Areas of Practice:
- Capital Markets
- FinTech & Blockchain
- Investment Funds & Private Client
- M&A and Commercial
- Private Equity & Venture Capital
- Telecommunications, Media and Technology
Krishna Ramachandra is Managing Director of Duane Morris & Selvam LLP in Singapore and of Duane Morris & Selvam (Myanmar) Limited. He is head of the Corporate and TMT Practice Groups and serves as a team lead for the Fintech industry group. His practice includes M&A and capital markets, investments funds, private equity, financial technology, sports, and telecommunications, media and technology. Krishna also has significant experience in Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan and Korea.
Krishna advises issuers, fund managers, investment banks, venture capitalists, listed and private companies, start-ups and high net worth individuals in Asia, Europe and the U.S. on a wide range of equity and debt securities issuances, compliance and regulatory matters. His extensive experience in Mergers and Acquisitions and take-overs, private equity participation and exit strategies has led to his being regularly cited by the reputable directories as a leading lawyer.
Listed as one of Singapore’s top 100 lawyers by the 2019 Asia Business Law Journal edition, Krishna has the unique and remarkable record of being recognized as having a Leading Lawyer status in multiple jurisdictions and practice areas. His grasp of commercial issues in the corporate arena is a testament to this.
AsiaLaw Profiles 2020 recently named Krishna as a Distinguished Practitioner in the Corporate and M&A Practice Area. Client feedback in AsiaLaw Profiles 2019 described him as “Perfect. Outstanding in all areas.” IFLR1000 2019 client feedback stated: “Krishna Ramachandra, the director of Duane Morris & Selvam has been the major force behind the firm and his in-depth knowledge and fair advice has been outstanding.” He is regarded as one of the most highly recommended lawyers in the practice area of Capital Markets (Foreign Firms), Corporate and M&A (Local and Foreign Firms) and TMT (Local Firms) in Singapore by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Chambers Asia Pacific, which regularly refer to “his creative yet practical and client-focused approach” and his “decisiveness and commerciality.”
Krishna is also recognized as a Leading Individual for Corporate/M&A (Domestic) in Singapore by Chambers Global 2018 and 2019. In Myanmar, he is regarded as a Leading Lawyer in Corporate and M&A since 2016, and a Recommended Lawyer in Projects (including Energy) by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. IFLR1000 2019 also named Krishna as a “Highly Regarded Lawyer” in Singapore Capital Markets. Who’s Who Legal in it Sports and Entertainment and M&A and Governance 2019 guides named Krishna as a Recommended Lawyer who “provides clients with substantial expertise in sports media rights matters, having represented clients in relation to numerous Olympic Games and FIFA World Cups” and “uses his extensive experience in telecoms and media rights to great effect for entertainment clients, with particular expertise in sports.” Most recently, Krishna was appointed as the Senior Strategic Adviser to Dentsu Sports Asia Pte Ltd.
Krishna is a corporate lawyer with a very commercial approach. His practice develops according to the needs of his clients and currently due to Singapore’s emergence as one of the world’s leading FinTech hubs, he has more of a focus on the legal and regulatory advice relating to new financial technology business models, including crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending platforms, blockchain technology, virtual and digital currencies such as BitCoin and Ethereum, e-wallet and trading platforms. As his clients’ trusted adviser, Krishna has established himself as one of Singapore’s “go-to” lawyers for FinTech, having previously achieved a solid reputation in the TMT space, particularly in relation to telecommunications.
Krishna regularly provides institutions and regulatory bodies with his insights and is particularly experienced in the fields of Capital Markets and Private Equity, where securitized token offerings are being designed with his input. Krishna is the Senior Advisor to the Global Blockchain Foundation.
“Krishna’s intellectual stamina and acute appreciation of commercial realities make him a formidable adviser – his ability to come up with creative, workable solution is second-to-none.” -The Legal 500.
