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CNPLaw LLP > The Legal 500 RankingsCNPLaw LLP, the corporate finance team acts for mid-market listed companies, high-net-worth individuals and corporate finance houses in a variety of capital markets deals, including equity, debt, equity-linked and structured securities. The fintech and wider technology sector are at the core of the practice, which often leads advice on placements, share buybacks, capital reductions and restructurings. Leading the department is Min-Li Tan, who focuses on corporate and financial services, with a special emphasis on capital markets transactions in Singapore and throughout the region. Pei-Ling Wong is a key contact for cross-border deals. Capital markets and takeovers are some of Wee Siong Low‘s areas of expertise.
‘Min-Li Tan truly cares about the client’s outcome of a legal process/ negotiation.’
‘The team has proven their ability and dedication to really go all-in for the client’s process.’
Founder of Tenderfresh Group
Silverlake Axis Ltd
Beng Kuang Marine Limited
Minerva Luxembourg S.A.
Natura Cosméticos S.A.
Compañía de Minas Buenaventura S.A.A.
Gran Colombia Gold Corp.
Banco Mercantil del Norte, S.A., Institucion de Banca Multiple, Grupo Financiero Banorte, acting through its Cayman Islands Branch
Singapore O&G Ltd.
Adventus Holdings Limited
Colombia Telecomunicaciones S.A. E.S.P.
Soo Ling See Tow; Subramanian Pillai; Venetia Tan
Other key lawyers:
Sharleen Eio; Daphne Tan
‘Innovative in suggesting solutions in dispute resolution. Able to think out of the box’
The owners of commercial units at the King Albert Park Mall
Lim Bee Lan
Bayswater Fiduciary Services Pte Ltd
- Acted for appellant in successful appeal and landmark Singapore Court of Appeal decision CJA v CIZ  SGCA 41.
- Acted for the owners of the King Albert Park mall in their claim for misrepresentation against the developer of the King Albert Park mall.
Bill Jamieson; Amit Dhume
‘Cost effective, high quality, practical advice.’
‘Amit Dhume – practical, knowledgeable, understands the real world and is able to interpret the law and how it impacts our business accordingly.’
Impact Capital Asset Management Pte. Ltd.
Lighthouse Canton Pte. Ltd
Seeds International Asset Management (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
Gordian Capital Singapore Pte. Ltd.
Blue Ashva Capital Pte Ltd
Amicorp Asset Management Singapore Pte. Ltd.
Trru Capital Pte. Ltd.
Hera Capital Partners Pte. Ltd.
- Acted for Impact Capital Asset Management on the launch of a private equity variable capital structured fund which was set up to purchase certain selected assets from various exiting selling funds.
- Acted as Singapore counsel for Seeds Development Fund SP, a segregated portfolio of Seeds Development Fund SPC.
- Acted for Blue Ashva Capital on the successful launch of two sub-funds under its umbrella variable capital company structured fund, Blue Ashva Global VCC.
Pradeep Kumar Singh; Bill Jamison
Other key lawyers:
Merx Aviation Singapore Pte. Ltd.
Treedots Enterprise (Private Limited)
A Hong Kong and U.S. based fund management group
A Singapore based deep technology start-up in the air cargo and logistics industry
Real Personal Training Pte. Ltd.
MSIG Asia Pte Ltd f.k.a. MSIG Holdings (Asia) Pte Ltd
- Advised Merx Aviation Singapore on the transfer of employment of its chief operating officer from the client’s Irish subsidiary to Merx Singapore.
- Advised Treedots Enterprise on the implementation of an employee share option plan.
- Advised a Hong Kong and US-based fund management group on the transfer of employment of its chief executive officer from the client’s Hong Kong subsidiary to its subsidiary in Singapore.
Other key lawyers:
Ken Chia; Bill Jamieson
‘CNPLaw LLP’s team is capable, prompt in their response and efficient in carrying out their duties.’
‘Lisa Theng is knowledgeable, kind and helpful in advising her clients holistically. I worked with the lawyers in her corporate team such as Ken Chia and Kenn Lim and Venetia Tan and find all to be professional and customer centric.’
‘Very collaborative. listens attentively before jumping in.’
‘Lisa Theng – listens well. Very pro business practical proposals (instead of textbook answers).’
‘Commercial savviness, can-do attitude, and excellent problem solving skills.’
