Top Corporate Law Firms in Singapore

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What is corporate law?

Corporate law is a highly diverse practice area and is crucial to both legal and business industries. Also referred to as company law, it is the practice area of lawyers who provide legal advice to corporations and their directors and controlling shareholders on the formation, governance, and day-to-day legal problems of the business entities.

Most corporate lawyers are viewed as generalists as their advisory services may involve a myriad range of matters including proper conduct of the board, executive compensation, shareholder agreements and voting rights, compliance with statutory regulations, mergers and acquisitions, and even commercial contracts with the corporation’s suppliers and customers. 

Depending on the size of the industry in which the corporate lawyer practices as well as the size of the law firm, he or she may need to handle the full spectrum of the corporation’s legal matters. For larger law firms, the legal responsibility may be shared among lawyers from other practice areas. While the corporate lawyer with the principal client relationship is expected to be familiar with all the potential legal issues that the corporation may face, he or she may engage lawyers from other practice areas to support issues that may require special expertise, such as tax issues litigation, or insolvency. 

Is there a difference between corporate law and commercial law?

Corporate law and commercial law are two commonly grouped practice areas. While both practice areas involve dealing with corporations and their respective businesses, there are some nuances between both practice areas.

Corporate law deals with the rights, relations and conduct of the corporation’s business. It is highly dependent on the governance of the corporation and its structure that allows for the business to continue operating. Corporate law matters more often than not relates to the launch, growth, maturity or decline of the corporation.

Commercial law, on the other hand, is primarily related to the commercial activities that the corporation engages in. These activities are often transactional in nature, which means that the large bulk of the work is related to contracts or transfer of assets. Some of the matters covered under commercial law may include employment law, contract law, intellectual property law and property law.

Why do corporate laws exist?

Corporate laws exist simply to implement a set of rules that govern corporations to ensure that each and every corporation operates on a level playing field. The idea is not to make it difficult to get things done but to be fair to every corporation. These rules exist to ensure that corporations act in predictable ways in which other corporations can rely on.

Understanding Singapore’s corporate legal system

Singapore’s corporate legal system is governed by the Singapore Companies Act. The Singapore Companies Act is meant to regulate business formation, company structure, shareholder rights, specify the duties of directors and officers as well as other legal compliance requirements.

Companies

In Singapore, there are three categories in which corporations fall into: Limited Liability Partnership (LLP), Limited Liability Company (LLC), and Corporate Governance.

Shareholders

It is mandated by law that Singapore companies must have at least one shareholder. Ownership of the corporation’s shares is usually documented by issuing share certificates to the shareholders. However, given that the corporation is a separate legal entity, owning a share in a corporation does not necessarily give the shareholder a legal interest in the corporation’s properties, assets, or intellectual property.

Directors

For private corporations, there needs to be at least one director and for public corporations, there must be at least three or more directors. For both private and public corporations, one director must be a local resident of Singapore. Directors are usually voted in by the corporation’s shareholders. 

As mandated by the Singapore Company Law, directors typically have broad powers of management. For smaller private corporations, the role of the director is likely to manage the entire company business, overseeing the majority of the daily business decisions. For large corporations, the director will usually take on a more supervisory and strategic role, while the management team will execute the strategies and drive the day-to-day operations.

Company Secretary

Under the Singapore law, it is required that every corporation appoint a Company Secretary. The company secretary must be a local resident of Singapore. If there is only one director within the company, the corporation cannot appoint the director as the company secretary.

The role of the company secretary is to ensure regulatory corporate compliance by preparing the necessary paperwork with Accounting and Corporate Regulatory AuthoritY (ACRA) and ensuring and process requirements are met. The key duties also include organising mandated meetings of directors and shareholders, taking meeting minutes, maintaining the company registers, and acting as an advisor to and intermediary between directors, shareholders, and other employees.

Who practices corporate law?

Most corporate lawyers work for medium-sized to large-sized law firms. This is because the legal needs of an established corporation are usually quite significant. A corporate may require legal advice and support on a diverse set of issues at any point in time. As such, a medium or large-sized law firm is usually adequately staffed with lawyers and attorneys with diverse skill sets to meet the legal needs of the corporation.

Similarly, business leaders and C-level executives often prefer to have a “one-stop shopping place” for their corporate needs. By sticking with a single law firm, they are able to establish a long-term relationship with the lawyers and attorneys, and have their legal needs met conveniently through this long-term relationship.

However, some corporations may prefer to hire lawyers to work exclusively as an employee for the corporation. These corporate lawyers are then referred to as in-house counsel. They will typically advise the corporation on a wide array of legal matters relating to corporate law and business activities.

For smaller corporations or startups who are unable to afford the legal fees of a large law firm, they may then turn to corporate lawyers who work individually or represent a small boutique law firm. These corporate lawyers may build their base of clients within a similar industry and help the corporation to get started or expand. However, they may refer clients to other law firms for legal matters that they do not specialise in.

