Our lawyers are fluidly organized into "Business Units" according to the clients' project needs instead of traditional practice areas. Structured for responsiveness and effectiveness, our lawyers are able to collaborate easily and closely with their colleagues from different practice specializations to present a complete legal solution to meet our clients' needs.
The Firm represents both international and local banks, financial institutions and securities firms. We advise on contentious and regulatory issues. We also undertake recovery work for our clients in claims arising under guarantees, mortgages, debentures, margin instruments and derivatives. We also provide a wide range of regulatory and pre-dispute management advice to our bank clients.
Some recent briefs include:
Representing an international bank against ex-employees in relation to breach of confidence
Acting for the Trustee and lenders in the enforcement of and disputes over Notes involving legal proceedings in the BVI, Hong Kong, PRC and Singapore
Wide-scale enforcement action by a local bank in relation to a USD 300 million debt secured by various residential and commercial developments in Singapore
Acting for insurers of financial institutions in relation to disputes arising out of structural products
Recommended Firm for Dispute Resolution - Asialaw Profiles Ranked in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 for Dispute Resolution
Our broad base of institutional and corporate clients rely on us for swift and effective resolution of their corporate and commercial disputes regardless of size and complexity. We work closely with our clients along the entire spectrum of the dispute resolution process: from background advisory and investigative work; to negotiations, mediations and adjudications; to trial and appellate litigation, and international and domestic arbitration. ??
The areas which we cover are diverse and include:
Joint venture and shareholder disputes
Shareholder minority oppression actions
Distribution and Franchise disputes
Competition Law disputes and advisory
Recommended Firm for Dispute Resolution - Asialaw Profiles Ranked in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 for Dispute Resolution? Ranked in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 for International Arbitration Leading Arbitration and Disputes Resolutions Firm (Singapore) – Asia Legal Business
Our practice encompasses the full spectrum of both contentious and non-contentious aspects of construction, engineering and infrastructure law. We represent owners, architects, international and domestic main contractors, as well as international and domestic specialist sub-contractors.
We have represented our clients in a wide variety of claims involving defects, liquidated damages and extensions of time, prolongation and acceleration claims, variation claims, design liability disputes and professional negligence claims. We represented an international specialist contractor involved in the 87 day Public Inquiry into the Nicoll Highway Collapse in Singapore. We are advising international specialist contractors involved in the construction of both Integrated Resorts in Singapore, and also conduct disciplinary and criminal prosecutions for the Professional Engineers Board Singapore. The team is heavily involved in several adjudication cases under the Security of Payment Act which are likely to become leading case in this area. The team has been engaged as counsel in ICC, ICE, SIAC and SIA arbitrations.
Recommended Firm for Construction & Real Estate - Asialaw Profiles Recommended Firm for Project Finance, Infrastructure & Energy - Asialaw Profiles Ranked in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 for Real Estate & Construction Ranked in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 for International Arbitration
Our Corporate team handles a wide range of transactions, from joint ventures and shareholders' agreements to bespoke commercial agreements. We also frequently advise on structuring and establishing private equity and investment fund holding and management structures.
This team is versatile and very commercial, bringing to the table a commitment to understand the business and operational aspects of our clients' transactions so that the agreements we structure will optimize the client's legal and commercial requirements.
In addition, our corporate practice also includes non-conventions restructurings and reorganisations such as group restructurings, capital reductions and company amalgamations.
"TSMP Law Corporation runs a dynamic transactional practice" - Asia Pacific Legal 500
Recommended Firm for Corporate/M&A-PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook Ranked in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 for Corporate/M&A Markets Leading Firm – Corporate/M&A (Chambers Global) Leading Firm – Corporate/M&A (Chambers Asia)
The Singapore workforce has seen sweeping changes in the past few years, as the Singapore government re-positions the country in the global economy and re-aligns labour policies to cater to national social issues. Employment law is constantly changing and becoming an increasingly significant part of the business environment.