‘Always makes time when advice is needed. Delivers robust solutions to complex problems very quickly. Understands commercial underpinnings of problems and offers alternative solutions besides the obvious ones.’
Creadev International SAS
Julian Theng Thiam Siew, Lee Ai Ling, Lim Wee Kiak, Eagle Eye Centre Pte. Ltd.
D.A. Consortium Inc.
Stonevault Capital Pte. Ltd.
CITIC Telecom International (SEA) Pte Ltd and Pacific Internet (S) Pte Ltd
TDR Capital LLP
Singapore O&G Ltd.
CNPLaw LLP > Firm Profile
Established in 1988, CNPLaw LLP (“CNP”) is a full-service law firm with a talent for cross-border business. With about 90 staff, including approximately 47 lawyers, and a strong network of international contacts, the firm has the capability to deliver legal solutions in Singapore and beyond.
Our practice areas include banking & finance, capital markets, corporate & M&A, company formation, employment, funds, insolvency & restructuring, intellectual property & technology, litigation & arbitration, private clients, global mobility, real estate, and regulatory & compliance.
We focus on business involving Asia, in particular Greater China, India, Indonesia, Indo-China, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, as well as Singapore. Our lawyers are qualified in a number of jurisdictions as well as in Singapore and advise on cross-border transactions under English law.
CNP is consistently recognised as being amongst the top law firms in Singapore by leading legal publications such as Legal 500 Asia Pacific, International Financial Law Review 1000, Benchmark Litigation, Chambers and Partners and AsiaLaw Profiles.
CNP has also been ranked by The Straits Times as one of Singapore’s Best Law Firms.
We make knowing our clients’ businesses our business and pride ourselves in providing innovative, yet practical and valuable advice.
CNPLAW LLP > NEWSLETTER
Introducing CNPupdate, CNPLaw’s bi-monthly newsletter that highlights changes and developments within CNPLaw and legal articles of matters of topical interests. In this issue, we discuss the following matters:
- Potential copyright issues with generative AI systems
- What is the law on execution of deeds under Singapore law and how could the law be changed to allow for electronic deeds?
- CNPLaw Business Guide series: The solo business owner
- CNPLaw Technology series: The rise of AI, big data and machine learning
- New statutory framework for Singapore companies to conduct virtual meetings
- MAS revisions to Guidelines on Licensing, Registration and Conduct of Business for Fund Management Companies
In this CNPupdate video, Tan Wee Liang, a Practice Trainee at CNPLaw, discusses potential copyright issues with generative artificial intelligence (“AI”) systems. In particular, the video explains: (1) how the machine learning process and the generated output can potentially infringe copyright in the input information, (2) whether the computational data analysis exception and fair use defence are feasible defences to the aforementioned two instances of potential copyright infringement, and (3) whether copyright can subsist in autonomous AI-generated works. With the current hype surrounding AI systems and their evolving capabilities, this CNPupdate video provides a timely update on some legal considerations when working with such systems.
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Many Singapore lawyers are conscious of the increasing demands of clients to allow the electronic execution of documents and the difficulties they face in advising on the execution of deeds under Singapore law. This note seeks to put the issues in the particular context of cross-border transactions, since it is in this context that the default reflex of Singapore lawyers that a deed needs to be executed in wet ink and physically delivered (and sealed, except in the case of a Singapore company) comes up against the harsh fact that this approach is fast becoming outmoded in a world that increasingly has done away with these formalities. To take England as an example, any requirements of form or seal in relation to a deed were removed as far back as 1989. The Law Society of England & Wales and the City of London Law Society published guidance on electronic execution of documents, including deeds, on 2 October 2022. Recently Australian banks have got comfortable with the electronic execution of financing documents, including security documents executed as deeds, and lenders in the US execute security documents as indentures using electronic signatures. It is, therefore, useful to understand as a Singapore lawyer a little about the extent of the constraints imposed by Singapore law as it stands and also the extent of the limited changes in the law that will be required to bring Singapore more into line with the digital world that increasingly is the norm outside its borders.
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The solo business owner (“SBO“) is a solopreneur, a freelancer, a side hustler – an individual who wishes to start a business on his or her own. This has become a growing trend post the COVID-19 pandemic where gig culture is no longer seen as a last resort to gain work but rather a preferred choice for many who wish to have multiple sources of income, fuelled by the flexibility of remote working in this new digital landscape.
