Very commercial, smart and quick.....provides a very good level of service.

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While the economic landscape undergoes a transformative shift, the significance of the Asia Pacific nations has never been more pronounced. With our strategic presence in Singapore, a global financial hub and gateway to the vibrant markets of the region, we are at the forefront of navigating the legal complexities that accompany the unprecedented growth in these dynamic territories.

As a foreign law practice in Singapore, Penningtons Manches Cooper brings international experience in corporate and commercial, commercial dispute resolution, banking and finance, maritime and international trade law - both contentious and non-contentious - to assist clients throughout the Asia-Pacific and globally. We are permitted to handle Singapore arbitrations and are regularly called upon to oversee and assist on arbitrations and the enforcement of awards in other jurisdictions such as India and Australia.

Our highly regarded shipping team specialises in dispute resolution covering the full range of both wet and dry shipping matters. We have a particularly strong reputation in the market for handling casualty work and are considered one of the key players in this region. The team undertakes investigations and will manage all aspects of a marine casualty, which include dealing with salvage, wreck removal, oil pollution, general average, limitation and forum shopping issues.

We also have extensive experience handling arbitration proceedings in Singapore, Hong Kong and London arising from contractual disputes relating to charterparty claims, cargo issues and marine policy disputes. Our shipping specialists regularly work with container lines, bulk operators and tanker owners as well as charterers, P&I clubs and property insurers.

Our corporate and commercial team advises clients on mergers and acquisitions as well as on commercial matters. We have notable experience in cross-border and emerging market transactions in the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors - including acquisitions, disposals, restructurings and joint ventures in oil and gas, LNG, solar, wind and conventional power along with mining and commodities. If complex or irresolvable issues arise, our commercial disputes specialists are well equipped to assist on a range of energy, trade and finance matters, with particular expertise in international commercial arbitration, investigations and public international law.

The firm’s banking and finance practice supports commercial and investment banks, development financial institutions, investment and hedge funds, private equity houses, sponsors and corporate borrowers in various sectors on a broad range of cross-border transactional banking matters in Asia, Europe and the emerging markets. We cover trade and commodity finance, project finance, syndicated lending, private credit, debt finance, acquisition and leveraged finance, IPO financings, financings for secondary buyouts and recapitalisations, real estate finance, export credit finance, structured finance and business restructuring, seeking to provide the best possible service for our clients.

We offer expert advice on:

  • cross-border corporate transactions
  • banking and finance
  • commercial and regulatory
  • intellectual property
  • construction and infrastructure
  • litigation and mediation
  • international arbitration practice (including ICC, ICSID, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ad hoc and commodity arbitrations)
  • shipping and offshore matters
  • yacht and superyacht issues
  • casualties, collisions, fires and salvage
  • charterparty and bill of lading disputes
  • cargo claims

Recent work highlights

Advanced container tracking system

Providing corporate and commercial advice to an Australian-based design and technology company during the commercial development and deployment of its collapsible shipping containers which contain in-built IoT security and location devices.

Multi-million dollar energy sector disputes

Assisting an Indian energy conglomerate on multiple power and infrastructure disputes with a combined value of approximately US$450 million (ICC arbitrations).

Successful outcome for leading logistics business

Acting for a major logistics company on a dispute over a freight forwarding contract to provide multimodal transportation services to facilitate the delivery of materials and equipment for the construction of a large-scale fertiliser plant in East Malaysia.

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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under number 419867.

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