We regularly assist our clients with complex multi-jurisdictional acquisitions, investments and disposals in Southeast Asia and beyond, and have a deep understanding of the practical, logistical and cultural challenges in executing transactions of such nature and magnitude.
Our lawyers blend the highest standards of legal expertise with commercial and strategic acumen to provide practical solutions and innovative, client-oriented advice. Our experience includes public M&A transactions including takeovers of Singapore listed companies, schemes of arrangement, delistings, privatisations and divestments, where we have acted for bidders, targets and financial advisers on both recommended and hostile bids.
Our senior corporate advisers have practised at leading M&A practices of global elite law firms, and have a strong track record of advising local and international enterprises, whether listed or unlisted, on cross-border M&A transactions in or from Asia.
We provide advice throughout the entire life cycle of a project, be it in the oil, gas, energy, utilities, telecoms or transportation sector with a strong focus on projects in Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines. The team is also highly familiar with the workings of both governmental instrumentalities as well as MNCs.
Our practice supports corporates, investors and entrepreneurs on structuring, drafting and negotiating complex multi-jurisdictional joint venture agreements and strategic alliances, including funding, governance and exit arrangements.
The breadth and depth of our experience in addressing legal and commercial challenges across jurisdictions and sectors (including manufacturing, consumer products, energy, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, technology, media and telecommunications, and hospitality) mean that we understand the practical issues facing such ventures and strategic alliances in each sector. We can quickly and effectively device value-added solutions that pre-empt add value by pre-empting complications that hinder achievement of your business objectives.
Our team has worked on a broad range of corporate restructurings both in Asia and globally. The team also regularly advises on corporate restructurings as part of wider M&A transactions, disposals and spin offs and strives to provide practical solutions to often complex matters. Our lawyers have acted on some of the most complex cross-border restructurings, and we pride ourselves on our ability to provide innovative solutions as well as commercially favourable results in difficult circumstances.
In recent years there has been an unprecedented level of regulatory reform globally, regionally and nationally across financial services.
The myriad of highly complex new regulations, increasingly intrusive and coordinated regulators, and severe penalties for compliance failures or poor conduct, has a significant impact on regulated firms’ strategy and operations – a state which shows no sign of changing in the foreseeable future.
We have a deep knowledge and understanding of the regulations themselves, and of the regulators who devise and enforce them. We are genuine specialists in this field, and act as trusted advisors to our clients, providing advice that showcases our technical expertise and practical commercial outlook. We help our clients solve their most complex and sensitive national and international regulatory challenges (both proactive and reactive).
Our expertise covers the full spectrum of regulated firms’ key issues including regulatory change, enforcement and investigations, governance and risk management, compliance advice, market conduct, complaints handling, financial crime and the regulatory aspects of transactions or restructurings. Supporting this is our groundbreaking document handling and review operation which utilises sophisticated predictive coding to swiftly identify key documents across high volumes of information in a systemised and cost-effective way.
Our lawyers have acted for private equity firms, equity investors, funds and management teams on their investments in Asia and beyond. We have advised on private equity investments in a wide range of sectors including consumer products, fintech and financial services, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, energy, and technology, media and telecommunications.
Our deep industry experience and familiarity with sector-specific challenges enable us to help clients position themselves at the forefront of their industries. We can assist clients through the entire investment cycle – from the start of their investment to, divestitures, add-on acquisitions, financing, leveraged buy-outs, pre-IPO and secondary investments, joint ventures, and exits.
Our lawyers have substantial experience advising on complex capital raisings in the financial markets. The team advises on the full spectrum of equity and equity-linked transactions including initial public offerings on the Singapore, Hong Kong and U.S. exchanges, secondary offerings, right issues, private placements and reverse takeovers.
Our lawyers have represented issuers, selling shareholders, investors and underwriters. Our experience working with listing authorities and regulators allows us to provide valuable insight from a local practice perspective.
We regularly represent lenders and borrowers in all aspects of complex cross-border syndicated bank financings. With our formal law alliance partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, we offer our clients a seamless, one-stop service for financings involving taking and perfecting collateral across multiple jurisdictions and governing laws.
Our lawyers have significant experience in advising leading local and international corporations, both listed and unlisted, on the latest developments in corporate laws and regulations. We advise boards, directors, institutional investors and multinationals on corporate governance, data protection, compliance, disclosure and regulatory issues. We continually strive to assist our clients in keeping up-to-date with “best practice” in the sectors relevant to their businesses and on implementation of corporate governance and compliance arrangements to ensure they remain at the forefront of their industries.
Our employment practice advises both local and multinational employers and employees on a wide range of employment-related issues across different industries. We regularly assist clients (both corporates and individuals) on the drafting and reviewing of employment contracts and handbooks, and termination issues, as well as employee incentives, benefits and compensation schemes.
Our comprehensive service and expertise covers a broad spectrum of executive and employment-related matters and our experience extends to through the provision and implementation of bespoke arrangements tailored to meet the specific requirements of each client, in addition to general guidance through the web of regulatory issues affecting employee benefits and executive remuneration in Asia.