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1 562 Recommended firms Allen & Gledhill Ang & Partners ATMD Bird & Bird Amica Law Clasis LLC Colin Ng & Partners Donaldson & Burkinshaw Drew & Napier Ella Cheong Spruson & Ferguson Gurbani & Co Haridass Ho & Partners Harry Elias Partnership Joseph Tan Jude Benny Joyce A Tan Kelvin Chia Partnership Keystone Law KhattarWong Lee & Lee Legal Solutions LLC Legis Point Loo & Partners Oon & Bazul Rajah & Tann Ramdas & Wong RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Selvam LLC Shook Lin & Bok Stamford Law Straits Law Practice Tan Kok Quan Partnership TSMP Law Corporation Wee Swee Teo & Co Wong & Leow Wong Tan & Molly Lim WongPartnership Asialaw highly recommended practice areas Allen & Gledhill Ang & Partners ATMD Bird & Bird Amica Law Clasis LLC Colin Ng & Partners Donaldson & Burkinshaw Drew & Napier Ella Cheong Spruson & Ferguson Gurbani & Co Haridass Ho & Partners Harry Elias Partnership Joseph Tan Jude Benny Joyce A Tan Kelvin Chia Partnership Keystone Law Asialaw Profiles 2013

2 563 KhattarWong Lee & Lee Legal Solutions LLC Legis Point Loo & Partners Oon & Bazul Rajah & Tann Ramdas & Wong RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Selvam LLC Shook Lin & Bok Stamford Law Financial Services Regulation Straits Law Practice Tan Kok Quan Partnership TSMP Law Corporation Wee Swee Teo & Co Wong & Leow Wong Tan & Molly Lim WongPartnership Asialaw Profiles 2013

3 564 Allen & Gledhill One of the largest firms in, Allen & Gledhill prides itself on its high-quality service for premium clients across all areas. Its multijurisdictional capabilities throughout the region compete with international firms. The firm s ability to work on cross-border deals is very good. I ve worked with international firms and I don t think that Allen & Gledhill have lost out in any way, says a client, They ve managed six or seven jurisdictions easily. The firm is well known for its market leading corporate and transactional practices. One peer commented, Its capital markets practice is undoubtedly foremost in. The expertise of partners like Tan Tze Gay and Margaret Chin is unrivalled. On the M&A front, managing partner Lucien Wong advised the government s investment company, Temasek, in respect of the establishment of two joint ventures between itself and the Malaysian government s investment company, Khazanah. The firm s real estate and construction partners often work closely with those in the corporate areas for REIT issuances, sales and project development. After the aforementioned Khazanah and Temasek joint venture transaction closed, partner Ho Chien Mien advised the joint venture vehicle in the development of the Ophir/ Rochor project, which included office, residential, hotel and retail components. Given the importance of s ports, it is no surprise that the firm has a strong shipping, maritime and aviation practice handling both contentious and non-contentious work. Partners Gina Lee-Wan and Harold Or frequently advise banks regarding ship and aircraft financing, while a variety of partners handle contentious work in the area. Although the firm is not traditionally a litigation powerhouse, it boasts senior counsel Ang Cheng Hock and partners Edwin Tong and Andrew Yeo in its dispute resolution area. Illustrating the firm s focus on premium government work, Yeo is acting for the Land Transport Authority in connection with an independent investigation convened by the Minister of Transport of in December 2011 following two railway system disruptions. The firm is also active in the increasingly popular international arbitration area, recently advising a consortium of banks, a US Fortune 500 company and a sovereign state, among others. The firm s emphasis on a full-service practice means that it also has strong intellectual property and technology, media and telecommunications areas. Partners Tan Wee Meng and Tham Kok Leong have acted for important clients such as Urban Development Authority, Singtel and Blizzard Entertainment in the last year. On the intellectual property side, senior counsel and partner Stanley Lai is a leading light in as both a practitioner and prolific scholar. Ang Cheng Hock Margaret Chin Ho Chien Mien Dr Stanley Lai Tan Tze Gay Tan Wee Meng Tham Kok Leong Edwin Tong Lucien Wong Andrew Yeo Asialaw Profiles 2013

