Southeast Asia Teams 2018 – GC Powerlist

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3M Thailand

| 3M Thailand

Industrials and real estate

3M’s Southeast Asia legal team has grown exponentially since 2015. From only one country lawyer in Singapore and one country lawyer in Thailand at this time, it now has eight...

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Aboitiz Equity Ventures

| Aboitiz Equity Ventures

Financials

Aboitiz Equity Ventures (AEV) acts as holding company for a diverse range of businesses involved in the industrials, consumer goods, utilities and financials sectors; this provides a varied and challenging...

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Aboitiz Power Corporation

| Aboitiz Power Corporation

Energy and utilities

Aboitiz Power Corporation (APC) is a holding company with investments in power generation and distribution companies in the Philippines. Supporting its projects across the country, APC’S legal team is responsible...

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ABS-CBN Corporation

| ABS-CBN Corporation

Sports and media

Founded over 60 years ago, Alto Broadcasting System – Chronicle Broadcasting Network (ABS-CBN) is the largest multimedia network in the Philippines. The company’s legal team is led by texperienced and...

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Accenture

| Accenture

Information technology

With a hugely capable, 263 persons legal team in Southeast Asia (and 2,492 globally when including legal offshore service centres and contract management team), Accenture is a company that prizes...

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Agilent Technologies – Asia Pacific

| Agilent Technologies - Asia Pacific

Healthcare

US-based Agilent Technologies is a leader in life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical markets with a global net revenue of US$4.47bn recorded in 2017. It has been present in Singapore...

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Agoda

| Agoda

Hotels

Established in 2005, Agoda is one of the world’s fastest-growing online travel booking platforms. Headquartered in Singapore, the company has 53 offices in major cities in over 30 countries and...

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Air Liquide – Southeast Asia

| Air Liquide - Southeast Asia

Materials and mining

The French multinational supplier of industrial gases, Air Liquide, has had operations in Singapore since 1911 and in Malaysia since 1927. Today, its robust production and distribution networks in Southeast...

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Airports of Thailand

| Airports of Thailand

Transport and infrastructure

A public company concerned with the management of six of Thailand’s international airports – Airports of Thailand accrued a revenue figure of ฿56.74bn in 2017 thanks to its operation of...

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AkzoNobel

| AkzoNobel

Materials and mining

The AkzoNobel South Asia legal team is led by Singapore-based legal director South Asia Surabhi Agarwal, who reports into the global in-house legal headquarters in Amsterdam. The five-person team is responsible...

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ANZ Royal Bank

| ANZ Royal Bank

Financials

Boren Kork leads the legal function of ANZ Royal Bank, cooperating heavily with the senior management of the business where she sits on the executive committee. Boren relates that the...

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Astra International

| Astra International

Industrials and real estate

Astra International, the Indonesian conglomerate, is the second largest company in Indonesia by market capitalisation. Headquartered in Jakarta, the company’s legal department is led by Gita Tiffany Boer who assumes...

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Astro Malaysia Holdings

| Astro Malaysia Holdings

Sports and media

Astro Malaysia Holdings (AMH) relies on a 4,800-strong workforce to manage its sprawling media and entertainment operation, and the need for constant innovation in this competitive sector provides fertile ground...

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Autodesk – ASEAN

| Autodesk - ASEAN

Information technology

US multinational software corporation Autodesk is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software for a range of industries. Through its regional base in Singapore, the company has continued...

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Aviva Vietnam

| Aviva Vietnam

Financials

The Vietnamese subsidiary of British multinational insurance giant Aviva, Aviva Vietnam started out as Vietinbank Aviva Insurance Company, a joint venture between the Aviva Group and Vietinbank. In April 2017,...

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Ayala Corporation

| Ayala Corporation

Founded in 1834, Ayala Corporation is the Philippines’ oldest and largest conglomerate. Headed by managing director and general counsel Solomon M. Hermosura, Ayala’s legal team is comprised of 23 lawyers...

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Bank Central Asia

| Bank Central Asia

Financials

Bank Central Asia (BCA) is Indonesia’s largest lender by market value and the second largest bank by assets. Indonesia-based Subur Tan has been a director of BCA since May 2002...

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Bank Mandiri (Persero)

| Bank Mandiri (Persero)

Financials

Bank Mandiri, the largest state bank in Indonesia with 1,733 branches spread across the Indonesian archipelago, employs an exceptional team of legal professionals working out of its Jakarta headquarters. The...

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BDO Unibank

| BDO Unibank

Financials

Rated by Forbes as among the top 2000 global companies, BDO Unibank is also rated among the top five companies in the Philippines by market capitalisation. Alvin Go, head of...

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BNP Paribas – Southeast Asia

| BNP Paribas - Southeast Asia

Financials

2018 marks BNP Paribas’ 50th anniversary in Singapore, the bank’s regional hub in Southeast Asia. One of the most prominent financial institutions globally, BNP Paribas employs around 2,500 employees in...

