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Established in 1988, CNPLaw LLP is a full-service law firm that provides Singapore law advice across Asia and beyond. Our business reflects Singapore’s position as a hub for trade, services and investment flows into Asia and as a forum for arbitration and litigation of international disputes. Many of our lawyers are knowledgeable of the language and/or business culture of another country outside Singapore. CNPLaw is well-placed to meet the increasing need for practical legal advice and services delivered efficiently and cost effectively in Singapore and for cross-border businesses. The firm’s primary areas of practice include Arbitration, Banking, Compliance & Regulatory, Construction, Engineering & Infrastructure Projects, Corporate Advisory, Corporate & Commercial, Corporate Finance, Corporate Secretarial Services, Employment, Funds, Insolvency & Restructuring, Intellectual Property, Litigation, M&A, Private Clients, Professional Liability, Real Estate & Conveyancing as well as Technology, Media & Telecommunications.
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July 2020: CNPLaw advised a leading German group in the marine shipping industry in respect of its strategic joint venture in Singapore with a ship management group based in Europe and operating in Asia. The joint venture was finalized in June 2020 and strengthens the parties’ existing working relationship in Europe with back-to-back arrangements under such joint venture. The CNP team involved in the transaction: Ken Chia and Hazel Ho. Also, CNPLaw acted as lead counsel for the successful launch of Dios AM Hessian Matrix Global Fund SP (“SP”), which will invest primarily in multiple asset classes across the G20 and Asia. The SP is the third segregated portfolio of Dios Asset Management SPC, a Cayman Islands domiciled segregated portfolio company. Click here to read the full announcement. CNPLaw acted as lead counsel for the successful launch of Maiora Renewables Fund II, a Cayman Islands domiciled private equity fund with a focus on alternative renewable energy projects predominantly in the Asia Pacific region, in particular, solar power plants in Taiwan. Click here to read the full announcement. Also, CNPLaw acted as lead counsel for the successful launch of RV Capital Opportunities VCC, an open-ended variable capital company incorporated in Singapore. The Fund is an umbrella fund and has successfully launched its first sub-fund, RV Capital Monks Hill Fund, a multi-asset fund. Click here to read the full announcement. CNPLaw acted as lead counsel and advised Smith Tan Asia Phoenix Fund, a Cayman Islands domiciled investment fund, on various fund terms, including regulatory matters, with respect to its fund documentation. The Fund is managed by Smith Tan Asset Management Pte. Ltd., a registered fund management company registered with the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Click here to read the full announcement. CNPLaw acted as lead counsel for the successful launch of Maiora Renewables Fund II, a Cayman Islands domiciled private equity fund with a focus on alternative renewable energy projects predominantly in the Asia Pacific region, in particular, solar power plants in Taiwan. Click here to read the full announcement.
June 2020: CNPLaw is proud to announce that the firm has been appointed to be on the Singapore Medical Council’s (SMC) Panel of Legal Assessors for the second consecutive year. This appointment makes it the 7th panel that CNPLaw is on within the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry. Click here to read the full press release. CNPLaw also advised a local private real estate fund on its joint venture for a real estate investment project in respect of commercial and industrial property in Singapore. The joint venture leverages the breadth of expertise of the Client’s group of companies to manage assets and property in Singapore. The target property is envisaged to be developed based on similar concepts and design established by the Client in the current property market. CNPLaw acted as Singapore counsel to a local online e-commerce platform operator in its series B fundraising exceeding S$3.5 million from key market players. This strategic investment was completed in May 2020 and allows the Client to leverage on the investors’ strong presence in Asia Pacific. Having advised on previous fundraising rounds, the Client commended CNP for its help as CNP continues to support the Client in its rapid regional expansion with this successful milestone.
May 2020: CNPLaw is proud to announce that our partner, Ms. Tan Min-Li, has been recognized in the 12th Edition of Best Lawyers in Singapore for Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law. She has been listed in Best Lawyers since the 2014-15 edition. CNPLaw also acted as Singapore counsel for a Singapore-based telecommunications start-up, AirGSM Pte Ltd, in its restructuring through a share swap with its US-based holding company, AirGSM Holdings, Inc. Click here to read the full press release. CNPLaw advised Axcelasia Inc., a company listed on the SGX-ST engaged in the provision of tax advisory and business consultancy services, in its divestment of principal subsidiaries to the Hong Kong Tricor group for a consideration of RM69.7 million. Click here to read the full press release.
