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Donaldson & Burkinshaw LLP

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Managing Partner: Michelle NG See Hui
Number of Partners: 16
Number of Lawyers: 26
Languages: English, Hakka dialect, Japanese, Malay, Mandarin (in alphabetical order)

Firm Overview:
DONALDSON & BURKINSHAW, established since 6th November 1874, is one of the oldest law partnerships in Singapore. On 3rd January 2014, DONALDSON & BURKINSHAW converted to a limited liability partnership and embarked on its 140th year in business as DONALDSON & BURKINSHAW LLP. The Firm practises as advocates and solicitors, notaries public, commissioners for oaths and agents for trade marks, patents and designs. The Firm and its partners have been profiled in leading legal periodicals such as Legal 500, Chambers Asia, Asia Law, IP Asia, World Trademark Review, Who’s Who Legal, Managing Intellectual Property, Asian Legal Business and IAM Patents, amongst others. Its clientele ranges from multinational corporations, international airlines, the world’s largest medical indemnifier, leading pharmaceutical companies, financial institutions, statutory boards, large and medium enterprises, to high net worth individuals. The Firm is on the list of legal contacts of the Australian High Commission, the British High Commission, the Canadian High Commission, the New Zealand High Commission, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and the US Embassy.

The Firm’s mission is to provide a full range of high quality legal services to commercial, corporate, financial, industrial and public sector clients in accordance with international best practices. Its core values are excellence in the law; promptness, efficiency and professionalism; constant upgrading of specialist knowledge and core competencies, friendly and personable service, and the provision of practical, beneficial and holistic legal solutions. Over the past two centuries, the Firm has earned a sterling reputation for integrity, industry and astuteness in advancing and protecting its clients' best interests by looking beyond narrow legal issues towards realising our clients' total business goals.

The Firm is currently about 100-strong. Its main office is at Clifford Centre in Raffles Place, Singapore’s Central Business District. The Firm also operates Donaldson & Burkinshaw (I.P.) Sdn. Bhd. in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and DONALDSON & BURKINSHAW LLP in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam. Through affiliation with 300 MULTILAW independent law offices located in 70 countries worldwide, the Firm has an extensive international network and representation.

Apart from the Firm’s MULTILAW affiliation, the Firm and its partners have memberships with leading global, regional and local professional organisations such as the International Trademark Association (“INTA”), the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (“APAA”), the Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (“PTMG”), the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (“AIPPI”), the Association of Singapore Patent Agents (“ASPA”), the Singapore Trustees Association (“STA”) and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (“IPBA”).

Main Areas of Practice:

Intellectual Property Practice
9 partners; 19 fee earners based in Singapore
Contact: Michelle NG See Hui
Tel: +65-6533-9422
Email: [email protected]

The Firm has one of the longest established, largest and leading Intellectual Property (“IP”) practices in Singapore. Its experience in IP extends over more than 7 decades as the Firm handled Singapore’s earliest trademark applications in the late 1930s when its Trademark Registry (as it then was) was first set up.
Over the years, the firm has consistently been lauded as a leading IP specialist in Asia. It has also maintained its market position as one of the 5 top-filing practices in Singapore, cementing its status as market-leaders in the field of IP.
 The members of the Firm’s IP Practice are also active participants in a number of professional organisations within the IP field, such as the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (“APAA”), the Association of Singapore Patent Agents (“ASPA”), the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (“AIPPI”), the International Trademark Association (“INTA”), the Licensing Executives Society (“LES”) and the Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (“PTMG”). Through the Firm’s professional associations, physical presence in South East Asia and membership with international legal networks such as MULTILAW, it is able to provide a “one-stop” solution for all its clients’ IP needs.

