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Clifford Chance Offices
MARINA BAY FINANCIAL CENTRE
25TH FLOOR, TOWER 3, 12 MARINA BOULEVARD
Clifford Chance > The Legal 500 Rankings
Clifford Chance's longstanding prominence in the market continues with the Singapore team cementing and evolving relationships with key banks and private equity houses, in particular. Much of the practice is now driven by private equity clients and it continues to develop its standing regionally, in major jurisdictions such as India and Indonesia. The wider banking and finance group was augmented by the hire of leading restructuring lawyer Shaun Langhorne from Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee in early 2020. Andrew Hutchins is a recognised authority in acquisition and leveraged finance, as is emerging talent Thomas England.
Other key lawyers:
‘Clifford Chance’s Singapore banking practice has consistently been very respected throughout the region. They have great experience in a number of different jurisdictions including Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand.’
‘Thomas England is a talented and extremely dedicated banking and finance lawyer. He is very approachable and provides user-friendly and practical advice. He is resilient under pressure and always strives to deliver to the highest quality.’
ICG Strategic Equity Advisors
Quadria Capital Investment Management
Maybank Kim Eng Securities
Export Development Canada
ABN AMRO Bank
United Overseas Bank
Clifford Chance's well-established Singapore and international law team has maintained strong geographic coverage, notably in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, India, and Vietnam. The firm is also active across the equity and debt product range, including having one of the strongest US securities practices amongst the Magic Circle, a leading position in the Indian market, and a fine record in sovereign issuances. The team advised the Republic of Indonesia on its $4.3bn three-tranche bond issuance under its SEC-registered bond programme. Johannes Juette is a leading US securities lawyer with a fine record in Indonesia and Singapore, most notably in high-yield debt. Raymond Tong is a prominent Singapore capital markets lawyer and Rahul Guptan is at the forefront of India deals. Gareth Deiner is an emerging talent in the DCM space.
‘Highly knowledgeable team with great updated experience and understanding of all bond-related matters across wide jurisdictional coverage and markets. Attentive, helpful, and professional legal counsels who are fun and a pleasure to work with.’
‘Gareth Deiner is professional, knowledgeable, commercially minded, has a hands-on approach to work, is innovative with a high capability in problem-solving, and is prompt in response times.’
Serba Dinamik Holdings
Citigroup Global Markets
Sapura Energy Berhad
PTT Exploration and Production Public Company
Singapore Stock Exchange
Singapore > Capital markets: structured finance, derivatives and securitisation: Foreign firms Tier 1
Clifford Chance is at the forefront of new industry trends, particularly cryptocurrency and fintech growth, including the use of crypto derivatives, distributed ledger technology and blockchain. The Singapore team is also moving into other growth segments such as environmental, social and governance (ESG) products and new financial markets infrastructures. In this regard, the firm is well-placed given that Paul Landless, a structured finance, derivatives and financial markets products specialist, also co-heads the global tech group. Moreover, Lena Ng, who leads the financial regulatory practice in Singapore, is also a derivatives and structured finance lawyer by background.
Clifford Chance has outstanding regional credibility, particularly in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines where it continues to close a number of headline deals. It represents a range local, regional, and multinational corporate clients and has an impressive following of financial sponsors. Melissa Ng has an outstanding record in Southeast Asia M&A and private equity deals, with particularly impressive experience in Indonesia and in energy and resources deals. Valerie Kong is another experienced name in the team, recently advising EQT Infrastructure on the establishment of a 51:49 joint venture company that will serve as an investment platform for the renewable energy sector in India. Satbir Walia is an emerging talent and Tom Lin was elevated to partner in May 2020; he is having an increasingly integral role in developing the office's private equity practice.
‘Clifford Chance has a standardised quality across all their partners and staff. This makes it a brand to trust because you are not tied to a particular individual.’
‘They are very knowledgeable of my company’s line of business, they are responsive and deliver an excellent work product.’
‘Valerie Kong is very enthusiastic, driven, and on the ball.’
‘Melissa Ng is very calm and commercial.’
