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Dentons Rodyk

80 RAFFLES PLACE, #33-00 UOB PLAZA 1, SINGAPORE 048624, SINGAPORE
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Singapore

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Dentons Rodyk

Dentons Rodyk has shown tremendous commitment to the arbitration sector, earning significant engagements in the infrastructure and construction, shipping and trade, and commercial sectors. The team is also noted for its expertise in arbitration-related court proceedings, with Philip Jeyaretnam SC 'commanding the respect of the court' and often acting as arbitrator. The firm represented ARV Offshore, the Thai oil and gas project management company, in resisting the application made by two Burmese oil and gas companies to vary the terms of a Mareva injunction granted by the Singapore court; the High Court directed that the proceedings be heard in the arbitral tribunal. Immensely experienced arbitration specialist Lawrence Teh is recognised for shipping and trade disputes.

Leading individuals

Philip Jeyaretnam SC - Dentons Rodyk

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Private wealth
Private wealth - ranked: tier 2

Dentons Rodyk

Edmund Leow SC heads Dentons Rodyk's trust, estates and wealth preservation practice and advises high-net-worth individuals, private banks and trust companies on personal tax, as well as trust and estate planning matters. Leow also heads the firm's tax practice and is able to draw on his experience advising on cross-border tax planning, transfer pricing and tax disputes. The group is advising a client on trust law surrounding the scope of trustees’ duties and discretion and is also assisting with a proposed resettlement of trust property. The team is also advising a client on the setting up of a charitable trust.

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Singapore: Antitrust and competition

Antitrust and competition – Local firms
Antitrust and competition – Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Dentons Rodyk

Dentons Rodyk's group, led by Gerald Singham and Ajinderpal Singh, provides advice across the spectrum of competition matters including handling various investigations into areas such as price fixing as well as merger control matters. Recent work includes acting for the Tong Huat Group in an investigation concerning price fixing allegations; a proposed infringement decision was issued by the CCCS but the investigated parties were given the opportunity to provide written submissions in response and the CCCS then issued a supplementary proposed infringement decision. The team also represented Panasonic as Singapore counsel in its leniency application to the CCCS in respect of the supply and distribution of capacitors in Singapore - the application was part of the client's multi-jurisdictional leniency strategy which resulted in full immunity in Singapore. Mark Tan left the practice in March 2018 to establish Mark Tan LLC Advocates and Solicitors.

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Singapore: Banking and finance

Banking and finance – Local firms
Banking and finance – Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Dentons Rodyk

Dentons Rodyk has an outstanding record in real estate finance, along with project and infrastructure finance, and a growing portion of structured lending. It has 'a good understanding of the business environment and challenges and helps devise a win-win solution for all'. A significant number of engagements have related to Chinese state-owned enterprises' investments into South East Asia. The firm advised China Huadian Engineering on the project financing for its $2.3bn acquisition of a majority interest in a 2 X 660MW Coal Fired power facility in Vietnam. The firm is also experienced in loans to Indonesian borrowers. Real estate finance leader Doreen Sim and Tan Joo Thye are key names, with Janice Ngeow praised for her 'good experience and industry knowledge'. The Singapore office strengthened its international law capability with the recruitment of structured lending specialist Roderick Howell from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and energy and infrastructure finance expert Kunal Kapoor, who joined from Ashurst LLP.

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Singapore: Capital markets

Capital markets – Local firms
Capital markets – Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Dentons Rodyk

Dentons Rodyk is recognised for REIT offerings and private property trust issuances, with clients highlighting its 'excellent business acumen', 'best-in-class' transaction management, 'pragmatic advice' and 'depth of relevant industry knowledge'. Nicholas Chong stands out for his 'depth of industry experience, pragmatic approach to matters and sound advice balancing all matters of consideration'. He led the team that advised Perpetual (Asia), as REIT trustee, on the IPO of Cromwell European Real Estate Investment Trust. Kenneth Oh is recommended for IPOs and reverse takeovers by Chinese, Taiwanese and Indonesian companies.

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Singapore: Construction

Construction – Local firms
Construction – Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Dentons Rodyk

Disputes expert Philip Jeyaretnam, SC and Paul Wong jointly head a sizeable team at Dentons Rodyk that undertakes the full range of advisory and disputes work. The group assists clients with domestic and international construction and engineering projects, in areas including transport, commercial and residential builds, schools and  hospitals. It acted for Mercatus on the purchase of the suburban mall development, Jurong Point, together with the mall operating business for S$2.2bn and is also representing ARV Offshore, a Thai oil and gas project management company, in resisting the application made by two Myanmarese companies to vary the terms of a mareva injunction granted by the Singapore Court. Kia Jeng Koh, who has been promoted to senior partner, has an active caseload.

