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The firm has established its conveyancing practice since the firm’s founding. It is recognised as a leading conveyancing firm in Singapore.

Based on the recommendations of in-house counsel at the world’s most prominent companies and financial institutions, our firm was also ranked as one of the firms to go to in Singapore for Real Estate matters by Asialaw Profiles – The guide to the Asia-Pacific’s leading law firms.

The firm acts for individuals, corporations, banks, financial institutions, statutory boards and major developers in Singapore as well as overseas. The firm’s clients include some of the largest developers in Singapore.

The firm provides comprehensive legal services for all aspects of work relating to the development of property. These include advice on sale and purchase agreements for individual units, commercial and residential buildings and en-bloc sale of properties, joint ventures for building and property development, building and construction agreements, financing arrangements for the development of property and land acquisition by government bodies.

In servicing Landlord clients, the firm works with them to develop master agreements for leases of large commercial complexes in the retail, commercial and industrial sectors. These master agreements extend to all aspects of the building and cover matters such as redevelopment, major asset enhancement works, relocations, purchase of bulk electricity as well as assignments of Landlord’s interests where a REIT is contemplated. In addition, the firm also provides Landlord clients with other ancillary documentation and advice relating to their leased buildings such as licences, assignments, surrenders and consent terms.

For Tenant clients, the firm provides extensive advice as to their lease provisions and where required, negotiates lease terms on their behalf with their Landlords. The necessary amendments following successful negotiations are then undertaken by the firm on behalf of Tenant clients.

The Property practice group is full serviced in all aspects of landlord and tenancy law and works closely with the Litigation practice group where lease provisions need to be enforced or re-entry needs to be effected.

The firm is recognised for its expertise in resolving complicated problems on titles to land, mortgages and other issues relating to the law of property. The firm also advises and handles referrals from other legal firms and institutions on complex conveyancing and property-related matters.

The firm’s members are active in the development of property law and property practice in Singapore, having been involved in various related committees such as the Conveyancing and Rulings Committee of the Law Society, the Tenants Compensation Board and the Strata Titles Board.

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Banking, Finance and Corporate

The firm has advised on various forms of corporate, project and trade financing as well as loan syndication. Our services include the drafting of loan and security documents and rendering legal opinions on a range of banking and financing issues.

The firm acts for banks, financial institutions and borrowers in mortgage finance and other securities-related transactions. We also provide services relating to cross border transactions, documentary credits and international trade.

In the areas of securities and corporate finance, the practice has been involved in public flotations on the local bourse, private placements of shares and other security instruments.

We have a Corporate Practice advising both individuals and corporations from various industries in the use of different corporate vehicles to optimise the needs of both our local and foreign clients. In the area of general company law, we offer advice on corporate governance, directors’ duties, responsibilities and liabilities, shareholders’ rights (working with the Litigation Practice Group) as well as regulatory compliance with local business legislation and the requirements of the Singapore Exchange.

We provide registered office, corporate and secretarial services for both private and listed companies. In addition, we provide advice on other commercial areas such as joint venture arrangements, distribution agreements, corporate mergers and restructuring, public offerings, share and business acquisitions.

We also have an insolvency practice that has acted for liquidators in one of the world’s largest corporate insolvencies. The Corporate Practice (liaising jointly with the Litigation Practice Group) has also advised Scheme Administrators and Judicial Managers in various corporate recovery regimes.

The practice also advises on various aspects of employment law issues ranging from incentive programmes such as employee share option schemes to executive service agreements. In contentious employment issues, we work together with the Litigation Practice Group to advise in respect of issues such as restraint of trade and protective covenants.

Our firm also gives advice on immigration law issues.

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Construction

The firm has earned a good reputation for its expertise in complex building and construction cases. The firm’s clients include active members in the construction industry such as developers, statutory boards, consultants, construction and insurance companies. It has acted and continues to act for some of the largest British, Japanese and German construction companies. It also acts for some of the largest developers in Singapore. It has been involved in claims and arbitration proceedings involving claims of over $1 billion.

Based on the recommendations of in-house counsel at the world’s most prominent companies and financial institutions, our firm was also ranked as one of the firms to go to in Singapore for Construction by Asialaw Profiles – The guide to the Asia-Pacific’s leading law firms.

The practice handles contentious and non-contentious construction law work including advice on pre-tender agreements and construction joint ventures. It has considerable experience in complex multi-party arbitration and court proceedings, claims arising out of difficult ground conditions, disruption and prolongation disputes, failure of structural elements, variations and other construction law issues for building and engineering projects both in Singapore and overseas.

Who’s Who Legal has in an article Editorial: Construction in Singapore dated October 2007 commented that “Giam Chin Toon SC at Wee Swee Teow LLP is another highly rated individual. He was described as a “real force to be reckoned with” by one interviewee. Particularly well known for his disputes work, especially in arbitrations, he acted for a British contractor in one of the largest building contract arbitrations in Asia at the time, and has also acted for numerous Singapore and international clients in arbitration proceedings involving building, infrastructure and engineering projects in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region.”

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We are recognised as a leading property and conveyancing firm in Singapore and our conveyancing practice has roots in our firm’s founding more than a century ago.

We act for a variety of clients, including individuals, corporations, banks, financial institutions, statutory boards and major developers, both local and foreign. Our clients include some of the largest developers in Singapore, as well as the more specialised boutique outfits.

We provide comprehensive legal services for all aspects of work relating to the development of property. These include advice on sale and purchase agreements for individual units, commercial and residential buildings, en-bloc sale of properties, joint ventures for building and property development, building and construction agreements, financing arrangements for the development of property and land acquisition by government bodies.

We also provide the full suite of services in leasing and tenancy matters. For Landlord clients, we work to develop master agreements for leases of large commercial complexes in the retail, commercial and industrial sectors. These master agreements extend to all aspects of the building and cover matters such as redevelopment, major asset enhancement works, relocations, purchase of bulk electricity as well as assignment of Landlord’s interests where a REIT is contemplated. For Tenant clients, we provide strategic advice as to their lease provisions, negotiate lease terms on their behalf with their Landlords and guide them through the process of leasing any property.

We appreciate the underlying dynamics of the landlord-tenant relationship, and advise on the delicate adjustments that may be necessary along the way, in aspects such as licences, assignments, novations, surrenders, consent terms, holding over and re-entry.

We are recognised for our expertise in resolving complicated problems on titles to land, mortgages and other issues relating to the law of property, and have advised and handled referrals from other legal firms and institutions on complex conveyancing and property-related matters. This is perhaps because our lawyers are active in the development of property law and practice, having been involved in various related committees such as the Conveyancing and Rulings Committee of the Law Society, the Tenants Compensation Board and the Strata Titles Board.

We are able to take on mandates to bring our clients’ existing contractual arrangements in line with developments in the law and business of real estate. Working closely with our dispute resolution practice group, we support our real estate clients through the life cycle of their transactions.