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BP Singapore

| BP Singapore

Energy and utilities

BP Singapore, a wholly owned subsidiary of BP, has a remit that covers Asia Pacific, the Middle East and the east coast of Africa, and is primarily involved with the...

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BPI (Bank of the Philippine Islands)

| BPI (Bank of the Philippine Islands)

Financials

Founded in 1851, BPI was the first bank in the Philippines and in the Southeast Asia region. Together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, it offers a wide range of financial...

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Bridgestone – Asia Pacific

| Bridgestone - Asia Pacific

Consumer products

Bridgestone Asia Pacific, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the world’s largest tyre and rubber company Bridgestone Corporation, is based in Singapore as the regional headquarters and strategic business unit of the...

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BT – Southeast Asia

| BT - Southeast Asia

Telecommunication services

Multinational telecoms giant BT is supported in the Southeast Asia region by a compact legal team of three members, serving the business across the ASEAN countries and Japan. This team...

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CADCOMMS

| CADCOMMS

Telecommunication services

The legal department at Cambodia Advance Communications (CADCOMMS), the largest telecommunications services provider in Cambodia, has contributed to important milestones achieved over the course of the company’s over a decade-long...

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CapitaLand

| CapitaLand

Industrials and real estate

Formed as a result of the merger between DBS Land and Pidemco in 2000, Singapore-based CapitaLand is already among the leaders in Asia’s real estate market with its diversified portfolio...

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Changi Airport Group (Singapore)

| Changi Airport Group (Singapore)

Transport and infrastructure

The world’s sixth busiest airport for international traffic, Changi Airport Group (CAG) achieved an impressive milestone in 2017 as it managed over 60 million passenger movements in a calendar year...

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Chevron Downstream

| Chevron Downstream

Energy and utilities

Based in Singapore, Kathryn Ho is the senior managing counsel (Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa) for US multinational energy company Chevron International, and the team she presides over is...

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China Fortune Land Development

| China Fortune Land Development

Industrials and real estate

China Fortune Land Development (CFLD) is a leading new industry city developer and operator listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange currently managing over 90 new industry cities in China and...

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CIMB Group

| CIMB Group

Financials

Led by group general counsel Lee Chin Tok, the CIMB Group legal team advises and assists the growth of the multi-faceted businesses of the Kuala Lumpur-based banking powerhouse. The Group...

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Coca-Cola

| Coca-Cola

Food, beverages and tobacco

The legal team covering bottling operations in Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and Myanmar for US multinational beverages company Coca-Cola has been described by nominators as ‘cutting edge’ and always fighting to...

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Conergy

| Conergy

Energy and utilities

Downstream solar energy specialist Conergy’s in-house legal team has made a major contribution to the success of the company’s endeavours since beginning work in earnest in 2016; prior to this,...

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Credit Suisse – Investment Banking and Capital Markets Division

| Credit Suisse - Investment Banking and Capital Markets Division

Financials

Credit Suisse’s Asia Pacific investment banking and capital markets (IBCM) division is renowned in financial circles for its effectiveness, underpinned by the support of a top-quality legal team. Director Adrian...

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Daimler – Southeast Asia & Pacific

| Daimler - Southeast Asia & Pacific

Consumer products

The German multinational automotive company, Daimler, currently operates in Singapore through four companies: Daimler South East Asia, Daimler Commercial Vehicles South East Asia, Daimler Financial Services Africa and Asia Pacific...

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DBS Group

| DBS Group

Financials

Headquartered in Marina Bay, DBS Group is the largest company in Singapore and acts as a multinational banking and financial services corporation. The most senior lawyer in the company is...

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Dimension Data

| Dimension Data

Information technology

Headed by general counsel for Asia Pacific Chek Tsang Foo, international information technology company Dimension Data’s Asia Pacific legal team comprises 19 highly qualified individuals across the region, with the...

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DKSH (Thailand)

| DKSH (Thailand)

Transport and infrastructure

DKSH Thailand has provided its market expansion services in four main business units, including fast moving consumer goods, healthcare, performance, materials and technology. In order to serve the specific needs...

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DNV GL

| DNV GL

Energy and utilities

Headquartered in Norway, DNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management company structured into five business areas: maritime, oil and gas, energy, digital solutions and business assurance. Comprised...

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Dole Asia

| Dole Asia

Food, beverages and tobacco

Now owned by Japan’s Itochu Corporation, Dole Asia Holdings is the global operating headquarters of the Dole Group of companies. Containing some of the best in-house lawyers in the region,...

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Dymon Asia Capital

| Dymon Asia Capital

Financials

Comprised of three legal counsel and one legal assistant, the legal department at the core of the leading Asia-focused alternative investment management firm, Dymon Asia is structured to provide the...

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edotco Group

| edotco Group

Telecommunication services

With a portfolio of over 1,450 telecommunications towers in Myanmar, edotco Myanmar, a subsidiary of edotco Group, is an integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company providing end-to-end solutions in the tower...

