Krishna Ramachandra is Managing Director of Duane Morris & Selvam LLP in Singapore and of Duane Morris & Selvam (Myanmar) Limited. He is head of the Corporate, FinTech and TMT Practice Groups. His practice includes M&A and capital markets, investments funds, private equity, financial technology and telecommunications, media and technology. Krishna also has significant experience in Myanmar, having worked in Myanmar for over 5 years.
Krishna advises issuers, fund managers, investment banks, venture capitalists, listed and private companies, start-ups 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 and Acquisitions and take-overs, private equity participation and exit strategies has led to his being regularly cited by the reputable directories as a leading lawyer.
In 2018, Krishna was named one of Singapore's top 100 lawyers by Asia Business Law Journal. Client feedback in AsiaLaw Profiles 2019described him as “Perfect. Outstanding in all areas.” IFLR1000 2019 client feedback stated: “Krishna Ramachandra, the director of Duane Morris & Selvam has been the major force behind the firm and his in-depth knowledge and fair advice has been outstanding.” He is regarded as one of the most highly recommended lawyers in the practice area of Capital Markets (Foreign Firms), Corporate and M&A (Local and Foreign Firms) and TMT (Local Firms) in Singapore by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 edition and Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific>, which regularly refer to "his creative yet practical and client-focused approach" and his "decisiveness and commerciality." Krishna is also recognized as a Leading Individual for Corporate/M&A (Domestic) in Singapore by Chambers and Partners, 2018 Global edition. In Myanmar, he is regarded as a Leading Lawyer in Corporate and M&A and a recommended lawyer in Projects (including Energy) by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018. IFLR1000 2019 also named Krishna as a "Highly Regarded Lawyer" in Singapore Capital Markets. Krishna has the unique and remarkable record of being recognized as having a Leading Lawyer status in multiple jurisdictions and practice areas. His grasp of commercial issues in the corporate arena is a testament to this.
Krishna is a corporate lawyer with a very commercial approach. His practice develops according to the needs of his clients and currently due to Singapore's emergence as one of the world's leading FinTech hubs, he has more of a focus on the legal and regulatory advice relating to new financial technology business models, including crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending platforms, blockchain technology, virtual and digital currencies such as BitCoin and Ethereum, e-wallet and trading platforms. As his clients' trusted adviser, Krishna has established himself as one of Singapore's "go-to" lawyers for FinTech, having previously achieved a solid reputation in the TMT space, particularly in relation to telecommunications.
Krishna regularly provides institutions and regulatory bodies with his insights and is particularly experienced in the fields of Capital Markets and Private Equity, where securitized token offerings are being designed with his input. Krishna is the Senior Advisor to the Global Blockchain Foundation.
"Krishna’s intellectual stamina and acute appreciation of commercial realities make him a formidable adviser – his ability to come up with creative, workable solution is second-to-none." - The Legal 500.
Krishna 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.
Krishna 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. Born in Sri Lanka, Krishna speaks English and Mandarin.
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