Krishna Ramachandra Chairman of Selvam LLC and Managing Director of Duane Morris & Selvam LLP in Singapore and of Duane Morris & Selvam (Myanmar) Limited. He has a broad based international legal career having practiced in top law firms for over twenty-three years as a corporate finance and technology lawyer. He is head of the Corporate and TMT Practice Groups and serves as a team lead for the Fintech industry group. His practice includes M&A and capital markets, investments funds, private equity, financial technology, sports, and telecommunications, media and technology. Krishna also has significant experience in Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan and Korea.
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.
Named to Best Lawyers 2022 for Capital Markets, Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity Law in Singapore, Krishna is also recognized as a Notable Practitioner for Corporate/M&A (Domestic) in Singapore by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021. 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 and Chambers Asia Pacific, which regularly refer to "his creative yet practical and client-focused approach" and his "decisiveness and commerciality."
The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2020 and 2021 client feedback stated: “Krishna Ramachandra leads the team and has a particularly strong record in fintech and TMT” and “Krishna Ramachandra is among the leading experts worldwide in both Blockchain and TMT. Additionally, he has successfully built Duane Morris Selvam’s franchise throughout ASEAN region…” In Myanmar, Krishna is regarded as a Recommended Lawyer in Corporate and M&A and Projects.
AsiaLaw Profiles 2021 named Krishna as a Leading Lawyer in the Corporate and M&A Practice Area with client feedback describing him as “one of the sharpest people we have met in the blockchain-related capital markets regulation space. His clarity of thought is nonpareil; we were also impressed by his depth of knowledge and simplicity.” and “Extremely commercial, pragmatic and sharp. Honest with his assessments and will go out of his way to find a solution to one's issues. Wish all lawyers could advise like that.” IFLR1000 2020 and 2021 named Krishna as a "Highly Regarded Lawyer" in Singapore Capital Markets.
Listed as one of Singapore's top 100 lawyers by the Asia Business Law Journal 2019 edition, 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. Who’s Who Legal in its Entertainment and Foreign Investment Review 2020 guides named Krishna a Recommended Lawyer. Its Sports and Entertainment and M&A and Governance 2019 guides stated that "Krishna provides clients with substantial expertise in sports media rights matters, having represented clients in relation to numerous Olympic Games and FIFA World Cups" and "uses his extensive experience in telecoms and media rights to great effect for entertainment clients, with particular expertise in sports." Dentsu Sports Asia Pte Ltd also appointed Krishna as Senior Strategic Adviser.
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.
A prolific speaker at high profile events, Krishna is regularly consulted by government institutions and regulatory bodies 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 also the Senior Advisor to the Global Blockchain Foundation and the Chairman of The Helix Initiative.
"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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