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14 ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS – AUGUST 2017 LEGALBUSINESSONLINE.COM COVER STORY SAMUEL BONAPARTE Established: 2012 Practice areas: Shipping, aviation Managing partner: Samuel Bonaparte Hutapea Samuel Bonaparte recently proved the strength of its shipping practice by repre- senting a lay-up company in performing a ship arrest at Batam and Bontang ports in a case valued at approximately $1.5 million. It was the only Indonesian law firm to successfully conduct this arrest and, until the time of printing, had succeeded in maintaining the arrest in spite of attempts by international and Indonesian firms to overturn it. Samuel Bonaparte also has a notable aviation practice, with clients including Nomad Aviation and ICBC Finance Lease. KO R E A MINWHO LAW GROUP Established: 2011 Practice area: Technology Managing partner: Kyung-hwan Kim Named as the Boutique Law Firm of the Year at the ALB Korea Law Awards 2016, Minwho Law Group is acting on behalf of the Korea Communications Commission in two lawsuits filed by KT and Interpark for the imposition of civil penalties in a high-profile case related to hacking. The firm is also working with the Korea Database Agency to create a fundamental law on data infrastructure and data assets. Other notable clients at present include Hyundai Pay and Dongbu Daewoo Electronics. SEUM LAW Established: 2012 Practice area: Venture capital Managing partner: Hoseok Jung SEUM Law's clientele includes both investors such as 500 Startups, Legend Capital, Hanwha Dreamplus, FuturePlay and Fast Track Asia, as well as tech- nology companies. Managing partner Hoseok Jung is on the mentor panel for the Korean government's K-Startup programme, as well as the advisory committee of the Korea Creative Content Agency. M A L AY S I A DONOVAN & HO Established: 2014 Practice area: Labour and employment Managing partners: Donovan Cheah, Shawn Ho Established in 2014, Donovan & Ho recently represented an oil and gas corporation in judicial review proceed- ings to quash a decision of Malaysia's Minister of Human Resources. It has also assisted and advised multinational corporations with retrenchment and redundancy exercises in Malaysia as well as acted for employers in unfair dismissal claims filed by former employees who were dismissed for misconduct and/or poor performance. MAHWENGKWAI & ASSOCIATES Established: 1985 Practice area: Sports law Managing partner: Raymond Mah In October 2016, MahWengKwai & Associates (MWK A) merged with Richard Wee's team from fellow Kuala Lumpur law firm Richard Wee & Yip, making it one of the few firms in the country with sports law capability. Wee, who organises the annual Sports Law Conference, also helped set up the Sports Law Association of Malaysia (SLAM), and the firm offered advice to sports real estate owners, athletes, associations and other sports-based companies. SHANG & CO Established: 2011 Practice area: Matrimonial law Managing partner: Chris Chin Shang & Co. saw a 210 percent increase in revenue last year, and key work included a cross-border parental abduction case that encompassed China, Taiwan, Australia and Malaysia as well as a case involving a New Zealand client with Malaysia domicile on his matrimo- nial (movable and immovable) assets division in Malaysia, Australia and the U.S. worth $12.5 million. It also repre- sented a Taiwan client with Malaysia domicile on her matrimonial assets division in Malaysia and Taiwan worth $6 million. The firm plans to expand its presence throughout Malaysia and into Southeast Asia. TAN SWEE IM, SIVA & PARTNERS Established: 1999 Practice areas: Construction, dispute resolution Managing partner: Sivabalan Sankaran With experience practising in Malaysia and Brunei, Sivabalan Sankaran advises clients on contracts, commercial and litigation, insurance and construc- tion. Significant recent work includes advising on and drafting documents for the Kuala Lumpur City transport project, and other large-value adjudications and major infrastructure-related arbitra- tion. Iskandar Regional Development Authority, BRDB Developments, CMC Machiplex and China Power are among current clients. P H I L I P P I N E S GULAPA LAW OFFICE Established: 2015 Practice area: Construction and real estate Managing partner: Aris Gulapa Established just two years ago, Gulapa Law Office (G-Law) has already picked up a number of accolades, including winning the Boutique Law Firm of the Year award at the ALB Philippine Law Awards 2016, where it was also nominated in a number of categories. Current projects the firm is involved in includes the Clark International Airport project, the new Philippine e-passport system, and the C3 Elevated Expressway Project. S I N G A P O R E COLLYER LAW Established: 2015 Practice area: Venture capital and technology Managing director: Azmul Haque Collyer Law specialises in venture capital transactions, and much of its work involves investment into Indian and Singaporean companies in the tech- nology space. Last year, it advised the founder of Capital Square Partners and executive chairman of Minacs Group (Singapore) on certain gainsharing 14 ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS – AUGUST 2017 LEGALBUSINESSONLINE.COM

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