The experience of the Members of APN is broad-based, having advised investors and financial institutions on the cross -border as well as domestic structuring, trading, financing as well as credit risk mitigation and regulatory requirements in relation to transactions within industries such as mining, palm oil, paper, coal and energy. Our clients include leading financial institutions, sovereign wealth funds, private equity houses, government bodies and single asset operators.
Our Member's experience cuts across the entire spectrum of competition law, including providing general and industry specific competition law advice, drafting merger control notifications, drafting notifications of anti-competitive agreements and conduct, and, assisting with investigations (including dawn-raids) conducted by the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (the "CCCS"), advising on leniency applications and complaints, and advising on potentially abusive business practices. Our Member has conducted internal competition law audits for management for compliance purposes or as a result of investigations by regulators. In addition, our Member has also provided compliance training from operational staff to senior management.
In relation to matters with the CCCS, our Member has successfully obtained favourable results or vastly reduced financial penalties. Our Member has handled cross-border antitrust advice and merger control filings in the ASEAN region and has close working relationships with leading Competition & Antitrust practices in the ASEAN region.
In terms of industry coverage, the expertise of our Member includes food and beverage, telecommunications, card payments, electronics, aviation, financial services, hospitality, raw materials, maritime, pharmaceuticals, freight forwarding.
The Members of the Asia Practice Network (‘APN’) are experienced corporate lawyers with established working relationships with small and larger corporates in Singapore and overseas.
Our Members provide responsive, accurate and timely support for the full range of services in relation to corporate governance, administration and compliance.
Services include assisting our clients in setting up their offices in Singapore, including incorporations of private and public companies, and registrations of foreign companies, limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships, businesses, representative offices and societies.
Other services also include the maintenance of statutory records, attendance at and preparation of minutes of directors’ and shareholders’ meetings, as well as attending to annual filing obligations.
Our Members’ combined expertise uniquely equips us to advise start-ups and other innovative businesses. The clients advised range from venture capitalists, traditional fund managers, global banks, mature and emerging FinTech companies, and start-ups, to technology service providers.
Members actively and regularly engage the stakeholders such as incubators and infrastructure providers in order to appreciate the context of disruptive technologies and business models as well as better understand and address the novel legal and regulatory issues raised.
The Members’ Banking practice is a full-service banking and finance practice in Singapore, operating across the spectrum of financing transactions from straightforward bilateral facilities to the most complicated transactions. Members have also been instrumental in working with the product development teams of the financial institutions we work with, assisting with product structuring as well as the development of new financial products.
Members’ experience includes advising on a number of highly complex, cutting-edge and significant transactions in acquisition financing, property financing, infrastructure project financing, asset financing, ship and aircraft leasing, trade financing, cross-border financing and other highly structured financing matters.
Clients served by the Members include major financial institutions as well as borrowers with business interests in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Members’ Regulatory experience includes providing practical advice on a broad range of financial services regulatory and compliance matters in a dynamic regulatory environment.
The in-depth Finance expertise of the Members allows us to appreciate the context in which the regulatory regimes that govern financial institutions in Singapore operate and equips Members to give comprehensive advice on licensing and ongoing conduct of business requirements, including banking secrecy issues, anti-money laundering concerns, outsourcing arrangements, rules relating to the sales and marketing of investment products etc.
Members also regularly provide guidance to both Singapore and international financial institutions on applications and other submissions.
Our Members’ combined expertise uniquely equips us to advise fin-tech, blockchain and other innovative businesses. The clients advised range from venture capitalists, traditional fund managers, global banks, mature and emerging FinTech companies, and start-ups, to technology service providers.
Members of the APN actively and regularly engage the market participants as well as the regulatory bodies in order to appreciate the context of disruptive technologies and business models as well as better understand and address the novel legal and regulatory issues raised.
The Members of the Asia Practice Network (‘APN’) are highly specialized international asset management and investment funds lawyers. Our Members have an in-depth understanding of the asset management industry and its various regulatory regimes.
Funds and Investment Management
The Members of APN advise asset managers, funds and investors on the structuring, formation and regulation of offshore and onshore retail and private investment funds investing in a spectrum of asset classes.
Members also have experience with the establishment and licensing of fund management companies.
The clients which the Members of APN have advised include high-net-worth individuals, family offices and family businesses, charitable organizations, educational institutions, banks and trust companies on matters of private wealth management, preservation and business succession planning.
In terms of dispute resolution, the Members of APN are also able to represent individuals on complex probate litigation matters and will also render dispute resolution assistance in relation to fiduciary misconduct.
Members of APN have advised private equity firms, investors, funds, management teams, banks and financial institutions at all stages of the investment cycle, from fund establishment and investments, to ongoing portfolio assistance including acquisitions and restructuring advice, as well as exit strategies.
APN Members provide both contentious and non-contentious strategic advice to companies in various industries. The suite of IP management services ranges from protection, enforcement to commercialisation. Contentious experience includes prosecuting, enforcing and defending copyrights, patents, trade-marks, domain names and registered designs in Singapore and Asia.
Members have also advised both Singapore and international clients on a wide range of commercial agreements relating to outsourcing, e-commerce and the Internet, IT and software, research and development, biotechnology and life sciences, licensing, media, entertainment and publishing.
APN Members have in-depth media industry experience, having advised on investments related to media content that span the globe from Hollywood, Bollywood, Australia and Southeast Asia. The creative, film production expertise which they possess provides a unique perspective to their advisory role. Media and entertainment clients include industry bodies and content producers.
Members of APN have advised banks and financial institutions, owners, developers managers and hotel operators in relation to acquisition and development, financing, management structures and business operations as well as divestments and restructuring of hotels, resorts and other leisure and resort properties.
Corporate Real Estate
Members of APN have an in-depth experienced and sophisticated Corporate Real Estate practice, with expertise in the development of sophisticated and innovative real estate transaction structures and products, including property portfolio restructuring, complex joint development arrangements and structured acquisition schemes. The real estate and real estate-related transactions we have experience in include acquisitions and divestments, financing, property development, planning and regulatory requirements, as well as large scale development projects and commercial leasing.
Our Members have advised local and international investors, property funds, real estate companies, government-linked corporations, real estate investment trusts and fund managers in relation to their acquisition of assets in Singapore, Europe and the Asia-Pacific.
Infrastructure and Construction
Members’ experience encompasses advising in relation to building and infrastructure projects in Singapore and the region. We have advised on the entire spectrum of financing, building and construction law issues including the structuring of projects, regulatory issues, contract and project documentation, processes and management. Our expertise is comprehensive, including representing clients in contentious matters before the courts, in alternative dispute resolution fora as well as specialist arbitration tribunals.
Clients advised by the Members include sponsors and lenders, leading local and foreign developers and owners, local and international contractors as well as statutory bodies and government-linked companies.
Our Members have advised shipowners, charterers, P&I clubs, cargo owners, shipbuilders and banks on various financing structures as well as insolvency, restructuring and legal advisory work. Our industry knowledge allows us to deliver highly technical, yet practical, industry-specific advice and our familiarity with market practice, negotiating positions and risk assessment is informed by a thorough understanding of local and international issues.
Infrastructure and Cargo
Other commercial issues the Members have been involved with include the management, mortgage, pledge, financing and leasing of the cargo, facilities and containers at port.