This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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FIRM OF THE YEAR – SINGAPORE
2013 has been a year of significant growth and change for Allen & Gledhill; the firm made 10 internal promotions and seven lateral hires. Furthermore, Allen & Gledhill recently launched an associate firm in Myanmar, which came into operation on 4 February 2014. Located in Yangon, it is headed by Minn Naing Oo, formerly the chief executive officer and registrar of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. The office in Myanmar further expands the firm’s regional network and presence in South East Asia.
|ALLEN & GLEDHILL|
|Asset Recovery||1||Information Technology||1|
|Banking||5||Insolvency & Restructuring||1|
|Capital Markets||6||Insurance & Reinsurance||1|
|BCommercial Litigation||1||Life Sciences||3|
|Corporate Governance||3||Private Funds||1|
|Corporate Tax||2||Public Procurement||1|
PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
Lucien Wong, chairman and senior partner, is “one of the pre-eminent lawyers in Singapore”. Wong has more than 30 years of “unparalleled” experience in legal practice and is noted for his expertise in corporate governance, M&A and banking. The firm, as a whole, continues to perform particularly well in the latter. Eugene Ooi is a “trusted adviser” to banks and other financial institutions on private and commercial banking matters, trade finance and security structures. Mark Hudspeth’s banking and finance practice sees him act for both lenders and major corporate borrowers on regional and domestic syndicated loans, property developments, acquisition financings and debt restructurings. He is considered the “lawyer of choice” for intricate transactional work. Kok Chee Wai has a “broad experience” in domestic and international financing and, like the rest of the team, is “strongly recommended” by clients.
Capital markets is a further area in which the firm excels. Jerry Koh heads the firm’s REITs practice and is a “leading authority” on the subject. He also regularly advises on the founding of private equity funds and structured finance transactions, as well as acquisition and disposal transactions. Yeo Wico is consistently cited for his “wealth of experience” having spent more than two decades practising in corporate finance. Most notably, he has worked on the largest IPO and the largest bond offering in Singapore in the same year on several occasions. Margaret Chin is a “highly experienced” capital markets practitioner, who regularly advises statutory boards, financial institutions and domestic and foreign corporations. Chin is especially knowledgeable in bond documentation; she has been involved in setting up most of Singapore’s MTN programmes.
Further recognition goes to Stanley Lai SC, who is praised for his patents expertise and experience working with clients in the life sciences industry. He also advises on product liability and regulatory matters and is a “trusted adviser” to many high-profile clients in the sector.
|Total Listings in WWL||37||Established||1902|
|Home jurisdiction||Singapore||Total size of firm||726|
|Number of partners||140||Number of offices||1(+3 associate firms)|
The firm’s notable pro bono work includes advising entities on the setting up of foundations to further corporate social responsibility and sustainability efforts. It also regularly reviews the internal policies of charity clients to ensure that they are consistent with existing legislation. In 2013, the firm assisted organisations such as Optometry Giving Sight in Singapore, Lien Aid Limited and Mindset Care Limited.
An established presence in Singapore, Allen & Gledhill is committed to maintaining its position in its domestic market while growing its reputation and network in South East Asia.
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