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Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
8 MARINA BOULEVARD
#05-01 MARINA BAY FINANCIAL CENTRE TOWER 1
SINGAPORE 018981
Singapore

Intellectual property: Local firms Tier 1

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow handles the full gamut of intellectual property work, spanning regulatory IP portfolio management and branding, trade mark and design registration, enforcement and prosecution. Andy Leck heads the practice and is 'one of the best IP litigators and strategists'; he has recently acted for Motion Picture Association of America in the precedent-setting decision by the Singapore High Court granting a site-blocking application against such a large number of infringing websites. Lim Ren Jun's practice covers IP commercial transactions, regulatory issues, licensing, franchising, data protection and product liability. Abe Sun is 'an exceptional patent lawyer' with 'strong experience in the technology industry'.

Testimonials

‘Baker McKenzie’s team, especially the patent practice group, has a very good understanding of the technicalities and the relevant local and foreign laws’.

‘Trade mark and patent expertise are excellent. Andy Leck is a leading IP litigator and Abe Sun is one of the best patent strategists regionally. They interlink well with other legal specialists within the broader network of offices to bring together a cohesive team to help resource in-house counsel.’

‘Abe Sun is incredibly thorough in his explanations and is very business oriented.’

‘Abe Sun is an exceptional patent lawyer who has strong experience in the technology industry. He has very good communication skills and can work very well with the internal team to prepare the patent registration.’

Key clients

Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.

Fox Networks Group

Singapore Telecommunications

StarHub Ltd

The Premier League

Investment funds: foreign firms Tier 1

At Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow, Kelvin Poa leads an 'excellent team with very good understanding of local and foreign laws and regulations'.  Drawing on his experience in private equity, Poa advises leading funds on fund formation and structuring, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, restructurings and exits.  Derek Kwan is an 'excellent lawyer'; he is particularly noted for the structuring, formation and operation of a range of closed-end funds and private investment vehicles, with a strong focus on private real estate funds.

Testimonials

The team at Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow are very hands-on, knowledgeable and client oriented.’

Excellent team with a very good understanding of foreign and local laws and regulations.

Derek Kwan is an excellent lawyer with vast experience in the funds space.

Labour and employment: local firms Tier 1

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow handles contentious, non-contentious, investigatory and day-to-day employment-related issues, with complementary expertise in employment-related tax and immigration matters. Disputes partner Celeste Ang advises clients on compliance and regulatory issues in multi-jurisdictional investigations, terminations, breach of fiduciary duties and enforcement of restrictive covenants and confidentiality provisions. Kelvin Poa, and senior associates Ng Zhao Yang and Clarence Ding, make up the other key figures in the team. Aran Alexander left the firm in September 2019 for an in-house role.

Testimonials

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow’s team members really understand the clients’ business needs and are extremely knowledgeable about all the topics, providing the best recommendations and tailor-made solutions.

Private wealth: local firms Tier 1

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow combines local and international expertise in trust law and tax planning to handle a wide range of private client matters, often with a cross-border element, including family governance issues, international estate planning and regulatory and securities law issues in the case of listed stock. Practice head Dawn Quek also works alongside financial institutions that provide services to high-net-worth individuals in advising on structuring their business operations and product offerings for tax efficiency.

Tax: local firms Tier 1

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow is part of a global leader in tax and the Singapore team upholds this reputation, particularly in international tax planning and tax controversy matters. The unique transfer pricing group includes a number of economists. 'A safe pair of hands', Allen Tan leads the team, which includes senior figure Dawn Quek and transfer pricing specialist Michael Nixon . James Choo has moved to EY, while rated associate Jeremiah Soh has joined from WongPartnership LLP.

Testimonials

It is an excellent firm, because of the technical capabilities of its lawyers and economists. Key capabilities include transfer pricing, tax controversy, and tax advisory in relation to tax incentives and planning. Strengths also include speed of response and practical yet strategic tax advice, along with its expansive network of attorneys.’

Allen Tan is an excellent client service tax partner and consistently puts his client’s interests and needs ahead of all else. Allen is smart and approachable and has a great sense of humour, and is one of the best tax attorneys to work with in the APAC region.

Michael Nixon is an excellent transfer pricing lead economist. He has creative ideas, explains technical concepts well, and also has a pleasant demeanour, so he is really trustworthy and pleasant to work with.

Antitrust and competition: local firms Tier 2

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow utilises its global platform and collective experience in cross-border matters, with strong capabilities in Singapore and Chinese law matters. Merger control work relating to inbound and outbound investments is a key area of activity, as are competition disputes and investigations by domestic and foreign regulating authorities.  Key partner Ken Chia is of note for abuse of dominance and cartel investigations. Melissa Healy left the practice in June 2019.

