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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
2 SHENTON WAY
#16-01 SGX CENTRE 1
SINGAPORE 068804
Singapore

Singapore > Investment funds: foreign firms Tier 2

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is principally focused on private equity funds, operating both on the GP and LP sides. It has a strong connection to sovereign investors in the Middle East. Olivia Chung is one of few US-qualified investment funds specialists in Singapore and also has a background with open-ended funds when she previously practised in New York. Her experience has made the team well suited to growth in the credit funds segment, often working alongside colleagues in Hong Kong. Senior Counsel Divya Thakur is an India funds specialist, who frequently works alongside London partner John Holton . Former Singapore partner Robert Griffin has relocated to Dallas.

Practice head(s):

Olivia Chung; Robert Griffin; Prakash Mehta; Stephen Vine

Other key lawyers:

Divya Thakur; Juliana Widjaja

Testimonials

‘The team at Akin Gump is flexible, knowledgeable and always able to deliver sound advice that is practical and useful. Clients value the deep knowledge of the team – a unique feature of the team is its ability to seamlessly work with partners/lawyers from its other worldwide offices to serve the Asian based clients.’

Local Singapore presence, knowledge of US law.’

‘Excellent provision of service for funds being raised for India.’

‘Olivia Chung – a good lawyer with a good understanding of the needs of the client, is client-centric and always being able to work with clients with differing needs.’

‘Special mentions to Olivia Chung, Divya Thakur and Juliana Widjaja.’

Singapore > Energy: foreign firms Tier 3

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP‘s Singapore team successfully leverages its deep expertise in the broader energy sphere, along with the firm’s global standing. The group has a strong presence in LNG, mining, power and renewables and worked on a series of renewable energy M&A transactions, particularly in the solar sector. Paul Greening have extensive experience in Asia Pacific energy transactions and projects. Michael Joyce  left the firm in June 2021 for Rimon, P.C.

Practice head(s):

Paul Greening

Other key lawyers:

Euan Strachan

Testimonials

‘High-quality of service, professional and personable. Consistently demonstrates an in-depth knowledge of the subject matter across several jurisdictions. Very responsive.’

‘Euan Strachan (Associate) and Paul Greening (Partner) are both strong lawyers technically and work very well together as a focused Energy team. The targeted and innovative nature of their advice sets them apart from others in the sector.’

‘We highly value their expertise on cross-border projects (especially in energy industries). Also, they know the decision-making process of a Japanese company so well that they oftentimes provide us with useful advice to navigate the projects.’

‘Akin Gump truly has a global practice – this project in Africa was staffed by lawyers in Singapore who were an excellent fit for the project. And their use of technology added to the responsiveness, on top of a great work product that was very helpful for the client.’

‘Akin Gump Singapore team has a strong energy practice led by Paul Greening.’

‘Paul Greening has been very active in advising clients on complex energy projects in the region. He is a highly experienced energy lawyer, very knowledgeable about the industry and market developments, and have a great depth of expertise on liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects.’

Key clients

Energy Capital Vietnam

The J Power Group (incl. ultimate parent The Electric Power Development Co., Ltd., J-Power Latrobe Valley Pty. Ltd. and J-Power Australia Pty. Ltd.)

Apache

Anadarko Singapore (now Total E&P Singapore)

Hopu Investments

Tellurian Investments Inc.

Ad hoc group of senior unsecured creditors of Noble Group Limited

Informal Steering Committee of Noteholders of Hyflux Limited

Valero Energy Corporation

GAIL Group Companies (including GAIL Singapore)

CKR Resources Pte Limited

Vitol Inc.

ENEOS Corporation

ITOCHU Group companies (including ITOCHU Corporation, ITOCHU Australia Ltd, ITOCHU Singapore Pte Ltd and ICRA MC Pty. Ltd.)

Barrick Gold

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Toyota Tsusho Corporation

Blackpeak Group

Jiangxi Copper

Work highlights

  • Advised ENEOS Corporation on the acquisition of an indirect interest in a project company which is developing a 140 MW solar power project in the State of Texas, USA.
  • Advised NextEnergy Capital in the proposed acquisition of a 27.35MWp (Megawatt peak) solar power project located in the State of Odisha, India.
  • Represented the Diamond Offshore Committee in the chapter 11 cases of Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. and its affiliated debtors, which cases are currently pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Singapore > Projects: foreign firms Tier 4

At Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, the focus is on energy and natural resources projects, with the team providing advice all the way through the value chain, including assisting with exploration and production, joint venture structuring and negotiations, development and offtake. Clients range from public and private companies, to sponsors and portfolio companies as well as governments; Japanese corporations form a core part of this roster. Paul Greening is the key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘We highly value their expertise on cross-border projects (especially in energy industries).’