4 565 Ang & Partners 3 3 Ang & Partners is well-established and have been in the market for a long time, says a peer. Founded in 1985, Ang & Partners has built a solid reputation as a firm specialising in maritime work. It was founded by High Court judge and former shipping lawyer Belinda Ang, and has six partners that specialise in maritime, insurance and arbitration work. The firm s focus comprises all maritime work, such as wet work, dry work or transactional work, it also occasionally handles aviation disputes. Although Leng Sun Chan left the firm to join Wong & Leow, its depth means that its reputation was unaffected. Loo Dip Seng, a founding partner, is a well-known shipping expert in who receives compliments from peers for his technical ability and lengthy experience. Another founding partner, Goh Kok Leong, was a Navy Seaman Officer from 1974 to He handles both contentious shipping issues as well as commercial concerns. His expertise is diverse, and he advises clients on issues such as international trade and documentary credits, joint ventures, franchising, leasing and licensing as well as employment, insolvency and bankruptcy. Given the popularity of arbitration since the Chamber of Maritime Arbitration was reconstituted in 2009, it is unsurprising that the firm is quite active in the area. Goh and Loo are both leading shipping arbitration practitioners and the firm benefits from the capabilities of English law consultant Professor Francis Reynolds QC. Reynolds QC sat as an ICC arbitrator and possesses impressive academic credentials. He holds the titles of Emeritus Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford and Professor of Law Emeritus in the University of Oxford. Partners Linda Phua and Akramjeet Singh Khaira both handle insurance litigation, particularly motor accident claims, personal injury and dependency claims and medical negligence. Goh Kok Leong Akramjeet Singh Khaira Loo Dip Seng Linda Phua Francis Reynolds QC Asialaw Profiles 2013

5 566 ATMD Bird & Bird Although ATMD Bird & Bird is primarily known for its intellectual property practice, the firm has been building up its corporate areas. It hired partner Marcus Chow from Drew & Napier this year and his arrival has given the firm a strong foothold in the equity capital markets space. The firm also has cross-border Malaysia expertise in the corporate area through partner Tay Beng Chai, who is also managing partner at Malaysian firm Tay & Partners. On the energy and natural resources front, Sandra Seah has a prestigious list of clients. She acts as external corporate counsel to the National Environmental Agency and the Energy Market Authority of. She represented Petredec Investments in connection with its acquisition of shares in an LPG import, storage and bottling facility in Bangladesh. Seah is also the lead partner for the real estate and construction practice and is involved in highlight projects such as advising the SportsHub PPP on all leasing issues for retail, commercial and ticketing space. Her real estate clients include Billabong, Epson, HP, Continental Automotive and Boustead. The firm benefits from its internationally recognised intellectual property practice, led by experienced managing partner Alban Kang. We appreciate ATMD Bird & Bird s boutique IP practice, says a client. They are strong in all areas of IP. The firm s lawyers and two patent attorneys handle work in all aspects of intellectual property, and regularly advise clients such as Airlines, Diageo, Microsoft, Epson and Fuji Xerox. The firm boosted its already strong capabilities with the hire of Lorraine Tay from Baker & McKenzie. She focuses on trademarks, non-contentious and general intellectual property advisory work, with an emphasis on multi-jurisdictional trademark portfolios. Marcus Chow Alban Kang Tay Beng Chai Lorraine Tay Sandra Seah Asialaw Profiles 2013

6 567 Amica Law Amica Law is an intellectual property boutique that is able to advise clients on all aspects of patent and trademark law, including registration, enforcement and licensing. With eight fee earners and four specialised patent attorneys, the firm is capable of handling all intellectual property related matters. Amica Law has an enviable list of prestigious IP clients, says a practitioner. The firm regularly advises household names such as Dell, Harley Davidson, Sanofi-Aventis, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Warner Brothers. Director Jason Chan is one of the foremost names in intellectual property in. He is recommended by peers for his longstanding presence in the market and his impressive client list. The firm has substantial expertise in the life sciences space, which is increasingly important in the intellectual property area. Winnie Tham studied pharmacology and is notable for her in-depth technical knowledge. Her practice often receives mandates focused towards advising on patent and regulatory aspects in the life sciences and pharmaceutical areas. Elaine Tan was a deputy public prosecutor and a state counsel in the Attorney-General s Chambers before she joined Amica Law. Peers comment that her experience makes her a formidable litigator for all intellectual property matters. Aside from acting for clients on contentious matters, she advises clients regarding the supervision of their trademark portfolios and regulatory issues related to personal data, which has seen increased interest by clients since the passage of s Personal Data Protection Act in Jason Chan Elaine Tan Winnie Tham Asialaw Profiles 2013