Our employment practice covers:
Structuring and drafting employment contracts, employment benefits and incentives, stock option schemes
Advising on confidentiality, restraint of trade, non-competition, contract termination and industrial relations issues
Advising on employment issues arising in relation to business mergers and restructurings
Representing clients in employment-related disputes
Assisting foreign clients to set up business in Singapore, including immigration and work permit requirements
Recommended Firm for Labour & Employment – Asialaw Profiles
Our Finance team is active primarily in the arena of banking and finance, servicing clients on both the lending and borrowers' fronts. We represent a number of international and local banks, including Citibank, United Overseas Bank and Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation. The borrowers we act for range across listed to government-linked companies, private family wealth funds and multi-nationals.
We are also regularly engaged in the debt and quasi-equity markets, on note issuances and mezzanine financing.
In addition, our Finance practice also encompasses acquisition financing linked to the Mergers & Acquisition transactions we handle. Our Finance team also works on a variety of debt restructurings.
Ranked in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 for Banking, Finance and Capital Markets Leading Firm – Banking & Finance (Chambers Asia) Recommended Firm for Banking – IFLR 1000 Recommended Firm for Banking & Finance – PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook
Our information technology team specializes in complex dispute resolution briefs. Our lawyers have developed a unique understanding of issues facing this industry and are able to assimilate the technical issues within the legal interface.
In addition, the team undertakes a wide range of technology-related work, from advising Internet Providers and handling Internet banking issues; to e-commerce transactions and drafting internet-related contracts (such as web development agreements and software and technology contracts).
Our team also acts on a variety of Intellectual Property Enforcement actions, advising on Trademark, copyright, and passing off issues, and involved in one of the earliest deep-hyperlinking, and cyber trespassing cases in Singapore.
Some of the briefs we have handled include:
Representing an IT MNC in the resolution of a multi-million dollar IT and software development contract dispute, against a statutory board in Singapore
Representing on IT MNC in relation to a systems integration dispute in respect of a web based e-commerce solution
Recommended Firm for Intellectual Property – Asialaw Profiles Ranked in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 for Intellectual Property? Ranked in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 for TMT (Technology, Media & Telecommunications)
In tandem with the rapid globalization of the world's economies and the proliferation of international investment and trade, international arbitration has significantly increased in importance over the last decade. With our specialization and expertise in the areas of commercial, construction, information technology and maritime law, we are well equipped to conduct all areas and aspects of international arbitration.
The Firm has a wealth of expertise and experience in international arbitration. The disputes team includes two Senior Counsel and five Directors who are Fellows of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, including the Immediate Past President of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.
Some recent briefs include:
a dispute relating to the construction of a power station in Indonesia,
a dispute relating to an agency for food products in Vietnam;
disputes arising in connection with distribution agreements for pharmaceutical products in Indonesia;
a dispute relating to the installation of an undersea pipe; and
various international trade and carriage disputes
Ranked in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 for International Arbitration Leading Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Firm (Singapore) – Asia Legal Business
We are very active in M&A transactions, running the full gamut of deal involvement, from structuring and due diligence, to negotiation and completion. The transactions include takeovers and reverse takeovers of companies listed on the Singapore Exchange, cross-border M&A's and privatisation divestments.
We have recently been involved in the takeover of Singapore public listed companies, as well as acting for the bidders in the privatisation of the power sector in Singapore. The Singapore REIT market has also seen volatile activity including acquisitions of distressed or special circumstances REIT assets. Our practice also encompasses advising on anti-trust compliance and liaising with the Singapore Competition Commission in connection with merger and acquisition transactions.
The M&A team also runs a number of complex corporate and debt restructurings transactions.
""flexible team at TSMP Law Corporation", which contains "impressive young lawyers building a strong practice"" - Chambers Global
"TSMP Law Corporation's M&A team [is] "highly professional yet very personal"." - IFLR 1000
Recommended Firm for Mergers and Acquisitions – IFLR 1000 Recommended Firm for Corporate/M&A-PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook Ranked in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 for Corporate/M&A Markets. Leading Firm – Corporate/M&A (Chambers Global) Leading Firm – Corporate/M&A (Chambers Asia)
The Real Estate team is very active in the real estate and development project spheres. Our clientele consist primarily of real estate developers and privately held investment holding companies. Our portfolio covers residential, commercial, industrial and mixed developments in Singapore, as well as land-related financing.
