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Arbitration and International Dispute Resolution

Arbitration is acknowledged to be the primary method, if not sole effective mode, for cross border dispute resolution. The use of arbitration today is an unprecedented rate and this is in line with the growth of international trade. Our arbitration and international dispute resolution team is highly experienced and handles mediation and arbitration in many areas including: commercial, trade, energy, joint venture, mining, banking, construction, intellectual property, maritime and shipping.

Being experienced in cross border dispute resolution, our team understands that there are not just jurisdictional and legal differences but also language and cultural differences as well in any cross border dispute. With a strong network of firms from the 10 ASEAN countries, we are well-versed to manage cross border disputes either in the local courts through appointed local counsels or as arbitrator and counsel in arbitration matters in both domestic and international arbitrations.

Private Clients and International Real Estate

Our private clients’ practice group work with individuals, families, privately owned organisations and trustees on an extensive spectrum of legal issues ranging from financial and wealth management to estate and succession planning.

We provide services in the areas including but not limited to succession and estate planning, asset protection, wills and estate administration, powers of attorney, trusts, taxation.

Being ASEAN focus, our international real estate team is not only well equipped with the local knowledge in the ASEAN jurisdictions, but also has the legal expertise and a wide network to service our clients in this aspect. Our international real estate team includes specialists in banking, mergers and acquisitions, real estate corporate finance, tax, funds, securitization, litigation and asset finance, as well as construction, planning, environment and other real estate specific expertise coming together to offer a comprehensive suite of services for our clients. We undertake simple to complex real estate transactions, and advises clients on cross-border, multi-jurisdictional, tax and regulatory issues.

We advise investors, developers, hotel operators, local authorities, asset managers, facility managers, property agents on all types of projects and property-related transactions. Our international real estate team also advises high net worth individuals in building their portfolio of properties around the world and on financing, tax, conveyancing and immigration needs.

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Cross-Border Investment / Transactions & International Trade

Many business transactions today have a multi-national element in it. Our cross border corporate team aims to meet the needs of our clients undertaking these cross border or multi-national transactions. We provide comprehensive global corporate legal services that help clients complete sophisticated transactions in a rapidly changing competitive and regulatory environment. We understand the business culture especially within the ASEAN jurisdictions and have a group of experienced lawyers who speak the local languages to facilitate and act in these transactions.

Among our clients are large corporations, small and medium enterprises and government agencies who are active in sectors as varied as finance, energy, information technology, telecommunication, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, healthcare, hospitality and real estate.

Our extensive network of offices within ASEAN and also globally ensure that we provide international coverage to businesses in every legal aspect.

Intellectual Property

In this day, intellectual property is an equally important asset as real property. Our Intellectual Property Law team helps clients enhance and protect their intellectual properties especially in the ASEAN region by providing in-depth consultation and advice on procedures and legal rights on intellectual property.

We advise clients on all aspects of intellectual property law from the conceptualization, exploitation and protection to the enforcement of intellectual property rights. We undertake trademark, design and patent registration in the ASEAN and Asian region, United States and the European Union through our network of trademark and patent agents. Our team has expertise in advising on trademarks, copyright, patents, designs, infringement, passing off, protection of confidential information and trade secrets, licensing and franchising of intellectual property rights.

For businesses like pharmaceutical companies, education, food and beverage companies, high technology companies and consulting companies operating in many jurisdictions and often across many borders, their main asset is their intellectual properties which have to be protected as they expand their operation. We also advise our clients on strategies to exploit the intellectual property rights and to commercialize their rights through licensing, franchising and other strategies.

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