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We are a corporate boutique handling complex "Wall Street" work – with a difference. We don't believe our clients should have to tailor their legal needs according to our practice units. Our lawyers specialise across practice domains to provide "Big Picture" customised solutions as seamlessly as possible.

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  • BANKING AND FINANCE

    Whether you’re a bank or borrower, our Banking and Finance Business Unit speaks your language. Our first step will be getting to know your businesses and preferences inside out, and every step after that will be to efficiently structure and effectively negotiate the financing transactions for you.

    “The lawyers have an institutional memory for our issues that makes them efficient and helpful and they draw on their own experience. The lawyers have a strong sense of responsibility for their clients, their firm and their reputation.”

    - Chambers Asia Pacific

    Accolades

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific – Banking and Finance

    Chambers Asia - Leading Firm (Banking & Finance)

    IFLR 1000 - Recommended Firm for Banking

    Notable Transactions

    • SGD1 Billion Revolving Credit Facilities for an airline
       
    • SGD460 million bank financing for the acquisition and construction of a flagship office building in Singapore's prime business district
       
    • SGD210 million development of luxury residential units in Sentosa Cove
       
    • Singapore counsel in EUR4.69 billion and USD2.469 billion financing of acquisition of a petrochemicals group
       

    Contact

    Jennifer Chia

     

  • BANKING & SECURITIES LITIGATION

    Threats to financial institutions and securities firms come from within and without, home and abroad. We take on disputes including enforcement, cross border recovery, regulatory and competition advice, and misappropriation or misuse of customer information.

    Accolades

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific - Dispute Resolution

    Asialaw Profiles - Recommended Firm for Dispute Resolution

    Chambers Global Leading Firm – Dispute Resolution

    Notable briefs

    • Representing Citibank in claims against ex-employees, (who were dubbed by the media as the "Citibank Six") in a series of high profile breach of confidence suits that resulted in groundbreaking criminal prosecutions
       
    • Representing a major international bank in investigations into anti-competitive conduct arising out of the SIBOR and SOR fixing scandal
       
    • Representing Manulife Financial in claims against ex-agents concerning misuse and misappropriation of client data and information

    Contact

    Thio Shen Yi, SC

    Ian Lim

  • CAPITAL MARKETS

    Our well-regarded Corporate Finance team is one of the most active in Singapore's equity capital markets, handling IPOs, secondary fundraisings and listed company advisory work. We build strong relationships with every listed client, enabling us to effectively support them in their future requirements. We are also active on international debt listings on the Singapore Exchange.

    Accolades

    IFLR 1000 - Recommended Firm for Capital Markets

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific - Capital Markets

    Asialaw Profiles - Recommended Firm for Capital Markets

    Notable Transactions

    • IPOs of OUE Hospitality Trust, Pacific Radiance Ltd, Valuemax Group Ltd, MoneyMax Financial Services Ltd, Halcyon Agri Corporation Limited, Sheng Siong Group Limited (Voted Best Small-Cap Equity Deal by Finance Asia)
       
    • Singapore Counsel for the listing on the HKSE of Technovator International Limited
       
    • Notes listings in Singapore: USD5 billion Euro Medium Term Note Programme issued by Australia's Goodman Group; EUR2,000,000,000 Euro Medium Term Note Programme issued by Amcor Limited; USD500,000,000 notes issued by PT Berau Coal Energy Tbk

    Contact

    Stefanie Yuen Thio

  • COMMERCIAL & CORPORATE LITIGATION

    We’re fast. We’re well known. We provide committed, quick legal solutions that are grounded in commercial reality with the expertise of 2 well known Senior Counsel, Joint Managing Director Thio Shen Yi, S.C. and Professor Tan Cheng Han, S.C., an expert in corporate and securities law. Another trump card is our consultant Professor Tang Hang Wu, Singapore's leading authority on trust law and restitution. We handle the entire spectrum of the dispute resolution process; from advisory and investigative work, to negotiations, mediations and adjudications, finally leading to trial or arbitration.

