Singaporeís reputation as a world class holidaying destination had been established a long time ago. But this tiny island republic also has a burgeoning economy as almost every business or commercial organization of repute has a branch or office here. Singapore is also home to many well known local law firms and law establishments that have offices in many other countries of the world.
All companies looking to establish a new set up or for carrying on day to day business smoothly need to be aware of the laws of the nation to avoid transgressing them. Therefore Singapore happens to be an attractive hub for global law firms. The nationís standing as a strategic centre for international arbitration has gone up significantly. The Singapore Business Review placed five local law establishments at the top in its review of the 25 most popular law firms in 2012.
1.Allen & Gledhill LLP †Allen & Gledhill LLP located on 1, Marina Boulevard Singapore-018989 occupies the first slot amongst all local and foreign law firms. Lee Kim Shin and Lucien Wong are the joint managing directors. The firm actively advises its clients and files lawsuits on their behalf with issues arising out the segments of banking and finance, capital markets, corporate mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, real estate, international arbitration, and so on. There are 357 legal professionals working in total. Web-www.allenandglendhill.com
3.Wong Partnership LLP : Rachel Eng is the managing director of Wong Partnership LLP-a first rate law firm with its offices on the 28rd floor of the Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower No.3 in 12, Marina Boulevard, Singapore-018982. There are a total of 270 employees working in the firm. It is a key player in many strategic and important commercial areas including but not limited to capital markets, corporate and M&A, real estate, and projects and energy. Web- www.wongpartnership.com†
5.Rodyck & Davidson : Rodyck & Davidson located on 80, Raffles Place, Singapore 048624, has 205 legal professionals on its payroll and Philip Jeyaraetnam is the managing director. The legal firmís forte lies in settling disputes relating to financing of real estate projects. It also draws on its experience of having resolved insurance and civil issues relating to shipping and maritime industry. Web- www.rodyck.com
6.Spruson & Ferguson : †Spruson & Ferguson has offices throughout Southeast Asia, including an office in Singapore 152, Beach Road, Singapore-189721. Christian Robinson is the managing director of this firm that employs 120 legal experts. The firm addresses IP (intellectual property) aspects in the fields of life sciences, chemicals, electrical, technological and mechanical. Web- www.ecsf-asia.com
7.Herbert Smith Freehills : The office of Herbert Smith Freehills is on 50, Raffles Place, Singapore-048623 and Michael Walters is the managing director. Their core competency areas are corporate affairs, energy, dispute resolution, employment, and finance.Web- www.herbertsmithfreehills.com
8.Baker & Mckenzie, Wong & Leow : This firm has been operating in Singapore for nearly thirty years now and Clive Cook is the managing director. Its registered office is on 8, Marina Boulevard, Singapore-018981. It dexterously helps clients confront the threats and capitalise on the opportunities of conducting business in Singapore. Web- www.bakermckenzie.com
9.Shook Lin & Bok : Sarjit Singh Gill is the managing director of this legal consultancy located on 1, Robinson Road, Singapore-048542. The core competencies of the firm lie in real estate and construction, capital markets, and international arbitration. Web- www.shooklin.com
10.Khattar Wong LLP : Gurbachan Singh is the managing director of this firm that is situated on 80, Raffles Place, Singapore-048624. It is one of the biggest law firms in Singapore offering representation to many public and private establishments, some of which are listed in the Fortune 500 group of companies.† Web- www.khattarwong.com
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