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Incisive Law Appoints new Head of Finance in Singapore

21.12.2020 | Singapore

Incisive Law LLC, the Singapore member of The Ince Group has today announced the appointment of highly recognised transactional lawyer Sung-Hwan (SD) Choi to lead its finance practice in Singapore.

Sung-Hwan (SD) is a 20-year industry veteran who has amassed expertise in advising Korean and multinational clients in all aspects of banking, asset and project finance matters including ship and offshore finance, and has acted for a variety of banks, lenders, investment funds and ship owners. SD also heads the firm’s Korea practice in Singapore.

SD is qualified to practise in England and Wales, Marshall Islands, New York and District of Columbia and also advises on Liberia and Vanuatu laws. He has practised at a leading Korean law firm for many years prior to moving to Singapore in 2015 and at a large international law firm.

Bill Ricquier and Wai Yue Loh, Joint Managing Directors of Incisive Law LLC, said:

“Sung-Hwan (SD) is one of our most experienced transactional lawyers in the region and a leading practitioner who deeply understands the needs of our clients. We would like to congratulate SD on his new role and are excited to work with him in enhancing our regional financial services offering forward.”

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Incisive Law ranked as one of Singapore’s Best Law Firms 

18.11.2020 | Singapore

Incisive Law LLC, a Singapore member of The Ince Group has been recognised as one of Singapore’s Best Law Firms for maritime law in a survey released by The Straits Times and global research firm Statista.

The first of its kind undertaken by Straits Times in partnership with Statista, the survey identified Singapore’s best law firms in 15 practice categories. The results are based on more than 10,000 recommendations from over 4,000 lawyers, clients and colleagues.

Bill Ricquier and Wai Yue Loh, Joint Managing Directors of Incisive Law LLC, commented:

“We are honoured to be ranked as one Singapore’s Best Law Firms for maritime law by the Straits Times and Statista. We would also like to thank our clients, lawyers and staff for their invaluable support which have contributed to the firm’s growth all these years. This recognition reinforces our firm’s position as the leading shipping law firm in the country.”

Incisive Law unveils new leadership appointments across practices in Singapore

27.10.2020 | Singapore

The firm also hires two new mariners to further strengthen its capabilities in Asia

 27 October 2020, Singapore – Incisive Law LLC, a Singapore member of The Ince Group, has today announced two new hires bolstering its regional admiral capabilities.

Extra Master Mariner Binoy Dubey joins the firm as Admiralty Manager. Binoy has extensive seagoing and onshore maritime and legal claims handling experience and is a recognised expert in ice navigation. Binoy has broad experience in handling all types of marine casualty including collisions, groundings, pollution, salvage, fires, cargo damage, unsafe port and ice damage. He regularly advises clients on both wet and dry shipping matters and he joins the firm from Reed Smith. Binoy has also developed specialist knowledge of the Indian market based on his longstanding track record of working on India related matters.

James Ng, previously of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has also taken a position as Marine Manager within the admiralty division of the firm. James began his career as a Naval Officer with the Republic of Singapore Navy. After his career with the Navy, James has garnered extensive experience in, amongst other things, marine surveying, and also worked as ISPS consultant. Prior to joining Incisive Law, James served as a Harbour Pilot with PSA Marine Pte Ltd, before joining the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore for 8 years. He played a key role in managing the Port of Singapore’s marine, emergency preparedness and security matters. James is the first Mandarin speaking mariner in the 150 year history of Ince, and is a member of the firm’s China Practice Group.

New senior roles created to support clients in key regions

Today, Incisive Law also unveils its new heads across specialist and regional practices in Singapore. Kimarie Cheang has been selected as Head of China Group; Boaz Chan appointed as Head of Admiralty; Mohammad Haireez taking up the role of Head of Litigation and Wole Olufunwa selected as Head of Africa Group.

Each of these lawyers bring a wealth of experience and expertise within their individual practice areas and as a group are qualified to practise across Singapore, Hong Kong and the UK.

