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Baker & McKenzie. Wong & Leow

Singapore

  • 8 Marina Boulevard
  • #05-01 Marina Bay
  • Financial Centre Tower 1
  • Singapore
  • Singapore Island
  • Singapore
  • 018981

Banking & Finance - India

What the team is known for A popular choice with leading Indian and international banks alike for project finance and cross-border investments with Indian components.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Clarity of advice: "They are good at explaining concepts to the client so that they understand what is required."

Notable practitioners  

James Huang leads the firm's finance and projects team in Singapore, and has taken a key role on a number of sensitive, high-value, India-related deals of late.

Significant clients Export-Import Bank of India, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank.

Corporate/M&A - India

What the team is known for A huge global network of offices available to support India-related deals. Acts as a trusted adviser to various Indian conglomerates and for international companies investing into India.

Work highlights Advised Hospira on its USD202.5 million acquisition of Orchid Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals.

Assisted Oji Holdings with its USD28.5 million corrugated container business joint venture with JK Paper and Marubeni.

Notable practitioners

Singapore-based Ashok Lalwani leads the firm's global India group.

Significant clients Hospira, Tata Motors, Infosys, Oji Holdings.

Corporate & Finance - Indonesia

What the team is known for Sought out by leading banks, major corporates, and Indonesian conglomerates and listed companies. Works closely with its Indonesian member firm Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners to provide comprehensive advice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Problem solving: "They are pretty good in dealing with challenges, and are able to spot issues and find ways to solve them."

Expertise: "Reliable and very knowledgeable."  

Work highlights Acted for Rajamandala Electric Power as the borrower and Indonesia Power and Kansai Electric Power as the sponsors on the Rajamandala Hydro IPP in Indonesia.

Advised Medco Energi Internasional on the USD36 million divestment by its subsidiary Medco Downstream Indonesia of a majority stake in Medco Sarana Kalibaru.

Advised Temasek Holdings on its USD300 million investment in Multipolar, granting Temasek the right to a stake in Matahari Putra Prima.

Notable practitioners  

James Huang is described as "a very thorough professional who really knows his stuff." The head of the finance and projects team in Singapore, Huang has substantial experience working with companies and banks in Indonesia-related transactions.

Ashok Lalwani is active in advising issuers and underwriters on public and private securities offerings in Indonesia. Sources highlight his proficiency with US federal securities laws. He recently acted for Bank Negara Indonesia on its USD500 million notes issuance on the Singapore stock exchange.

Chew Chin is well versed in financing and project development in the energy and infrastructure sectors, a recent highlight being the Rajamandala Hydro IPP project. He also has experience in advising governments and regulators in these sectors.  

Commentators note that Jon Worsfold has "good knowledge and experience in Indonesia, and gets deals done." The M&A specialist is particularly well versed in the sectors of banking, mining, oil and gas, and private equity. He advised on the divestment of Medco Downstream Indonesia of a majority stake in Medco Sarana Kalibaru.

Significant clients CIMB, Medco Power Indonesia, Mitsui Banking, Standard Chartered Bank, Sumitomo Peabody Energy.

Corporate & Finance - Malaysia

What the team is known for A global powerhouse that works closely with the Kuala Lumpur team to provide a strong regional offering to clients. Well positioned to handle cross-border transactions, including outbound investments and inbound work for international clients. 

Notable practitioners

Wong Ai Ai is the key contact in Singapore and the head of its corporate practice.

Banking & Finance - Singapore

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Leverages its extensive global network to advise on cross-border transactions, such as syndicated lending and project financing. Also has expertise on Islamic financing. Long-standing experience in Singapore and the wider region.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They are very client-focused and their turnaround time is excellent."

Work highlights Acted for Gulf JP UT on a USD1.27 billion financing facility provided by a group of Thai and foreign financial institutions.

Notable practitioners 

James Huang spearheads the practice and has ample experience in handling a broad range of financing transactions across the Asia-Pacific region. Sources highlight that he is "very commercial and very responsive to his clients."

Emmanuel Hadjidakis earns praise for his "solution-oriented, pragmatic and can-do approach." His practice covers project finance, Islamic finance and acquisition finance.