7 568 Clasis Classis is the joint law venture affiliate of internationally renowned insurance, dispute resolution and shipping, maritime and aviation specialists Clyde & Co. Managing partner Steven Lim, a commercial litigation and arbitration specialist, left Baker Botts office in Hong Kong to become the firm s founding partner. He is a well known figure in arbitration throughout the region. Lim specialises in oil and gas as well as energy-related disputes. He advised the Energy Market Authority and Energy Market Company of, among others, regarding regulatory issues in connection with the generation, transmission and supply of electricity in. The firm hired partner Yoga Vyjayanthimala, a well-known non-contentious shipping practitioner in the market, to head the maritime practice group. She began her career as a litigation lawyer whose practice was focused on maritime and admiralty arbitration and court litigation, but her practice has gradually moved towards non-contentious maritime work. She regularly handles ship financing, registration and sale and purchase of ships. Although her work is largely non-contentious, she has also been appointed as an arbitrator at the International Arbitration Centre. Linus Ng, lured from firm Harry Elias, is the head of the corporate and commercial practice of the firm. He frequently receives mandates for ship and vessel financing as well as the sale and purchase financing of a variety of vessels, including FPSOs, VLCCs and oil rigs. Ng primarily handles commercial affairs and has acted as counsel in arbitration proceedings pursuant to SIAC and ICC rules for commercial and construction matters. Steven Lim Linus Ng Yoga Vyjayanthimala Asialaw Profiles 2013

8 569 Colin Ng & Partners Established in 1988, Colin Ng & Partners is a one-stop shop with litigation and corporate capabilities. The firm has more than 50 fee earners and a strong network of international contacts. It prides itself on its deal list throughout the Asia- Pacific, having been involved in transactions in Hong Kong, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and the Philippines. Clients appreciate the firm for its focus on service, Although we re not huge clients, we receive the partner time we need and they get the job done. We re very appreciative of their attention. The firm s M&A practice, led by partners Elaine Beh and Bill Jamieson, is often engaged by -listed companies. Beh and Jamieson advised -listed Portek International in relation to competing takeover offers from ICTSI Far East and Mitsui & Company in a transaction worth S$221 million. Portek was delisted from the Exchange in September Beh and partner Tan Min-Li lead the firm s equity capital markets practice. Although the firm is not involved in debt capital markets and the IPO market has slowed drastically, Colin Ng & Partners has managed to remain busy. Tan represented -listed China Print Power Group in its dual primary listing on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Bill Jamieson leads the firm s banking practice and handles conventional banking as well as aircraft financing. He advised DBS Bank, Labuan in relation to a standby letter of credit facility of up to RM150 million. He also advised BOC Aviation regarding the financing of two Airbus A MSN aircraft. The firm s construction practice is led by Subramanian Pillai and the real estate practice is headed by partners Chan Wai Mum and Ho Soo Lih. Pillai advised clients in connection with projects in Vietnam, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and India. Ho represented Parkway East Hospital in connection with the lease of 30 hospital beds to Changi General Hospital. On the intellectual property front, partner See Tow Soo Ling manages the trademark portfolios of Indonesian company PT Multistrada Arah Sarana and an dance club owner Zouk Holdings. Elaine Beh Chan Wai Mum Ho Soo Lih Bill Jamieson Subramanian Pillai Tan Min-Li See Tow Soo Ling Asialaw Profiles 2013