Bill Ricquier and Wai Yue Loh, Joint Managing Directors of Incisive Law LLC, said:

We look forward to working closely with these new and talented leaders in our Singapore practice and are confident that Kimarie, Boaz, Haireez and Wole will lead the firm and the Ince network to even greater heights. Rewarding well-deserved talent has always been a part of what we do as a firm and we believe these strategic roles will enhance our market-leading position in the legal services sector within their specialist practice group areas and clients could continue to benefit from our local and international offerings.

We are also proud to welcome both Binoy and James to the firm. They are valuable additions to Ince’s global admiralty team, which further reinforces our years of commitment to the maritime sector.”

Adrian Biles, CEO of Ince commented: “It pleases me to see such an investment in talent from Incisive Law and I am confident that everyone is excited to settle into their new roles and will continue to offer industry leading service to present and future clients. At Ince, we are driven by attracting top talent and building industry leading teams and we have demonstrated this through our recent focus on our maritime practice, for which we are renowned. Our worldwide mariner team is one of the largest mariner teams within the legal sector.”

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The Ince Group strengthens Asia Pacific offer by strategic changes in Singapore

10.06.2020 | Singapore

Ince & Co Singapore LLP consolidates with former law alliance partner, Incisive Law LLC
Servicing clients from one firm in Singapore, a logical “next step” for long-term alliance partners
Key practice sectors strengthened by strategic lateral hires
The consolidation of Ince & Co Singapore LLP with Incisive Law LLC on 1 June 2020, together with a number of senior lateral hires signals a bright future.

Incisive Law LLC and The Ince Group are pleased to announce that as a result of this consolidation, the internationally recognised law and business solution provider is now able to offer expert legal advice and assistance on English as well as Singapore law matters with the ability to call and capitalise on the 150 years of global expertise and know-how which Ince can offer to its clients. Ince will continue to provide specialist advice to its clients, both on an international basis and in Singapore through Incisive Law LLC.

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Litigation specialist Loh Wai Yue appointed as new Joint Managing Director of Incisive Law LLC

8 April 2020 – Incisive Law is pleased to announce the appointment of litigation specialist Loh Wai Yue as the new Joint Managing Director with immediate effect. Wai Yue will serve alongside current Joint Managing Directors Bill Ricquier, who has led the firm since its inception, and Edgar Chin whose appointment was in 2016.

Wai Yue has two decades of experience advising on all types of commercial disputes including the trading of oil and gas, dry bulk cargoes, and wet and dry shipping matters across Asia.

He has been consistently ranked in distinguished legal directories such as Chambers and Legal 500 and is well-known in the legal industry for his role in representing various international clients (including Chinese enterprises) in both ad hoc and institutional arbitrations across multiple jurisdictions.

Wai Yue concurrently holds the title of Chief Representative of Ince’s Beijing office and Head of China Practice in Singapore, where he plays a strategic role in leading the firm’s offering in servicing Chinese enterprises internationally. He has also led on projects where international clients have interests or disputes in China or with Chinese entities.

In addition to working in Ince’s offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing over the course of his career, he is also qualified to practise Singapore, Hong Kong and English law. This makes him one of the few triple qualified Singaporean lawyers in Asia, with knowledge of and experience across a number of legal systems, and with a firm understanding of clients’ commercial needs across the region.

Earlier in the year, Wai Yue joined the ranks of a select group of senior practitioners at the Singapore bar as a Senior Accredited Specialist in maritime and shipping law. The accreditation is awarded by the Singapore Academy of Law in recognition of those with extensive expertise in this area of practice.

Commenting on the appointment, Adrian Biles, Chief Executive of The Ince Group said:

Wai Yue brings with him a huge amount of maritime knowledge, as well as the ability to practice across multiple jurisdictions. He will enable us to offer an even greater level service and understanding to our clients, while we continue to work on some of the most technical and pressing cases in the region.”

Bill Ricquier said:

We are proud to welcome Wai Yue to the leadership ranks of the firm in Singapore. He is a very experienced maritime lawyer, who has the right vigour and ability to inspire as well as lead the firm in continuing to provide the highest level of advice to our clients.”

Commenting on his appointment, Loh Wai Yue said:

I am grateful for this opportunity and am excited to work closely with the current directors in growing the firm and levels of service we offer our clients. The firm’s commitment to clients and staff is unwavering and continues to strengthen as the firm grows. I look forward to continuing our collaborative efforts with everyone in the firm as well as our global network.

