21 ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS – JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2024 WWW.LEGALBUSINESSONLINE.COM Chan & Goh has pioneered numerous “firsts”, including the first actively managed AI-powered ETF listed on SGX this year. Colin worked on the first unit trust offered under the CPF Investment Scheme in 1998. The firm worked on the first few Luxembourg UCITS funds offered as recognised schemes in 2004, the first ASEAN Qualifying CIS passported into Singapore in 2014, the first REIT ETF listed on SGX in 2016, the first investment grade bond ETF listed in 2018, the first redomiciliation of a Cayman Islands fund as a VCC in 2020, one of the first VCC ETFs listed in 2022 and the first SingaporeShenzhen master-feeder ETF listed under the ETF Link in 2022. Chan & Goh remains committed to being the premier law firm serving the asset management industry in Singapore. CHP Law Founded in 2019 by Mr. Christopher Huang, CHP has since grown from a single corporate team to a multi-service firm with 20 fee earners. CHP’s areas of practice include corporate and commercial advisory, mergers and acquisitions, funds and financial regulations, litigation and arbitration, restructuring and insolvency, intangible assets and intellectual property, private client advisory, probate and administration, family law, and real estate. The firm’s all-roundedness is reflected in their deal highlights: CHP’s M&A team acted for a majority shareholder of a multi-national professional services firm valued at S$45 million in the sale of his shares to a Japanese listed company. The firm has also acted in several high-value disputes, including acting for a listed Australian technology company against the government of a state, in an SIAC arbitration, for a contractual claim exceeding $200 million. The IP team is regularly engaged to advise WIPO and was recently engaged to advise a Malaysian state-owned entity on IP strategies, while the Real Estate team advises various local statutory boards on their real estate matters. The young and dynamic team at CHP holds fast to their motto, “With You” when advising their clients. This approach is centred around fully understanding their clients’ commercial needs and walking with them through their business journey so as to grow with their clients and build success together. Eng and Co. Since its establishment in 2018 in Singapore, Eng and Co. has grown to have 15 fee-earners including five partners, by leveraging being a member of the PwC network that covers over 100 territories across the globe. Riding on the growth of Variable Capital Companies (VCCs) in the citystate, its asset management and funds team has become a leading practice of the firm, serving numerous fund managers in setting up their funds in Singapore. With the MAS welcoming the establishment of new family offices, this has also been an area of continuous growth for Eng and Co.’s private clients team who advise on the formation of family offices and family trusts. Unlike traditional law firms which serve clients by product lines, Eng and Co. trains its lawyers to be commercially savvy with the ability to work hand-inhand with other professionals such as tax, corporate finance and consulting. Its notable cases include the business combination of Vertex Technology Acquisition Corporation with 17LIVE last year as the lead counsel, which was Singapore’s first de-SPAC; advising a securities token exchange on its recognised market operator and capital markets services license applications; and advising a leading life insurance company on the establishment of a new financial advisory firm and the transfer of its agents thereto. The firm is led by its founder and managing director, Rachel Eng, a corporate and capital market specialist with close to 30 years of experience, who leads and manages many of its significant client relationships, while partner Colin Ong leads the firm’s asset management and funds team. SINGAPORE FIRMS TO WATCH 2024 NAKOORSHA LAW CORPORATION OMNI LAW PROLEGIS RUBICON LAW SCHELLENBERG WITTMER SETIA LAW SILVESTER LEGAL LLC VANILLA LAW VENTURE LAW WMH LAW CORPORATION METHODOLOGY Law firms needed to be based permanently in Singapore with 10 partners or less. The list was chosen based on the following criteria: — Growth of the law firm in the past 12 months (new office opening, increase in headcount/revenue, other kinds of expansion etc.) — Important deals or cases — Key clients — Significant accolades received in the form of public recognition, awards, etc. Christopher Huang Rachel Eng