9 570 Donaldson & Burkinshaw 3 3 Established in 1874, Donaldson & Burkinshaw holds the prestigious designation of being one of the oldest firms in. Since its founding, it has remained a key player in the market through its full-service practice and its international network. Although the firm does not have offices in other countries, it handles cross-border work through its membership in Multilaw. Multilaw members include respected firms such as China s Jun He Law Offices, Korea s Lee & Ko and Malaysia s Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill. Donaldson & Burkinshaw has an exceptional intellectual property practice. Although partner Charles Lim has left the firm and partner Tan Bok Hoay has retired, six full-time intellectual property partners remain at the firm. The firm s client list includes illustrious multinational companies such as the Coca-Cola Company, Fremantle Media Group, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Red Bull and Liz Claiborne. The firm has a strong dispute resolution practice that handles litigation as well as mediation, arbitration and adjudication. The firm has a focus on intellectual property and pharmaceutical matters. The practice is led by senior consultant Ang Boon Kong, who handles both corporate and criminal cases. Donaldson & Burkinshaw set up a dedicated Medico-Legal Practice Group to handle the specialised and complex needs of the healthcare industry. The highly focused group also handles regulatory advice for a number of healthcarerelated laws, including the Human Cloning and Other Prohibited Practices Act, Health Sciences Authority Act and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners Act. Partner Eric Tin Keng Seng, formerly a senior deputy public prosecutor and state counsel at the Attorney-General s Chambers, heads the practice. Ang Boon Kong Eric Tin Keng Seng Asialaw Profiles 2013

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11 572 Drew & Napier Drew & Napier is undoubtedly the leading litigation firm in. The firm also has a strong corporate and finance practice. Led by respected senior counsel and managing partner Davinder Singh, the firm has gone from strength to strength. The firm boasts a number of leading lawyers, including market favourites Hri Kumar, Cavinder Bull, Jimmy Yim and Indranee Rajah. A client described Hri Kumar as, client-focused, purposedriven and results oriented. Director and senior counsel Cavinder Bull earns praise from his international clients. I think he s great or I wouldn t keep calling him back. I work with lawyers all over the world, but he s one of the best, a European client said, adding, He is an aggressive lawyer who zealously pursues client interests while maintaining a gentlemanly demeanor. The firm s restructuring and insolvency practice is highly recommended by peers, with Sushil Nair and Blossom Hing particularly noted as standout lawyers. One client said, Not to use a pun, but Blossom Hing s practice is absolutely blossoming. The firm has been involved in some of the largest cases this year, including the restructuring of and Jakarta-listed PT Berlian Laju Tanker. Drew & Napier also has one of the strongest intellectual property practices in, led by Dedar Singh Gill. The practice reportedly files over 25 % of the patents in and has offices in Malaysia and Indonesia. Clients include international household names, such as McDonald s, IBM and Intel, as well as stalwarts Singtel, the Land Authority and CapitaLand. On the regulatory front, director Lim Chong Khin heads the competition and regulatory practice group and is also active in advising companies regarding IT, media and telecommunications matters. There is no one who matches him in responsiveness. He s always personally involved. He s always responding to s and timelines are always met without compromising quality, a client said. In the industry, we talk amongst ourselves and everyone uses Chong Khin. Even offshore law firms rely on him for advice. Lim is engaged by government bodies for his advice and represents the Infocomm Development Authority of in its revision of the Telecom Competition Code. He also acts for a host of household names, such as Research In Motion, Microsoft, Facebook and Google. The firm has a strong corporate department headed by Gary Pryke. Sandy Foo, Ralph Lim and Farhana Siddiqui acted for Mitsui & Co regarding its S$221 million voluntary conditional cash offer to acquire all issued and paid up ordinary shares in Portek International. Mitsui s offer competed against a hostile takeover bid by ICTSI and was successful. Although equity capital markets were quiet this year, partner Sin Boon Ann was active, acting for SIX Swiss Exchange-listed Lonza Group in its secondary listing on the Exchange. Cavinder Bull Sandy Foo Dedar Singh Gill Blossom Hing Hri Kumar Lim Chong Khin Ralph Lim Sushil Nair Gary Pryke Indranee Rajah Farhana Siddiqui Sin Boon Ann Davinder Singh Jimmy Yim Asialaw Profiles 2013

12 573 Ella Cheong Spruson & Ferguson 3 Ella Cheong Spruson & Ferguson leverages off its fantastic regional reputation to maintain a leading presence in the prosecution side of the intellectual property practice area. The firm is able to advise clients on intellectual property matters throughout the region and has offices in Malaysia and. The firm was created from a partnership between regionally-recognised intellectual property firms Ella Cheong and Spruson & Ferguson; Ella Cheong has offices in Hong Kong and China while Spruson & Ferguson is located in Australia and New Zealand. The firm s personnel include some of the leading lawyers in s intellectual property community, most of whom hold technical qualifications. Director of trademarks and designs Soh Kar Liang is a -registered patent agent who has a Master of Science in computer science. Soh holds the honour of being the first an to be appointed to the World Organisation as a domain name panellist to adjudicate domain name disputes under the Uniform Policy. As patents become more complex in pharmaceutical and chemical-related industries, intellectual property firms have needed to bolster their ranks with highly-trained technical individuals. Kristian Robinson, who heads the firm s chemical and life sciences patents group, holds an engineering degree and is also a registered patent agent in and Australia and New Zealand. He is the President of the Association of Patent Agents and regularly advises clients in fields such as chemistry, biochemistry, nanotechnology, renewable energy, materials science and process engineering. Kristian Robinson Soh Kar Liang Asialaw Profiles 2013

