Investing in Asia and Around the World
Deeply committed to the Asia region, Dechert opened the firm’s newest office in 2014 in Singapore, one of the world's major financial hubs. Our Singapore lawyers focus on private equity, financial services and international dispute resolution throughout Asia, with a particular emphasis on South and Southeast Asia.
Working closely with our other offices in Asia and around the world, we advise investment funds, their managers and other industry participants across the entire investment management spectrum, particularly on the structuring and establishment of private equity investment funds and other private equity-related transactions. Our experience includes secondary transactions, carried interest and co-investment plans, team spin-outs, co-investments as well as the establishment of registered funds, hedge funds and products focused on other alternative asset classes (such as real estate, infrastructure and venture capital).
Our Singapore team also represents clients in complex cross-border disputes, including international arbitrations, mediations and white collar regulatory investigations. We advise on drafting effective dispute resolution provisions in contracts and structuring investments to attain investment treaty protection in order to mitigate sovereign risk. In addition, Dechert has extensive experience in the enforcement of judgments and arbitration awards in Asia (including China) and throughout the world.
Deep Regulatory Expertise
Dechert’s U.S., European and Asian practices counsel funds and financial services entities around the world. Our Singapore team is part of our top-ranked global funds practice and works closely with our regulatory team to facilitate the provision of exceptional regulatory expertise in the region.
Areas of Focus
We advise on all phases of the investment life cycle. Our cross-functional team focuses on structuring funds for cost and tax efficiency and good governance, executing investments that maximize value, handling transactions that enhance portfolio companies, and accomplishing successful exits.
Financial services entities of all types rely on Dechert’s team in Singapore. With a reputation as a market leader in investment funds, we handle the full range of private equity, hedge and registered fund work. We also advise major institutional investors – particularly Asian sovereign wealth funds and fund-of-funds – on investments into financial products, both in Asia and elsewhere.
Asset managers regularly contact us for advice on:
- Fund formation and offerings
- Compliance and governance
- Fund restructuring and consolidation
- Product development and regulation
- Investigative proceedings and enforcement actions
Mergers and Acquisitions
We are recognized as a leading M&A adviser. Dechert represents buyers, sellers and advisers in complex commercial transactions in Singapore and throughout Asia. We focus on structuring successful deals, ensuring speed-to-market execution, and protecting our clients’ interests in all phases of a transaction.
Our Singapore arbitration team represents both corporations and States in international disputes. We possess detailed knowledge of regional arbitration institutions and their rules, people and practices, drawing on the extensive experience of our lawyers who serve as both arbitrators and counsel. Clients benefit from the insights gained by the team’s thought leadership, including through the co-authoring of a leading text on Singapore arbitration, A Guide to the SIAC Arbitration Rules, published by Oxford University Press. The team also regularly advises investors on the structuring (or restructuring) of foreign investments in order to attain investment treaty protection, as well as the resolution of disputes with governments under such treaties.
We advise and defend companies and individuals facing allegations of financial and business-related misconduct, and facilitate the discreet handling of enforcement investigations originating either internally or from a regulatory authority. Applying our depth of knowledge and experience, we devise effective strategies, maintain credibility with government agencies and obtain effective results for our clients. We also proactively assist companies in designing, implementing and enforcing regulatory compliance programs.
Dechert has successfully defended clients facing government investigations, including those relating to alleged accounting irregularities, antitrust, bank and financial fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations, government contract fraud, insider trading, money laundering, securities fraud, stock market manipulation and tax fraud.
Dechert (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., a private limited company incorporated in Singapore (Registered No. 201420707M), is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dechert LLP US.