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Latham & Watkins LLP

Capital markets: equity and debt: foreign firms Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP has a fully rounded practice, with an excellent record in Singapore, Indonesia, India and Vietnam capital markets offerings. It is a recognised market leader in high-yield debt and in India equity and debt issuances. Rajiv Gupta is a leader in India capital markets issuances, while Michael Sturrock and Sharon Lau are giants of the Singapore market.

Key clients

Vinhomes Joint Stock Company

Morgan Stanley

Credit Suisse

Vedanta Resources

Projects: foreign firms Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP has consistently impressed in big-ticket power project financings. It is a major player in Indonesia and has gained further traction in other key jurisdictions including the Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar and Laos. Stephen McWilliams splits his time between Singapore and Japan, where he is now managing partner of the Tokyo office. Andrew Roche is another big name with a close association with Asian Development Bank. Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi is prominent in Indonesia project financings, particularly in the power sector.

Key clients

Asian Development Bank

PT Pertamina (Persero)


Marubeni Corporation

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP is noted for syndicated loans, acquisition and leveraged finance, along with hybrid products involving capital markets issuances. The team advises a range of international and Asian lenders, private equity sponsors and corporate borrowers, most notably in Indonesia. Timothy Hia has extensive regional experience and is rated for his banking and capital markets record and 'is a good guy to work with'. Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi is recommended for project financings, particularly in Indonesia. Project finance partner Stephen McWilliams has become Tokyo office managing partner.

Key clients

PT Semen Indonesia

Clifford Capital

Mizuho Bank

PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical

Barclays Bank

TPG Capital Asia

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP has made a greater impression in private equity space, in part thanks to its ability to work collaboratively with its esteemed colleagues in Hong Kong. Singapore managing partner Michael Sturrock is a seasoned name with tremendous private equity and public M&A experience. The firm bolstered its Singapore law standing with the hire of Farhana Sharmeen from Withers KhattarWong LLP. The up-and-coming Marcus Lee is noted for private equity and M&A transactions.

Key clients

PT Semen Indonesia (Persero)

Singapore Technologies Engineering

TPG Capital

Fullerton Healthcare

Energy: foreign firms Tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP is a major player in big-ticket energy sector financings. Though best known for its record in Indonesia it has an impressive pipeline of engagements from around South East Asia. Stephen McWilliams is now Tokyo managing partner, but splits his time between Singapore and the Tokyo office. Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi is recommended for Indonesia power sector project financings.

Key clients

Asian Development Bank

PT Pertamina (Persero)


Nippon Export and Investment Insurance

Marubeni Corporation

Vietnam > Foreign desks Tier 1

Latham & Watkins LLP undertakes complex, large and high-profile transactions for state-owned entities, foreign investors and private equity firms. Sharon Lau in Singapore has been acting for leading Vietnamese conglomerates and its subsidiaries on high-value acquisition matters. Amy Beckingham in Hong Kong's work load includes capital markets, public and private M&A, and joint ventures.

Key clients

Vietnam Technological and Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Techcombank)


Credit Suisse


Warburg Pincus


Becamex IDC

India > Foreign firms Tier 2

With a dedicated team operating primarily from Singapore, Hong Kong, London and select US offices, Latham & Watkins LLP has strength in international and domestic financing matters as well as inbound and outbound acquisitions and divestitures. The practice is adept at advising on the full range of equity and debt capital markets transactions. Singapore-based Rajiv Gupta, who is a counsel of choice for India-related capital markets, leads the India group which also includes Michael Sturrock, who has extensive experience assisting financial institutions and corporates with capital raising and M&A transactions in India.

Myanmar > Foreign desks Tier 3

Partners in Latham & Watkins LLP's Singapore and Hong Kong office's have experience with large Myanmar-focused project finance transactions, and through its client relationship with TPG, the firm has handled high-value M&A and investment deals in Myanmar. Sharon Lau is a contact for Myanmar-related work.

Malaysia > Foreign firms Tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP is highlighted for its experience in corporate and finance transactions. Key names to note include Sharon Lau, who handles a range of financing, capital markets and corporate transactions; Joseph A Bevash, who has particular experience in the financing of power, gas and petrochemicals projects, and corporate finance and M&A partner Michael Sturrock.

The firm: Latham & Watkins is a leading international law firm serving multinational companies, start-ups, investment banks, private equity funds, venture capital firms, sovereign wealth funds, governments and other organisations. The firm’s globally integrated platform spans Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US, and consists of internationally recognised practices across a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate and regulatory areas. Latham attorneys offer unrivalled legal resources and strategic commercial thinking to provide clients with innovative solutions to complex commercial matters.

Asia practice: Businesses and investors seeking innovative solutions to their most complex corporate, financial, regulatory and litigation challenges turn to Latham in Asia for strategic thinking and experienced counsel. Latham has extensive experience advising on the international aspects of a broad range of corporate and finance transactions for clients across the region, notably Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. With more than 150 lawyers operating from six offices in Asia, Latham provides clients in the region and clients looking to do business in Asia with expert advice under US, English, Hong Kong, Japanese and Singapore law. Latham’s deep roots in the financial and economic markets in the region are further strengthened by the firm’s local language capabilities.

Latham continues to receive awards and acclaim from a number of leading financial and legal publications for landmark and precedent-setting deals.

Areas of practice: The firm’s Asia practice has received considerable market recognition for its involvement in many of the most important single-country and in-region, inbound and outbound cross-border transactions. The team has extensive expertise across numerous practices, including: project development and finance (particularly in the areas of infrastructure, energy and natural resources); banking and acquisition finance; M&A; private equity; restructurings; privatisations; debt and equity capital markets; general company representation; foreign direct investment; commercial litigation and arbitration (with a particular focus on contentious insolvencies, securities and shareholder disputes); white-collar and government investigations; antitrust and competition; and technology, media and commercial transactions.

Latham is one of few international law firms able to provide clients with integrated US, English and local law advice in Singapore. The Singapore team specialises in a range of practice areas, including: capital markets, M&A, joint ventures, private equity, banking and acquisition finance, restructuring, project development and finance (with a particular focus on power and oil and gas projects) and technology, media and commercial transactions.

The Singapore office acts as the hub for the firm’s market-leading Indonesia practice, which has been involved in many of the most important project development and finance, M&A, restructurings, privatisations, and corporate finance transactions in Indonesia in recent years. Singapore is also home to the firm’s renowned India practice, which comprises more than 50 attorneys globally and advises on the country’s most significant capital markets and M&A transactions, as well as bank finance, project finance, restructuring and outsourcing.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking, leveraged and structured finance
Capital markets
Corporate and M&A
Data privacy and cyber security
Financial regulatory
Foreign investment
International dispute resolution
Technology transactions
Private equity
Project development and finance
Public company representation
Restructuring, insolvency and workouts
Number of lawyers : more than 2,400
in Asia : 120+
Bahasa Indonesia
Hakka dialect