‘Melissa Ng is always available even when she’s traveling or busy working for other clients.’
CVC Capital Partners
ICG Strategic Equity
Global Infrastructure Partners
Clifford Chance has an established mix of contentious and non-contentious financial services regulatory work, primarily with an international flavour. The non-contentious team led by Lena Ng is especially active in the fintech, cryptocurrency, blockchain, payment services and data privacy segments. The group is also recognised for collective investment scheme-related work. In regulatory and internal investigations, Kabir Singh and Janice Goh, a newly elected partner in its Formal Law Alliance (FLA) firm Cavenagh Law LLP, are noted for insider trading, data breaches and cyber hacking matters, among others. Nish Shetty provides further senior contentious gravitas.
Clifford Chance's international arbitration team is 'highly recommended for high-value energy/oil and gas international disputes' and counts banking and finance, commercial, trade and joint venture disputes among its other areas of expertise. The practice stands out for its Formal Law Alliance with Cavenagh Law LLP, which allows the team to provide both international and Singapore legal advice, including in Singapore litigation; it also benefits from the ability to leverage Clifford Chance's global network. Nish Shetty (who has a broad practice covering investment treaty and commercial disputes) jointly leads the team alongside energy, infrastructure and resources sector expert Paul Sandosham and Kabir Singh, who frequently acts for banks and financial institutions in arbitrations and has particular expertise in India-related disputes. The group was bolstered by the arrival of Paul Tan from Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP who is noted for investment treaty arbitration and arbitration-related litigation.
‘Highly recommended for high-value energy/oil and gas international disputes.’
‘Paul Sandosham is very knowledgeable and a safe pair of hands. Akanksha Bhagat (associate) is a pleasure to work with. Andrew Foo (associate) is very smart and quick to learn.‘
‘They know all there is to know about running an international arbitration; they really get into the detail; and they are very effective advocates indeed, including at cross-examination.‘
‘Stand-out parters I have come across are Nish Shetty, Paul Sandosham, and Kabir Singh. Stand-out associates include Priscilla Lua.‘
Clifford Chance's highly reputable funds practice is lauded for bringing a 'wealth of market knowledge to the deal' spanning full coverage across the entire fund lifecycle and is particularly highlighted for its bench strength in private equity, real estate, and infrastructure funds. Managing partner Kai-Niklas Schneider is the go-to expert in the formation of, and investment in a variety of multijurisdictional funds, and for sponsors on accessing the US and EU markets, as well as on regional licensing and securities laws. Daryl Liu was promoted to partner in May 2020 and focuses on international fund mandates. Lena Ng and senior associate Luke Chen are also of note.
‘The Clifford Chance Singapore Funds Team brings a wealth of market knowledge to the deal – being able to site what others in the market are doing. They also are creative and solutions-oriented – working well with the counter-party to drive things to closer in an efficient and cooperative manner without compromising our commercial position.’
‘Kai Schneider and Daryl Liu on several transactions are highly responsive and very commercial lawyers – they bring a collaborative approach to getting deals done in a way satisfactory to all parties.’
ICG Strategy Equity
CBRE Global Investors
Allianz Real Estate
Pierfront Capital Fund Management
Columbia Pacific Management Inc.
CLSA Real Estate
State Street Global Advisors
Clifford Chance fields a group of 'excellent lawyers', led by Valerie Kong and Kabir Singh, who are 'knowledgeable, very available and easy to reach' and are able to assist with a variety of issues ranging from transactional advice, regulatory issues, whistleblowing, and employment investigations. Corporate partner Kong is particularly active in relation to incentive packages and regularly assists corporate clients with the rollout of equity incentive schemes. Singh's practice focuses on contentious employment issues.
Clifford Chance stands out from other firms in Singapore for the broad range of projects it advises on. In addition to upstream, midstream, and downstream energy projects, the firm has recently advised on large-scale sports facilities, motorways, airports, data centres, and industrial facilities. In the energy sector, it acts on renewables and fossil fuels, as well as floating LNG vessels and floating production, storage and offloading units. The practice is led by Nicholas Wong, Matthew Buchanan, Ross Howard, and Kate Sherrard. Wong also co-heads the global projects team and acts on projects across Asia, while Buchanan heads the construction team. Howard and Sherrard both focus on energy, and Sherrard is particularly active in maritime and off-shore energy projects.
