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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

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We opened our Singapore office in 1981 to service South and South East Asia, making it one of the longest established international law firms in the region.

Our teams work on inbound and outbound deals across and beyond the region and these teams often include colleagues from our other Asia Pacific offices and lawyers from carefully chosen local law firms. This gives clients the right mix of local-language and local-law capability and the expertise of specialist lawyers from across the firm.

Our experience means we are familiar with the culture, market and legal intricacies in each jurisdiction, which is why we are regularly recognised by Chambers Asia Pacific as international experts in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

One platform for international and Singapore law capability

In Singapore, we have a strong team of more than 120 lawyers 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 provided through Cavenagh Law LLP.

  • "One of the beautiful things about CC is that they genuinely have a specialist for every area," enthuses a source, adding: "They've got an extra dimension when it comes to product specialisation."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2017

Recent highlights

Recent awards and milestones

  • Private Equity Team of the Year (Fund Formation)
    IFLR Asia Awards 2017
  • Private Equity Team of the Year (Transactions)
    IFLR Asia Awards 2017
  • Syndicated Corporate Loan Law Firm of the Year
    APLMA 2017
  • Syndicated Leveraged & Acquisition Finance Law Firm of the Year
    APLMA 2017
  • Syndicated Project Finance Law Firm of the Year
    APLMA 2017
  • Asia Pacific Airports – Osaka and New Kansai International Airports Privatisation
    IJGlobal Awards 2016
  • Islamic Finance Deal of the Year – Malaysia Sukuk Global’s USD Wakalah Trust Certificates Issuance
    ALB Malaysia Awards 2017
  • Deals of the Year for Go-Jek Fund-Raising
    Asian-Mena Counsel Deals of the Year Awards 2016
  • Asia Pacific Law Firm of the Year – Regulatory
    GlobalCapital Global Derivatives Awards 2017
  • Derivatives Law Firm of the Year
    Asia Risks Awards 2017

Recent assignments

  • advised the joint bookrunners and joint underwriters, on Netlink NBN Trust's initial public offering on the Main Board of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited for US$1.68 billion* (S$2.3 billion). (2017)
  • advised Lotte Chemical Titan Holding Bhd, the Malaysian petrochemical unit of South Korean conglomerate Lotte Group, on the international aspects of its US$878 million initial public offering on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Bhd. (2017)
  • advised KrisEnergy Ltd. on a number of capital restructuring transactions including a consent solicitation for the mandatory exchange of its S$130 million and S$200 million senior unsecured notes for new S$130 million and S$200 million senior unsecured accrued interest notes, listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange, and a S$139.5 million preferential offering of senior secured notes and equity warrants, listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange. (2017)
  • advised a consortium comprising Star Energy Group Holdings Pte. Ltd., Star Energy Geothermal Pte. Ltd., AC Energy Holdings, Inc. (a subsidiary of Ayala Corporation) and Electricity Generating Public Company Limited on the entry into binding agreements to acquire global energy provider Chevron's geothermal operations in Indonesia and the Philippines. (2016)
  • advised Amsterdam-headquartered private, retail and corporate banking provider ABN AMRO on the sale of its private banking operations in Asia and the Middle East to international private banking and asset management group LGT (2016)
  • 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

Directory listings and client comments

Chambers Asia Pacific 2019, 2020

  • Tier One in Aviation: Finance
  • Tier One in Capital Markets (International)
  • Tier One in Capital Markets: Securitisation & Derivatives (International)
  • Tier One in Corporate and M&A (International)
  • Tier One in Investment Funds
  • Tier One in Restructuring & Insolvency

IFLR Asia Pacific 2017

  • Tier One in Banking and Finance: Banking (International)
  • Tier One in Banking and Finance: Project Finance (International)
  • Tier One in Corporate M&A (International)
  • Tier One in Restructuring & Insolvency (International)

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017

  • Tier One in International Arbitration: Foreign Firms
  • Tier One in Asset Finance: Foreign Firms
  • Tier One in Banking & Finance: Foreign Firms
  • Tier One in Capital Markets: Foreign Firms
  • Tier One in Corporate M&A: Foreign Firms
  • Tier One in Financial Services Regulatory: Foreign Firms
  • Tier One in Investment Funds: Foreign Firms
  • Tier One in Projects: Foreign Firms
  • Tier One in Restructuring & Insolvency: Foreign Firms

 Client comments:

  • "They're our go-to law firm as they've got the widest coverage and the greatest range of products."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2017
  • "They link you up with relevant partners in other jurisdictions," explains a source; "you can access them at all times."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2017
  • "They're very responsive and sensitive to the client's needs and they have just the right balance of commercial and legal sense."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2017
  • "I've been impressed with the way the firm works – it's very positive,""They're very responsive and they provide solutions to problems."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2017
  • "The team also has a thriving Malaysia practice, acting for a distinguished roster of local and international clients on complex M&A and financing matters."
    Chambers Global: Singapore 2017
  • "CC's global networking is very effective compared to that of other international law firms. The teams share information smoothly."
    Chambers Global 2017
  • "They have a commercial approach to everything and are also very detailed. They go above and beyond for their clients."
    Chambers Global 2017