Key clients

Energy Capital Vietnam

The J Power Group

Apache

Anadarko Singapore (now Total E&P Singapore)

Hopu Investments

Tellurian Investments Inc.

Ad hoc group of senior unsecured creditors of Noble Group Limited

Informal Steering Committee of Noteholders of Hyflux Limited

Valero Energy Corporation

GAIL Group Companies, including GAIL Singapore

CKR Resources Pte Limited

Vitol Inc.

ENEOS Corporation

ITOCHU Group companies, including ITOCHU Corporation, ITOCHU Australia Ltd, ITOCHU Singapore Pte Ltd and ICRA MC Pty. Ltd.

Barrick Gold

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Toyota Tsusho Corporation

Blackpeak Group

Jiangxi Copper

Work highlights

  • Advising Energy Capital Vietnam on the development of a private LNG import terminal and gas-fired power plant, with an anticipated size of up to 3,200MW, in Mui Ke Ga, Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam.
  • Advising Electric Power Development Corporation on its participation in a world-first project to produce hydrogen from Australia’s vast brown coal reserves in the Latrobe Valley in Victoria, Australia.
  • Advising GAIL, a major wholesale distributor of petroleum products, on a number of LNG sale and purchase agreements.

India > Foreign firms

Akin Gump LLP‘s India-related work is led by Prakash Mehta in Washington DC and the ‘excellent’ Thomas John Holton in London. Its focus is on funds matters; ‘with excellent capabilities on all facets of fund formation, including regulatory, tax and compliance‘. It acts for major, often global private equity, venture capital, real estate and credit funds in their fund raisings in India and also assists India-based funds to expand overseas or set up a base in countries such as the USA, when they would also be assisted in navigating regulatory and licensing issues. There are specialists in Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, London and Abu Dhabi, including Divya Thakur and Juliana Widjaja in Singapore.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

It’s a full service firm with excellent capabilities on all facets of fund formation, including regulatory, tax and compliance. Further, with the team spread across key geographies, such as Singapore, London and US-West coast, they are able to work seamlessly across time zones. With respect to any complex matter requiring expert opinions, the firm is able to pull in resources from various backgrounds who give very timely and sound legal advice.’

‘Thomas John Holton: Always available and an excellent funds lawyer – gives very practical advice which is balanced from a regulatory and market perspective.

Key clients

Carpediem Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Carpediem Capital in connection with the launch of their fund and marketing efforts around the world.

Firm Overview:

Akin Gump is one of the world’s largest law firms, with 20 offices and over 900 lawyers and advisors worldwide, handling high-profile and high-value matters for clients around the globe. In Asia, the firm advises its clients across a wide range of practices and industries, working closely with the firm’s European, Middle East and US offices.

*The firm’s legal entity in Hong Kong is Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, a firm of solicitors which is regulated by the Law Society of Hong Kong.

Main Areas of Practice:

Financial Restructuring:

Akin Gump’s Asia financial restructuring team is widely recognised for its representation of creditors and, combined with the firm’s market-leading US and European financial restructuring teams, is an integral part of a top-tier global financial restructuring practice. With unrivalled experience acting for bondholders, noteholders and other creditors of companies in financial distress on complex, cross border restructurings, the team plays a leading role in most major Asia- Pacific restructurings.

Corporate/M&A & Private Equity:

Lawyers in the Hong Kong, Beijing and Singapore offices guide clients through all stages of their corporate and private equity transactions, from deal structuring, through negotiation to post-acquisition issues. Akin Gump represents clients across numerous industries and sectors in relation to private and public company mergers, acquisitions and disposals, joint-ventures and buyouts.

Corporate Investigations/Anti-corruption:

Well-known for its deep knowledge of business practices in the region, the firm’s Asia-based investigations team covers antibribery and FCPA-related investigations, antitrust, fraud, sanctions, export controls, World Bank issues and securities-related matters.

International Trade:

The firm’s international trade team advises clients on all aspects of international trade law includ­ing on the regulatory and compliance aspects of cross-border transactions and a range of trade related issues, including compliance trade policy and WTO matters. The firm represents a number of Asia-Pacific governments with many of its lawyers serving as former government officials, offering significant insight into the workings and considerations of governments.

Investment Management:

As a leading alternative investment management practice serving clients in the world’s primary financial centres, Akin Gump offers unparalleled depth of technical knowledge and experience. The firm’s investment management practice encompasses all aspects of fund formation and ongoing operations including fund structur­ing and management, investor relations and portfolio company representation. Akin Gump’s representation of a broad range of asset managers and institutional investors gives it proprietary insight on emerging private equity and hedge fund market trends.

Capital Markets:

From its Beijing and Hong Kong offices, Akin Gump represents investment banks, issuers and securities houses as well as venture capital and private equity firms in the full range of public and private debt and equity transactions, including initial and secondary public offerings, Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings, traditional private placements and debt restructurings.