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Engie

| ENGIE

Energy and utilities

Described as a ‘group of diverse, innovative and solution-oriented lawyers’, the 23-person legal team (18 legal professionals and five non-legal staff) at Engie’s Asia Pacific Business Unit (BU) supports the...

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Equinix

| Equinix

Information technology

Supporting the Asia Pacific operations of Equinix, a world-leading global data centre provider and a business recognised by Forbes as one of the fastest growing technology companies in the US,...

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Far East Organization

| Far East Organization

Industrials and real estate

Far East Organization is one of Asia’s largest real estate groups. Headquartered in Singapore, it has significant investments in Asia, Australia, Europe and the US. Comprised of five lawyers and...

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Finansia Multi Finance

| Finansia Multi Finance

Financials

A major player in the financing market, Finansia Multi Finance maintains a relatively lean legal department of four individuals to safeguard the fortunes of its 10,000 employees. However, as head...

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Firmenich

| Firmenich

Materials and mining

Firmenich’s international perfumery operation accounts for over 2,900 patents and provides employment for approximately 7,000 employees around the world, two factors that alone provide a wealth of challenges for its...

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FIS Global

| FIS Global

Information technology

FIS is the world’s largest global provider dedicated to financial technology solutions, empowering the financial world with software, services, consulting and outsourcing solutions. Howard Wallis is associate general counsel for...

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Flex

| Flex

Information technology

Previously known under the Flextronics International brand, Flex is an American multinational electronics and original design manufacturer, with primary operations and global headquarters in Singapore. It is the ninth biggest...

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Garuda Indonesia

| Garuda Indonesia

Transport and infrastructure

Garuda Indonesia is the flag-carrier of Indonesia. Flying to over 40 domestic and 36 international destinations, it is regarded as one of the world’s best airlines. The current legal function...

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GO-JEK

| GO-JEK

Information technology

A revolutionary consumer mobile on-demand and payments platform company that has expanded hugely since its inception in 2010, GO-JEK’s in-house legal team’s motto is to ‘be a partner, not a...

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Gold Coin Group

| Gold Coin Group

Food, beverages and tobacco

Previously based in Malaysia, animal feed business Gold Coin Group’s headquarters was relocated in June 2017 to Singapore. Xae Hoyy, who leads the team and is now based there, managed...

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GSK Asia

| GSK Asia

Healthcare

Led by Nicola Fell, the Asia legal team handling the affairs of global pharmaceutical giant GSK provide legal support to the company’s operations in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia,...

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Heineken – Asia Pacific

| Heineken - Asia Pacific

Food, beverages and tobacco

Dutch brewing company Heineken employs an outstanding in-house legal team in the Asia Pacific region that is charged with protecting the company’s brand portfolio against a variety of challenges including,...

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HM Sampoerna

| HM Sampoerna

Food, beverages and tobacco

A tobacco production company with a number of lucrative and large scale operations, HM Sampoerna boasted over Rp95tn in revenue and an employee count of almost 30,000 individuals in 2016....

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HP – Southeast Asia

| HP - Southeast Asia

Information technology

The Southeast Asia legal team serving multinational IT firm HP is recommended as one of the outstanding functions in the region. A nominating source speaks highly of the ‘very dedicated...

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Huawei Technologies

| Huawei Technologies

Information technology

The leading global ICT provider, Huawei Technologies has been serving the top telecommunications operators in Southeast Asia via its Carrier Network Business Group since 1997. Headed by deputy director of...

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Huawei Technologies Philippines

| Huawei Technologies Philippines

Information technology

Huawei Technologies Philippines’ legal affairs department supports the entire Huawei Philippines operation with three in-house lawyers. It is headed by the ‘highly efficient and competent’ legal affairs director Maria Rowena...

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Hutchison 3 Indonesia (H3I)

| Hutchison 3 Indonesia (H3I)

Telecommunication services

Majority-owned by Hutchison Asia Telecommunications, H3I provides telecommunications services in Indonesia offering mobile data, voice, and SMS services, as well as mobile broadband services to millions of customers in the...

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Indonesia Infrastructure Finance (IFF) – Transaction Legal Department

| Indonesia Infrastructure Finance (IFF) - Transaction Legal Department

Financials

Established by the Indonesian government, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, International Finance Corporation and other multilateral institutions in 2010, Indonesia Infrastructure Finance (IFF) is a private company providing infrastructure...

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Jardine Cycle & Carriage (JC&C)

| Jardine Cycle & Carriage (JC&C)

Consumer products

Jardine Cycle & Carriage (JC&C) is a leading listed company in Singapore with a market capitalisation of approximately US$11.5bn as of November 2017. Headed by group general counsel, director of...

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JP Morgan

| JP Morgan

Financials

JP Morgan, the global leader in financial services that offers solutions to the world’s most important corporations, governments and institutions, has had a presence in Asia Pacific for 140 years....

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Krungsri (Bank of Ayudhya)

| Krungsri (Bank of Ayudhya)

Financials

Krungsri is the fifth largest bank in Thailand in terms of assets, loans and deposits and provides numerous financial products and services to small and medium enterprises, corporations and customers....

