Strategically located in one of the world’s premier financial centers, the Singapore office, operating as K&L Gates Straits Law LLC is the gateway to the firm’s presence in Southeast Asia, where we assist clients with commercial and legal service needs across local and regional markets, spanning Singapore, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Since January 1, 2019, our firm is one of the few international law firms in Singapore with the capability to advise clients on local and cross-border legal issues. Our clients include domestic and foreign public and private companies of all sizes, as well as funds, government and government-linked companies that operate across the aviation, construction and infrastructure, energy and resources, engineering, financial services, healthcare, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, shipping and commodities, as well as technology, media and telecoms sectors, among others.
Our Singapore-based lawyers have trained and worked in a variety of jurisdictions in addition to Singapore, including the United States, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Thailand, India, and Australia. While English is our working language, many of our lawyers in Singapore are fluent in Thai, Bahasa (Indonesian), Hindi, Urdu (Pakistan), Malay, and Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese).
The newly combined practice covers capabilities in the full range of Singapore law practice areas, with strong litigation and Indian practice groups. The practice shares the distinctive approach and ethos of K&L Gates – that is to leverage local insights and expertise, deliver international best practice, and draw on knowledge, resources, and contacts from numerous offices across five continents. Our lawyers have decades of experience working on local matters pertaining to Singapore laws and regulations, as well as complex cross-border matters. More crucially, they understand the intricacies and nuances of how businesses operate in Singapore and across Southeast Asia. Their capabilities are further supported and enhanced by our strong regional presence, which includes approximately 400 lawyers working across major Asia-Pacific commercial hubs (Beijing, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Taipei, and Tokyo), and our global platform of nearly 2,000 lawyers.
Our primary areas of experience in Singapore are:
- Banking and finance
- Corporate and transactional
- Energy, infrastructure, and resources
- Investigations, enforcement, and white collar
- Labor, workplace safety, and employment
- Litigation, dispute resolution, and international arbitration
We also regularly provide local and cross-border legal advice across other areas, including capital markets and fundraising, compliance and corporate governance, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, public law and investment disputes, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, shipping and maritime, tort, and white collar crime.