CNPLaw LLP is pleased to announce that seven of our practices and eight 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.
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 lawyers recommended by the publication:
- Mr Pradeep Kumar Singh for Labour and Employment
- Ms Tan Min-Li for Capital Markets
- Mr Quek Li Fei for Banking and Finance, and Financial Services Regulatory
- Mr Bill Jamieson for Banking and Finance, Corporate and M&A, Investment Funds, and Labour and Employment
- Ms See Tow Soo Ling for Dispute Resolution
- Mr Subramanian Pillai for Dispute Resolution
- Mr Ken Chia for Corporate and M&A
- Mr Amit Dhume for Corporate and M&A, and Investment Funds
About the Legal 500 Asia Pacific
The Legal 500 ranks law firms based on client feedback, submissions from law firms and interviews with leading private practice lawyers. In doing so, the Legal 500 provides a guide to the world’s leading law firms and lawyers.
The lawyers from the Banking & Finance Practice Group (BFPG) have always taken pride in providing a comprehensive range of banking and finance services to our clients, including domestic and foreign international banks, other financial institutions as well as non-bank lenders and borrowers, and foreign legal firms acting for parties outside Singapore.
Our banking & finance practice covers the whole spectrum of domestic and international banking & financing work, including restructurings, financings and financial institutions advisory work. We can draw upon a broad base of partners, senior, mid-level and junior associates, all with strong and varied banking & finance product line and country experience.
Our reach is further widened and enhanced by our ability to draw upon the resources of our network of correspondent firms in the region and globally.
We have a particular passion and interest in blockchain technology applications, cryptocurrencies and ICOs. We currently advise issuers of tokens, ICO advisors, venture capital firms and entrepreneurs involved in this space on Singapore legal issues and regulatory compliance for a range of planned business activities, ranging from utilization of blockchain to enable business applications in diverse fields (including money remittance, solar energy, consumer rewards, structured social interaction; music and entertainment industry; holiday & leisure industry; employment marketplace, consumer rewards, crypto asset security applications); to setting up cryptocurrency exchanges and issue of tokens on proprietary platforms.
Being a corporate lawyer is more than just translating legalese and churning out documents based on clients’ instructions. Our corporate lawyers understand that their role extends far beyond what is commonly expected. We seek to explore the spectrum of options with our clients and tailor an approach to suit each client’s personality and commercial needs. This is why our corporate lawyers are always keen to learn more than just a client’s business and industry; we want to understand the character of the business through its story and the parties involved in building it.
At CNPLaw, we aim to forge relationships beyond one-time transactions. We are committed to helping our clients grow their businesses, and play a part in its success.
Having handled transactions for numerous local and foreign companies across Asia, extending across a wide range of businesses and industries, we have accumulated significant experience advising on an extensive range of corporate finance transactions.
This includes Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), Right issues, Private placements, Convertible bonds issues, Warrants issues, Capitalisation issues, Privatisations, Takeovers and reverse takeovers, Share buybacks, Interested person transactions, Employee share option schemes and performance share schemes, Compliance with the requirements of the Singapore Exchange.
With globalisation providing not only a myriad of opportunities but also increased challenges in dealing with the various stakeholders, disputes are bound to arise in the normal course of businesses and transactions.
At CNPLaw, our dispute resolution lawyers seek to provide support to our clients through the lifecycle of transactions. At the very beginning, we seek to mitigate risk and avoid disputes. However, should it transpire to the latter, our lawyers work closely with our clients to either resolve the matter through alternative dispute resolution matters like arbitration and mediation, or through litigating the matter, either in the civil or criminal courts. We have extensive legal experience at every level of the Singapore courts of justice, and our lawyers have appeared in a number of cases reported in the Singapore Law Reports.
Employment issues are of fundamental concern to both individuals and corporations alike. This is especially so given the growing emphasis on human capital development across the world. Such issues involve an intricate interplay between commercial objectives and normative considerations. Here at CNPLaw, our lawyers strive to help our clients find the balance required to nurture a positive working environment. We advise both employers and employees (whether local or foreign) on the areas below.
We provide legal advisory services to fund managers, investors and investee companies in relation to both open-end funds and closed-end funds that deal with a variety of asset classes and employ different investment strategies including hedge funds, private equity funds, venture capital funds, mutual funds, commodity funds and exchange traded funds.
Each M&A deal entails the confluence of multiple legal disciplines. That is why we take great care when assembling a team for each deal, ensuring that there is an optimal mix of specialisation in the clients’ identified areas of concern, such as tax, employment and intellectual property, and necessary industry-specific experience.
We provide support to our clients at every stage of the deal. We will be there at the beginning of the process, helping to facilitate the negotiations between the parties and advising on the structure of the transaction. Once the parties have reached a consensus, we meticulously prepare the necessary documentation. Recognising that M&A deals are often the first page of a new chapter for the parties involved, we also provide post-transaction support to ensure a smooth transition such as the preparation of shareholder agreements, employment agreements, and other relevant commercial documentation.