WongPartnership (Singapore)

Singapore

Analysis

Overview

A formidable market leader in the full gamut of corporate and finance mattersWongPartnership comprises over 300 lawyers in eight global citiesIt offers extensive experience in handling high-stakes structured finance, M&A, funds, private equity, project finance and syndicated loansThe firm also has plentiful expertise on big-ticket domestic and cross-border disputes involving corporate, construction, insolvency and regulatory mattersKey lawyers include Susan Wong for banking and finance, Ameera Ashraf for competition, Christopher Chuah for construction, Andrew Ang and Wai King Ng for corporate and M&A and private equity, Alvin Yeo for dispute resolution, and Manoj Pillay Sandrasegara for restructuring and insolvency. Besides, Chung Nian LamKah Keong Low, Jenny Tsin and Dorothy Marie Ng are regarded for their work in IP, investment funds, employment and real estate, respectively.  

Client feedback 

The lawyers are extremely detailed in their review and they go over and above their duty to protect their client's interest. – Capital markets 

It provides us an explicit timeline on the submission and adjudication proceedings. – Construction 

WongP's Corporate M&A team led by managing partner Ng Wai King provides first-class commercial and solutions-focused advice and service and is a true M&A. – Corporate and M&A 

Knowledge, experience, strategising. – Dispute resolution  

Very professional,  great legal knowledge great service  great responsiveness. – Dispute resolution  

Top-notch work and very responsive. Our firm feels very safe in their hands and we trust only them. – Dispute resolution  

A highly reputable legal firm with good resources to handle my case. My principal lawyer and his supporting team of colleagues were very professional in their dealings throughout the case. Overall performance is satisfactory. – Dispute resolution 

Excellent knowledge base, timely and efficient responses. Practical business advice. – Intellectual property  

The depth of knowledge and professionalism of WongPartnership is unsurpassed, it may have peers but they do not have betters. It is an exceptional firm at the top of their game. It is highly responsive, cognizant of client needs and consistently deliver high-quality advice that major business decisions and entities can rely on. We have had the pleasure of working with the firm for many years now, relying on their services to meet the needs of our major clients in Singapore. – Intellectual property  

Its professionalism, in-depth knowledge and case studies from other clients. – Labour and employment  

Very responsive, very practical and very attentive to the clients' needs. – Labour and employment  

Very detail, specific and yet attentive and professional. Outstanding. – Oil and gas  

The firm and the lawyers are prompt, resourceful, and commercial. It is also good at finding out about industry practices and that helps with our internal benchmarking. – Regulatory  

Client-focused. Detailed and comprehensive advice. – Regulatory 

Broad-based ability to tap into different departments of the firm for a comprehensive response. – Regulatory 

Top-notch technical expertise from associate to partner. Highly commercial and responsive. No other Singapore law firm can put together a team that can take on work of this complexity and scale. – Restructuring and insolvency 

Depth of experience, skilled and commercial partners and team, responsive. – Restructuring and insolvency 

Elaine Chan 

She has a receptive mind and she is a receptive listener. She even welcomes inputs. This makes the quality of her advice and that of her firm's more useful and practical.  

Qi-Yang Chang 

He is always able to provide very practical and proven recommendations for HR/employment-related matters. Very professional and responsive.  

Josephine Choo 

She has vast experiences of construction dispute and legal knowledge. She is able to analyse the cause of the dispute and mitigates it to the Client's advantage.  

Sean Yu Chou 

Great listener, very calm, great strategic thinking.  

Melanie Ho 

Very strategic and professional. Thinks outside the box.  

Swee Yen Koh 

She is a Partner of the Firm. She is excellent and understanding and strategising. She is very commercially minded in all her dealings, with her client's needs in her focus. 

Chung Nian Lam 

Chung Nian provides the most practical business-oriented advise and does it seamlessly.  