Here are some of the top law firms in Singapore that offers offer corporate law as one of their areas of practice

Law Firm

WHM Law Corporation

Speciality
  • A boutique law firm established by lawyers who are keenly attuned to clients’ needs and obsessed with utmost quality
  • Commercial, Construction, Criminal, and Family Lawyers
Website https://www.wmhlaw.com.sg/
Address 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #07-17/18, Singapore 059817
Contact 6514 6350

concierge@wmhlaw.com.sg


Law Firm

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

Speciality
  • One of Singapore’s largest law firms providing high quality legal services in Singapore
  • Bring together leading local law firms across 10 countries
  • Specialises in Commercial law across wide ranging industries
Website https://www.rajahtannasia.com/
Address 9 Straits View #06-07 Marina One West Tower, 018937
Contact 6535 3600

info@rajahtannasia.com

Opening Hours Weekdays: 9am – 6pm


Law Firm

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Speciality
  • Their Corporate & Commercial Practice is one of the oldest and most established corporate and commercial practices of its kind
  • The lawyers regularly handle a diverse and comprehensive range of corporate and commercial matters across a wide spectrum of domestic and cross-border transactions
  • Covers various practices including Cybersecurity & Data Protection, Private Wealth and Employment, Health & Safety
Website https://www.allenandgledhill.com/
Address 1 Marina Blvd, #28-00, Singapore 018989
Contact 65 6890 7188
enquiries@allenandgledhill.com
Opening Hours Weekdays: 9am – 6pm


Law Firm

WongPartnership LLP

Speciality
  • WongPartnership is an award-winning law firm and one of the largest in the country
  • They are a leading provider of legal services in ASEAN, China and the Middle East
  • Their practice covers corporate and financial services, and international practices
Website https://www.wongpartnership.com/
Address 12 Marina Boulevard Level 28 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3 Singapore 018982
Contact 65 6416 8000


Law Firm

Bird & Bird ATMP

Speciality
  • Bird & Bird is an international leading law firm in business sectors where technology plays a key role
  • Wide ranging practice areas covering diverse industries including Automotive, Defence & Security and Financial Services
Website https://www.twobirds.com/
Address 2 Shenton Way #18-01, SGX Centre 1, Singapore 068804
Contact +65 6534 5266

Singapore@twobirds.com


Law Firm

Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP

Speciality
  • Named by Law360 as one of the top five “mightiest” M&A practices, they offer an experienced team of more than 1,500 corporate lawyers acting for clients around the globe,
  • Provide clients with high-level sector capabilities, including one of the most renowned energy teams in the world and unparalleled strength in mining, technology, manufacturing, financial services, real estate, health care, private equity and industrials
Website https://www.dentons.com/en
Address 80 Raffles Place, #33-00 UOB Plaza 1, Singapore 048624
Contact Contact via form here
Opening Hours Weekdays, 8.45am – 5.45pm


Law Firm

Drew & Napier LLC

Speciality
  • Drew & Napier is a full service law firm. Their lawyers are fluent in issues across a broad spectrum of practices and sectors
  • It has been regarding as one of the “Big Four” law firms
  • The law firm regularly advises governments, government institutions, regulatory authorities, financial institutions, local and multi-national corporations including Fortune 500 and blue chip companies, conglomerates, educational and non-profit organisations and high-profile individuals
Website https://www.drewnapier.com/
Address 10 Collyer Quay, 10th Floor Ocean Financial Centre, Singapore 049315
Contact 6535 0733

mail@drewnapier.com

Opening Hours Weekdays, 9am – 5pm


Law Firm

Shook Lin & Bok LLP

Speciality
  • Shook Lin & Bok is a leading Singapore law firm with a unique appreciation of the complex legal and regulatory challenges faced by enterprises in Singapore and the rest of Asia
  • Our partners, associates and foreign lawyers have diverse legal education and language capabilities, having qualified in many jurisdictions, including Singapore, the United Kingdom, India and the People’s Republic of China
  • They are a full service law firm which provides a comprehensive range of high quality legal services to our clients both in Singapore and across the region.
Website https://www.shooklin.com/en/
Address 1 Robinson Road, #18-00 AIA Tower, Singapore 048542
Contact 65 6535 1944

slb@shooklin.com


Law Firm

TSMP Law Corporation

Speciality
  • TSMP Law Corporation is a law firm with both dispute resolution and transactional law capabilities
  • Their clients range from MNCs and banks to high-net-worth individuals and promising startups
  • They focus on high-stakes disputes, cutting-edge transactions and ground-breaking law
Website https://www.tsmplaw.com/
Address 6 Battery Rd, Singapore 049909
Contact 65 6534 4877


Law Firm

Gloria James-Civetta & Co

Speciality
  • Provides an experienced team of employment contract lawyers is ready to offer comprehensive and efficient services to corporate and individual clients on the drafting and vetting of employment contracts, and the resolution and settlement of employment contract disputes
  • The team have years of experience in advising and representing different types of clients across all areas of corporate and commercial practice
Website https://www.gjclaw.com.sg/areas-of-practice/commercial-corporate-law/
Address 3 Church Street #15-04, Samsung Hub, Singapore 049483
Contact +65 6337 0469

consult@gjclaw.com.sg

Opening Hours Contact for appointment


Law Firm

CNPLaw LLP

Speciality
  • Provides Singapore law advice across Asia
  • Many of their lawyers are knowledgeable of the language and/or business culture of another country outside Singapore
  • They are able to guide clients through business practices and local laws in Asia.
Website https://www.cnplaw.com/
Address 600 North Bridge Road #13-01 Parkview Square, 188778
Contact contact@cnplaw.com
+65 6323 8383
Opening Hours Weekdays: 9am – 6pm


