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Strategically located in one of the world’s premier financial centers, the Singapore office, operating as K&L Gates Straits Law LLC, is the gateway to the firm’s presence in Southeast Asia, where we assist clients with commercial and legal service needs across local and regional markets, spanning Singapore, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Since January of 2019, our firm is one of the few international law firms in Singapore with the capability to advise clients on local and cross-border legal issues. Our clients include domestic and foreign public and private companies of all sizes, as well as funds, government, and government-linked companies that operate across the aviation, construction and infrastructure, energy and resources, engineering, financial services, health care, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, and shipping and commodities, as well as technology, media, and telecoms sectors, among others.

Our Singapore-based lawyers have trained and worked in a variety of jurisdictions in addition to Singapore, including the United States, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Thailand, India, and Australia. Although English is our working language, many of our lawyers in Singapore are fluent in Thai, Bahasa (Indonesian), Hindi, Urdu (Pakistan), Malay, and Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese).

The newly combined practice covers capabilities in the full-range of Singapore law practice areas, with strong litigation and Indian practice groups. The practice shares the distinctive approach and ethos of K&L Gates —to leverage local insights and expertise, deliver international best practices, and draw on knowledge, resources, and contacts from numerous offices across five continents. Our lawyers have decades of experience working on local matters pertaining to Singapore laws and regulations, as well as complex cross-border matters. More crucially, they understand the intricacies and nuances of how businesses operate in Singapore and across Southeast Asia. Their capabilities are further supported and enhanced by our strong regional presence, which includes approximately 400 lawyers working across major Asia-Pacific commercial hubs (Beijing, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Taipei, and Tokyo), as well as our global platform of nearly 2,000 lawyers.

Our core areas of experience in Singapore include:

  • Banking and finance
  • Corporate and transactional
  • Energy, infrastructure, and resources
  • FinTech
  • International trade regulation
  • Investigations, enforcement, and white collar
  • Labor, workplace safety, and employment
  • Litigation, dispute resolution, and international arbitration

We also regularly provide local and cross-border legal advice across other areas, including capital markets and fundraising, compliance and corporate governance, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, public law and investment disputes, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, shipping and maritime, tort, and white collar crime.

  • The Singapore office was recognized in the areas of Capital Markets and Dispute and Regulation in the 2020 Global Chambers guide.
  • Our Singapore office was recognized in the areas of Asset Finance; Banking & Finance; Corporate and M&A; Dispute Resolution; Energy; International Arbitration; Labor and Employment; Projects in the 2020 Asia-Pacific Legal 500 guide.

Daniel Knight wins praise from a client who describes him as "very bright and commercial across a range of areas, in particular FinTech and fund structuring." His practice is centred on advising FinTechs on both regulatory and transactional matters.

Chambers Professional Advisers 2021

The natural resources sector has been a key area of focus for K&L Gates Straits Law LLC, advising major domestic clients such as the government's oil company Pertamina and its mining and metals company Antam. Lian Yok Tan advises on most mandates and is an expert in oil and gas, power and mining projects.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021

K&L Gates Straits Law LLC's banking and finance practice is largely centred on India-related business, including Indian businesses investing in Singapore and Southeast Asia, and non-Indian corporates moving into India itself. Moreover, the firm represents numerous Singapore branches of Indian banks. It has experienced a notable upswing in restructuring and insolvency engagements and is further noted for its activities in non-bank lending. M Rajaram has four decades of experience in banking and finance practice.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021

With a strong focus on commercial litigation, K&L Gates Straits Law LLC  acts for an impressive list of financial institutions, local corporates, and individual litigants in their local, regional, and international disputes. N Sreenivasan regularly acts for private clients as defendants in cases involving financial, accounting, and fraud angles. He also undertakes arbitration, trial, and appellate advocacy work. Palaniappan Sundararaj of Straits Law is a recommended advocate for medical cases,  banking, and trade disputes.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021

Led by Lian Yok Tan, K&L Gates Straits Law LLC advises clients on the financing and development of energy projects, as well as corporate and commercial work in the energy sphere such as M&A transactions and sale and purchase agreements. The team's work covers the oil & gas, LNG, and hydropower sectors and it frequently acts alongside K&L's offices in Asia and North America.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021

K&L Gates Straits Law LLC handles investment treaty work and commercial disputes, particularly in the construction and infrastructure, telecoms and energy sectors. It particularly attracts instructions from foreign clients based in Korea, Japan, Italy and France and beneftis from strong teams in these countries, among other key jurisdictions for arbitration. Following the international firms combination with Singapore's Straits Law Practice LLC in January 2019, it can also handle local law issues. Practice head Raja Bose and N Sreenivasan SC are a key contacts.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021

