Squire Patton Boggs
Tel: +65 8157 6204 (Singapore); +971 56 188 1925 (Dubai); +91 8220 333 519 (India)
|Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate transactional (M&A and PE); corporate commercial; regulatory|
|Biswajit Chatterjee is a corporate partner and serves as co-chair India practice and leads the US securities laws practice focused on India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Biswajit, better known as Bis, divides his time between Singapore and Dubai, and works closely with teams across SPB’s global footprint of 54 offices and 1,700 lawyers, making it the 8th-largest global law firm (Amlaw Global 100) and a top 10 global legal practice (Law 360).
Bis focuses on equity and debt capital markets, corporate finance, M&A and PE transactions in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. He has worked across industries, including technology, fintech, energy, financial services, defence, infrastructure, real estate, retail and hospitality clients.
He also supports Indian clients and conglomerates growing their global operations on commercial matters, as well as corporate and employment issues. Bis has also worked on a range of regulatory issues, including economic sanctions, government procurement, white-collar investigations, corporate governance issues and other regulatory disputes.
Bis is highly ranked by Chambers & Partners, IFLR, Best Lawyers, Legal 500 and other legal directories. Chambers Global has consistently (2010-19) ranked him a highly regarded lawyer and confirm client testimonials that include “very professional and extremely thorough” who is “solution oriented”, “extremely knowledgeable about India and Indian client requirements”, and a “tough negotiator” who offers clients “incredible personal attention”.
Under his stewardship SPB has been top-ranked for equity offerings in India by Bloomberg (2018), Thomson Reuters (2018) and Prime Database (2016 – 2018) league tables; and was recognized as India Desk of the Year (2017) by Thomson Reuters IDEX awards; and as International Law Firm of the Year (2019) and International Capital Markets Law Firm of the Year (2017) by Legal Era.
Bis has worked on a number of landmark transactions, including on the US$4 billion Government of Indonesia MTN, US$2.3 billion SBI QIP, US$3.4 billion Coal India IPO, US$1.2 billion PFC FPO, US$1.3 billion SBI Life Insurance IPO, US$1.5 billion New India Assurance IPO, US$160 million Fairfax acquisition of Indonesian insurer, US$615 million NALCO OFS, US$250 million PFC OFS, US$1.1 billion Power Grid FPO, and the US$340 million Equitas Finance IPO. Eleven of his transactions have been selected as Deal of the Year transactions in the past four years by India Business Law Journal.
Morgan Lewis Stamford
Tel: +65 6389 3053
|Key practice areas: Corporate and commercial litigation; white-collar and business-crime defence; international arbitration; construction and professional liability litigation; employment and trade secrets
|Daniel Chia is a corporate and commercial trial and appellate litigator specializing in matters relating to regulatory, commercial fraud and business crime defence. In addition to appearing as trial or arbitration counsel, he is often lead and co-ordinating counsel managing disputes across jurisdictions. He is regularly retained in professional liability cases where he acts in multiple industries for professionals, consultants and insurers in all matters relating to professional negligence.
Accolades across legal directories recognize that he is “excellent”, “a terrific litigator” who is “able to hold his own against much more senior advocates, including senior counsel” and who implements “top notch” litigation strategies. He has been praised as a partner who is “hands on”, “diligent and has a great work ethic” with “a good mind for commercial litigation”.
The Legal 500 additionally recognizes his expertise in “big ticket litigations” and for leading a team that provides an “impeccable service”.
Tel: +65 6727 4664
|Key practice areas: Cross-border corporate transactions; acquisitions and divestitures; joint ventures and strategic alliances; public and private equity; venture and angel financing
|With over 18 years in private practice at leading law-firms in three countries, Azmul Haque has developed particular expertise in complex, cross-border corporate transactions (acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures and strategic alliances, public and private equity, venture and angel financing), commercial contracts (outsourcing, franchising and licensing, etc.) and regulatory matters in a range of areas that impact business – whether for startups or billion-dollar enterprises.
Azmul has worked extensively with multinational companies and Asian corporations, family-owned businesses and high-net worth individuals across Asia. He has represented these clients on corporate transactions, commercial contracts and regulatory matters in several jurisdictions in Asia, particularly in India, Singapore, ASEAN and other developed and emerging market countries in APAC. He has lived and worked in Mumbai, Singapore and London.