April 2020: CNPLaw advised a Singapore graphic design company with headquarters in the U.S. on securing additional financing via a share subscription by a foreign investor. The transaction was completed in January 2020 and is a significant capital injection for such a company with a value of over S$70 million. Advising on the transaction was CNPLaw‘s Partner, Mr. Ken Chia, and Senior Associate, Ms. Hazel Ho.
February 2020: Singapore member firm CNPLaw’s corporate advisory team ended 2019 and started 2020 strong with the completion of three private equity transactions. The first involved its representation of one of Japan’s leading fresh produce distributors in its investment of over S$30 million in a Singapore company; the second, a Hong Kong-listed pharmaceutical company in its investment of S$2 million in a Singapore biotechnology company; and the third, a Singapore biotechnology company in its series B funding of S$15 million from US and Japanese venture capital firms. Leading the team was Ken Chia, assisted by Hazel Ho and Muhammad Parasuram. Managing Partner Lisa Theng also assisted in the transactions. Also at CNPLaw, seven of its practices (labor and employment, capital markets, corporate and mergers and acquisitions, financial services regulatory, banking and finance, dispute resolution and investment funds) and ten of its lawyers (Pradeep Kumar Singh, Bill Jamieson, Tan Min-Li, Stephen Soh, Ken Chia, Amit Dhume, Quek Li Fei, Subramanian Pillai, See Tow Soo Ling and Mike Chiam) have been recommended by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020.
January 2020: Cinda Sim and Wong Pei-Ling have been named partners at Singapore member firm CNPLaw, bringing the total number of partners in the firm to 18. A conveyancing lawyer, Ms. Sim has been in the thick of many “breakthroughs” in Singapore real estate law, including the collective sales trend of private estates, the birth of executive condominiums in Singapore, and the conversion of land in Singapore – once largely unregistered – to the Torrens system of land registration. She graduated from the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore. Ms. Wong advises clients with Malaysian and Singaporean interests on cross-border transactions, joint ventures, investments, and commercial and technology agreements. She is qualified to practice law in Singapore and Malaysia and was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 1996. Previously, she was head of legal and compliance for a Malaysian business outsourcing company with clients across Asia, the United States and Europe.
October 2019: Singapore member firm CNPLaw has been ranked in Asialaw Profiles 2020 in capital markets, investment funds, labor and employment, private equity, banking and finance, corporate and mergers and acquisitions, dispute resolution, and regulatory. Two of its attorneys, Bill Jamieson (investment funds) and Tan Min-Li (capital markets), have also been individually ranked. Developed by a team of researchers based in the region, Asialaw Profiles is the Asia Pacific’s definitive guide to regional and domestic law firms.
September 2019: Jimmy Yap has joined Singapore member firm CNPLaw as a partner, taking the number of partners at the firm to 16. Mr. Yap was admitted to the Singapore bar in 1991. He previously served as a magistrate and deputy registrar at the state courts. As a judicial officer, he presided over as well as mediated a wide spectrum of civil and commercial disputes. He was also a senior legal consultant with Angeline Suparto Law Corporation, focusing primarily on Indonesia-related investment and commercial transactions. Mr. Yap is currently on the panel of accredited adjudicators with the Singapore Mediation Centre. He also serves on the panel of arbitrators under the Law Society Arbitration Scheme, associate mediator under the Law Society Mediation Scheme, and a neutral under the Law Society Neutral Evaluation and Determination Scheme.
August 2019: Singapore member firm CNPLaw represented CBMM Supply Services and Solutions Pte. Ltd., a mining and quarrying supply services and solutions provider headquartered in Singapore, on its seed fundraising involving equity injections of $1,000,000 by United Arab Emirates and United States institutional investors. The transaction was completed in April. Partner Ken Chia, senior associate Hazel Ho and associate Adrian Toh advised CBMM in this transaction. The firm also acted as lead counsel for the successful launch of Fraxtor Capital SPC, a Cayman Islands-domiciled segregated portfolio company with an investment focus in real estate investment opportunities. The fund employs a blockchain-enabled co-investment platform for investors to invest in “byte-sized” global real estate investment opportunities otherwise out of reach. The fund has successfully launched its first segregated portfolio focused on the development of a residential real estate investment project in Singapore. It is only offered to high net worth persons. Advising the fund were partner Amit Ramkrishn Dhume, associate Abel Ho and practice trainees Joy Tan and Neeti Relan.
