Firm Profile > Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP > Singapore, Singapore

Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP
50 COLLYER QUAY
#12-01 OUE BAYFRONT
SINGAPORE 049321
Singapore

Insurance: foreign firms Tier 1

Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP provides 'very straightforward and efficient advice' to insurers in relation to warranty and indemnity insurance, fintech and insuretech. Jake Robson is experienced in cross-border acquisitions, disposals and joint venture arrangements. Counsel Maria Steeples has a strong track record acting for insurers on the most complex and innovative applications of warranty and indemnity insurance policies.

Practice head(s):

Jake Robson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Maria Steeples is the leading warranty and indemnity legal adviser in Asia Pacific, with many years of experience working hand-in-hand with underwriters to navigate a complex product and provide a commercial solution. Maria ensures that Morrison & Foerster is head and shoulders above their next closest competitor law firm in the M&A insurance space.’

Key clients

AIG Asia Pacific Insurance Pte Ltd

AIG General Insurance Co., Ltd

AIG Insurance Hong Kong Limited

AIG Korea

Beazley Furlonge Limited

Chubb Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 2

Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP has achieved a significant presence in high-value and big-ticket M&A, despite having a smaller presence in Singapore than many of its notable rivals. The Singapore office has landed a number of repeat clients that are making regular investments and acquisitions. It is making waves in financial services, fintech, consumer, real estate, logistics, corporate venture capital, and more broadly, deals that are connected in some way to e-commerce.  Shirin Tang is a recognised leader in bulge-bracket M&A, while Maria Steeples has carved a niche in warranty and indemnity policies. Nick Davies and Lip Kian Ang impress at the associate level. Jake Robson has moved to King & Spalding LLP.

Practice head(s):

Shirin Tang

Testimonials

‘The team is very approachable and responsive at all times, including over the weekend. Nothing is too difficult.’

‘The firm is outstanding in terms of experience, work quality and fees.’

‘It has market-leading strength as underwriting counsel for M&A insurance deals across Asia.’

‘Top-notch M&A team with an excellent ability to seamlessly connect clients with relevant specialists in the network.’

‘Shirin Tang is a highly dependable and innovative practitioner. She is proactive, experienced, diligent, has good commercial sense and cares very much about client relationships.’

‘Nicholas Davies is effective at assessing the key risks and issues, understanding the technical and regulatory aspects and providing common-sense solutions.’

‘Lip Kian Ang is hardworking, responsive, detail-oriented and well organised.’ ‘He is clearly punching above his weight and is an excellent lawyer.’

‘Counsel Maria Steeples is the stand-out market leader as M&A underwriting counsel across Asia. Tax Partner Matt Lau is extremely strong too.’

Key clients

Axiata Group

Big Pay

Chubb

Coins PH

Oriente

SC Ventures

Standard Chartered

TMT: foreign firms Tier 2

Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP acts for clients including Chubb Insurance, SoftBank and Axiata Digital Services on a range of TMT-related M&A and corporate venture capital transactions, fintech and contentious matters. As head of practice and a specialist in the insurance, technology and telecoms sectors, Jake Robson advises on cross-border acquisitions, disposals and joint venture arrangements, as well as venture capital investments and regulatory matters across South-East Asia. Jason Nelms relocated to the Singapore office from Hong Kong in May 2019, further expanding the team's expertise in early-stage and late-stage venture capital transactions.

Practice head(s):

Jake Robson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Axiata Group Berhad

Axiata Digital Services

Big Pay Ltd.

Chubb

Coins PH

Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 3

Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP is best known for acquisition and leveraged finance thanks to the presence of the highly rated Yemi Tépé . She and the team are increasingly active in credit fund financing, particularly deals in the middle market. Subscription line financing is another growth area, where the firm has achieved traction with European banks, despite not being on their panels. Tessa Davis has joined the firm to bolster its project financing expertise, particularly in the liquified natural gas (LNG), petrochemicals and renewables sectors.

