Our Practice Areas

We provide business and legal services in the following practice areas :

The Asset Recovery & Insolvency Practice Group has earned a proven track record in the recovery of debts and assets for many banks, financial institutions, government agencies and corporations in Singapore. The Practice Group handles high volume work such as credit and charge card claims, banking claims (both secured and unsecured), retail and corporate credit facilities claims. Our lawyers also handle tenancy claims, claims relating to hire purchase and leasing as well as enforcement/realisation of security including equipment, real estate and shares charges.

We have a dedicated team of experienced lawyers and support staff who deal with all claims from the issuance of writ of summons to execution proceedings. We also have a large team of experienced personnel to dun the debtors, handle the preparation, filing and service of court documents as well as attend to execution proceedings.

Our corporation has in place a proprietary case web-based case management system to track the status of each case. This system is also linked to our institutional clients which enables our clients to give instructions electronically through the system and allows them to have access to the status and documents of the cases assigned to us.

We have advised on receiverships, schemes of arrangement and restructuring of debtor companies. Besides corporate insolvency work, we have been engaged and have extensive experience in individual insolvency. We also provide private trustee in bankruptcy services.

We offer a wide range of banking and financial legal services to banks, other financial institutions and corporations.

Our Banking & Finance lawyers advise and assist local and international financial institutions in the development of new products, documenting of security structures, structuring of financial transactions and products, the reviewing and drafting of bank standard documentation as well as legal and regulatory compliance.

We also advise on a broad range of work including:

• Asset and asset-backed financing

• Bilateral and syndicated loans

• Cross-border financing

• Debt restructuring

• Loan & Credit facilities

• Project and property financing

• Ship financing

• Trade financing

Our Corporate Services Practice Group comprises lawyers who have experience in a wide spectrum of corporate and commercial transactions. Our services range from providing the fundamental legal support such as corporate secretarial services, employment and immigration advice, regulatory advice and compliance to corporate restructuring, merger and acquisition.

Our corporate lawyers are able to provide assistance in the following areas of work:-

• agency, distribution, licensing and franchise agreements

• company incorporation

• corporate secretarial services

• data protection

• employment

• joint-ventures

• licensing issues relating to capital market services and financial advisers legislation

• loan syndication

• local and foreign company listings

• merger and acquisition

• non-disclosure agreements

• partnership agreements

• regulation and compliance, risk management, internal reviews

• restructuring

• sale and purchase of shares and businesses

• shareholders’ agreement

• venture capital/private equity investments

Our Insurance Department has many years of experience advising major local and international corporations in a wide range of insurance matters, such as property damage, personal injury, Workman Injury compensations, industrial accidents, and motor vehicle claims. We have represented insurers, insured, and third-parties in insurance claims.

We keep our clients updated on local regulations and compliance, draft and advise on insurance documents; and provide recovery services for claims against uninsured parties.

Our Insurance lawyers work closely with our Litigation & Dispute Resolution lawyers in specialised areas such as marine, construction and engineering related claims.

Our Intellectual Property & Technology lawyers advise local and international companies and individuals in a wide range of matters relating to copyrights, patents, trademarks, and registered designs, including:-

• Local and international applications and registrations

• Commercial agreements for licence of intellectual property

• Media and technology agreements

• E-Commerce

• Software development and licence

• Enforcement and litigation

• Regulation and compliance

For transactions which involve another jurisdiction, we will work with our network of overseas associates and tap the expertise of the most appropriate solicitor, counsel, attorney, trademark or patent agent based in the relevant jurisdiction.

Our Litigation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Practice Group provides comprehensive and effective strategies to both domestic and international clients. We offer practical and commercial solutions to legal disputes that may be encountered by the clients.

We have represented clients in hearings before the Court of Appeal, High Court and State Courts, arbitration hearings, Strata Titles Board hearings, mediations, conciliations, settlement conferences and negotiations.