Azmul focuses on clients in emerging technology such as fintech, healthtech, adtech, big data, IoT, blockchain, internet & e-commerce, in addition to more traditional industries such as hotels & leisure, media & entertainment, pharma & healthcare, real estate, and telecommunications.
Azmul is ranked and recommended by several legal industry directories including Chambers Asia, Asia-Pacific Legal 500 and Global Law Experts, including: October 2016, ranked a “Top 40 Under 40” lawyer by Asian Legal Business; September 2018, ranked in the “A-List 2018 Singapore’s Top 100 Lawyers” by Asia Business Law Journal.
Azmul also founded FirstCOUNSEL, an online LegalTech service offering on-demand legal support to entrepreneurs, startups and small and medium-sized businesses. Our mission is to help the early-stage economy by making access to legal support easier, tailored and more affordable using technology to redefine how these services are delivered.
Azmul is qualified and admitted to practice law in three jurisdictions: England, India and Singapore. Azmul can speak English, Hindi, Bengali and un petit peu French.
Tel: +65 6499 9490
|Key practice areas: Commercial litigation & arbitration; injunctions & emergency/interim relief; medical negligence and misconduct; complex/cross-border matrimonial litigation; employment disputes
|Edmund Kronenburg is the managing partner of Braddell Brothers LLP, Singapore’s second-oldest independent law practice, founded in 1883. He is admitted as an advocate & solicitor (Singapore) and solicitor (England & Wales).
Edmund has over 22 years’ experience in dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration, regularly appearing as counsel before the Singapore courts and in international arbitrations. His diverse practice includes commercial and corporate disputes, breach of confidence, defamation, energy and natural resources, media and telecommunications, as well as preemptive relief and injunctions (including Worldwide Mareva/freezing injunctions of over US$1 billion in combined value).
Besides his commercial disputes practice, Edmund also represents the Singapore Medical Council in medical disciplinary hearings, and private clients in medical negligence lawsuits before the Singapore courts; these include some landmark decisions of the Singapore Court of Appeal and the Court of Three Judges. Edmund is an honorary legal adviser to the Academy of Medicine, Singapore and a teaching-faculty member of the Singapore Medical Association’s CMEP. He has lectured on medical negligence at DUKE-NUS Medical School annually since 2009, in addition to teaching trial advocacy and cross-examination at the NUS Law Faculty since 1998.
Edmund also actively sits as an arbitrator, and has conducted arbitrations seated in Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Vietnam, as sole arbitrator, tribunal chairman/ presiding arbitrator and tribunal member. He is a Fellow of the CIArb, SIArb, MIArb, HKIArb, AMINZ and PIArb.
Who’s Who Legal has described Edmund as “one of Singapore’s highest-regarded litigators and arbitration counsel”. Chambers & Partners report that “market sources” regard Edmund as a “master strategist [who] strikes the right balance between being aggressive and going towards mediation and trying to settle. The qualities you’d want in a good litigator – attention to detail and commitment – are played out extremely well … He receives praise from clients for his ‘no-nonsense’ and ‘focused’ approach.” The Legal 500 has variously described Edmund as being “aggressive”, “articulate”, “good strategist and communicator”, “trusted confidant” and “best in class”. Edmund is also regarded as a “market-leading lawyer” by Asialaw and a “dispute resolution star” by Benchmark Litigation.
Simmons & Simmons
Tel: +65 6831 5582
|Key practice areas: Commercial and financial litigation; employment; restructuring, insolvency and banking disputes; financial institutions regulatory and compliance
|Reza is a commercial dispute resolution specialist with extensive experience in complex commercial and banking disputes. Much of Reza’s work is international in scope and he advises clients across a range of commercial issues, both contentious and non-contentious. He also advises on the full range of employment law issues, including reorganization and restructuring, and employee relations challenges.
Reza has been described by legal directories and clients as “absolutely first rate” and having “extraordinary intellectual energy”, and is “noted for his expertise on multijurisdictional financial and funds disputes”. He was also recognized in the Asia Business Law Journal’s inaugural listing of ‘Singapore’s Top 100 Lawyers’.
