WongPartnership wins multiple awards at The Legal 500 Southeast Asia Awards 2023

13 May 2023

SINGAPORE, 13 May 2023 – WongPartnership is thrilled to announce that the Firm has bagged four awards at the prestigious Legal 500 Southeast Asia Awards 2023. We were named Law Firm of the Year in the areas of Antitrust & Competition, and Construction and Real Estate. Koh Swee Yen, S.C. (Head of International Arbitration and Partner, Commercial & Corporate Disputes) was named Litigation Lawyer of the Year, and Clayton Chong (Partner, Restructuring & Insolvency) was named Restructuring & Insolvency Rising Star of the Year.


Swee Yen emerged the winner of the Litigation Lawyer of the Year Award ahead of 15 other prominent litigation practitioners across the region. Clayton beat two others shortlisted for the Restructuring & Insolvency Rising Star of the Year Award.


Said Ng Wai King, WongPartnership’s Chairman and Managing Partner, “I am proud of the achievements by our winning teams and individuals. These Awards recognise their exceptional legal expertise and ability to provide effective solutions to our clients.  As a Firm, we are certainly grateful to our clients for entrusting their disputes and transactions to our winning teams and individuals.”


WongPartnership’s Antitrust & Competition and Construction and Real Estate Practices are consistently recognised as top-tier practices in all major legal publications, including The Legal 500, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Chambers Global, IFLR1000, asialaw and Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific.


Appointed as Senior Counsel in 2022, Swee Yen’s expertise in resolving complex international disputes is highly recommended by all major legal publications, including The Legal 500, Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global. She was awarded Woman Lawyer of the Year at the ALB SE Asia Law Awards 2021, and is recognised as a Thought Leader in Who's Who Legal: Arbitration, a Global Leader in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration and Who’s Who Legal: Commercial Litigation, and as a National Leader in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration (Southeast Asia), Who’s Who Legal: Asset Recovery (Southeast Asia), Who’s Who Legal: Commercial Litigation (Southeast Asia) and Who’s Who Legal: Energy (Southeast Asia).


Clayton Chong was elected as a new Partner of WongPartnership in January this year. His main areas of practice include restructuring and insolvency with a focus on formal and out-of-court cross border restructurings. He has worked on many matters of significance including acting for the judicial managers of Xihe Holdings, an oil tanker conglomerate with estimated assets and liabilities over US$1 billion, in connection with the structured sale of Xihe Holdings’ tanker fleet, and for EMAS Chiyoda Subsea in its US$1.6 billion cross-border debt restructuring exercise, including successfully obtaining recognition of its US Chapter 11 reorganisation plan in Singapore.


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The Legal 500 Southeast Asia Awards recognise the leading firms, lawyers/barristers and in-house counsels who have contributed to the regional and global markets. Winners were selected based on The Legal 500’s market-leading independent research that is carried out by a large team of researchers with in-depth knowledge of their jurisdictions and practice areas.


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About WongPartnership


Headquartered in Singapore, WongPartnership is a market leader and one of the largest law firms in the country. As a leading provider of legal services, we offer our clients access to our offices in China and Myanmar, and in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, through the member firms of WPG, a regional law network. Together, WPG offers the expertise of over 400 professionals to meet the needs of our clients throughout the region.

About WPG, a regional law network

WongPartnership brings together a group of five prominent law firms across seven countries in a collaboration to provide clients with legal services in ASEAN, China and the Middle East. The WPG law network comprises WongPartnership and its member firms Al Aidarous Advocates and Legal Consultants (Middle East), Foong & Partners (Malaysia), Makes & Partners (Indonesia) and ZGLaw (Philippines). Doing business together is not only better, it is now easier.

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