Significant clients Standard Chartered Bank, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking, CIMB, Siam Commercial Bank.

Capital Markets - Singapore

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Provides outstanding cross-border services to investment banks, underwriters and issuers in the region, drawing on the firm's 14 offices across Asia. Proficient in advising Asian issuers on US securities laws in relation to international equity and debt offerings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Expertise:"They are very knowledgeable and have a ready answer whenever we ask them a question."

Work highlights Advised Bank Negara Indonesia on its USD500 million notes issuance on the Singapore stock exchange. 

Acted for CIMB, CLSA, Kenanga Investment Bank, RHB and Standard Chartered on the USD92 million IPO by Tune Ins Holdings.

Notable practitioners

Ashok Lalwani advises on public and private international securities offerings, and has expertise extending to India, Indonesia, Thailand and the USA. He is commended as "a steady pair of hands." Recent work highlights include advising Bank Negara Indonesia on its notes issuance.

Yeo Jih Shian has substantial experience in advising on key transactions in the region, with sources highlighting that he is "very knowledgeable about Indonesian capital markets." 

Significant clients Goldman Sachs, CIMB, Infosys, UBS, Aditya Birla Group.

Corporate/M&A - Singapore

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Cross-border deals are a forte given its extensive network of offices. Offers comprehensive non-transactional expertise in areas such as antitrust, tax, employment and post-merger integration, complementing its M&A practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Problem solving: "They are able to spot the issues and find ways to solve them."

Client service: "What impresses me most is that they are dedicated and look after the client's interest."

What's new? Yanni Long joined the team as a partner, bringing expertise in M&A and capital markets.

Work highlights Advised Temasek Holdings on a USD300 million investment in Multipolar, which grants Temasek the right to a 26.1% stake in Matahari Putra Prima, a subsidiary of Multipolar.

Acted for Kirin Holdings on the sale of its 14.76% stake in F&N to TCC Assets for SGD2.03 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Wong Ai Ai has a solid track record in this practice area and regularly works with blue-chip clients on M&A, private equity and restructuring. Recent highlights include advising Temasek Holdings on an investment in Multipolar. Sources say: "She gets the big picture of the deal and her experience plays a big role in facilitating the transaction."

Significant clients Al Futtaim, Archer Daniels Midland, GIC, Kirin Holdings, M&L Hospitality Trust.

Corporate/M&A - Singapore

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regularly instructed by large international corporates and particularly noted for its strengths in Indonesia. Offers a comprehensive range of specialist advice in areas such as antitrust/competition, tax, employment, restructuring and post-merger integration to support its M&A practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Problem solving: "They are good at dealing with challenges, and are able to spot issues and find ways to solve them."

Network: "Clearly have the advantage in terms of scale and global reach."

What's new? Yanni Long joined the team, bringing expertise in M&A and capital markets.

Work highlights Acted for Computer Sciences Corporation on the USD90 million disposal of its business in Singapore and Malaysia.

Advised UOB Asset Management on the acquisition of ING Funds (Thailand).

Notable practitioners  

Jon Worsfold is recognised as "a solid lawyer who is well liked by clients." He leads the Indonesia practice and has particular expertise in the sectors of banking, mining, oil and gas, and coal as well as in relation to private equity work. Recent highlights include handling Computer Sciences Corporation's disposal of its Singapore and Malaysia businesses.

Andrew Martin is noted for being "very deal-oriented" in his practice, which covers the entire South-East Asia region. He is also conversant in the compliance issues associated with M&A and joint venture transactions.

Significant clients Archer Daniels Midland, Kirin Holdings, M&L Hospitality Trust, Medco Energi Internasional, Scomi Group.

Dispute Resolution - Singapore

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for In-depth regional knowledge, backed by international resources of a global firm. Offers a broad range of expertise, with noted strengths in the automotive, intellectual property, oil and gas, and international trade sectors. 

Notable practitioners  

Leng Sun Chan SC directs the team and is experienced both as an arbitrator and as an arbitration counsel. Respected for his academic distinction and many publications in this field, he is described as "immersed in arbitration." 

