WongPartnership is the clients’ choice for big-ticket domestic and cross-border disputes, with top-tier expertise from teams led by no less than 14 disputes-dedicated partners. The group’s offering encompasses all areas including commercial disputes, construction, international arbitration and insolvency matters. Its work cuts across numerous sectors including energy, entertainment, hospitality, infrastructure, medical, natural resources, telecommunications, transport and trade. The firm is well positioned to act on multi-jurisdictional matters backed by its extensive integrated regional practices in Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, India, China, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Commercial disputes and international arbitration experts Alvin Yeo, Chee Meng Tan and Sean Yu Chou, construction specialists Christopher Chuah and Ian De Vaz, corporate and commercial disputes head Hock Keng Chan, and insolvency expert Manoj Sandrasegara are among the key figures in the firm. Swee Yan Koh and Smitha Menon are other active lawyers in commercial and corporate disputes, and international arbitration.
The firm starred in a complex, cross-border dispute that involved Singaporean, BVI and Indian law. It defended a consortium of Singapore entities and several individuals against a claim commenced in the Singapore Court over breaches of trust, where damages are valued at nearly $700 million. The team was additionally instrumental for Bloomberry in proceedings before the Singapore High Court to set aside and resist enforcement of arbitral awards involving more than $400 million. EFG Bank instructed the team in a claim before the High Court for the enforcement of $199 million in assets from an affiliate of a Taiwanese insurance company.
Yeo and his team successfully helped Element Six Technologies obtain a favourable judgement in a complex patent infringement action. The firm is also acting for a regional private equity firm in respect of a dispute relating to a former senior employee's termination of employment and his alleged entitlement to carried interest.
The employment team defended L Catterton Asia in a trial against a former managing director’s claim relating to wrongful dismissal, entitlement to carried interest, fraudulent misrepresentation and the novel issue of stigma damages. In another highlight, the team represented Or Kim Peow Contractors, one of Singapore’s largest privately-owned property developers, against criminal charges brought by the government under the Workplace Health and Safety Act and the Building Control Act, in respect of the collapse of a partially-constructed highway viaduct structure on Upper Changi Road East.
WongPartnership is at the forefront of legal technology in Singapore and has deployed artificial intelligence and document automation technology to enhance its legal services. For example, it adopted artificial intelligence technology from London-based AI firm Luminance to support its M&A practice and also runs a subscription-based legal document automation service through WPGateway that generates certain standardised documents for clients.
Core clients include Bonhams Hong Kong, Credit Suisse, JPMorgan Chase and Ramky Cleantech Services.
“The firm is consistently excellent. Its advice is cogent and clear and the team is very experienced, user-friendly and sharp.” – Commercial and transactions
“Impressive all-round. All-round strength from partners to associates, fantastic legal and technical ability, and very responsive and always able to put the client at ease.” – Commercial and transactions
“Extremely responsive, high-quality advice.” – Labour and employment
“Sean Chou is a formidable lawyer. He is very sharp, knowledgeable and solutions focused. He understands clients' objectives, is very hands-on and has the innate ability to help clients navigate protracted and complex disputes in a steady and strategic manner.”
“Wendy is the best lawyer I have ever met. She is an extremely smooth and polished advocate with astounding intellect, determination and great client management skills. All in all, she’s a fantastic lawyer and person to work with. It is also because of Wendy that WongPartnership is the only law firm we would use in Singapore and the Asian region.”
“Smitha manages to make you feel as though you are her only client! She’s incredibly responsive and inspires confidence with her negotiation skills and disputes process knowledge.”