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Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC

Capital markets: equity and debt: local firms Tier 2

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC has a fine history in capital markets offerings, both on the main board and Catalist board of the Singapore Exchange. It is a Continuing Sponsor for Catalist businesses. Additionally, it boasts US securities expertise within the team for any Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings. More recently, the Singapore office has leveraged the resources and expertise of the wider international firm to advise a series of Singapore clients on their plans for offerings on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. The Singapore team has also advised on a number of reverse takeovers. Joo Khin NgBernard Lui, and Sin Teck Lim are all impressive capital markets specialists.

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‘Their client service has been nothing short of outstanding. Specifically, I like the quality of their advice, their senior-level involvement, the speed of their response and their approach that is consistently balanced and strategic. They do exceptional work.’

‘Bernard Lui is particularly outstanding, more so that any other corporate lawyers we have worked with. He is not only technically sound but commercial, practical and grasps issues very quickly.’

‘I think Chrystle Kuek is also excellent and extremely talented. She is not pushy, which I like, and comes across as very transactional as a business associate.’

Key clients

Ezion Holdings

CITIC Envirotech

ASL Marine

Alpha Energy

Jason Holdings


Corporate and M&A: local firms Tier 2

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC primarily operates in the public company space, covering large-cap, mid-cap, and smaller businesses, including those listed on the Singapore Exchange and its Catalist board, the growth company-oriented exchange. It is very much a fine local Singapore firm that is part of a prominent international brand. Well plugged into the oil and gas industry, the Singapore team has advised on a series of asset disposals, distressed transactions, and diversification-driven deals linked to the financial troubles in the sector. Reverse takeovers are another forte for the firm. Wai Ming YapBernard Lui, and Joo Khin Ng are rated for public company deals, while Suet-Fern Lee is a leader in cross-border and international transactions.

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‘Responsive, accurate, and commercially sensible legal advice.’

‘Wai Ming Yap and Gina Ng (senior associate) are both experienced, competent, and trusted legal advisers.’

Key clients

CITIC Envirotech

Challenger Technologies

Jason Holdings


Triple Vision

Aqua Munda

Altitude Hospitality

Sinopipe Holdings

Ten-League Corporations

CSC Holdings

Darco Water Technologies

Kim Heng Offshore & Marine Holdings

Envictus International

Zero-Error Systems

Elite Dental Group


Labour and employment: local firms Tier 2

At Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC, Wai Ming Yap's practice spans domestic and international employment issues, assisting global corporates and senior executives with day-to-day HR support, as well as contentious issues that may arise in the course of employment, such as termination of key executives. Wendy Tan and the 'commercially astute' Daniel Chia are also highly reputable litigators, often acting for employers in cases involving the enforcement of non-competition and other post-termination restraints,  and internal investigations into employee misconduct.

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‘Morgan Lewis provides practical, commercial advice that can be easily digested by the business. I don’t need to hunt for the answer, they provide it upfront in an easily readable format.’

‘Daniel Chia is commercially astute, approachable, and willing to provide practical advice to his clients. He is responsive and happy to hop on the phone, being flexible when urgent issues arise.’

Key clients

Plantronics, Inc

William Morris Endeavor Entertainment

Prestige BioPharma

Colgate – Palmolive

General Dynamics, and its subsidiaries including Jet Aviation Singapore and Gulfstream International Corporation

Sompo Insurance

HMT Pte Ltd, a part of HMT LLC (with corporate headquarters based in Houston)

Milken Family Foundation / Milken Institute

Wirecard Asia Holding Pte Ltd

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Restructuring and insolvency: local firms Tier 2

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC's full-service Singapore office has a breadth of expertise in Singapore and English governed restructuring and insolvency law, ranging from complex corporate debt restructurings to contentious issues arising out of distressed situations such as liquidations, corporate insolvencies, and Judicial Management. Practice head Guan Feng Chen has more than 20 years' experience in corporate debt restructurings, which is complemented by Wendy Tan's extensive courtroom experience in insolvency litigation. Bernard Lui and Sin Teck Lim are also of note for debt restructuring work.

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Ezion Holdings Ltd.

ASL Marine Holdings Ltd.

Alpha Energy Holdings Ltd.

UGP Ltd.

Cosco Group – Sinfeng Marine Services Pte. Ltd.

Shanghai Shipyard Co. Ltd.

TAP Venture Fund I Pte Ltd. (under Judicial management)

CH Offshore Ltd

PetroChina International (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Formation Group Fund I, LP Formation Group (Cayman) Fund I, LP

Banking and finance: local firms Tier 3

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC impresses with its extensive expertise in Singapore, English and US law. Acquisition and leveraged finance, corporate finance, and general banking are at the heart of the practice. The group has close connections to international banks, development banks, credit funds, and Indonesian corporates. Wai Ming Yap and Sin Teck Lim provide further senior-level and versatile expertise. The team lost Guan Feng Chen to Withers KhattarWong LLP in August 2021.

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Indospace Logistics Parks III

Ezion Holdings


EFA RET Management

Investment funds: local firms Tier 3

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC's 'solid and reliable investment funds practice', headed by Joel Seow and Edward Bennett acts for banks, pension funds, corporations, and private equity funds across various asset classes and jurisdictions, with particular strengths in fund management and licensing and regulatory requirements. The team is also increasingly active in non-traditional private investment fund setups and advising on the establishment of new variable capital companies fund vehicles, following its launch in early 2020.

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‘Morgan Lewis has a solid and reliable investment funds practice. We appreciate their diligence and patience in getting the deal across the line. They are very commercial in their advice.’

‘Joel Seow is a very capable partner who provides solid and reliable advice – highly recommended.’

