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Jones Day
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SINGAPORE, 048946
Singapore

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

Jones Day works in close tangent with the firm’s 400 corporate, M&A and private equity practitioners, spread across the globe, although it is also a go-to option for matters of more local significance owing to its status as one of only a few international firms with a QFLP licence to practice in Singapore. Dennis Barsky focuses on private equity-sponsored buyouts and transformative acquisitions for multinational corporations meanwhile Elizabeth Cole  is a cross-border M&A expert who also advises on business establishments and operations in China, Hong Kong and Vietnam, among other Asian jurisdictions. The duo head the practice alongside Ben Witherall, a standout name for fund formation, venture capital, capital market transactions and private equity affairs. At the more junior end, associate Christopher Slack garners acclaim for his ‘outstanding and solution-driven’ service.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Capability to bring in the needed talents on global basis and work off of it 24/7. Since M&A deals frequently require local tax advisory as well, the capability to address that within the same team is also an asset. ’

‘Ben Witherall is always timely and business-focused. Does not go into unnecessary details and maintains fine balance between what risks/options need to be considered and determined. ’

‘Jones Day’s lawyers are more commercial and business-oriented than their peers that I have worked with in Singapore and have a deep understanding of the peculiarities of the SEA market.’

‘Christopher Slack is outstanding, efficient, solution-driven and grasps issues very quickly.’

‘Dennis Barsky has always been our go to partner for M&A work in the region. He has a deep understanding of the practice in the market as well as US market.  He is a pleasant person to work with and is very accommodating of client’s needs.’

Key clients

CBRE Global Investment Partners

EDBI

Glencore Singapore Pte Ltd

Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC

OMERS Administration Corporation

Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc.

UPL Limited

PETRONAS Chemicals Group Bhd

The Procter & Gamble Company

PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited

Oxford Properties Group Limited

Temasek Holdings Limited

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

Twilio Inc.

Verizon Ventures LLC

Maxeon Solar Technologies, Ltd.

ATN International Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Twilio Inc., the world’s largest cloud communication company, in its acquisition of ValueFirst Digital Media Private Limited, a leading Indian provider of digital communication solutions through telephone voice and data communications offering services in India and South-East Asia.
  • Advised OMERS Administration Corporation, the pension plan for Ontario’s municipal employees, in connection with its US$490m acquisition of Equity Shares in Hong Kong listed ESR Cayman Limited (“ESR”), a leading pan-Asia logistics real estate platform, from an affiliate of Warburg Pincus.
  • Advised SunPower Corporation, one of North America’s largest solar-panel makers, in a sponsored spin-off of its solar panel production operations into a new public company – Maxeon Solar Technologies – which will be headquartered in Singapore.

Singapore > Energy: foreign firms Tier 2

Jones Day is highly rated for oil and gas M&A, along with renewable energy projects. The Singapore office has extensive experience in upstream and downstream oil and gas M&A, LNG import and gas-to-power projects, and renewable energy projects. Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam are amongst its key focus jurisdictions. Karthik Kumar has an outstanding record in renewable energy projects in South Asia and Southeast Asia, along with LNG transactions. Oil and gas specialist Alex Cull left the firm in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Karthik Kumar

Other key lawyers:

Lynette Lim

Testimonials

‘The team is top class with a deep understanding of the commercial and regulatory environment in various energy markets apart from the strong legal advice. They don’t hesitate to give frank advice on how clients’ interests are best protected in a variety of future scenarios. The team is always available for us irrespective of what kind of time pressure there is.’

‘Karthik Kumar – deeply understands the business needs and stakeholder expectations and has time and again proven to have our 100% confidence in his counsel.’

‘Lynette Lim – she is an associate at Jones Day Singapore, who has worked on many transactions. She recently worked on a financial deal where her contribution was absolutely valuable.’

Key clients

Babcock Power Inc.

BP Singapore Pte Limited

GAIL Global Singapore

Glencore Singapore Pte Ltd

Madagascar Ministry of Energy, Water and Hydrocarbons

Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS)

PETRONAS Chemicals Group

PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited

Vibrant Energy

Work highlights

  • Represented ATN International, Inc. on the sale of a majority stake in its renewable energy subsidiary Vibrant Energy Holdings Pte Ltd to Macquarie owned renewable energy development platform Blue Leaf Energy Asia Pte Limited.
  • Advised Babcock Power, Inc. on the technology collaboration agreement with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and ISGEC for selective catalytic reduction systems for De-NOx application with respect to thermal power projects in India.
  • Represented Maxeon Solar Technologies, Ltd., then a wholly-owned subsidiary of SunPower Corporation, in connection with its Rule 144A offering of $200m aggregate principal amount of 6.50% Green Convertible Senior Notes due 2025.