Some recent projects are:
On Sentosa Island: - Coral Island Bungalows - Paradise Island Bungalows - Pinnacle Collection - The Coast Condominium - The Turquoise
Other Developments - Newton One - St Patrick's Loft - Northstar@AMK
The team has also acted on en bloc property purchases such as the Orange Grove condominium and Aura Park.
Ranked in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 for Real Estate and Construction
The Firm's Regulatory, Compliance, Investigations and Crisis Management desk is headed by Collin Seah, and manned by a team with diverse licensing, transactional and dispute management expertise, including Senior Counsel and ex-Law Dean, Tan Cheng Han. Prof Tan served for 10 years on the Securities Industry Council of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, is the Lead Independent Director of NTUC Income, one of the largest insurance companies in Singapore, and sits on the Appeal Advisory Panel to the Minister of Finance. Whether on routine licensing matters or in managing potential crises, the team's approach is a highly responsive and customized one, aimed at structuring the best possible solution for each client.
On the Regulatory and Compliance front, the team advises clients on regulatory licensing and ongoing compliance, principally in the areas of financial services. The team also advises clients in more specialized fields, including for trading of carbon credits under the Kyoto Protocol.
This is also the first response team when clients face a crisis, whether because of suspected internal fraud, or misappropriation, misconduct or regulatory breach. The team is engaged early to manage and contain the situation, often before any complaint or actual breach has been discovered, with the mission to avert and minimize collateral damage. The team's work ranges from internal investigations and looking for systemic lapses or internal control weaknesses, to preparing reports and recommendations and advising on potential claims and regulatory proceedings.
The Restructuring and Insolvency team is multi-disciplinary and comprises both experienced corporate and litigation lawyers. The Firm acts on all sides of the insolvency process, and has represented liquidators, judicial managers, scheme arrangers, the companies or individuals restructuring their debt obligations, "white knights" and corporate rescuers. We assist our clients in negotiating the laws and regulations governing the insolvency process, and adopt a flexible problem-solving approach.
We have also been involved in contentious disputes arising out of the insolvency process, including issues of unfair preferences, transactions at an undervalue, defrauding of creditors, priorities disputes, opposition of judicial management petitions and schemes of arrangements and trust monies.
Recommended Firm for Restructuring & Insolvency – IFLR 1000 Recommended Firm for Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy – Asialaw Profiles
We frequently advise clients in the area of securities regulation and regulatory/licensing compliance. This would include advising on the licensing and compliance of financial institutions establishing a business presence in Singapore, assisting private equity and hedge fund managers to set up their corporate structures, and advising on various securities and offering requirements.
In addition, we often assist our multi-national clients in drawing up manuals to comply with issues such as data protection, record retention and trade compliance.
Our Shipping and Maritime Team offers a full range of services in both transactional and contentious areas of shipping and maritime law. We have a vibrant practice in corporate and transactional shipping matters, including ship finance, ship sale and purchase and sale and lease back transactions. We routinely act for the Singapore banks as well as international banks active in ship finance in many bilateral and syndicated loan transactions. We also routinely advise shipowners on all aspects of shipping related contracts such as shipbuilding and repair contracts, charterparties and bills of lading.
Transactions handled by the team members have been highlighted in:
In the area of contentious work, we have experience in a wide range of shipping work including casualties (collisions, groundings, fire/explosions, sinkings, oil and marine pollution, wreck removal and salvage), to more routine claims (charterparty disputes, cargo claims, ship building and repair disputes, and enforcement of mortgage and other maritime debts).
We have an active practice in structured trade finance matters involving inventory and warehouse financing. We are frequently involved in the drafting of Collateral Management Agreements and security documents associated with trade finance. Our expertise in shipping, which is an integral component of international trade, puts us in an ideal position to understand the whole process of shipment of cargo, issuance and transfer of bills of lading as title documents, carriage and delivery of goods. This enables us to provide sound and comprehensive advice in trade finance transactions.