July 2019: Singapore member firm CNPLaw recently represented a local online e-commerce platform operator with regional presence in its series A fundraising involving equity injections exceeding S$6 million by global investors. Partner Ken Chia, senior associate Hazel Ho and legal executive Susannah Dobbie advised the client in this transaction. CNPLaw also advised Malaysian listed company AYS Ventures Berhad through its wholly owned subsidiary AYS Capital Sdn. Bhd. in its acquisition of Steelaris Pte. Ltd., a steel products supplier in Singapore. Partner Ken Chia, senior associate Hazel Ho and associate Adrian Toh (Associate) advised AYS Ventures Berhad in this transaction. Finally, CNPLaw advised Koh Tian Yeow, sole proprietor of Deskright Office Supplies, the leading single-source contract stationer for office supplies to organizations and government agencies in Singapore, on the sale of DeskRight’s head entity, DeskRight Pte. Ltd. and its two subsidiaries, I-Pacific Office Pte. Ltd., and Jaya Stationary Supplies Pte. Ltd., to France-based global distributor of workplace supplies solutions, Lyreco Group. The sale of DeskRight to Lyreco’s Singapore established entity, Lyreco Pte. Ltd, will enhance Lyreco’s current ranking as a leading provider of office supplies. Mr. Koh, who will stay on as managing director, will continue to oversee DeskRight’s operations in Singapore. Partner Ken Chia, senior associate Wong Pei-Ling, associate Jolyn Wah and legal executive Susannah Dobbie advised Mr. Koh in this transaction.
May 2019: Colin Ng & Partners last month announced the retirement of its founder and chairman, Colin Ng. Widely considered one of Singapore’s top corporate lawyers and recognized among the top 100 lawyers by Asia Business Law Journal, he founded the firm in 1988. With Mr. Ng’s retirement, the firm now be known as CNPLaw LLP. Also at CNPLaw, partner Tan Min-Li has been listed in The Best Lawyers 2020 edition for corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law in Singapore. This is the sixth consecutive year she has been listed.
March 2019: Singapore member firm Colin Ng & Partners has been ranked in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 in banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and mergers and acquisitions, dispute resolution, investment funds, and labor and employment. In addition, Venetia Tan, Kenn Lim and Christopher Huang have been named by Singapore Business Review to its list of Singapore’s 20 most influential lawyers 40 and under. Ms. Tan is a partner in the firm’s dispute resolution practice group, specializing in international arbitration, litigation, and advisory work on international and local commercial disputes. Mr. Lim is a partner in the corporate advisory practice group, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate advisory, cross-border investments and venture capital and private equity transactions. And Mr. Huang heads the firm’s tax and advisory practice group, where he focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate advisory, and shareholder disputes. He is also a tax advisor at CNP Tax and Advisory.
February 2019: Singapore member firm Colin Ng & Partners recently advised Fund Singapore on the pre-IPO investment round of Biolidics Limited’s listing on the Catalist Board of the Singapore Exchange. The IPO launch is set to raise approximately S$6.1 million in net proceeds, which will be used in developing the company’s clinical services applications and customer segment of Biolidics’ products. It will also advance its pipeline products through in-house development, investments, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic collaborations. Partner Christopher Huang, senior associate Randall Perera and associate Rajkumar Mannar advised Fund Singapore on the negotiation of the pre-IPO series C investment.
January 2019: Singapore member firm Colin Ng & Partners recently represented Singapore-based vending solutions provider Kalms in a 50-50 joint venture with celebrity chef Justin Quek’s JQ Global restaurant consultancy. The new company, Chef & Chefs, will produce premium ready-to-eat meals for sale via vending machines and will become the exclusive distributor of such products. This JV will allow Kalms to have more control over its product range, thus enabling it to reap gains through its direct involvement from production to sale. Colin Ng partner Ken Chia and associate Joey Ho advised Kalms on the JV.
