Firm Profile > Mayer Brown > Singapore, Singapore

Mayer Brown
6 BATTERY ROAD
#11-06
SINGAPORE 049909
Singapore

Singapore > Energy: foreign firms Tier 2

Mayer Brown is best known for LNG transactions and projects, along with a growing number of renewables engagements. Department head Nick Kouvaritakis and counsel Sean Prior have an extensive background in LNG projects across Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa; this includes FSRU/LNG import projects, LNG sale and purchase agreements, and LNG-to-power projects. The Singapore team, which frequently works alongside colleagues in Houston, is also increasingly active in solar, wind and hydropower projects. Nathan Dodd and Benjamin Thompson provide additional senior-level project development and finance expertise.

Practice head(s):

Nick Kouvaritakis

Testimonials

‘Mayer Brown Singapore has a significant depth of knowledge on all aspects of LNG and offshore FSRU transactions.’

‘Both Nick Kouvaritakis and Sean Prior have provided clear, comprehensive and timely advice, taking into consideration client needs and appreciating the complexities of our projects.’

‘The team lead by Nick Kouvaritakis has a very strong understanding of the industry. They have great individual capacity and are very responsive and reliable.’

‘The commercial mindset and strong industry knowledge of Nick Kouvaritakis is exceptional and extremely valuable to us as clients. He immediately gets the issues, finds solutions and drives processes forward. Nick is very attentive towards his client and follows up very closely no matter how busy he is. Sean Prior and Ben Thompson are also very pleasant to work with, solution-oriented and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Karadeniz Holdings

JERA

MOL

H Energy

China Light and Power

Mitsubishi

Pavilion Gas

ENH

ENN

Hoegh LNG

MISC

Summit Corporation

Neptune Energy

K Line

PV Gas

Singapore > Projects: foreign firms Tier 2

Sponsors, lenders, governments and investors value the offering at Mayer Brown particularly for its projects expertise in the power sector, and in emerging jurisdictions such as Myanmar, Pakistan, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia. The firm is noted for its growing LNG practice, and is regularly instructed to assist with many high profile and first-of-their-kind projects in this area, not only in the region, but globally; Nick Kouvaritakis is the key contact for this type of work. Other recommended practitioners include Nathan Dodd, who regularly works on Asian investments into the Middle East and Africa, and Ben Thompson, whose focus is on project financing, particularly in the field of renewables.

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Key clients

China Light and Power

Marubeni Corporation

Mitsubishi Corporation

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Électricité de France SA

Kansai Electric

Sembcorp

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd

DEG

JERA

MISC

Singapore > Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 3

Mayer Brown‘s banking and finance group predominantly acts for international and Singaporean banking clients. In Angelia Chia , the group has an expert in structured trade and commodities finance, as well as bank governance. Ian Roebuck and Kayal Sachi  lead the acquisition and leveraged finance and fund finance practices. Roebuck is increasingly active in advising banks and funds on fund finance facilities; while Sachi is focused on advising banks and borrowers on India-related financing transactions. The team has been strengthened with the hire of Soumitro Mukerji who has joined from Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee.

Practice head(s):

Angelia Chia; Kayal Sachi; Ian Roebuck

Testimonials

Dedicated, efficient, empathetic, active service.’

Key clients

HSBC

ADB

MUFG

ING

JP Morgan

Sumitrust

BNP Paribas

Wells Fargo

Deutsche Bank

Société Générale

Singapore > International arbitration Tier 3

Mayer Brown‘s international arbitration team is well-versed in energy, infrastructure, construction and TMT sector disputes. The ‘excellentYu-Jin Tay (who is particularly active in disputes involving Singapore and Indonesia) leads the team alongside Hong Kong-based Menachem Hasofer and John Hickin. Paul Teo‘s arrival in Singapore from Baker McKenzie bolstered the group’s energy and projects international arbitration expertise.

Practice head(s):

Yu-Jin Tay; Menachem Hasofer; John Hickin

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Testimonials

‘Solid litigation and arbitration practice comprising of quality team members.’

Yu Jin Tay is creative, resourceful, and very articulative in expressing his argument. ’

‘Yujin Tay is an exceptionally excellent arbitration lawyer who can make difference in providing creative solutions tailored to Asian disputes based on his deep understanding of the reality of disputes in Asia.’

‘While other global law firms in Singapore are not so familiar with the reality and practical solutions of dispute cases in Asia, Yujin Tay is the person who has abundant experiences, networks and capacity to provide both global standard skills and creative solutions tailored to Asian disputes.’

