and financings such as cross-border syndicated lending, leveraged and acquisition finance,  debt restructuring, real estate financing, project financing, mezzanine financing, divestments, hive-offs and spin-offs.

Capital markets: Lawyers provide a comprehensive range of services to assist clients in listings and issues, from the initial restructuring of companies to seeking relevant approvals from the Singapore Stock Exchange and the Monetary Authority of Singapore. They have handled a range of complex transactions and have significant experience representing issuers, underwriters, placement agents, investment banks and investors in public and private offerings.

International arbitration/dispute resolution/mediation: The Singapore law entity, Selvam LLC, handles all Singapore Law dispute matters including corporate, banking and commercial disputes, insolvency, construction disputes, defamation suits, employment disputes, and some criminal and family law matters.

Selvam LLC’s disputes practice also offers clients a broad range of assistance in mediation and both domestic and international arbitration matters. Its experienced arbitration team handles arbitration matters at SIAC, ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL.

TMT: The TMT practice comprises a team of dedicated tech-savvy lawyers who act on international matters throughout South and Southeast Asia. Armed with vast industry-specific practice knowledge, they are well equipped to address the intricacies involved in navigating the challenging TMT landscape in an integrated, strategic and efficient manner. The team is experienced in complementary legal disciplines including corporate organisation, funding and financial transactions, data protection, IP, employment, international trade as well as administration and regulatory advice.

Projects, energy and infrastructure: The firm has advised multinational corporations, national energy regulators and government-owned utilities across Asia on a broad range of energy and infrastructure projects. Having worked on many significant and major international energy and infrastructure projects, the firm has considerable experience in providing legal support and advice to clients from the pre-feasibility and planning stages, through public tender, licensing, start-up and implementation, as well as the operational stages.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking & Finance Leon Yee lyee@duanemorrisselvam.com +65 6311 0057
Capital Markets Jamie Benson jbenson@duanemorrisselvam.com +65 6311 3660
Corporate Real Estate Leon Yee lyee@duanemorrisselvam.com +65 6311 0057
Dispute Resolution Sarbjit Singh Chopra ssingh@selvam.com.sg +65 6311 0041
Energy, Projects & Infrastructure Leon Yee lyee@duanemorrisselvam.com +65 6311 0057
FinTech & Blockchain Technology Krishna Ramachandra kramachandra@duanemorrisselvam.com +65 6311 0033
Intellectual Property Ung Gim Sei gsung@selvam.com.sg +65 6311 3697
International Arbitration Sarbjit Singh Chopra ssingh@selvam.com.sg +65 6311 0041
Investment Funds Ramiro Rodriguez rrodriguez@duanemorrisselvam.com +65 6311 0051
Labour & Employment Sarbjit Singh Chopra ssingh@selvam.com.sg +65 6311 0041
Mediation Sean La'Brooy slabrooy@selvam.com.sg +65 6311 0059
Mergers & Acquisitions Krishna Ramachandra kramachandra@duanemorrisselvam.com +65 6311 0033
Private Client Leon Yee lyee@duanemorrisselvam.com +65 6311 0057
Private Equity & Venture Capital Krishna Ramachandra kramachandra@duanemorrisselvam.com +65 6311 0033
Shipping Subramaniam Valliappan svalliappan@duanemorrisselvam.com +65 6311 3657
Sports Law Krishna Ramachandra kramachandra@duanemorrisselvam.com +65 6311 0033
TMT Krishna Ramachandra kramachandra@duanemorrisselvam.com +65 6311 0033
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Zabrina Abdul Hamid  photo Ms Zabrina Abdul Hamid Director, Selvam LLC Areas of Practice: Corporate Real Estate Banking Wills &…
Mr Jamie Benson  photo Mr Jamie Benson Director Areas of Practice: Securities Law International Capital Markets Cross-Border Mergers and…
Mr Sarbjit Singh Chopra  photo Mr Sarbjit Singh Chopra Managing Director
Mr Gerard Hekker  photo Mr Gerard Hekker Director/Partner Areas of Practice: Mergers and Acquisitions Venture Capital Equity and Debt…
Mr Sean La'Brooy photo Mr Sean La'Brooy Director Areas of Practice:Commercial DisputesInternational ArbitrationMediation
 Krishna Ramachandra photo Krishna Ramachandra Managing Director Areas of Practice:  Capital Markets FinTech & Blockchain Investment Funds…
 Eduardo Ramos-Gómez  photo Eduardo Ramos-Gómez Partner
Mr Ramiro Rodriguez  photo Mr Ramiro Rodriguez Director
Mrs Arfat Selvam  photo Mrs Arfat Selvam Managing Director
Mr Daniel Soo  photo Mr Daniel Soo Director
Mr Priyank Srivastava  photo Mr Priyank Srivastava Director Areas of Practice: Energy & Infrastructure Banking & Project Finance Corporate &…
Mr Gim Sei Ung  photo Mr Gim Sei Ung Director, Selvam LLC Areas of Practice: Intellectual Property Law Trademark, Internet and…
Mr Leon Yee  photo Mr Leon Yee Chairman
Number of lawyers in Singapore : 35
Number of lawyers in global network : 800+
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COMPANY/FIRM: Exponential Hub Co., Ltd.
TESTIMONIAL: For Priyank Srivastava and Duane Morris & Selvam LLP, Corporate and Regulatory
On behalf of Exponential Hub Co., Ltd, I’ve had the pleasure of having Priyank Srivastava, represent and advise us on various commercial issues with active participation in the discussions about contractual documentation in connection with our venture with an international technology company. We can recommend Duane Morris & Selvam without reservation. Duane Morris & Selvam provided us with an amazing, valuable resource and experience. I have nothing but good things to say about our experience with the firm.


