Chambers Asia Pacific (2019)

R&T Sok & Heng - Cambodia

General Business Law - Band 2
Ranked Lawyers: 
Heng Chhay (Band 1), Sophonnora Tiv (Band 3)

What the team is known for
Impressive Phnom Penh-based team working with the wider Rajah & Tann network, regularly advising international clientele on domestic law. Retains a strong market reputation for work on cross-border transactions, including project finance and joint ventures. Banking and real estate sectors constitute key areas of expertise. Also offers significant knowledge of Cambodian securities law. Acts for a broad mix of Asian and global clients as well as domestic Cambodian corporations.

Strengths
The lawyers' commerciality attracts praise from clients. Interviewees say: "They stand above in their quality of advice and responsiveness, understanding business issues rather than just telling us what the law is."

The team's clear explanation of complex matters impresses sources, who praise "their ability to simplify legal terms," as well as their "very fast turnaround" of work.

Work highlights
Assisted Crystal International with the Cambodian aspects of its USD574 million IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, performing due diligence on its subsidiaries in Cambodia.

Advised both the borrower and lender, Donaco International and Mega International Commercial Bank respectively, on the USD57 million refinancing of a loan.

Notable practitioners
Managing partner Heng Chhay has expertise in a wide range of areas, including real estate, finance, M&A and litigation. Sources report: "He dives into documents and spends time going through even the smallest of issues, giving great confidence to clients that he is on top of everything himself." Clients also note that "his strength is an ability to diagnose and understand any business issue."

Tiv Sophonnora has long-standing experience handling capital markets deals, as well as M&A transactions, real estate and insurance issues. Clients appreciate that he "is responsive and brings in others when necessary." Other clients explain: "It is a pleasure to work with him," whilst further interviewees note that he "has the benefit of international experience."

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners - Indonesia

Banking & Finance - Band 2
Capital Markets - Band 1
Competition and Antitrust - Band 1
Corporate/M&A - Band 1
Dispute Resolution - Band 1
Employment - Band 2
Projects & Energy - Band 2
Real Estate - Band 2
Telecommunications - Band 1

Ranked Lawyers:
Ahmad Fikri Assegaf - Banking & Finance (Band 3), Capital Markets (Band 1), Corporate/M&A (Band 1), Projects & Energy (Band 2)
Ahmad Maulana - Employment (Band 2)
Bono Adji - Capital Markets (Band 1), Corporate/M&A (Band 1)
Chandra M Hamzah - Dispute Resolution (Recognised Practitioner) 
Eko Basyuni - Corporate/M&A (Band 4)
Eri Hertiawan - Dispute Resolution (Band 2)
Ibrahim Sjarief Assegaf - Banking & Finance (Band 3)
Putu Suryastuti - Capital Markets (Band 2)
Tunggul Utomo - Capital Markets (Up and Coming)
Yanu Wiriasmoko - Banking & Finance (Recognised Practitioner) 
Yogi Sudrajat Marsono - Real Estate (Recognised Practitioner)

Banking & Finance

What the team is known for
Notable full-service firm, regularly advising borrowers and lenders on a broad range of conventional and Shari'a-compliant deals. Assists clients with acquisition, leveraged and structured financings, regularly assisting leading Indonesian and overseas groups. Strong client base includes government entities, private equity firms and overseas banks. Also well placed to handle project and infrastructure finance, as well as restructuring and insolvency mandates.

Strengths
Sources acknowledge the team's business acumen and tailored advice. One client points out: "They are a full-service law firm and the quality of their advice is consistent throughout the different practice areas. The pieces of advice they give are commercial and measured and they really understand the risks of foreign lenders investing in Indonesia."

"The firm has a solid team which is always ready to provide services any time with smart solutions and the firm has an efficient, expert and experienced team," another source remarks.

Work highlights
Assisted Bank Mandiri with its IDR2 trillion loan facility to Indoritel Makmur Internasional.

Acted for DBS Bank on its USD73.6 million financing to ICBC Leasing for the acquisition of two aircraft on lease to Garuda Indonesia.

Notable practitioners
Ahmad Fikri Assegaf continues to represent clients in a wide range of banking and finance matters, with a focus on debt restructuring, project finance and bond issuances. He is additionally known for his expertise in Islamic finance and one client points out: "He is well known in the market as a capital markets and banking and finance lawyer."

Ibrahim Sjarief Assegaf has a strong track record advising clients across debt restructurings, project finance and syndicated loans, as well as insolvency issues. One client explains: "He is a banking practitioner who knows about the insolvency side. He is very commercial and strategically savvy."

Capital Markets 

What the team is known for
Offers a full suite of services, including advising on convertible and exchangeable bonds, IPOs and private placements. Particularly active for issuers, advising several of Indonesia's largest corporates in the energy, manufacturing, real estate and telecommunications sectors. Also adept at advising on Shari'a-compliant sovereign debt issuances.

Strengths
Interviewees praise the team's client care, remarking: "It is one of the best local law firms in Indonesia – pragmatic in advising clients and accommodative in negotiations."

"They deeply understand the reasons behind and the objective of capital market regulations," another commentator notes.

Work highlights
Acted for Medco Energi on its USD500 million 6.75% senior notes issuance due 2025 in reliance of Regulation 144A and Regulation S of the United States Securities Act.

Acted as issuer's counsel for Bank Tabungan Pensiunan Nasional Syariah on its IPO, including assisting in the determination of the appropriate offering structure and drafting the prospectus and underwriting agreement.

Notable practitioners
Bono Adji is held in high regard for his ECM and DCM expertise, as well as his ability to advise clients on refinancings and IPOs. One source remarks: "He is capable, provides a quick response and is a most reliable person."

The "highly regarded" Ahmad Fikri Assegaf is noted for his adept representation of both listed companies and the Government of Indonesia. In particular, he possesses expertise in handling bond issuances and IPOs.

Putu Suryastuti is best known in the market for her exceptionally broad capital markets practice, with a particular focus on IPOs and bond issuances. She regularly assists clients from the telecommunications, aerospace and manufacturing sectors.

Tunggul Utomo has a growing reputation in the capital markets space, with an excellent track record in bond issuances and IPOs. He frequently acts for clients in the financial services, oil and gas and telecommunications sectors.

Competition and Antitrust

What the team is known for
Possesses expertise across a wide range of competition and antitrust work, including representing clients in major cartel investigations before the Indonesian Competition Commission (KPPU). Also handles abuse of dominance and price-fixing cases, alongside merger notifications and competition audits. Entrusted by multinational and domestic clients from the automotive, technology, finance and manufacturing sectors, among others. Also advises on merger control matters.

Strengths
Sources emphasise the firm's knowledge of the market and the law, with one client commenting: "They provide the client with a good picture of the economic market and legal point of view. They also have a good network within the antitrust community and academia."

Work highlights
Assisted Nokia in preparing and submitting a post-merger notification to the KPPU relating to its acquisition of Comptel.

Advised Indonesia Entertainment Group on post-completion notification matters relating to its acquisition of Sinemart Indonesia.

Notable practitioners
Head of department Chandra Hamzah is the main contact for clients.

