Baker McKenzie

Banking & Finance Department

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What the team is known for Recognised for its capacity to handle cross-border acquisition and real estate financings for various heavyweight lenders in the market as well as fintech mandates. Handles a varied slate of work across South-East Asia, including activity in Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar. Comes highly recommended for its extensive experience in both conventional and Islamic financing. Experienced acting for major corporate borrowers and advises on lending into the mining and automotive sectors. Also handles a large volume of high-value syndicated loan arrangements.

Strengths"They have the bench strength and bandwidth to manage large transactions," one client says.

Another notes the global network as an advantage, saying: "The biggest strength is the flexibility of team members worldwide, whether I deal with them in Singapore or abroad."

Work highlights Acted for a syndicate of 17 banks on USD1.2 billion refinancing for SKI Carbon Black (Mauritius).

Notable practitioners

Emmanuel Hadjidakis
maintains his position as a leading banking and finance lawyer, with significant experience on complex transactions. "He is very responsive and client-focused," according to one client, who adds that "he understands the lending and financial side very well" and "he is able to leverage the firm's network very well."

James Huang
is head of the firm's Singapore finance and projects team. He has a distinguished reputation in the market. "Everybody knows him," according to one source, and another praises him as a "super senior" practitioner.