‘I have worked with Yu-Jin Tay. He is the best. He understands both the Singaporean and the Indonesian mentality and legal system. ’

Myanmar > Foreign desks Tier 1

Mayer Brown has a track record handling high-profile power projects in Myanmar and is singled out for its expertise advising on the full lifecycle of energy assets. Jointly managed from Singapore by Benjamin Thompson and Nathan Dodd, the group advises across solar, natural gas, and hydropower projects, and project financing matters under Burmese Law. Counsel Matthew Chow handles inbound transactional work in the construction sector. The group also leverages its Tokyo office for cross-border work.

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Testimonials

‘Expertise on project finance and market knowledge / application in Myanmar; commercial sensible approach; great on management of local counsel and local law issues; positive fun approach to work and clients’

‘Ben Thompson works very well with his team and is effective in allowing clients to work towards deadlines. Great understanding of legal issues and market positions.’

Key clients

ADB

IFC

Sembcorp

Marubeni

Kansai Electric

Électricité de France SA (EDF)

Sumitomo Corporation

Shwe Taung Group

National Infrastructure Holdings

Ayeyar Hinthar Holdings

India > Foreign firms Tier 5

Yu-Jin Tay heads the Mayer Brown International LLP team, based largely in Hong Kong and Singapore, which has an acknowledged reputation for its extensive work in the energy sectors; LNG, traditional oil and gas, renewable power and energy-related commodities. Infrastructure/construction and natural resources are other areas of strength. Renewable energy-related disputes is a growing source of disputes and arbitrations with an India, (Indonesia and Vietnam) aspect. Yu-Jin Tay is a prominent arbitration specialist, well known for his extensive Asian practice, and the group’s international arbitration capabilities have been increased with the arrival of partner Paul Teo in Singapore, who joined from Baker McKenzie FenXun in October 2020, bringing a specialism in construction and infrastructure disputes. Menachem Hasofer and John Hickin in Hong Kong are other noted international arbitration and disputes specialists.

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Testimonials

‘Highly motivated and knowledgeable. Their advice is to the point and in line with business requirements.’

Hong Kong > Dispute resolution: international arbitration

Mayer Brown‘s ‘highly efficient‘ international arbitration team counts disputes arising from construction and infrastructure projects among its specialisms, within which Menachem Hasofer is particularly experienced. Hasofer and John Hickin (who focuses on banking and commercial matters) jointly lead the team alongside Singapore-based Yu-Jin Tay. For shareholder disputes, Thomas So is noted.

Practice head(s):

Menachem Hasofer; John Hickin; Yu-Jin Tay

Other key lawyers:

Thomas So; Mei Ling Lew

Testimonials

‘On the whole, Mayer Brown gives me an impression of very professional and highly efficient with expertise covering many areas’.

‘Both Menachem Hasofer & Mei Ling Lew are two outstanding partners of Mayer Brown specializing in dispute resolution and are currently working on a contractual dispute for our company with a contractor of a luxurious residential project. Mr Hasofer gives me an impression of being a smart & assertive lawyer with a very clear legal mind, who can digest complicated information and convert into simple legal language. I am also deeply impressed by Ms Lew’s dedication and thoroughness of her approach throughout the case.’

Mongolia > Leading firms

Mayer Brown‘s Mongolian offering is located in Hong Kong and led by Jason Elder. The firm offers comprehensive advice across a wide range of transactional corporate matters to a client list of notable sponsors and issuers in a number of first-in-market transactions. Elder is widely regarded for his debt capital market practice, which focuses on high-yield, hybrid and structured-debt products. Thomas Kollar and Nishrin Hussain are also key individuals within the team, both working closely with Elder mainly in multi-jurisdictional capital market transactions.

Practice head(s):

Jason Elder

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Kollar; Nishrin Hussain

Testimonials

‘The team was very attentive and always responded in short period of time. Deliverables spot on time, excellent management despite time pressure.’

‘The intimate knowledge of the country and industry built on previous sovereign and private deals was one of key strength of the team.’

I worked closely with Jason Elder. Despite the different locations he was always available via mobile/email and took time to explain the reasons and implications of particular clauses that I was not sure how to understand.

