CNPLaw LLP is pleased to announce that seven of our practices and ten of our lawyers have been “Recommended by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020”.
CNPLaw’s Managing Partner, Ms Lisa Theng has this to comment about the firm’s rankings: “We are pleased that the firm’s accomplishments are recognised. The ten lawyers recommended by the publication are experts in their various fields of practice and we are proud of them. The firm will continue to support and groom our talent and improve our position in this industry.”
The Seven Practice Areas Recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020
1. Labour and Employment
Led by Pradeep Kumar Singh and Bill Jamieson, the firm has “a solid reputation” for assisting local and foreign clients, who are employers or employees, with a range of issues. These issues include drafting employee benefits, incentives and compensation packages; advising on the transfer of employees as part of corporate transactions; handling of immigration matters and employment disputes.
2. Capital Markets
Tan Min-Li and Stephen Soh co-heads the practice with the latter being an “especially experienced figure” in the TMT sector. With these two partner leading the practice, CNPLaw is recognised as a “strong mid-market player” in Hong Kong and Singapore listings, including on Hong Kong GEM board and Singapore’s Catalist exchange.
3. Corporate and M&A
CNPLaw is commended for having a “notable record” in cross border M&A, Singapore takeovers and funds-related transactions. Ken Chia heads the corporate advisory practice while Bill Jamieson and Amit Dhume co-heads the funds and private equity groups.
4. Financial Services Regulatory
Quek Li Fei leads the team that primarily focuses on supporting local and international entities on blockchain, cryptocurrency and digital token offerings. In this team, Mike Chiam is mentioned as a “specialist in the fintech space”.
5. Banking and Finance
Bill Jamieson and Quek Li Fei are said to have “extensive regulatory expertise”. Much of the firm’s work is in the cross-border finance segment, particularly where there is a strong Singapore law component.
6. Dispute Resolution
CNPLaw is noted for shareholder, construction and insolvency disputes. Two partners – Subramanian Pillai (Subra) and See Tow Soo Ling, are recommended for this practice area. For commercial disputes and construction cases, Subra is said to be an “experienced hand”, whereas Soo Ling is commended for commercial, matrimonial and estate related disputes.
7. Investment Funds
Under the two co-heads, Bill Jamieson and Amit Dhume, CNPLaw’s funds team is noted for the establishment of asset management structures and the administration of investment funds. International clients have also been advised on the licensing and registration of fund management companies in Singapore.
The Ten Lawyers Recommended By The Publication
Pradeep is recommended for the Labour and Employment practice. He acts for corporations, whether they are private or listed companies, on all aspects of their business including advice and drafting of documentation on investments, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and restructurings.
Bill is recommended for these practice areas:
Florent Barret from Hera Capital Partners has also commended Bill for helping them with their “fund formation in Singapore and some downstream investment and day to day issues that crop up in [their] asset management business”.
Min-Li is recommended for the Capital Markets practice. Min-Li’s principal areas of expertise are in corporate and financial services. Besides being recommended by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020, she was recognised as Singapore’s Top 100 private practice lawyers by Asia Business Law Journal for 2018 and 2019. She is also rated as “Highly Regarded” and ranked as a “Distinguished Practitioner” for Capital Markets by IFLR1000 and Asialaw Leading Lawyers respectively for 2020.
Stephen is recommended for the Capital Markets practice. Stephen is co-head of the corporate finance team and he has more than two decades of experience, acquired both in-house and in private practice. For 2020, IFLR1000 has also rated him as a “Notable Practitioner” for Capital Markets (Equity).
Ken is recommended for the Corporate and M&A practice. Ken heads the Corporate advisory team in the firm and has an international focus in his corporate and M&A work and worked in business development positions with various subsidiaries of the Hang Lung Group in Shanghai and with Informa plc in Singapore. Ken is also recognised as a “Notable Practitioner” by IFLR1000 for 2019 and 2020.
Li Fei is recommended for these practice areas:
In addition to Li Fei’s experience in acting for banks on varied transactions and in general corporate law, he also helps individuals in estate planning, including the legal aspects of wealth management, advising on and setting up trusts and off-shore structures to secure their future and the future of their families.
Soo Ling is recommended for the Dispute Resolution practice. Soo Ling’s main areas of practice are intellectual property and dispute resolution. She has experience in a diverse range of matters such as building construction, company law, commercial law, disciplinary proceedings, employment law, family law, intellectual property, property law, probate & administration and shareholder disputes.
Mike is recommended for the Financial Services Regulatory practice. Mike is an Associate in the Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & Initial Coin Offerings (BCI) team. His areas of practice include corporate advisory, mergers & acquisitions (M&A) and general commercial law. Mike is rated as a “Notable practitioner” by IFLR1000 in 2019 and 2020.