‘Ross Howard is highly dependable to effectively advise clients on major M&A and project financing transactions involving major projects (like infrastructure and energy projects). He has a deep knowledge of the relevant law and sector and is able to provide effective advice in a commercially savvy manner to assist our investments team in achieving positive results.’
Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
The Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM)
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Changi Airports International
Clifford Chance is the pre-eminent firm for regional restructuring and insolvency work, aided by its network of Asian offices and global capabilities in banking and insolvency proceedings. Shaun Langhorne's arrival from Hogan Lovells has bolstered the firm's roster of major bank lenders and expertise in loan enforcements and credit defaults. Nish Shetty represents creditors and distressed companies in connection with restructurings, liquidations, and bond defaults. Banking partners Thomas England and Andrew Hutchins are also of note.
Clifford Chances' Simon Briscoe has more than 25 years' experience in cross-border asset finance and heads the Asia asset finance group, and is well known for representing operating lessors in the sale and purchase of aircraft, including portfolio sales and purchases, purchase and leasebacks, and part out transactions. Fergus Evans specialises in tax-driven structures and export credit backed transactions, while Kate Sherrard focuses on financing transactions across the maritime and offshore oil & gas sectors, particularly on LNG carriers and offshore units. Daniel König is recommended for JOL and JOLCO transactions, portfolio sales, and novations relating to asset-backed securisations. Gervais Green left the practice.
‘Clifford Chance has the pre-eminent asset finance practice in Asia and its depth of expertise and size of its team is unrivalled. First-class.’
‘Simon Briscoe is an outstanding lawyer and deeply connected, with excellent insights into the Asia Pacific region. Fergus Evans is very sharp and an absolute pleasure to work with, and has excellent credentials as lenders’ counsel. ‘
Clifford Chance's broad energy practice covers the financing and construction of energy projects as well as M&A transactions. The geographical reach of the team's work encompasses all of Asia, as well as projects in Africa and Latin America. The team is led by M&A specialist Melissa Ng, as well as Nicholas Wong, who also serves as co-head of the global projects group. Gareth Deiner and Johannes Juette specialise in capital markets work, while Kate Sherrard advises on financing, particularly in the maritime and offshore oil and gas sectors. Wong and Matthew Buchanan also handle project financing work.
‘A very well-coordinated team with multiple partners being part of the deal team allowing for contingencies and consistency of advice despite a member not being available.’
‘The team which I worked with, Melissa Ng and Valerie Kong were the lead legal counsel in the team. The manner in which they deal with complicated and difficult situations with a calm demeanor and yet providing constructive solutions with a difficult client is admirable.’
‘They were supported by a very strong associate (Jordan Knowles) who was very capable in explaining the legal points in absence of his senior partners.’
International Petroleum Group Limited
Clifford Chance's standalone TMT practice acts for an impressive list of household names such as Mastercard to local and regional tech start-ups on technology-driven M&A deals and data protection compliance. The firm also has notable depth in the technical areas of artificial intelligence, blockchain and cryptocurrency, and cybersecurity. It is also active in disputes involving technology implementations or in the regulatory environment governing payments and cryptocurrencies. Luke Grubb heads the Asia Pacific-wide TMT practice, with a team comprised of Lena Ng, Melissa Ng, and Satbir Walia, who 'work at an impeccable legal quality standard'.
‘Luke’s team works at an impeccable legal quality standard, absolutely reliable, and with a fantastic grasp of what clients need. In addition, they take a proactive and practical approach to supporting the region.’
‘Luke Grubb – in addition to legal skills, in-depth understanding of the commercial implications of complex technology transactions’
‘The key strength of the team is its detailed knowledge of key consumer data protection principles across multiple markets. This is invaluable to a multi-national firm dealing with cloud storage and data transfers across multiple jurisdictions. The team is well-joined up across countries meaning that clients only need to speak to one partner and the entire APAC team is aligned on the task at hand. The expertise of the team in understanding complex data and technology questions and then being able to negotiate effectively with some of the world’s largest tech companies is unparalleled in the region.’