Singapore > International arbitration Tier 2

For ‘excellent practical advice‘ in energy, infrastructure and construction sector arbitrations, Jones Day‘s global disputes team is a practice to note. Praised for its ‘broad understanding of nuances in this region‘, the group counts disputes arising from inbound investments into APAC from the US and Europe among its other areas of specialism. Practice head Matthew Skinner combines ‘outstanding legal acumen and advocacy skills‘ with experience in joint venture, licensing, construction, and post-M&A disputes, notably in the oil and gas, pharmaceutical, mining and energy spaces. For construction disputes, Simon Bellas is a key contact while Zachary Sharpe handles commercial and investor state disputes relating to shipbuilding, oil and gas, mining, infrastructure and offshore construction projects. Senior associate Zara Shafruddin has broad experience in ICC, SIAC, LCIA, DIAC, and UNCITRAL arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Skinner

Testimonials

‘High-quality legal advice and swift turnaround.’

The practice is made unique by a mix of team members from varied backgrounds. This includes partners who have in-house experience, partners who have worked in several geographies and have a broad understanding of nuances in this region that are relevant to dispute resolution and international arbitration.’

‘Zachary Sharpe; outstanding experience from in-house shipbuilding business in Korea.’

‘Excellent practical advice, open and straightforward communication on strategic pros and cons.’

‘Zachary Sharpe and Matt Skinner are excellent practitioners with a wealth of industry-specific experience and a deep understanding of the needs of Asia-based corporate clients. They make the difficult experience of international arbitration easier for corporate counsel by clearly communicating costs-and-benefits, identifying strategic opportunities, and maintaining an eye towards the commercial big picture.’

Matt Skinner is a stand-out partner who leads the dispute resolution team in Singapore. He is a trusted advisor to many businesses and clients and has a strong ability to foster deep relationships and trust between counsel and client. This ability and his likeability make him a star performer, in addition to outstanding legal acumen and advocacy skills.

Key clients

EFG Bank

Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd.

Hyundai Heavy Industries

Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.

Sanofi

Chevron

Work highlights

  • Represented Hyundai Heavy Industries in a $8bn ICC arising from its involvement in the Barzan gas project in Qatar.
  • Acting for EFG International in various proceedings relating to an arbitration award obtained by Singfor Life Insurance against EFG.

Singapore > Investment funds: foreign firms Tier 2

Jones Day has a substantial funds team in Singapore, comprised of both locally and internationally qualified professionals. The group is recognised for its work in real estate funds across Asia Pacific, representing some of the biggest fund managers and investors in the market; in this segment department head Dennis Barsky is particularly high profile. Ben Witherall is another emerging talent, having been promoted to partner in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Dennis Barsky; Ben Witherall

Testimonials

‘With Jones Day’s global network, we can easily access regulation related advice in other markets without having to engage local counsel in most cases. As potential investors of the fund can be located anywhere in the world, having such access is really helpful.’

‘Very strong legal knowledge. Highly practical. Provide commercially focused real-world advice.’

‘Knowledgeable, responsive, client focused.’

Key clients

Ancora Capital Management Pte Ltd

ARA Asset Management Limited

Asia Capital Real Estate Limited

CBRE Global Investment Partners

Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC

LaSalle Investment Management Limited

Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc.

OMERS Administration Corporation

Oxford Properties Group Limited

PAG Asia Capital

Petronas

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)

Singapore > Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 3

Jones Day‘s cross-border finance practice advises banking clients on transactions throughout the region, with expertise in acquisition, structured, trade and real estate finance, secured and unsecured syndicated lending, project and commodity deals, as well as an increasing amount of sustainable financing work. Managing partner of the Singapore office Sushma Jobanputra  heads the department, and has an additional specialism in non-contentious financial restructuring. Vinay Kurien‘s practice extends to debt capital markets deals.

Practice head(s):

Sushma Jobanputra

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Depth of knowledge, client service and ability to provide practical legal advice in extremely complex stakeholder situations with significant uncertainty of outcomes.’

Sushma Jobanputra is exceptional. She stands out as a legal partner, not just an advisor, willing to act as a sounding board for difficult situations even in the absence of a formal engagement. She is honest, has high integrity and is an excellent stragegiser, capable of giving easily understood and digestible advice on some of the most complex negotiations I have been involved in.’