Corporate & Finance (Expertise Based Abroad)

What the team is known for
Leverages its network of offices across the Asia-Pacific region to advise on a significant volume of cross-border mandates. Provides Indonesia law advice through its associate firm, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners. Expertise covers banking and finance, dispute resolution, M&A and projects.

Strengths
The team is singled out for its Indonesian offering, with a market commentator remarking: "They are a top firm in Singapore with close tie-ups in Indonesia."

Notable practitioners
Cheng Yoke Ping is a key contact for the practice.

Corporate/M&A

What the team is known for
Frequently cited as a market-leading firm in this area, owing to its activity on some of the largest and most complex M&A transactions in the region. Advises major Indonesian clients and prominent international companies on joint ventures, foreign direct investment and private equity. Valued also for its work in real estate, particularly on hotel development deals and lease agreements. Able to co-ordinate with its tax and customs team in order to support clients throughout transactions.

Strengths
Impressed sources report: "The firm shows a high level of knowledge and they are able to complete difficult tasks in the time period provided," adding: "The firm is one of the top-tier law firms; they are very thorough and can provide smart solutions."

The team stands out for its "breadth and depth in various sectors," according to market commentators.

Work highlights
Assisted Kohlberg Kravis Roberts with a USD75 million acquisition of a 12.64% stake in IndoSari Roti.

Acted for Nirvana Wastu Pratama on the share acquisition of Gorontalo Mall shopping centre and Maqna Hotel Gorontalo.

Notable practitioners
"Respected lawyer" Bono Adji is highly regarded for his experience in acting for multinational corporations on the full spectrum of corporate and M&A deals. He is additionally noted for his work on foreign direct investment and capital market matters.

Ahmad Fikri Assegaf is a distinguished practitioner who is praised by clients for being "practical, commercial and responsive." He regularly assists international and Indonesian clients with complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions.

Head of department Eko Basyuni is well known for his experience in M&A matters, including joint ventures and share acquisitions. Clients benefit from his expertise in a wide range of areas, including the manufacturing, telecommunications and financial services sectors.

Dispute Resolution

What the team is known for
Maintains an excellent reputation for handling a diverse range of contentious matters, from commercial disputes to competition litigation. Areas of focus include employment law, corporate fraud and real estate. Clients further benefit from the firm's membership of the Rajah & Tann Asia Network. Also active in complex arbitration, frequently appearing in both local and foreign-based proceedings.

Strengths
The team is renowned for its tactical nous, with one client commending its "excellent strategic and conceptual approach."

Other interviewees are equally impressed, reporting that "they are one of the best law firms in Indonesia."

Work highlights
Advised Alpen Food Industry on a mediation process against a trade union, relating to a dispute over temporary contracts.

Represented the President of the Republic of Indonesia as co-defendant in a class action lawsuit brought by 132 households, arising from expropriation for an infrastructure project in Jakarta.

Notable practitioners
Eri Hertiawan is adept at handling disputes in a range of areas, including commercial, criminal, banking and competition law. He is also frequently involved in assisting clients with contentious matters in the aviation industry. Clients highlight him as "an expert who is very informative and detailed in providing information."

Employment 

What the team is known for
Recognised for advising an impressive range of domestic and foreign clients on a variety of employment issues, including unfair dismissals, fraud and retrenchment. Additionally offers expertise in outsourcing and expatriate matters. Also assists national and multinational clients in cases concerning migrant-worker permit disputes. Able to draw on the firm's expertise in M&A to advise on transactional employment matters.

Strengths
The firm is singled out for its responsiveness and solid expertise, with one client reporting: "Their response time is very fast and the quality of the work is good."

Additional sources are also impressed by the team, describing its lawyers as "resourceful and diligent."

Work highlights
Advised Alpen Food Industry on trade union negotiations and mediation proceedings in relation to a strike by 664 workers over the provision of temporary contracts.

Notable practitioners
Ahmad Maulana is credited for his experience as a litigator and ability to assist clients with complex employment law disputes. He acts on the full gamut of employment-related matters, including internal investigations, fraud and union issues. Interviewees comment: "His advice is always based on the regulations, yet he also considers practical aspects. He does not merely quote regulations, but provides solutions to clients." Additional sources describe him as "very calm, confident and clear."

Projects & Energy

What the team is known for
Noted for advising some of the region's largest energy and resources companies, including government entities and export credit agencies. Proficient in handling project-related transactions, financings and development in the renewable energy space, as well as rail and telecommunications infrastructure developments. Frequently involved in cross-border matters for both lenders and project companies. Active in foreign direct investment projects.

Strengths
The team is singled out for its high-quality work, with one client remarking: "They provide exceptional legal services."

Work highlights
Acted for Asian Development Bank on a project financing of approximately USD120.7 million in relation to the development of the Tolo wind power plant by Energi Bayu Jeneponto.

Assisted Star Energy Geothermal with the issuance of USD580 million 6.75% senior secured notes due 2033.

Notable practitioners
Ahmad Fikri Assegaf possesses over 20 years of experience in finance, capital markets and infrastructure. His areas of focus include renewable energy projects.

Telecommunications

What the team is known for
Well-reputed team routinely instructed by leading telecommunications companies on commercial and regulatory mandates in this space. Often advises on internet connectivity, mobile applications, e-commerce and data centre establishment matters. Also demonstrates expertise in data privacy, data protection and cybersecurity matters.

Strengths
Sources praise the firm for its expertise and client service, with one client reporting: "The firm is highly responsive, reliable and specialised in a number of areas," adding: "It is the most reliable firm for telecoms and media law in Indonesia."

Work highlights
Advised Orient Finance on its joint venture with an Indonesian company to establish a company which will operate in technology-based financial institutions, including peer-to-peer lending.

Advised SEA in connection with the US IPO of its Indonesian assets. Work included conducting registration statement due diligence, and reviewing and commenting on the prospectus and underwriting agreement.

Notable practitioners
Co-heads of department Zacky Zainal Husein and Bono Daru Adji are key contacts at the firm.

Christopher & Lee Ong - Malaysia

Banking & Finance - Band 3
Corporate/M&A - Band 3
Intellectual Property - Band 4
Projects, Infrastructure & Energy - Band 1
Shipping - Band 2
Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) - Band 1

Ranked Lawyers:
Christopher Lee - Corporate/M&A (Band 3), Projects, Infrastructure & Energy (Spotlight Table)
Clive Navin Selvapandian - Shipping (Up and Coming)
Deepak Pillai - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) (Band 1)
Ng Kim Poh - Intellectual Property (Recognised Practitioner)
Ong Chee Kwan - Shipping (Band 2)
Yon See Ting - Competition & Antitrust (Band 3), Corporate/M&A (Recognised Practitioner)

Banking & Finance 

What the team is known for
Established and experienced team handling a comprehensive range of finance matters, on behalf of both Malaysian and international banks. Particularly well placed to advise on energy-related project finance, the team also handles syndicated loans, acquisition and asset finance, restructuring and Islamic finance. Conversant in both conventional and Islamic finance, the firm has additional expertise regarding DCM and fintech.

Notable practitioners
Christopher Lee and Fiona Sequerah co-head the department and are key contacts.

Corporate/M&A

What the team is known for
Robust corporate team, advising on a broad range of transactional and regulatory issues. Acts for domestic and international clients on M&A, including cross-border deals, with particular activity in the real estate and private equity sectors. Also handles equity capital market offerings.