CLIENT: Bernard Tan
COMPANY/FIRM: AG Myanmar Water Company Limited (A JV involving stakeholders from Malaysia/Hong Kong and Myanmar)
TESTIMONIAL: For Priyank Srivastava and Duane Morris & Selvam LLP, Projects
We engaged Priyank since the beginning of this year. His level of professionalism, agility, all rounding commercial wisdom guided us to be able to simplify and focus on the core issues in each phase of development in our projects amidst the complexity of today’s business environment. With Priyank / Duane Morris & Selvam’s backing, we have strong confidence to outperform in our trade.


COMPANY/FIRM: ONGC Videsh Ltd Delhi
TESTIMONIAL: For Priyank Srivastava and Duane Morris & Selvam LLP
We have known Priyank for almost a decade now. We have seen him handle Energy, Oil & Gas matters and a large variety of corporate matters with the highest degree of professionalism.  Priyank is an excellent lawyer and carries a wide scope of commercial sense, wisdom and experience. Lawyers working in the oil & gas sector require both legal regulatory as well as industry experience, and Priyank is one of the rare professional lawyers, having the combination of both. Duane Morris & Selvam has great resources and we highly recommend them.


CLIENT: Sim Eng Tong, Chief Executive Officer
COMPANY/FIRM: Biomax Holdings Pte Ltd
TESTIMONIAL: Mr Sarbjit Singh Chopra
I was recommended to Mr Sarbjit Singh of Selvam LLC after using two other law firms. I am very satisfied with his and his team’s services. He is understanding and caring and I am very thankful for the emotional support he showed me when I was under tremendous stress. He took care of my worries as if they were his own. I am very grateful for his assistance.

For Ms Ho May Kim
 I strongly recommend Ms Ho May Kim to others. She advised me on various legal suits in the High Court and Court of Appeal of Singapore over the past few years relating to commercial disputes. She is tenacious with a lot of attention to detail, fair minded and gives her honest and balanced opinion to clients. When the need arises, she is highly effective in securing a settlement for the parties.


CLIENT: Jasbir Dhillon QC
COMPANY/FIRM: Brick Court Chambers, London, England
TESTIMONIAL: For Ho May Kim and Selvam LLC Dispute Resolution Team
May Kim instructed me to appear in a 5 day complex international arbitration hearing conducted in Singapore under SIAC Rules. I was very impressed with Ms. Ho’s ability to swiftly and efficiently get to the heart of this complex case. Her drafting of the relevant correspondence, management of the logistics of the hearing, and advice and guidance with respect to the issues of Singapore law and the international arbitrators were outstanding. I have no hesitation in recommending the retention of Ms. Ho and Selvam for any international arbitration based in Singapore or governed by Singapore law.