    Accolades

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific - Dispute Resolution

    Asialaw Profiles - Recommended Firm for Dispute Resolution

    Chambers Global Leading Firm – Dispute Resolution

    Recent cases

    • Successfully defended well known Singapore businessman Peter Lim in a corporate dispute with the Raffles Town Club which also involved the club's current and former directors and shareholders, and resulted in the longest civil trial ever conducted in Singapore
       
    • Representing a group of internationally held family companies in a trust dispute where assets of USD600 million to USD800 million are in dispute
       
    • Representing a shareholder of the Afro Asia group in trust litigation involving USD200 million worth of assets

    Contact

    Thio Shen Yi, SC

    Melvin Chan

  • COMPETITION LAW

    We’re the winning edge in Competition. Our practice deals with the gamut of activities in the anti-trust space – reviewing M&A transactions for Competition Act compliance, clearing mergers with the Competition Commission of Singapore, as well as advising on anti-competitive behaviour and abuse of dominant market position. We also respond to urgent client requests to be present at “dawn raids”.

    Notable Matters

    • Successfully securing full immunity under the leniency programme for a well-known electronics MNC involved in cartel conduct. This was the first full immunity granted in Singapore
       
    • Advising an international bank in relation to cartel concerns surrounding the potential fixing of the Singapore Inter Bank Offer Rate (SIBOR) and Swap Offer Rate (SOR)
       
    • Successfully defending Global Yellow Pages Ltd in an action taken by Promedia Directories Pte Ltd in the High Court, who had alleged, inter alia, abuse of dominant market position on the part of our client
       
    • Advising a MNC in relation to a proposed global cooperation arrangement for international power projects / the energy rental market
       
    • Advising a well-known MNC on potential anti-competitive conduct in relation to the construction of a test waste water treatment plant in China
       
    • Advising an international MNC in relation to cartel conduct in the logistics and freight forwarding industry
       
    • Representing international airlines on immunity applications in respect of their co- operation, code and information sharing arrangements

    Contact

    Thio Shen Yi, SC

  • CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING

    TSMP’s practice encompasses both contentious and non-contentious aspects of construction and engineering law. We represent developers, project owners, international and domestic main contractors, as well as international and domestic specialist sub-contractors.

    “TSMP is one of two firms considered to have the best construction litigation teams in Singapore, with both advising a large number of local and international construction companies on projects in Singapore and elsewhere in Asia.”

    - Asialaw Profiles

    Accolades

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific - Real Estate and Construction

    Asialaw Profiles- Recommended Firm for Construction & Real Estate

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific - International Arbitration

    Notable briefs

    • Acted for one of the world’s largest international contractors in their disputes in connection with an integrated petrochemical refinery in Singapore with construction costs in excess of SGD1 billion
       
    • Advised an oil and gas contractor in their tender for an oilfield project in Egypt. The transaction arose at the time of the unrest in Egypt as a result of which a consideration of Force Majeure, ultra vires and contracting party concerns had to be addressed
       
    • Advising a major international corporation on the SGD500 million acquisition of facilities and assets in Singapore and Japan
       
    • Advising a major technology infrastructure corporation in relation to the construction and development of a SGD200 million technology infrastructure centre in Hong Kong
       
    • Advising and acting for one of Singapore’s largest architectural firms in a SGD30 million claim concerning defects in a high end residential development in Singapore

    Contact

    Derek Loh

    Melvin Chan

  • CORPORATE / COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS

    Whether in heated cross-border joint venture negotiations, structuring private equity deals, or undertaking complex corporate restructurings, the well-regarded Corporate/Commercial team brings in-depth commercial acumen and legal savvy to every boardroom.

    “This boutique law firm has a good reputation in the corporate M&A sector for its expertise in a number of areas, including transactional work, structuring, private equity investments and funds.”