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LafargeHolcim

| LafargeHolcim

Materials and mining

LafargeHolcim is one of the world’s leading building materials companies serving masons, builders, architects and engineers all over the world. Members of the current Asia Pacific legal team, led by...

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Lazada Group

| Lazada Group

Consumer products

With a presence across Southeast Asia, Lazada Group (a subsidiary of Alibaba), is a major player in the e-commerce sector in the region, providing a wealth of challenges and opportunities...

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Levi Strauss

| Levi Strauss

Consumer products

The Asia Pacific legal team of iconic global denim brand Levi Strauss, is highly commended for its ability to keep pace with a variety of legal and compliance challenges in...

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Linfox International Group

| Linfox International Group

Transport and infrastructure

Logistics powerhouse Linfox has a seven-person Asian in-house legal team headquartered in Bangkok, and is responsible for ten countries in the region as well as for possessing the relevant knowledge...

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Louis Dreyfus Company

| Louis Dreyfus Company

Food, beverages and tobacco

The Dutch-headquartered Louis Dreyfus Company is a global commodity trader that is involved in a multitude of industry sectors, and possesses a dynamic operation in Asia – a region it...

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M+W Group

| M+W Group

Industrials and real estate

Construction giant M+W Group has a wealth of opportunities in the rapidly growing Asia Pacific regional economy, and relies on a talented core of in-house lawyers to safeguard its opportunities...

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Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) Asia

| Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) Asia

Financials

With an ethos conducive to delivering commercially-driven advice with efficient handling of the company’s legal matters, MIRA Asia’s legal team play an integral role for the world’s largest infrastructure asset...

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Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Holdings (MHB)

| Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Holdings (MHB)

Industrials and real estate

MHB is a globally trusted heavy engineering and marine solutions provider for a wide range of offshore and onshore facilities and vessels. It has an over 40-year track record of...

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Marina Bay Sands

| Marina Bay Sands

Hotels

The spectacular Marina Bay Sands resort, one of the most recognisable landmarks in Singapore, retains a highly qualified in-house legal team headed by general counsel Faris Alsagoff. Amongst the 20-person...

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Maxis Berhad

| Maxis Berhad

Telecommunication services

Malaysian telecoms giant Maxis Berhad’s legal department is led by the highly regarded Su Puay Leng, who advanced to her current role of head of legal in 2015. She has...

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Maybank Kim Eng and Maybank Investment Bank

| Maybank Kim Eng and Maybank Investment Bank

Financials

Maybank Investment Bank (MIB) and Maybank Kim Eng (MKE) operate in 11 different countries and Dalvin Kaur, regional head of legal and the group’s most senior lawyer, reports directly to...

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McDonald’s Singapore

| McDonald’s Singapore

Food, beverages and tobacco

US fast-food giant McDonald’s has been based in Singapore since 1979 and today employs more than 9,000 people in the city-state, serving more than six million customers every month. Given...

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Mercedes-Benz Vietnam

| Mercedes-Benz Vietnam

Consumer products

During the last 21 years of doing business in Vietnam, Mercedes-Benz has consistently occupied a market share of over 50% of the local luxury car segment. With a customer base...

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Metropolitan Bank & Trust

| Metropolitan Bank & Trust

Financials

Embracing a culture of strong adherence to laws and regulations and adopting a pro-active approach to legal risk management, the legal team at Metropolitan Bank & Trust has hit the...

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Mundipharma

| Mundipharma

Healthcare

Mundipharma’s emerging markets hub, based in Singapore, has had a major impact on the company’s extensive expansion in the global healthcare and pharmaceutical sector; it now has a presence in...

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NETS

| NETS

Financials

The NETS Group is a leading payments services group, presenting solutions across the payments value chain and fastening Singapore’s progress to become a best-in-class, electronics payment hub. The team is...

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Nomura – Southeast Asia

| Nomura - Southeast Asia

Financials

Nomura is a Tokyo-headquartered global investment bank with an integrated network spanning over 30 countries. Jonathan Wise, who has over 20 years of legal experience covering both developed and emerging...

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Novartis Healthcare Philippines

| Novartis Healthcare Philippines

Healthcare

Novartis Healthcare deals with legal and compliance affairs under one roof, via a four-person team led by Monina Vierneza in her role as country head of legal and compliance and...

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OCBC Bank

| OCBC Bank

Financials

Operating retail banking subsidiaries in Malaysia and Indonesia, alongside its core business in Singapore, OCBC Bank commands a solid presence in the ASEAN region and is among its most formidable...

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Panin Dai-ichi Life

| Panin Dai-ichi Life

Financials

Head of legal and corporate secretary Randi Ikhlas Sardoni leads the in-house legal team of major Indonesian life insurance provider Panin Dai-ichi Life, and is at the head of a...

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PayPal

| PayPal

Financials

From her base in Singapore, vice president and chief international counsel Lisa Mather heads the international legal team of PayPal, the US Fortune 300 company and revolutionary online payment platform....

