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Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC

Capital markets: equity and debt: local firms Tier 2

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC has an extensive record in big-ticket and mid-market capital markets offerings. It is a Continuing Sponsor for Catalist issuances (all issuers must have a Continuing Sponsor for as long as they are listed) and has a significant market share of offerings on the main board of SGX. Moreover, it has advised on a number of Hong Kong listings and has the resources and expertise to advise on Regulation S/144A offerings. Joo Khin Ng, Bernard Lui and Sin Teck Lim comprise a strong senior bench.


‘Joo Khin Ng is technically sound, experienced and commercially minded’.

Key clients


R&F Properties

Marco Polo Marine

PT Intiland Development

Tabula Rasa HealthCare

First Ship Lease Trust

Corporate and M&A: local firms Tier 2

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC has a deep mix of localised and global expertise, advising a variety of Singapore-listed companies and other domestic and international corporates. The firm has demonstrated a strong record in reverse takeovers and keen industry expertise in life sciences, consumer, real estate, food and beverages, and private equity among other sectors. Regional experience includes Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia. As a Catalist Continuing Sponsor, the firm has developed close links to a number of corporates listed on Singapore's growth company focused exchange. Suet-Fern Lee and Wai Ming Yap are highly rated along with Joo Khin Ng and Bernard LuiVanessa Ng joined the firm from Fortis Law CorporationDaniel Yong has joined Withers KhattarWong LLP.

Key clients

Uber Technologies

Hershey Singapore

Cheong Sim Lam

Rothschild & Co Singapore

Shun Tak Holdings


KS Energy

Tikehau Investment Management Asia

Labour and employment: local firms Tier 2

The employment team at Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC 'thinks strategically and delivers concise and practical advice' on the full spectrum of employment law matters, often with a cross-border element. The practice is also 'knowledgeable of current developments in the law and enforcement trends', in particular regulatory issues arising from the Employment Act and Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices. The team also act as counsel to employers in contentious cases concerning wrongful termination, personal data protection and whistle-blowing. On the non-contentious side, the practice assists clients with day-to-day employment issues, including drafting and reviewing restrictive covenants, confidentiality agreements, disciplinary guidelines and termination agreements. Daniel Chia, Wai Ming Yap, Wendy Tan and associate Yanguang Ker, who is a 'rising star in the realm of investigations', comprise the 'outstanding team'.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Chia

Other key lawyers:


‘The team provides legally sound and commercially viable advice to, among many other clients, American corporations and individuals experiencing disputes. They achieve very quick turnaround without compromising on quality and accuracy. Most importantly, the team is respected by the Singapore courts, as well as peers in the legal industry.’

‘Daniel Chia is the main partner on the team. He gives quick, accurate and sound legal advice. He is also adept at developing strategy and coordinating teams of lawyers in multi-pronged disputes. Most importantly, he is a pleasure to work with. The Singapore courts hold him in high regard.’

Key clients

Plantronix Inc Yes

William Morris Endeavour Entertainment

Prestige BioPharma

Colgate – Pamolive

Milken Family Foundation / Milken Institute

Restructuring and insolvency: local firms Tier 2

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC expanded its restructuring and insolvency offering with the addition of Guan Feng Chen, former co-head of the Asia banking and restructuring practice at White & Case Pte. Ltd., in November 2018. In addition to advising on complex cross-border financings and private corporate debt restructurings, Chen also has a strong reputation in Indonesia, particularly for Indonesian financing and debt restructurings. Bernard Lui focuses on corporate finance and debt restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Guan Feng Chen

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Goldilocks Investment Co. Ltd.

Ezion Holdings Ltd No

Marco Polo Marine Ltd.

ASL Marine Holdings Ltd.

Ausgroup Limited

Shipping: local firms Tier 2

Best known for its strong track record in international trade, maritime and commodities disputes, Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC represents shipowners, charterers, trading houses and P&I Clubs, among others, in high-value litigation before the Singapore courts and international arbitration forums. On the transactional side, key partner Wendy Tan also advises on supply chain agreements, oil and gas transactions, ship sales and purchases, and employment and insolvency issues.