 

Singapore’s ‘Circuit Breaker’ measures – Office closure and working from home 

Following recent developments in relation to COVID-19 and the government’s announcement on ‘circuit breaker’ measures, our office premise will be closed from 7 April until further notice

During this period, our lawyers and staff will be working from home and shall remain contactable via email and telephone/mobile. We are equipped with the right technology and secure IT infrastructure to work, correspond and meet virtually. We will continue to be accessible and aim to respond to queries effectively.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Joint Managing Director, Bill Ricquier at billricquier@incegd.com or your usual contact at the firm.

Our alliance firm Ince also has a dedicated COVID-19 helpdesk in place which can be reached through coronavirus@incegd.com.

As your trusted advisers, we remain dedicated to support you during this crisis. Get in touch with us if you need support or want to have a conversation about how COVID-19 might impact your business or you personally.

 

Edgar Chin and Loh Wai Yue Honoured as Senior Accredited Specialists by the Singapore Academy of Law

We are pleased to announce that Joint Managing Director, Edgar Chin and Director, Loh Wai Yue have been recognised as Senior Accredited Specialists, by the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL), for their expertise in maritime and shipping law.

Accreditation from the SAL is awarded to individuals who, over the course of their career, have contributed to the well-being of the industry and legal community in a profound and substantial way. The purpose of the scheme is to recognise legal practitioners with high levels of proficiency in their chosen practice area. Both senior lawyers were selected after a stringent selection process, which requires the relevant candidate to demonstrate their knowledge and expertise in the relevant area of specialisation, before an independent selection panel comprising of luminaries in the legal profession including judges of the Supreme Court, makes their decision. 

Edgar Chin is Joint Managing Director of Incisive Law and head of the firm’s disputes team. Edgar has extensive and in-depth experience in shipping and admiralty legislation, international trade, insurance and commercial sectors, with a strong focus on contentious legal matters.

Loh Wai Yue is a Director at Incisive Law, Chief of Ince’s Beijing office and also heads the China desk in Singapore. A litigator with expertise across all types of commercial disputes including the trading of oil & gas, dry bulk cargoes and wet and dry shipping, Wai Yue has constantly been ranked as a leading lawyer in numerous legal directories, such as Chambers and Legal 500.

The recent recognition by the SAL for both Edgar and Wai Yue symbolises our level of commitment to provide service of the highest standards to clients across all markets.

 

Boaz Chan Promoted to Director of Incisive Law

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Boaz Chan from Associate Director to Director with effect from 1 December 2019.

Qualified in both Singapore and England, Boaz is a maritime and shipping law specialist who handles both contentious and non-contentious shipping matters. He is also a litigator who regularly represent clients in disputes before the Singapore courts and in arbitration under the auspices of SIAC, SCMA and LMAA.

Boaz’s recent promotion is significant to the team and further illustrates the firm’s continued commitment in servicing our clients in Singapore and the region.

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Loh Wai Yue Appointed As Director of Incisive Law 

Litigator and specialist in commodities and shipping, Loh Wai Yue, has been appointed Director of Incisive Law with effect from 21 August 2019.

Triple qualified in Singapore, England & Wales and Hong Kong, Wai Yue brings with him over a decade of experience in handling disputes both in court and before arbitral tribunals in Singapore, London and Hong Kong. Wai Yue is also part of the Admiralty team in Asia and remains actively involved in investigation and handling of maritime casualties and claims.

Ranked as a leading lawyer in various legal directories, Wai Yue practised at the Singapore bar before his stint overseas, and prior to his appointment in Singapore, served as the Chief Representative of Ince’s Beijing office for the last 7 years. He continues to head the Beijing office and enjoys a formidable reputation with private and Chinese state-owned enterprises operating in the shipping, international trade, offshore and insurance sectors.

Wai Yue’s recent appointment is a significant addition to the Incisive team and will help to further strengthen the firm’s services for clients in Singapore and the region. Wai Yue serves concurrently as head of Ince Singapore’s China Practice.

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