Strengths
Clients describe this as a "very good" and "accessible" team, and appreciate that the lawyers are "willing to help and explain" issues.

Work highlights
Acted for Top Glove in connection with its acquisition of Aspion from Adventa Capital, a transaction valued at MYR1.37 billion.

Represented Regent Wise Investments in relation to its acquisition of 17.24% interest of the issued and paid-up share capital of MCT Berhad from Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Goh Ming Choon for MYR202.5 million

Notable practitioners
Christopher Lee is well regarded for his experience handling M&A deals, with commentators describing him as "a pleasure to work with." He also handles joint ventures and takeovers, and is especially adept at advising on infrastructure projects.

Intellectual Property

What the team is known for
Advises on the full gamut of IP work, from trade mark prosecution and litigation to advisory and enforcement.Assists multinational companies as well as domestic clients.

Strengths
One interviewee comments: "My impression is that they meet expectations and deliver excellent services. Its particular strength is the high professionalism and experience in handling any matter."

Another client highlights the team for its "quick response, clear-cut explanations, wide and deep knowledge - considering the client’s interest very much - and cost-efficiency."

Work highlights
Advised Coca-Cola on its trade mark filing strategy and potential issues pertaining to a similar trade mark filed by another company in Malaysia.

Advised Top Glove, following an acquisition, on the transfer or assignment of various trade marks and patents to a subsidiary across multiple international jurisdictions.

Notable practitioners
Sri Sarguna Raj is the key point of contact for clients.

Projects, Infrastructure & Energy

What the team is known for
Leading projects team, known in the market for its extensive regional expertise in power and infrastructure. Able to advise on both project finance and development, it frequently acts on renewable energy projects, including waste and solar energy, as well as infrastructure projects. Recent activity includes investment into renewables projects through the issuance of green sukuk. Additionally well placed to assist clients with construction and O&M agreements.

Strengths
The team is praised in its ability to "translate whatever commercial deal has been struck into a legally binding arrangement, and also to advise on any risks from a legal standpoint."

Clients have commented on the team's ability to deliver under pressure: "They understand the tight timelines, and assist us in working around the clock with urgent matters."

Value for money
Clients believe "the services are definitely worth the money charged," and the quality of work provided "justifies every penny you pay."

Work highlights
Advised Scatec Solar on a USD300 million equity investment into a solar power project in Malaysia.

Assisted the YTL Group–Tabung Haji consortium with the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail project, including advising on documentation.

Notable practitioners
Christopher Lee is described by a client as "one of the pioneers of negotiating PPAs in Malaysia." He regularly assists clients on high-profile infrastructure and renewable energy projects. A client notes his "remarkable ability to understand and dissect complicated supply contracts and the risks associated with such contracts," adding that he is "truly impressive in handling challenges."

Shipping

What the team is known for
Offers significant cross-border capability owing to its membership of the Rajah & Tann Asia network. Frequently represents clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings, as well as handling ship arrests. Handles both wet and dry disputes, including collisions, salvage and marine pollution cases, alongside charter party and cargo matters. Also handles maritime insurance and ship finance, regularly acting for shipowners.

Strengths
One client remarks upon their "impressive responsiveness," adding: "They respond very quickly to whatever enquiries we have and I would definitely recommend them for anyone working in Malaysia."

Sources describe the firm as "very friendly, client-centric and practical."

Work highlights
Represented Bureau Veritas in its attempt to recover unpaid classification fees by the owners of the vessel 'Newlead Victoria'.

Acted for Maersk Malaysia in a dispute with a logistics company involving the transport of cargo from Penang in Malaysia to İzmir in Turkey.

Notable practitioners
Ong Chee Kwan is admired for his adept handling of charter party, cargo and bill of lading disputes. Clients commend his "expertise in litigation, his dedication and his practical approach in addressing disputes." He is also frequently sought to act as an arbitrator.

Clive Navin Selvapandian is an up-and-coming practitioner who has a strong track record on both wet and dry shipping disputes. One client reports: "He is knowledgeable, very prompt and offers clients a lot of comfort as he speaks in very simple terms and delivers what is needed."

Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)

What the team is known for
Pre-eminent TMT group in Malaysia, regularly instructed by leading international corporates, as well as domestic industry associations and mobile operators. Advises on a diverse range of matters, including data protection, fintech and IT contracts. Also advises on TMT regulatory issues in the banking, telecoms and insurance spaces.

Strengths
The department is very commercially aware, according to clients, who appreciate "their ability to understand the business aspects of a request, and to then put that into legal practice."

Further clients are also impressed, reporting: "They are very responsive, reliable and articulate in their opinions, and always go back to the law to make us understand any impacts."

Work highlights
Acted for an independent power producer on the migration of its existing data centre infrastructure to a cloud-based system.
Advised a mobile tower provider on compliance with the Mandatory Standard on Access regulations, in relation to its existing arrangements with its clients.

Notable practitioners
Deepak Pillai is regarded by market commentators as a standout TMT practitioner and is renowned for his knowledge of personal data protection and IT matters. Clients describe him as "a very meticulous lawyer who knows the law well, understands business" and "communicates effectively." Further interviewees describe him as "one of the references in Malaysia" for TMT work, and his practice encompasses a range of outsourcing, e-commerce and telecoms matters.

Rajah & Tann NK Legal - Myanmar

General Business Law - Band 2
General Business Law: International Firms - Band 2

Ranked Lawyers:
Chestor Toh - General Business Law: International Firms (Band 2)

General Business Law

What the team is known for
Highly effective regional platform able to provide domestic and international law capabilities from its Yangon and Singapore offices. Particularly active in advising the consumer products sector on market entry and local franchising issues. Also has experience handling banking, project finance and joint venture matters in the region. Represents an impressive array of Myanmar corporates as well as blue-chip international clients. Increasingly involved in construction and infrastructure projects.

Strengths
A client applauds the team for providing "practical advice" and notes that everything is "well explained."

Another client appreciates the excellent level of "engagement with the partner," and adds that the team is always available and provides "quick turnaround times."

Work highlights
Advised Myanmar Winery & Distillery on the USD742 million sale of a 5% interest in Myanmar Distillery Company.

Advised China Communications Construction on negotiations with New Yangon Development Corporation and the Yangon Regional Government for a joint venture to development of the New Yangon City Project.

Notable practitioners
Chester Toh is described by a client as "dynamic and very knowledgeable," and they add that he has "very good negotiation skills." He regularly advises on foreign direct investments, joint ventures and M&A matters.

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) - Philippines

Corporate/M&A - Band 2
Dispute Resolution - Band 2
Dispute Resolution: Arbitration - Band 1
Employment - Band 3
Projects, Infrastructure & Energy - Band 3
Tax - Band 3

Ranked Lawyers:
Anthony Mark A Gutierrez - Tax (Band 2)
Ben Dominic R Yap - Corporate/M&A (Recognised Practitioner), Dispute Resolution (Band 3), Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (Band 1)
Jaime Renato B Gatmaytan - Corporate/M&A (Band 3)
Jesus Paolo Protacio - Dispute Resolution (Recognised Practitioner), Projects, Infrastructure & Energy (Band 3)
Norma Margarita B Patacsil - Corporate/M&A (Band 3)

Corporate/M&A

What the team is known for
Talented team concentrating on foreign investments and share and asset acquisitions, as well as regulatory and compliance issues. Also experienced in assisting clients with the establishment of local businesses. Frequently advises on a range of corporate matters in the energy, food, technology and mining sectors across multiple jurisdictions, including Myanmar, Japan and Vietnam. Clients benefit from its wide regional coverage.