    - Chambers Asia Pacific

    Accolades

    IFLR 1000 – Recommended Firm for Mergers and Acquisitions

    PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook – Recommended Firm for Corporate / M&A

    Asialaw Profiles – Recommended Firm for Corporate / M&A

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific - Corporate / M&A Markets

    Chambers Global Leading Firm – Corporate / M&A

    Cross-border Handbooks (Mergers & Acquisitions) - Recommended Firm for Corporate / M&A

    Notable transactions

    • SGD170 million acquisition of a purpose-built data centre in Singapore, as part of an insolvency restructuring of a large listed Singapore group
       
    • Representing an oil major in the sale of a business unit in Vietnam
       
    • Acting for a sovereign wealth fund on a low-cost carrier joint venture

    Contact

    Stefanie Yuen Thio

  • EMPLOYMENT LAW

    As Singapore grows as an Asia Pacific Hub, so does the complexity and nuance of the country’s employment law regime. Always abreast with the changing landscapes of non-competition, dismissal, industrial relations and data privacy and confidentiality, our specialist employment team is well equipped to navigate our clients towards successful resolutions. Acting for multinationals like Chevron, Citibank, DHL, Emerson and IBM in both transactional and contentious employment work, TSMP also authors the Singapore chapters of annual international publications The Employment Law Review and Getting the Deal Through - Labour & Employment, as well as the Employment Contracts chapter of 'Law Relating to Specific Contracts in Singapore', 2nd Ed.

    “TSMP Law Corporation features 'pragmatic lawyers, who understand the needs of their commercial clients'”.

    - The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2017)

    Accolades

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific - Employment

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific - Ian Lim, Recommended lawyer

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific - Nicole Wee, Next generation lawyer

    Notable briefs

    • Successfully represented technology and engineering multinational Emerson in obtaining High Court non-compete and confidentiality injunctions and damages against its former director who had joined Chinese multinational Huawei in the datacentre network power industry
    • Advised NYSE listed industrial gas and chemicals multinational Air Products on the Singapore employment aspects of the USD 3.8 billion acquisition of its performance materials division by German multinational Evonik
    • Advised a major international airline on its Union settlement negotiations and Ministry of Manpower conciliations arising from the closure of its Singapore crew base operations
    • Advises multinationals like Chevron, Citibank, DHL, Emerson and IBM, and C-Suite level individuals, on Singapore and foreign employment and labour law issues

    Contact

    Ian Lim

  • FINANCIAL & TECHNOLOGY CRIMES AND INVESTIGATIONS/CRIMINAL LITIGATION

    Keeping abreast with investigations in financial markets internationally, regionally and locally, our team possesses the expertise to navigate our clients through difficult regulatory waters involving corporate and commercial crime of higher values and greater complexities.

    Specialised enforcement relating to financial and technology crimes as well as corruption and AML offences? Better call TSMP! We also boast a comprehensive criminal litigation practice ranging from homicide & narcotics offences to military offences.

    Notable Briefs

    • Internal inquiry and investigations for a leading foreign bank in respect of potential rate fixing of the Singapore Inter-Bank Offer Rate (SIBOR) and Swap Offer Rate (SOR), and representing the bank in dealings with regulatory authorities
       
    • Internal inquiry for an international oil company on insider trading complaints by the Monetary Authority of Singapore, including interviews, preparation of responses, and advising and reporting to clients’ top management
       
    • Advising clients on potential regulatory breaches (under the Securities & Futures Act and Financial Advisors Act) arising from sale of Lehman-related structured products, resolution of investigations by the Monetary Authority of Singapore on financial advisors, and resolution of FIDREC disputes
       
    • Advising a foreign holding company on the possible offences and criminal culpability of an employee in the Singapore subsidiary arising from the discharge of fiduciary duties in conflict of interest by covertly diverting business and dishonestly inflating prices
       
    • Representing an IT professional facing a murder charge under the Penal Code for causing the death of her toddler. After negotiations and representations relating to her psychotic disorder, the Prosecution applied for a discharge upon administering a conditional warning
       

    Contact

    Anand Nalachandran

  • INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION

    With the growing international economic interest in Asia and the expanding direct investment by advance economies into the region, Singapore has become the leading International Arbitration seat in Asia.

    The international arbitration capability of TSMP is extensive and covers shipping, construction, commercial contracts and Information Technology.

