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Most Highly Regarded Firms: Singapore 2007 - Trademarks

As companies continue to expand in Asia, their trademarks need new levels of protection. With the legal system becoming ever more sophisticated, protection of trademarks and trademark litigation must meet high standards in a market where the intellectual property laws can be unfamiliar to foreign companies and counterfeiting poses a particular danger.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Singapore 2007 - Banking

Singaporean companies remain extremely vigorous investors and the city state’s banking sector is party to some of Asia’s biggest transactions. Singapore’s high level of political stability and economic development mean that its law firms often act as a bridge between East and West, working as a hub for wider Asian business interests, hence the strong presence of joint-venture law firms in the area.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Singapore 2007 - Capital Markets

Ten firms feature in this chapter. Allen & Gledhill LLP dominates the rankings with a formidable eight-lawyer contingent. The firm excels in both debt and equity capital markets. The “fantastic” equity team oversees the listings of companies on the Singapore Stock Exchange, including dual listings in Singapore and on NASDAQ, and gives advice to unlisted companies regarding equity, and related, fundraising for unregistered offerings of shares and options. The “very successful” debt capital markets team’s experience covers stand-alone bond issues, commercial paper programmes, medium-term note programmes and depository receipts, acting for issuers and lead managers and arrangers. Recent highlights include the DBS Bank’s issue of US$900 million upper Tier II floating-rate subordinated notes.

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.

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