Tel: +65 6230 3928 (Singapore); +852 2901 3886 (Hong Kong)
|Key practice areas: Capital markets; global finance; M&A
|Matthew Sheridan is the managing partner of Sidley’s Singapore office and a member of the firm’s executive committee. He is the global co-head of the capital markets practice and works from the firm’s Singapore and Hong Kong offices.
Matt represents underwriters and issuers, including corporate enterprises, financial institutions, governments and governmental entities in connection with corporate financings through global offerings of debt and equity securities, as well as mergers and acquisitions and corporate and distressed restructurings. He advises clients throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including Indonesia, mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam. His experience includes transactions involving a broad range of sectors, including real estate, telecommunications, financial institutions, technology, transportation, metals, mining, forest products, consumer products, power and oil and gas.
Matt has been recognized as a leading lawyer by numerous publications, including Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Asia Business Law Journal, International Financial Law Review’s IFLR 1000, Asia Law & Practice’s Asialaw Leading Lawyers, The Asian Lawyer, PLC Which Lawyer and Who’s Who Legal. Matt was recognized in the 2018 A-List of Singapore’s Top 100 Lawyers by Asia Business Law Journal and was named a “Real Estate All Star Lawyer” for his representation of real estate clients across a broad range of financing transactions by The Asian Lawyer, a sister publication of The American Lawyer, in 2014.
The 2019 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific described Matt as “a respected capital markets practitioner, who regularly acts on complex debt and equity securities … he comes with a wealth of experience and leadership in numerous high-yield bond issues. His knowledge and advice are invaluable and represents both issuers and underwriters across Southeast Asia and is particularly active in Indonesia.” The 2016 edition of the book praised Matt as “a terrific lawyer who knows the law inside out”.
Matt is a graduate of Monash University. He is admitted in New York and is registered as Foreign Lawyer in Singapore and Hong Kong.
Tel: +65 6349 8706
|Key practice areas: Corporate finance; securities and capital market; M&A
|Tan Min-Li’s principal areas of expertise are in corporate and financial services with particular emphasis on corporate finance, securities and capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and infrastructure projects in Singapore and the region.
Min-Li has considerable experience in the areas of initial public offerings, regional investments, corporate restructuring, cross-border joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions in the region. She regularly advises on Singapore Exchange compliance and corporate governance issues.
Major clients of Min-Li’s include listed foreign and local companies and financial institutions.
Min-Li is recognised in The Best Lawyers Singapore for Corporate Law and M&A and has been ranked since the 2014/2015 edition. She is also recognized as Singapore’s Top 100 private practice lawyers in 2019 by Asia Business Law Journal. She is recommended as leading lawyer for Capital Markets in IFLR1000 2019, has been named an AsiaLaw Profiles Leading Lawyer in the area of Corporate M&A for the past 10 consecutive years, a recommended lawyer for Capital Markets in Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2019 and was ranked in Chambers and Partners Global 2019. She is also a regular presenter at seminars in Singapore and the region on initial public offerings, mergers & acquisitions and corporate governance issues.
Min-Li of CNPLaw is praised for her work on ECM listings. A client comments in Chambers and Partners Global 2019: “She’s always willing to assist, very quick and thorough. She does the work very well.”
A client in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 comments that Min-Li is “professional and always provides value added advice”.
|Ronald JJ Wong
Tel: +65 6635 8723 / +65 9323 9205
|Key practice areas: Commercial litigation & arbitration; technology, fintech & IP advisory & disputes; corporate insolvency, restructuring & deals; financial regulations & regulatory advice; employment law advice & disputes
|Ronald JJ Wong believes that lawyering is about serving people to bring justice, well-being and peace. Formerly from a big four firm, he handles commercial disputes and advises on transactions.
He has advised and represented institutional and individual clients in a broad range of disputes including international multimillion-dollar investment claims, corporate shareholder disputes, construction disputes, employment disputes, insolvency-related claims, and competition law litigation.
He also advises corporations and startups alike on commercial transactions, investments, acquisitions and legal issues arising from innovative technology, including artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, token sales, data management, intellectual property, and digital payments.
He has been lauded “as very sound, very calm, very clever and a great advocate”. Recently, he was attached to South Square Chambers, a leading set of English commercial and insolvency law barristers in London. He also advocates for social justice and acts pro bono for marginalized persons. More information can be found here.