Strengths
A client speaks highly of the team, saying that they "offer excellent service and we are very satisfied with their performance; they are available at any and all times of the day to offer legal advice and render legal services."

Another source notes that the lawyers "ensure that they are updated on the market so they can provide us with appropriate and timely legal advice."

Notable practitioners
Jaime Renato Gatmaytan is the head of the firm's corporate commercial practice. He advises on a variety of matters, including investments, loans and acquisitions, often in the energy and infrastructure sector.

A client notes that Norma Margarita Patacsil is "always on top of everything and manages to help." She lends her expertise to acquisition, investment and competition matters, and is adroit at advising on competition law.

Dispute Resolution

What the team is known for
Robust team able to advise on the full life-cycle of a dispute. Noted for arbitration expertise, assisting particularly frequently with ICC-administered arbitrations, and recognised for its representation of leading conglomerates. Well equipped to handle the full range of litigation matters, including contractual disputes, medical malpractice and environment cases, before local courts and the Supreme Court. Also experienced in conducting audits for compliance checks and leading internal investigations.

Strengths
A satisfied client notes: "We engaged them and were delighted with the results."

Work highlight
Advised Viacom International Media Networks on its claim against the Philippine Tourism Promotions Board.

Has been representing Metro Rail Transit Corporation before the Philippine Supreme Court against the City of Makati. The case concerns whether the transit system is subject to real property taxes.

Notable practitioners
Ben Yap is praised by sources for his work on "very complicated technical issues." Another echoes this, saying that he provided "invaluable guidance and advice" in an arbitration case. He advises energy sector clients on commercial disputes.

Employment

What the team is known for
Well-known team that regularly advises on employee misconduct, employee termination and the defence of discrimination cases. Acts for clients in a range of sectors including technology, energy and finance.

Strengths
One client appreciates that the team "ensures that they are updated so they can provide us with appropriate and timely legal advice," adding that "they issue an alert whenever there are developments which they think are applicable to us."

A number of other clients comment that "they can always give us simple and good advice."

Work highlight
Advised HP on the transfer of the Philippines-based employees following its acquisition of Samsung's printer business.

Defended American Express International against illegal dismissal claims by employees who were found guilty of gaming the client's performance monitoring tools.

Projects, Infrastructure & Energy

What the team is known for
Recognised and respected in the market for its activity in the infrastructure and energy arenas. It is particularly highlighted for its project finance know-how along with its noteworthy experience in PPP projects. It advises both public and private sector clients, including government bodies, significant financial institutions and major corporates. Also acts for domestic businesses on outbound investments in the region.

Strengths
Clients praise the team for it's knowledge, with one noting: "It takes time to acquire such in-depth knowledge, which covers the technical aspects, the energy players both downstream and upstream, and the politics behind the industry."

Notable practitioners
Jaime Renato Gatmaytan is known by interviewees for his strength in both energy and infrastructure, and is particularly experienced in related corporate transactions and project financing.

Tax

What the team is known for
Remains prominent in tax disputes, with notable experience in challenging tax assessments. Also offers considerable expertise in advising clients from the energy, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries. Recently increased its activity on advisory matters, assisting clients with the tax aspects of transactional matters, including on cross-border aspects.

Strengths
A client notes that the team "delivers highly competent and relevant services" and also appreciates that "they issue an alert whenever there are developments which they think are applicable to us."

Work highlight
Advised Sanofi Pasteur on proceedings at the Bureau of Internal Revenue regarding a disputed tax assessment.

Represented Metro Rail Transit Corporation in relation to a disputed tax assessment.

Notable practitioners
Anthony Mark Gutierrez is described by one client as "our go-to guy," while another source simply states that he is "a brilliant tax attorney." He is frequently involved in tax disputes and is also known for his strength in litigation.

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP - Singapore

Banking & Finance - Band 2
Capital Markets - Band 2
Capital Markets: Securitisation & Derivatives - Band 1
Competition/Antitrust - Band 1
Construction - Band 2
Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption - Band 1
Corporate/M&A - Band 2
Dispute Resolution: Arbitration - Band 2
Dispute Resolution: Litigation - Band 2
Employment - Band 1
Insurance - Band 2
Intellectual Property - Band 2
Investment Funds - Band 2
Projects & Energy - Band 1
Real Estate - Band 3
Restructuring/Insolvency - Band 1
Shipping - Band 1
Tax - Recognised Practitioner
TMT - Band 1
South-East Asia – International Trade/WTO – New - Band 1
Asia Pacific Region – Arbitration (International) - Band 4
Asia Pacific Region – International Trade/WTO - Recognised Practitioner

Ranked Lawyers:

Andre Yeap SC - Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (Band 4), Dispute Resolution: Litigation (Band 3)
Angela Lim - Banking & Finance (Band 2)
Anne Yeo - Investment Funds (Band 2)
Arnold Tan - Investment Funds (Band 1)
Chia Kim Huat - Capital Markets (Eminent Practitioner)
Chua Choon King - Shipping: Domestic: Finance (Band 2)
Danny Lim - Capital Markets (Band 3)
Danny Ong - Dispute Resolution: Litigation (Band 4), Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 3)
Desmond Wee - Employment (Band 2)
Dominique Lombardi - Competition/Antitrust (Band 3)
Elaine Tay - Insurance (Band 2)
Evelyn Wee - Capital Markets (Band 3)
Francis Xavier SC - Dispute Resolution: Litigation (Band 2)
Hamidul Haq - Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption (Spotlight Table)
Ian Teo - Shipping (Band 2)
Jainil Bhandari - Shipping (Band 3)
Jonathan Yuen - Employment (Recognised Practitioner)
Kala Anandarajah - Competition/Antitrust (Band 1), Employment (Recognised Practitioner), International Trade/WTO (Spotlight Table)
Kendall Tan - Shipping (Band 3)
Larry Lim - Capital Markets: Securitisation & Derivatives (Recognised Practitioner) 
Lau Kok Keng - Intellectual Property: Domestic: Litigation (Band 3), Gaming & Gambling (Band 3)
Lawrence Tan - Corporate/M&A (Recognised Practitioner)
Lee Eng Beng SC - Dispute Resolution: Litigation (Band 1), Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 1)
Lee Weilin - Banking & Finance (Recognised Practitioner)
Leong Kah Wah - Shipping (Band 1)
Leong Lu Yueh - Investment Funds (Band 3)
Lionel Tan - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) (Recognised Practitioner)
Lionel Tay - Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 3) 
Murali Pillai - Employment (Band 2)
Ng Kim Beng - Construction (Band 3) 
Ng Sey Ming - Banking & Finance (Band 4)
Norman Ho - Real Estate (Band 2)
Patrick Ang - Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 1)
Paul Tan - Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (Band 3), Dispute Resolution: Litigation (Band 4)
Rajesh Sreenivasan - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) (Band 1)
Regina Liew - Banking & Finance (Regulatory)(Band 1), Capital Markets: Securitisation & Derivatives (Band 2)
Sandy Foo - Banking & Finance (Band 4), Corporate/M&A (Band 3)
Shemane Chan - Projects & Energy (Band 2)
Sim Kwan Kiat - Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 2)
Simon Goh - Insurance (Band 1)
Soh Lip San - Construction (Band 2)
Steve Tan - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) (Band 2)
Tan Chuan Thye SC - Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (Band 3), Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 2)
Terence Choo - Banking & Finance (Band 4)
Toh Kian Sing SC - Shipping (Band 1)
Vikna Rajah - Tax (Band 3)
Winston Kwek - Shipping (Band 2)

Banking & Finance

What the team is known for
Sought after by major banks and corporate borrowers, with an excellent track record in both large and mid-size work, from traditional banking and syndicated lending to project and real estate finance. Well placed to handle cross-border instructions due to its network of offices across the region, including in Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and China. Team roster also includes a high number of foreign jurisdiction experts. Additionally offers notable expertise regarding fintech issues.