September 2018: Singapore member firm Colin Ng & Partners advised Eggriculture Foods on its listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, pursuant to which 125,000,000 shares were offered at an offer price of HK$0.50 per share, raising approximately HK$33.9 million in net proceeds. Eggriculture is a Singapore-based group principally engaged in the production and sale of egg products. Partner Tan Min-Li, along with senior associate Low Zhi Ni and associate Jennifer Lo, advised Eggriculture on the listing. Ms. Min-Li and Stephen Soh, along with senior associate Low Zhi Ni, associate Jennifer Lo and paralegal Samuel Ling, also advised and acted as solicitors for Synagie Corporation in its initial public offering on the Catalist Board of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited. The IPO raised approximately S$11.6 million in gross proceeds and S$9.8 million in net proceeds, which will be used for business expansion. Synagie is Southeast Asia’s leading digital commerce enabler in the body, beauty and baby sector and also the fastest-growing digital commerce start-up in Singapore. It has more than 250 brand partners in the sector including Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly-Clark and Shiseido.
July 2018: Edwin Chia, Kenn Lim and Christopher Huang have been named partners at Singapore member firm Colin Ng & Partners. Mr. Chia’s practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation, disciplinary proceedings, wills and probate, shareholders’ disputes, and employment matters. He has been involved in matters at all levels of the Singapore courts, and has acted as lead counsel in matters before the High Court of Singapore and disciplinary tribunals. Mr. Lim’s practice covers corporate and commercial transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, cross-border investments and private equity transactions. Mr. Huang specializes in tax law and heads the firm’s tax practice group. These promotions take the number of partners at the firm to 18.
May 2018: Singapore member firm Colin Ng & Partners’ intellectual property practice has been ranked by Asian Legal Business for the fourth consecutive year. Its trademarks and copyright work has received a Tier 2 ranking and its patent work a Tier 3 ranking in Singapore. The firm’s intellectual property practice is headed by See Tow Soo Ling and has also been accorded recognition by several other well-known publications such as World Trademark Review and Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific. Asian Legal Business draws information from firm submissions, interviews, editorial sources and market data to identify and rank the top firms for intellectual property in Asia.
January 2018: Singapore member firm Colin Ng & Partners’ mergers and acquisitions practice has once again this year been ranked in Asia Legal Business’ M&A Rankings. The rankings are based on the volume, complexity and size of work undertaken, presence across Asia, key personnel hires and growth in the practice, key clients and new client wins, as well as the firm’s visibility and profile in the region. Singapore leads Southeast Asia’s mergers and acquisitions market, accounting for over 70% of the region’s mergers and acquisitions in the first half of 2017.
October 2017: Quek Li Fei, a partner at Singapore member firm Colin Ng & Partners, has been named to the 2017 Citywealth Leaders List. Mr. Quek is head of the firm’s private client and banking and finance practices. He has been nominated for inclusion on the Citywealth Leaders List every year since 2009. The Citywealth Leaders List is a directory of leading professionals in the private wealth management and private client industry. The list brings together lawyers and other professionals who deal with private clients with fortunes in excess of £20 million but often up to several billion. Inclusion on the list is through recommendations from peers, recognition of expertise within the sector and from ultra-high net worth individuals.
June 2017: Colin Ng was unanimously approved by the membership of SCG Legal last month as the network’s Singapore member firm. Established in 1988, the firm has approximately 100 staff, including 50 lawyers, and a strong network of international contacts. It is consistently recognized as one of the top full-service law firms in Singapore by leading legal publications such as Asia Pacific Legal 500, International Financial Law Review 1000, Asialaw Profiles and Chambers Asia. The firm’s voting representative is Quek Li Fei, a partner in the firm. Mr. Quek can be reached at Colin Ng & Partners, North Bridge Road #13-01, Parkview Square (Parkview 2), Singapore 188778, by calling +65 6349 8687, or via email at email@example.com. e Law: State Laws and Regulations on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, a copy of which can be downloaded here.