Key clients

Asian Development Bank

Crestline Direct Finance, L.P.

Glencore Singapore Pte Ltd

Godrej Consumer Products Limited

Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC

Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Kartesia Management SA

L-Catterton Asia

Maxeon Solar Technologies

Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS)

UPL Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the direct lending arm of a U.S.-based alternative investment management firm, as administrative agent, collateral agent, and sole lead arranger, in connection with a $70m term senior secured term loan facility provided to a leading global mobile advertising technology company.
  • Advised Kartesia Management SA, on the conciliation procedure, restructuring and refinancing of ORAPI and the refinancing and restructuring of its holding company La Financière MG3F through multiple equity and debt instruments.
  • Acted as lead counsel advising Maxeon  Solar Technologies on the structuring, documentation and implementation of a complex multijurisdictional secured syndicated $125m financing transaction obtained from a group of banks (structured as a combination of a two term loans and a working capital facility) undertaken in connection with the spin-off of Maxeon from SunPower Corporation in August 2020.

Singapore > Projects: foreign firms Tier 3

At Jones Day, a team of specialists offers in-depth knowledge and advice across the full spectrum of sectors and areas of projects work. Karthik Kumar regularly advises on the development, financing, sale, and acquisition of complex and high-profile energy and infrastructure projects. Matthew Skinner takes the lead on contentious matters and has extensive experience handling construction disputes in multiple jurisdictions across the world.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Strong coherence , integrity and communication.’

‘High dedication, level of involvement and interest in details.’

‘Responsive and collaborative ethos, delivery is adapted to reflect needs.’

‘I am impressed with Jones Day’s understanding and insight.’

Key clients

ATN International, Inc

Babcock Power Inc

GAIL Global Singapore

Vibrant Energy Pte Ltd

Westpac Banking Corporation and State Bank of India

Consortium of sponsors consisting of The Power and Water Utility Company for Jubail and Yanbu (Marafiq), AlAmwal AlKhaleejiah AlThaniya, and Veolia Middle East

Work highlights

  • Advised ATN International on the sale of a majority stake in its renewable energy subsidiary Vibrant Energy Holdings to Macquarie-owned renewable energy development platform, Blue Leaf Energy Asia.
  • Advised the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (Indonesia) on the initial tender and procurement, and subsequently the successful financial closing, of a $550m Government Multifunction Satellite PPP project.
  • Advised a consortium of sponsors, consisting of The Power and Water Utility Company for Jubail and Yanbu (Marafiq), AlAmwal AlKhaleejiah AlThaniya, and Veolia Middle East, on the project and financial close of the Jeddah Airport 2 Independent Sewage Treatment Plant Project located in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

India > Foreign firms Tier 3

Sushma Jobanputra heads the Jones Day practice in Singapore and has some decades of experience advising on corporate, banking and finance, and restructuring matters. Dennis Barsky is US qualified and handles M&A and private equity with a focus on cross-border transactions, especially private equity-sponsored leveraged buyouts and acquisitions. Karthik Kumar‘s focus is infrastructure and energy project development and finance, which are notable sectors of expertise for the firm. Matthew Skinner leads the disputes team in the region, while Ben Witherall is noted for advising international and regional clients on inbound investments in India. All India-focused lawyers are in Singapore but work in concert with colleagues across Asia, North America and Europe assisting Indian clients with their global expansions.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

ATN International, Inc

Babcock Power Inc

GAIL Global (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

Cardinal Health, Inc

Twilio, Inc.

UPL Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Twilio Inc. in its acquisition of ValueFirst Digital Media Private Limited, a leading Indian provider of digital communication solutions through telephone voice and data communications offering services in India and Southeast Asia.
  • Represented ATN International, Inc. on the sale of a majority stake in its renewable energy subsidiary Vibrant Energy Holdings Pte Ltd to Macquarie-owned renewable energy development platform, Blue Leaf Energy Asia Pte Limited. Vibrant Energy has an extensive solar PV project portfolio of an aggregate capacity of 466 MW in India.
  • Advised Groupe Solmax Inc., the global leader in the production of high-quality polyethylene geomembranes for industrial and environmental applications, and its shareholders (including institutional investors Caisse de dépot et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and Fonds de Solidarité FTQ (FSTQ)), in connection with Solmax’s acquisition of TenCate Geosynthetics Holding B.V.

