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Dechert
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SINGAPORE 049145
Singapore

Singapore > Investment funds: foreign firms Tier 2

Dechert‘s longstanding presence in Singapore, which includes the senior figure Dean Collins, has enabled the firm to carve out an impressive market share in private equity, private credit, tech funds (including venture capital funds) and fund secondaries. The team also represents a number of institutional investors. The practice has made a particular impression in the tech space, in growth capital and venture capital, and is at the forefront of the credit fund segment. Zachary Oswald is an experienced senior associate, as is Thomas Kim, who is ‘organised, responsive and commercial.’

Practice head(s):

Dean Collins

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very experienced team that knows the subject matter well, problem solver, committed, excellent service.’

‘Very knowledgeable in the funds’ space and always a pleasure to work with.’

‘Thomas Kim has been excellent to work with and is organised, responsive and commercial.’

‘Responsive; understand the market and provide commercial solutions.’

‘We have a long history of working engagements with Dechert. That is reflected in our transactions, where they work seamlessly with various stakeholders within my firm. This is a people business, and the associates of Dechert are intelligent and driven.’

‘Thomas Kim reflects the characteristics you want from a top-notch external counsel. He is vested to look out for his client’s interest, and able to articulate his arguments clearly. He goes beyond the call of duty (eg. working over public holidays and weekends) to drive the legal workstream during a short-fused deal. Intelligent, driven and integrity. These are the key values that resonate with Thomas Kim and we view he has a long runway ahead of him.’

‘Dechert has offered us a well-constructed core team and access to specialist advice in all relevant areas. Their advice is clear and constructive, balancing legal necessities against market realities and extending beyond strictly legal matters to helpful market insights and efficient and effective coordination of the broader advisor group. The one-stop shop offering, well-coordinated as it is through a single principal point of contact, is extremely helpful.’

‘We are working closely with Zachary Oswald, Senior Associate: he is an absolute superstar. He is extremely knowledgeable in his subject area – on both technical legal matters and relevant market practice and expectations; aware of and able to access other resources within the firm when necessary; always responsive in prompt, patient & positive ways; a delight to work with – in both his demeanour and the confidence he inspires in his advice – in all respects, Zack is a fully effective transaction leader. I would certainly welcome the opportunity to have Zack lead our team again on future transactions.’

Key clients

Primavera Capital

EFA Group

Genesis Alternative Ventures

Indies Capital Partners

CDIB Capital International Corporation

Openspace Ventures

JI Capital Partners

The Norinchukin Bank

SilkRoad Property Partners

Work highlights

  • Served as lead counsel to The Sylvan Group on the formation of its first fund, Sylvan Asia Growth Fund I, a private equity fund focused on growth capital/buyouts investments in mid-market companies in Asia Pacific.
  • Appointed as lead international counsel to Indies Capital Partners on the formation of Indies Special Opportunities III, L.P., a $250m private credit and private equity fund focused on mezzanine, private credit and private equity opportunities across Southeast Asia.
  • Acted as lead counsel for Openspace Ventures (OSV) in the formation of its third venture technology companies based in Southeast Asia.

Singapore > International arbitration Tier 3

Dechert‘s ‘very strong‘ international arbitration team is regularly instructed in energy and natural resources, including price review disputes; corporate and post-M&A; sports sector; and investor-state disputes. The ‘exceptionalMark Mangan leads the practice which includes senior associates Lukas Lim (who ‘has a sharp mind and is developing good advocacy skills‘) and Ananya Mitra, who is strong for India-related disputes and investor-state arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Mark Mangan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

This is a very strong team led by Mark Mangan. I have been consistently impressed with their advocacy and professionalism in several high stakes arbitrations.

Mark Mangan comes across as the hardest working lawyer in the business, he is just so incredibly well prepared. No stone is left unturned, even if only to be able to explain why an issue is irrelevant or a red herring. An exceptional lawyer. Mark is supported by Lukas Lim, a very capable associate who has a bright future ahead of him. ’

‘Excellent partner-level attention, deep industry knowledge, and a very careful, meticulous and strategic approach to constructing the case. ’

‘Mark Mangan – very thoughtful, calm and meticulous. A strategic thinker who turns over every aspect of each approach to evaluate possible strengths and weaknesses, but without losing sight of the bigger picture and the key commercial issues. Ananya Mitra – incredibly hard working and always helpful and super responsive. ’

‘The intellect of the team is unrivalled. They are trusted by clients with some of the largest disputes arbitrated in Asia.’