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Singapore: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A – Local firms
Corporate and M&A – Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Dentons Rodyk

Dentons Rodyk has seen an uptick in cross-border deal activity, most notably in the technology sector and involving Chinese entities. It advised Zhejiang Geely on its proposed investments in Proton Holdings and Lotus Advance Technologies, the automotive companies. Ng Eng Leng and Valerie Ong are key partners, along with Kenneth Oh who 'possesses good business acumen and has an ability to provide solutions in complex M&A structuring'. Newly elevated partner Li Chuan Hsu is 'very sharp', 'patient and professional' and has 'in depth knowledge of China legal practice'.

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Singapore: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution – Local firms
Dispute resolution – Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Dentons Rodyk

Dentons Rodyk has a sizeable team that operates at the forefront of a number of key areas, including medical defence and construction litigation. The firm is also noted for arbitration-related court proceedings thanks in part to the presence of 'wonderful litigator' Philip Jeyaretnam SC. The firm represented Bachmeer Capital in its claim against its ex-joint venture partners concerning the $2.2bn development of an integrated resort in Shanghai. Siang Pheng Lek is recommended for medical defence work, including for both doctors and hospitals. Audrey Chiang and Paul Wong are also senior litigators, while Edric Pan is 'commended for his legal knowledge and acumen, and prompt updates'.

Leading individuals

Philip Jeyaretnam SC - Dentons Rodyk

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Singapore: Intellectual property

Intellectual property – Local firms
Intellectual property – Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Dentons Rodyk

The team at Dentons Rodyk 'is trusted to have clients' best interests at heart and has good business acumen and industry knowledge'. It handles complex patent protection and infringement cases, including oppositions and revocation actions, especially in the pharmaceutical, electro-mechanical and computer science areas, as well as trade mark and copyright protection matters. Lee Ai Ming  and Chai Chong Low are defending Nexplanar in a patent infringement case, which is pending at the Court of Appeal, and the duo are also leading the team representing Merck in patent infringement cases. The practice also manages global IP portfolios for clients such as Omron Corporation, United Overseas Bank, International SOS and the Prima Group. Other key members of the group include Gilbert Leong, Woon Chooi Yew, who is noted for her 'prompt advice' and sought out for her 'strong franchising knowledge', and Catherine Lee. Foo Maw Jiun is another noted practitioner.

Leading individuals

Lee Ai Ming - Dentons Rodyk

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Singapore: Investment funds

Investment funds – Local firms
Investment funds – Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Dentons Rodyk

Dentons Rodyk is, according to one client, 'a go-to firm for funds and REITs'. The team has expertise across the establishment of local and offshore funds, debt- or equity-linked securities and divestments. Clients include funds and asset management companies, fund managers, private equity investors and  venture capital funds, including BNP Paribas Trust Services Singapore, APS Asset Management and Vertex Venture Management. Lim I-An has a focus on private equity and venture capital funds including on- and offshore fund structures and S Sivanesan's broad practice includes advising fund managers, venture capital funds and start-ups.

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Singapore: Labour and employment

Labour and employment – Local firms
Labour and employment – Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Dentons Rodyk

Dentons Rodyk's team 'knows how to resolve matters'. Key names include Ray Chiang, who 'makes time to listen to clients and keep their interests in mind when dispensing advice'; Edric Pan  and Lim I-An. Recent work includes acting for International SOS, an international medical and concierge services provider, in a High Court action against a rival company and a former senior employee for inducement of breaches of contract,  breaches of confidence and misuse of confidential information. Other highlights include acting for a life sciences and biotech company on the consolidation of its workforce in Singapore and ongoing reviews of its employment practices. Sumitomo Chemical and Panasonic Healthcare are also clients.

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Singapore: Projects and energy

Projects and energy – Foreign firms
Projects and energy – Foreign firms - ranked: tier 4

Dentons Rodyk

Dentons Rodyk has assembled an impressive senior team of international lawyers, operating across the project development and project finance spheres. The practice has impressed in the offshore oil and gas space and re-gasification sector. Clients include Lukoil Asia Pacific, Pertamina and PT North Hydro Sumatra Energy. It advised Trafigura on the first full mid-scale LNG importation, floating re-gasification, onshore and offshore infrastructure natural gas project in Bangladesh. Kunal Kapoor and Joo Thye Tan are prominent players in the market.

