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Singapore: Helmsman celebrates firm’s strategic transformation with formation of five new practice groups

08 Nov 2022

International law firm Helmsman LLC celebrated the firm’s strategic transformation last week at the National Gallery Singapore to mark its progress from a specialist shipping and commodities firm to a multidisciplinary services firm, the firm said on Tuesday (1 November).

The event, Helmsman Redefined: A Celebration, gathered industry professionals, clients, and leaders together for the celebration.

At the event, Helmsman formally announced the formation of new practice groups – commercial disputes, employment, and corporate, banking and finance – in addition to the existing shipping and commodities practice groups. 

The celebration concurrently unveiled the Head of each Practice Groups: 

  • Ms. Maureen Poh, Head of Shipping
  • Mr. Chen Zhida, Head of Commodities
  • Ms. Lynette Koh, Head of Corporate, Banking and Finance
  • Ms. Una Khng, Head of Commercial Disputes
  • Mr. Matthew Teo, Head of Employment

Special mention was also given to Mr. Jonathan Tan, an Associate Director of the Firm, who this year made it to Asian Legal Business’s 40 under 40s list.

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Managing Director, Mr. Ian Teo who shared his view on the evolution of the firm, said: “Leaving aside our firm’s outstanding performance on the legal rankings over the past few years, what struck me most are the clients’ comments published in the legal rankings – they are all consistent – ‘practical advice’, ‘commercial minded’, ‘user friendly’ and ‘approachable’.”

“My personal favourite was ‘cheap, fast, good and on the ball’ and ‘fit-for-purpose advice, commercially minded and helpful and friendly,’ and will continue to be known for our plain, practical advice.”

Executive Director, Mr. Tang Chong Jun, who further described the Helmsman Identity with the audience at the celebration, said: “We are not just here as lawyers fighting in court or arbitration for you. Sure, we can do that. But more than that, we are here to help you avoid disputes, to lend guidance when a problem crops up, and to nip the problem in the bud when we can.”

“When you think of Helmsman on the next occasion, think of us as lawyers with expertise in various fields. Come to us before a problem develops. It’s the process that matters.”

Helmsman LLC was founded in 2019. The firm has since grown to become one of the leading law firms in Asia. Helmsman will provide international level multi-disciplinary legal services as part of the firm’s global strategy The firm routinely acts for clients in varied and high value commercial transactions and disputes across the world from their offices based in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Manifold Times previously reported Helmsman announcing the firm’s official transition into a multi-disciplinary law firm servicing clients and partners throughout the Asia Pacific, Greater China and further afield.

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Photo credit: Helmsman LLC
Published: 8 November, 2022

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