Dispute Resolution - Singapore

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Combines local rights of audience and full membership of the global Baker & McKenzie network. Represents an international clientele across a wide range of industry sector disputes, including construction, IP and international trade. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "They're aware of our importance as a customer and this shows in their prompt responsiveness and consistency in meeting deadlines."

Regional capability: "They have good people throughout Asia: one of the safest bets you can make." 

Work highlights Successfully represented a leading manufacturer of mining equipment in a USD70 million dispute with a Vietnamese distributor over the latter's alleged breach of the distributorship agreement. The practice was also active in the enforcement of the judgment in Hong Kong and the Cook Islands.

Advised a major financial institution with regard to regulatory investigations and potential proceedings arising from the Libor scandal. The practice was responsible for co-ordinating the advice given by Baker & McKenzie offices across the Asia-Pacific region.   

Notable practitioners  

Andy Leck co-heads the dispute resolution practice and is a highly experienced litigator with a very broad commercial range. Clients value him for his "great sense of strategy," round-the-clock responsiveness and ability to advise on legal issues in several regional jurisdictions. One comments: "I have confidence that Andy can handle whatever might come up."   

Celeste Ang is characterised as "very authoritative and knowledgeable" when it comes to determining "how the courts are going to rule in certain areas of the law." She is active in both domestic and cross-border matters and in the latter sphere recently advised a leading financial institution on its response to Libor-related investigations across the Asia-Pacific region.   

Employment - Singapore

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established team that has been involved in a number of high-profile employment cases and is also active on share incentive plans, remuneration structures and compensation matters. Often instructed by multinationals seeking advice on a regional basis due to its extensive network of offices in Asia.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "We trust each other; they are approachable and respond quickly."

Client roster: "They have access to a large pool of international clients."

Work highlights Defending RBS against a claim of alleged wrongful dismissal by an individual dismissed due to actions relating to Libor manipulation.

Advised EQT on a new stock-based incentive scheme to fit in with its HR and corporate strategy.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Kelvin Poa is valued for his "high level of attention and responsiveness." He is dual-qualified in England and Wales and in Singapore and regularly advises businesses on employment issues resulting from M&A deals, as well as day-to-day corporate employment issues. Highlights include advising EQT on a stock-based incentive scheme.

Significant clients Invensys, Caterpillar, Motorola, TriQuint, Sony, Kellogg.

Energy & Natural Resources - Singapore

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prominent across a wide number of Asian jurisdictions, active on transactions involving various mineral, LNG and oil and gas assets.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Regional capabilities: "They have a strong regional practice - they pull everything together quite nicely."

Work highlights Acts for CPC Corporation on a range of long-term LNG sale and purchase arrangements including LNG off-take agreements with Shell and the Ichthys project.

Represents a Japanese company in its strategic acquisition of interests in mining facilities through an international holding company.

Notable practitioners  

In addition to substantial projects expertise, Chew Chin has an active transactional practice. He is involved in a number of off-take agreements in the oil and gas industry and has acted on significant acquisitions and disposals in the mining sector. Sources say he has "great legal knowledge and great enthusiasm."

Significant clients CPC Corporation.

Intellectual Property - Singapore

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Eminent IP team with a leading trade mark registration practice that represents many international clients. Also active in providing enforcement and licensing advice, both in Singapore and across the region.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Network: "They have a very good regional presence - it is hard to find a firm with that kind of reach."

What's new? The group has picked up Expedia and Medtronic as new clients.

Work highlights Acting for Fuji-Xerox on a range of IP matters, including trade mark filing and prosecution, portfolio management, brand clearance and anti-counterfeiting.

Notable practitioners  

Partner Andy Leck is a linchpin of the practice, with capabilities that span both IP litigation and non-contentious matters. "He is acknowledged as an expert and additionally has the international experience, which gives him a good broad perspective around the region." 

Significant clients Danone, Ralph Lauren, Estée Lauder, Shiseido, Disney.

Investment Funds - Singapore

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Able to provide both Singapore and foreign law advice. Represents investors on the private equity side, and acts on fund formation, documentation, structuring and closing.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Partner involvement: "They are receptive, and have very good partners." 

