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Kelvin Poa

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Investment Funds

Position

Kelvin Poa is an investment fund corporate and regulatory professional, and leads the Firm's Asia Pacific Private Equity group. He draws on his extensive background in private equity — and proficiency in fund formation and structuring — to deliver innovative and workable solutions for clients. He advises leading private equity and real estate houses to find ‘fund compatible’ structures for their investment acquisitions, restructurings and exits — and assists asset management clients to navigate transformational transactions or complex reorganisations successfully. Kelvin is recognised by leading legal directories for his experience in fund formation.

Career

  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (2005)
  • Singapore (1999)

Languages

  • English
  • Malay

Member

  • Singapore Academy of Law - Member
  • Law Society of Singapore - Member
  • Law Society of England & Wales - Member

Education

  • National University of Singapore (LL.B. Honors) (1999)
  • Oxford University (Worcester College) (1997)


Singapore: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A – Foreign firms

Within: Corporate and M&A – Foreign firms

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow has 'deep M&A experience', particularly in multi-jurisdictional deals. The Singapore team has an especially strong record in financial institutions, consumer goods and retail deals, and is a growing presence in the energy sector, thanks to the presence of principal Sze Shing Tan. Highlights included advising Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company on its acquisition of First Capital Insurance, Singapore’s largest commercial property and casualty insurer, from Fairfax Asia. Andrew Martin 'knows how to get a deal done in Asia', is 'very commercial and pragmatic'; he has particular expertise in consumer goods and retail, and recently advised Unilever on a joint venture with Europe & Asia Commercial Company in Myanmar. Min-tze Lean, Kelvin Poa and Stephanie Magnus are all notable partners.

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Singapore: Investment funds

Investment funds – Foreign firms

Within: Investment funds – Foreign firms

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow's team is 'knowledgeable, pragmatic and client oriented' and provides 'a good level of service' and 'good response times.' Kelvin Poa jointly heads the team with the 'client-oriented, flexible and dedicated' Derek Kwan, who has considerable real estate fund formation expertise. Associate Jens Carle is also noted for his 'very structured and dedicated' approach. The team's expertise spans private equity, venture capital, hedge funds, real estate, energy and distressed assets and it stands out for its expertise across the region. It advised Godrej Fund Management on the formation and first closing of the Godrej Office Fund I, which was its entry into India’s office sector and which raised $110m from institutional investors in Australia and Europe at its first closing in 2017.

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Singapore: Labour and employment

Labour and employment – Local firms

Within: Leading individuals

Kelvin Poa - Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Within: Labour and employment – Local firms

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow provides 'commercial advice that is tailored and reliable and its responsiveness is impressive'. Celeste Ang and Kelvin Poa, who jointly head the practice, 'are great - reliable, cost effective, responsive and to the point'. Local principal Aran Alexander is 'a great coordinator for regional projects' and, according to one client, 'his APAC-wide knowledge and coverage means we get consistently high-quality and integrated advice'. Associates Ng Zhao Yang  and Jingyi Wang also stand out for 'their practical approach'. The team covers the breadth of employment and labour relations laws and is able to draw on the firm's global network. Recent work includes advising on work injury compensation insurance issues under the Work Injury Compensation Act; assisting with a range of internal corporate investigations; and handling various employment terminations, as well as workforce reorganisations and collective bargaining matters.

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