13 574 Gurbani & Co Gurbani & Co was founded in 1989 as a fullservice law firm with a focus on maritime and insurance work, and is one of the market leaders in handling both wet and dry work. The firm s founding partners Prem Gurbani and Richard Kuek are both well regarded in the market for their expertise in the shipping sector. The firm s bread-and-butter work includes coverage disputes, charters liability and hull and machinery liability matters, while hull underwriters and international P&I clubs trust the firm s proficiency in insurance matters. I know Gurbani quite well, says a peer, I see him often in maritime arbitrations and find him to be a formidable opponent. Gurbani and Kuek are registered arbitrators at the Chamber of Maritime Arbitration and are known for their contentious work. Benefiting from growing commercial ties between and Malaysia, George John also boasts dual-qualification in both countries and is able to handle cross-border litigation. However, the firm suffered a loss when renowned shipping litigation S Mohan moved to rival domestic shipping firm Incisive Law. R Govintharasah is noted for his shipping expertise, but also handles general litigation, including personal injury disputes, industrial or work-related claims, contractual disputes and workmen s compensation claims. For non-contentious shipping work, clients look towards Tan Hui Tsing and Loke Yim Munn. Tan is involved in contentious and non-contentious work and regularly works with shipowners, charterers, P&I clubs and recovery agents. Loke handles conveyancing and general corporate work, such as ship financing, general financing and sale and purchase agreements, and all other maritime-related agreements. R Govintharasah Prem Gurbani George John Richard Kuek Loke Yim Munn Tan Hui Tsing Asialaw Profiles 2013

14 575 Haridass Ho & Partners Haridass Ho & Partners is a litigation-focused firm founded in 1985 that possesses expertise throughout the region. Haridass Ho & Partners is a small firm that is making progress, recently positioning itself as a market leader, commented one practitioner. Since its founding, the firm has undertaken work in difficult emerging markets, such as Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Sri Lanka as well as more developed jurisdictions like Japan, China and Hong Kong. The firm also has relationships with firms in West Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Founding partner Ajaib Haridass is well known for his admiralty work and handles both contentious and non-contentious matters. He is active in the increasingly popular areas of alternative dispute resolution, such as arbitration and mediation, and is an accredited mediator of the Mediation Centre. Another notable partner is Augustine Liew, who also handles admiralty matters, for his abilities in court. The firm is well-established, particularly in shipbuilding disputes, which is their traditional strength, said a peer. Foreign associate, Arunkumar Gunasekaran, is India-qualified, with a degree from Chennai s School of Excellence in Law. Like Haridass, Gunasekaran primarily focuses on shipping work such as collisions, personal injury claims and oil pollution. On the non-contentious side, partner V Hariharan heads the firm s ship financing practice, which deals with sale and purchase, chartering and financing of vessels. In more complex transactions, he advises clients in relation to the structuring of ship sale and purchase, finance agreements, and insurance agreements. Although it seems inconsistent with the firm s general maritime focus, Haridass Ho & Partners has a respected IT, media and telecommunications practice headed by partner Yung Shing Jit. Yung advises clients on both commercial and IT-related matters, including joint venture agreements, outsourcing contracts and technology and intellectual property transfer. His clients include software developers, telecommunications companies, and e-commerce businesses. Arunkumar Gunasekaran Ajaib Haridass V Hariharan Augustine Liew Yung Shing Jit Asialaw Profiles 2013