Chung Nian Lam is a household name in Singaporean legal services, the depth of his knowledge of local IP law is unrivalled he can always be relied upon to give clear, concise advice that cuts to the root of the problem and assists clients in achieving their goals or making informed decision to go a different route. He is highly professional, yet personable. His team reflects the same qualities. We have had extensive relations with his firm for many years and always received nothing but top quality advice.  

Wendy Lin 

Brilliant legal mind; Excellent, smooth and persuasive advocate; Unparalleled ability to absorb complex facts and law to put forward the best possible case for a client; Impeccable client service. The complete package.  

Smitha Menon 

Smitha's advocacy is excellent, she is energised and engaged. She is a confident performer and she knows her stuff.  

Continuing as the leading light in restructuring in her generation, Smitha has gone from strength to strength. More than client-oriented, Smitha goes the extra mile in offering highly commercial, technically brilliant as well as extremely timely advice. Marries superb advocacy with brilliant negotiating skills. Has built the best restructuring team in Singapore. The associates are brilliant because of her training. 

Rosabel Ng 

Rosabel is extremely sharp in her review of the documents and she ensures that her client's interests are always protected.  

Detailed and meticulous. Able to provide comprehensive legal advice and solutions to issues.  

Wai King Ng 

Wai King is one of the best Corporate M&A lawyers in Singapore and rightly recognised in the market for his pedigree. He is extremely sharp, sensible and solutions-focused. Despite being managing partner of WongP, Wai King is always available and hands-on to help his clients on complex negotiations and structuring issues.  

Manoj Sandrasegara 

Very experienced. Responsive and commercial. Very sound legal mind.  

Shangwei Tang 

Presented his case well in the high court with good logic. Very professional. Able to rebuff opposing lawyer argument well.  

Jenny Tsin 

Maintains well communication with clients and professionals alike, responsive, practical, easy to work with. 

Vivien Yui 

Vivien bedside manner is unparalleled. Her commercial acumen from years in capital markets work also uniquely places her amongst the top regulatory and compliance lawyers. She is our conscience at times, which tells you how much trust we have in her judgement and advice. 

Labour and employment

Work highlights 

Acting for L Catterton Asia (previously known as L Capital Asia) to defend against a former managing director’s claim in excess of $100 million relating to wrongful dismissal, entitlement to carried interest, fraudulent misrepresentation and stigma damages. 

Key clients 

Bonhams Hong Kong, ExxonMobil Asia PacificExyte SingaporeJPMorgan Chase Bank, Shiseido 

Dispute resolution

Work highlights 

Acting for Amazon.com NV Investment Holdings, the investment arm of Amazon.com, in SIAC proceedings to restrain Future Retail (FRL) and its controllers, Future Coupons and 11 other parties, from selling FRL’s retail, wholesale, logistics and warehousing assets to a subsidiary of the Reliance Group. The dispute takes place against the larger backdrop of the race among Amazon, Reliance and Walmart’s Flipkart to gain market share in India’s fast-growing online market for food and groceries 

Key clients 

Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels, EFG Bank, Element Six Technologies 

Restructuring and insolvency

Work highlights 

Advising Pacific International Lines on the restructuring of the approximately $3.3 billion in aggregate of debts and liabilities of the shipping group via a consensual debt re-profiling exercise with its creditors in Singapore. 

Key clients 

ABN AMRO BankBank of ChinaCrest Investment Holdings, RSM Singapore, Wirecard Asia 

Competition/antitrust

Work highlights 

Advising Pacific International Lines on the multi-jurisdictional merger control related issues and filings arising from the proposed transaction with Heliconia Capital Management 

Key clients 

Keppel Corporation, LOGOS China Investments, SembWaste, Uber Technologies Singapore  

Regulatory

Work highlights 

Acted for a New York-listed consumer internet group headquartered in Singapore that operates businesses in the e-commerce, gaming and digital finance across Asia in relation to its successful application for one of two digital full bank licences proposed to be issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.