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"Latham & Watkins maintains a stellar reputation in the Singapore market with highlight deals throughout the region." - IFLR 1000 2013

Singapore

Latham & Watkins is one of the few international law firms in Singapore advising clients on US, English and Singapore law, offering integrated legal expertise on South and Southeast Asia’s most complex transactions.

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Providing Integrated Legal Counsel Across South & Southeast Asia 

Latham has been advising clients in Singapore and across the Asia-Pacific region for more than 20 years, representing corporations, financial institutions and governmental agencies on complex and innovative corporate and financing transactions including many of the largest, and often leading edge, transactions ever completed in South and Southeast Asia. The firm represents Asian, US, European and Middle Eastern companies conducting business across Asia-Pacific, and represents Asian companies in their direct investment activities and capital markets transactions globally.

Latham consistently earns top rankings from international legal directories for its work in jurisdictions across South and Southeast Asia, including in Singapore, Indonesia, India, Korea, Laos, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

The firm’s lawyers in the Singapore office speak a number of languages including Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), French, German, Greek, Hindi, Japanese, Kannada, Malayalam, Spanish, Tamil and Vietnamese.

Key Practice Strengths

Latham’s key practice areas in Singapore include:

Awards & Rankings

Latham is recognized as one of the leading international law firms in Singapore and has been named:

  • “Most Innovative US Law Firm of the Year” by IFLR in 2013
  • “Energy & Natural Resources Law Firm of the Year” by Asian Legal Business in 2013
  • “International Deal Firm of the Year” by Asian Legal Business in 2012

The Singapore office houses a number of the region’s most prominent practices, where Latham’s lawyers have been presented with the prestigious titles of:

  • “Project Finance Team of the Year” by IFLR in 2012
  • “International Capital Markets Team of the Year” by IFLR in 2012
  • “International M&A Team of the Year” by IFLR/Asialaw in 2011 and 2010 
In the 2014 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific, Latham received Band 1 rankings (the highest commendation) for its practice areas in Singapore, including:
  • Capital Markets: International – “A deeply experienced team with a strong presence across South and South-East Asia. Provides both US and UK law advice on the full range of capital markets transactions, including SEC-registered deals, rights offerings, private placements, and high-yield and convertible bonds.”
  • Corporate/M&A: International – “Has impressive transactional credentials across the region, particularly in Singapore, Indonesia and India, with capabilities in US, English and Singapore law. A popular choice among leading corporates and investment banks.” 
  • Projects & Infrastructure: International - “Prominent across Asia in relation to project financing. Regularly advises financial institutions on the most high-profile projects, and also undertakes significant work for sponsors.” 
Further, Latham was highly recommended for its work across a number of other practices in Singapore, including energy & natural resources; banking & finance; and technology, media and telecoms. 

The Singapore office has a strong commitment to serving the community and has been at the forefront of building and promoting a pro bono culture in Singapore. The office has taken on a leadership position on the Joint International Pro Bono Committee, which was established to match interested Singapore and international law practices with cross-border pro bono opportunities involving economic and social development in emerging markets. The membership of the committee is made up of representatives from most of the international and local law firms in Singapore and is an important forum for the development of pro bono initiatives in Singapore.

Latham's support for the Law Society of Singapore’s pro bono initiatives was honored with the “Friend of the Law Society” award in 2009. The firm has continued its involvement in the Law Society’s Criminal Legal Aid Scheme prison interview program and has also recently been providing corporate governance advice to Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX), which aims to be Asia’s first social stock exchange and Princeton-in-Asia (PiA), a non-profit organization that places recent college graduates in year-long service-orientated fellowship jobs in seventeen different countries throughout Asia.

In 2012, lawyers and professional staff from the Singapore office joined participants from more than 60 other organizations to celebrate Corporate Community Day, the largest one-day employee volunteer event in Singapore. The Latham team volunteered their time at a movie screening for the children and families of Club Rainbow, an organization that helps children suffering from chronic and life threatening illnesses and their families. The Latham team also shopped for and donated “wish list” items for Club Rainbow and Canossaville Children's Home, which runs a residential facility for at-risk girls and an integrated student care center for hearing impaired and dyslexic children.

Survey of Pro Bono Practices and Opportunities

A multi-office team of nearly 100 Latham & Watkins lawyers and professional staff from across the firm’s offices globally conducted extensive research to prepare the 2012 edition of the “Survey of Pro Bono Practices and Opportunities” report. Conducted in conjunction with the Pro Bono Institute (PBI), the unique report is an essential resource for local practitioners, in-house teams and non-profits on pro bono practices around the world.