CLIENT: Ung Tze Yang, Chief Legal Counsel
COMPANY/FIRM: PetroChina International (Singapore)
TESTIMONIAL: For Mark Wong
My team and I have had the great pleasure of working with Mark. He is a top tier lawyer; being extremely professional and competent with many years of excellent experience in M&A deals. He provided us with superb and practical advice on our energy downstream transactions. Mark has also demonstrated a great understanding of the demands of clients and has proven to be flexible yet effective in delivering commercially oriented solutions where required. I fully recommend Mark for his outstanding specialist skills in M&A energy work.


CLIENT: Joshua Teh, Head of Legal & Compliance (Global)
COMPANY/FIRM: SciGen Pte. Ltd. (formerly known as SciGen Ltd)
TESTIMONIAL: For Mark Wong
Mark advises and handles most of the complex legal commercial transactions for my current and previous companies. He is intelligent, responsible, and resourceful. He understands the client’s requirements very thoroughly and has consistently executed his role with efficiency and excellence, even in difficult situations. He displays strong understanding of the law and industry in jurisdictions which he is assigned. Mark exudes outstanding confidence and a sense of calm that helps those around him keep their cool even under great pressure. He can be trusted to be highly pro-active in any situation, ensuring that all stakeholders’ interests are protected. Mark has always been able to turn around work even under tight deadlines, whilst displaying great skill and ability. It has been a great privilege to work with Mark. Thus far, the best attorney I’ve ever had.


CLIENT: Garry Taylor, Managing Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Paramindo Singapore Ltd
TESTIMONIAL: For Ho May Kim and Selvam Team, Arbitration
I recently instructed Ho May Kim regarding a substantial contractual dispute. May Kim’s ability to identify the key issues at stake focused the evidence, research and submissions, while her experience and attention to detail resulted in a very solid defence and rebuttal. Further, May Kim’s clear and measured cross-examination drew out important facts. I have no hesitation in recommending May Kim.


TESTIMONIAL: For Sarbjit Singh and Selvam Team, Dispute Resolution
I recently instructed Sarbjit Singh regarding a substantial contractual dispute. Sarbjit brought extensive experience to bear throughout the entire arbitral process which helped clarify several complex issues. Sarbjit’s extremely detailed preparation for the hearings was highly impressive as was the Selvam teamwork and coordination demonstrated during Sarbjit’s cross-examinations. I have no hesitation in recommending Sarbjit.

 


Diversity & Inclusion

Duane Morris & Selvam is committed to being a law firm that includes people of diverse backgrounds and fully utilizes their talents to provide legal services of the highest quality. The firm will employ effective methods of recruitment of diverse persons, and we will support the success and advancement of members of diverse groups within the firm.

We are committed to fostering understanding, communication and respect among all people in the firm, including people of different races, religions, ages, genders, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, national origins, sexual preferences or orientations, medical conditions or disabilities, and marital, veteran or family statuses. The firm believes it should capitalize on the strength emanating from these differences. Drawing on the talents of all of the firm’s personnel helps to create an optimum workplace, one which can attract and retain diverse personnel and clients, allowing it to enter and serve varying markets and approach services to its clients more creatively. Duane Morris & Selvam has the ability to meet these challenges and recognizes the beneficial impact a successful diversity program will have on firm morale, productivity, strategies and success.

Pro Bono

Duane Morris & Selvam believes in equal justice for all. Through our pro bono program, our firm attorneys and non-attorney personnel make use of their knowledge and expertise to assist individuals, non-profit legal service providers, community economic development organizations and all other charitable organizations that work to address unmet legal, civil, economic, health, shelter and societal needs. We aim to bring about positive change for people who are disadvantaged.

One such initiative is for the All Saints Home, a group of elderly care centers across Singapore, which provide support to underprivileged senior citizens. Our attorneys assisted elderly residents to execute a lasting power of attorney so that those close to them may make crucial decisions on their behalf in the event that they are incapacitated. The firm is also involved in a program committed to support underprivileged families by making a real difference to the babies’ start in life by providing infant formula and diapers to ensure they get the nutrition and hygiene needed for them to thrive.