Practice head(s):

Wendy Tan

Key clients

Sinfeng Marine Services Pte Ltd

Shanghai Shipyard

Viking & Offshore Marine Limited

ASL Marine Holdings Ltd.

First Ship Lease Trust, FSL Trust Management

Banking and finance: local firms Tier 3

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC significantly reinforced its team with the hire of prominent player Guan Feng Chen  from White & Case Pte. Ltd.; Chen has an excellent record in Indonesia and restructuring-related financings, including debtor-in-possession financings. General banking, corporate finance, acquisition and leveraged finance and pre-IPO financings are also part of the wider team's practice. The team is working closely with a range of banks, credit funds and borrowers. Wai Ming Yap and Sin Teck Lim are also key names in the group.


‘Guan Feng Chen’s dedication to his clients is second to none. He is always available and a proven deal closer who will see a deal from start to finish. He possesses vast knowledge and experience in cross-border financing and restructuring, particularly in the Indonesian market.’

‘Guan Feng Chen has the perfect combination of legal expertise and commercial acumen. With him as my advisor, I know I am with a safe and trusted pair of hands.’

Key clients


Credit Suisse

United Overseas Bank

PT. Trans Corpora

PT. Rajawali Corpora

Indorama Corporation

Oxley Holdings

Investment funds: local firms Tier 3

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC provides 'international expertise as well as Singapore law advice' to a broad client base ranging from global financial institutions and private equity houses to sovereign wealth funds. The practice has expanded its capabilities with the arrival of 'excellent funds lawyerJoel Seow from Sidley Austin LLP; he is 'knowledgeable and savvy in negotiations', with expertise in private equity funds, venture capital and real estate. He also advises on non-traditional private investment fund setups, including fund platform structures and hybrid funds. Edward Bennett is 'very experienced and dependable'. Daniel Yong joined Withers KhattarWong LLP in September 2019.

Practice head(s):

Edward Bennett

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is extremely engaging, resourceful and efficient. The team is expert in its practice.’

‘The team is able to provide international expertise as well as Singapore law advice in relation to funds.’

‘Joel Seow is an excellent funds lawyer, responsive, reliable, knowledgeable and savvy in negotiations. He offers practical and sensible solutions and makes sure quality work is delivered time and again. Covers the big picture and the small details – definitely a team you want on your side.’

‘Edward Bennett is extremely engaging, very experienced and dependable- always ensuring that the client gets the best quality work.’

Key clients

EFA Group

Everstone Capital Partners

Tikehau Investment Management Asia Pte. Ltd.

B Capital Group

Yamawa Asset Management Pte. Ltd.

HBM Healthcare Investments

Asian Development Bank

Pantheon Ventures

Dispute resolution: local firms Tier 4

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC has a high-level mix of contentious work ranging from fraud, white-collar crime, investigations and asset tracing to joint venture and shareholder disputes. The team is a growing force in cases involving PRC entities and Hong Kong corporates, and is noted for its record in energy, trade and commodities, insurance and maritime. Wendy Tan and Daniel Chia are the key partners.


‘Daniel Chia is the standout lawyer in Singapore for white-collar matters. His strategic vision and on-the-ground advocacy are equally strong, and he is responsive and a delight to work with.’

‘The commercial litigation team headed by Daniel Chia is commercially-orientated and effective.’

‘Daniel Chia is a shrewd litigator. He is a nimble cross-examiner and a quick-thinker. My experience is that many Singapore litigators can go through the motions but Daniel goes the extra mile. He fights hard for clients.’

Key clients

Goldilocks Investment Company


Oil Brokerage International

Sinfeng Marine Services

Chimbusco International Petroleum (Singapore)

Bollore Logistics

Euler Hermes

International arbitration Tier 4

Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC has maintained a strong flow of arbitration engagements, notably in the shipping, oil and gas, insurance and construction cases. Daniel Chia and Wendy Tan are the key partners. Construction specialist Kelvin Aw has joined CMS Holborn Asia.

Key clients

Alliance Offshore Drilling

Charisma Energy

Viking & Offshore Marine

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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 : Suet-Fern Lee (Managing partner)
Contact : Joo Khin Ng (Office managing partner)
Contact : Suet-Fern Lee (International leadership team chair)