Banking Practice
In the early 80’s, pursuant to the Government’s policy of promoting Singapore as a regional financial centre, Singapore was able to attract many top global banks to open branches in Singapore.  However, when the banks started doing business, it was felt that not enough Singaporean lawyers (at that time) had the experience of acting in complicated cross border deals or were familiar with the market practice in London or New York.

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Full Service
Our lawyers have assisted several offshore banks (Wells Fargo, Armco Pacific, First City Texas, BHF Bank, Asahi Bank, UniCredito Italiano) in closing down their Singapore branch.

As we have also acted in the setting up of even more banks, we certainly can boast of being able to provide a complete range of services to our banking clients.

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Mergers & Acquisitions
Our Mergers and Acquisition Practice forms an integral part of our Corporate Practice. Our clients range from multinational corporations, listed companies, private companies to small and medium businesses.  Our experience and expertise traverses a broad spectrum ranging from plain vanilla sale and purchase of securities (including controlling blocks in listed and unlisted), business and asset transfers to strategic alliances, reverse take-over bids, privatizations and reorganizations and multijurisdictional mergers and acquisitions. We are also respected for our expertise in take-over bids, leveraged and management buy-outs.

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Derivatives
We have also advised on a wide range of derivatives products both over-the-counter (“OTC”) and exchange offered derivative products. Our expertise extends to all forms of swap transactions, forward and futures involving interest rates, OTC options, warrant products, currencies, equity interests, commodities, repos and securities lending transactions and related transactions and other capital markets transactions involving asset-backed securities, equity, debt, structured notes and hybrid securities with embedded derivatives.


Corporate Finance and Capital Markets
We advise clients on a full range of corporate finance matters. In public and private equity and debt offerings, we have represented issuers, issue arrangers and managers and underwriters.

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Asset and Wealth Management
We have a dedicated team of lawyers to handle funds and wealth management services. With more than 50 years’ combined experience in practice, our emphasis is on ensuring that our clients are served by lawyers with maturity, experience and who have an understanding of the business issues faced by the industry.

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Real Estate & Conveyancing Practice
Conveyancing practice in Singapore underwent a sea-change around 2002/2003 when “scale fee” was abolished.
Before 2003 the scale fees, in theory, dictated that regardless of which law firm a client went to, the professional fee would be the same, based on the value of the transaction.

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Business Law
If you are thinking of starting a business in Singapore, come have a chat with us. We will advise you on the most appropriate vehicle to use (sole proprietorship, partnership, limited partnership, subsidiary or branch), help you set up the company or draft the appropriate partnership deed, and if you are a foreigner, we can also assist you to apply for an employment pass.

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Employment Law
When Nanyang Technological University was first established in 1991 our Mr Tan Peng Chin was instructed by the University to assist in drawing  up their standard employment contract for all their different staff, tutors, lecturers, professors, visiting academics, etc.  We were also responsible for producing NTU’s Employment HandBook.

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Intellectual Property
Our Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Department was revamped in late-2004. The Department has since expanded rapidly, and we now represent a broad range of clients including several MNCs, Singapore listed companies and IP collecting societies. Although still very young, we have been selected by AsiaLaw as one of the top 10 IP practices in Singapore for the year 2006.

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Technology & e-Commerce
Our IT lawyers are a bunch of guys with a keen interest in all kinds of technology (computers, mobile phones, hi-fi systems, plasma TVs etc.) and shopping on-line.

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Franchising / Licensing
Franchising is a concept that many people have had contact with, and the names that immediately spring to mind include McDonald’s, Burger King, or Kentucky Fried Chicken.

In a franchise, what the franchisee acquires from the franchisor, in exchange for payment of certain fees, is a business, marketing, operations strategy and the use of the franchisor’s name in the form of a trademark.

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Competition Law
Competition legislation was introduced for the first time in Singapore on 1 January 2005. The operative provisions prohibiting restrictive agreements and abuse of dominance came into effect on 1 January 2006.

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Civil Litigation
If litigation is a martial art, our litigators are from some of the best martial arts schools or dojos in Singapore. Our litigation ‘black-belts’ were trained by, and have worked with, some of Singapore best and biggest litigation firms, eg. Drew & Napier, Rajah & Tann, Rodyk & Davidson, Baker McKenzie.Wong & Leow, Lee & Lee.

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Corporate Insolvency
“Not just China Aviation Oil”

Some say that the CAO saga was Singapore’s largest corporate insolvency in recent times.  We totally agree as our litigation lawyers were right in the thick of it representing SK Energy Asia against China Aviation Oil (S) Corporation Ltd (“CAO”) in an US$18 million lawsuit and insolvency proceedings.

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Admiralty & Shipping
Our admiralty and shipping practice advises and acts for clients on contentious as well as non-contentious matters.  In respect of our non-contentious shipping practice, we have a strong ship financing practice and we count many local and international banks from, inter alia, Scandinavia, Germany and Japan as our clients.  We handle a significant portfolio of corporate / transactional shipping work, including ship sale and purchase transactions, shipbuilding and ship repair contracts, international sale of goods, trade financing, guarantees, letters of credit and trade documentation.  We also routinely handle ship and mortgage registrations in Singapore, Panama, Liberia, Vanuatu and various other countries.

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Criminal Law
Most of our clients are very well behaved; as such we do not have a large criminal practice.

Having said that, few years ago, one of our lawyers represented a Malaysian who was charged with drug trafficking. Under Singapore’s Misuse of Drugs Act (“MDA”), if found guilty the only sentence is death.

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