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Pepsi-Cola Products

| Pepsi-Cola Products

Food, beverages and tobacco

Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI) is the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages and snacks in the Philippines. Comprised of five lawyers and two non-lawyers, the company’s Legal Government and Corporate...

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PETRONAS Chemicals Group (PCG)

| PETRONAS Chemicals Group (PCG)

Materials and mining

Established in 1974, PCG is the leading integrated chemicals producer in Malaysia and ranked among the largest companies in the world; it has a proven track record in integrated oil...

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PTT PCL

| PTT PCL

Energy and utilities

The largest company in Thailand and one of the most outstanding and financially robust companies in the world, PTT is a state-owned enterprise that owns and operates a sprawling energy...

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Razer

| Razer

Information technology

With headquarters in Singapore and San Francisco, Razer markets itself as the world’s leading lifestyle brand for gamers. The legal team is headed by senior vice president – corporate development,...

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RedMart

| RedMart

Consumer products

With a presence across Southeast Asia, Lazada Group (a subsidiary of Alibaba), is a major player in the e-commerce sector in the region, providing a wealth of challenges and opportunities...

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Rio Tinto

| Rio Tinto

Materials and mining

With a presence in 35 countries and employing roughly 35,000 employees, the Australian-British mining giant Rio Tinto is one of the largest metals and mining companies in the world. Although...

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S P Setia Group

| S P Setia Group

Industrials and real estate

Major property and infrastructure company S P Setia Group relies on a flexible and highly effective in-house legal team to safeguard the Group’s endeavours. As well as this, the legal...

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Sanofi Philippines

| Sanofi Philippines

Healthcare

Sanofi is a French global life sciences company committed to improving access to healthcare. Supporting the pharmaceutical, vaccines and consumer healthcare businesses of Sanofi Philippines, the legal team consists of...

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Healthcare

Sanofi is a French global life sciences company committed to improving access to healthcare. Supporting the pharmaceutical, vaccines and consumer healthcare businesses of Sanofi Philippines, the legal team consists of...

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SATS

| SATS

Transport and infrastructure

SATS is a Singaporean airport ground handling and catering business that was founded in 1972. Owing to its position as market leader and its long history in the commercial aviation...

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Schneider Electric

| Schneider Electric

Industrials and real estate

Led by Paul Fredrick (general counsel for the East Asia and Japan Zone), who reports in to deputy group general counsel and regional general counsel for Asia Pacific Christopher Lee,...

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Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets

| Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets

Financials

The four-person Scotiabank global banking and markets legal team is empowered to work as independently as possible, making best use of the individual team members’ specific talents and specialisms and...

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Shire Pharmaceuticals

| Shire Pharmaceuticals

Healthcare

With a requirement to keep pace with a changing regulatory regime across the wide remit of Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, John Yoo is senior counsel at Shire...

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Siam Cement Group

| Siam Cement Group

Materials and mining

The largest cement and building materials company in Thailand and Southeast Asia, SCG has recently been pursuing an aggressive investment strategy in various ASEAN countries, especially developing countries expecting economic...

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Siemens Heatlhineers

| Siemens Heatlhineers

Healthcare

Siemens Healthineers has gone from strength to strength since its major rebranding exercise in 2016, which saw it transition to its current name from Siemens Healthcare. Bernd Dudel is general...

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Sime Darby

| Sime Darby

Industrials and real estate

Group general counsel of Sime Darby, Choo Suit Mae, sums up the ethos of her legal team as being to ‘support the business and strive to be strategic partners to...

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Singapore Airlines

| Singapore Airlines

Transport and infrastructure

Singapore Airlines, the city-state’s flag carrier, ranks among the world’s largest air carriers and is ranked 10th in the world for international passengers carried. In 2017, the legal team headed...

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Singtel

| Singtel

Telecommunication services

With operations in Asia, Australia and Africa and over 130 years of experience, Singtel is Singapore’s largest telecommunications company and one of Asia’s leading communications groups. Heading the legal function...

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SMRT Corporation

| SMRT Corporation

Transport and infrastructure

As one of the largest public-transport companies in Singapore, SMRT Corporation operates bus, rail, taxi and other public-transport services via several wholly owned subsidiaries. It is a public transport operator...

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Starhub Group

| Starhub Group

Telecommunication services

The legal team at one of Singapore’s top three telecom operators, Starhub Group, embraces a business centric approach to legal management. ‘We provide professional and prompt legal support to facilitate...

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Swire Pacific Offshore

| Swire Pacific Offshore

Energy and utilities

The Swire Pacific Offshore group is a leading service provider to the offshore energy industry, with a fleet of more than 80 vessels operating worldwide. Headquartered in Singapore, Swire Pacific...

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Takeda Pharmaceuticals

| Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Healthcare

The Asia Pacific legal team at Takeda Pharmaceuticals provides full support to the company’s legal entities spread across 10 jurisdiction and services the company’s dynamic and culturally diverse workforce of...