‘We worked primarily with Luke Grubb who was incredibly attentive to our business needs and was able to clearly communicate with our internal stakeholders the key issues on hand. Most importantly, Luke was able to negotiate highly commercially significant concessions from counter-parties through his exceptional knowledge of the relevant legal and regulatory frameworks not just in APAC but globally.’
Contour Pte. Ltd
The Bikini Body Training Company Pty Ltd (Sweat)
HDR Global Trading Ltd (BitMEX)
Yoma Strategic Holdings
Kai Tak Sports Park Limited
Enova Holdings (Greater China Regional Partner for ABB Formula E Championship)
Vietnam > Foreign desks Tier 1
Clifford Chance's Vietnam practice is jointly led by Singapore-based Fergus Evans and Ross Howard, and handles cross-border M&A transactions and large financing projects. The team has an international client base which includes financial institutions and investors operating in the energy sector. Hans Menski in Tokyo is the name for energy mandates, whilst Valerie Kong in Singapore is a the corporate specialist in the group.
Indonesia > Foreign firms Tier 1
Clifford Chance has been advising on pivotal capital market deals in Indonesia, some involving the government and Bank Mandiri’s respective efforts to tackle the Covid 19 crisis. Outside of this area, the team is also highly skilled in M&A, banking and dispute resolution. Melissa Ng heads up the team and is an expert in corporate and M&A, most notably involving the energy, consumer and financial services sectors. Johannes Juette has been handling the capital market deals, and is highly skilled in debt offerings and IPOs. Thomas England is another key name noted for his work on financing and restructuring. For contentious matters, Kabir Singh is highly skilled in cross-border litigation and arbitration.
PT Barito Wahana Lestari
PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk
Malaysia > Foreign firms Tier 1
Operating in Malaysia with its HQ in Singapore, the team at Clifford Chance is directed by the 'very responsive' capital markets expert Raymond Tong and cross-border specialist Valerie Kong. Distinguished by its 'very strong presence', the firm provides detailed knowledge of key regulatory regimes across South East Asia. Partnering with select local firms, it has a strong track record in industries such as energy, private equity, real estate, healthcare and agriculture. In a recent case highlight it is advising Berjaya Corporation Berhad (and a subsidiary) on the sale of a hotel contingent and assisting JP Morgan, UBS and Siam Commercial Bank with the financing of CP Group's acquisition of Tesco's Thai and Malaysian interests.
‘Clifford Chance has a very strong presence in Malaysia where the firm has acted for large corporations in major corporate transactions‘.
‘Raymond Tong is an experienced counsel who provides sound and practical advice to his clients. He is very responsive and has a strong team to execute deals. He is also very well informed with capital market developments in South East Asia‘.
Berjaya Corporation Berhad
Sapura Energy Berhad
CIMB Investment Bank Berhad
Maybank Investment Bank Berhad
Leong Hup International Berhad
Sime Darby Holdings Berhad
Serba Dinamik Holdings Berhad
Sedgwick Malaysia Sdn. Bhd
India > Foreign firms Tier 2Indian and foreign clients seek Clifford Chance's legal assistance in relation to inbound and outbound M&A, capital markets, financing, commercial arrangements, project development and dispute resolution. Standing out for its longstanding experience in the banking sector, the India group brings together industry-specific knowledge in energy, infrastructure and telecoms. The practice enjoys strong working relationships with leading Indian law firms. In the firm's Singapore office, Kabir Singh focuses on international arbitration involving Indian entities. Private equity and M&A in the public and private sectors are areas of focus for Neeraj Budhwani based in Hong Kong. Shaun Langhorne, who recently joined the Singapore office from Hogan Lovells International LLP, brings considerable expertise in cross-border restructuring matters. Former practice head Rahul Guptan departed to White & Case LLP in May 2021.
