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White & Case Pte. Ltd.
8 Marina View #27-01
Asia Square Tower 1
018960
Singapore

Banking and finance: foreign firms Tier 2

White & Case Pte. Ltd. rebooted its banking and finance practice in 2019 and 2020 with the hire of new department head Alexander McMyn from Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee and Charles McConnell as a partner from Linklaters. The new team has pivoted the firm towards international lenders in greater alignment with the Hong Kong office and other offices in the network. Much of the practice centres on traditional acquisition and leveraged finance; notably private equity and infrastructure fund-driven financings. Corporate finance, trade finance, and project finance are also key. John Shum has joined King & Wood Mallesons and Gee Hou Tng has joined Mishcon de Reya as a consultant.

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‘White & Case Singapore has a strong banking and finance team.’

Capital markets: equity and debt: foreign firms Tier 2

White & Case Pte. Ltd. has an established record in Singapore and regional debt and equity offerings, representing a broad range of underwriters, corporate issuers, and sovereign issuers. It has a number of repeat clients that frequently tap the capital markets Indonesia and Thailand are currently its primary markets, though Singapore, India, Malaysia, and Greater China deals also form part of the practice. Kaya Proudian leads the Asia capital markets practice, is US and English law qualified, and has an excellent reputation for equity and debt, including high-yield bonds. She headed the team that advised the joint global coordinators on Asset World's IPO on the Stock Exchange of Thailand, one of the largest and most complex deals in 2019.

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Bank of America

BNP Paribas

CIMB Investment Bank

CLSA

Credit Suisse (Singapore)

Deutsche Bank

The Government of Republic of Indonesia

International Finance Corporation

Jubilant Pharma

Morgan Stanley & Co

Nomura Singapore

Sinarmas Sekuritas

UBS

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 2

White & Case Pte. Ltd.'s highly rated team was further bolstered at the senior level with Jon Bowden and Tabitha Saw's elevation to international partner status. Bowden is driving forward the firm's flourishing private equity practice, particularly in Indonesia where the team has concentrated its efforts for many years; Vietnam is a more recent growth market. Saw specialises in private equity real estate, notably advising on a series of recent data centre and digital asset deals. The hugely experienced Jonathan Olier leads the team, further building its standing in distressed transactions and corporate restructurings, along with traditional big-ticket strategic M&A.

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‘White & Case provided an excellent service. The entire team was extremely professional, knowledgeable, and accommodating. One important point to highlight is that the team was very commercial in its recommendations without over-complicating the issues. Everything was straightforward and done in a timely manner.’

‘The team shows higher professional competence in difficult deal challenges and comes up with solutions that have substance.’

‘The private equity real estate team’s knowledge and varied deal experience is invaluable in deal structuring and negotiating. Coupled with their specialist expertise in data centres makes them the go-to team for any complex structured real estate deals.’

‘Jonathan Olier understands the desired client outcome and shows dedication to the client, and has a creative solution-oriented approach to complex problems.’

‘Jonathan Olier gives very practical advice that works for us commercially, is able to distil complex issues quickly, has an amazing ‘big picture’ perspective, makes great efforts to know our institution well, and provides advice that is tailored for us.’

‘Jon Bowden is very responsive, always available, and will go the extra mile to help.’

‘Jon Bowden listens to the client’s needs and carefully considers the key commercial angles before advising on legal matters.’

‘Tabitha Saw is highly technical but more importantly, she is very personable. She takes a genuine interest and concern to understand the client’s needs and to act in our best interest.’

‘Tabitha Saw is really the shining star at White & Case. I do not think anyone else in the firm comes close to providing her standards of product delivery and client service. She is exceptionally sharp, possesses an astounding elephant-like memory, and has the ability to dissect complex issues and draft language pertaining to these issues into documents in a clear and concise manner.’

‘Lisa Yeo demonstrated great maturity and efficiency throughout the process which helped the team turn around documents quickly and accurately in a tight schedule. She had a good grasp of the documents which helped in overall efficiency of the process.’

‘Lisa Yeo is an associate in the team and although has less deal experience/knowledge than the partners she certainly has the other qualities and her hard work on deals does not go unnoticed.’

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Bangkok Bank Public Company

Baring Private Equity Asia

BNP Paribas

CIMB Investment Bank

CLSA

Credit Suisse (Singapore)

CVC

Deutsche Bank

ESR

FKS

The Government of Republic of Indonesia

Indosat Ooredoo

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

MNC Group

Nomura Singapore

Sinarmas Sekuritas

Pacific Century Group

Puma Energy

Energy: foreign firms Tier 2

White & Case Pte. Ltd.'s Asia Pacific Energy practice is led by Brendan Quinn and Andrew Clark in Melbourne, while the key partners in the Singapore office are Matthew Osborne, Saul Daniel, and Fergus Smith. Daniel, a specialist in oil and gas work, moved across from the firm's Houston office in 2020, while Steve Payne has moved back to the United States. The team acts with White & Case offices across Asia to handle energy work; recently, it has been especially active in Central Asian countries such as Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. The team is also heavily involved in LNG and renewables, such as offshore wind. Senior associate Ee Lynn Tan is another name to note, with experience advising on oil & gas, LNG, and power projects.