Strengths
Sources praise the group for being "pragmatic and commercial in its approach."

Work highlights
Acted on behalf of Maybank in establishing SGD585 million worth of loan facilities for hotel developments being undertaken by Oxley Gem.

Assisted a local Lufax subsidiary in setting up a technology-based international investment platform.

Notable practitioners
The "commercial and pragmatic" Regina Liew leads the firm's financial institutions group. She handles both regulatory and transactional matters for financial institutions and also boasts considerable experience in fintech-related matters.

Angela Lim regularly handles financing for infrastructure projects and real estate and construction on behalf of both borrowers and lenders. She is dual-qualified in Singapore and in England and Wales and heads the group's banking and finance team.

Terence Choo’s practice has a focus on refinancings and real estate-related transactions. He is particularly experienced representing banks as lender's counsel.

Capital Markets

What the team is known for
Offering expertise across both debt and equity capital markets, the team is recognised for being involved in many complex transactions in the market. Highly regarded for advising on IPOs and listings, as well as rights offerings and hybrid issuances. A network of offices across ASEAN and beyond adds to the team's ability to handle cross-border work in jurisdictions such as Vietnam, Japan and Myanmar. The team harbours particular proficiency in Indonesia-related work.

Strengths
A pleased client values that the "partners are hands-on. They are very sound in their technical knowledge and also appreciate the commercial aspects."

Work highlights
Acted as Singapore counsel for Bumi Resources on a USD4.5 billion debt restructuring that included the first contingent value rights to be listed on SGX-ST.
Advised Kimly on its IPO and listing on the Singapore Catalist board, raising SGD44 million.

Notable practitioners
Chia Kim Huat has over 20 years of experience on a wide range of debt and equity work. He is best known for his China-focused practice, one source explaining that "he has a very good clientele among Chinese clients."

Danny Lim is described by a client as being "dedicated and willing to discuss various solutions to a particular issue." Having previously worked in the firm's Shanghai representative office, he continues to act for a roster of Chinese clients on listings and other investment work.

Evelyn Wee is head of the firm's capital markets team and regularly advises clients on the IPOs of companies, business trusts and REITs. Her practice encompasses both Singapore and overseas listings.

Capital Markets: Securitisation & Derivatives

What the team is known for
Commands an excellent reputation for advising on listed and unlisted derivatives and structured products, as well as for providing a full suite of regulatory counsel. Experienced advising on margin requirements for OTC derivatives covering a full range of asset classes. Regularly assists with bespoke and innovative solutions. Clients include high-profile banks, clearing houses, regulators and exchanges.

Work highlights
Advised Asia Pacific Exchange and Asia Pacific Clear on their establishment of a new futures exchange and futures clearing house in Singapore.
Advised Lu international on the establishment of an international investment platform.

Notable practitioners
Regina Liew is highly active advising financial institutions and fund management companies. She often advises on OTC derivatives and structured products. A pleased client finds that "she's pragmatic and commercial," and adds that she "knows her stuff."

Competition/Antitrust

What the team is known for
Highly regarded team with in-depth experience advising international and local clients on merger control issues, cartel investigations and market studies. Recognised for actively advancing the awareness of international competition standards across Singapore. Increasingly involved in multi-jurisdictional merger control cases, in particular those relating to the ASEAN region. Boasts an impressive client list which includes major multinational corporates in the technology, manufacturing and food and beverage sectors.

Strengths
A client appreciates the firm's "straight to the point" advice, praising "their ability to translate our ideas into proper legal terms while breaking down what the commission is trying to say in very basic legal terms."

Another source highlights the team's main strength as its "efficiency" and ability to offer "valuable, practical advice."

Work highlights
Acted as Singapore legal counsel to GIC, a major shareholder of GLP, in relation to competition issues following the SGD16 billion acquisition of GLP by Nesta.

Assisted SIA Engineering and Moog with a multi-jurisdictional merger notification assessment in relation to the setting-up of a joint venture for the provision of certain MRO services in Asia.

Notable practitioners
Kala Anandarajah is lauded by clients for being "very dedicated, very quick and precise." She is highlighted by clients for her extensive experience on cartel investigations and merger control matters. One client comments: "She has impressed us with her legal knowledge, business acumen and also understanding of the Commission and the legal arena, which makes her a dream for anybody looking to engage competition lawyers."

Dominique Lombardi is appreciated by clients for being "very responsive" and is notable for her ability to handle a range of competition mandates, including offering advice on international cartel and merger control issues. She is particularly valued for her ability to assist clients with cross-border matters relating to European competition and antitrust law.

Construction

What the team is known for
Respected disputes team with considerable experience advising on construction matters for project sponsors, developers and contractors. Regularly acts on construction disputes across South-East Asia, and also handles non-contentious work. Dedicated construction project risk analysis and mitigation capability, able to assist in markets such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan and China. Has deep experience in negotiating EPC contracts for energy and infrastructure construction projects.

Strengths
One client highlights the team's frankness, saying: "I appreciate that the lawyers do not try to paint overly positive scenarios but instead remain realistic."

Work highlights
Represented a consortium composed of Singapore Technologies Marine and Tuas Power on the development of a Design-Build-Own-Operate basis desalination plant.

Advised W H Marathon on the drafting and negotiation of the EPC contract and subcontract for development of an offshore tank farm.

Notable practitioners
Soh Lip San is the leader of the firm's construction and projects practice. He is an experienced adviser for disputes across the region, acting for developers, suppliers and employers.

Ng Kim Beng is singled out as a "very strong" practitioner in the area of construction dispute resolution, including cases involving parties from Indonesia, Thailand and Japan. He often acts for clients in the power and infrastructure sectors.

Corporate/M&A

What the team is known for
Highly regarded team that leverages the strength of its network of Asian offices to handle complex cross-border mandates, particularly takeovers of Singapore-listed companies, whether hostile, contested or uncontested. Active in a range of sectors, including banking, insurance and healthcare, it acts for major banks and corporate clients on public and private M&A transactions.

Strengths
One client describes the firm as "proactive, commercial, detailed and prompt," adding that the team negotiates "smoothly and quickly."

Another client reports being "impressed with the service they gave us, especially under time pressure."

