IFLR1000 Reviews

Financial and corporate

Founded in 1902, Allen & Gledhill in Singapore dominates the legal market and is ranked  in tier one throughout the financial and corporate space. The firm extends its influence across the region with an office in Myanmar, an associate firm in Malaysia and an alliance in Indonesia.

 

Focusses / specialisms 

The firm’s flagship banking team advises on matters such as real estate finance, acquisition finance, leveraged finance, project finance, Islamic finance and structured finance.

The capital markets team advises across the spectrum of debt and equity issuances and has particular expertise in the REITs space.

On the corporate side, the firm regularly advises as lead counsel on complex cross border mandates.

The projects team is engaged by sponsors, financiers and government authorities to act on high profile projects across the region.

The firm boasts one of the leading restructuring practices in the region with particular experience in constructing, shipping and oil and gas.

 

Key clients  

The firm’s client list features impressive names such as Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, Standard Chartered, BNP Paribas, MUFG Bank, CapitaLand, DBS Bank, and Allianz Real Estate.

 

Research period review: 31st edition (2020/2021) 

The banking team was active on a high volume of financing transactions, taking on a mix of roles for borrowers and lenders.

A landmark capital markets matter saw the firm act for the issuer, financial adviser, and manager on the largest ever rights issue in Singapore. Other highlights include advising a REIT manager on the largest private placement for REITs in Singapore.

The firm was also active in the investment funds space, notably advising on high profile fund formation mandates and REIT IPOs.

A highlight on the corporate and M&A side saw the firm advising Capital and Mall Trust Management and JP Morgan on the formation of the third-largest REIT in the Asia Pacific.

Projects highlights include advising the contractor in the development of Facebook’s data centre in Singapore and advising a developer in the development of an airport in Phnom Penh.

The restructuring team continued to impress with creditor and debtor side roles on high profile mandates, including the restructuring of Hyflux and Hin Leong Trading,

 

Deal highlights: 31st edition (2020/2021) 

Agritrade International insolvency

Brightoil Group corporate restructuring

CapitaLand Mall Trust / CapitaLand Commercial Trust merger

Facebook datacenter

Kimberly-Clark Corporation $1.2 billion acquisition of Softex Indonesia

Pacific International Lines debt restructuring

Paya Lebar Quarter

Singapore Airlines S$8.8 billion rights issue

 

Client feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021) 

Bank lending : Lender side

"1. Leading practitioner in various fields. 2. Good bench strength. 3. Attuned to market developments."

“Always extremely responsive and service-minded, with a very good commercial knowledge of the banking sector."

"The partners and the team working with us are accessible and responsive. We can always tap on their industry knowledge to obtain consistent advice in a timely manner."

 

Banking and finance

"The A&G team is very proactive and takes initiative to drive and facilitate the documentation process. Associates are responsive with short turnaround time. "

 

Capital markets

"Thought leader in industry and market developments - provides thoughtful and clear legal advice on challenging issues - very responsive, with appropriate partner attention to matters - anticipates issues and provides actionable solutions."

"Probably the most active Singapore firm in the capital markets space, so A&G is very experienced and have many partners with strong expertise in capital markets transaction."

"Responsive and knowledgeable."

"Professional, prompt and a premier corporate law service provider."

 

Capital markets : Debt

"Lead Partner, Tan Tze Gay, and her team provide excellent legal support and advice. "

"Responsive and prompt."

 

Capital markets : Equity

"Value-added advice, responsive, knowledgeable of the area and well connected with regulator. Handled idiosyncrasies created by Covid well."

"Very prompt, responsive and comprehensive in their legal advice and legal documentation."

 

Investment fund: Retail funds

"A&G are extremely responsive and proactive in keep the fund in compliance with the MAS's rules and regulations."

 

Investment funds

"Very practical and solutions-orientated approach, a very personable type of engagement. "

"Very thorough, efficient, attention to details."

 

M&A

"1. Meticulous and detail-oriented. 2. Quick turnaround time. 3. Exceptional understanding of the various legal documents and the interplay between them."

"The team is technically very strong and provides good client support. They work hard and keep to timelines, and are highly responsive even when juggling multiple matters."

"Able to understand commercial/industry context and setting, quick turnover with good drafts, able to negotiate independently with counterparty on the more legalistic clauses."

"Very responsive. Provides advice that is comprehensive yet commercial."

 

Project development

"Always proactive, responsive and comprehensive in their advisement."

 

Project development : Energy

"Generally responsive and able to provide sound legal advice."

 

Project development : Infrastructure

"Responsive with practical and strategic advice in all areas of the project, contract management and operations."

