Corporate

The Practice advises and provides practical legal solutions to clients in local and cross-border transactions, and offers a dedicated, dynamic and experienced team of lawyers and legal professionals who have a good understanding of the evolving regulatory and business environment.

The team is familiar with cross cultural issues in regional and international business transactions, having as part of its team lawyers and legal professionals from different jurisdictions.

  • Establishment of charities, non-governmental organisations, and religious organisations
  • Assisting organisations in their applications for the status of an Institution of Public Character (IPC) and their compliance and operational matters
  • Grant and aid application
  • Regulatory compliance issues
  • Corporate secretarial and compliance support
  • Agency, distribution, supply and services contracts
  • Franchises and licences
  • Investment and management agreements
  • Specialised technology agreements and agreements relating to the mining, and oil and gas industries
  • Applying for Regulatory Approval
  • Advisory & Consultancy
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Reviews and Test Checks
  • Islamic Finance Compliance Framework
  • Outsourced Compliance Program
  • Customized Training
  • Pre- and Post- Inspection

Our Corporate Technology Group consists of a dedicated team of experts providing guidance to technology companies at various stages of the corporate life cycle both in Singapore and Asia. We understand the needs and requirements of businesses operating in this dynamic sector and work with clients to add real value to their business decisions and growth.

We have extensive experience of advising technology clients, and investors investing in technology businesses, in relation to venture capital and private equity financing, joint ventures, private and public fundraisings, mergers, acquisitions and disposals. Our objective is always to add value by drawing on our practical experience of our clients’ businesses in the technology sector and the transaction process, to facilitate the achievement of our clients’ goals in a timely manner. This will include planning the tax and commercial aspects of a transaction, in-depth due diligence reviews, contract structuring and negotiation through to post-completion integration of key intellectual property and technology.

  • Advise either investors or companies on all aspects of venture capital financing ranging from initial investments, subsequent funding rounds and convertible debt investments.
  • Structure a venture capital transaction cost effectively utilising standard form documentation developed over many years.
  • Manage the legal complexities and execute an investment in unfamiliar jurisdictions across Asia.
  • Through our International Securities Group assist technology companies to achieve an exit by way of initial public offering on stock exchanges in various jurisdictions.
  • Advise technology companies across Asia on acquisitions or disposals and joint ventures with international counterparties.
  • Utilise our extensive knowledge of the way in which international organisations, particularly clients from key technology rich jurisdictions, such as the US, Japan and Korea, prefer to structure their M&A and other corporate transactions.
  • Advise on complex reorganisations of technology businesses with entities across various jurisdictions in Asia including implementation of efficient tax structures.
  • Provide added value on transaction due diligence exercises with input from dedicated specialists experienced in advising technology companies.
  • Assist US and other technology businesses on inward investment into all territories across our ASEAN+ platform, conducting advice through one point of contact.
  • Drafting and reviewing of employment contracts and employee handbooks / policies / regulations
  • Advising on Singapore employment, labour laws and reputations
  • Application for Employment Passes, Personalised Employment Passes (PEPs) and EntrePasses
  • Drafting, reviewing and advising on severance agreements / clauses
  • Advising on termination of employment and retrenchment exercises
  • Advising on transfer of employment due to corporate mergers and acquisitions and group restructuring
  • Drafting, reviewing and advising on restrictive covenants / restraint of trade clauses
  • Advising on discrimination under employment law
  • Advising on employee data protection
  • Advising on licensing and regulatory requirements for the establishment of fund management entities and funds
  • Drafting and advising on agreements and documents in the fund ecosystem (investment management agreements, private placement memorandums (PPMs), subscription agreements and redemption mechanisms)
  • Advising on marketing, operational and tax issues affecting the fund management entities, the funds, investors and the invested entities
  • Advising on investment transactions
  • Mergers, acquisitions and divestments
  • Private and public equity investments and placements, reverse takeovers
  • Restructuring and workouts
  • Leveraged Buyouts
  • Joint ventures
  • Charities and philanthropy
  • Family business
  • Family office advisory
  • Family and matrimonial
  • Immigration
  • International family solutions
  • Real estate for private clients
  • Succession planning
  • Trusts
  • Wills and probate
  • Cross border transactions that leverage on the multi-national experience and background of our team members
  • Mergers, acquisitions and disposals
  • Debt financing for acquisitions
  • Management incentivisation
  • Exit strategies and profit maximisation
  • Advising boards of companies listed on the Mainboard and Catalist Board of the Singapore Stock Exchange
  • Advising audit committees and individual directors on compliance and governance issues
  • Filings and compliance requirements of the Securities and Futures Act (SFA) and Financial Advisers Act (FAA)
  • Attendant applications for required licenses and/or exemptions
  • Legal issues concerning corporate governance and regulatory compliance matters
  • Compliance requirements of listed companies in relation to general laws, securities regulations and listing obligations
  • Management and resolution of disputes involving directors, officers, and minority shareholders
  • Preparation of corporate policies for corporate governance and whistle blowing
  • Advise clients on prosecutions or other proceedings
  • Interested Person Transactions

The increasingly multi-jurisdictional nature of businesses means that taxation, both in its domestic implementation by particular jurisdictions as well as in the international interplay between the tax laws of individual jurisdictions, occupies a position of expanding importance in today’s commercial transactions. Ever more demanding tax authorities are also ratcheting up tax pressures on taxpayers, with more aggressive tax scrutiny and increased tax queries set to form an integral component of the evolving domestic tax landscape.

The Practice provides sophisticated yet practical and commercially sensible tax advice in a timely and reliable manner, and offers a dedicated and dynamic team of lawyers with a good grasp of the evolving international and domestic taxation landscape. The team is committed to providing clients with a comprehensive suite of tax services indispensable whether in local or cross-border transactions. The team is also actively involved in tax queries and tax litigation across the whole range of Singapore taxes, and is able to assist and represent clients over the full span of the tax dispute resolution process.

    • Corporate Tax
  • Foreign direct investments, including comparisons of market entry and/or exit options across multiple jurisdictions
  • Tax-efficient multi-jurisdictional as well as domestic transaction structures for both international and local M&A deals
  • Corporate restructurings for local and multinational clients to enhance margins and reduce tax risks
  • Tax relief and tax incentive schemesPrivate Wealth
  • Trusts and other wealth-planning solutions
  • Tax planning and structuring in and through a variety of financial centres
  • Family offices
  • Charities and philanthropy
  • Real estate