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‘A strong financing team.’

‘Fergus Smith is an excellent financing lawyer.’

‘They have the ability to handle large groups of banks, coupled with strong negotiation skills.’

Key clients

Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP)

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Canadian Solar

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

I Squared Capital

Projects: foreign firms Tier 2

White & Case Pte. Ltd.'s Singapore office forms a part of the firm's broader Project Development and Finance team, led by Brendan Quinn and Andrew Clark in Melbourne. The project team has experienced turnover in the last year, with Steve Payne moving to the United States and Saul Daniel moving across from the Houston office. In addition to Daniel, a specialist in oil and gas projects, the team also includes Fergus Smith and Matthew Osborne . The Singapore practice handles a broad range of projects, including energy and transportation; it is particularly recognised for its work in LNG, an area in which it advises on global matters. The team is also involved in growing sectors such as solar batteries and offshore wind.

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‘Exceptional leadership from Andrew Clark, with talented and dedicated support from across Asia, with Matt Osborne is Singapore a real asset to any team. Renewables experience across Asia, including small island economies.’

Key clients

Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP)

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Canadian Solar

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

I Squared Capital

Restructuring and insolvency: foreign firms Tier 2

White & Case Pte. Ltd. represents a mix of clients from the corporate, finance, and oil and gas sectors in debt restructuring, liquidation, scheme of arrangement, and enforcement mandates. Alexander McMyn is the main contact.

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Utico FZC

International arbitration Tier 3

White & Case Pte. Ltd.'s international arbitration practice 'is experienced in dealing with complicated international disputes'. It is particularly well-known for oil and gas disputes where it has significant experience in LNG price review issues. Matthew Secomb has an impressive reputation in this specialised field and is ably assisted by recently promoted counsel Aditya Singh. The group is frequently instructed by clients based in Japan and Korea and benefits from the ability to work closely with the firm's Tokyo-based LNG experts.

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Our case is basically dispute on technical grounds but the adjacent legal issues are complicated. For such case we require very efficient internationally experienced team. This team is experienced in dealing with complicated international disputes.

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Inpex Operations Australia Pty Ltd.

Indonesia > Foreign firms Tier 1

2020 saw White & Case Pte. Ltd. advise on two major deals in M&A and capital markets, with a strong workload across other areas such as banking, restructuring and project finance. Kaya Proudian leads the firm’s capital markets team and has been assisting the Indonesian government with its issuances of green sukuk bonds. The corporate team is led by Jonathan Olier who is supported by Jon Bowden, who both advised Bangkok Bank on its landmark $2.3b acquisition of local bank Bank Permata. Alexander McMyn, who advises on banking and restructuring deals, is also noted.

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‘Well-versed in local regulations and how to navigate the Indonesian regulatory environment.’

Key clients

Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited

Baring Private Equity Asia

BNP Paribas

CIMB Investment Bank Berhad, Singapore Branch,

CLSA Limited

Credit Suisse (Singapore) Limited

CVC

Deutsche Bank AG, Singapore Branch

ESR

FKS

The Government of Republic of Indonesia

Indosat Ooredoo

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

MNC Group

Nomura Singapore Limited

Sinarmas Sekuritas

Pacific Century Group

Puma Energy

Vietnam > Foreign desks Tier 2

White & Case Pte. Ltd. has an extensive Vietnam practice with broad expertise across banking and finance, projects and energy as well as big-ticket corporate transactions. Overseen by private equity partner Jon Bowden, the group handles heavyweight M&A for Vietnamese clients, international trade matters for tech clients, and is able to leverage its international offering to handle cross-border matters across Asia. The team has been bolstered by the arrival of new finance partner Charles McConnell in Singapore who joins as a lateral hire from Linklaters. Other names familiar with Vietnamese work include Samuel Scoles and Tokyo-based Simon Collins.

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Pacific Century Group Holdings

VinaCapital

BNP Paribas

Facebook

Philippines > Foreign firms Tier 2

Having expanded its practice in Asia significantly in the last three years, White & Case Pte. Ltd. now has a strong presence in the Philippines, advising on large projects and infrastructure transactions relating to rail, energy and telecoms. Mining is an area of particular expertise; John Tivey has over two decades of experience in the sector and has advised on many of the most significant developments in the industry in the Philippines. Fergus Smith leads the dedicated Philippines country practice group and, alongside Matthew Osborne , advises on projects relating to both renewable and traditional energy sources.

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The partner is very knowledgeable on mining projects and deals in the Philippines.

Partner John Tivey is very knowledgeable of mining projects and deals in the Philippines. He is the reason we instructed White & Case.

Key clients

Asian Development Bank

Canadian Solar

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