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Singapore's 2nd largest international law firm

As the financial and business hub of South East Asia, Singapore is the place to do business with jurisdictions across the region, and is frequently ranked as the world's most open economy.

With every one in 20 citizens a millionaire, the state has a large and growing population of high net worth individuals , families, and financial institutions in the city which manage over $1.3 trillion in assets.

We have been present in Singapore since 2012, and grew dramatically in size and services through the creation of Withers KhattarWong in 2015, which is a formal alliance with KhattarWong, one of the oldest and most well-respected law firms in Singapore. The alliance has created the second largest law firm in Singapore, offering a full range of legal services to corporations, institutions and successful individuals, including some of the biggest companies and leading families in Singapore.

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Distinctions

Only Singapore law firm with 'Outstanding' ranking for insurance

'Recommended' law firm for insurance - Singapore (2017)

Ranked 2nd (2016) and 3rd (2017) largest international law firm in Singapore

Law firm of the year in Singapore

Leading firm for intellectual property, real estate and TMT in Singapore (2015-2017)

Leading firm for employment (2015-2017)

Leading firm - Band 1 for private client law in Singapore

Leading firm - Tier 1 for private wealth in Singapore

Leading firm - Tier 2 for tax and trust in Singapore

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Ching Chern’s understanding of the real estate business was a great advantage when buying our desired property. She explained each stage of the process clearly and carefully and delivered a successful outcome. We can’t recommend her highly enough.

Yean Lay Lee
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Withers KhattarWong’s expertise was fundamentally important to us in resolving negotiations with the Inland Authority of Singapore. The dedication, meticulousness and practical advice provided saved us expense and further delays, and we’ve been glad to work closely with the team on a number of other projects since then, in which the service provided has been of a similarly high quality.

Asia Development PTE Ltd
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Withers KhattarWong provided timely and effective advice to us in the purchase of our current office and other investment properties in Singapore, and we returned to them for assistance when we came to sell some industrial units. The team’s efficiency and meticulous attention to detail greatly helped to simplify the process for us.

CJP International
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We have dealt with Anpa and his team in Singapore for a number of years and their advice and service delivery has always been first class.

Charlie Neo, Manager - EQ Insurance
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Withers KhattarWong has been a dependable advisor to HL Assurance across a range of our insurance products. The firm’s knowledge of the insurance industry is second to none, and their service is always flawlessly delivered.

HL Assurance
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Their role of advisors to our shipping business has been essential in our growth. The on-going financial legal advice Withers KhattarWong provides, means Lanpan can sail into ever greater prosperity.

Fang Yuan, Director and Founder - Lanpan

Parcours

SG$549 million refinancing of Capital Square in Singapore

Acted together with MEAG, the asset manager of Munich Re (one of the world's leading reinsurers and risk carriers) and ERGO (one of the major insurance groups in Europe) in the SG$549 million refinancing transaction obtained by Queensley Holdings Limited for the commercial building in Singapore known as 'Capital Square'. Our Client subscribed for all the SG$151 million secured junior notes and SG$78 million of the preferred shares issued by Queensley Holdings Limited as part of the refinancing.

LG Electronics Inc

Our Singapore team successfully acted for LG Electronics Inc. in a trade mark opposition filed by headphones manufacturer Beats Electronics, LLC against the registration of the mark 'QuadBeat' before the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, securing a favourable decision.

Complex dispute with a financial consulting firm

Withers represented an individual in a dispute involving a successful limited liability company that provided global financial consulting and advisory services. Withers successfully avoided a public lawsuit and negotiated a successful resolution. This complex matter involved parties in the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Belize.

Landmark stamp duty decsion in the High Court of Singapore

We successfully represented our client in Zhao Hui Fang and another in a case that challenged the application of stamp duty to a residential purchase by a charity. The High Court of Singapore ruled that the additional buyer’s stamp duties regime does not apply to residential property purchased by a charity. The landmark decision had wide-ranging impact on charities and the non-profit sector in Singapore.

A European investment advisor

A European-based investment advisor approached Withers for advice on structuring its worldwide operations and other issues in the US. Because of our in-depth of knowledge of international markets, we were able to help with US withholding obligations as well as reporting obligations for US customers and accounts.