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In recent years, the world has witnessed a remarkable surge in the development and deployment of artificial intelligence (“AI“) technologies, big data, and machine learning across various industries. AI leverages on computers and machines to mimic the problem-solving and decision-making capabilities of the human mind. In the healthcare sector, big data has assisted scientists in developing precision medicine in public health and aided in the development of technology enabling genome editing. In the retail sector, consumers source for the cheapest flight tickets through flight scanner applications using big data. Retailers have successfully used big data to personalise advertisements targeting specific groups of consumers who exhibit certain identified behavioural patterns through their online activity. In the finance sector, insurance companies utilize big data on driving history to assess insurance premiums with greater accuracy. Employers leverage on big data to determine the most suitable candidates to hire or fire. Ultimately, proper use of big data will allow for more accurate decision-making, leading to greater opportunities for innovation and efficiency
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The COVID-19 pandemic reshaped the way businesses were conducted in Singapore. Various Safe Management measures were implemented by the authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections and some of these measures discouraged or prevented the attendance of in-person meetings held by companies. To enable companies in Singapore (“Companies“) to have the option to hold virtual meetings, the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Alternative Arrangements for Meetings) Orders (the “Order“) were introduced in April 2020 as part of the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020. We have since successfully transitioned towards living with COVID-19 and many of the Safe Management measures have been lifted such that physical meetings are no longer discouraged or prevented. Nonetheless, the COVID-19 pandemic has paved the way for Companies to embrace technology and make technological advancements in the way corporate proceedings are carried out. The benefits of being able to conduct meetings virtually are recognized and notwithstanding the cessation of the Order, Companies are able to continue to choose to conduct meetings virtually following the passing of the Companies, Business Trusts and Other Bodies (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act (the “Amendment Act“).
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This note summarises the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s (“MAS”) revisions in December 2021 as well as March and November 2022 to its Guidelines on Licensing, Registration and Conduct of Business for Fund Management Companies (the “Guidelines”) which apply to Fund Management Companies (“FMCs”). For context, the Guidelines are issued pursuant to section 321 of the Securities and Futures Act 2001 (“SFA”) and explain the minimum licensing criteria and business conduct requirements made under various SFA regulations. The revisions made by MAS primarily concern criteria for the licensing and registration of Licensed FMCs (“LFMCs”) and Registered FMCs (“RFMCs”).
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As a managing partner, Lisa sees a need to ensure that our clients see us as their business partner and not a just legal service provider. Our aim is to provide innovative legal solutions for our clients across Asia with a high level of service and support that will help our clients better manage and succeed in their own businesses.
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Pradeep acts for corporations, whether they are private or listed companies, on all aspects of their business including advice on structuring their operations, the setting up of the business (such as incorporation of companies, registration of branches or representative offices), compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements, licensing requirements, advice and drafting of corporate documentation as well as advice and drafting of documentation on investments, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and restructurings.
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Bill’s practice focuses on corporate financing transactions, investment funds, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and employment law matters. His experience includes ten years in the City of London and over 20 years in Asia. Before joining CNP, Bill was a partner in a well-known international law firm. He is recommended lawyer for Corporate and M&A, Banking and Finance, Investment Funds and Labour and Employment in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020. Bill is one of the firm’s contacts for Interlaw, a network of independent full-service corporate law firms ranked by Chambers and Partners in its highest category, “Elite”, amongst all global law firm networks.
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Wai Mun has adopted a broad-based approach in developing his technical skills. Although he started out as a litigation lawyer, he quickly widened his job scope to take on real estate work. For him, it’s a critical grounding to enhance not only legal skills but also develops a better appreciation of the commercial and private clients issues in legal practice.
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Edwin is in the firm’s Dispute Resolution team and Family Law practice team. His practice areas encompass a broad range of matters, including civil and commercial litigation, disciplinary proceedings, shareholders disputes, employment matters, and defamation. He also regularly advises clients on wills and probate, lasting power of attorney, application under the Mental Capacity Act and contentious probate.
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Cinda is a pioneer of sorts, having experienced and worked through many “firsts” in Singapore’s real estate history and scene, which are now taken as the norm. One of these was the start of the collective sales trend of private estates. Another “first” was the birth of executive condominiums in Singapore. As with anything new, lawyers then had to understand the new legislation and rules relating to this new piece of real estate and work through the initial lack of clarity and uncertainty when advising potential buyers on the legal obligations and their financiers (i.e. the banks and the CPFB) in their legal documentation. Yet another significant event was the conversion of land in Singapore (which was then largely unregistered) to the Torrens system of land registration, through a very massive and gradual exercise.
