Firm Profile > Watson Farley & Williams LLP > Singapore, Singapore

Watson Farley & Williams LLP
6 BATTERY ROAD, #28-00
SINGAPORE 049909
Singapore

Singapore > Asset finance: foreign firms Tier 2

Watson Farley & Williams LLP‘s Singapore office is a vital component in the firm’s global position as a go-to counsel in asset finance. It has five aviation and shipping partners in the jurisdiction who cover a broad range of ship and aviation finance engagements. Beyond mainstream asset financings, the team has also built a reputation in offshore oil and gas, ports and logistics. In aviation, the team has been at the forefront of insolvencies and restructurings, JOLCO financings and Chinese leasing structures. Charles Viggers is a recognised authority on aviation finance and leasing, and Goh Mei Lin is one of the most experienced shipping and ship finance specialists in the market, acting for both lenders and shipowners. Mehraab Nazir is further noted for JOLCO financings and airline restructurings. Lizzie Roe impresses at counsel level.

Practice head(s):

Goh Mei Lin

Other key lawyers:

Mehraab Nazir; Charles Viggers; Simon Petch; Lizzie Roe; Ee Ling Goh

Testimonials

‘The team is responsive and proactive in handling matters.’ 

‘The aircraft finance team has in-depth experience and strong relationships with top-tier clients.’

‘The team is able to provide appropriate advice across the spectrum of legal counsel, across various products and structure, and one-stop solution involving foreign counsels.’

‘Each individual within the team fulfils their roles to the best of their capabilities. The partner Goh Mei Lin is proactive and sincere in providing support as the lender’s counsel. Counsel Lizzie Roe is sharp and effective in guiding banks to consider various commercial negotiations and provides adequate solutions on documentation negotiation.’

‘Charles Viggers is a dedicated, reactive partner, who remains hands-on, from the inception to the closing of the transaction, and with whom it is fruitful and pleasant to exchange.’

‘Mehraab Nazir really stands out in terms of market knowledge and communication. Mehraab communicates directly with other parties’ counsel in order to work towards potential solutions. Mehraab and the team take their time to dig into (non-standard) transactions and proactively advocate the best interest of the client. They are not afraid to recommend against some of our (client) suggestions in our best interests.’

‘Simon Petch and Ee Ling Goh are standout performers.’

Key clients

Bank of America NA

Citibank N.A.

Standard Chartered Bank

BNP Paribas (Singapore Branch)

Wan Hai Lines (Singapore) Pte Ltd

National Australia Bank Limited

Export-Import Bank of the U.S.

CIC Credit Industriel et Commercial

Singapore > Restructuring and insolvency: foreign firms Tier 2

Watson Farley & Williams LLP has continued to land a number of major restructuring engagements in the maritime, offshore oil and gas, and aviation sectors. The Singapore office represents a variety of debtors, creditors and lessors. Goh Mei Lin is a leading name in the maritime space.

Practice head(s):

Goh Mei Lin

Testimonials

‘WFW Singapore is experienced in all fields relating to ship finance, including insolvency practice. In particular, WFW Singapore contributed substantially in the development of the insolvency practice in Korea. To explain, as to the ship financing documents governed by English law, WFW Singapore worked closely with Kim & Chang for having the clients’ interests best represented under the Korean insolvency law regime.’

‘In Korea, Mei Lin Goh is recognised as one of the best lawyers in ship financing/insolvency.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Nordic Aviation Capital Group

Wilmington Trust (London) Limited

DVB Bank SE

Precious Shipping Public Co., Ltd

Bank of America NA

Citibank N.A.

National Australia Bank Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

Credit Agricole Asia Shipfinance Limited

Development Bank of Japan

Dorian LPG Ltd.

DVB Bank SE Singapore Branch

Grindrod Shipping Holdings Ltd.

ING Bank N.V., Singapore Branch

MUFG Bank

Oversea- Chinese Banking Corporation Ltd

Reliance Industries

Teekay Offshore Partners L.P.

Singapore > Shipping: foreign firms Tier 2

Watson Farley & Williams LLP is primarily known for ship finance know-how in Singapore, thanks to its sizeable team of experienced partners led by senior figure Goh Mei Lin. The firm has also developed a name for itself in the offshore oil and gas sector and LNG market. It has a hugely impressive lender client base, routinely engaging the firm on big-ticket ship financings; this is complemented by a series of prominent shipowner clients. Mehraab Nazir is another established name in ship finance, while Andrew Nimmo has made a big impression in offshore oil and gas matters. Simon Petch is also experienced in ship finance and other transactional engagements.

Practice head(s):

Goh Mei Lin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is responsive and proactive in handling matters.’

‘The best service would be through the personal engagement that Andrew Nimmo maintains with clients especially when he is fully engaged for the work. This, coupled with easy access to his advice is the best ‘sale service’ provided to clients, especially during urgent requirements.’

