Strategically located in one of the world’s premier financial centers, K&L Gates’ Singapore office serves as the gateway to the firm’s presence in Southeast Asia. We represent clients doing business across the region including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Myanmar.
Our lawyers have experience advising clients across a broad range of industries, including financial services; energy and resources; oil and gas; aviation; and technology, media, and telecom. Our clients include funds, government and government-linked companies, as well as multinationals and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). We have strong relationships with local law firms in Singapore and throughout the region which, coupled with our capacity to leverage an integrated network of offices throughout the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and the U.S., ideally positions us to handle the most sophisticated legal challenges and provide our clients with seamless and efficient service.
The core practice areas of our Singapore office include corporate and transactional, energy, infrastructure and resources (EIR), finance and litigation, dispute resolution and international arbitration.
Our corporate and transactional team focuses on Asia Pacific M&A transactions, as well as private equity deals. It has a wealth of experience advising on national and cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, joint ventures, consolidations, takeovers, leveraged buyouts, minority or majority investments, going private transactions, corporate structuring, and all aspects of general corporate and commercial transactions. We represent purchasers, private equity and venture capital funds, strategic investors, sellers, exiting founders, management, financing sources, and advisers in transactions involving both public and private companies. Our M&A team recently represented Barings Private Equity Asia in the sale of its 41.65 percent stake in PT Cardig Aero Services Tbk, an Indonesian listed cargo and baggage handling and food services company, to Singapore Airlines Terminals Limited.
Our capital markets team has significant experience in the global and Asia Pacific markets assisting clients, issuers, investment banks, placement agents, investors, and investment groups on a variety of capital markets transactions, including securities and compliance issues, initial public offerings (IPOs), follow-on capital raisings, and Private Investments in Public Equity (PIPEs). In particular, our equity capital markets lawyers have established themselves as key players in advising domestic and international companies on dual listings and a broad range of alternative investment market (AIM) transactions. Recently, our team represented Global Invacom Group Limited, one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of satellite equipment, listed on the mainboard of the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX), in relation to its dual listing onto the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange (LSE). Global Invacom Group Limited managed to complete the dual listing within six months, raising approximately US $15 million and increasing the value of its shareholding base significantly.
Energy supply, infrastructure development, and resource extraction form the basis of global economic development. Our Singapore EIR lawyers have experience advising on power, mining, liquefied natural gas (LNG), and oil and gas and infrastructure matters across a broad range of disciplines, including project finance and development, public private partnerships, construction, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, trading, and derivatives. Recently, our team acted for CPC Corporation (Taiwan) on its proposed 20-year 0.8 million tons per annum LNG purchase from seller, GDF Suez, of LNG tolled by Sempra in connection with the Cameron Project in the U.S.
Our Singapore finance and financial services lawyers are well positioned to assist lenders, borrowers, and providers of credit enhancements in achieving their financing objectives, mitigating transaction risks, and complying with regulations. We have experience in commercial lending, sovereign lending, asset-based lending, structured finance, asset securitization, equipment leasing, business finance, and bankruptcy and restructuring transactions. Our lawyers are also experienced in advising leasing companies, financial institutions, export credit agencies, institutional lenders, and airlines in respect to cross-border aircraft and ship finance and leasing transactions. Recently, our finance lawyers acted for the Singapore subsidiary of a multinational company on the financing aspects of a €8 billion leveraged buyout of the company’s semiconductor business by a private equity consortium.
Our Singapore commercial disputes and government regulatory teams are well versed in all forms of dispute resolution and contentious proceedings and cover international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, the supervision, management and control of domestic litigation proceedings, as well as internal, regulatory and judicial investigations, both domestically and internationally. We represent clients in significant and complex multijurisdictional disputes, antitrust/competition disputes that involve investigations and disputes from government, civil litigation and enforcement proceedings, and private litigation, including class and representative actions involving the underlying facts.
Our lawyers have litigated and arbitrated major disputes in nearly every market sector and industry in the Asia Pacific region, and we are very accustomed to working within the diverse cultures and legal systems often associated with transnational disputes.
In many countries and industry sectors in the Asia Pacific region, arbitration is now seen as the natural and preferred choice for the binding resolution of diverse types of international and cross-border commercial and regulatory disputes. Although arbitration has some similarities to court litigation, it is a different process in which unique factors and considerations apply and where specific arbitration experience is vital. Our team is well versed in the nuances of international arbitration and we work collectively with our global international arbitration practice and are actively engaged in various arbitrations throughout the Asia Pacific region. Our lawyers have extensive experience with all major international arbitration rules, as well as ad hoc arbitrations under the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Rules.
We are engaged in numerous investment treaty cases under bilateral investment treaties acting on behalf of investors, as well as defending sovereign states in relation to foreign investment and infrastructure disputes. Recently, we acted for U.S. investors in relation to a potential investment treaty claim in excess of US $100 million arising from alleged breaches of the United States-Egypt Bilateral Investment Treaty.