The Firm’s expertise includes:
• Advisory services across the full spectrum of IP law, entertainment law, digital media, internet and information technology, electronic commerce, media and advertising
• Searching, clearance (including risk management and regulatory compliance), protection, management and maintenance of IP rights including trademarks, service marks, patents and designs in Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam and other South East Asian countries
• Advisory and drafting services for patent specifications across many technical fields
• Civil and criminal litigation and enforcement actions including patent and trade mark invalidation and infringement, counterfeiting, injunctions, search and seizure orders
• Handling and negotiating domain name disputes and Internet piracy
• Commercialisation, exploitation and licensing of IP rights including trademarks and technology transfers, licensing, agency and distributorship, franchising,
• Protection of copyright
• Confidential information, non-disclosure agreements
• Trade secrets

With its several decades of experience in providing a full range of IP services to multinational corporations and businesses, the Firm's clients include several of the world’s largest corporations with some of the best and most prestigious brands today. The Firm represents the world’s biggest companies in food and beverage, fashion, domestic consumer products, electronics, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, petrochemicals, hotels, computer hardware and software, media, entertainment, air travel and vehicle manufacture, amongst many others. They include the best leading domestic and multinational corporations, businesses, local and foreign Government bodies, educational and non-profit organisations, individuals, estates and trusts. Members of the Firm’s IP Practice have also handled IP protection for major international sporting events.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice
4 partners; 10 fee earners based in Singapore
Contact: Eric TIN Keng Seng
Tel: +65-6533-9422
Email: [email protected]

Members of the Firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice advise and represent clients through litigation and other dispute resolution means such as arbitration, adjudication, mediation and/or negotiations, on the following matters:
• Admiralty disputes
• Appeals before the Singapore Court of Appeal and High Court for civil and criminal Matters
• Building and construction disputes and adjudication
• Commercial sale and/or supply of goods and services disputes
• Consumer sale of goods disputes
• Contested probate
• Coroner’s inquests
• Defamation actions
• Defence of statutory and regulatory offences
• Disputes relating to breach of directors’ duties
• Disputes relating to winding up of companies
• Employment disputes
• Enforcement of local and foreign judgments and arbitral awards
• Injunctive and declaratory reliefs
• Insolvency disputes
• Insurance disputes
• Intellectual property disputes
• International commercial arbitration
• Judicial review of administrative decisions
• Private prosecution
• Professional disciplinary inquiries, such as Singapore Medical Council cases
• Professional negligence and malpractice claims
• Prosecution for statutory boards
• Protection from harassment
• Shareholder disputes
• Tenancy disputes
• White collar crimes, such as corruption, criminal breach of trust and fraud

The Firm’s clients include various foreign and domestic entities from a wide range of fields, government bodies and statutory boards, and individuals. They benefit from responsive, high quality and cost-effective legal services and solutions for a variety of civil, commercial, corporate, medico-legal and criminal matters.
The Medico-Legal Practice Group (“MLPG”) is a highly-specialised group within the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice, which provides a range of advisory and representation services for doctors indemnified by the Medical Protection Society Ltd. Members of the Firm’s MLPG have the unique depth and breadth of experience in undertaking medical negligence claims and law suits, Singapore Medical Council complaints and disciplinary inquiries, Coroner’s inquests, criminal defence representation, and medico-legal advice relating to Singapore’s health legislations and regulations.
The MLPG also handles claims and disputes involving healthcare establishments and clinic groups, pharmaceutical corporations, manufacturers and suppliers of medical products and devices, as well as provide advisory services on regulatory compliance issues.

Real Estate Practice
1 partner; 4 fee earners based in Singapore
Contact: David MITCHEL
Tel: +65-6533-9422
Email: [email protected]

The Firm’s Real Estate Practice is managed by a dynamic team of senior lawyers, associates and support staff with considerable experience and expertise in a broad spectrum of real estate and real-estate financing transactions.
Members of the Firm’s Real Estate have the requisite expertise to provide legal services for matters relating to estate planning, probate and the administration of estates, dealings involving land parcels, and residential, commercial and industrial properties. Their goal is to provide prompt, responsive and quality service, practical and commercially focused legal advice.
The Firm represents a wide array of clients, including local and foreign individuals and corporations, property developers, public listed companies, statutory boards, recreation clubs, banks and financial institutions in transactions, including those of a high value, complex and innovative nature. Notable transactions include advising two statutory boards on the integrated resort developments at Marina Bay and Sentosa, where the first two casinos in Singapore are situated. In addition to the Firm’s appointment to the panel of lawyers for all major local banks, it is also on the Central Provident Fund (“CPF”) Board’s conveyancing panel of lawyers.