Work highlight
Acted as Singapore legal counsel to GIC in the acquisition of all the issued ordinary shares in the capital of Global Logistics Properties by Nesta Investment by way of a scheme of arrangement.

Assisted Credit Suisse with HNA Belt & Road Investments' SGD1.4 billion voluntary conditional general offer to acquire all the issued and paid-up ordinary shares in the capital of CWT.

Notable practitioners
Sandy Foo's work is appreciated by one client for "understanding our expectations and consistently meeting our requirements," and includes share acquisitions, delistings and divestments.

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration

What the team is known for
Impressive line-up of experienced arbitration practitioners with deep connections throughout the Singapore and Asian markets. Very good slate of work in energy and shipping disputes, and recent involvement in BIT arbitration. Clients include states, government-linked organisations and major international oil companies. Firm's strong reputation for court litigation also makes the team a popular choice for arbitration-related litigation.

Strengths
One client reports: "The team was knowledgeable and knew the case better than I did. I could see they worked very hard to argue my case to the arbitrator."

The same source adds: "They are very responsive and always ready to hold my hand when I call them."

Work highlights
Defended the Republic of the Philippines in a dispute over breach of contract brought by Chevron and Shell.

Representing China New Machinery Energy Company against energy companies in proceedings to set aside a final award of ICC.

Notable practitioners
Tan Chuan Thye SC is a "very safe pair of hands," according to one peer, and "easy to deal with" in the words of another source. He has a broad commercial disputes practice and has particular expertise in relation to insolvency.

"Rising star" Paul Tan is held in high esteem by the market and has an active commercial and investment treaty arbitration practice. He is also able to offer expertise in public international law. Interviewees say he is "very smart and can be relied on for difficult legal analysis. He is responsive and a very serious, intellectual lawyer known for dealing with difficult problems."

Andre Yeap SC is "hard-working and knowledgeable," say sources. He offers substantial experience in cross-border disputes relating to banking and securities matters. He heads the firm's international arbitration practice.

Dispute Resolution: Litigation

What the team is known for
Prolific litigation team with plentiful expertise on big-ticket domestic and cross-border disputes. Represents clients at all levels of the Singapore courts with particular experience in financial disputes, though it possesses additional expertise in contentious joint venture, shareholder, insolvency and shipping matters. Well placed to act on multi-jurisdictional matters due to its network of offices and alliances in the wider region. Members of the team have notable expertise handling cases connected to the Indonesia, India and China markets.

Strengths
Clients praise the firm's capabilities and "high quality" of advice across a wide range of litigation cases.

Work highlights
Represented New World TMT in a claim of over USD4 billion against a number of individuals linked to 'Tony' Qu Jianping in a conspiracy to defraud matter.

Acted for the Port of Singapore Authority on the insolvency of South Korean shipping firm Hanjin.

Notable practitioners
Interviewees say of Lee Eng Beng SC that "clarity of thought, communicating position and breaking down of the opponent's case, these are the things he's brilliant at." His practice centres upon banking disputes and he has substantial experience of debt enforcement and insolvency litigation. He is especially well regarded as an appellate lawyer.

Francis Xavier SC is "tenacious, innovative and has a well-prepared team," say market commentators. Another source praises his "fair-minded, honourable way of presenting the case." He is best known for representing clients on banking, property and investment disputes.

Andre Yeap SC is "tough and extremely well prepared" according to commentators. He is a litigation and arbitration practitioner with a broad commercial disputes practice. Recently, he has acted on several cross-border cases in the banking sector.

Danny Ong handles commercial disputes and investigations, with a specialism in the banking sector. Peers praise his proactiveness and creative approach. Sources say: "He combines a deep and broad knowledge of the law with a pleasant manner and an ability to switch gears and become a powerful advocate and highly effective cross-examiner."

Paul Tan is well regarded by peers, who see him as someone who is "building up a good reputation." He specialises in financial disputes and also has an active arbitration practice.

Employment

What the team is known for
Market-leading reputation for contentious employment matters, with further expertise in non-contentious work. A large team able to provide a full-service offering, with notable expertise in trade union issues and experience handling workplace harassment cases. Well placed to assist with regional work due to the firm's network of offices throughout Asia. Acts for multinational corporations in a range of sectors, including technology, insurance, finance and hospitality.

Strengths
The team is praised for its client-oriented approach: "The client service from the team is top-notch. They take the time to understand the facts and issues. I don’t ever feel that I’m just another client," an interviewee states.

Sources also highlight the team's ability to find solutions to the issues at hand, with one saying: "Their advice is realistic and resolution-centric."

Work highlights
Acted for Marriott in a dispute with a senior ex-employee relating to allegations of wrongful dismissal, breach of contract, discrimination and defamation.

Advised Tripartite Alliance for Fair & Progressive Employment Practices on employment training for a range of officials, including representatives from the Ministry of Manpower.

Notable practitioners
Murali Pillai acts for clients in a wide range of employment disputes, regularly advising major financial institutions and insurance companies on executive recruitment and terminations. "He is generous with his time despite his busy schedule," a client reports, adding that he is "not one to shy away from taking a position."

Desmond Wee is well versed in non-contentious employment matters and attracts praise from clients for his "fast responses" and "reliable" assistance.His practice encompasses a range of employment questions, from negotiations with trade unions to HR policies and performance plans.

Insurance

What the team is known for
Long-standing local firm with strength in both contentious and non-contentious insurance matters. Regularly acts for major international insurers as well as domestic companies. Especially active assisting clients with regulatory and corporate insurance work. Local law capability and rights of audience before Singapore courts allows for a full-service offering.

Strengths
One client highlights the group's collaborative approach, saying: "Its almost as if they were an extension of the in-house function."

Sources also note the firm's domestic profile, describing it as "a very strong Singapore insurance practice with important relationships within the insurance industry."

Work highlight
Represented Swiss Reinsurance concerning the re-domiciliation of Swiss Re Asia from Zürich to Singapore.

Acted for Cosmic Insurance on the sale of its run-off insurance business to First Capital Insurance for SGD13.8 million.

Notable practitioners
Simon Goh leads the firm's insurance and reinsurance practice. He is hugely respected for his work advising on contentious and non-contentious matters for global insurance names. His expertise includes M&A and regulatory considerations as well as the defence and pursuit of claims. Sources say: "He is very commercially savvy" and commend him for being "thorough and meticulous in his research and advice."

Elaine Tay is highly experienced advising on insurance disputes, with property and construction being areas of particular strength. She also advises on insurance regulatory compliance. Sources say: "She is very thorough and concise, rendering practical advice with minimal fluff, and she thinks ahead to address issues, even those where their relevance may not even be apparent to us at the time."

Intellectual Property

What the team is known for
Acts on advisory and contentious matters relating to patents, trade marks and copyrights. Particularly adept at copyright and patent infringement cases, as well as licensing issues. Active in sectors such as media, gaming and technology, manufacturing and renewable energy, representing multinational clients on cross-border IP litigation. Additionally well versed in handling transactional IP matters.

Strengths
Several clients praise the firm's performance and legal expertise, with one stating: "They have the depth and are able to call upon resources within the firm on issues in a wide range of areas."

Another interviewee extols: "They are very accommodating and patient. They understand local laws and they make the client understand and anticipate what the likely next steps are."

Work highlights
Assisted Sunseap Leasing with a dispute arising from allegations of patent infringement before the High Court.