Law Firm

Pinsent Masons

Speciality
  • Their business is built around decades of experience supporting clients in five strategic global sectors
  • Covers various sectors including Financial Services, Energy, Infrastructure and Real Estate
Website https://www.pinsentmasons.com/
Address 182 Cecil St, #32-01 Frasers Tower, Singapore 069547
Contact
65 6305 0901
Opening Hours Open 24 hours


Law Firm

Duane Morris LLP

Speciality
  • Provides clients with access to legal services in markets throughout the Asia Pacific region and the rest of the world
  • Their corporate their Corporate Practice Group are experienced with mergers and acquisitions, including negotiated acquisitions and divestitures, hostile acquisitions and defense against takeover attempts
Website https://www.duanemorris.com/offices/singapore.html
Address 16 Collyer Quay #17-00, Singapore 049318
Contact 65 6311 0030


Law Firm

Clifford Chance Singapore

Speciality
  • One of the longest established international law firms in the region
  • They have a strong team of more than 120 lawyers combining local and international talent across all key areas of their practice
  • Covers various local sectors including Banking, Consumer Goods & Retail, Insurance, and Energy & Resources
Website https://www.cliffordchance.com/
Address 12 Marina Boulevard, Tower 3, #25-00, Marina Bay Financial Centre, 018982
Contact 6564102200


Law Firm

Quahe Woo & Palmer LLC

Speciality
  • They are a multi-disciplinary law practice led by a team of experienced lawyers with varying specialist expertise.
  • The quality, breadth and depth of their legal expertise allows us to serve a broad range of client groups, including private high net-worth family offices, multi-national corporations, private equity funds and other institutional clients.
Website https://www.quahewoo.com/
Address 180 Clemenceau Avenue, Haw Par Centre #02-02, Singapore 239922
Contact +65 6622 0366

enquiry@quahewoo.com

Opening Hours Weekdays: 9am – 6pm


Law Firm

Lee & Lee

Speciality
  • Lee & Lee’s corporate department provides a full range of corporate, commercial and finance legal services to businesses at every stage of their development
  • They work closely with bankers, merchant bankers, brokers and the regulatory authorities to explore and create new financial instruments and refine existing ones to suit clients’ specific requirements
  • Lee & Lee’s associations and long established relationships with other reputable legal firms and contacts in the world have enabled the firm to keep in touch with legal developments in other financial markets and to provide a more cosmopolitan approach to clients’ needs
Website https://www.leenlee.com.sg/practice-areas/corporate/
Address 50 Raffles Place, #06-00 Singapore Land Tower Singapore 048623
Contact +6562200666

leenlee@leenlee.com.sg

Opening Hours Weekdays: 9am – 6pm

 


Law Firm

Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow

Speciality
  • Their lawyers in Singapore are featured in the world’s leading legal directories for their work on high-profile transactions
  • They have the know-how to help both domestic and international companies.
Website https://www.bakermckenzie.com/en/locations/asia-pacific/singapore
Address 8 Marina Boulevard, #05-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, Singapore 018981
Contact 65 6338 1888
Opening Hours Weekdays: 9am – 6pm

 


Law Firm

Prolegis LLC

Speciality
  • Prolegis LLC is a premier boutique corporate and commercial law firm in Singapore, advising local and multinational corporations, financial institutions and government entities.
  • Their Formal Law Alliance (FLA) with international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills allows Prolegis’ clients seamless access to services across Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and the US
Website https://www.pro-legis.com/
Address 50 Raffles Place, #24-01, Singapore Land Tower, Singapore 048623
Contact Tel: +65 6812 1350

Email: office@pro-legis.com

 


Law Firm

Harry Elias Partnership LLP

Speciality
  • Their firm is a leader in the evolution of the legal landscape
  • They have been on the cutting edge of legal changes, particularly on the litigation front
  • Their lawyers have been involved in a number of construction masterpieces and have also advised and represented corporate and individual clients on complex cross-border deals
Website https://www.harryelias.com/people
Address 4 Shenton Way, #17-01 SGX Centre, Singapore 068807
Contact 65 6535 0550

enquiries@harryelias.com

Opening Hours Weekdays: 9am – 6pm

 


Law Firm

Virtus Law LLP

Speciality
  • Their lawyers are well known in the industry and have an excellent reputation in the following areas: setting up operations abroad, trusts, anti-competition law, banking and finance, and capital markets
Website https://www.virtus-law.com/
Address 1 Raffles Place #18-61 Tower 2, Singapore 048616
Contact 65 6737 1234

 


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