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Duane Morris & Selvam LLP

16 COLLYER QUAY #17-00, SINGAPORE 049318, SINGAPORE
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Work +65 6311 0030
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Fax +65 6311 0058
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www.duanemorrisselvam.com
Hanoi, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, Yangon

Leon Yee

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Work +65 6311 0057
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Duane Morris & Selvam LLP

Work Department

Corporate                                        

Position

Chairman and Managing Director

Career

Leon Yee is the Chairman and the Managing Director of Duane Morris & Selvam. He serves as the Global Head of Corporate for Duane Morris & Selvam and leads the Banking & Finance and Energy Practice Groups. He is also Head of the Firm's China Practice Group. Mr. Yee has extensive corporate law expertise and regularly advises ultra-high net worth individuals, private equity funds, investment banks, listed and private companies on corporate finance, venture capital, capital markets, takeovers, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, corporate restructurings and joint ventures. He has also advised banks and project companies on complex financing transactions and has a particular focus on Korea, Indonesia and PRC related deals. He takes a keen personal interest in advising, coaching and mentoring the boards of startup companies. 

Mr. Yee is consistently recognized as a highly regarded lawyer by the IFLR1000 and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 for Banking & Finance, Corporate and M&A and Projects & Energy. He was included in AsiaLaw in various categories such as Banking & Finance, Corporate and M&A and Corporate Governance. He was included in Asia's Brightest Young Legal Minds – Top 40 Under 40 – Asia Legal Business 2015.

Mr. Yee serves as the Non-Executive Chairman of SGX-listed Pacific Star Development Limited and as an Independent Director of SGX-listed Federal International (2000) Ltd. He is the Chairman of the Nominating Committee as well as the Remuneration Committee for both public listed companies. He is also an Independent Director of Laura Ashley Holdings PLC, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

He has deep industry knowledge in global fashion businesses, real estate development and the oil & gas sectors and also has extensive experience in corporate governance. He also works closely with venture firms and private equity firms on advising technology, life sciences and other growth enterprises worldwide. 

Mr. Yee read Law at Christ's College, Cambridge University on a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust scholarship where he graduated with Honours. Mr. Yee also founded and chaired the Cambridge University Asian Lawyers Association. In 2017, he established the Christ’s College Cambridge-SJI Foundation Scholarship, a scholarship fund for SJI students admitted to Christ’s College, Cambridge University. He is the Chair of the Scholarship Selection Committee.

He is an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore and a Solicitor of England and Wales.

In May 2018, Mr. Yee was appointed by the Singapore Minister for Home Affairs as the Legal Advisor to the Board of Inquiry that was convened under the Civil Defence Act to inquire into the circumstances leading to the drowning incident of a serviceman, to identify contributing factors and systemic gaps, and to recommend improvements to prevent the recurrence of similar incidents.

Languages

English

Member

  • Past member of the Singapore Law Society Committee for Mergers & Acquisitions and Insolvency, Corporate Commercial Matters and Listing Matters
  • Member of the Singapore Institute of Directors
  • Fellow, Cambridge Commonwealth Trust
  • Visiting Professor of Law, Jimei University, China
  • President of the St. Joseph's Institution Foundation (Singapore)
  • Chairman of the SJI Foundation-Christ's College Cambridge Scholarship Selection Committee
  • Member of the Board of Governors, St. Joseph's Institution, Singapore

Education

  • University of Cambridge, B.A. (Hons) Law
  • University of Cambridge, M.A.


Singapore: Banking and finance

Banking and finance – Local firms

Within: Banking and finance – Local firms

Duane Morris & Selvam LLP primarily advises borrowers and a number of Korean banks. The practice is focused to a large extent on the offshore oil and gas sector, and has a varied mix of transactional and regulatory engagements. Leon Yee is the key partner.

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Singapore: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A – Foreign firms

Within: Corporate and M&A – Foreign firms

Duane Morris & Selvam LLP has a growing track record in the tech (including fintech) and telecoms sectors, most notably in Indonesia, Malaysia, India and Vietnam. It advised PT Profesional Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Protelindo) on its acquisition of PT Komet Infra Nusantara, the Indonesian telecommunications tower company. In addition to handling traditional M&A mandates, it has experienced a significant rise in venture capital work. Energy, hospitality and pharmaceuticals are additional areas of strength for the Singapore team, which has built a loyal following among Chinese and Japanese clients. Krishna Ramachandra, Leon Yee, Gerard Hekker, Mark Wong and Ramiro Rodriguez comprise a potent senior bench.

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Corporate and M&A – Local firms

Within: Corporate and M&A – Local firms

Duane Morris & Selvam LLP has a particularly strong record in jurisdictions such as Myanmar and Vietnam; the international firm has offices in both countries as well as further north in Shanghai and Taipei. It has built an impressive Asian client base with a growing number of Chinese and Indonesian clients. Gerard Hekker has led a series of high-profile deals for Indonesian clients, including advising PT. Profesional Telekomunikasi Indonesia on its $102m acquisition of PT. Komet Infra Nusantara, the Indonesian telecommunications tower company. The Singapore office is also building its standing in the fintech and technology sector. Krishna Ramachandra is 'extremely knowledgeable, professional and a master in networking'. Leon Yee heads the China desk, which includes Mark Wong, an experienced figure in cross-border deals involving Chinese entities.

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Singapore: Projects and energy

Projects and energy – Local firms

Within: Projects and energy – Local firms

Duane Morris & Selvam LLP has a dynamic and varied practice with 'good depth in oil and gas industry issues' and a strong record in gas-fired power and renewables. The firm is also focused on battery energy storage systems and is noted for its experience in Vietnam and Myanmar. Krishna Ramachandra led the team that advised Red Dot Power on a research collaboration agreement with Singapore Power and Energy Market Authority of Singapore relating to a Vanadium Redox-Flow battery energy storage system (ESS) test bed for optimising the efficiency of clean energy. Mark Wong and Leon Yee are also recommended.

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