‘Simon Petch and Ee Ling Goh are standout performers.’

Key clients

Bank of America NA

Citibank N.A.

National Australia Bank Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

Wan Hai Lines (Singapore) Pte Ltd

CMB FINANCIAL LEASING CO., LTD.

Credit Agricole Asia Shipfinance Limited

Danish Ship Finance

Development Bank of Japan

Dorian LPG Ltd.

DVB Bank SE Singapore Branch

Grindrod Shipping Holdings Ltd.

ING Bank N.V., Singapore Branch

MUFG Bank

Oversea- Chinese Banking Corporation Ltd

Reliance Industries

Société Générale

Standard Chartered Bank, Tokyo Branch

Teekay Offshore Partners L.P.

Singapore > Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 4

Watson Farley & Williams LLP‘s Singapore practice is well integrated into the firm’s global office network, and is regularly instructed on finance deals throughout the Asia Pacific region for creditors and borrowers. The group is led by Mei Lin Goh, an asset and project finance specialist focusing on the energy and natural resources sectors. Charles Viggers is another key name in the asset finance team.

Practice head(s):

Goh Mei Lin

Other key lawyers:

Charles Viggers; Arrow Zhang

Key clients

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited

Crédit Industriel et Commercial (CIC)

European ECAs for Airbus exports (Euler Hermes, UK Export Finance and Bpifrance Assurance Export)

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

BNP Paribas

Société Générale

Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank

Woori Bank

Deutsche Bank

Bank of America NA

Bank of Communications Co., Ltd.

BW Maritime Pte Ltd

Credit Suisse

Crédit Industriel et Commercial, Singapore Branch

DVB Bank SE

ING Bank N.V., Singapore Branch

Korea Development Bank, Seoul Branch

MUFG Bank Ltd

Nord LB

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation, Limited

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation

ANZ Banking Group Limited

Mizuho Bank Ltd

Commerzbank AG

South Korea > Shipping: foreign firms Tier 3

Watson Farley & Williams LLP’s shipping team advises on matters including financing, projects, dispute resolution and corporate law. It has also developed particular expertise in advising on high profile restructurings involving some of Korea’s major shipping companies, such as Korea Lines, SK Shipping and Pan Ocean. Singapore-based Mei Lin Goh co-leads the team with Hong Kong-based Madeline Leong; Goh has extensive experience in shipping finance. Other key practitioners include Christoforos Bisbikos in Hong Kong, who has ship lease and debt financing expertise.

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Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Responsiveness and professionalism of the team.

‘Deep experience and sharing of practical and workable solutions.’

Key clients

Bank of America, N.A.

Standard Chartered Bank

Woori Bank

Bank of Nova Scotia

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale, Singapore Branch

Korea Development Bank

Crédit Industriel et Commercial

Societé Generalé

Deutsche Bank AG, Hong Kong Branch

Mizuho Bank

Dedicated to client care, industry focus and investment in our people
We are an international law firm advising on complex transactions and disputes through local knowledge and an integrated international network.  We have a strong sector focus, combining our technical excellence with deep industry knowledge across energy, transport and real estate.

Our business exists to help our clients achieve their goals, partnering with them to meet the challenges they face today and will face tomorrow.

Our values rest on developing deep and long-lasting relationships externally and internally through respect, sharing, communication and integrity.

We strive for excellence in all that we do and view investment in our people as key to achieving our business goals and values.

Our teams are integrated across legal disciplines and offices delivering consistently high levels of service locally and in combination across borders.

History: Sector focus has been at the heart of our strategy since we opened for business in 1982.  Having started life as an asset finance boutique focusing on the maritime and aviation industries, our transport focus quickly expanded to other supply-chain led industries, most notably, renewable and conventional energy and real estate and associate infrastructure across these industries.

Through our offices around the world, we provide a full suite of services within our core sectors enabling us to deliver exceptional value to our clients.

Facts

  • Founded 1982
  • 170+ Partners
  • 550+ Lawyers
  • 17 Offices
Photo Name Position Profile
 Damian Adams photo Damian Adams Damian has over 20 years of experience in structuring, negotiating, managing and…
 Mei Lin Goh photo Mei Lin Goh Mei specialises in cross-border asset, project and structured finance transactions in the…
 Ivy Liu photo Ivy Liu She has significant expertise in advising investors, lenders and contractors on deal…
 Mehraab Nazeer  photo Mehraab Nazeer Mehraab specialises in complex cross-border finance transactions with a particular focus on…
 Andrew Nimmo photo Andrew Nimmo Andrew specialises in the offshore oil & gas and maritime sectors, where…
 Charles Viggers photo Charles Viggers Charles’ practice focuses on the transport sector, with a special emphasis on…
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