‘This team thoroughly prepares for their hearings, so that nothing could possibly surprise them. Their written submissions are superb, and their oral advocacy is focussed and sharp, sticking to the relevant and material points and ignoring peripheral nonsense. It is a very effective approach which has led to excellent results in all the cases in which I have seen them.

‘Mark Mangan gets to the crux of the problem quickly and navigates to the best possible outcome. Lukas Lim has a sharp mind and is developing good advocacy skills.’

‘Working with Mark Mangan as a partner and Lukas Lim as an associate. I believe Mark has excellent arbitration lawyer capabilities with great cross-examination skills.’

Key clients

ExxonMobil

Omni Bridgeway

Rio Tinto

SK Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd

Mariyam Mohamed

Rizzani de Eccher S.p.A.

Members of the Yildiz family in Turkey and Yildizlar Holding SSS

DIH International Limited

Sinopec

Hunan Maixiang Food & Beverage Investment Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for a consortium of oil and gas companies in Asian LNG price review arbitrations, which were first of their kind raising complex issues of jurisdiction and the merits.
  • Successfully represented Mariyam Mohamed, former head of Women’s Football at the Football Association of Maldives, in two CAS arbitrations relating to the alleged Asian Football Confederation (AFC) discrimination against women in its constitutional documents and in the conduct of the 2019 AFC elections, and that the AFC committed a denial of justice and tolerated unfair interference by powerful third parties in the conduct of its elections.

Singapore > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 4

Dechert thrives in respect of cross-border mandates, which form approximately 80% of its caseload. The Singaporean practice is closely integrated with the firm's global corporate and M&A team, spread across 11 different countries, and is co-led by Siew Kam Boon , an M&A, venture capital, private equity and venture capital specialist. Meanwhile, Maria Tan Pedersen, Boon's co-head, focuses on joint ventures, projects, financing transactions and capital markets affairs.

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Testimonials

We have worked with Siew KamBoon and Timothy Goh for various engagements; they were outstanding in their respective areas of responsibilities. One standout area is their ability to manage projects in a timely manner, while maintaining a high level of quality in their deliverables.’

‘Maintain clear and open communication and consultation. They give good ideas and advise to solving problems.’

‘Siew Kam Boon is extremely hard working and is a valued thought-partner for us. She is always a pleasure to work with and stands out in her expertise, efficiency, and her humble yet engaging manner.’

Key clients

Naver Corporation

Cerberus Capital Management

Norinco International

Mastercard

GIC

Manila Water Company, Inc.

AREIT, Inc.

The Global Emerging Markets Group

Work highlights

  • Naver Corporation, led a consortium, in the acquisition of ordinary and preference shares of Carousell Pte. Ltd., Singapore’s homegrown classifieds marketplace.
  • Represented Cerberus Capital Management in the acquisition of approximately 20% indirect ownership or notes convertible into equity of seven MCS companies operating in the telecommunications and consumer goods sectors.
  • Acting for Norinco International as international and Singapore counsel in a bundle of transactions and government affairs in connection with the development of a coal mining project in Mongolia.
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Deeply committed to the Asia region, Dechert opened in Singapore, one of the world’s major financial hubs, in 2014.

Our Singapore lawyers focus on private equity, financial services and international dispute resolution throughout Asia, with a particular emphasis on South and Southeast Asia.

Working closely with our other offices in Asia and around the world, we advise investment funds, their managers and other industry participants across the entire investment management spectrum, particularly on the structuring and establishment of private equity investment funds and other private equity-related transactions. Our experience includes secondary transactions, carried interest and co-investment plans, team spin-outs, co-investments as well as the establishment of registered funds, hedge funds and products focused on other alternative asset classes (such as real estate, infrastructure and venture capital).

Our Singapore team also represents clients in complex cross-border disputes, including international arbitrations. We advise on drafting effective dispute resolution provisions in contracts and structuring investments to attain investment treaty protection in order to mitigate sovereign risk. In addition, Dechert has extensive experience in the enforcement of judgments and arbitration awards in Asia (including China) and throughout the world.

