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WongPartnership LLP

Restructuring/Insolvency

2 ranked lawyersBand 1SingaporeAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Leading team handling complex restructurings involving multiple jurisdictions in the Asia-Pacific region and further afield. Especially visible representing debtors in out-of-court restructurings and advising the holders of distressed investments, judicial managers and liquidators in insolvencies. Offers broad expertise in contentious and non-contentious restructuring matters. Also able to leverage expertise from the firm's disputes and corporate teams to provide a full-service offering. Advises clients from a broad range of industries including oil and gas, construction and shipping.

Strengths

One source highlights that the firm offers "top-drawer technicians throughout the restructuring practice," adding: "From associate to department heads, they all have a keen eye for detail and possess excellent analytical ability. They are also extremely responsive and are excellent to work with."

Another interviewee notes: "They can cut through the matter and offer clear insights and practical solutions. We have navigated many complex and difficult situations together and we trust them to give us thoughtful, insightful and practical advice."

Work highlights

Represented the ad hoc committee of noteholders of Noble Group in relation to its USD3.5 billion financial restructuring.

Notable practitioners

Manoj Sandrasegara is "very practical, commercial and confident," according to a source, who notes: "He is very well connected, knows the banks and understands the personalities in the market. This helps when navigating complexity." He is particularly adept at handling cross-border matters and has experience working on major restructurings in the shipping industry, as well as acting for judicial managers on liquidation proceedings. One interviewee reports: "He is very experienced in restructuring and insolvency matters and has strength in managing complex cases."

Smitha Menon has a notable presence in the market, acting for a broad range of parties, including judicial managers and liquidators as well as trustees, creditors and debtors on restructuring and insolvency mandates. One commentator lauds her for "possessing the rarest mix of acute commercial sense, excellent technical ability and superb advocacy ability," adding: "She is an adviser who provides a 360-degree view of the battlefield and tells the client how to win it, a brilliant courtroom advocate and a negotiator par excellence." Another interviewee describes her as "energetic, practical, commercial and responsive."

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Overview

Our Restructuring & Insolvency Practice focuses on value preservation and creation for financially challenged companies, creditors and investors in both contentious and non-contentious situations.

The team combines extensive litigation experience and in-depth knowledge of the market to structure transactions and reorganisation plans together with our Special Situations Advisory Practice which brings capital markets and financing expertise to all our complex high profile engagements.  This targeted and sophisticated interdisciplinary approach ensures our stakeholders are fully advised on the whole spectrum of issues that arise in heavily leveraged situations including debtor-in possession  and multiple part financing, inter-creditor claims, necessary recovery and “make whole” actions, cross-border disputes, asset acquisitions and disposals, alleged breaches of fiduciary duty, protection of creditors from liability, adoption and renegotiation of key contracts and the formulation and implementation of restructuring plans that align solutions across the entire group’s capital structure. We have advised on every significant listed company restructuring in Singapore and regularly advise stakeholders in pivotal cross-border restructurings in ASEAN.

The wealth of restructuring and dispute resolution expertise the team brings includes practitioners who are thought leaders and office bearers in various restructuring and arbitration institutions and organisations. 

Members

Chia, Alvin

Chng, Joel

Chou, Sean Yu

Choy, Mark

Chua, Jason

Foo, Lawrence

Leo, Lionel

Low, Kah Keong

Yeo, Alvin

Yeo, Stephanie

Clients

ABN AMRO

Crest Capital

DBS

Deloitte

EY

FTI Consulting

Google

HSBC

Judicial Managers of Xihe Holdings Pte Ltd

Keppel

KKR

Miclyn Express Offshore

Navis Capital

Noble

OCBC

Pacific International Lines

Petrobras Global Trading

PwC

Squarepoint

Wirecard Asia Holding Pte Ltd

Industries

Automotive Manufacturing

Commodities

Construction

Finance

Offshore Marine Services

Oil & Gas

Pharmaceutical

Power

Real Estate

Shipping

Water Desalination

Restructuring/Insolvency

WongPartnership LLP

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Location

12 Marina Boulevard Level 28 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3

12 Marina Boulevard Level 28

Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3

Singapore

018982

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Singapore

Restructuring/Insolvency: Domestic


Manoj Sandrasegara
Band 1
Smitha Menon
Band 2