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Singapore is an important financial hub for South-East Asia. We opened an office here in 1981 and today we work with clients in every major country in the region.

One platform for international and Singapore law capability

We opened for business over 30 years ago and our100-plus lawyers know the Singapore and South East and Southern Asia markets well. We have a strong team combining local and international talent across all key areas of our practice.

In 2008, the Singapore Government awarded one of only six new Qualifying Foreign Law Practice licences to Clifford Chance, as part of its plans to further liberalise the legal sector. This licence allows us to practice and advise on a wide range of international and Singapore law in permitted practice areas. The QFLP was renewed in 2014.

In 2012, Cavenagh Law LLP and Clifford Chance Pte Ltd registered as a Formal Law Alliance in Singapore under the name Clifford Chance Asia. The Formal Law Alliance allows the two firms to provide the broadest range of Singapore and international law services from one platform with Singapore litigation representation and real estate expertise provided through Cavenagh Law LLP.

We regularly work on some of the region's groundbreaking transactions.

Recent examples of our work include:

  • advised Merrill Lynch , HSBC and J.P. Morgan as the joint lead managers and underwriters on Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited's (OCBC) US$ 2.7 billion renounceable rights issue. This was the largest equity raising in the Singapore market in 2014. (2014)
    advised 15 banks on the international aspects of Garuda Indonesia's US$500 million sukuk. (2015)
  • advised the arrangers in connection with separate US$1 billion and US$500 million credit facility agreements for Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, each guaranteed by Reliance Industries Limited. (2014)
  • represented PNG Sustainable Development Program Limited (PNGSDP), a Singapore incorporated company, in a dispute with the Independent State of Papua New Guinea arising from the State's expropriation of PNGSDP's share in the Ok Tedi mine, a gold and copper mine in Papua New Guinea. (2015)
  • advised Sime Darby on its US$1.74 billion cash offer for New Britain Palm Oil Limited. (2014)
  • advised Mitsubishi Corporation on the acquisition of a strategic stake in Singapore-listed Olam International Ltd. for approximately US$1.1billion. (2015).
  • advised Eksport Kredit Fonden (EKF) and a group of local and international lenders on the US$315 million financing for the 150MW Burgos Wind Project in the Philippines, the largest wind power project in the Philippines. (2014)

A wide reaching coverage list

Our teams work on inbound and outbound deals across and beyond the region. These teams often include colleagues from our nine other Asia Pacific offices (including our associated office LWP in Jakarta, Indonesia) and lawyers from carefully chosen local law firms. This gives clients the right mix of local-language and local-law capability, on-the-ground experience, and the expertise of specialist lawyers from across the firm.

In 2014 alone, we worked with clients in over 50 countries throughout the Asia Pacific region and further afield. This level of year-on-year experience helps us keep clients up-to-date on market trends, and build strong working relationships with local law firms in countries where we do not have an office. Our knowledge enables us to pick the right firm for each client instruction on a case-by-case basis.

We regularly work on India-related business, and have a dedicated Singapore-based India-related team. Recent India-related work led by our Singapore office includes advising: on the US$600 million Regulation S / Rule 144A qualified institutions placement by Indiabulls Housing Finance Limited; on a US$300 million high yield bond offering by Reliance Communications; Japan Bank for International Cooperation as part of a consortium of lenders on a total of ¥55 billion (US$500 million) in loans to India's largest petrochemical company, Reliance Industries Limited; and on four LCIA Arbitrations on behalf of companies owned and controlled by one of India's most prominent developers against a UK listed entity concerning a series of development projects across India with a value of over £1 billion (2015).

