Duane Morris & Selvam

Singapore

Analysis

Overview

Duane Morris & Selvam provides a range of legal services to assist clients in banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, construction and dispute resolution. Key figures include Jamie Benson for capital markets, Leon Yee for corporate and M&A and Sarbjit Singh Chopra for dispute resolution. Its corporate practice strengthened with the addition of director Jon Crandall who joined from Clifford Chance in February 2020. Director Sean La’Brooy also joined the dispute resolution practice in July 2019 from Oon & Bazul, while Subramaniam Valliappan departed to Veritas Law Corporation in February 2020.

Client feedback

“We met with the partner Krishna Ramachandra. We were very impressed by his professionalism and clarity in thought. He was recommended to us by one of his clients and his superior knowledge impressed us. He assisted us in understanding this (capital markets) space and was very patient in answering our queries.” – Capital markets

“In-depth subject knowledge and deep insights with practical advice.” – Corporate and M&A

“The very pragmatic and honest assessments were very well received.” – Corporate and M&A

Krishna Ramachandra

“He is one of the sharpest people we have met in the blockchain-related capital markets regulation space. His clarity of thought is nonpareil; we were also impressed by his depth of knowledge and simplicity.”

“Very Knowledgeable; extremely hard-working; practical and understands the business perspective; integrity and solid advice.”

“Extremely commercial, pragmatic and sharp. Honest with his assessments and will go out of his way to find a solution to one's issues. Wish all lawyers could advise like that.”

Dispute resolution
Work highlights

Represented 3 Corporate Services against Grabtaxi Holdings, a Singapore based ride-sharing company, concerning breach of contract and cybersquatting issues.

Key clients

Apex Energy International, Avant Garde Maritime Services, Lotte Global Logistics

Corporate and M&A
Work highlights

Represented Best World International, a Singapore-based skincare product developer, in its £27.7 million investment in Margaret Dabbs London, a British luxury brand, acquiring a minority stake.

Key clients

Bond Capital Partners, DuPont, Globe Telecom, Htoo Group, Profesional Telekomunikasi Indonesia

Capital markets
Work highlights

Acted for JM Financial and Edelweiss Financial Services, the book running lead managers, on the sale of $70 million equity shares in Prince Pipes’ Indian IPO alongside private placements outside India.

Key clients

Equirus Capital, ICICI Securities, Nomura Financial Advisory and Securities (India), SBI Capital Markets