Advised Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore on a dispute against Stratech Systems relating to a breach of a technology development and implementation contract involving various software systems.

Notable practitioners
Lau Kok Keng heads the department and is sought out for his expertise in IP litigation and non-contentious mandates. He demonstrates strong credentials for advising on issues in the media, sports and technology industries, with one client adding: "He has knowledge in IP matters relating to gaming." He is also singled out by clients for "showing a deep understanding of the nexus between different laws and regulations, whilst taking a practical approach to issues."

Investment Funds

What the team is known for
Well-established funds group with an excellent reputation in the Singapore market. Especially active on the formation of hedge, private equity and real estate funds. Regularly provides expert regulatory and corporate advice to leading investment groups and fund managers. Especially noted for its work on the formation and management of private funds. Draws on the expertise of its corporate practice to assist with transactional matters in this space.

Strengths
Interviewees highlight the team's understanding of the local market, with one client remarking: "They have a very deep knowledge of the laws and regulations in Singapore and they are in close dialogue with the regulators and other parties as these rules evolve."

Another client says: "They have well-respected capabilities in fund work incorporating onshore and offshore expertise. The stability of the senior management team and their consistent service delivery, even when they are very busy, has made the most impression for us. Trust and relationships are important and we have it with them."

Notable practitioners
Department head Arnold Tan is regarded by one interviewee to be "the guru in Singapore funds" and is widely acknowledged for his "in-depth understanding of regulatory requirements." He has significant expertise on establishing investment funds, including private equity, real estate and hedge funds. His work also includes assisting with fund management and compliance issues.

Anne Yeo has built a reputation as an "excellent investment funds lawyer, with strength on Singapore regulatory work in particular." Her practice encompasses the structuring, formation and restructuring of funds, especially advising fund managers. She offers strong expertise in handling cross-border matters.

Deputy head Leong Lu Yueh continues to represent financial institutions and investment managers in the structuring and formation of funds, as well as with regards to regulatory issues. One source says: "She brings a strong combination of legal expertise for both onshore and offshore and a customer-focused service. She takes the time to understand the situation, proposes the right solution for the client and takes the effort to help them understand the options and final decision process."

Projects & Energy

What the team is known for
Well known for its comprehensive regional network, with an established presence in Indonesia, Myanmar and Malaysia. Highly sought after for its expertise in power and strong experience on PPP infrastructure projects. Also experienced in the oil and gas sector. Noted for its focus on the construction and development aspects of projects, with additional expertise regarding project finance.

Work highlight
Advised Singapore Technologies Marine and Tuas Power regarding a bid for the development of a desalination plant.

Represented Malaysia Airport Holdings on the takeover and upgrade of a cooling plant in the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Notable practitioners
Sources say that Shemane Chan is "very efficient and detailed when it comes to drafting documents, and during negotiation she is always focused on the client's objective and negotiates thoroughly." She acts on construction and project development work, and is well-versed with cross-border matters as well as a range of domestic development.

Restructuring/Insolvency

What the team is known for
Stellar practice, noted for its deep bench of lawyers. Assists clients involved in high-value restructuring matters, including debtors, creditors, judicial managers and liquidators. Also well placed to advise on the enforcement of creditors' rights. Draws on its regional network to advise on cross-border matters, and offers specialist expertise from within the firm in areas such as shipping and financial services.

Strengths
The team is praised for its business awareness, with a source enthusing that "their advice is comprehensive yet easy to understand" and that "they provide practical legal opinions that are commercially viable." This interviewee also declares that "they truly understand clients' needs" and "their professionalism is simply exceptional."

Other impressed commentators agree, describing the firm's service as "detailed, responsive and solution-oriented."

Work highlights
Assisted Seadrill and its group of companies with a USD12.8 billion reorganisation plan, after the client had filed for Chapter 11 proceedings in the US Bankruptcy Court.

Advised Bumi Resources, Bumi Capital and Bumi Investment on a USD4.5 billion debt restructuring transaction with China Investment and China Development Bank.

Notable practitioners
Patrick Ang is highly respected in the market, particularly acting for financial institutions and judicial managers in major insolvency cases. Interviewees describe him as "a wonderful lawyer who is responsive and solution-driven."

Market commentators laud Lee Eng Beng SC as "the best academic and practical restructuring lawyer in Singapore." Another source praises his "expertise, sound technical knowledge and willingness to look into details." He advises on debt restructuring, judicial management and insolvency litigation.

Sim Kwan Kiat is well respected by market commentators for his insolvency expertise. He advises on workouts, judicial management, insolvency proceedings and the enforcement of creditors' rights, with particular experience in the marine and offshore sector.

Tan Chuan Thye SC is well versed in litigation and arbitration in the restructuring and insolvency sphere. He is experienced in advising clients on debt restructuring and liquidation proceedings.

Danny Ong is noted by market sources for his contentious insolvency practice. He especially handles matters involving financial institutions and is often instructed by liquidators.

Lionel Tay advises on insolvency cases in a range of sectors, including finance and shipping. Active for a range of banks and accounting firms, he is also well placed to advise on fraud issues.

Shipping

What the team is known for
Pre-eminent shipping practice which is renowned for the size and strength of its litigation team. Covers the full range of contentious matters, including ship arrests, bunker payment claims, vessel collisions and casualty dispute cases. Offers additional strength in ship financing as well as shipping-related restructuring, with clients benefiting from its regional network of offices in South-East Asia. Frequently advises major banks and commodity houses as well as P&I clubs, shipowners and charterers.

Strengths
A client praises the team for being "very commercially minded," adding: "They understand what we want and the way they do the work is tailored to meet those objectives." Another notes that "they have a deep understanding of the industry, offering advice that is commercial but sound legally."

A source also appreciates the dedication of the team and its ability to "provide clear, candid, practical and strategic advice."

Work highlights
Advising the judicial managers of Swiber Holdings and Swiber Offshore Construction on litigation arising in relation to the judicial management of the two companies.

Assisted the owners of bulk carrier 'Silvia Ambition' with opposing the vessel's arrest by a Singapore bunker supplier in Lebanon.

Notable practitioners
Leong Kah Wah continues to be regarded by market sources as a leading practitioner. He regularly advises shipowners, clubs, and underwriters on collisions and ship arrests. He recently advised the People of Eauripik on Singapore High Court proceedings in relation to damage caused by a vessel to the island's coral reef.

Head of the shipping and international trade practice, Toh Kian Sing SC has a wealth of experience advising on contentious shipping matters, including on bills of lading, charter party, insurance and cargo claims. He also regularly advises on the bankruptcy and restructuring of shipping companies. A client describes him as "very active and aggressive," while another appreciates his "legal analysis and the depth of his considerations."

Chua Choon King is known for his activity in the ship finance sphere. He often advises on sale and purchase, sale and leaseback and ship finance, frequently acting for banks. In addition he advises on general corporate matters and restructurings in the the shipping sector. A client appreciates that "whenever we have an urgent matter he dedicates his time to us."

Winston Kwek regularly advises on disputes relating to shipbuilding and defaults on agreements. He is also highly active advising financial institutions on a range of work-outs for shipping companies and shipowners. A client appreciates that he is very practical and that he "puts himself in the client's position and doesn't just quote the law, he comes up with solutions."

