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Most Highly Regarded Firms: Singapore 2007 - Commercial Litigation

Singapore’s common law background makes it a perfect bridge between West and East, able to relate to foreign legal systems and keep abreast of changes in international legislation. The city-state’s litigation lawyers have created a strong tradition of excellence in the field and they are often called to participate in complex cross-border actions all over Asia and the rest of the world.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Singapore 2007 – Competition

The practice of competition law in Singapore is relatively new. The Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) was established under the Competition Act on 1 January 2005 and the new merger regime only came into force on 1 July 2007, allowing parties to notify the commission of any proposed merger and to receive a decision as to whether it would infringe section 54 of the Competition Act. A consequence of the relative infancy of the competition regime is a small pool of firms and individuals practising in the area. While firms wait to see the levels of enforcement they will encounter, there are few lawyers dedicating 100 per cent of their time to competition matters.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Singapore 2007 - Construction

The research identifies 18 lawyers from 11 firms. Areas of specialisation differ – some are known for their non-contentious deal and contract work, while many also make the list as experts in litigation and arbitration.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Singapore 2007 - Corporate Governance

Although Singapore is not as stringently regulated a business environment as many countries, such as the United States, for example, corporate clients still need to call on external counsel for governance advice, both during transactions and generally during their everyday business. It is not really possible to specialise in this field to the exclusion of all others, and as such all the individuals in this section also appear in other chapters of the book, but the seven lawyers we feature in the following pages are proven experts and able to offer high-quality guidance to boards and directors.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Singapore 2007 - Corporate Tax

The research for this chapter identifies ten practitioners, from seven firms, considered by clients and peers to be the leading individuals in Singapore’s corporate tax market. The following pages identify individuals with a wide range of specialisations – international tax specialists are included alongside domestic experts. We have also included lawyers who are members of multidisciplinary practices as well as partners in more traditional law partnerships.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Singapore 2007 - Franchise

Singapore boasts a thriving franchise community, with over 170 foreign franchises in sectors such as education and training, restaurants and fast food. The Franchising and Licensing Association (Singapore) (FLA) began as Singapore’s national franchise body in 1993 and was formerly known as the Singapore International Franchise Association. Through the efforts of this association – and a number of others – Singapore is fast becoming a franchise hub, and consequently there is an increased need for legal support. This chapter identifies seven practitioners that we recognise as the leading lights of Singapore’s franchise bar and they spend a proportion of their time representing franchisors, franchisees and companies of all sizes, in diverse industries.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Singapore 2007 - Business Crime Defence

Business crime defence is an increasingly important area in Singapore, where a number of recent high-profile cases have been dominating the headlines. This chapter identifies a select group of nine lawyers with expertise in the representation of companies, corporate officers and individuals in criminal litigation arising from their business activities.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Singapore 2007 - Management Labour & Employment

This chapter identifies private practice lawyers with a proven track record representing and advising management on all aspects of labour, employment and industrial relations law. A number also have experience in litigation matters involving employment discrimination laws, sexual harassment, employee loyalty, wrongful discharge and individual employment contracts. We identify a select group of five lawyers.

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