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Telekom Brunei

| Telekom Brunei

Telecommunication services

Telekom Brunei is Brunei’s premier telecommunications company, providing a variety of portfolio nationwide services to the consumer and enterprise sectors. Known for providing broadband services with state-of-the-art fibre optics infrastructure...

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Telenor

| Telenor

Telecommunication services

With substantial operations in Thailand, Myanmar, and Malaysia, Norway-headquartered Telenor has a major presence in Southeast Asia. The company is undergoing a period of expansion in the region, and the...

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Telkom Indonesia

| Telkom Indonesia

Telecommunication services

Telkom Indonesia is a state-owned information and communications technology enterprise and telecommunications network in Indonesia. In addition to being the largest telecommunications services company in the country, it is also...

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Tenaga Nasional Berhad

| Tenaga Nasional Berhad

Energy and utilities

With over 8.4 million customers, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) is the only electric utility company in Peninsular Malaysia and is also the largest publicly-listed power company in Southeast Asia with...

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Tesco Malaysia

| Tesco Malaysia

Consumer products

Founded in 2001 and based in Kuala Lumpur, Tesco Malaysia owns and operates hypermarkets in the country, offering fresh produce, groceries, household items and apparel and its own food and...

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Thai AirAsia

| Thai AirAsia

Transport and infrastructure

Part of the immensely successful and highly regarded AirAsia group, Thai AirAsia began operations in 2004 and has expanded rapidly since then, whilst at the same time maintaining a reputation...

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Tokopedia

| Tokopedia

Consumer products

One of Indonesia’s biggest online marketplaces, Tokopedia has come a long way since its founding in 2009. A significant part of the company’s success has been to down to the...

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Toyota Motor – Asia Pacific

| Toyota Motor - Asia Pacific

Consumer products

Chan Hoe, general manager of the legal department of Toyota Motor Asia Pacific, emphasises the versatility and specialist jurisdictional expertise of his eight-person team. ‘My department covers a broad range...

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Tugu Pratama Indonesia

| Tugu Pratama Indonesia

Financials

Tugu Pratama Indonesia operates as a general insurance company focusing on providing insurance against risks in the oil and gas industry. Its legal team of five lawyers and two non-legal...

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Unilever – South East Asia Australasia

| Unilever - South East Asia Australasia

Consumer products

British-Dutch transnational consumer goods company Unilever has an extremely strong presence in Southeast Asia and its esteemed position in the region’s markets is reflected in the quality of its South...

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Unilever Indonesia

| Unilever Indonesia

Consumer products

With a presence in Indonesia that dates back to 1933, Unilever has a long established history in the country and recorded revenues in excess of US$2.8bn in 2016. Reski Damayanti...

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United Laboratories

| United Laboratories

Healthcare

United Laboratories (Unilab) is the biggest leading pharmaceutical and healthcare company in the Philippines, developing, manufacturing and marketing over 300 prescription, over-the-counter, and personal care brands. Since its establishment in...

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United Overseas Bank (UOB)

| United Overseas Bank (UOB)

Financials

UOB is a sprawling financial operation that has extensive holdings across Southeast Asia and is the third largest bank in the region by total assets. The bank had a successful...

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Valeant Pharmaceuticals – Asia Pacific

| Valeant Pharmaceuticals - Asia Pacific

Healthcare

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International is a multinational specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company that develops and manufactures a broad range of prescription and non-prescription pharmaceutical products throughout more than 100 countries....

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WeWork

| WeWork

Industrials and real estate

WeWork has expanded exponentially since its inception in 2010 and is currently the world’s biggest co-working company with 200 locations in 64 cities. The company has expanded its footprint in...

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Wilmar International

| Wilmar International

Food, beverages and tobacco

The legal team at Wilmar International, Asia’s leading agribusiness group, provides advice across the holding’s operations, which include 450 manufacturing plants in an extensive distribution network covering China, India, Indonesia...

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The last few years have seen important changes in Southeast Asia’s business environment, as the region continues to develop into a modern and dynamic marketplace to supplement its historically prominent position as a major component of the global trading system. Both domestic businesses and regional operations of large multinationals continue to invest heavily in the area, bringing global industry trends and new processes to reflect new developments in technology and management science.

In line with these changes, in-house legal teams in Southeast Asia have evolved their roles and now serve as cross-functional business units positioned at the centre of commercial affairs. Expected to provide input on issues from a legal and commercial perspective, legal teams in Southeast Asia actively contribute to their businesses in a number of ways. Whether it’s by managing financial transactions in multiple jurisdictions, responding to legislative and regulatory changes or devising strategies that enable their business to remain profitable, they are key to delivering innovative solutions to complex issues.

In this year’s GC Powerlist Southeast Asia we are pleased to highlight some of the region’s leading in-house legal teams. To compile this list, we canvassed opinions from both law firm partners and in-house counsel in the region and other jurisdictions. We identified the most impressive legal departments who have utilised their legal knowledge strategically alongside business insight to make a positive impact towards their organisation’s success.

