Duane Morris & Selvam

Singapore

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Financial and corporate

Duane Morris & Selvam Singapore is structured as a joint law venture, allowing it to advise on both domestic and foreign law. The Singapore office acts as the firm’s Asian hub, with some practice areas including dedicated country desks for India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea and Sri Lanka.

In banking and finance though much of the work disclosed to us was on a confidential basis it can be said that the firm’s clients include investment firms and private individuals, working in particular on debt facilities and restructurings.

In the capital markets the firm advised First Myanmar Investment on its IPO on the newly established Yangon Stock Exchange. The firm counts the Government of India/the President of India as a repeat client.

The firm’s projects team works closely with its counterparts elsewhere in Asia in particular Myanmar and Vietnam. It advised Sembcorp Utilities on its work in Myanmar to build a 225MW gas power plant, with the PPA from the deal expected to become a model for future projects in the country. It also disclosed work relating to projects in India and China.

Director Mark Wong joined from Rajah & Tann Singapore in January 2017, bringing his expertise to the corporate, banking and finance and energy and infrastructure practice areas. Corporate special counsel Michael Chong joined from RHT Taylor Wessing in December 2016. Associate Director Sarita Misir left the corporate practice area in January 2017.

Client feedback

"The firm was very responsive and understanding of my needs. They had a strong background in M&A and a clear knowledge of the industry. The team was very well prepared, meticulous, very articulate and picked things up quickly. What separated this firm from the others I considered was the personal touch that they brought to the deal and that was predominantly down to Mr Ramachandra." – M&A

Krishna Ramachandra 

"Mr Ramachandra spent a considerable amount of time ensuring that I understood the deal and was comfortable with the outcome. Even months after completion he took the time to meet me to ensure that I was still happy with the outcome which I truly appreciated. What separated this firm from the others I considered was the personal touch that they brought to the deal and that was predominantly down to Mr Ramachandra.”