Krishna Ramachandra

Krishna Ramachandra is head of Duane Morris & Selvam’s Corporate Finance and Investment and Private Client Practice Groups. His practice expertise includes M&A and capital markets, investments funds/private equity and Islamic finance law.

Mr. Ramachandra has many years of experience in advising issuers, funds, investment banks, listed and private companies and high net worth individuals in Asia, Europe and the U.S. on a wide range of equity and debt securities issuances, compliance and regulatory matters. His extensive experience in mergers, acquisitions and take-overs, private equity participation and exit strategies has led to his being regularly cited by various publications as a leading lawyer.

He is regarded as one of the most highly recommended lawyers in the practice areas of Capital Markets and Corporate Finance by Asialaw Leading Lawyers. Chambers Asia Pacific and the Asia Pacific Legal 500 regularly refer to his creative yet practical and client-focused approach and the IFLR1000 recognises him as an expert in the area of Islamic Finance in Singapore.

Mr. Ramachandra graduated from Christ’s College, Cambridge with an LL.M. in Corporate Finance on a Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (“Freshfields”) scholarship. He articled and qualified with Freshfields in London prior to relocating to Singapore with Clifford Chance. He subsequently joined Selvam LLC and is now Managing Director of Duane Morris & Selvam LLP.

Mr. Ramachandra is an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore and a Solicitor of England and Wales. He previously sat on The Singapore Law Society’s Corporate Practice Committee for Mergers & Acquisitions and Insolvency, Corporate Commercial Matters, and Listing Matters. He speaks regularly on a wide range of topics relating to M&A, corporate governance, listings, fund raising and establishment of an Asian presence at venues around the world.

M&A Law Practice:

Non-lawyers in the business community often view mergers and acquisitions as straightforward affairs but in fact, major corporate transactions have far-reaching consequences for companies. Transactional lawyers are charged with the responsibility for an ever-increasing number of regulatory and legal issues that must be resolved in order to fully protect their clients.

We recently advised:-

  • Robinson and Company Limited (“Robinson”) in relation to divestment of controlling stake in Robinson by Overseas-Chinese Banking Corporation Ltd and Great Eastern Holding Ltd (on-going)
  • Creative Technologies Limited on certain overseas acquisition and on a restructuring carried out by them

Our multi-specialist lawyers lead every stage of the transaction to ensure that clients receive a seamless delivery of legal services that is effectively and efficiently integrated and managed.

Duane Morris & Selvam:

Duane Morris & Selvam is an international joint law venture firm of Duane Morris LLP and Singapore-based Selvam LLC. It serves clients throughout Asia, as well as companies based in the Americas and Europe that are conducting business in Asia and Asian entities and individuals doing business in the Americas and the United Kingdom. With headquarters in the Raffles Place area of Singapore on Collyer Quay, Duane Morris & Selvam LLP is the first U.S.–Singapore joint venture to be approved by Singapore as part of the recent enhanced liberalization of its legal services market.

Duane Morris & Selvam attorneys focus on mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, corporate finance, banking and securities, corporate restructuring, financial services, international joint ventures and Islamic finance. They represent publicly listed companies, investment banks, individuals and numerous large and small private companies from around the world.

Sarbjit Singh Chopra

Sarbjit Singh Chopra is Managing Director of Duane Morris & Selvam LLP, the Joint Law Venture between Duane Morris LLP and Selvam LLC. Mr. Singh is concurrently a Director of Selvam LLC, a Singapore law entity, where he heads the dispute resolution and construction practices. He focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation and arbitration. He has handled a wide range of cases from construction disputes to defamation suits. Mr. Chopra has been cited in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 edition as a recommended lawyer in Singapore Dispute Resolution.

A client described Mr. Chopra as “an experienced litigator before the Supreme Court of Singapore, has the ability to handle complex facts with ease. His mild mannered nature, calm demeanor and genuine care of the client makes him approachable and reassures the client. His capability in Court cannot simply be expressed in words and was indeed a treat to watch. It was a real pleasure working with him and I hope to work with him on future matters.”

Another client describes his experience: “I was recommended to Mr Sarbjit Singh of Selvam LLC after using two other law firms. I am very satisfied with his and his team’s services. He is understanding and caring and I am very thankful for the emotional support he showed me when I was under tremendous stress. He took care of my worries as if they were his own. I am very grateful for his assistance.”

