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

Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 2

Mayer Brown's bold play for market distinction has brought its rewards, especially in structured trade and commodities finance and in acquisition and leveraged finance. The structured trade and commodities finance team led by Angelia Chia and Benjamin Sandstad, who splits his time between Hong Kong and Singapore, have established firm connections to development banks, regional and international banks, funds and commodity traders. On the acquisition and leveraged finance side, Kayal Sachi, 'very good lawyerIan Roebuck and counsel Pierre Dzakpasu have a long record in India-related deals, along with Indonesia transactions and a growing number of Vietnam financings. The group is increasingly active in private equity-driven financings and while closely aligned with a range of banks, is also landing prime engagements from private equity houses and corporate borrowers. Nick Kouvaritakis was made partner in November 2019.

Practice head(s):

Angelia Chia; Ben Sandstad; Kayal Sachi; Ian Roebuck

Key clients

Asian Development Bank

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation

Deutsche Bank

Maybank

MUFG

United Overseas Bank

ING

JP Morgan

HSBC

Energy: foreign firms Tier 2

Mayer Brown is achieving considerable traction in the market, most notably in Myanmar power projects. It has achieved particular prominence in LNG floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) projects and LNG sale and purchase work. Its focus on frontier markets has also taken it to Bangladesh and Mekong region, which has included a number of solar power projects; it is also seeing growth in renewables M&A in Vietnam. The strong senior team, which features Nathan Dodd and Benjamin Thompson, has notable EPC experience. Nick Kouvaritakis leads the Asia LNG practice and is a recognised authority on FSRU projects. Counsel Sean Prior is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Dodd; Nick Kouvaritakis

Key clients

Hoegh LNG

H Energy

Mitsubishi

NYK

Mitsui OSK Lines

K Line

Karadeniz

China Light and Power

LNG Link

Saga LNG

Projects: foreign firms Tier 2

Mayer Brown is known for its work in frontier markets, especially Myanmar, along with Bangladesh, Pakistan and Indonesia. It is widely recognised for its focus on the LNG sector, including floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) projects and LNG sale and purchase work. Solar and hydropower projects in Myanmar and the Mekong region are also a notable feature of the practice. The strong senior team, which features a number of EPC experts, includes Nathan Dodd who leads the South East Asia projects practice and has an established record in Myanmar, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Benjamin Thompson is another key name for Myanmar and the Mekong region. Nick Kouvaritakis leads the Asia LNG practice.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Dodd

Testimonials

‘The team is straightforward and gets the deal done.’

Key clients

ADB

IFC

Sembcorp

Kansai Electric

Marubeni

Mitsui OSK Lines

Mitsubishi

China Light and Power

International arbitration Tier 3

Mayer Brown has a healthy flow of big-ticket disputes involving Vietnam and Indonesia, while remaining well plugged into the India market. Leveraging its sizeable geographic footprint in Asia Pacific, the firm is also able to run parallel proceedings in certain jurisdictions. It continues to act for a large number of South Korean and Japanese clients in sizeable arbitrations, and is active across the commercial, oil and gas, power and transport infrastructure segments. Yu-Jin Tay leads a relatively small but effective team.

Practice head(s):

Yu-Jin Tay

Testimonials

‘Yu-Jin Tay shows creativity and develops a practical strategy based on deep understanding of proceedings. His network with business and government people throughout South East Asia makes him totally different from other experienced international arbitration practitioners.’

‘Yu-Jin Tay is extremely smart, professional and helpful. He reasons, writes and speaks very well.’

Myanmar > Foreign desks Tier 1

Mayer Brown's Myanmar practice is jointly led by Singapore-based partners Nathan Dodd and Benjamin Thompson, both of whom have extensive experience in project finance and development mandates throughout Indochina. In Myanmar, the firm has a market-leading reputation in the power sector and has been involved in some of the country's largest and most significant conventional and alternative power projects. In 2017-2018 the team acted for the lending consortium in the Myingyan IPP, the country's first international competitively tendered power project, and has secured a number of high-profile instructions from project sponsors off the back of that project. Of particular note, the team is acting for a project company as part of a consortium in the potential development of a major hydropower project, which would mark the first major international investment into the Burmese hydro sector.

Practice head(s):

Nathan Dodd; Benjamin Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Chow

Key clients

Asian Development Bank

International Finance Corporation

Marubeni

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

South Korea > International arbitration Tier 3

Mayer Brown handles arbitrations for and against Korean parties, with a focus on sectors such as energy, technology, transport and heavy industry and manufacturing, to name a few. Construction-related cases (across a wide range of industries) are a key pillar of the practice, as are complex business combination disputes and other general commercial matters. The firm's standing among Korean and global clients has been enhanced since Yu-Jin Tay joined the Singapore office from DLA Piper in 2017, with him having more than 17 years of experience of handling commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. Cases involving Korean investments into emerging markets are a specialism of the firm; Tay has particular expertise in Vietnam, which is notable given the rise of Korean investments there. In Hong Kong, Menachem Hasofer and John Hickin are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Menachem Hasofer (Hong Kong); John Hickin (Hong Kong)

Other key lawyers:

Yu-Jin Tay (Singapore)

India > Foreign firms Tier 5

Based in Singapore, Mayer Brown’s arbitration practice acts for Indian corporates and clients operating in India, predominantly in high-value disputes arising from major construction and engineering projects. The group also focuses on the renewable energy sector, acting specifically for solar power companies, and handles commercial, joint venture, and oil and gas arbitrations in connection with proceedings taking place or arising in India. Of note is Yu-Jin Tay, who is involved in international arbitrations in Singapore, London, New York, Dubai and various other jurisdictions, and boasts additional expertise advising investors and states in investment treaty arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Menachem Hasofer; John Hickinsinga

Other key lawyers:

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.

Graduate recruitment: please see www.mayerbrown.com/careers or mayerbrownfutures.com.

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
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Angelia Chia  photo Ms Angelia Chia
Mr Nathan Dodd  photo Mr Nathan Dodd
Ms Kayal Sachi  photo Ms Kayal Sachi
Mr Benjamin Sandstad  photo Mr Benjamin Sandstad
Mr Yu-Jin Tay  photo Mr Yu-Jin Tay
Mr Benjamin Thompson  photo Mr Benjamin Thompson
Mr Pieter de Ridder  photo Mr Pieter de Ridder
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Mandarin
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Contacts : Pieter de Ridder

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.


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.