Finance:

The firm’s finance and alternative credit team represents investor clients on new debt and equity investments throughout Asia-Pacific, including secured and unsecured credit facilities, straight and convertible bonds and other debt instruments. The team also advises on alternative financing solutions, including pre-IPO investments and other financing structures.

Energy:

Akin Gump advises clients on many of the larg­est and most complex energy projects across Asia-Pacific, regularly advising exploration and production clients on LNG project develop­ment and upstream oil and gas acquisitions and divestitures. The firm acts on conventional and renewable energy project development and financing, as well as the purchasing and selling of power projects and companies.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
The dispute resolution practice advises investment firms, financial institu­tions, corporations and insolvency office holders on contentious matters across Asia. The team represents clients in commercial litigation and international arbitrations related to distressed debt and equity investments, finance arrangements, contentious insolvency and restructuring situations, bondholder disputes and shareholder activism campaigns.

Additional Information

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DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Singapore Partner in Charge Michael Joyce
Asia
Corporate
Cross-border transactions
Debt and equity finance
Energy and natural resources
Hedge funds
Investment management
Mergers and acquisitions
Private equity funds
Project acquisition and disposition
Renewable energy
Shipping and offshore services
Power
Transportation
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Paul Greening photo Paul GreeningPaul Greening advises on international energy, utilities and infrastructure projects across Asia,…
Robert Griffin photo Robert GriffinMr. Griffin advises investment fund managers in the United States and internationally…
Michael Joyce photo Michael JoyceMichael Joyce assists clients with international cross border M&A and the development…
Firmwide lawyers and advisors : 900+
Singapore lawyers : 8
English
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Contact : Michael Joyce (Singapore Partner in Charge)
Other offices : Abu Dhabi
Other offices : Beijing
Other offices : Dallas
Other offices : Dubai
Other offices : Fort Worth
Other offices : Frankfurt
Other offices : Geneva
Other offices : Hartford
Other offices : Hong Kong
Other offices : Houston
Other offices : Irvine
Other offices : London
Other offices : Los Angeles
Other offices : New York
Other offices : Philadelphia
Other offices : San Antonio
Other offices : San Francisco
Other offices : Washington DC

Diversity and Inclusion  

At Akin Gump, we believe the various perspectives and experiences of our lawyers and staff help us achieve exceptional results for our clients and bring important insights into all aspects of the firm.   

Firmwide Resource Group 

Our firm sponsors seven firmwide resource groups (FRG) for lawyers and staff focused on Abilities, Asian, Black, Latinx, LGBTQ+, Parents/Caregivers, and Women. These FRGs complement the firm’s efforts related to recruiting, professional development, and fostering inclusive workplaces. They are voluntary and open to all attorneys and staff 

Local Diversity and Inclusion Councils 

Akin Gump has a firmwide Diversity and Inclusion Council to guide the execution of the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy. We also have local diversity and inclusion councils in each U.S. office, and London. Diversity and inclusion councils offer lawyers and staff a chance to communicate ideas to firm management and to recommend additional initiatives to enhance diversity and inclusion at the firm.   

Family Friendly Policies 

At Akin Gump, we support lawyers through policies and programmes that enable them to effectively manage and integrate work, family, and other responsibilities. The firm has a Reduced Work Schedule Policy, which allows lawyers to work reduced schedules and remain on partnership track. In particular, we have a significant track record of promotions of women who have availed themselves of the policy. 

We also have an Agile Work Programme that recognises that agile work arrangements play an important role in providing excellent client service at the highest levels while also providing flexibility for our lawyers. 

The firm works with Bright Horizon’s Family Solutions to offer our employees care for children and dependent adults. 

Pro bono 

Our lawyers defend human rights by representing asylum seekers, victims of trafficking and the NGOs that assist them. Our pro bono matters include public interest litigation, legislative counselling, poverty law and transactions, in each of Akin Gump’s offices. The firm is also focused on leveraging our tremendous pro bono commitment to address injustice and pursue equality throughout our communities. 

Asia 

Akin Gump’s Asian offices are committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment where all members of the Akin Gump community can thrive and grow.  We maintain a culture that sees differences as strength. Local chapters of our firmwide resource groups support our LGBTQ+, women lawyers, and also support family and caregivers. 

We have an active chapter of our Women’s FRG in the Hong Kong office. The group provides a forum for the firm’s women to build relationships internally and externally and provide targeted professional development.  In Hong Kong, in addition to local social events, our Women’s FRG were sponsors of The Women’s Foundation’s International Women’s Day lunch, the annual Women of Influence Conference by American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Tedx TinHau Women event, and hosted an in-house training session on communicating and presenting with impact and confidence.  

We are also sponsors of the Hong Kong LGBT+ Attorneys (HKGALA) Network, which aims to promote LGBT+ diversity and inclusion in the legal profession in Hong Kong.