The Firm’s comprehensive legal services include:
• Acquisition of Development Sites
• Collective Sales
• Estate Planning
• Landlord & Tenant
• Loans
• Mortgages & Charges
• Probate & Administration of Estates
• Project Financing
• Property Development Projects
• Restructuring of Loans
• Sales & Purchases
• Tenders and Auctions
• Trusts With the necessary IT infrastructure in place ensuring effective direct connection to all relevant government departments, the Firm is well-positioned to ensure efficient delivery of professional services to its clients.

Corporate and Commercial Practice
2 partners; 8 fee earners based in Singapore
Contact: Linus NG Siew Hoong
Tel: +65-6533-9422
Email: [email protected]

The Firm offers an extensive range of corporate advisory services with the depth of its practice built on the strength, expertise and experience of its lawyers. The Firm’s clients benefit from prompt, efficient and quality legal services aimed at their practical, business needs.

The experience of the Firm’s Corporate and Commercial Practice includes:
• Agency & Distributorship
• Anti-Competition
• Banking
• Building & Construction
• Capital Markets
• Corporate Compliance & Governance Corporate
• Corporate Finance
• Corporate Restructuring
• Corporate Secretarial Practice
• Employment
• Equipment Leasing & Hire Purchase
• Franchising
• Funds
• Immigration
• Insolvency Insurance
• Licensing
• Manufacturing
• Mergers & Acquisitions
• Private Equity & Venture Capital
• Sales and Purchases
• Sale and/or Supply of Goods and Services
• Technology and Media Contracts
• Tax

The Firm’s clients include various foreign and domestic entities from a wide range of fields, amongst which are multinational corporations and government bodies. They also include leading Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX) and foreign exchange-listed corporations, financial institutions and multinational corporations with strong household brand names, complementing the Firm’s well established IP Practice.
Leveraging on the international platform offered by the Firm’s membership with the MULTILAW global network, the Firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice largely involves cross-border transactions, drawing participation or support from esteemed, international law firms all across the globe. The Capital Markets Practice provides timely advice to SGX-listed companies on their disclosure obligations under the SGX-ST Listing Manual and assists with preparation of shareholders circulars for various major corporate actions. The Private Equity & Venture Capital Practice is also actively engaged in all aspects of private equity and venture capital fund transactions, including initial fund establishment, transaction structuring, regulatory advice and exit strategies. The Tax Practice Group also complements the above Corporate & Commercial Practices by providing practical and optimal solutions for various tax issues arising from underlying transactions such as joint ventures, bond/debt financing, asset or share acquisitions, corporate amalgamations, restructurings and securitisation transactions. The Firm assists its clients with making submissions to the Singapore tax authorities and the Singapore Ministry of Finance, and also with the application for tax incentives from relevant governmental bodies.
Members of the Firm’s Corporate and Commercial Practice work closely with well-known venture capitalists, private equity funds, angel investors and start-up funds. They regularly advise international MNCs, especially those with regional headquarters in Singapore, on employment and immigration issues, data protection, corporate governance and other regulatory and licensing requirements in Singapore, and is well supported by the Firm’s very experienced and efficient Corporate Secretarial arm.

International Work:
The Firm fully manages the local and regional patents, designs, trademarks and domain name portfolios for an extensive number of clients which include foreign and domestic entities, multinational corporations and businesses. Being a full service law firm providing a wide range of services, our IP Practice is fortunate to be supported by an excellent litigation team, and can safely rely on colleagues in our corporate and commercial team for transactional matters. 

Practice Areas:
• Arbitration
• Adjudication
• Banking & Finance
• Building & Construction
• Capital Markets
• Commercial Contracts
• Commercial Litigation
• Corporate Finance
• Corporate Litigation
• Corporate Restructuring
• Criminal Defence
• Criminal Prosecution
• Employment Matters
• Equipment Leasing & Hire Purchase
• Family & Matrimonial Practice
• Funds
• General Litigation
• Immigration Matters
• Information Technology & Media
• Insolvency
• Insurance Law
• Intellectual Property
• Landlord & Tenant
• Mediation
• Medical & Health Law
• Mergers & Acquisitions
• Motor Accident Claims
• Private Equity & Venture Capital
• Probate & Administration of Estates
• Professional Negligence
• Property & Project Financing
• Real Estate & Conveyancing
• Tax
• Vehicle & Industrial Accidents
• Workmen’s Compensation