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TSMP Law Corporation
6 BATTERY ROAD
LEVEL 41
SINGAPORE 049909
Singapore

Singapore > Corporate and M&A: local firms Tier 2

TSMP Law Corporation is led by Stefanie Yuen Thio, one of the firm’s founding partners; her practice sees her engaged on high-end M&A, general corporate transactions and initial public offerings and the wider team is also engaged for publicly listed takeovers and privatisations. A key differentiator for the group is its long-standing expertise in representing REITs.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Credit Suisse

Singapore Life Pte. Ltd.

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

YTL Power International Bhd

Investcorp

Milbank LLP

Yinson Acacia Limited, Yinson Boronia Consortium Pte. Ltd.

Dynamic Colours Limited

Firstcorp Pte. Ltd.; Firstcorp Global Pte. Ltd.; Firstcorp International Pte. Ltd.; Firstcorp Partners I Pte. Ltd.

Catena Technologies

GEMS Global School Limited GEMS Education (East Asia) Pte. Ltd.

MM2 Asia Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Credit Suisse, financial adviser to CapitaLand Commercial Trust Management (as manager of CapitaLand Commercial Trust) in the S$22.9bn merger of CapitaLand Mall Trust and CapitaLand Commercial Trust.
  • Acted for the shareholders of home-grown insurer Singapore Life Pte. Ltd. (Singlife) in its merger with Aviva Singapore in Singapore’s largest insurance deal, with a combined business valued at S$3.2bn.
  • Acted for Credit Suisse (Singapore) Limited, the financial advisor to Temasek Holdings, in the S$2.1bn recapitalisation of Sembcorp Marine through a rights issue, and the demerger of Sembcorp Industries and Sembcorp Marine.

Singapore > Dispute resolution: local firms Tier 2

TSMP Law Corporation handles a spread of complex commercial and corporate disputes and is a key player in the emerging trust litigation arena. The team led by Thio Shen Yi, a leading commercial litigator, is experienced in contentious matters related to shareholder agreements, construction, employment, and insolvency for international banks and financial institutions. Kelvin Koh offers his extensive knowledge of trust and succession law to high-net-worth families and individuals in a range of trust-related disputes concerning land, estate planning, and cross-border pre-nuptial agreements. Pei Ching Ong specialises in fraud-related litigation and IP disputes.

Practice head(s):

Thio Shen Yi, SC

Other key lawyers:

Kelvin Koh; Pei Ching Ong; Melvin Chan; Adrian Tan

Testimonials

‘Good team of lawyers and very good in handling litigation’.

‘Outstanding advocacy through intuitive and innovative thinking. Energetic, sharp thinking and unrelenting.’

‘Synergistic team, responsive, and a very holistic approach when it came to handling cases. Proper and thoughtful advice was always given even if it was not optimal for revenue generation. This was especially true for Kelvin Koh.’

Key clients

Compagnia de Navegacion Palomar, S.A.

Cosmopolitan Finance Corporation

Dominion Corporation S.A.

John Manners & Co Pte Ltd

Peninsular Navigation Company Pte Ltd

Straits Marine Company Pte Ltd

Peter Tan Shou Yi

Tedi Fly River Development Foundation Ltd

Eight members of communities living in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea

YTL PowerSeraya Pte. Limited

Seraya Energy Pte Ltd

The Kheng Chiu Tin Hou Kong and Burial Ground

Royston Moh Tai Suan

16 owners of 12 shop units in Macpherson Mall

ERC Unicampus Pte Ltd

Avery Strategic Investments Pte Ltd

Liang Xihong

Chengdu Ding Feng Real Estate Development Co., Ltd. Taicang Ding Feng Real Estate Development Co., Ltd. Xiamen Pacific Estate Investment Co., Ltd

Querencia Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for Peter Tan, a former Prudential senior financial services manager, in defending a S$2.8 billion claim by Prudential over alleged mass poaching of agents.
  • Acting for the communities in Papua New Guinea that were affected by the country’s biggest environmental disaster in recovering monies amounting to US$1.48bn meant for the benefit of said communities.
  • Successfully acted for an electricity generator in Singapore and its electricity retailing arm in pursuing S$32 million liquidated damages from their customers, two Singapore subsidiaries of Japanese materials manufacturer Denka Co Ltd, in relation to the termination of an electricity contract.