15 576 Harry Elias Partnership Harry Elias Partnership was established in 1988 by its name partner, Harry Elias. Since its inception 24 years ago, the firm has acted for highlight clients such as Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resorts, the F1 Night Race (Pit Building) and the Flyer. It has an exceptional litigation practice that handles commercial disputes as well as filial matters. Harry Elias s strength is its litigation practice, said a peer. Managing partner Philip Fong is a prominent lawyer in the litigation community and heads the regulatory compliance and civil and commercial litigation practice groups at the firm. He defended Australian company G8 Education in a case against an childcare chain Cherie Hearts, where Cherie Hearts claimed it called off a transaction because G8 had committed breaches of contract. Jonathan Yuen, the firm s head of intellectual property and technology, represented Nike International in the defence against an alleged claim of trademark infringement and passing-off by Sparco, a manufacturer and distributor of racing equipment and fire-proof suits. Although the firm s litigation practice possesses an enviable reputation in the market, its corporate areas are quickly catching up. The corporate practice headed by Claudia Teo, has acted in several highlight transactions in the last year. Teo represented German specialist investment house SEB Investment in connection with its disposal of the entire shared issue capital of Ubitech Hub, which was a special purpose vehicle that owned Starhub Green Building. The buyer was Blackstone Group, which was represented by Allen & Gledhill. In the capital markets, the firm handles IPOs, rights and warrants issuances, share placements and convertible bond issuances. The firm also regularly advises clients regarding regulatory concerns. Harry Elias Philip Fong Claudia Teo Jonathan Yuen Asialaw Profiles 2013

16 577 Joseph Tan Jude Benny 3 3 Since it was founded in 1988, Joseph Tan Jude Benny has cultivated a sizeable international network with offices or associations in six cities spanning two continents, including Piraeus, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Jakarta and Los Angeles. The firm is dedicated to client service and has a 24-hour emergency hotline that operates 365 days a year in case urgent legal advice is required. The firm s highlight areas include shipping litigation, civil litigation and conveyancing, but partners handle matters ranging from family and matrimonial laws to finance and banking work. We see Joseph Tan Jude Benny often in a wide variety of contentious maritime work, says a peer. It regularly advises clients in respect of wet and dry shipping litigation and non-contentious matters such as ship finance, ship sale and purchase and flag registration. Managing partner Dato Jude Philomen Benny is a well known arbitrator and had the honour of completing the first international arbitration at the International Arbitration Centre. He is an accredited arbitrator at important regional venues such as the International Arbitration Centre, the Chamber of Maritime Arbitration, the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, the Badan Abritrase Nasional, Indonesia and the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre of Arbitration. Lam Kuet Keng Steven John also merits mention for his strong reputation in the mediation area. Although arbitration is the most popular form of alternative dispute resolution, an courts are also looking towards mediation. He is an associate mediator for the Subordinated Courts of and the Mediation Centre. Lam is familiar with oil and shipping matters and was the general counsel of a multinational oil, gas and shipping company before he joined the firm. Dato Jude Philomen Benny Lam Kuet Keng Steven John Asialaw Profiles 2013

17 578 Joyce A Tan & Partners 3 3 Joyce A Tan & Partners is a full-service firm particularly known for its IT, telecommunications and media and intellectual property practices. It is a member of the prestigious Meritas independent law firm network, which was founded in 1990 and comprises over 70 law firms. Managing partner and founder Joyce A Tan is a respected figure in the legal market. She has been appointed consultant for the Strategies for Creation, Ownership, Protection and Exploitation of (SCOPE IP) Programme of the Office of. She is also an associate mediator at the Mediation Centre. The firm has three separate practice areas for IT, publishing and media and telecommunications. In the telecommunications sector, practitioners boast expertise in representing facilities-based and service-based operators and are capable of handling both advisory work and contentious work. On the publishing and media side, the firm covers book publishing and internet publishing. It acts for clients on issues ranging from defamation, novelisation of screenplays and advertising projects. The firm s other practice areas include a corporate and commercial practice, particularly private equity or M&A transactions that involve IT, telecommunications or media companies. In corporate transactions, it is a one-stop shop. The firm is able to leverage off its excellent intellectual property and IT, telecommunications and media experience to advise clients on all deal considerations. Joyce A Tan Asialaw Profiles 2013

