Shook Lin & Bok (Singapore)

Singapore

Analysis

Overview

Shook Lin & Bok works with an impressive roster of clients, including major banksmultinational corporations and private equity investors, on large transactions locally and across the regionThe firm is highly active in banking and finance, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution and restructuring and insolvency. It is also skilled in advising on real estate finance, particularly on the lender side. Key lawyers include Kai Zee Liew for banking and finance, Marilyn See for capital markets, David Chong for corporate and M&A, Sarjit Singh Gill and David Chan for dispute resolution and insolvency.  

Client feedback 

Friendly and understandable advice. Alternatives are always provided. – Banking and finance 

Very professional in their dealings and has in-depth knowledge of the deal. – Banking and finance 

The lawyers are approachable. Provide good legal advice and training for latest development in the market. – Banking and finance 

The team was extremely responsive and always available for discussions. They provided sound advice and took the lead when it came to negotiations. – Capital markets 

Professionalism and their knowledge. – Capital markets 

Easy to deal with Not calculating on time spend and very flexible in making changes. – Corporate and M&A 

Commercial and technically astute. Very client orientated. – Corporate and M&A 

Responsiveness, sound and commercial advice. – Corporate and M&A 

Responsive, clear and easy to understand explanation. – Corporate and M&A 

The lawyers serving us were excellent in advising us, helped us reach our target price range (Perry Yuen and his associates) and also pointed us in the right direction for tax planning which means going beyond their scope of work. Being flexible with time (working on nights and weekends) and all aspects of their professionalism was exemplary. – Corporate and M&A 

Precise, proactive, experienced and friendly. – Intellectual property

Giving us multiple options and solutions to issues that we were facing, pointed out any clauses that could be detrimental for the company in the long run even if it seemed in the near term - was always thinking for the company's benefit and ran through with us the best ways to negotiate on terms. – Investment funds

Sharp commercially minded strategic approach to negotiations. Incredible responsiveness to client needs and short turnaround time without compromising on attention to detail. – Private equity 

Friendly, efficient, makes it a point to thoroughly understand customer's requirements. – Real estate 

Responsive, quick turnaround, able to provide legal advice, willing to help. – Real estate 

Provide sound legal advice which was commercial and practical given the difficult circumstances. – Restructuring and insolvency

Mei Choo Chew 

Mei Choo is the reason why we chose this firm. She is sharp and experienced. She is able to take a difficult issue and dissect it, and offer working solutions to clients. 

Responsive, conveyancing, knowledgeable. 

Gwendolyn Gn 

Flexible Knowledgeable Accommodative on client's needs.” 

Dayne Ho 

Marries technical excellence with commercial nous. Sees the strategic sticking point, attacks it and often wins. A superb negotiator. 

Ying Ming Ho 

Responsiveness, sound and commercial advice.” 

Provides astute commercially minded feedback. Extremely responsive to client needs at any time of the day. Quick turnaround time without any compromise to attention to detail.” 

Dilshaad Lonj 

Very helpful and responsive and understood our concerns immediately and was willing to go the extra mile to find multiple solutions to the issues we were facing.” 

Stanley Lim 

Very professional and guided us well at each stage of the deal. Most willing to lend a helping hand when we encountered problems along the way.” 

Moses Lin 

Provide sound advice and very responsive.” 

Andrea Ng 

Responsive and positive.  Helpful and detailed explanation.” 

Eu Jin Pok 

He's always very calm and positive, explains things very well and easily understood by the layman.” 

Zhiming Tan 

Approachable, responsive. Able to give good legal advice for loan and security structuring.” 

Woon hum Tan 

His knowledge and ability to provide solutions.” 

Mae Shaan Teo 

Mae Shaan is very good at client relationship management and responsiveness to client queries and comments. She's pro-active in reaching out for regular casual catch-up and feedback sessions over coffee, to speak not just about the work that the firm does for us, but also the general market conditions, which I very much appreciate.” 

Perry Yuen 

Perry is excellent in his knowledge and advises beyond the current situation, and plans for the possible unforeseen. He is resourceful and generous with his ideas and time. Very experienced and great at what he does. One of the best, if not the best in his field of M&A work, that I have worked with.”

