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Dr Gregory Xu is a partner who leads the general banking and project finance offering for Southeast Asia out of the Singapore office. He has over a decade of private practice experience and is a specialist in a range of complex multi-jurisdictional transactions.

Gregory has extensive experience acting for financial institutions, funds, government agencies and companies in structuring, documenting and re-structuring against a combination of limited recourse and non-recourse syndicated and bilateral transactions in the fields of general/corporate finance, project finance, asset finance, trade finance, acquisition finance and leverage finance. He focuses on the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions and regularly acts for clients in China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam.

Gregory has specialist experience in the transportation sector, having advised on significant aviation, shipping and offshore oil and gas financings, particularly for FPSOs, FSRUs and LNG vessels. He acts for blue-chip clients on single and/or fleet-based asset (aircraft and ships) and equipment sale-and-purchase and sale-and-leaseback transactions and other corporate and commercial law arrangements. His expertise also extends to international security enforcement actions and restructurings, particularly those arising from insolvency and corporate proceedings.

Gregory is presently admitted to practice law in the New York, England & Wales, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand and sits on the Admissions, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Young Lawyers Committees of the Law Society of Singapore. Prior to joining the firm, he was with a Magic Circle law firm and acted for clients across both their top-ranking banking and finance and asset finance practices.

Lawyer Rankings

Philippines > Foreign firms

Major financial institutions, private equity funds and multinational corporations turn to Stephenson Harwood LLP in investments and finance transactions involving the Philippines. Transport finance is a particular strength. The team has expanded considerably through several recent hires; this includes the hire of Gregory Xu, who joined from Clifford Chance in 2018 and was promoted to partner in 2019, and the arrival of Martin Brown and John Simpson (and others), who joined from Ince in 2018 and 2019, respectively. George Cyriac  is another key contact; he advised AIGF, a Singapore-headquartered private equity fund, on its investment in Philippines-based co-working and flexible workspace provider KMC Solutions. Tom Platts heads the practice.

Singapore > Banking and finance: foreign firms

Stephenson Harwood LLP established a general banking practice with the hire of Gregory Xu from Clifford Chance in 2018. Building on the firm’s already strong asset finance credentials, he and the team have made progress in corporate loans and trade finance in India, Indonesia, Myanmar and Malaysia especially. The practice is largely mid-cap deals for banks and funds. Offshore oil and gas financings, including FPSO-related transactions, are also core to the practice.

Singapore > Shipping: foreign firms

Arguably one of ‘Singapore’s pre-eminent shipping practices‘, Stephenson Harwood LLP fields a team of ‘top-tier lawyers‘ with wide-ranging expertise in wet and dry shipping, ship finance and marine-related disputes. The practice has been bolstered by the arrival of Gregory Xu from Clifford Chance, a banking partner with experience in shipping and offshore oil and gas financing, particularly for FPSOs, FSRUs and LNG vessels. The hire of former Ince managing partner John Simpson in May 2019 has significantly strengthened the firm’s bench strength in shipbuilding, charterparty agreements and dispute resolution, including subsea construction disputes. Head of shipping Gregg Johnston is particularly noted for his experience in English-law governed financings in Korea; Martin GreenIain Young, Martin Brown and Huay Yee Kwan are the other key partners.

India > Foreign firms

With a particular focus on outbound matters,Stephenson Harwood fields a practice which enjoys close ties to India, and has the capability to assist with a wide range of transactional work and dispute resolution. The team has particular strength in international arbitration, while also demonstrating a renowned shipping litigation capability. London-based practice head Kamal Shah is the name to note for contentious matters, showcasing an impressive track record in complex local and multi-jurisdictional disputes. Key practitioners in the Dubai office include Diwakar Agarwal and Sandeep Dhama, whose expertise covers capital markets and restructuring matters.  Singapore-based Gregory Xu has specialist experience in the transport sector, often advising on financing arrangements pertaining to aviation, shipping and offshore oil and gas.