Practice head(s):

Yemi Tépé: Tessa Davis

Key clients

BlackRock

International arbitration Tier 4

Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP's Singapore team works closely with colleagues in Hong Kong, Tokyo and elsewhere. It is well known for its capabilities in telecoms, technology and intellectual property disputes. A number of the senior team members have US trial experience, providing strong advocacy credentials and a more assertive approach to arguing cases. The team's client base largely centres on Japanese, European and US multinationals. Craig Celniker leads the Singapore group, having previously spent ten years in Tokyo.

Practice head(s):

Craig Celniker

Testimonials

‘A very business-oriented team and very supportive of negotiation and arbitration. It is well prepared.’

‘They are very practical people and focused on their customers’ needs. It runs a partnership approach, not a supplier-customer relationship.’

The firm: With approximately 1,000 lawyers in 16 offices, Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) is a preeminent global law firm dedicated to delivering business-oriented results to clients across the United States, Asia and Europe. Dynamic technology and life science companies, large financial institutions, leading consumer product companies and other market leaders come to MoFo for knowledge, innovation and business aptitude. MoFo handles some of the world’s largest cross-border transactions and resolves major disputes across multiple jurisdictions. The firm has a long-standing commitment to diversity, pro bono work and social justice.

MoFo provides integrated international and local law advice throughout Asia. The Singapore office features lawyers who are US, England & Wales and Hong Kong qualified. They have over 40 years of collective experience in managing complex cross border transactions across many diverse jurisdictions, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Areas of practice: MoFo’s Singapore clients – and the firm’s global clients doing business in the South and Southeast Asia regions – benefit from the firm’s interdisciplinary and cross-border approach. The firm has an unmatched depth of experience in facilitating regional inbound and outbound transactions, including corporate M&A, banking and finance, fund formation, private equity, particularly in the real estate, financial institutions, life sciences and technology sectors. In addition to transactional capabilities, the firm has expertise in all forms of dispute resolution, investigations and regulatory compliance matters.

Banking and finance: MoFo’s Singapore-based finance practice advises clients throughout the region on a comprehensive range of multi-jurisdictional financing transactions. These include acquisition and leveraged finance, real estate finance, takeovers, debt structuring and restructuring, project finance, syndicated lending and subscription line financing.

Corporate M&A: MoFo’s Singapore corporate group has been entrenched in Asia, collectively, for decades. The partners are veteran deal advisers with substantial experience handling inbound, outbound and intra-regional private equity, cross-border investment, joint ventures, and asset-based transactions across South and Southeast Asia.

Dispute resolution: MoFo’s Singapore litigation and arbitration team handles all types of disputes including those heard before courts and administrative agencies, arbitration panels, and other tribunals. The team has arbitrated cases before leading regional arbitration centres such as the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), as well as the major equivalent arbitration centres outside Asia. The firm specialises in IP litigation, including US International Trade Commission disputes, defence against patent infringement claims, adversarial patent licence negotiations, patent prosecution and counseling.

Investigations and regulatory compliance: MoFo has one of the world’s leading FCPA, compliance and investigations practices. The Singapore team features attorneys with significant experience in all types of investigations and regulatory compliance issues faced by global companies in the region including allegations of anti-competitive conduct, bribery and fraud. The team also works closely with the firm’s transactions teams on pre-investment and post-closing due diligence matters.

Real estate: the Singapore real estate team represents investors in the formation of funds and joint ventures and financing in relation to real estate investments in Asia and internationally. The group has a robust practice representing real estate private equity firms, investment managers, sovereign wealth funds, development companies and REITs that invest in real estate assets and companies in the sector.

Technology: MoFo Singapore assists leading telecommunications and IT companies, global banks and financial institutions, biotech companies and private equity funds in navigating legal, structuring and commercial challenges arising from handling technology projects in Asia’s rapidly evolving business and regulatory environment.

Department Name Email Telephone
Anti-bribery/anti-corruption/Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
Banking and finance
Data privacy
Fund formation and co-investments
International arbitration
Investigations and regulatory compliance
Litigation
Mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments and joint ventures
Private equity and venture capital
Real estate financing, acquisitions, joint ventures and investments
TMT-related investment and transactions including FinTech
Number of lawyers : approximately 1,000
at this office : 13
English
French
Italian
Japanese
Mandarin
Thai
Contacts : Eric Piesner (Firmwide Asia managing partner and Singapore office managing partner)