Mr. Chopra has acted in numerous matters in the High Court and the Court of Appeal over the years. He has also undertaken substantial projects for various clients and these include involvement in tenders for structural projects (eg. The Mass Rapid Transport (MRT), telecommunication contracts and construction of power plants) and matters related to joint ventures. He has conducted numerous arbitration, mediation, adjudication and Court proceedings.

Mr. Chopra was admitted as a Barrister-at-Law (Gray’s Inn) and has been in practice as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore since 1984. He has successfully completed the course in arbitration law and practice conducted by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. Mr. Chopra can speak English, Malay and Punjabi.

Firm Overview:

Duane Morris LLP, a law firm with more than 800 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally, is asked by a broad array of clients to provide innovative solutions to today’s legal and business challenges.

Growth & Culture:

Evolving from a partnership of prominent lawyers in Philadelphia a century ago, Duane Morris’ modern organization stretches from the U.S. to Europe and the Middle East, and now across Asia. Throughout this global expansion, Duane Morris has remained committed to preserving its collegial, collaborative culture that has attracted many talented attorneys. The firm’s leadership, and outside observers like the Harvard Business School, believe this culture is truly unique among large law firms, and helps account for the firm continuing to prosper throughout changing economic and industry conditions.

At a glance:

> Am Law 100 Since 2001
> More than 800 lawyers in offices in the U.S., UK and Asia
> 128 Partners have chosen to join Duane Morris in the past 5 years
> Firm has nearly tripled in past 19 years
> Over 25% of client business conducted through multiple offices and practices

Harvard Business School:

Second HBS case study of the firm, titled “Duane Morris: Collaborating for Growth” was part of the Harvard Business School curriculum and made available to business schools around the world for course study.

Dr. Theodor Strohal

Education and Experience:

  • Graduated from Theresianische Akademie in 1968, from Vienna University School of Law in 1974; twice awarded a scholarship for outstanding academic records
  • Admitted to the Bar in 1979 (cum laude)
  • Founder of the chamber in Vienna 1979
  • Admitted as foreign lawyer in Singapore 1994
  • Admitted as a legal consultant in the United Arab Emirates 2005
  • Opening a law firm in Yangon, Myanmar, 2011
  • Resident in the UAE and Thailand

Main Areas of Activity

  • Real Estate
  • Corporate Law
  • International Taxation

Lectures: 

  • Keynote speaker at seminars on property law, corporate taxation and international tax law
  • Retired lecturer at the post-graduate Academy of Journalism , Vienna
  • Lecturer at Dubai University for company formation and business setup
  • Professor at Modul Dubai University, teaching business law and intellectual property law

Languages: 

Fluent in German and English; knowledge of Spanish, French  and Indonesian

Strohal Legal Group:

OUR SERVICES

We are always up-to-date on all changes and developments in business and tax laws at each of our locations. We counsel our clients in any legal questions for their day-to-day business. We understand to analyze any individual case and aim to achieve our clients’ goals.

We offer a network of legal consultants, tax advisers and management consultants to support clients in finding the right solution of every individual query. We understand to work transparently and therefore guarantee an efficient and cost-effective investment. Here are the answers to your questions:

What to do when outside capital is required?

We have an efficient network that also comprises international financial advisors. In collaboration with our legal knowledge and investment counseling we understand to find the best solutions for your company. We understand to analyze our client’s needs and collaborate with advisors and investors.

What liabilities could be involved?

Did you know that owning a limited liability company doesn’t automatically exclude personal liability? Something as simple as a shareholder or associate liabilities can differ from contractual form and country. We counsel our clients to prevent personal damage. Our expertise lies in:

  • Business law
  • Corporate law
  • Business formation
  • Insolvency law
  • International tax law
  • Immigration law
  • Labor law
  • Real Estate law
  • Legacy law
  • International contract law
  • European law

Legal advice should be cost-effective. The fees for our legal consultation depend on the service. We believe that every individual case is to be financially adjusted – to the advisory and the client. Options include: billing by the hour, lump sum agreements or a combination of both. We are flexible in finding the appropriate billing method in the first consultation, which is free of charge.