Singapore's first constitutional challenge to the criminalization of male homosexual Conduct

In the case of Lim Meng Suang and Kenneth Chee Mun-Leon v Attorney-General [2014]SGCA53 we acted in our client's appeal involving constitutional issues of public importance, namely, whether Section 377A of the Penal Code infringes the constitutional rights to equality, life and liberty. This was Singapore’s First Constitutional Challenges to the Criminalization of Male Homosexual Conduct in Singapore.

Multi-million dollar digital entertainment arbitration

Our cross border dispute resolution team acted for a Korean digital entertainment business in a multi-million dollar ICC arbitration on a construction and commercial disagreement involving two Korean businesses and a Chinese company

Wee Chiaw Sek Anna

Representing the sole executor of the estate of the late Ng Hock Seng, we successfully defended a claim by Ng Li-Ann Genevieve for a share of alleged matrimonial property, based on fraud, breach of trust and unjust enrichment.

TMT Asia Ltd v BHP Billiton Marketing AG & Anor

We acted in the High Court of Singapore in disputes relating to market manipulation and freight forwarding agreements, and involving violations under the Securities and Futures Act (Cap. 289) and successfully resisted a striking- off application

Defending SMRT Trains Ltd and the Land Transport Authority

We represented SMRT Trains in a High Court case involving the duty of care owed by a mass rapid transport operator and regulator to a commuter claiming SGD $3.4 million in damages. The Plaintiff’s claim was dismissed by the High Court Judge, whose decision was upheld by the Court of Appeal.

OTF Aquarium Farm v Lian Shing Construction Co Pte Ltd (formerly Liberty Insurance Pte Ltd)

We appeared in the Court of Appeal in a matter involving losses arising out of the flow of water from the Appellant’s land to a neighbouring fish farm.

A regional education provider in Singapore in a cross border arbitration

We advised our client (the Claimant) in a cross border arbitration under the SIAC Rules involving claims of USD $70 million. Our client entered into a funding arrangement with a private equity firm, allowing the funder to acquire shares and/or control in a company which acquires, runs and manages schools, and the arbitration concerned the corporate structure and approach to governance and controls.

Singapore arbitration on behalf of a Malaysian bank

We are representing a Malaysian bank on an arbitration in Singapore under the ICC Rules regarding claims arising out of a software contract with a Swiss multinational corporation. The contract involved the replacement of the bank’s central banking system, with far reaching cross border implications, given the bank's status as a public institution. The claim relates to the Islamic status of the core banking system with a contract value in the region of USD $17 million.

An international trust in Singapore

Acted for an International trust in Singapore in the sale of US$165 million worth of debt owned by Indonesian company to several international banks.

Singapore Economic Development Board

We successfully defended a claim in the High Court and the Court of Appeal arising from a refusal to grant a renewal of a lease of a site on prime land, involving allegations of misrepresentation

Discharge of mortgages over 41 Singapore-flagged, Hong Kong-flagged and Liberian-flagged vessels

We acted for a German bank, a Finnish bank and a Norwegian bank in Singapore in the discharge of mortgages over 41 Singapore-flagged, Hong Kong-flagged and Liberian-flagged vessels owned by an Indonesian shipping company. The discharge of mortgages was made simultaneous with the refinancing and global restructuring of that Indonesian shipping company’s debt.

International school in Singapore

We acted for a bank in the financing to an international school in Singapore for the construction of an additional building to its existing campus.

Advised banks and borrowers in Singapore on project financing

We have advised banks and borrowers in Singapore on project financing for the development of hotel/office/shopping complexes, residential estates, highways, pipelines, petrochemical plants and other industrial developments, and financing for the acquisition of hotels, hospitals, plantations, commercial and industrial buildings and complexes and the takeover of companies, secured against all kinds of assets and guarantees, in jurisdictions such as Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, United Kingdom, Vietnam, and others.

A Singapore based bank

Acted for a foreign branch of a Singapore based bank in a transferable loan facility of up to Japanese ¥1.23 billion for a borrower in Mumbai. The facility was secured by a hypothecation deed with security agent being a national central bank.

Singapore Economic Development Board in a High Court Claim

We successfully acted for the Singapore Economic Development Board in a claim in the High Court and the Court of Appeal arising from a refusal to grant a renewal of a lease of prime land, involving allegations of misrepresentation

Singapore Youth Council

Acting in two matters for the Singapore Sports Council in relation to separate claims separate involving the use of a public swimming facility. We acted for the council both at the Coroner’s Inquiry and also managed the common law claims.