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Managing Partner, Singapore Office Dean Collinsdean.collins@dechert.com+65 6730 6988
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CLIENT:
COMPANY/FIRM: Citigroup
TESTIMONIAL: “Dechert consistently provides differentiating legal advice, particularly on large, complex transactions.”


CLIENT:
COMPANY/FIRM: Sun Capital
TESTIMONIAL: “The firm did a great job throughout the entire process. They have been proactive and delivered quality advice. As always, a pleasure working with such a great team.”


CLIENT:
COMPANY/FIRM: Credit Suisse
TESTIMONIAL: “We continually have the highest degree of confidence in the work product and coverage of the Dechert team, and they are always a pleasure to work with.”


CLIENT:
COMPANY/FIRM: Saint-Gobain
TESTIMONIAL: “Saint-Gobain frequently turns to Dechert to defend the company in its most consequential, high-stakes litigation in the United States. Their sophistication, depth of experience, and legal creativity – especially in the area of complex mass tort litigation, is simply unrivalled. When the case is unprecedented and alleged to be perilous, there is no better partner to have in the trenches than Dechert.”


Dechert has a multinational identity that is fundamentally diverse. The firm’s commitments to diversity and inclusion are not simply words written on a website – they are guiding principles that all those at Dechert should live by every day. The numbers speak for themselves – 43% of our Policy Committee (the senior management team) are women or diverse partners, 62% of the lawyers promoted to partner in January 2021 are women or diverse, and 77% of the most recent incoming class – Dechert’s future – are women or diverse.

The following are just some of the key measures that Dechert has undertaken to improve diversity and inclusion at the firm.

Affinity Groups

To effect change, affinity groups identify and address diversity and inclusion-related issues, and create new and recurring programming focused on the attainment of professional and business development skills. They offer enhanced mentoring opportunities, retreats and educational workshop for diverse attorneys. Our affinity groups include:

  • Asian Affinity Group
  • Black Lawyers Alliance
  • Dechert’s Family Network
  • Global Women’s Initiative
  • Latino Affinity Group
  • LGBTQ Affinity Group
  • Dechert Heroes (Veterans Affinity Group)

Aspiring Solicitors

Dechert is an Affiliate Partner of Aspiring Solicitors (AS). 2020/2021 marks the fifth successful year of Dechert’s sponsorship of the organization’s national Commercial Awareness Competition, with the winners offered a vacation scheme and opportunity to interview for a training contract at Dechert.

Diversity and Inclusion Week

As part of the firm’s inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Week (July 20-24, 2020), Dechert hosted journalist and filmmaker Afua Hirsch for a provocative conversation about race, identity and belonging, as well as how what we learn (or don’t learn) about our history has an impact on racism and inequality today.

The firm also held fast-paced virtual quizzes focused on diversity, inclusion and world culture, with a charitable donation made to the winning teams’ chosen charities focused on social justice.

Diversity Champions

Recognizing the individuals who serve as role models for the inclusive, open culture we value, Dechert offers the Diversity Champions award. In 2020, our people submitted 100 nominations. Four Diversity Champions were recognized at our annual all-hands event, with honorees each awarded a bonus.

Global Women’s Initiative

Members of Dechert’s Global Women’s Initiative (GWI) meet regularly with firm leadership to identify and implement initiatives that promote opportunities for women to advance and lead throughout the firm. Individual offices provide additional formal and informal support for women lawyers.

GWI initiatives include formal and informal mentoring, development training, meetings and events for summer associates, internal and external networking, special interest events, and leadership training. The GWI launched the Sponsorship and Sustained Support (SASS) program for senior women associates to help navigate the path to partnership.

Inclusive Leadership

Commitment to diversity and inclusion stems from the top. Our partners have been participating in quarterly, interactive sessions on inclusive leadership since 2018. Topics include affinity bias, attribution bias, covering, in and out groups, priming, unconscious bias, and inclusive leadership in times of crisis. Interactive sessions include dramatizations that prompt conversations long after the programming ends.

This program continues today, with the February 2021 session focused on actionable allyship. Inclusive leadership training has also been expanded to associates and business service professionals.