Krishna graduated from Christ’s College, Cambridge with an LL.M. in Corporate Finance on a Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (“Freshfields”) scholarship. He articled and qualified with Freshfields in London prior to relocating to Singapore with Clifford Chance. He subsequently joined Selvam LLC and is now Managing Director of Duane Morris & Selvam LLP.
Krishna is an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore and a Solicitor of England and Wales. He previously sat on The Singapore Law Society’s Corporate Practice Committee for Mergers & Acquisitions and Insolvency, Corporate Commercial Matters, and Listing Matters. He speaks regularly on a wide range of topics relating to M&A, corporate governance, listings, fund raising and establishment of an Asian presence at venues around the world. Born in Sri Lanka, Krishna speaks English and Mandarin.
English and Mandarin
- Member of Global Board of Advisors of the Global Blockchain Foundation and Leader of the GBF Global Committee for Blockchain Best Practices- Legal, Tax, Compliance and Governance (GBF-GCBBP-LTCG)
- Past Member, Singapore Law Society Committee for Mergers & Acquisitions and Insolvency, Corporate Commercial Matters and Listing Matters
- Member, Singapore Institute of Directors
- College of Law, London, Postgraduate Diploma
- University of Cambridge, LL.M.
- University of Leeds, LL.B. (Hons)
Krishna graduated from Christ’s College, Cambridge with an LL.M. in Corporate Finance on a Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (“Freshfields”) scholarship.
Singapore > TMT: local firms
According to one client, Duane Morris & Selvam LLP is a ‘top-notch legal firm with great depth of understanding of the underlying business of the clients‘. Led by Krishna Ramachandra, who is ‘among the leading experts in both blockchain and TMT‘, the practice has a strong focus on fintech and blockchain technology, while also handling acquisitions, media regulations, licensing and data protection.
Singapore > Corporate and M&A: local firms
Duane Morris & Selvam LLP has a strong regional profile with expertise in a wide range of cross-border transactions, along with Singapore public M&A and takeovers, and a growing number of private equity deals. The team has an impressive mix of those with Singapore law and other international law backgrounds. It has weighty experience in energy and infrastructure deals and a growing number of technology and fintech engagements. Krishna Ramachandra heads the team and Leon Yee leads the China practice group that has developed numerous Chinese clients. Mark Wong is also noted for China investments into Southeast Asia.
Singapore > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms
Duane Morris & Selvam LLP has a strong presence in Southeast Asia and has a sizeable corporate team in Singapore. The firm has a solid record in technology, telecoms, energy, oil and gas, among other key sectors. It is also making a further impression in private equity transactions. Krishna Ramachandra heads the corporate, fintech and TMT practice groups. Leon Yee, Ramiro Rodriguez, Mark Wong and Gerard Hekker are also key names.
Myanmar > Corporate and M&A
Duane Morris & Selvam (Myanmar) Limited has an on-the-ground team in Myanmar that works with the firm’s wider regional network to advise foreign lenders, international corporates, and domestic companies in the telecoms, natural resources, real estate and infrastructure sectors. The key contact in Yangon is special counsel Priyank Srivastava, who has experience with a variety of corporate and financing transactions, and provides a host of regulatory advice on issues such as market entry requirements and foreign company operations, in addition to matters arising from the liberalisation of the country’s insurance sector. Another nae to note is Krishna Ramachandra, who is primarily based in the firm’s Singapore office and oversees the Myanmar practice.
Myanmar > Projects
Duane Morris & Selvam (Myanmar) Limited draws on the industry-wide expertise of partners in its Yangon, Hanoi, and Singapore offices to advise multinational, regional, and domestic energy and infrastructure companies on project construction and development, financing, and regulatory compliance. Managing partner Krishna Ramachandra practices across the firm’s Yangon and Singapore offices, while special counsel Priyank Srivastava is the resident projects and energy specialist on the ground in Myanmar. Having gained recognition for its involvement in the Myingyan IPP, the team has notable experience in conventional power projects, and has also been involved in significant solar projects, water treatment projects and urban developments.