Singapore > Labour and employment: local firms Tier 2

TSMP Law Corporation‘s prestigious standing in Singapore is further elevated by its impressive work in the employment sphere, notably in representing financial institutions, multinationals, Singapore corporates and senior executives. The firm has a history of acting for parties in some of Singapore’s most noteworthy employment disputes, and has an extensive record in transactional-related employment matters, including incentive plans. Ian Lim is an established name in the Singapore employment segment. Senior associate Nicholas Ngo is a rising star.

Practice head(s):

Ian Lim

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The employment law team is very responsive and very reasonable in terms of cost.’

‘Very responsive, deep understanding of the subject matter, detailed and yet practical solutions provided.’

‘Ian Lim is our go-to person in Singapore. He is terrific.’ 

‘Ian Lim is very good with great ideas and professional advice. Combined with a very human touch, I find the services provided excellent.’

‘Ian Lim – level headed professional, an expert in his field, great to work with.’

Key clients

Citibank

DHL

Emerson Electric

IBM

Aviva Singlife

Work highlights

  • Acted for Singlife in relation to employment and compensation matters arising from its $3.2bn merger with Aviva.
  • Acted for Singapore Exchange-listed TEHO International in its High Court claims against the ex-MD of its subsidiary for his wide-ranging breaches of his fiduciary and contractual duties, misconduct and copyright infringement.
  • Acted for multinational energy infrastructure contractor Entrepose in a post-acquisition $6.26m dispute with former owner and director Alain Dambron, involving claims for breaches of warranties and indemnities including for tax liabilities in Turkmenistan.

Singapore > Construction: Local firms Tier 3

TSMP Law Corporation is best known for construction disputes relating to real estate and infrastructure projects in Singapore. The firm represents a number of local and regional developers, along with international contractors, and has further expertise in front-end drafting. Melvin Chan and Derek Loh are construction specialists, while Thio Shien Yi SC provides further senior-level disputes expertise.

Practice head(s):

Thio Shen Yi, SC; Derek Loh; Melvin Chan

Testimonials

‘The team are designed to handle any kinds of issues including disputes in relation to the construction industry. They are well organized, extremely punctual and productive.’

‘Melvin Chan is very well organized and he also gave us various best results in various disputes in court litigation and adjudication.’

‘Technically competent and articulate in presenting arguments/rebuttals.’

‘Senior Counsel Thio Shen Yi needs no introduction.’

‘It is the firm’s wide knowledge in the Construction sector and their passion to deliver good and effective advice.’

‘Derek Loh He is creative thinker who finds solutions to the most difficult issues or problems we have had. He consistently gave us best results in various disputes where we initially had weak positions before he represented. He knows what his client wants.’

‘I would name Mr Melvin Chan, who has really engaged in our discussions and he offers good and effective advice. Mr Chan possessed very good knowledge of the Construction industry and he is very professional in his advice.’

Key clients

CSYA Pte Ltd

Euro Assets Holding (S) Pte Ltd

Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd

Hafary Pte Ltd

Boustead Projects E&C Pte Ltd

Blu World Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Defending CSYA Pte Ltd and Chan Sau Yan (formerly trading as Chan Sau Yan Associates) against a S$13 million claims of fraud, conspiracy, negligence, and breaches of duty against an architect in the construction of three good class bungalows.
  • Acting for Euro Assets Holding (S) Pte Ltd in a S$2 million compensation claim against the architect, engineer and contractor for damages related to addition and alteration works on the said shophouse.
  • Acting for main contractor Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd in defending a claim by Taishi-Tech (S) Pte Ltd in respect of the construction of the Watertown integrated development project in Punggol.

Singapore > Restructuring and insolvency: local firms Tier 3

TSMP Law Corporation is best known for insolvency litigation, though it has genuine credibility in restructuring and workouts. It has strong connections to a range of debtors, creditors and liquidators. Thio Shien Yi SC has an outstanding reputation in big-ticket disputes, including contentious insolvency proceedings, notably representing creditors in the headline Hyflux restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Thio Shen Yi, SC; Stefanie Yuen Thio

Other key lawyers:

Kelvin Koh

Testimonials

‘Kelvin Koh – very knowledgeable legally and has a good commercial sense.’

Key clients

JP Morgan

Mizuho Bank of Japan

Agritrade International (Pte) Ltd

Former director of ZenRock

Hontop Energy (Singapore) Pte Ltd / Wanda Holding Group Co Ltd

Dr Goh Jin Hian

Parkway Holdings Limited

Creditors of Victoria Medical

Noteholders of Pacific International Lines Private Limited

AlmaStone

Deloitte & Touche LLP

Esprit

Work highlights

  • Advised JP Morgan as one of the top 15 creditors (in value), being owed $46m, in the Hin Leong insolvency
  • Advised Mizuho Bank of Japan, which is Hyflux’s second largest creditor and the largest non-secured creditor, in Hyflux’s restructuring.
  • Advised Esprit on its Asia (ex-China) voluntary restructuring exercise, as Singapore counsel, in relation to its 12 retail stores in Singapore.