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Projects and energy – Local firms
Projects and energy – Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Dentons Rodyk

Dentons Rodyk is a growing force in projects and energy in the region. On the international side, Kunal Kapoor joined in 2017 from Ashurst LLP to reinforce the firm's oil and gas credentials. He has linked up with established professionals Joo Thye Tan and Jonathan Guwe to provide a rounded service that has attracted clients such as Huadian Natural Gas Singapore, PT Pertamina (Persero), PT North Hydro Sumatra Energy and SMRT Corporation. The team advised PT Pertamina (Persero) on its first joint venture agreement with Rosneft, the Russian state-owned oil company, to jointly develop the new Tuban refining and petrochemical complex in East Java.

Leading individuals

Joo Thye Tan - Dentons Rodyk

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Singapore: Real estate

Real estate – Local firms
Real estate – Local firms - ranked: tier 1

Dentons Rodyk

Dentons Rodyk 'is outstanding on response times, has great industry knowledge going over and above the normal scope of work, has a strong team  and does not charge excessively'. Its comprehensive corporate real estate services encompass sales and purchases, project development work and real estate financing. It is acting for MS Residential 1 and MS Residential 2 as lead counsel on the sales of Marina One residences, the residential component of the Marina One mixed-use development. Liat Yeang Lee stands out for his 'legal acumen and for always being clear and concise' and Leong Pat Lynn  and Melanie Lim are noted for their 'commercial sense'. Maureen Ann heads the  leasing and land rights practice and advises on areas such as structuring of land holdings, build-and-leaseback and purchase-and-leaseback arrangements and easements.

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Singapore: Restructuring and insolvency

Restructuring and insolvency – Local firms
Restructuring and insolvency – Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Dentons Rodyk

Dentons Rodyk is singled out for 'its excellent knowledge of the courts and local procedure and laws'. Lek Siang Pheng, Herman Jeremiah and Foo Maw Shen, who stand out for their 'strategic' approach to litigation and drafting skills, handle a range of high-profile insolvencies and restructurings including acting for creditor banks on schemes of arrangement. Ajinderpal Singh is also noted. The team is representing a group of investors in a dispute with Opus Offshore, an insolvent Bermuda offshore oil and gas drilling company with wholly-owned subsidiaries incorporated in Singapore, concerning the failure to repay a loan facility; the matter involves multi-jurisdictional insolvency issues and competing winding-up petitions. It is also acting for a party and its related companies in the judicial management of Swiber Holdings and Swiber Offshore Construction.

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Singapore: Shipping

Shipping – Local firms
Shipping – Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Dentons Rodyk

Dentons Rodyk handles ship arrests, cargo claims and  charterparty disputes in addition to a range of finance and transactional work for clients in the shipping and energy sectors. Lawrence Teh and Janice Ngeow handle commercial, cross-border finance and disputes work between them and advise on areas such as onshore and offshore construction, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. Clients include Navios Maritime Partners, I.M. Skaugen, Global Maritime and a range of local and international banks. In highlight work, partners from Singapore, London and the firm's other offices advised VTB Bank on a $260m 13-year term loan, which was one of the largest bilateral deals underwritten by a single commercial bank.

Leading individuals

Lawrence Teh - Dentons Rodyk

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Singapore: TMT

TMT – Local firms
TMT – Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Dentons Rodyk

Gilbert Leong, Woon-Chooi Yew and Catherine Lee are the key names at Dentons Rodyk. The team has comprehensive expertise in the TMT arena, including handling large-scale procurement and services contracts, data privacy issues and disputes. Its clients range from those in the healthcare and retail sector to banks and other financial institutions and includes multi-national IT service providers. It acted for PAY Issuer (an affiliate of TenX) on its sale of cryptographic tokens known as PAY tokens; the sale which was denominated in cryptocurrency amounted to approximately $80m.  In other work, it advised bike sharing company OFO, following its recent expansion into Singapore, including advising the client on its e-commerce platform, data protection and regulatory issues.

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Singapore: Tax

Tax – Local firms
Tax – Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Dentons Rodyk

Dentons Rodyk is a growing force in tax, most notably in cross-border tax planning. The tax team has a mix of transaction support and standalone work with Edmund Leow SC  having an outstanding reputation. He and the team advised TenX, the Singaporean fintech company, on the tax and structuring aspects of its pre-initial token sale and the initial token sale of cryptographic tokens.

Leading individuals

Edmund Leow SC - Dentons Rodyk

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    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is strategically placed between Europe and the Far East. The UAE has been ranked among the top 15 maritime nations by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the UAE Government is working on plans to transform the shipping industry into one of the country’s major economic sectors.
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