Going Regional
Our Managing Director Tan Peng Chin and Senior Director Chandrasegar started their legal careers in the early 80ís with Freshfields when it was the only international law firm that was allowed to practise Singapore laws. After leaving Freshfields, Chandrasegar worked in Johnson Stokes and Masters in Hong Kong for about 5 years before working for Arthur Loke and Partners when it was associated with Baker & McKenzie. Several of our other lawyers have also worked in other major Singapore law firms that either were or are still associated with International Firms.

Our extended regional and cross-border networks bring benefits in more ways than one.
The advantages of this arrangement are that:

  1. we can source out and appoint the most suitable law firm for a particular matter. Firm A may be excellent for banking work but not for dispute resolution or litigation;

  2. because we are a “client” to the foreign law firm we instruct, we tend to get better service. If the service is not satisfactory, we will not use the firm for future transactions;

  3. we are able to “shop around” and help our clients engage the firm with the most reasonable fees. In today’s world where most clients have a budgetary constraint, this can be very important;

  4. lawyers are mobile and talents can disappear from a law firm very suddenly. Because we are not tied up with any foreign firm if a very good foreign lawyer was to switch firms, we can still instruct him in his new firm;

  5. because we are making use of the foreign law firm’s existing resources, the cost of obtaining this foreign legal advice would be lower. It is expensive to set up a foreign office, which cost ultimately will have to be shared with the clients.

The regional law firms we deal with include:

Malaysia: Raja, Darryl & Loh; Zaid Ibrahim & Co; Azmi & Associates; Shearn Delamore & Co

Indonesia: Hutabarat, Halim & Rekan; Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners; Ali Budiardjo, Nugroho, Reksodiputro; Makarim & Taira S.

Thailand: Tilleke & Gibbins International Limited; Siam Premier; Chandler & Thong-EK Law Offices Limited

Philippines: Bucoy Poblador & Associates; Mutia Trinidad & Romero Law Offices; Janette Pena

Vietnam: InvestConsult Legal Services; Vision & Associates; Tilleke & Gibbins Consultants Limited; DFDL

China: King & Wood; Henry Zhuang & Partners; Zhong Lun Law Firm

Taiwan: Lin & Partners; Ding & Ding; Lee & Li; Pamir Law Group

Hong Kong: Arculli & Associates; Deacons; Stephenson Harwood & Lo; Peter Shen & Co

Korea: Kim & Chang; Lee & Ko; Choi & Kim; Hankyul Law Firm

Japan: Ozawa & Akiyama; Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Harakenzo

India: FoxMandal Little; Solomon & Co; Kochhar & Co; Saikrishna & Co; Titus & Co; ALMT Legal