‘A very dedicated and committed team. Partners are leading matters and very hands on.’
‘Kabir Singh stands out for me. Thorough professional. Fully committed to matters and client.’
‘The arbitration team of Clifford Chance is quite active in India. It is a strong and capable team involved in large commercial arbitrations seated in Singapore and London as well as for India seated arbitrations.’
‘Kabir Singh is an outstanding lawyer who is always hands on. He is very well recognised in arbitration circles as a counsel as well as arbitrator and is involved in ICC, SIAC and LCIA cases related to India.’
Philippines > Foreign firms Tier 2
Clifford Chance's work in the Philippines spans dispute resolution, corporate, finance, and infrastructure and energy. International arbitration is an area of particular specialism; the group, in advice led by Cameron Hassall, was recently instructed to represent two agencies of the government of the Republic of the Philippines in a $1bn dispute relating to the award of an energy concession. Beyond this, Alex Lloyd leads on the capital markets work and has expertise in both equity and debt capital markets in addition to IPOs and debt offerings. Satbir Walia advises financial institutions and technology companies on cross-border M&A transactions. Paul Landless is also recommended for his work on securitisations, structured finance and derivatives.
Clifford Chance > Firm Profile
The firm: Clifford Chance is one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, it prides itself on its approachable, collegial and team-based way of working. The firm always strives to exceed the expectations of its clients, which include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not-for-profit organisations. It provides them with the highest quality advice and legal insight, which combines the firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.
Types of work undertaken
Capital markets: the capital markets practice concentrates on securities transactions and other products sold into the capital markets. The practice is founded on a full-service US and UK securities law capability, complemented by local securities law expertise in each of the key financial centres. It provides practical, integrated legal advice covering the full spectrum of global capital raising activities including public and private domestic and international offerings of traditional debt and equity securities as well as convertible and other derivative and structured securities.
Corporate: the corporate practice handles some of the world’s largest and most complex M&A transactions. It combines global transaction capability with a full service of English, US and civil law expertise in the key financial centres across Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. In addition to mainstream M&A, the firm also encompasses leading specialist practices in: commercial contracts, competition and antitrust, communications, energy, healthcare, financial institutions, funds, investment banking, insurance, media and technology, and private equity.
Finance: Clifford Chance’s finance practice is the leading international finance practice of any law firm. The practice provides highly commercial and practical advice across the full spectrum of financial products including syndicated lending and leveraged and acquisition finance, asset finance, derivative products, project finance, financial regulatory, insolvency, restructuring and structured finance.
Litigation, dispute resolution and risk management: the firm has experience in virtually all segments of the business and financial markets across multiple jurisdictions. The lawyers work with clients to resolve disputes efficiently and effectively – whether through arbitration, litigation or other techniques.
Real estate: Clifford Chance’s leading real estate practice offers UK, European, Asian and US real estate capability. The practice advises the real estate industry’s leading players on the entire property ‘life-cycle’ from the initial acquisition, development, leasing, joint venturing and financing through to the final exit, as well as tax structuring, PFI/PPP, corporate outsourcing, planning, environment and litigation.
Tax, pensions, employment and incentives: Clifford Chance has one of the world’s largest international tax groups within a single law firm. The firm is uniquely placed to provide leading edge advice to clients, and the practice is structured on an integrated global basis. Local tax groups within the practice work closely with areas such as securitisation, securities, M&A, corporate restructuring, private equity, real estate and funds.
The pan-European VAT group advises on all areas of VAT and has particular strength advising on novel and complex issues in the structured finance, financial services, corporate finance and real estate sectors.
The team of experienced employment, employee benefits, ERISA, immigration and pensions specialists work with clients from a wide range of sectors to address local and cross-border issues.
International offices: Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Casablanca, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Jakarta*, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Perth, Prague, Rome, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Warsaw, Washington, D.C., Riyadh**
*Linda Widyati & Partners in association with Clifford Chance
**Clifford Chance has a co-operation agreement with Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm in Riyadh
Staff FiguresNumber of partners : 550 Number of other fee-earners : 3,300
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