Firm Profile > Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP > Singapore, Singapore

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
#16-01 SGX CENTRE 1

Investment funds: foreign firms Tier 2

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP's Singapore office frequently coordinates with colleagues across multiple offices to act for institutional asset managers,  private equity fund managers and sovereign wealth funds on big-ticket deals across Asia. It's multi-jurisdictional practice maintains a strong foothold in the Middle East, India and China, with a growing client base in the emerging markets of Vietnam, Indonesia and Pakistan. Robert Griffin is 'extremely effective in managing large, complex transactions' and provides 'understandable and consistent guidance' on the operation of private equity, hedge, real estate and other alternative investment funds.

Practice head(s):

Robert Griffin


The team has far outreached expectations regarding legal support for India-focused funds. Not only are they readily reachable and available for any query, but also they find out the best solutions for the client, along with the utmost diligence and rigour in rendering advice.’

The Singapore practice is highly commended for its knowledge, access to partners, commercial approach to problem solving in emerging markets, and unified service across the firm’s London, Singapore and US offices‘.

Robert Griffin is extremely effective in managing large, complex transactional matters, and in providing clear, understandable and consistent guidance

Robert Griffin offers considered and workable solutions to difficult problems and hurdles, demonstrated first-class skills and experience in all aspects of the representation, and managed a team that delivered legal services of the highest quality.’

Key clients

Bain Capital Credit

India Asset Resurgence Fund

Mubadala Capital Management

Aavishkaar Capital Management

Baltoro Capital

Energy: foreign firms Tier 4

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a potent force in upstream and midstream oil and gas, and power. The Singapore team is well-entrenched in the LNG sector, including LNG to power projects. In the broader power environment, the office is better known for conventional energy sources, though it is gaining ground in smaller renewables engagements. It is also making headway in private equity investments and transactions involving Chinese entities. Michael Joyce is an experienced figure in oil and gas, power and mining, including both M&A and projects engagements. Paul Greening has a similar background, with a notable emphasis on LNG-related M&A and projects.

Practice head(s):

Michael Joyce; Paul Greening

Key clients

Hopu Investments

Valero Energy

Anadarko Petroleum


JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy

Mitsui & Co

Tokyo Gas

Projects: foreign firms Tier 4

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a recognised player in LNG-to-power projects, having built on the team's experience and expertise in upstream and midstream oil and gas. The Singapore group is close to a number of Japanese sponsors, several national oil companies, and a growing number of Chinese entities. Michael Joyce has an excellent record in oil and gas and power is a potent force in upstream and midstream oil and gas, and power, while  Paul Greening is noted for LNG project development.

Practice head(s):

Michael Joyce; Paul Greening

Key clients

Hopu Investments

Anadarko Petroleum

JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy

Tokyo Gas

Firm Overview:
Akin Gump is one of the world’s largest law firms, with 20 offices and more than 1,000 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. Akin Gump’s Asia offices work very closely together, and 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:

Capital Markets:
Akin Gump represents investment banks, securities houses and venture capital and private equity firms in the full range of public and private debt and equity transactions, such as initial and secondary public offerings, Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings, traditional private placements and debt 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/Anticorruption:
Well-known for its deep knowledge of business practices in the Asia-Pacific 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.

Akin Gump advises clients on many of the largest and most complex energy projects across Asia-Pacific. The team regularly advises exploration and production clients in LNG project development and upstream oil and gas acquisitions and divestitures. The firm is one of the leading law firms working in conventional and renewable energy project development and financing as well as the purchasing and selling of power projects and companies.

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. Financing experience includes myriad alternative financing solutions, including pre-IPO investments and other financing structures in China and across the region.

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.

International Trade:
The firm’s Asia-Pacific international trade team advises clients on all aspects of international trade law including on the regulatory and compliance aspects of cross-border transactions and on a range of trade related issues, such as 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 Funds:
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 Asia 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.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
The firm’s full-service dispute resolution practice advises hedge funds and other financial institutions with interests in the Asia-Pacific region. Work on contentious matters focuses on, among other things, restructurings, distressed debt investments, lending arrangements, bondholder disputes and shareholder activism campaigns.

Department Name Email Telephone
Singapore Partner in Charge Robert Griffin
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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Paul Greening photo Paul Greening Paul Greening advises on international energy, utilities and infrastructure projects across Asia,…
 Robert Griffin photo Robert Griffin Mr. Griffin advises investment fund managers in the United States and internationally…
 Michael Joyce photo Michael Joyce Michael Joyce assists clients with international cross border M&A and the development…
Firmwide lawyers and advisors : 1,000+
Singapore lawyers : 7
Contact : Robert M Griffin (Singapore partner in charge)
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Diversity and Inclusion

At Akin Gump, we believe that 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.  Our diversity strategy includes the following goal areas: leadership commitment, recruiting and diversity pipeline, professional development and inclusive workplaces, and strategic partnerships.

Firmwide Resource Groups

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

Local Inclusion Councils

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

Family Friendly Policies

Akin Gump recognizes the importance of supporting our lawyers through policies and programs that enable them to effectively manage and integrate work, family, and other responsibilities. The firm has a Reduced Work Schedule Policy, which allows all 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 Program that recognizes 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 has partnered 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 nongovernmental organizations that assist them. Our pro bono matters include significant public interest litigation, legislative counseling, poverty law and transactions, both large and small, in every one of Akin Gump’s offices.


The Asian offices of Akin Gump 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 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.