Key clients

Press Metal Bintulu Sdn. Bhd.

Dyson Ltd

Niche Generics Limited and Unichem Laboratories Limited

Agfa Graphics Asia Limited

Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 2

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow is prominent in mid-market financings, especially in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and India. The firm's connections to PRC banks has gained it a profile in BRI financings and the wider project finance arena. It is also a growing player in acquisition finance, real estate finance and benefits from close connections to Asian and regional banks, along with influential credit funds. James Huang has a strong Asia-wide profile, as does Emmanuel HadjidakisKah Chin Chu and Kenneth Chuah  are also key members of the team, while Andrew Zaw is an emerging talent.

Testimonials

‘Team members are above par in response times, evaluating and ranking legal risks, their common sense approach to structure and documentation negotiation and they complement their legal expertise with a business perspective.’

‘Emmanuel Hadjidakis is a very solid practitioner who we like to instruct as he gets deals done efficiently.’

‘James Huang impresses with his detailed knowledge of debt restructuring, attention to details, close network in the Singapore banking sector, creative structuring and overall advice in prioritising legal risks and rendering commercially sound advice.’

‘Kenneth Chuah has a vast knowledge in receivables financing. He is always available for discussion and consultation and he supports business.’

‘Kah Chin Chu is a very experienced operator and trusted advisor. She has an exceptional relationship with our firm and its clients and takes a commerical approach to transactions and fees.’

Key clients

Maybank

Siam Commercial Bank

MUFG Bank

CIMB Bank

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation

Standard Chartered

Capital markets: equity and debt: foreign firms Tier 2

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow has an established presence in equity, debt and equity-linked transactions, covering South Asia, South East Asia and some North Asia offerings. It has a particularly strong presence in transactions originating from Indonesia and Thailand. Kenny Kwan has provided additional Singapore and international expertise since joining from Allen & Overy and Xavier Amadei has added international equity and debt experience, including US securities expertise, having joined from Linklaters; both joined in 2019, while senior name Pallavi Gopinath Aney left for Allen & OveryAshok Lalwani heads the team.

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bangkok Commercial Asset Management

BNP Paribas

Credit Suisse

CIMB

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

The Jaiprakash Group

The Mahindra Group

Construction: Local firms Tier 2

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow covers the full range of construction-related work, from procurement, construction contracts and related matters to litigation and adjudication. Practice head Nandakumar Ponniya has in-depth knowledge of construction regulatory frameworks and courtroom experience in disputes arising in the infrastructure, oil and gas, and power sectors across Asia. Wong Tjen Wee's practice combines contentious work with the drafting and reviewing of construction-related contracts as well as project administration advice.

Key clients

PowerChina Resources

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 2

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow has a substantial Singapore team that is tightly integrated with other regional offices. It has achieved a greater presence in real estate and tech deals, including corporate venture capital investments, and remains a notable player in financial institutions, healthcare, consumer goods and industrials transactions. The team has a substantial number of Japanese multinational clients and has a China desk in Singapore led by native PRC lawyers. Andrew Martin has a fine record in cross-border deals, while Sze Shing Tan impresses in the tech, life sciences, and oil and gas sectors. Min-tze Lean  is another key name.

Testimonials

‘The team has the experience and ability to provide specific and effective solutions when faced with challenges and a network of offices that can report results to customers in various languages.’

‘It has strong expertise and capability of handling international deals with global clients. Response time is noteworthy. It is not only M&A but the interlinking with many other areas like IP, Employment, Anti-bribery and corruption that helps the firm to provide a robust advice.’

‘Andrew Martin has strong expertise in M&A in the region and is also able to handle international deals with global clients.’

‘Min-tze Lean provided us with the best solutions based on a good understanding of the essence of various legal issues and the meaning of relevant laws and regulations. He also enthusiastically implemented government checks and actions on government regulations.’

‘Sze Shing Tan was excellent in terms of breaking down difficult issues. She was also great at maintaining composure when working across from a sometimes hostile legal team.’

Key clients

LafargeHolcim

Shell Eastern Petroleum

Fortis Healthcare

Stashaway

Kirin Holdings

LGT Group Foundation

EQT Partners

Financial services regulatory: local firms Tier 2

Stephanie Magnus heads the financial services regulatory practice at Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow; her practice spans compliance, fintech in the financial services, insurance and commodities sectors. She also regularly advises banks and fund managers on merger and acquisition transactions, particularly those involving the acquisition or sale of regulated financial services companies. Eunice Tan is also a name to note for setting up, structuring and securing of licenses and exemptions, financial products, conduct of business rules and regulatory and internal investigations.