Ian Teo is best known for his dry shipping expertise, advising clients on shipbuilding and commodities contract disputes as well as issues relating to sanctions. He is also able to advise on wet matters including collisions.

Jainil Bhandari has over 20 years of experience and regularly acts for shipping companies and insurers on contentious matters involving cargo damage and contamination, collisions, and wreck removal. He is also qualified to practise in Malaysia and frequently advises on Malaysia-related matters.

Kendall Tan has experience on both wet and dry shipping litigations, regularly advising shipping companies and P&I clubs on collisions and loss of cargo claims. His counsel is also sought by financial institutions on restructurings in the shipping sector.

Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)

What the team is known for
Highly regarded outfit, well placed to provide expertise on telecoms and technology regulatory matters, as well as licensing, data protection, broadcasting and distribution issues. Acts for an impressive roster of high-end domestic and multinational social media, electronics and telecoms companies. Increasingly sought to provide advice in relation to cybersecurity issues, including drafting of cyber-breach readiness and response plans. Offers clients support in the wider region through the firm's extensive network of offices and associated firms.

Work highlights
Acted for the World Bank in relation to its work in Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire and Nigeria on the establishment and strengthening of their respective national digital identification systems.

Advised Metlife Innovation Centre (Lumenlab) on drafting its policy documents and key contracts with its third party service providers.

Notable practitioners
Rajesh Sreenivasan has over 16 years' experience advising on regulatory and transactional matters across the TMT sectors, with clients including telecoms service providers, state governments and multinational corporations. He is "very reputed," according to market commentators, and is especially noted for his depth of knowledge in the data protection field.

Steve Tan receives praise from a client who characterises him as a "truly dedicated and passionate TMT lawyer." The same source explains: "His knowledge in data protection laws and understanding of policymaking are key.His wealth of experience in this area of law gives me the confidence that I have been advised by one of the best in class."

South-East Asia – International Trade/WTO

What the team is known for
Offers in-depth expertise in trade matters concerning South-East Asian countries. Excels in a range of areas, including anti-dumping, export controls, safeguards and the structuring of trade flows, as well as handling customs regulatory compliance for international companies operating across a number of sectors, with particular expertise in the hi-tech, healthcare and agrifood spaces. Also works on matters involving free trade agreements and tariffs. Maintains a strong reputation for its handling of Thailand and Malaysia-related matters.

Strengths
"The work they do is customer-focused, and succinct. They try their best to understand the customers' needs and spare them the agony of reading economic legal opinions," a client attests, further explaining: "It's all very well written with the customer in mind, they know the recipient might not be a lawyer. Turnaround time is quick; partners are contactable and approachable."

Another interviewee reports: "They are client-focused and have the soft touch - making clients feel like they are walking the same journey."

Notable practitioners
Singapore-based Kala Anandarajah is "technically very sound in international and competition law," a client reports, also stating: "She is able to quickly grasp customer issues and her opinions are very focused." She advises international clients on export control issues and sanctions, among other trade matters. Another interviewee notes: "She is just so dynamic, very exciting and enthusiastic; she is a high energy lady which is great."

Asia Pacific Region – Arbitration (International)

What the team is known for
Leading Singapore firm, highlighted for its specialist arbitration practice and impressive regional range, extending to the Middle East, including especially notable coverage of Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam and maintaining an acknowledged profile in Philippines-related matters. Particularly noted for handling investor-state, construction and energy cases and regularly instructed in matters involving the operations of Chinese companies in other Asian jurisdictions. Additionally well placed to act on arbitration-related litigation in the Singapore courts, where it often provides assistance to international firms.

Work highlights
Represented the Republic of the Philippines in distinct but related sets of proceedings before the Permanent Court of Arbitration, brought by two public utilities on the alleged grounds that the Republic breached contractual undertakings granting the claimants exclusive rights in the management of waterworks and other facilities in certain parts of the country.

Notable practitioners
Andre Yeap SC is the firm's head of international arbitration.

R&T Asia (Thailand) Limited - Thailand

Dispute Resolution - Band 3
Tax - Recognised Practitioner
Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) - Band 2

Ranked Lawyers:
Surasak Vajasit - Dispute Resolution (Band 1)
Melisa Uremovic - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) (Recognised Practitioner)

Dispute Resolution

What the team is known for
Regional firm with a solid reputation in the litigation space, regularly advising on a variety of corporate and administrative cases. Especially active on disputes involving customs and tax, employment, telecommunications and restructuring, on behalf of both domestic and international clients. Also handles professional negligence and shareholder cases, as well as regulatory investigations.

Strengths
The team's litigation strength wins client approval. One interviewees says: "They understand dispute resolution well and are familiar with the court procedures," as well as being "flexible in discussions" and "commercial."

Additional clients find the firm to be reliable, praising the firm's "good quality and prompt advice."

Work highlights
Represented Toyota Motor Thailand in a tariff classification and bilateral trade agreement dispute with Royal Thai Customs.

Notable practitioners
Surasak Vajasit is praised by market commentators as a "very steady, capable and internationally savvy dispute resolution lawyer." He has expertise in tax litigation and also acts as an arbitrator in ICC proceedings.

Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT)

What the team is known for
Notable TMT practice, frequently entrusted by leading global and Thai clients in the technology and telecommunications sectors. Well placed to advise on regulatory issues involving marketing, e-commerce and data privacy, it also handles disputes linked to concession agreements. Often instructed on inbound acquisitions and joint venture investments in the technology sector.

Strengths
Communication skills are a key strength of the firm, according to clients, who affirm: "They respond in a timely manner and provide accurate, reliable and practical legal advice."

Work highlights
Advised Total Access Communication on its concession and telecommunications service agreements, as well as in relation to regulatory issues.

Acted for Fubang International Finance on its USD250 million joint venture with Central Group in the e-commerce and consumer finance sector.

Notable practitioners
Melisa Uremovic, Supawat Srirungruang and Saroj Jongsaritwang are key contacts for clients.

Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers - Vietnam

Corporate/M&A - Band 3
Dispute Resolution - Band 3
Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) - Recognised Practitioner

Ranked Lawyers:
Huy Quang Chau - Dispute Resolution (Band 2)

Corporate/M&A

What the team is known for
Well-regarded firm that combines local expertise with the support of the firm's network of offices in the region. Regularly assists foreign clients in setting up companies in Vietnam. Especially adept in handling real estate, manufacturing and technology sector deals, including joint ventures and mergers. Often acts for Japanese corporates.

Work highlight
Advised HP on the Vietnamese aspects of its global USD1.05 billion acquisition of Samsung Electronics' printer business.

Assisted Sumitomo Forestry with its equity investment in the furniture company An Cuong Woodworking.

Notable practitioners
Thi Que Vu is a key point of contact for clients.

Dispute Resolution

What the team is known for
Advises on both international arbitration and litigation, with special insights into SIAC arbitral rules. Maintains numerous relationships with regional and domestic clients, representing them in cross-border construction disputes. Recently highly active representing businesses in contentious real estate and tax matters. Also well placed to assist clients with shipping and employment cases.

Notable practitioners
Huy Quang Chau handles local and cross-border litigation and arbitration on disputes in a variety of industries. He frequently handles construction, shipping, tax and employment cases.