International capability: "We use them because they can tap into their network of other offices."

What's new? Carlyle Singapore Investment Advisors, HIML and Pershing Square Capital Management are all new client wins. 

Notable practitioners  

One happy client stated that department head Kelvin Poa "is approachable and smart, and takes care of everything," while another said that he "is very responsive and always gives us good advice on fund investments." Poa has a background in private equity.

Significant clients Red Fort Capital Management, Malaysian Pension Fund, AXA Private Equity Asia, Vickers Capital Group, Adam Street Partners.

Private Client - Singapore

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer

What the team is known for Draws on its extensive global network to excel in cross-border wealth management matters. Also provides local law advice through its joint venture with Singapore law firm Wong & Leow. Has an all-round offering, including assisting with corporate tax and regulatory issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Network: "What sets them apart is their strong network. They can look at structures from different legal angles in different countries."

Commercial awareness: "A good team with a business focus that is able to provide commercial solutions for their clients."

What's new? Dawn Quek was promoted to the partnership.

Notable practitioners  

Sources are quick to point out that Dawn Quek is "very personable and reliable," and "exceptionally good on turnaround time." She is particularly well versed in the use of onshore and offshore trust structures and other vehicles for the holding and transferring of wealth. 

Projects - Singapore

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Active for project sponsors regionally, particularly in relation to small power producer and IPP projects across South-East Asia.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
International capability: "They can work closely with offices on the ground - which really helps."

Solution-oriented: "They take a very flexible approach - they'll always find a solution."

Work highlights Acts for a group of sponsors, including Medco Power Indonesia and Itochu, on the USD2 billion Sarulla geothermal power project.

Represented Gulf JP UT, the borrower, in the USD1.27 billion financing of the Gulf JP U-Thai gas-fired power project.

Notable practitioners  

Chew Chin is identified by clients for his skill in handling negotiations. According to one client, "he's very pragmatic in finding solutions and is always driving things forward." In a recent highlight he advised Gulf JP on a gas-fired project project in Thailand.

Significant clients Medco Indonesia, Petronas Power, Malakoff, EGCO.

Real Estate - Singapore

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises local and international clients on corporate real estate matters. Works with clients investing in the retail, commercial and industrial sectors. 

Work highlights Advised M&L Hospitality Trust on its sale to Alpha Investment Partners of the Ibis Singapore Novena hotel, together with the hotel operating business, for SGD150 million.

Advised Mead Johnson Nutrition on documentation matters concerning the lease of land and the construction of a new USD325 million research building in Singapore.

Notable practitioners

Lynette Low is head of the department and a key contact at the firm.

Significant clients Al-Futtaim Group, Lend Lease Investment Management, Park Hotel Group.

Tax - Singapore

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Excellent capabilities in the tax advisory field, including activity on transfer pricing, corporate tax and wealth management. As part of the Baker & McKenzie group it handles Singapore-related issues for many well-known international clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "They have an in-depth knowledge of Singaporean tax law."

Responsiveness: "They are responsive; when we have needed them to turn things around pretty quickly, they have been able to meet our requirements."

What's new? Dawn Quek has been promoted to partner and Peter Tan has joined from PwC as a senior tax consultant.

Notable practitioners  

Allen Tan is "responsive, knowledgeable and experienced in applying tax law to practical situations," a client said. He has a broad tax practice which encompasses both advisory and controversy work and he is triple-qualified in Singaporean, Malaysian and English law.

TMT - Singapore

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-rounded TMT practice that is especially active in the telecoms industry, advising clients on transactional work and regulatory issues. Its strong network of offices in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond ensures it is well equipped to handle cross-border work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "They are very responsive and have quick turnaround times."

Expertise: "Strong experience in telecommunications deals."

Notable practitioners

Department head Ken Chia is "deeply interested in technology," and this passion "adds value to his lawyering ability." His broad regional experience is another distinguishing point, and he handles high-profile TMT work involving Malaysia, Indonesia and Myanmar.

Significant clients Accenture, Infocomm Development Authority, MasterCard, Sony Digital, Yahoo!.