Duane Morris & Selvam



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Financial and corporate

Having capital markets as a core practice area, the Singapore office of Duane Morris & Selvam serves as a regional hub. The firm takes advantage of its structure as a joint venture to provide advice on both domestic and foreign law.

Details regarding banking and finance work are confidential; however, one public matter saw the firm advise a Singapore investment holding company on its use of a convertible loan to invest in a New Zealand start-up.

In capital markets, the firm was involved in a number of deals, especially in India. One highlight saw the firm act as legal counsel to the President of India on the sale of shares in Hindustan Copper. The firm also advised Prince Pipes and Fittings on its IPO in India and concurrent private placements outside India.

In M&A the firm worked on both domestic and cross-border transactions. An interesting example saw the firm advise Professional Telekomunikasi Indonesia on its acquisition of Solusi Tunas Pratama.

On the projects side, the firm uses its regional presence to cater to international clients. A representative mandate saw the firm acting for Sembcorp Utilities on the implementation of the largest gas-fired power plant in Myanmar to date.

A staffing change saw Gerard Hekker from Sidley Austin join the firm’s corporate team.

Key clients include Oil India, Red Dot Power, Prada Far East, PetroChina International, Korea Development Bank, Samsung Reinsurance and the President of India.

Client feedback

“Duane Morris & Selvam has been extremely professional in its advisory and capital raising services. Krishna Ramachandra, the director of Duane Morris & Selvam has been the major force behind the firm and his in-depth knowledge and fair advice has been outstanding.” – Banking and finance, Capital markets, M&A

"We have worked with the firm on a deal involving a challenging jurisdiction. However, the partner Mark Wong was very meticulous and knowledgeable in his work and showed great client handling skills and was commercially savvy. He is spot on in anticipating legal and commercial issues, probably as a result of his extensive experience in M&A work previously in France and China. I fully recommend him." – M&A 

Krishna Ramachandra

"Excellent ethos and fast passed response with positive solutions."