Focused on representing employers in matters arising from the employment relationship with their employee, K&L Gates Straits Law LLC is also adept at supporting multinational clients in post-transaction workforce integration, employment contracts, compliance audits, and implementing critical response plans as a result of challenges faced by COVID-19. Christopher Tan is sought after by clients in the media, entertainment, technology, and engineering sectors to assist with a wide variety of employment-related aspects.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021

K&L Gates Straits Law LLC advises on the financing and development of projects, as well as handling transactions and disputes involving projects. The team is particularly active in advising state-owned enterprises, and its work covers Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The practice is led by Lian Yok Tan.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021

K&L Gates Straits Law LLC has a well developed cross-border investigations practice, backed by an integrated Singapore law team that handles Singapore matters and court proceedings. The firm has attracted a number of key engagements in the region, most notably for US-based and Japanese multinationals. Moreover, it is getting closer to Singapore-listed businesses, including Sembcorp Marine, which it is advising on a multi-jurisdictional, internal investigation into corruption allegations arising out of Brazil’s Operation Lava Jato investigation. Department head Nick Williams is a growing force in investigations, while Muralli Rajaram is a Singapore disputes lawyer with considerable experience in investigations, compliance, and employee fraud issues. Sreenivasan Narayanan SC and Valerie Ang provide further contentious expertise in this field.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021

Tan Lian Yok advises clients on project development and financing, as well as related acquisitions, in Indonesia. She is especially well placed to advise clients in the oil and gas, mining and power sectors.

Combines the expertise of its Singapore and Hong Kong offices to offer a broad range of legal services in Malaysia. Frequently advises on M&A, capital markets, corporate restructuring, employment and project development mandates in Malaysia. Offer sectoral strength in aviation, TMT and energy, among others.

Advised Malaysia Airlines Systems and its administrator on the restructuring of the airline.

Christopher Tan is "senior and well regarded," according to commentators. His work encompasses the drafting of employee handbooks and contracts, workforce restructuring exercises, and advising on hires and terminations.

What the team is known for Established practice covering general commercial, construction and investment treaty disputes. Engaged by Asian clients in the energy and oil and gas sectors. Also turned to by companies in the Middle East for infrastructure and development matters. Argues in arbitration courts across the world, including in Singapore, Dubai and New York. Singapore office works closely with colleagues across the network, especially with the London, New York and Doha offices. The team has been especially active advising Indian and Korean companies on cross-border disputes. Clients benefit from the firm's addition of local disputes capability through its combination in Singapore with Straits Law Practice LLC.

Respected firm with a focus on commercial litigation in the areas of banking, white-collar crime and anti-competitive practices. Involved in insolvency and professional liability disputes. Regularly advises financial institutions and maintains an impressive client base of high net worth individuals whom it assists with their white-collar disputes.

Combines local employment knowledge with notable cross-border capabilities, stemming from the firm's regional network of offices. Advises on issues such as workforce restructuring, employment contracts, employee handbooks, terminations and trade union matters. Particularly adept at assisting clients in the TMT sector.

James Bradley is praised by different clients in the Asia-Pacific aviation finance sphere for being "proactive" and for being "someone who has a strong grasp in the region." His broad expertise includes loans, sale and leaseback, restructuring and asset-backed securitisation deals.

Sreenivasan Narayanan SC is well respected in the market. A client highlights him for his understanding of complex issues and for "giving on-the-spot advice on the best approach to have and things to watch out for."

The "charismatic" Raja Bose is active on commercial disagreements involving investment, joint venture and investment treaty issues. He is noted as "a very effective litigator and adviser on commercial issues."

Lian Yok Tan advises clients on project development and financing, as well as related acquisitions, in Indonesia. She is especially well placed to advise clients in the oil and gas, mining and power sectors.

Established practice covering general commercial, construction and investment treaty disputes. Engaged by Asian clients in the energy and oil and gas sectors. Also turned to by companies in the Middle East for infrastructure and development matters. Argues in arbitration courts across the world, including in Singapore, Dubai and New York. Singapore office works closely with colleagues across the network, especially with the London, New York and Doha offices. The team has been especially active advising Indian and Korean companies on cross-border disputes. Clients benefit from the firm's addition of local disputes capability through its combination in Singapore with Straits Law Practice LLC.

Respected firm with a focus on commercial litigation in the areas of banking, white-collar crime and anti-competitive practices. Involved in insolvency and professional liability disputes. Regularly advises financial institutions and maintains an impressive client base of high net worth individuals whom it assists with their white-collar disputes.

Tan Lian Yok of K&L Gates advises clients on project development and financing, as well as related acquisitions, in Indonesia. She is especially well placed to advise clients in the oil and gas, mining and power sectors.

The "charismatic" Raja Bose is active on commercial disagreements involving investment, joint venture and investment treaty issues. He is noted as "a very effective litigator and adviser on commercial issues."

Sreenivasan Narayanan SC is well respected in the market. A client highlights him for his understanding of complex issues and for "giving on-the-spot advice on the best approach to have and things to watch out for."

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