Key clients

Trade and Development Bank of Mongolia

Mongolian Mortgage Corporation HFC LLC, MIK Holding JSC

Development Bank of Mongolia

Government of Mongolia

South Korea > International arbitration

Mayer Brown is mainly instructed by clients in the energy, infrastructure and natural resources sectors. The international arbitration team manages numerous LNG sector disputes, including highly specialised gas price review disputes as well as infrastructure and construction disputes across South East Asia. Its capabilities have further expanded with the October 2020 arrival of Paul Teo in Singapore, bringing more than 20 years of experience in arbitration, ADR and litigation matters, with particular focus on China-outbound and Japan-outbound matters. Based in Singapore, Yu-Jin Tay co-leads the team with Menachem Hasofer and John Hickin in Hong Kong.

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Testimonials

‘Yu Jin Tay is one of the best arbitration practitioners in Asia Pacific region in terms of expertise, experience, dedication and professionalism.’

Mayer Brown is uniquely positioned to advise the world’s leading companies and financial institutions on their most complex deals and disputes. With extensive reach across four continents, we are the only integrated law firm in the world with approximately 200 lawyers in each of the world’s three largest financial centers—New York, London and Hong Kong—the backbone of the global economy. We have deep experience in high-stakes litigation and complex transactions across industry sectors, including our signature strength, the global financial services industry. Our diverse teams of lawyers are recognized by our clients as strategic partners with deep commercial instincts and a commitment to creatively anticipating their needs and delivering excellence in everything we do. Our “one-firm” culture—seamless and integrated across all practices and regions—ensures that our clients receive the best of our knowledge and experience.

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Mayer Brown is a global services provider comprising associated legal practices that are separate entities, including  Mayer Brown LLP (Illinois, USA), Mayer Brown International LLP (England), Mayer Brown (a Hong Kong partnership) and Tauil & Chequer Advogados (a Brazilian law partnership) (collectively the “Mayer Brown Practices”) and non-legal service providers, which provide consultancy services (the “Mayer Brown Consultancies”). The Mayer Brown Practices and Mayer Brown Consultancies are established in various jurisdictions and may be a legal person or a partnership. Details of the individual Mayer Brown Practices and Mayer Brown Consultancies can be found in the Legal Notices section of our website.

Other offices
Americas: Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Washington DC.

Asia: Bangkok, Beijing, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo.

Europe: Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Paris.

Middle East: Dubai

Associated law firms: Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, São  Paulo (Tauil & Chequer Advogados).

Department Name Email Telephone
Arbitration Yu Jin Tay yujin.tay@mayerbrown.com +65 6327 0252
Asset finance San San Peh ss.peh@mayerbrown.com +65 6327 0232
Banking and finance Kayal Sachi kayal.sachi@mayerbrown.com +65 6327 0248
Corporate/M&A Rod Brown roderick.brown@mayerbrown.com +65 6327 0636
Energy Nathan Dodd nathan.dodd@mayerbrown.com +65 6327 0235
Energy Ben Thompson ben.thompson@mayerbrown.com +65 6327 0247
Projects Nathan Dodd nathan.dodd@mayerbrown.com +65 6327 0235
Projects Ben Thompson ben.thompson@mayerbrown.com +65 6327 0247
Tax Pieter de Ridder pieter.deridder@mayerbrown.com +65 6327 0250
Trade finance Angelia Chia angelia.chia@mayerbrown.com +65 6327 0655
Trade finance Ben Sandstad ben.sandstad@mayerbrown.com +65 6327 0635
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Ms Angelia Chia  photo Ms Angelia Chia Angelia Chia is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Singapore office and a…
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Ms Kayal Sachi  photo Ms Kayal Sachi Kayal Sachi is a partner in the Singapore office of Mayer Brown’s…
Mr Yu-Jin Tay  photo Mr Yu-Jin Tay Yu-Jin Tay is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Singapore office and is…
Mr Benjamin Thompson  photo Mr Benjamin Thompson Benjamin Thompson is a Partner in Mayer Brown’s Singapore office and is…
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Mayer Brown promotes five to partner in Asia

Mayer Brown promotes five to partner in Asia

Hong Kong, 21 November 2018 —Mayer Brown has announced the promotion of five lawyers in Asia to partner. The appointments are effective January 1, 2019.


Mayer Brown promotes seven to counsel in Asia

Mayer Brown promotes seven to counsel in Asia

Hong Kong, 21 November 2018 – Mayer Brown has announced the promotion of seven lawyers in Asia to counsel. The appointments are effective January 1, 2019.