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Shook Lin & Bok LLP

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Managing Partners: Sarjit Singh Gill, SC
Number of partners: 35
Number of associates:
Languages: Bahasa Indonesia, English, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil

Firm Overview:
Shook Lin & Bok LLP is one of the leading full-service commercial law firms in Singapore with a strong Asian presence and global reach. The firm has a century of rich legal heritage with a number of partners who are eminent lawyers in their respective areas of expertise.

Much of the firm’s success lies in its team of well-trained and experienced lawyers who are innovative and effective in solving complex and difficult legal issues, and who are able to provide customised and value-added legal services to its clients. Over the years, the firm has built a strong base of clients comprising both local and international financial institutions, as well as large multinational corporations.

Main Areas of Practice:
■ Banking & Finance
■ Capital Markets
■ Construction & Projects
■ Corporate/M&A
■ Corporate Real Estate
■ Employment
■ Energy & Natural Resources
■ Environmental, Social & Governance
■ Financial Services Regulatory
■ International Arbitration
■ Intellectual Property
■ Litigation & Dispute Resolution
■ Restructuring & Insolvency
■ Technology, Media & Telecommunications
■ Trust, Asset & Wealth Management
■ China
■ India

Main Areas of Practice:
Shook Lin & Bok’s practices are categorised into three major areas — corporate banking, corporate finance, and litigation and dispute resolution. Within each of these areas, it has specialist lawyers who are able to come together as a team to provide a comprehensive range of legal solutions that are structured to meet the needs of its clients.

Corporate Banking:
The firm has a long tradition of providing legal support to the banking and finance industry in Singapore since its establishment in 1964. Its well-established and experienced team of banking and finance lawyers, a number of whom are highly praised for their expertise, has advised on many high-profile, complex and significant local and cross-border banking and finance transactions. The firm’s clients include both local and foreign banks and financial institutions, as well as corporates.

Corporate Finance:
The firm has a strong corporate finance practice which consists of specialists who are leading lawyers in their respective fields. The practice has been actively involved in advising clients, both local and international, on a diverse range of local and cross-border matters including capital markets, corporate governance, derivatives, investments, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, property, regulatory, restructurings, technology, media and telecommunications; as well as trust, asset and wealth management.
The firm also provides assistance on setting up businesses in Singapore and provide advice on immigration, employment, regulatory, and other areas of law that are important in setting up a business or presence in Singapore. Its clients include start-ups, major Singapore corporates and multinationals, financial institutions, private equity and venture capital firms and other financiers.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
The firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice is amongst the select handful of practices in Singapore which can count on being briefed on one side or the other in any major dispute. The practice, which is recognised for its expertise by various legal publications, helps clients resolve a full range of contentious matters, including banking and finance, corporate matters, company and shareholders’ disputes, employment, insurance and property.
As courtroom battle is not the only way to resolve a dispute, where viable, the firm assists clients to resolve their disputes through alternative forms of dispute resolution. It has a strong international arbitration team which has been involved in arbitration cases both locally and around the world. Within the practice, it also has an active restructuring and insolvency team which represents bank and non-bank creditors, companies, regulators and insolvency practitioners.

International Work:
The firm has a strong regional practice focusing on the major markets throughout Asia. Its teams of dedicated lawyers have years of experience and are well-versed in local business and the associated cultural nuances. This allows the firm to provide quality and culturally sensitive legal advice to its clients. Together with its close network of Asian firms, the firm is able to offer a one-stop service for investment and financial solutions throughout the region.

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