Recent highlights

Recent awards and milestones

We were awarded the following:

  • "High Yield Team of the Year" at the IFLR Asia 2015 awards
  • 'Derivatives Law Firm of the Year for 2015' by Asia Risk
  • "Corporate Syndicated Loans Law Firm of the Year" at APLMA Syndicated Loan Awards 2015
  • "Syndicated Project Finance Law Firm of the Year" at APLMA Syndicated Loan Awards 2015
  • "Firm of the Year" - Practice Area: Banking at Who’s Who Legal Awards 2014
  • "International Law Firm of the Year" and "Finance Team of the Year" at the Asia Legal Awards 2015
  • Seven awards for our work on the Burgos Wind Farm Project in 2014, including: IJ Global's "Asia Wind Deal of the Year"; Trade & Export Finance awarded one of their “Top Ten” Deals of the Year and within that “Best ECA backed Green Deal”; Global Trade Review's "GTR Best Deal of the Year"; PFI's Asia Pacific "Renewable Deal of the Year"; PFI's 2015 Citation for Best Practice; and Trade Finance Magazine's "Asia Pacific Deal of the Year"
  • IJ Global's "Asia Hydro Deal of the Year" for our work on the Nam Ngiep Hydro Power Project
  • ALB Malaysia's "M&A Deal of the Year 2014" for our work on the SapuraKencana/Seadrill acquisition
  • ALB Indonesia's "M&A Deal of the Year 2014" for our work on the Maxis Communications Berhad's divestment of its 14.9% share in PT Axis Telekom Indonesia (AXIS) to Saudi Telecom Company (STC).
  • "International Law Firm of the Year" by Chambers Asia Pacific 2014
    "Singapore International Law Firm of the Year 2013" by Chambers Asia Pacific 2013

Recent assignments

  • Advised Mondelēz International on its proposed acquisition of an 80% stake in Kinh Do Corporation, a leading Vietnamese snack company for US$370 million. We advised Asia Strategic MedTech Holdings, a 3i portfolio company, on the sale of LHi Technology for US$195 million to US-based Carlisle Companies Incorporated.
  • Advised Asian Development Bank (ADB), Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), and four Thai banks: Bangkok Bank, Export-Import Bank of Thailand, Kasikornbank and Siam Commercial Bank on the financing of the 290 MW Nam Ngiep 1 cross-border hydropower project in Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR). This is JBIC's first project financing loan to Laos.
  • Advised the underwriters, Maybank Investment Bank Berhad, BNP Paribas and Credit Suisse, on the international aspects of Icon Offshore Berhad's US$295 million Reg S IPO on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. This was the largest IPO in Malaysia in 2014. We advised Credit Suisse as mandated lead arranger of secured debt facilities in connection with a mandatory general offer by Pluto Rising Pte. Ltd. for Viz Branz Limited, a Singapore-listed instant beverage manufacturer.
  • Advised the Mandated Lead Arrangers in relation to the US$274 million facilities provided to Headland Capital Partners Limited in connection with the takeover of Kreuz Holdings Limited, a Singapore listed company and one of the leading subsea services providers in the offshore oil and gas industry.

Directory listings and client comments

Directory listings

Chambers Asia Pacific 2015

  • Tier One in Aviation: Finance
  • Tier One in Banking & Finance
  • Tier One in Corporate and M&A
  • Tier One in Investment Funds
  • Tier One in Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Tier Two & Three for two additional practice areas
  • Tier One & Two for five partners

IFLR 1000 Asia Pacific 2015

  • Tier One in Banking
  • Tier One in Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Tier One in Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Tier Two in Capital Markets (foreign firms)
  • Tier Two in Project Finance (foreign firms)

LEGAL 500 Asia Pacific 2015

  • Tier One in Banking & Finance
  • Tier One in Capital Markets
  • Tier One in Corporate and M&A
  • Tier One in Projects and Energy
  • Tier One in Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Recommended for International Arbitration and Asset Finance
  • Eight partners identified as "Leading Lawyers"

Client comments

  • "They have a good breadth of expertise from involvement in transactions across major centres."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2015
  • "They did a fantastic job of ensuring that the documents were as watertight as they could be."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2015
  • "They understand the balance between commercial and legal viewpoints in a negotiation, and have perseverance in the face of extraordinary pressures."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2015
  • "Clients benefit from a strong international network as well as local expertise, making it particularly adept in complex cross-border cases."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2015
  • "Seen by many as the market leader for lending transactions..."
    Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015
  • "Recognised for both its cross-border and domestic expertise, Clifford Chance has been involved in major capital markets deals throughout South East Asia"
    Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015

Areas of expertise

Practice Areas


  • Banks
  • Consumer Goods & Retail
  • Energy & Resources
  • Funds & Investment Management
  • Industrials
  • Insurance
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate
  • Transport & Logistics