Labour and employment: foreign firms Tier 2

At Baker McKenzie Wong & LeowAlexander Aran leads the international employment practice, which frequently draws on the strength and expertise of the firm's wider network of global offices. The practice provides 'seamless cross-border advice in a commercial and accessible way' and primarily acts for major clients in the banking, media, transport and pharmaceutical sectors on the employment law aspects of cross-border transactions.

Testimonials

Aran Alexander is knowledgeable about a number of frameworks and able to deliver advice in a commercial, accessible way with consideration of the relevant risks and an understanding of the clients’ business approach.’

Projects: foreign firms Tier 2

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow is recognised for its strength in Indonesia and other frontier markets including Bangladesh where it has advised on a series of large power projects. Thailand and Vietnam are also key markets. Much credit should go to Martin David who has played a key role in elevating the firm's position in the region, in both conventional power and renewables. The team has landed a number of key engagements from Chinese SOEs, among other clients. Ang Kim Hock  brings additional LNG expertise and Andrew Zaw is noted for project finance.

Testimonials

‘The team is professional and devoted. It has good commercial sense and is client oriented.’

‘Martin David has a good understanding of the industry, and his brilliant negotiaton skills are also impressive.’

‘Ang Kim Hock is a reliable and professional partner, his bilingual skills and insight of this industry help him provide a high quality service.’

Key clients

Asian Development Bank

Suez Environment

Sembcorp

Equis

Gulf

Energy Absolute

Power China

TMT: local firms Tier 2

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow's team is best known for its expertise in IT procurement, outsourcing, fintech, blockchain, digital and social media, cloud computing and regulatory matters. Ken Chia's practice spans software licensing through to major systems implementation projects and outsourcing, acting for customers, vendors and regulators. Anne Petterd has strong experience in procurement projects for large-scale IT projects and data privacy issues.

Corporate and M&A: local firms Tier 3

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow is widely seen as a local law firm, despite having a wide range of strong international lawyers. Indeed, it has successfully married local with international to achieve a presence in big-ticket and complex transactions. It is noted for Singapore takeovers and public M&A, and frequently advises major regional and international corporates. It is also achieving growth in private equity, real estate and TMT, including fintech transactions. Ai Ai Wong and Min-tze Lean  are the key partners.

Testimonials

‘Min-tze Lean is the go-to person for general offers in Singapore. We would always go back to him.’

Key clients

Shell Eastern Petroleum

Shaw Kwei & Partners

Fortis Healthcare

Kirin Holdings

EQT Partners

Dispute resolution: local firms Tier 3

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow remains active in domestic and international disputes, along with a flourishing cross-border investigations practice. It lost Chan Leng Sun SC to Essex Court Chambers, though retains a seasoned team in department head Nandakumar Ponniya, intellectual property litigator Andy Leck and Celeste Ang, who is recommended for cross-border investigations. It continues to be prominent in energy disputes, product liability, intellectual property cases and arbitration-related litigation.

Testimonials

‘The firm offers a powerful blend of broad international expertise, specialist industry experience and deep local knowledge that places it well above any of the local firms. The team has handled almost every imaginable dispute across various industry sectors, of old and new. Their service and attention to clients’ needs is best in class. The team is repeatedly in the courts litigating high value and sensitive matters for top corporates and their experience and reputation grows year on year deservedly.’

‘Nandakumar Ponniya is one of a handful of go to litigators in Singapore. He is very much counsel of choice for local and foreign corporates. He is an eloquent advocate who takes a strategic and innovative approach to managing disputes. Coupled with his keen eye for detail and relentless quest for excellence, he turns every cause into a winning one.’

Key clients

Motion Picture Association of America

The Premier League

Fox Networks Group Asia

StarHub

Singtel

Siemens

Energy: foreign firms Tier 3

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow is widely noted for power, renewables and LNG transactions and projects. It has a fine record in frontier markets such as Bangladesh. Martin David is hugely experienced and respected. Ang Kim Hock  is also rated and Andrew Zaw is an emerging talent on the financing side and Lim Sun Kyun  is recommended for LNG supply agreements.

Testimonials

‘The team provides timely and prudent advice and also effective negotiating with our counterparties in order to execute LNG SPAs in a timely manner.’

‘Lim Sun Kyun delivers a diligent and professional service in the LNG sector.’

Key clients

Sembcorp

Equis

Suez Environment

Asian Development Bank

International arbitration Tier 3

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow brought in Ashish Chugh from K&L Gates Straits Law LLC to reinforce its expertise in South Asia disputes, while Chan Leng Sun SC has joined Essex Court Chambers. The team is also strong in South East Asia arbitrations, including construction and infrastructure, power and energy, telecoms and investment disputes. Nandakumar Ponniya heads the Asia Pacific international arbitration practice and Richard Allen provides further commercial and investment arbitration expertise.

