Krishna Ramachandra > Duane Morris & Selvam LLP > Singapore, Singapore > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Corporate

Position

Managing Director

Areas of Practice: 

  • Capital Markets
  • FinTech & Blockchain
  • Investment Funds & Private Client
  • M&A and Commercial
  • Private Equity & Venture Capital
  • Sports
  • Telecommunications, Media and Technology

Career

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.

Languages

English and Mandarin

Memberships

  • 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

Education

  • 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.

Lawyer Rankings

Myanmar > Projects

Duane Morris & Selvam (Myanmar) Limited’s project development practice operates out of Singapore and Yangon, and advises state-owned entities and conglomerates on large financing matters, PPP projects and commercial real estate matters. The group has strong regional links via its offices and handles cross-border work across Southeast Asia. Krishna Ramachandra in Singapore focuses on M&A, joint ventures and capital markets transactions, whilst Priyank Srivastava in Yangon advises on the regulatory framework in Myanmar and energy projects. Others of note include senior associate CN Bei Lo who advises on foreign direct investment.

Comparative Guides

Singapore: Mergers & Acquisitions March 2021 This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Mergers & Acquisitions laws and regulations that may occur in Singapore.