Indonesia > Foreign firms Tier 3

Jones Day‘s core areas of expertise include projects and infrastructure, energy, banking and finance and disputes. Global disputes practice head Matthew Skinner has substantial experience representing clients in the oil and gas and resources sectors in construction and commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Skinner

Testimonials

Julien Reidy could manage all expectations from the client very well with his international experience in project finance. He could provide reliable and constructive responses to any comments given by counterparty’s lawyers. As such, in the project, he could successfully push back most of the requests from the counterparty and at the same time could make the project reach the closing.’

Key clients

Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (Indonesia)

Work highlights

  • Advised the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (Indonesia) on the initial tender and procurement of a $550m Government Multifunction Satellite Public Private Partnership (PPP) Project.

The firm: Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 42 offices across five continents. The firm is distinguished by: a singular tradition of client service; the mutual commitment to, and the seamless collaboration of, a true partnership; formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions; and shared professional values that focus on client needs.

Jones Day is an institutional partner for clients who seek counsel that seeks to understand them and their needs; that communicates with clients about their needs and the different tactics available for addressing those needs; that works seamlessly and impressively across offices and practices and with the client; that provides talent and expertise across subject areas and geographies; and that brings commitment and courage to the relationship and its engagements. We are formidable because every partner and every client has the entire global institution at their command and is a high priority of the Firm as a whole. We are true partners, with each other and, even more importantly, with our clients.

Regions of practice
Asia-Pacific: Jones Day has committed substantial resources and capacity to serve each of Asia’s distinct markets, including China, Japan, Singapore and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia. Spread throughout ten offices in the region, the firm’s 250+ lawyers represent clients in practice areas including antitrust, banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and commercial, energy, global disputes, intellectual property, labor and employment, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate, and several others.

The majority of Jones Day’s Asia-based lawyers are admitted to practice local law in their home jurisdictions. Most have practiced in more than one country, enabling Jones Day’s Asia team to render multijurisdictional legal services. Jones Day has been granted a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice license (QFLP) in Singapore.

United States: Surveys repeatedly list Jones Day as one of the most frequently engaged law firms by US corporations for both transactional and disputes matters, and among the leaders in client service. Jones Day’s more than 1,600 lawyers across its 18 US offices collaborate to serve clients across practices and geographies on all major matters that span time-honored practices (antitrust, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, and government regulation) to more recently established and expanded areas (cybersecurity, life sciences, energy, and technology) that specifically address the contemporary challenges of an increasingly complex global business and legal environment.

Europe and Middle East: Jones Day provides a significant presence in Europe that offers clients more than 500 lawyers from its European offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, and Paris. The firm’s lawyers counsel clients in administrative and public law, banking and finance, capital markets, competition law and regulatory, derivatives, market infrastructures, dispute resolution, and investigations.

In the Middle East, more than 20 lawyers are based in the firm’s offices in Dubai and Saudi Arabia. They have accumulated significant experience in most of the region’s key industries and jurisdictions, advising on mergers and acquisitions and corporate transactions, projects and infrastructure, commercial transactions, real estate and construction matters, regulatory compliance, and dispute resolution.

Latin America: Jones Day is one of the leading global law firms serving the Latin American region through its offices in Mexico City and São Paulo, along with attorneys based in key business and legal centers such as New York, Houston, Dallas, Miami, and Madrid. Jones Day’s Latin American experience extends to mergers and acquisitions, investigations and anti-corruption, projects and infrastructure, banking and finance, energy, dispute resolution, business restructuring, private equity and capital markets.

Managing partner: Stephen J Brogan
Asia-Pacific offices: Beijing, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo
US offices:
Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Irvine, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Washington
Europe and Middle East offices:
Amsterdam, Brussels, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, Saudi Arabia
Latin America offices: Mexico City, São Paulo

Main areas of practice:

  • Antitrust and competition law
  • Business and tort litigation
  • Business restructuring and reorganization
  • Cybersecurity, privacy and data protection
  • Employee benefits and executive compensation
  • Energy
  • Financial markets
  • Global disputes
  • Government regulation
  • Health care and life sciences
  • Insurance recovery
  • Intellectual property
  • Investigations and white-collar defense
  • Issues and appeals
  • Labor and employment
  • M&A
  • Private equity
  • Real estate
  • Securities litigation and SEC enforcement
  • State Attorney General enforcement, investigations and litigation
  • Tax
  • Technology
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