Mudasser Ahmedi
Senior research analyst

Jones Day

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All of us at Jones Day congratulate the in-house teams included in the GC Powerlist Southeast Asia Teams 2018. We have had the pleasure of working with many of you, and are truly pleased to see you recognised among the most influential and innovative lawyers in the region.

Lawyers in Southeast Asia face many challenges, whether working in-house or in a law firm. While covering multiple jurisdictions and diverse legal systems, counsel must navigate rapidly evolving regulatory regimes and protect against significant political risks, all in a high-pressured and increasingly globalised business environment. With Singapore further developing its role as a financial, trading and innovation centre, and regional economies providing some of the best growth prospects and opportunities in the world, business activity and demands will continue to grow.

At Jones Day, we understand the challenges, unique cultures, and ways of doing business in the different South and Southeast Asian nations. Our Singapore office, which opened in 2001 and comprises more than 30 lawyers, acts as an ideal base for our multilingual team to support our clients across the region. The majority of our partners have been living and working in the region for most of their careers. In recognition of our long-standing commitment to Singapore and deep experience in key practice areas, we are one of only a few firms awarded a QFLP licence to practice Singapore law in permitted areas (primarily commercial, corporate and finance).

Importantly, our Singapore office is a fully integrated part of a global law firm serving clients as One Firm Worldwide. Spread across five continents, Jones Day has more than 2,500 lawyers in 42 offices located in major centres of business and finance around the world. Our practices cover the spectrum of transactional, litigation, regulatory, and tax matters facing our clients. Additionally, when client matters have an interdisciplinary dimension, formidable legal talent across specialties and jurisdictions is available upon command.

Jones Day is built on a singular tradition of client service, based on communication and engagement with its clients, and a binding energy, conviction, and credibility that comes from a clearly defined set of shared professional values that have been at the foundation of Jones Day since its inception.

The result? A mutual commitment of, and seamless collaboration by, a true partnership on a client’s behalf, that for the second year running earned the firm the No1 ranking in the BTI Consulting Group’s 2018 ‘Client Service A-Team’ report, based on independent, individual interviews with Fortune 1000 general counsel.

Jones Day is a single, true general partnership, globally. As such, our partners are responsible for each other and the whole partnership works together to guarantee excellence and client satisfaction. We appreciate the importance and value of working as a team and are pleased to play our part in recognising the efforts and skills of your teams.

Frasers Law Company

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Frasers is delighted to congratulate the teams who have been nominated for this year’s GC Powerlist Southeast Asia Teams 2018. We sincerely believe that this is well deserved recognition for all your hard work and achievements over the past year. We have had the privilege to work with many of you in helping you to accomplish your goals.

The role of in-house counsel has changed dramatically over the past decade with an increasingly complex global regulatory environment and growing expectations of the in-house counsel role bringing new challenges. At the same time, new markets, particularly in Southeast Asia and changes in technology have given rise to many new opportunities. It has been increasingly important for external counsel to work in partnership with in-house counsel to support them in their critical role to help identify and manage risk while enabling the businesses that they support to explore new opportunities.

Frasers was the first law firm to receive a foreign law company licence in Vietnam, and we continue to uphold our position as a progressive leader in Vietnam’s rapidly developing legal arena. Some senior lawyers within our team have been advising on Vietnam law matters for three decades. Through an integrated team of foreign and local lawyers, we are able to provide a streamlined approach whereby we are able to advise on local law issues, whilst protecting our clients’ interests to the highest international standards.

With one of the largest teams of international and local lawyers in Vietnam, Frasers has advised on some of Vietnam’s most ground-breaking projects, assisting corporations through all the steps of conducting business in Vietnam, and counselling on transactions that traverse numerous practice areas and industry sectors. Frasers’ team is led by managing partner, Mark Fraser, who himself has been advising clients on transactions in Vietnam since 1994, and who is consistently recognised as a top tier lawyer practising in Vietnam.

The team’s intimate understanding of Vietnam’s rapidly changing regulatory framework coupled with extensive knowledge of the local business climate enables us to act as strategic partners to our clients. By leveraging this expertise, we are able to provide innovative, responsive, and state-of-the-art legal solutions. We differentiate ourselves by not only ensuring compliance with Vietnamese laws and regulations, but also ensuring transactions are structured and documented to best protect the interests of our clients.

We look forward to another year of success working in close partnership with our clients and are proud to support the GC Powerlist Southeast Asia Teams 2018.

 

Guido Hidayanto & Partners

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On behalf of Guido Hidayanto & Partners, we extend our warmest congratulations to everyone included in the GC Powerlist Southeast Asia Teams 2018.

Indonesia’s story, like that of many other emerging economies, is one of growth, resilience, innovation and grit.

Despite the obstacles faced and overcome, and with occasional hiccups along the way, our country has persevered, time and time again. With our increasing global presence, opportunities abound; but with these opportunities come new challenges.