Private equity

Work highlights 

Assisted Singapore-based fintech company Covalent Capital with entering into a partnership with MarketNode, a joint venture company set up by SGX and Temasek, and raising approximately $4 million in their series A round with MarketNode acquiring a minority stake as part of the partnership. 

Labour and employment

Work highlights 

Advising Fenix One, a technology-driven proprietary trading firm, on a contentious employment matter involving the intended transfer of specialised software engineers from a competitor. 

Key clients 

Aveva Group, Bella Facial Care CenterBrandes Investment Partners, Group One HoldingsiProov 

Dispute resolution

Work highlights 

Acting for the 2nd and 3rd defendants Advantage Overseas Private and Shrikant Bhasi in a suit commenced by the plaintiffs, entities in the Bunge Group, relating to merchanting trade transactions in India involving commodities trade. The firm successfully set aside a worldwide Mareva injunction for the amount of $280 million, which was obtained ex parte by the plaintiffs against the 3rd defendant.  

Key clients 

China Star Food Group, Cougar Pacific, Funvest Global, Dredging International Asia Pacific 

Investment funds

Work highlights 

Acted for Singapore fund manager, ICHAMin the establishment of a Singapore corporate fund with the objective of achieving absolute returns for investors through investing in short-term and liquid investment assets. Instead of traditional participating shares, the fund issued tokens which were listed on the iSTOX Platform. This is the first transaction involving the issuance and listing of tokens representing units in a collective investment scheme on iSTOX.  

Key clients 

Altara Ventures, British and Malayan Trustees, FengHe Fund ManagementJAFCO Investment (Asia Pacific) 

Restructuring and insolvency

Work highlights 

Acting for the HSBC, the single largest creditor of Hin Leong Trading, in the collapse of the Hin Leong group of companies.  

Key clients 

Gulf Petrochem, Hoe Leong CorporationOCBCStandard Chartered Bank (Singapore) 

Corporate and M&A

Work highlights 

Acted for Diginex, a blockchain financial firm based in Hong Kong, in a reverse merge with 8i Enterprises, a special purpose acquisition company listed on Nasdaq. Shareholders of Diginex and 8i will swap the shares in their respective companies for the shares of a Singapore holding company that will be simultaneously listed on Nasdaq. It is also noteworthy that 8i is the first Singapore-sponsored SPAC listed on Nasdaq. 

Key clients 

GojekL3Harris Technologies, United Engineers, Wilton Resources Corporation, Woowa Brothers  

Capital markets

Work highlights 

Acted as legal advisers advising on Singapore laws in relation to Compass Venture's initial public offering and listing on the TSX Venture Exchange 

Acting for CTR Holdings in relation to its initial public offering on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong 

Key clients 

Aztech Global, CTR Holdings, DBS Bank, Perpetual (Asia)Prestige BiopharmaThe Bank of New York Mellon 

Banking and finance

Work highlights 

Acted for a Singapore bank in an export credit agency-backed bridge financing for a road/transport infrastructure project in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. The transaction represents one of the pioneer financings for the client in a frontier jurisdiction in support of a Belt and Road initiative project. 

Key clients 

Mizuho Bank, Morgan Stanley Senior FundingSoftBank Group, United Overseas Bank 

Construction

Work highlights 

Acting for an electrical infrastructure service provider in respect of a major construction project for the construction of the Mediapolis building at One-North. The client engaged the firm to pursue claims against a global Japanese company to seek payment for works that were performed on an accelerated basis. 

Regulatory

Work highlights 

Advised a Chinese blockchain and data asset operation company on the legal aspects and compliance requirements for the application of a digital wholesale bank licence from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). This is the first time the MAS opened up applications for digital bank licences. 

Technology and telecommunications

Work highlights 

Acted for Insignia Ventures Partners as the lead investor in the seed funding round by a Singapore-based healthtech startup, which has launched a digital therapy app. The transaction was significant as it required analysis on whether the underlying app that forms the business was permitted in Singapore.  

Key clients 

Attention HoldingsHeliconia Capital ManagementL3Harris TechnologiesOSK Ventures International