CNPLaw LLP (CNP) is pleased to announce that seven of our practices and nine of our lawyers have been “Recommended by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021”.

CNPLaw’s Managing Partner, Ms Lisa Theng has this to comment about the firm’s rankings: “We are glad to start the year with another accomplishment. For 2021, not only is the firm recognised by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific, we are also ranked in Chambers Asia-PacificIFLR1000 and Asialaw Profiles. The nine lawyers recommended by the Legal 500 are leading experts in their various fields of practice and we celebrate their achievements. We are grateful to our clients and supporters. Our team of talented lawyers and staff continue to be committed to serve our clients with excellence.”

The practices recommended and the reviews provided by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021:

Banking and Finance: Tier 4

CNPLaw LLP has an impressive history in transactional and regulatory matters in the banking and finance segment. This includes Singapore and cross-border financings under Singapore law. The firm is making headway in fintech and the digital asset space. Quek Li Fei and Bill Jamieson are senior practitioners with extensive banking and finance expertise, while Wong Pei-Ling was elected to the partnership in January 2020.

Capital Markets – Debt and Equity: Tier 3

CNPLaw LLP has an impressive range of Singapore and foreign issuer clients. It is routinely engaged in mid-market equity offerings on the Singapore and Hong Kong exchanges. The firm has also operated as a Singapore listing agent to a number of international corporates on their debt offerings. Tan Min-Li leads the corporate finance team and has a formidable record in mid-market issuances. Stephen Soh is recommended for deals in the technology, media, and entertainment sectors.

One client shared: “The strength of this firm is their knowledge and expertise in commercial laws especially pertaining to M&A transactions, corporate finance matters, and compliance with the MAS and SGX listing rules in Singapore.”

Another source notes: “Tan Min-Li is technically very competent, knowledgeable, and hands-on in completing the assignment. She has a personalised approach to handling the assignment.”

Corporate and M&A: Tier 3

CNPLaw LLP has further evolved its practice to include a greater share of cross-border and ASEAN deals, including Indonesia, Myanmar, and Laos. It continues to expand its portfolio of Chinese clients and is building its name in the start-up and venture capital segment. Ken Chia leads the department, which includes experienced and versatile practitioners Bill Jamieson and Amit Dhume.

Clients have shared the following testimonials relating to the practice: “small, fast, and consistently reliable” and “attention to detail and coverage of all eventualities”.

Dispute Resolution: Tier 4

With a strong focus on construction disputes, CNPLaw LLP is instructed by developers and main contractors on engineering disputes. Key contact Soo Ling See Tow’s varied practice also spans commercial disputes, property litigation, and claims involving IP and family law and probate.

Financial Services Regulatory: Tier 3

CNPLaw LLP has maintained its emphasis on payment services, blockchain, cryptocurrency, and digital token offerings. The firm represents a wide range of new economy businesses, including fintech businesses and digital platform developers. Quek Li Fei has built an impressive recent record in digital token and payment services matters.

Investment Funds: Tier 3

CNPLaw LLP’s investment funds practice is co-headed by Bill Jamieson, a well-rounded expert in corporate, banking, and securities laws, and Amit Dhume. As an experienced foreign lawyer, Bill assists foreign clients in investment flows through Singapore, in activities such as investment fund set-up and venture capital and private equity transactions. Amit works with fund managers in setting up funds in Singapore and across various jurisdictions, primarily in the areas of private equity and wealth management.

Key clients of the firm include Taikun Capital Pte Ltd, Centrum International Services Pte. Ltd., Hera Capital Partners Holdings V Pte. Ltd., White Oak Capital Partners Pte. Ltd., Smith Tan Asia Phoenix Fund, and Hera Capital Partners Holdings IV Pte. Ltd.

One client shared: “The partners we work with come across as solid professionals with thorough domain knowledge. Not even once, have we got the impression that the advice rendered is not from a position of strength and robust domain knowledge.”

Another source notes: “Amit is a master at his trade with robust domain knowledge. The advice that we see coming from Amit is always in the best interest of the client and we can trust him with looking after the client’s interest in full.”

Labour and Employment: Tier 3

At CNPLaw LLP, Pradeep Kumar Singh assists local and international businesses across the whole spectrum of employment law issues from the onset of the employment relationship to its termination as well as immigration issues. Bill Jamieson is the other key partner, handling primarily corporate restructuring and employment aspects of cross-border transactions.

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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.