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Law firms across Asia are struggling to deal with the financial impact of COVID-19, and Singapore is no different, after reports emerged that Dentons Rodyk and Big Four firm WongPartnership, two of the city-state’s largest firms, were cutting pay for lawyers.
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Singapore Big Four firm WongPartnership has been replaced by Clifford Chance and Cavenagh Law as legal advisors to embattled water treatment firm Hyflux, according to media reports.
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Bae, Kim & Lee and WongPartnership have represented German online delivery company Delivery Hero SE on its $4 billion acquisition of Woowa Brothers, owner of South Korea’s top food delivery app owner. The seller was counselled by Kim & Chang while Woowa's shareholders were advised by Sullivan & Cromwell.
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PwC’s Singapore member law firm, Eng and Co., has appointed corporate and capital markets lawyer Colin Ong as director from WongPartnership, where he was a partner.
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Rajah & Tann has advised industrial gas company Linde on the $1.4 billion expansion of its gasification complex on Singapore’s Jurong Island as part of a gas supply deal with ExxonMobil, which was counselled by WongPartnership.
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PwC has named Rachel Eng, managing director of its Singapore member law firm Eng and Co., to its Global Legal Leadership team. In her new role, she will assist in driving the growth and expansion of PwC’s Global Legal Service network.
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Dentons Rodyk & Davidson has successfully represented the Singapore- registered PNG Sustainable Development Program (PNGSDP) in its long-running legal battle against Papua New Guinea, which was represented by WongPartnership.
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Drew & Napier has welcomed back disputes specialist Jared Chen as a director from fellow Singapore Big Four firm WongPartnership, where he was partner.
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Veteran corporate lawyer Rachel Eng is exiting Singapore Big Four firm WongPartnership, where she spent more than two decades, to join accounting firm PwC’s legal arm. Eng is PwC’s most high-profile hire in Asia so far.
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Singapore’s Oon & Bazul has hired restructuring and insolvency lawyer Tan Mei Yen as a partner from Big Four firm WongPartnership.