For us lawyers, there is no denying that Indonesia is a challenging jurisdiction in which to operate – and even more so for in-house lawyers. In-house lawyers are constantly on the front line and in the trenches, balancing business interests against the need for legal compliance, adapting to a constantly changing environment. It takes serious guts to take on this role – particularly for those occupying the captain’s seat as a general counsel. Like Han Solo captaining the Millennium Falcon through asteroid fields. We take our hats off to all of you.

But even the heroic Han Solo occasionally relies on his copilot – Chewie. And that’s where we come into the picture. In this dynamic and at times bemusing jurisdiction, we take pride in being a law firm that combines innovation and personalisation for our clients’ particular needs as businesses.

We are a new kind of law firm for a changing world – we watch out for emerging trends and changes in the business world, and see how legislators and the law react to these developments. Then, we take both a bird’s eye view and a microscopic approach to help us appreciate the legal consequences and impact of these changes on you, our client. We will do the gritty work so that you can focus on doing great things. We want to provide the assist so you can achieve your goals.

As the Indonesian sponsor firm to the GC Powerlist Southeast Asia Teams 2018, we strive to reflect and deliver to you the best of Indonesia, adding value to your business through our common history of resilience, innovation and grit.

By working with Guido Hidayanto & Partners, you will get more than professional legal representation. Our lawyers not only understand local law but are also focused on helping you grab opportunities and overcome challenges. In short, we speak the language of your business, and want to be the co-pilot you deserve.

Again, from all of us at Guido Hidayanto & Partners, we congratulate you on the distinction.

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

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After practicing law together for more than 33 years, the partners of Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia continue its legacy of excellence in the fields of Corporate and Special Projects, Intellectual Property, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mining and Natural Resources/Energy, Infrastructure, Transport and Public Utilities, Taxation, Labour and Employment, Trade, and Telecommunications and ICT.

Consistent with our commitment to our clients and nation building, Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia adheres to the principles of excellence, teamwork, creativity, responsiveness, professionalism, meritocracy and mutual respect. For this, we have been cited and recognised in, among others, AsiaLaw Profiles, ACQ Global Law Awards, World Trademark Review, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific, Asia IP, Global Legal Experts and Asian Legal Business Philippine Law Awards.

In this issue of GC Powerlist Southeast Asia Teams 2018, Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia expresses its support to the teams of in-house counsel that have been instrumental in the advancement of the legal profession in the Philippines. These teams are advising the leading multinational companies and conglomerates and are performing multifaceted roles as compliance officers, corporate governance champions and risk managers. They are constantly shaping not only the Philippine economy but, most especially, the lives of Filipinos.

Our experience in working with in-house counsel has been productive and mutually beneficial. Together, we develop the best solutions to address legal problems, from simple to very complex and novel legal issues. We face head on any challenges that test our knowledge and understanding of the intricate Philippine legal environment. Thus, most of the sound business decisions of our clients are shaped through collaboration between the external and in-house counsel as we both aim to add value to companies without sacrificing compliance with myriad Philippine laws, rules and regulations.

Alongside in-house counsel, we keep abreast with new laws that cross international borders. As business transactions become complex and transcend geographical boundaries, we continue to provide innovative and cutting edge solutions to our clients.

We are therefore deeply honoured to be a part of GC Powerlist Southeast Asia Teams 2018 and look forward to a strong and lasting partnership.

Our warmest congratulations to the in-house teams and the people behind the success of GC Powerlist Southeast Asia Teams 2018!

Mohanadass Partnership

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My partners and I congratulate you and your team’s selection into this year’s GC Powerlist Southeast Asia Teams 2018.

Having worked with some of you in high intensity settings, I am all too familiar with the invaluable role that GCs play in any successful litigation or transaction. Speaking as a dispute resolution practitioner, the pace and demands of international litigation has become such that it is the effective GC who often plays the pivotal role in her or his corporation’s success.

Your team’s selection into this Powerlist sets you apart from the field, and is a fitting recognition of the hard work, commitment and impressive legal skills that each of you epitomises. We are indeed pleased for you and also pleased that we have partnered with you to deliver dispute resolution success. Our focus as a boutique practice specialising in commercial and construction arbitration has taken us to leading arbitral fora all over the world. At home, in Malaysia, we frequently appear in the courts and are regulars at the KLRCA acting in high value claims. Recent involvement in investment treaty disputes is also a notable addition to our experience and skill-set bank.

Like each of you, my partners and I are committed to excellence and believe very strongly that we must constantly challenge ourselves. Indeed, a fighting spirit and out-of-the-box thinking are vital to successful outcomes, and qualities which our practice seeks to inculcate in each of our lawyers.

I end with my best wishes to each of you and hope that this recognition spurs you to new challenges and enriching careers. Enjoy your evening!

 

Blackstone Chambers

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Blackstone Chambers congratulates all of the in-house legal teams recognised in The Legal 500’s GC Powerlist Southeast Asia Teams 2018.

Blackstone Chambers is a leading set of barristers based in London. Members of Chambers offer expertise in the international arena across a range of specialist areas, including rbitration, commercial litigation, financial services, public and regulatory law and international law.

 

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