Date Published: 4 October 2023
CNPLaw LLP (CNP) is pleased to announce that the firm is once again ranked and recognised in the International Financial Law Review 1000 (IFLR1000) for Y2023-Y2024 for various practice areas, namely, Banking and Finance, Capital Markets -Debt, Capital Markets -Equity, Investment Funds, M&A, Project Development and Restructuring and Insolvency.
CNP’s Managing Partner, Ms Lisa Theng has this to say about the firm’s rankings: “We are delighted once again to receive recognition from IFLR1000, alongside other prominent financial and corporate law firms in Singapore. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the outstanding individuals who have been acknowledged by IFLR1000 this year: Pradeep Singh, Bill Jamieson, Tan Min-Li, Ken Chia, Wong Pei-Ling, Ge Xiaomeng and Hazel-Ho Tsastsina.
We are thrilled that our Partners Ms Wong Pei-Ling and Ms Ge Xiaomeng have been named as Rising Star: Partner for Capital Markets and M&A and Rising Star: Partner for M&A respectively and would like to thank IFLR 1000 for the recognitions.”
The lawyers received the following recognitions by IFLR1000:
- Mr Pradeep Kumar Singh: Highly Regarded for Capital Markets
- Ms Tan Min-Li: Highly Regarded for Capital Markets
- Mr Bill Jamieson: Highly Regarded for Investment Funds
- Mr Ken Chia: Notable Practitioner for Corporate and M&A
- Ms Hazel Ho-Tsastsina: Notable Practitioner for Corporate and M&A
- Ms Wong Pei-Ling: Rising Star Partner for Capital Markets and M&A
- Ms Ge Xiaomeng: Rising Star Partner for M&A
The IFLR1000 ranks law firms based on three key criteria – transactional evidence, peer feedback, and client feedback. In doing so, the IFLR1000 provides a guide to the world’s leading financial and corporate 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.
Every business involves an amalgam of various stakeholders, such as investors, shareholders and directors. Ideally, each of these stakeholders should have a common vision of what is best for the company. However, this is rarely the case when individual interests are factored into the equation.
Stakeholder conflicts (regarding issues such as breaches of fiduciary duties, derivative actions, shareholder oppression, management deadlocks, management compensation, dividend payments and buy-outs) can be a thorny issue and can leave a company crippled if not addressed promptly.
Given the diversity of interests at play, we appreciate that a multi-faceted approach is usually the most cost-efficient method of resolving stakeholder conflicts. Therefore, we provide clients with ready access to an integrated team of lawyers (combining the experience of our corporate, dispute resolution and employment law practices where applicable) who will effectively engage the relevant stakeholders in discussions on how best to resolve their differences amicably.
More often than not, clients are able to avoid costly protracted court proceedings and resolve stakeholder conflicts with discretion and expediency.
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.
Companies periodically assess and deliberate ways to improve their financial results, and one way of achieving this may be through a successful corporate restructuring exercise, undertaken pursuant to the applicable laws.
A corporate restructuring exercise may involve the acquisition, disposal, consolidation or amalgamation of assets or shares. Other reasons that may compel a company to restructure may be to prepare the company for a sale, merger or management buyout. In almost all cases, legal and financial reasons will dictate the approach and outcome.
By leveraging on our corporate and insolvency law practices within the firm, we aim to help clients achieve their restructuring objectives by offering strategic advance planning, assessing the possible business outcomes and legal restrictions, and managing the interests of the stakeholders involved, namely the shareholders, creditors, customers, and employees.
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.