We have advised on and provided services over a wide and diverse range of disputes and contentious matters, including the following areas of law: Agency, Arbitration, Banking and Finance, Company and Corporate, Competition, Conflicts of law, Construction, Contracts, Criminal law, Data Protection, Employment, injunctions, Insolvency, Insurance, Intellectual Property, International Trade, Landlord and Tenant, Moneylending, Negligence, Partnership, Property and Real Estate, Sale of Goods, Securities, Shareholders, Shipping and Maritime, Tenancy, Tort, and Trust.

In addition, our lawyers sit on the Panel of Arbitrators of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb), Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA), China Maritime Arbitration Commission (CMAC), Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC), Law Society Arbitration Scheme (LSAS), and the National Committee of the ICC respectively. Our lawyers also sit on the Panel of Adjudicators of KLRCA, and the Panel of Mediators of the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC) respectively.

We have also advised clients in criminal proceedings, including private prosecutions, defence of accused persons, criminal trials, pre-trial conferences, letters of representation, mitigation pleas, sentencing, and criminal appeals.

Our lawyers also sit on the Panel of Adjudicators of KLRCA, and the Panel of Mediators of the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC) respectively.

Private Clients Practice Group

Our Private Clients Practice Group represents individuals, families, closely held businesses, charities, associations and non-profit organisations focussing on their specific needs and objectives. We provide a “one-stop shop” of personalized legal services in the following areas:

Succession Planning

We advise and assist individuals and families on business succession planning. We can assist in all aspects of structuring and restructuring of such closely held businesses.

Trust, Wills & Probate

Our lawyers advise local and foreign individuals on matters such as estate planning, wills, lasting power of attorney, asset preservation and probate issues. Our global network allows us to work with lawyers from foreign jurisdictions when our clients’ assets are located internationally. We have also represented families, executors, administrators, trustees and beneficiaries in both contentious and non-contentious probate, trust and estate matters.

Family & Matrimonial Law

The Private Clients Practice Group is able to advise on and draft pre- and post-nuptial agreements and assist clients on their wealth planning and preservation of assets in the context of marriage.

We have experience in advising clients on issues involving judicial separation, divorce, custody, care and control, maintenance as well as on financial and ancillary relief proceedings.

Philanthropy & Charitable Giving

We have extensive expertise in advising charities, foundations, non-profit organizations, associations and societies on charity law, compliance and restructuring. We have advised clients on the establishment of trusts and foundations as well as the registration of charities in the form of charitable trusts, societies and companies limited by guarantee in Singapore.

Immigration

We advise and assist foreign individuals and families in applying for Singapore citizenship or permanent residency status under various schemes available in Singapore.

We also have expertise in advising on work pass issues for individuals looking to migrate to Singapore, including assistance in obtaining visas for family members and staff.

Our Real Estate lawyers are competent and thoroughly committed to their practice, backed up by a team of dedicated and long-serving paralegals. This ensures the smooth processing of real estate transactions we undertake and the overall quality of work we produce. We have experience in structuring and advising on a wide range of real estate and real estate-related transactions including acquisitions and divestments, property development and financing.

We provide the following services:-

• licensed and unlicensed developers’ projects, both local and foreign, including developments pertaining to executive condominiums in Singapore

• serving on the panel of solicitors of various local and foreign banks and financial institutions

• corporate project financing and mortgages

• assisting individuals and companies in approval applications for purchase of land or landed properties

• dispensing legal advice on various aspects of real estate and property law including en-bloc sales, joint venture agreements and other business agreements

• dispensing legal advice on residential and commercial leases as well as general landlord and tenant matters

• acting for foreign developers in sales of local and overseas property

Our clients include leading banks and other financial institutions, major developers and government agencies like the Central Provident Fund Board and the National Environment Agency.

We regularly conduct on-going training , workshops and seminars for our clients to update them on the current laws and conveyancing procedures.

Our clients include leading banks and other financial institutions, major developers and government agencies.