Joint Head - Restructuring & Insolvency Practice
Manoj has advised on a number of high-profile cross-border debt restructurings. Most recent ones include acting for: Jurong Aromatics Limited's US$1.5 billion debt restructuring; Emas Chiyoda Subsea in its US$900 million debt restructuring through a Chapter 11 process; Bilcare Singapore Pte. Ltd.'s US$123 million debt restructuring; the court appointed judicial managers of Altus Shipping & Logistics Pte. Ltd.; Tiger Airways' S$347 million acquisition of distressed PT Mandala Airlines; the receivership of Airtrust (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. involving allegations of breaches of directors' duties, transnational fraud, money laundering and tax evasion; the multi-jurisdictional insolvency proceedings commenced against Titan Oil Pte. Ltd.; the scheme of arrangement between Glory Wealth Shipping Pte. Ltd. and its creditors to restructure US$946 million of debt; the Singapore aspects of the US$1.6 billion collapse of MF Global; Asia Pulp and Paper’s US$16 billion debt restructuring; and Korea Line Corporation's US$600 million restructuring.
Manoj is consistently recognised as a leading restructuring and insolvency lawyer in Asialaw Leading Lawyers – The Guide to Asia-Pacific's Leading Lawyers 2015; Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers; Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Restructuring & Insolvency Lawyers; The Legal 500: Asia Pacific – The Client's Guide to the Asia Pacific Legal Profession; Chambers Asia-Pacific – Asia-Pacific's Leading Lawyers for Business; IFLR1000 – The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms; Best Lawyers in Singapore; Asialaw Profiles – The Guide to Asia-Pacific's Leading Law Firms; and a leading lawyer in China by Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Experts Based Abroad. He is also recommended as a leading lawyer for dispute resolution in Asialaw Leading Lawyers – The Guide to Asia-Pacific’s Leading Lawyers 2014.
The Legal 500: Asia Pacific – The Client's Guide to the Asia Pacific Legal Profession 2014 describes Manoj as "highly regarded" and in Asialaw Profiles – The Guide to Asia-Pacific's Leading Law Firms 2014, he is noted for his "standout reputation in the field". He is commended by Chambers Global – The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2015 for his depth of experience in advising Chinese companies on their debt restructuring and is described as "incredibly strategic and always looking two steps down the road - absolutely brilliant". Chambers Asia-Pacific – Asia-Pacific's Leading Lawyers for Business 2015 describes Manoj as a "very accomplished restructuring lawyer who is easy to deal with" and that he is "commercial, technically sound and good at diffusing tension."
Manoj is both the Vice Chairman of the Insolvency Practitioner’s Association of Singapore and the Law Society of Singapore's insolvency practice committee. He was recently appointed by the Ministry of Law to the Committee to establish Singapore as a debt restructuring centre in Asia.
- National University of Singapore (LL.B., Hons.)
- Singapore Bar
- WongPartnership is the only Singapore Law Firm ranked in the Top 30 of the World's Leading Restructuring & Insolvency Practices
- Getting the Deal Through - Restructuring & Insolvency 2017 - Singapore Chapter
- Getting the Deal Through - Restructuring & Insolvency 2016 - Singapore Chapter
- Getting The Deal Through - Restructuring & Insolvency 2015 - Singapore Chapter
- Getting The Deal Through - Restructuring & Insolvency 2014 - Singapore Chapter
- Getting The Deal Through - Restructuring & Insolvency 2013 - Singapore Chapter