Singapore > Banking and finance: local firms Tier 4

TSMP Law Corporation is focused on corporate real estate financing, with a specialism in land acquisition and development finance. The group acts for lenders and borrowers, counting major Singapore banks as clients. An additional area of expertise is assisting multinationals as Singapore counsel for secured note financings. Established real estate finance lawyer Jennifer Chia  heads the department. June Ho is also experienced in transactions across a number of sectors, including in relation to bi-lateral loans and ship financing.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Chia; June Ho

Testimonials

‘Good teamwork, responsive and professional’

‘Jennifer Chia is knowledgeable, responsive, meticulous and efficient’

We have worked together with June Ho on several international financings during the last year, and find her to be very responsive, excellent quality of work, pragmatic and pleasant to work with.’

Key clients

INEOS Styrolution APAC Pte. Ltd.

Pan Asia Realty Advisors (Singapore)

Ashurst ADTLaw

Oxley Beryl Pte. Ltd. (“Oxley”)

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Oxley Group in its discharge of securities securing the loan facilities of S$483m from HSBC and Maybank in relation to 30 Raffles Place, Chevron House
  • Acted for OCBC and DBS on the grant of S$446m to 71 Robinson Pte. Ltd. for the acquisition of 71 Robinson Road from its affiliate.
  • Acted for DNB Bank ASA in the US$2bn refinancing of Norway’s largest offshore company Solstad.

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

TSMP Law Corporation is known for advising domestic and international corporates on IPOs and secondary listings, with a strong focus on Singapore regulatory issues. Heading the firm's corporate transactional team, Stefanie Yuen Thio is often instructed on equity capital markets transactions.

Practice head(s):

Stefanie Yuen Thio

Key clients

INEOS Styrolution APAC Pte. Ltd.

Ashurst ADTLaw

AnnAik Limited

Credit Suisse

Citibank

OCBC

Work highlights

  • Advised Credit Suisse (Singapore) Limited, the financial advisor to Temasek Holdings, on the S$2.1bn recapitalisation of Sembcorp Marine through a rights issue, and the demerger of Sembcorp Industries and Sembcorp Marine.
  • Advising OUE Limited and its subsidiaries in OUELH’s S$190m recapitalisation to repay loans to OUE.
  • Advised Halcyon Agri on its proposed S$174.7m rights issue.

Established in 1998, TSMP Law Corporation is recognised as Singapore’s top corporate boutique law firm. It specialises in complex dispute resolution and cutting-edge transactions for a wide range of clientele, spanning from Fortune 500 companies to private wealth individuals, from Singapore and countries all over the world. As an independent law firm, TSMP is experienced in working with top-tier global firms on cross-border deals. TSMP’s work in M&A, dispute resolution, international arbitration, real estate, construction and employment is regularly recognised by leading legal journals. The firm also prides itself on its community engagement.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Dispute Resolution Thio Shen Yi, SCshenyi.thio@tsmplaw.com+65 6216 9466
Commercial/Corporate Transactions Stefanie Yuen Thiosyt@tsmplaw.com+65 6216 9494
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Mr Melvin Chan photo Mr Melvin ChanPartner, Co-head of Construction & Engineering
Ms Jennifer Chia photo Ms Jennifer ChiaPartner, Head of Banking & Finance and Corporate Real Estate
Ms June Ho photo Ms June HoPartner
Mr Kelvin Koh photo Mr Kelvin KohPartner
Mr Ian Lim photo Mr Ian LimPartner, Head of Employment & Labour
Mr Derek Loh photo Mr Derek LohPartner, Co-head of Construction & Engineering
Ms Pei Ching Ong photo Ms Pei Ching OngPartner
Mr Adrian Tan photo Mr Adrian TanPartner; Head of IP & TMT
Ms Felicia Tan photo Ms Felicia TanPartner
Mr Shen Yi Thio, SC photo Mr Shen Yi Thio, SCJoint managing partner, Head of Dispute Resolution
Ms Stefanie Yuen Thio photo Ms Stefanie Yuen ThioJoint Managing Partner, Head of Corporate
Number of lawyers : 60+
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Contacts : Thio Shen Yi, SC (litigation and dispute resolution)
Contacts : Stefanie Yuen Thio (commercial and corporate transactions)