    Accolades

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific – International Arbitration

    Notable Cases

    • Advising a major Japanese conglomerate on its disputes in Vietnam and potential arbitration proceedings relating to the expansion of a major international airport 
       
    • Representing a major Malaysian multi industry conglomerate in an Information Technology dispute against a US listed systems integrator
       
    • Representing a major Indonesian manufacturing corporation in its dispute with a major soft drink manufacturer
       
    • Representing a major Indonesian pharmaceutical corporation in its dispute relating to a joint venture
       
    • Advising a major French conglomerate on its disputes in the ASEAN region and Australia relating to its construction projects
       
    • Representing the SembCorp Marine group in a negligence claim against Ernst & Young

    Contact

    Thio Shen Yi, SC

    Derek Loh

  • MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

    The Firm has built a strong reputation in the M&A space, and practice leader, Stefanie Yuen Thio, has been involved in more than 20 public takeovers in her two decades of practice. In addition, the team is active in structuring and negotiating complex cross-border acquisitions and divestments.

    “TSMP Law Corporation's M&A team [is] "highly professional yet very personal"."

    - Asialaw Profiles

    Accolades

    IFLR 1000 – Recommended Firm for Mergers and Acquisitions

    Which Lawyer? Yearbook – Recommended Firm for Corporate / M&A-PLC

    Asialaw Profiles – Recommended Firm for Corporate / M&A

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific - Corporate / M&A Markets
     

    Notable Transactions

    • SGD13 billion take-over bid by Overseas Union Enterprise Ltd for Fraser & Neave, Limited, the largest take-over in Singapore’s corporate history
       
    • SGD6 billion take-over by Heineken of Asia Pacific Breweries
       
    • Privatisation of Singapore's power generation sector: We acted in the bid for Tuas Power and Senoko Power, and successfully represented the bidder in its acquisition of PowerSeraya
       
    • Representing HK property group, Nan Fung, in its SGD260 million acquisition of Forterra Trust, a listed business trust

    Contact

    Stefanie Yuen Thio

  • PRIVATE WEALTH AND TRUST ADVISORY

    As Singapore develops as a private wealth hub in Asia, the demand for legal services in the area of private wealth structuring and trust advisory services has grown in tandem. TSMP’s team, headed by banking expert Jennifer Chia and Professor Tang Hang Wu who specialises in property and trust law at the faculty, is well placed to assist private wealth individuals and family offices to structure and manage their assets, and undertake effective inheritance and legacy planning.

    The team works closely with banks, trust companies and tax advisers to provide seamless advice in what is usually an area of some sensitivity for clients.

    Contact

    Jennifer Chia

    Prof Tang Hang Wu, PHD

  • PROJECT DEVELOPMENT & CORPORATE REAL ESTATE

    Tan Bee Lian, doyenne of the legal conveyancing market, heads the Project Development team, handling some of the most iconic Singapore property development projects. Our Corporate Real Estate practice, which advises REITs, corporates and banks on corporate real estate deals, is helmed by Jennifer Chia. Our clientele ranges from listed developer conglomerates and banks, to high net worth individuals and property funds.

    “TSMP has been nothing short of fantastic." They are very professional, and their follow-up to urgent items is really exemplary."

    - Asialaw Profiles

    Accolades

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific - Real Estate and Construction

    Asialaw Profiles - Recommended Firm for Construction & Real Estate
     

    Recent projects

    Project Development

    • On Sentosa Island - Marina Collection, Pinnacle Collection, Seascape
       
    • Residential Projects - Naung Residence, Nottinghill Suites, The Viridian, Whitehaven
       
    • Commercial/Industrial Projects - Centropod@Changi, Wis@Changi
       
    • En bloc Purchases - Dragon Mansion, Naung Court, Toh Tuck Apartments, Westvale Condominium
       
    • Project Financing - Jade Residences, Yi Mei Garden

    Corporate Real Estate

    • Financing of the SGD450 million purchase of the Straits Trading Company’s flagship office tower in Singapore's central business district
       
