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Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP

White-collar crime - Foreign firms Tier 1

Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP has one of the most established compliance and investigations practices amongst the international firms in Singapore. The core group works alongside its market leading colleagues in Tokyo and strong office in Hong Kong to cover the entire Asia Pacific region. Japan related investigations are a particular forte for the Singapore team. The group has experienced a notable increase in pre-acquisition anti-corruption and other compliance-related due diligence engagements. FCPA/anti-corruption advice, counselling and training is another forte for the team. Compliance and investigations specialist Daniel Levison has spent over 20 years focused on Asia, with stints in Tokyo and now in Singapore; he continues to represent a number of Japanese businesses.

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‘This team is personable, smart, diverse, and eminently capable. It stands out amongst the handful of international practitioners as being able to offer real local insight and connection.’

‘They are willing to seek out information that other lawyers may dismiss as less relevant, in an efficient and cost-effective manner, to try and help their clients navigate situations to the best extent possible.’

‘Dan Levison is an intelligent, knowledgeable individual with deep experience and focus in this area and in the region. He has particular expertise in Japan.’

‘Individuals such as Dan Levison and Sheryl Janet George stand out to us due to their experience, knowledge, and empathy with their clients’ needs. We value their broad-mindedness when it comes to delivering solutions to their clients.’

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The International Legal Foundation

Insurance: foreign firms Tier 2

Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP is known for its depth of expertise in warranty and indemnity insurance in M&A transactions, advising both buyers and sellers on contentious and non-contentious aspects. The team has also been actively advising insurers on the impact of Covid-19 on Asia-wide policy coverage and the policy changes suitable for distressed M&A deals. Counsel Maria Steeples has a strong relationship with AIG in relation to its warranty and indemnity work. Jake Robson left for King & Wood Mallesons in March 2020.

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AIG Asia Pacific Insurance Pte Ltd

Beazley Furlonge Limited

Chubb Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.

Berkshire Hathaway Speciality Insurance

Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 3

Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP continues to make an impression in acquisition and leveraged finance, along with private equity financings, real estate finance and has a particular niche in subscription line financings. It represents a range of banks, credit funds, and corporate borrowers. Yemi Tépé leads the team in Singapore, is noted for her background in acquisition and leveraged finance, and covers a broad geographic region, including Singapore, Greater China, and Japan. Tessa Davis provides further senior-level project financing expertise.

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‘The team is extremely helpful and thoughtful. The team provides strategic advice that goes beyond just the standard legal implications.’

‘Yemi Tépé is sharp and experienced, understands the issues, and gives several alternative solutions for us to choose from.’

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Ascendent Capital Partners

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 3

Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP has impressed in headline M&A over recent years, though the departure of Jake Robson and of counsel Nick Davies to King & Wood Mallesons is a considerable blow to the Singapore team. The firm remains notably active in fintech, insurtech, and venture capital investments, along with logistics and real estate M&A. Shirin Tang is now the senior figure in the team, while Lip Kian Ang was promoted to partner in January 2020. Of counsel Maria Steeples remains one of the market leaders in warranty and indemnity-linked M&A.

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‘Morrison & Foerster’s corporate and M&A practice is exceptional. They are proficient and commercial in their advice, always responsive, and have strong connections with every Asian country that we do M&A deals in – either with their own offices, or through strong local firm partnerships.’

‘Excellent technical skills and client responsiveness. Top drawer practice.’

‘Shirin Tang is very connected to the market and is able to connect the dots between commercial sensitivities and legal expertise.’

‘Lip Kian Ang is an excellent corporate lawyer and very attuned to clients’ requirements.’

‘Maria Steeples is exceptionally commercial, responsive and her outstanding performance has led her to be the legal adviser of choice for many insurers in the Asia-Pacific M&A space.’

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Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG)

Beam Mobility Holdings


TMT: foreign firms Tier 3

Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP's 'exceptional team' 'blend expertise across the globe in a unique Asia package' and are visible in TMT-related M&A  transactions, venture capital investments, and advising on technology-driven innovations in the fintech space. Managing partner Shirin Tang is the leading corporate and commercial partner, supported by Jason Nelms on investment transactions. Jake Robson departed to King & Wood Mallesons.

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‘Exceptional team able to blend expertise across the globe in a unique Asia package.’

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BigPay Pte Ltd.


Vectr Ventures

Beam Mobility Holdings Pte. Ltd

Ascendent Capital Partners

International arbitration Tier 4

Morrison & Foerster (Singapore) LLP's disputes practice continues to be instructed in a steady stream of international arbitration matters. The Singapore team works closely with colleagues in Japan and China and is regarded by one client as the 'go-to team for China disputes', while Craig Celniker is a name to note for Japan-related arbitration.


Go-to Team for China disputes: skilled litigators with deep knowledge of local law and practices. Tenacious, hard-working, always prepared.

Craig Celniker and Sarah Thomas (in Hong Kong): no time wasted with these seasoned disputes lawyers. They get to the point yet remain reasonable and unfailingly polite.

The firm: With approximately 1,000 lawyers in 17 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, private funds, private equity and venture capital firms, 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 many years of experience in managing complex cross border transactions across diverse jurisdictions, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, 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, insurance, and 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 domestic and cross-border acquisition and leveraged finance, real estate finance, public to private takeovers, debt structuring and restructuring, margin loans, project finance, syndicated lending and subscription line financing.

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

Energy, Projects and Infrastructure: The Singapore Energy and Infrastructure Group provides full service legal representation across every facet of the energy and infrastructure landscape. The team represents key stakeholders, including sponsors, state owned entities, contractors and lenders, and advises on the entire lifecycle of energy and infrastructure assets – from structuring, planning and licensing through to construction, financing and operation.

Insurance: MoFo advises insurers in relation to cross-border M&A, disposals and joint venture arrangements, Fintech and Insurtech transactions, as well as handling commercial disputes. The practice also advises insurers on the most complex and innovative applications of warranty and indemnity insurance policies.

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.

Investment Funds: MoFo’s Singapore investment funds practice represents fund sponsors and investors in the formation and operation of investment funds of all strategies, including; buyout; venture capital, growth capital and private equity; distressed, turnaround and special situations; real estate and real asset infrastructure; credit and private debt; hedge and fund-of-funds.

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) Daniel P. Levison +65 6922 2041
Banking and finance Yemi Tépé +65 6922 2057
Data privacy Paul McKenzie +65 6922 2066
Fund formation and co-investments Jason Nelms +65 6922 2025
International arbitration Craig I. Celniker +65 6922 2059
Investigations and regulatory compliance Daniel P. Levison +65 6922 2041
Litigation Daniel P. Levison +65 6922 2041
Mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments and joint ventures Shirin Tang +656922 2028
Private equity and venture capital Shirin Tang +656922 2028
Project Finance (Energy & Infrastructure) Tessa Davis +656922 2016
Real estate financing, acquisitions, joint ventures and investments Shirin Tang +656922 2028
TMT-related investment and transactions including FinTech Shirin Tang +656922 2028
Number of lawyers : approximately 1,000
At this office : 23
Contacts : Shirin Tang (Singapore office managing partner) +656922 2028