18 579 Kelvin Chia Partnership 3 Although Kelvin Chia Partnership was founded in, the firm has forged a path into some of Asia s most difficult markets. The firm is a choice for those looking for counsel in the emerging markets, especially in Southeast Asia. We ve used Kelvin Chia Partnership in less developed jurisdictions, says a client, They can be expensive, but their experience is useful. The firm has offices in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Yangon, Shanghai, Bangkok, Phnom Penh and Tokyo. It also has the unique honour of being the first international law firm to maintain an office in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, where it assists clients in identifying suitable mining projects. The firm also has strong affiliations with firms in, amongst others, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Korea. Peers comment on the firm s strong capabilities in the mining and oil and gas sectors in popular areas such as Myanmar, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand, as well as its growing practice in North Korea. Many of the firm s partners fly in and out of to give on-the-ground support. -based partner and corporate head Lee Ying Ying regularly handles banking and real estate work in Vietnam for listed companies. The firm has been especially successful in Myanmar. Marlon Wui spends much of his time in Yangon with the firm s associated Myanmar firm. He advises clients in relation to foreign investment in Myanmar, particularly in connection with navigating the country s arcane regulatory framework. Lee Ying Ying Marlon Wui Asialaw Profiles 2013

19 580 Keystone Law Corporation 3 3 Keystone Law is widely considered as s leading boutique IT, media and telecommunications practice. The firm has full service capabilities in contentious and non-contentious work, but enjoys a strong reputation in respect to telecommunications, information technology and internet-related work. Its strong intellectual property practice has six fee-earning IP lawyers. The firm recently moved into government advisory work. It advised the US Agency for International Developments ASEAN Development Vision to Advance National Cooperation for International Economic Integration in relation to regulatory concerns in Vietnam. Other clients of the firm s IP practice include the Intellectual Property Office of and professional gaming hardware manufacturer Razer. In the IT, Media and Telecommunications area, Bryan Tan is a leading lawyer who is noted as a star practitioner among lawyers in this space. Brian does IT and telecommunications work. He is justly named as one of the strongest practitioners in, said a peer. He regularly advises clients on IT, media and intellectual property issues in connection with M&A transactions and his areas of practice include banking, biotechnology and bioinformatics, Chinese intellectual property and entertainment law. The firm is also committed to research and knowledge management and is one of the few an firms with a director for research and policy devoted to media-related business issues. Professor Harry Tan, a professor of business law at Nanyang Business School, is the director. He is on the advisory board of the Bentley Cyberlaw Centre at Bentley College and was a Fulbright Scholar in Bryan Tan Harry Tan Asialaw Profiles 2013

20 581 KhattarWong firm KhattarWong is a one-stop shop firm with outstanding tax, litigation and employment capabilities. As the representatives of and, a global network comprising nearly 400 tax partners in 50 countries, the firm regularly advises highlight clients in contentious and non-contentious tax issues. Some of the firm s best known partners are members of the firm s tax and private client group, including managing partner Gurbachan Singh, who focuses on revenue law and trust matters. Leon Kwong Wing, head of the firm s tax and private client department, is also a notable lawyer in this field. He advises clients in relation to income tax, property tax, estate duty and stamp duty, and defends clients against revenue assessments and valuations. Labour and employment issues have become increasingly visible in as employees realise their rights. Deborah Barker has been praised by her peers in this area, I would highly recommend KhattarWong s Deborah Barker, who is highly regarded in this field, said a peer, Deborah is a litigator with a sound commercial mind and brings the best of both worlds. You specialise in employment because of your relationship with regulators and she s one of the best. K Anparasan is advising the National University of and First Capital in relation to a claim for dependency and loss arising from the untimely death of an NUS employee who suffered a heart attack and drowned in the NUS swimming pool during his lunch break. The firm s corporate and commercial areas suffered significant losses in 2012 when as former managing partner Tan Chong Huat took seven equity partners, 17 salary partners and 105 feeearners and other staff with him to start a new firm. However the firm has quickly rebuilt, hiring new corporate and securities head Perry Yuen from Legal Solutions LLC, partner Kelvyn Oo from Duane Morris & Selvam and partner Wong Wan Ting from Shook Lin & Bok. Although it had a tumultuous year, the firm was mandated on several highlight deals. Partner Perry Yuen advised PT Borneo Lumbung Energi & Metal (Borneo) as counsel in its US$1 billion acquisition of a stake of Londonlisted Bumi from PT Bakrie & Brothers. K Anparasan Deborah Barker Leon Kwong Wing Gurbachan Singh Perry Yuen Asialaw Profiles 2013

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