    • Financing of SGD579.4 million purchase of Westgate Tower offices by a consortium of Sun Venture Group and Low Keng Huat (Singapore)
       
    • SGD2.6 billion restructuring and club refinancing for YTL Power Seraya, a Singapore-based energy conglomerate
       

    Contact

    Tan Bee Lian

  • REGULATORY, COMPLIANCE AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT

    The Firm's Regulatory, Compliance, Investigations and Crisis Management desk is the first response team for urgent crisis management work, whether because of suspected internal fraud, or misappropriation, misconduct or regulatory breach. The team is engaged early to manage and contain the situation, often before any complaint or actual breach has been discovered, with the mission to avert and minimize collateral damage. The team also provides regulatory and compliance advice to businesses involved in the insurance, healthcare, financial and banking sectors. Whether on routine licensing matters or in managing potential crises, the team's approach is a highly responsive, holistic and customized one.

    Notable cases

    • Internal inquiry and investigations for a leading foreign bank in respect of potential rate fixing of the Singapore Inter-Bank Offer Rate (SIBOR) and Swap Offer Rate (SOR), and representing the bank in dealings with regulatory authorities
       
    • Internal inquiry for an international oil company on insider trading complaints by the Monetary Authority of Singapore, including interviews, preparation of responses, and advising and reporting to clients’ top management
       
    • In relation to the Lehman collapse, advising clients on potential regulatory breaches (under the Securities & Futures Act and Financial Advisors Act) arising from sale of Lehman- related structured products, resolution of investigations by the Monetary Authority of Singapore on financial advisors, and resolution of FIDREC disputes

    Contact

    Ian Lim

  • RESTRUCTURING & INSOLVENCY

    This multi-disciplinary team comprising experienced insolvency, corporate, construction and litigation lawyers acts on all sides of the insolvency process. We have represented liquidators, judicial managers, scheme arrangers, the companies or individuals restructuring their debt obligations, “white knights” and corporate rescuers.

    Accolades

    IFLR 1000 – Recommended Firm for Restructuring and Insolvency

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific - Restructuring and Insolvency

    Asialaw Profiles 2016 – Recommended Firm

    Notable briefs

    • Successfully acting for Bank of America N.A. in resisting an application for a Section 210(10) moratorium by Pacific Andes Resource Development and its related entities: Pacific Andes Resources Development Ltd and other matters [2016] SGHC 210
    • Acting for institutional and multinational creditors in the judicial management of Swiber Holdings Limited and Swiber Offshore Construction Pte Ltd
    • Advising and acting for Perennial Real Estate Holdings Limited, an SGX-Mainboard listed entity, in connection with applications to wind up the Capitol Singapore project on just and equitable grounds arising from deadlock at management and shareholder level
    • Successfully acting for Vintage Bullion DMCC (“Vintage”) against the liquidators of MF Global Pte Ltd in a dispute relating to Vintage’s secured property: Vintage Bullion DMCC (in its own capacity and as representative of the customers of MF Global Singapore Pte Ltd (in creditors’ voluntary liquidation)) v Chay Fook Yuen (in his capacity as joint and several liquidator of MF Global Singapore Pte Ltd (in creditors’ voluntary liquidation)) and Ors [2016] 4 SLR 1248 (Court of Appeal)
    • Successfully acting for a major creditor in The Royal Bank of Scotland NV v TT International Ltd [2012] 2 SLR 213 – opposition to a Section 210 Scheme (Court of Appeal)

    Contact

    Thio Shen Yi, SC


    Alexander Pang

  • TECHNOLOGY

    The Firm has been involved in the resolution of numerous IP/IT related disputes. Our briefs relate to the protection of our client’s IP in areas such as copyright and trademark infringement, theft of trade secrets, passing off and UDRP disputes.

    Accolades

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific - TMT

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific - Intellectual Property
     

    Notable briefs

    • Representing IBM against the CPF Board in what was described by the media as the largest IT litigation case in Singapore
       
    • Representing a national broadband service in its claims against an MNC systems integrator

    Contact

    Thio Shen Yi, SC

    Melvin Chan

 
 

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