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Latham & Watkins was named Asian Legal Business’s "International Deal Firm of the Year" at the 2014 South East Asia Law Awards, which recognize the excellence and outstanding achievements of leading law firms in the region. Latham received this award in acknowledgment of the firm’s impressive track-record providing cutting-edge advice on some of the region’s most complex and innovative transactions.

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Latham & Watkins advises clients on US, English and Singapore law matters, offering integrated legal expertise on Asia’s most complex transactions from the firm's Singapore office.

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Providing Integrated Legal Counsel Across Asia 

For more than 20 years, clients have sought counsel from Latham’s Singapore lawyers on complex corporate, finance and regulatory matters. The lawyers in our Singapore office have developed a breadth of experience across a multitude of industries including financial services, oil and gas, power, mining and metals, communications, internet and digital media, information technology, hospitality, gaming and leisure and entertainment, sports and media. Lauded as the “Most Innovative Firm in Asia-Pacific” by the Financial Times, Latham takes pride in providing innovative advice to corporations, financial institutions, government agencies and other significant players.

With extensive experience in South and Southeast Asia, Latham’s lawyers in Singapore represent Asian, US, European and Middle Eastern companies conducting business across the region, and acts for Asian companies in their direct investment activities and capital markets transactions globally.

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:

  • “International Deal Firm of the Year” by Asian Legal Business in 2014 and 2015
  • “Global Law Firm of the Year” by Project Finance International in 2014
  • “Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year” by IFLR Asia 2014
  • “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

Partners Rajiv Gupta and Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi were named Capital Markets Lawyer of the Year and Project Finance Lawyer of the Year respectively by The American Lawyer in its Asian Lawyer Emerging Markets Awards 2015.

In the 2015 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific, Latham received Band 1 rankings (the highest commendation) for its practice areas in Singapore, including:

  • Capital Markets: International – "Strong bench of dedicated practitioners with extensive experience in the region. Demonstrates expertise in rights offerings, convertible bonds, high-yield investment and exchange offers." "Deal-oriented, focused lawyers who are good at navigating local issues."
  • Projects & Infrastructure: International – “A regional juggernaut, widely noted for its prominent roles on headline projects, particularly in respect of financing.” “An experienced bench of Singapore-based practitioners offers deep expertise across South-East Asia and Australia.” "Hardcore projects guys who know their way around development and financing."

Further, Latham was highly recommended for work across a number of other practices in Singapore, including Corporate/M&A, Energy & Natural Resources, Banking & Finance, and Technology, Media and Telecoms. While Singapore-based lawyers have also been ranked in the top tier of lawyers Asia-wide and in a number of regional markets including Indonesia, India, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

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.