Testimonials

‘The team members are very hardworking. They have good understanding of what we expect. They are very prompt, attentive and have been able to provide us with the comprehensive guidance we need to pursue our claims in arbitration.’

‘Ashish Chugh has a keen eye for detail, offers frank and sensible commercial advice and is completely dedicated to getting the best possible outcome for the client.’

Key clients

PowerChina Resources

Sarulla Operations

Hydrochem

Investment funds: local firms Tier 4

With a core focus on venture capital, private equity and real estate, Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow's team is 'knowledgeable and experienced' in representing managers and investors in multiple jurisdictions, including Thailand, Malaysia and South Korea. Kelvin Poa and Derek Kwan are the lead practitioners.

Testimonials

The team at Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow is very hands-on, knowledgeable and client oriented.’

Key clients

Adams Street Partners

Affinity Equity Partners

ARDIAN

AREA Advisors

Dymon Asia Capital

EastBridge Partners

Fuchsia Venture Capital Company

Gateway Partners

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Photo Name Position Profile
 Ken Chia  photo Ken Chia
 Martin David  photo Martin David
 Emmanuel Hadjidakis  photo Emmanuel Hadjidakis
 James Huang  photo James Huang
 Ashok Lalwani  photo Ashok Lalwani
 Andy Leck  photo Andy Leck
 Stephanie Magnus  photo Stephanie Magnus
 Andrew Martin  photo Andrew Martin
 Geraldine Ong  photo Geraldine Ong
 Kelvin Poa  photo Kelvin Poa
 Nandakumar Ponniya  photo Nandakumar Ponniya
 Dawn Quek  photo Dawn Quek
 Sze Shing Tan  photo Sze Shing Tan
 Ai Ai Wong  photo Ai Ai Wong

When It Comes to People

We are committed to diversity and inclusion in our people, support and development of their talent, and dignity and safety in our workplaces. Baker McKenzie also is a signatory to the UN Global Compact, a voluntary global initiative in which we have committed to align our policies and operations with ten principles in the areas of human rights, fair labor, the environment and anti-corruption.

Diversity and Inclusion

Baker McKenzie was founded on the idea of diversity. From our earliest days, we have strived to nurture a respectful, inclusive environment that encourages diverse individuals to thrive personally and professionally as full contributors to the success of the Firm and the clients we serve. We do not permit or tolerate discrimination in our workplaces. This means:

  • All personnel decisions must be: a) respectful of differences among employees and potential employees, b) based on factors relevant to their ability to perform the work they are, or would be expected to do, and c) in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • This includes decisions related to the recruiting, hiring, assignment, compensation, training and development, promotion and dismissal of personnel, as well as other terms and conditions of employment.
  • Applicable local laws, which we follow, vary, but differences that we strive to overlook in personnel decisions include race, color, creed, religion, citizenship, national origin, ethnicity and/or cultural background, age, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy and disability.

While our approach to diversity and inclusion is multi-faceted, three areas where we have specific policies are:

Ethnic & Cultural Diversity

Ethnicity means different things in different countries, so a single approach to ethnic and cultural diversity is ill-advised. This is why we build practices from the ground up, taking local cultural sensitivities into consideration wherever we practice law. Despite the challenges, we have a strong desire to address a lack of equity around the world and encourage each of our offices to define race/ethnic diversity in a way that suits their local culture, politics, clients and business environment.

Gender Diversity

We believe women must be leaders at all levels of our Firm. We seek to foster women leaders in our senior global roles but we are also focusing on ensuring that women are leaders of our most significant client relationships. Since 2012, we have adopted a gender policy designed to encourage the recruitment and retention of more women, and provide greater opportunities and support for women to assume leadership roles. At the partner level, we have set gender diversity aspirational targets – we are working to ensure that women comprise at least 40% of local/national partners and at least 30% of principals and those in leadership positions.

LGBT Diversity

Everyone should feel comfortable in the workplace, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. We are committed to creating and maintaining an open and supportive working environment. This includes equal opportunity for advancement and development within the firm regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and the equal provision of benefits to same and opposite sex partners or spouses.

We have made great strides in encouraging equality in our Firm and in engaging in these crucial conversations on a global basis. Our seven basic principles include:

Principle 1. Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality;
Principle 2. Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and non-discrimination;
Principle 3. Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers;
Principle 4. Promote education, training and professional development for women;
Principle 5. Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women;
Principle 6. Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy; and
Principle 7. Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality.