Loo & Partners focuses on providing quality banking and capital markets advice, capturing a significant amount of initial public offering (IPO) work in China.
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Loo & Partners’ reputation is founded on its work for the Taiwanese Civil Aeronautics Administration in its defense of a claim over a crash in 2000 brought by Singapore Airlines.
The Asia Pacific Legal 500
…That regional expertise extends to banking work, where the team, has impressive instructions… also an authority on corporate governance… advises on shipping groups and others in the sector on financial issues…
The Asia Pacific Legal 500
 
“Loo & Partners’ LLP excellent IPO practice covers mandates from pre-listing financing to post-listing corporate governance advice… The firm is also active in setting up funds in the ship finance sector, and has an impressive array of international banks among its clients.”

“Loo & Partners LLP is ‘an active player’ in the capital markets sector with particular strength in Chinese companies seeking to list on the SGX. “

“Clients praise name partner Loo Choon Chiaw’s ‘legal competence and commercial acumen’ for his ‘high standards and top-quality advice’.”


- The Asia Pacific Legal 500 2012/2013 Edition

 

 
International appraisers of law firms have been very complimentary when noting the quality of our work in banking and finance, corporate, mergers & acquisitions, and capital markets matters (collectively “banking and corporate finance matters”). Indeed, our firm has been highly recommended for these matters.
For instance, the editorial team of The Asia Pacific Legal 500, the leading independent guide to Asia’s Commercial law firms, has, through the years, stated as follows:
“…Specialist boutiques are increasingly involved in some of the biggest deals. Loo & Partners LLP is one such example.”

“Loo & Partners LLP’s Loo Choon Chiaw, praised for his ‘high standards and top-quality advice’, is advising ten corporate clients on their IPO and reverse-take-over preparations in Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong and Malaysia, and undertakes post-IPO advisory and corporate compliance work.”

“Loo & Partners LLP is recognised as a one-stop provider of legal services across the region, with particular strength in Taiwan, China and Hong Kong. Loo Choon Chiaw, who wins plaudits for his ‘in depth understanding of complicated technical and commercial issues’, acted for SGX-listed Chinese confectioner Hsu Fu Chi in its S$2.1bn acquisition by Nestlé.”

“Loo & Partners LLP’s managing partner Loo Choon Chiaw and Chia Foon Yeow successfully represented the Taiwanese government in the High Court and the Court of Appeal in its claim for $30m designated for developing diplomatic relations with Papua New Guinea.”

“Loo & Partners LLP provides ‘excellent, quality advice’ on ship financing, notably representing Mega International Commercial Bank in its $134m vessels acquisition financing to Taiwanese shipping conglomerate U-Ming Group. Nordea Bank is a key client.”


- The Asia Pacific Legal 500 2011/2012 Edition

 

 
“Loo & Partners LLP’s boutique practice provides ‘prompt responses and reliable turnaround’ advising Chinatrust Commercial Bank, Nordea Bank Group and UniCredit Banking Group. It advised Scorpio East Group in the disposal of its flagship building via a REIT, and Leader Environmental Technologies on its IPO on SGX as well as offering post-IPO advice. Name partner Loo Choon Chiaw is ‘highly experienced, technically sound and commercially savvy’.”

“The ‘vastly experienced’ Loo Choon Chiaw and his ‘commercial and sensible’ team at Loo & Partners LLP assisted with the acquisitions of coal mines in Inner Mongolia, Russia and Indonesia. Clients include the Galaxy Group and Russian energy conglomerate Inter Rao.”

“Loo & Partners LLP assisted Nordea Bank Group with a $360m acquisition facility to a leading shipping group and advised an international marine group on tax incentives under the Approved International Shipping Scheme.”

- The Asia Pacific Legal 500 2010/2011 Edition

“Loo and Partners LLP’s boutique practice is often clients’ ‘first port of call for projects of complexity and substantial value’. Its banking practice has strong links with state-owned funds across Taiwan, China and Korea, and has been acting for China Construction Bank on numerous credit facilities. The firm continues to provide IPO and RTO assistance for a largely regional client base. Name partner Loo Choon Chiaw ‘articulates his clients’ position in clear concise terms’. “

“Loo & Partners LLP has a particularly strong China and Taiwan corporate offering. Loo Choon
Chiaw is ‘supported by a dedicated and experienced team’. The firm acted for a regional coal-mining group on a number of coal mine acquisitions in Inner Mongolia and Russia.”

“Loo & Partners LLP attracts Taiwanese and Chinese companies, and is recommended for ‘excellent response times’.”

“Loo & Partners LLP acted for Hana Bank on a $15m ship financing facility to a Korean shipping group. Loo Choon Chiaw has a ‘wealth of experience’ in the ship finance sector.”

- The Asia Pacific Legal 500 2009/2010 Edition
 

 
“Loo & Partners LLP is currently assisting 14 corporate clients in IPO and reverse-take-over (RTO) preparations. It is ‘an active player’ in the capital markets sector with a particular strength in Chinese companies seeking to list on the SGX. On the banking side, it is acting as Singapore counsel for NEC Group in relation to the extension and amendment of a Yen 40bn global revolving credit facility arranged by Citibank Group. Also, it acted for Hana Bank in its US$8m ship-financing facilities to LS Maritime Group. Loo Choon Chiaw is a key partner and ‘offers practical solutions to the varied problems’ faced by clients. The team is admired for its ‘lateral thinking and flexibility’.

“Loo & Partners LLP continues to be instructed by investment banks, equity funds and listed companies. It acted for Landwind in the voluntary conditional cash offer by DBS Bank for and on behalf of Echo Investment Holdings. Loo Choon Chiaw is a ‘first-class lawyer’ and clients have ‘full confidence’ in his team. Vincent Lim is noted for his ‘willingness to go that extra mile for clients’.”

“Loo & Partners LLP continues to attract many Taiwanese and PRC clients. Loo Choon Chiaw has a good ‘understanding of the commercial issues and the human factors involved in legal cases.”

“Loo & Partners LLP is recommended primarily for ship-financing transactions. It represented Hana Bank in its US$8m ship-financing facilities to LS Maritime Group, and also acted as Singapore counsel on a US$224m loan facility and guarantee granted by Nordea Bank to a leading shipping group. Loo Choon Chiaw is the main contact.”

- The Asia Pacific Legal 500 2008/2009 Edition
 

 
International appraisers of law firms have been very complimentary when noting the quality of our work in banking and finance, corporate, mergers & acquisitions, and capital markets matters (collectively “banking and corporate finance matters”). Indeed, our firm has been highly recommended for these matters.

For instance, the editorial team of The Asia Pacific Legal 500, the leading independent guide to Asia’s Commercial law firms in their 2002/2003, 2003/2004, 2004/2005, 2005/2006 and 2006/2007 editions, stated as follows:

“Loo & Partners advises companies from across the region, including Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan, on IPOs and post-IPO compliance work. Recent instructions include the listing of four Chinese companies, including Sinopipe Holdings and Bright World Precision Machinery. That regional expertise extends to banking work, where the team, led by Managing Partner Loo Choon Chiaw, has impressive instructions. The practice acted as Singapore counsel for Sony Group on a US$5bn multi-currency revolving facility, and represented Chiao Tung Bank on a takeover by the International Commercial Bank of China of its global operations.”

“Niche corporate and finance firm Loo & Partners is active across the region, expecially in Taiwan, China and Hong Kong, advising on issues including M&A, venture capital and corporate governance. The firm acted for Flextech Holdings in its S$74m takeover by ASTI Holdings and for FerroChina in its acquisition of an S$84m stake in Superb Team, funded through a share issue. Clients praise its substantial understanding of cross-border transactions.”

“Loo Choon Chiaw at Loo & Partners has attracted more Taiwanese and Chinese clients on disputes as a result of representing the Taiwanese Civil Aeronautics Adminstration following an airliner crash. He is also an authority on corporate governance.”

“Loo & Partners advises shipping groups and others in the sector on finance issues, recently acting as Singapore counsel for a Taiwanese shipping group on a US$48m medium-term loan facility granted by Taiwanese banks.”

– The Asia Pacific Legal 500 2006/2007 Edition

 

 
“Loo & Partners’ excellent IPO practice covers mandates from pre-listing financing to post-listing corporate governance advice. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Loo Choon Chiaw, ably supported by Vincent Lim, advises clients from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and especially China from where the firm notes increasing listing instructions. The firm is also active in setting up funds in the ship finance sector, and has an impressive array of international banks among its clients. In pure banking matters, the firm advised First Commercial Bank in connection with a US$600m syndicated term loan facility, an indication of the firm’s ability to act on deals at the highest level.”

“Loo & Partners showed commendable activity in the region, advising Kingsment Creatives Ltd on the acquisition of several businesses in Vietnam, Korea, China and Japan, and advised PrimePartners Corporate Finance in connection with a reverse takeover of Teamsphere by a Chinese group. Loo Choon Chiaw has good international connections, particularly in Taiwan, China and Hong Kong.”

– The Asia Pacific Legal 500 2005/2006 Edition

 

 
“Loo & Partners acted as Singapore counsel for Sony Group in connection with multi-currency revolving facility of US$5.35bn co-ordinated by JP Morgan and Citibank, and in connection with a US$250m secured shipping loan granted jointly by several international and local banks to a Taiwanese shipping group. The firm’s reputation for IPOs grows, with clients approaching the firm from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, as well as from within Singapore. Managing Partner Loo Choon Chiaw and Vincent Lim are lauded for skill across the board, and often exceed the clients’ expectations. Corporate governance is also a strength, allowing the firm to advise clients on post-IPO matters in light of the Securities and Futures Acts and Regulations.”

” Loo & Partners advised on the acquisition of several listed regional companies. The firm is particularly active in cross-border matters, having advised Taiwanese clients on their investments in Singapore for almost twenty years. Satisfied clients return time and again to engage the sevices of the popular Loo Choon Chiaw.”

“Loo & Partners was retained as defence counsel by the Civil Aeronautics Administration of China in third party proceedings brought by Singapore Airlines Limited following an air crash.”

“Loo & Partners advises on secured loans in the shipping sector.”

– The Asia Pacific Legal 500 2004/2005 Edition
 

 
“Loo & Partners is highly recommended for capital markets, IPOs and corporate restructuring work. The firm advised on loan facilities and convertible bonds for a range of Singaporean and Asian banks, including First Commercial Bank, Hua Nan Commercial Bank, Land Bank of Taiwan and Chang Hwa Commercial Bank. The firm advised on six IPOs in Singapore, including those of TR Networks Ltd, the beauty and healthcare group; metals company GKE Holdings Ltd; and Technics Group Holdings, an engineering company in the oil and gas sector. The firm has a ‘high level of understanding of financial matters and stock exchange bye-laws and regulations’.”

“It is particularly highly rated by clients for advice on venture capital, joint ventures and corporate governance issues. Loo Choon Chiaw is both ‘very positive and client focused’ and ‘a joy to work with’. He is also ‘very knowledgeable about Singapore mindsets and legal processes’ and has contacts amongst important business leaders in Singapore. In Asia, the firm has a ‘track record of successfully advising on substantial cross-border commercial transactions’; it is particularly active in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and Malaysia.”

“Loo & Partners advised on ship finance transactions for Taiwanese clients.”

– The Asia Pacific Legal 500 2003/2004 Edition

 

 
“Loo & Partners provides advice that is ‘prompt, relevant and effective’. Managing Partner Loo Choon Chiaw is described by clients as “incisive and sharp’ and is well regarded for his negotiation skills. The firm has acted for construction, shipping, media and steel corporations on Singapore and cross-border acquisitions across Asia. Clients include China Steel and Tempus Group Plc. Loo & Partners has a network of correspondent law firms in Hong Kong, China and Taiwan, where the firm is particulary active.”

“Loo & Partners has particular strength in advising on IPOs. The firm acted on the flotations of Darco Water Technologies, a water treatment specialist, and OKP Holdings Ltd, an infrastructure construction and maintenance company in 2002. The firm also advised Sony Electronics (Singapore) in connection with a multi-currency syndicated revolving facility of US$4bn arranged by Chase Manhattan Bank, and advised Group Steel Singapore Corporation (M) Sdn Bhd on a syndicated Islamic bonds issuance facility. Managing Partner Loo Choon Chiaw is reputed to be ‘knowledgeable about Singapore Stock Exchange matters’.”

“Loo & Partners is known for ship finance transactions. Recent work includes advising on a loan facility by five Taiwanese banks to Powick Marine, the Singapore subsidiary of Kien Hung Shipping Goup.”

– The Asia Pacific Legal 500 2002/2003 Edition