 

Restructuring

"A&G was acting for banks for which DBS is the chairman of the steering com. We worked very closely with A&G for the initial Emergency Credit Facility to the final restructuring. They were responsive, thorough and committed to providing sound legal and commercial advice. We worked through weekends, holidays and occasionally around the clock to meet impossible deadlines."

 

Restructuring and insolvency

"Responsiveness. Ability to think through commercially. Comprehensive coverage of the issues that arose from time to time and working with stakeholders to arrive at a solution."

"They are very professional and technically sound and will tap on other resources in the firm when their expertise is needed. "

"They are very responsive and provide careful yet commercial advice."

 

Daselin Ang

"Daselin is knowledgeable in her field of expertise and demonstrates a high degree of initiative in facilitating and driving documentation including all-parties calls. It is a pleasure working with her and her team of associates, who are all very responsive and professional."

 

Christian Chin

"Christian is a senior partner leading the practice but is very accessible and responsive to my needs as a client. This makes the client feel valued. As a partner, it is also impressive that he understands the transaction in detail rather than delegating all responsibility to his team."

 

Tan Tze Gay

"In depth knowledge, accessible and prompt; and very good support from her team."

"Tze Gay is one of the most senior and experienced capital markets lawyers in Singapore. She is very knowledgeable and provides practical advice."

"Tze Gay is a true thought leader in the capital markets space in Singapore and we reach out to her frequently (whether on a particular matter or for general advice) for her deep legal knowledge and market insight. She provides thoughtful and practical advice, is extremely responsive and runs a well-trained team of lawyers."

 

Rhys Goh

"Rhys is very 'hands-on' with his transactions and ensures close partner supervision of deals. His advice is consistently thoughtful and practical. He is very adept at capital markets transaction management, often anticipating issues based on his broad experience in the sector. His team provides excellent quality work and is very responsive."

"Very knowledgeable and excellent legal capability."

"Value-added advice; responsive; knowledgeable of the area and well connected with regulator. Handled idiosyncrasies created by Covid well."

 

Sheng Yung Ho

"Responsive and attentive to details."

 

Jerry Koh

"Expert and strong domain knowledge in the area of REITs capital markets. Founded the firm's REITs capital markets team from scratch!"

"Expert in his area of work and strong domain knowledge. Founded the REIT capital market division in A&G from scratch and is today the leading law firm in this area."

 

Lai Shieh Lin

"Her relationship management skills, technical ability and clear and concise ability to communicate and explain complex situations."

"Client management; extensive industry/product knowledge and understanding; efficient advice and quality end-product."

 

Bernie Lee

"Very prompt and responsive."

 

Tan Wee Meng

"Generally responsive. Good communicator."

 

Dorcas Seah

"Professional and responsive and they know their work. You know you are in good hands."

 

Yin Chui Soh

"Thinks through the issues well. Considers all aspects of an issue and provides holistic feedback."

 

Yap Yin Soon

"Professional and responsive and they know their work. You know you are in good hands. "

 

Song Su-Min

"1. Highly detail oriented and methodical. 2. Extremely quick response times. 3. Strong knowledge of the underlying legal aspects of the transaction. 4. Resourceful and a quick thinker."

 

Lim Wei Ting

"1. Leading practitioner with rich transaction experience. Able to cover diverse range of transactions. Highly competent and consistently delivers high-quality work. 2. Sharp legal mind and balanced in his views with astute understanding of commercial considerations coupled with strong ability to forge consensus. 3. Client focused and very responsive. Like to seek his views as he provides good insights during discussions."

"Wei Ting is an experienced banking and finance lawyer. He is accessible, responsive and quick in providing advice. He is balanced in his views; sharp and mindful of the negotiation dynamics; someone we can trust to get the work done. "

 

Edward Tiong

"Edward is always accessible, patient and sound in his advice. He is cool under pressure and obliging - more importantly, he understands the need to be commercial and practical to get a deal done."

"Very good lawyer who is good at resolving issues. He is always available and technically very sound."

 

Kok Chee Wai

"Chee Wai is a very experienced counsel in banking and finance. We really appreciate his responsiveness, almost 24/7 when needed. There have been difficult situations and we can always count on him to have a good read of the issues and come up with sound advice and solutions. "

 

Kelvin Wong

"Knowledgeable, accessible and provides sound strategic holistic solutions and advice."

 

Teh Hoe Yue

"Strong domain knowledge and very experienced. Very responsive, patient and meticulous in explaining the legal intricacies of the various laws and regulations and their implications for the client and the transaction so that a clear decision can be made on the way forward.”

"Very responsive, patient and forbearing in explaining the legal and regulatory intricacies of each structure, requirement and documentation. Expert and strong domain knowledge in the area of REITs capital market. Trusted and reliable pair of hands."

 

Michelle Zheng

"Very strong legal knowledge; excellent service and responsiveness."