TSMP Law Corporation

Singapore

Analysis

Overview

TSMP Law Corporation is especially well known for its work in corporate and M&A and dispute resolution. The firm also specialises in corporate real estate financing, in particular, in land acquisition financing and land development financing. The firm not only acts for various major corporations and financial institutions but also is frequently sought out by different regulatory bodies. Senior counsel Shen Yi Thio, corporate lawyer Stefanie Yuen Thio, construction specialists Melvin Chan and Derek Loh and labour expert Ian Lim are key figures at the firm. Jennifer Chia and Adrian Tan are other names to note for banking and finance and IP, respectively.

Client feedback

“Professional, meticulous and helpful.” – Banking and finance

“Understands the client's requirements and provides speedy responses.” – Banking and finance

“Excellent service and the principal lawyer and his team are just so hard working and excellent communicators. The team is extremely sharp but easy to get along with, and its work ethic is of the highest level possible, despite the recent COVID-19 circumstances.” – Corporate and M&A

“Very responsive, managed the process well, was helpful with the negotiations. Good attention to detail.” – Corporate and M&A

“Commercial. Keen to understand the business. Cost-sensitive.” – Corporate and M&A

“Succinct and well-developed analysis and creative approaches to resolve disputes.” – Dispute resolution

“Client-focused and responsive. It also puts in an effort to understand our business and strategic objectives.” – Dispute resolution

“Quick off the mark, it knows us and our business well, and is also attuned to market developments and offers good insights on our business partners.” – Infrastructure

“Timely and practical advice.” – Labour and employment

Melvin Chan

“He is perfect at analysing the strengths and weaknesses of our case.”

Jennifer Chia

“Professional, helpful and highly knowledgeable.”

“Industry knowledge and good responsiveness.”

Ian Lim

“Customer-focused, responsive and accessible.”

“Ian Lim provides timely, practical advice.”

Derek Loh

“Attentive, engaging, experienced and capable. Doesn't overdo things.”

Adrian Tan

“Excellent at absorbing a massive amount of information and possesses an extremely sound understanding of the law and applying the law to the facts. He expertly identifies the legal issues and the causes of action at law and equity, and provides excellent advice on the way forward to achieve justice for the clients.”

Rachel Tang

“Very responsive, good at keeping track of all the various threads of activity, communicates well, quite personable.”

Labour and employment
Work highlights

Acted for Peter Tan in an S$2.5 billion claim by Prudential over alleged mass poaching of agents. Tan was a former senior financial services manager of the plaintiff, in charge of a group known as the Peter Tan Organisation, which comprised 500 agents and agency leaders of the plaintiff.

Key clients

Entrepose, Ficofi Partners Holding, Marsh & McLennan, NTT Singapore

Dispute resolution
Work highlights

Acting for six plaintiffs in a $600 million trust dispute—one of the largest in Singapore—involving assets held in a circular structure of companies, with seemingly no natural persons having ownership of the companies.

Key clients

Industries Chimiques du Senegal, Longmen Group, Nissan Motor, Querencia, Singapore Medical Council

Restructuring and insolvency
Work highlights

Advising Mizuho Bank of Japan, Hyflux’s second largest creditor and the largest non-secured creditor, in Hyflux’s $2.2 billion restructuring.

Key clients

Agritrade International, Hontop Energy (Singapore), JTC Corporation, New Target Investments, Pertamina Energy Services

Corporate and M&A
Work highlights

Advised Credit Suisse, financial adviser to CapitaLand Commercial Trust Management, in the proposed merger of CapitaLand Mall Trust and CapitaLand Commercial Trust. The merger will create the third-largest REIT in Asia-Pacific worth S$22.9 billion.

Acted as Singapore counsel for Malaysian corporate, YTL Group, in its proposed S$331 million acquisition of Tuaspring, a power generating company in insolvency. Tuaspring is the power company developed and owned by Hyflux.

Key clients

Datapulse Technology, Singapore Medical Group, YTL Cement Singapore

Capital markets
Work highlights

Advised INEOS Styrolution Group on the issuance of a €500 million senior secured instrument.

Key clients

Annaik, Citibank, Credit Suisse, OCBC

Banking and finance
Work highlights

Acted for a Mitsubishi Estate Co-CLSA fund managed by Pan Asia Realty in the acquisition financing of Chinatown Point granted by OCBC and DBS.

Key clients

Mapletree Treasury Services, Mizuho Bank, OCBC Bank, Oxley Beryl, UOB

Construction
Work highlights

Defending CSYA against claims of fraud, conspiracy, collusion, negligence and alleged failure to supervise the contractor, leading to 700 claimed defects in three two-storey detached houses. This is one of the longest high court trials ever in Singapore.

Key clients

Euro Assets Holding, Hyundai Engineering & Construction, Hyundai-GS Joint Venture, Kabeli Energy, SCDA Architects