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Asian Development Bank

Pantheon Ventures

Dymon Asia Capital

Shipping: local firms Tier 3

Wendy Tan leads the shipping practice at Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC, and is recommended for her 'in-depth knowledge of the subject'. Best known for her skilled advocacy in shipping, international trade, and commodities disputes, she is also increasingly active in insolvency claims. She also undertakes non-contentious general maritime-related insurance work.

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‘I have dealt with Wendy Tan and she picks the team if needed to work for my shipping matters. As a law firm, I would say the team is quite good, they know their business and subject matter quite extensively and have a greater understanding compared to peers. Wendy Tan is an asset to the law firm. She has in-depth knowledge of the subject matter, advises clients on what best for them commercially, her way or critical analysis, and critical thinking is very unique and excellent. I have never seen anyone of such talent. No words can describe her. ‘

Key clients

PetroChina International (Singapore), the trading arm of state-owned Chinese energy giant PetroChina Co Ltd

MCC Transport Pte Ltd (subsidiary of Maersk)

GPK Marine Management Services

Pacific Bulk Panamax

CH Offshore Ltd (Singapore listed company)

Viking HVAC Pte Ltd

Ocean Energy Pte Ltd

Ezion Holdings Ltd

Greenship Offshore Manager Pte Ltd

COSCO Group – Cosco Petroleum Pte Ltd and Sinfeng Marine Services Pte Ltd

Dispute resolution: local firms Tier 4

The Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC disputes team is comprised of 'extremely responsive and brilliant strategists', led by Wendy Tan and Daniel Chia, and is particularly active in commercial, corporate, and financial disputes. Tan is highlighted for her knowledge of the shipping industry, and is a go-to litigator for disputes arising in the course of international trade and commodities, energy, insurance, and logistics sectors. Fellow litigator Chia 'is a first-class lawyer across a huge range of practice areas'. 

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‘They are extremely responsive and brilliant strategists. They look outside the box to solve complex legal issues.’

‘Daniel Chia is a first-class lawyer across a huge range of practice areas. He is the go-to attorney for litigation in both commercial and white-collar cases and my first phone call in Singapore.’

‘Impressive team with very skilled individuals, especially lead partner Wendy Tan. High quality of work and always prompt. Fair billing practices.’

‘Wendy Tan. Highly responsive, an excellent strategist, and someone we could really count on to protect our interests. Provides sensible and practical advice and goes above and beyond for her clients.’

Key clients

PetroChina International (Singapore), the trading arm of state-owned Chinese energy giant PetroChina Co Ltd

OMG Capital Pte Ltd

Shanghai Shipyard Co., Ltd

Christopher Stanley Wanden

Viking HVAC Pte Ltd

PTT, Thailand’s national oil company

Andrew Ling Hui, Providence Asset Management, 5&2 Pte Ltd

Arup Singapore Pte Ltd

Tembusu Partners, Tembusu Growth Fund II Ltd

Advanced Wellness Solutions

Michael J Servatius Tillmann

COSCO Group – Cosco Petroleum Pte Ltd and Sinfeng Marine Services Pte Ltd

International arbitration Tier 4

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC continues to handle a breadth of international commercial arbitrations. It also counts international trade and maritime disputes among its areas of specialism, for which Wendy Tan is a key contact. Daniel Chia's impressive practice spans construction, engineering, energy and insurance, among other sector.

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Daniel Chia and his team are impressive in large complex arbitrations, from my perspective as an arbitrator. Daniel is a very impressive advocate, calm, measured, reasonable.

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GPK Marine Management Services Group FZ LLC

Charisma Energy Limited

Philippines Foremost Milling Corporation

Viking & Offshore Marine

Marco Polo Marine

Coastal Offshore (Labuan) Pte Ltd and Thaumas Marine Ltd (part of Coastal Contracts Bhd)

Chimbusco International Petroleum (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Shanghai Shipyard


The firm

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC – established when Morgan Lewis and Stamford Law joined forces – is the only fully integrated firm in Singapore that can practice across all legal service areas. Anchoring its in-bound and out-bound service to clients in Asia, Singapore connects closely with the firm’s offices in Tokyo, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Almaty, and Astana, as well as with the global network of Morgan Lewis lawyers serving the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America.

From mergers and high-value transactions, to international arbitrations, real estate deals, restructurings, and virtually all other matters important to conducting business in and out of Asia, its Singapore office offers resources to corporate clients that few competitors can match. Its multilingual and highly honored lawyers handle cross-border matters throughout Asia, including India, Indonesia, Hong Kong, as well as Australia, New Zealand, and beyond.

Its Beijing office operates as a representative office of Morgan, Lews & Bockius LLP. In Shanghai, it operates as a branch of Morgan Lewis Consulting (Beijing) Company Limited, and an application to establish a representative office of the firm is pending before the Ministry of Justice. In Hong Kong, Morgan Lewis operates through Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, which is a separate Hong Kong general partnership registered with The Law Society of Hong Kong as a registered foreign law firm operating in association with Luk & Partners.


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Asset management
Banking and finance
Capital markets
Competition and antitrust
Corporate and commercial
Corporate finance/real estate
Dispute resolution
Employment and immigration
Gaming and leisure
Infrastructure, energy/natural resources
Insolvency and restructuring
Insurance and reinsurance
International arbitration
Investment funds
Maritime and international trade
Mergers and acquisitions
Technology and intellectual property
Number of lawyers : 1,177
at this office : 58
Bahasa Melayu
Bahasa Indonesia
Chinese (including Cantonese and Shanghainese dialects)
Contact : Joo Khin Ng (Office managing partner)