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Xiaomeng’s practice is focused on corporate finance, M&A and general corporate advisory. Before joining CNP, she started practice in a leading corporate law firm in Singapore. She is fluent in the Chinese language and has been involved in cross-border transactions in the PRC (including Hong Kong), Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan and Australia.Xiaomeng’s practice is focused on corporate finance, M&A and general corporate advisory. Before joining CNP, she started practice in a leading corporate law firm in Singapore. She is fluent in the Chinese language and has been involved in cross-border transactions in the PRC (including Hong Kong), Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan and Australia.
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Huimin is a Partner with the firm’s Dispute Resolution team and Family Law team. Her areas of practice include civil and commercial litigation. She has been involved in various civil trials and hearings before the different levels of Courts in Singapore. She is also an SMC Accredited Mediator and SMC Certified Family Mediator. Huimin has a specialized focus in private client and family-related matters. She has advised on pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, high net-worth financial settlements arising out of divorce and relationship breakdown, interim financial applications, complex discovery applications and disputes involving children. She has considerable experience in high value divorces and contentious matters involving non-disclosure of assets, cross-jurisdiction assets and multi-million dollars assets. She has also acted for clients in both contentious and non-contentious probate matters, deputyship applications, divorce proceedings, ancillary matters, custody and maintenance issues.
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Jimmy’s main areas of practice for non-contentious work are Indonesia related corporate and commercial matters – such as investment into Indonesia, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and franchising and licensing. In addition, he also focuses on Singapore and Hong Kong IPO-related legal due diligence.Find out more about JimmyEmail: email@example.com
Ken heads the Corporate advisory team in the firm and has an international focus in his corporate and M&A work having graduated from the University of Exeter in the UK and worked in business development positions with various subsidiaries of the Hang Lung Group (SEHK: 10) in Shanghai, the People’s Republic of China and with Informa plc (LSE: INF) in Singapore.
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Kenn Lim, PartnerKenn’s practice covers a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, foreign investments and private equity transactions. Fluent in both English and Mandarin, Kenn regularly acts for companies in a spectrum of industries in various domestic and cross-border corporate transactions.
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In addition to Li Fei’s experience in acting for banks on varied transactions and in general corporate law, he also helps individuals in estate planning, including the legal aspects of wealth management, advising on and setting up trusts and off-shore structures to secure their future and the future of their families.
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Ravindran has 32 years of legal experience. He is in the firm’s Dispute Resolution team and handles both civil and criminal work. He specialises in corporate advisory and corporate and criminal litigation work. He provides legal advice to directors and CEOs on laws and rules relating to directors’ duties and corporate governance. He has a wealth of experience in advising local and regional companies on investment agreements, joint ventures, and corporate structures. He also advises many companies on fraud and due diligence measure to adopt in investments and overseas business development.
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Soo Ling’s main areas of practice are intellectual property and dispute resolution. She has experience in a diverse range of matters such as building construction, company law, commercial law, disciplinary proceedings, employment law, family law, intellectual property, property law, probate and administration and shareholder disputes.
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Subramanian’s practice has been primarily in the field of commercial litigation and arbitration. He heads the firm’s International Arbitration and Construction, Engineering and Infrastructure teams. He has had an active commercial litigation practice for the last 26 years, he regularly advises and represents publicly listed companies, multi-national corporations and high net worth individuals in a variety of corporate and commercial disputes in the High Court and the Court of Appeal in Singapore.
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Min-Li’s principal areas of expertise are in corporate and financial services with particular emphasis on corporate finance, securities and capital markets and mergers and acquisitions throughout Asia. She derives satisfaction from structuring practical legal solutions that work for clients, be it helping a client to extract value from his business through a sale or a listing or working on strategies to scale and expand, bringing the business to the next level. Her clients include private and listed companies, funds and financial institutions.
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Venetia is a disputes lawyer with experience handling international arbitration, litigation and advisory work on international and local commercial disputes, in particular, disputes relating to foreign investments and joint ventures, financing, distributorships, and jurisdictional challenges.
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Pei-Ling has over 23 years of experience in corporate and cross-border transactions, and has advised on investments, joint-ventures and commercial transactions in Singapore and Malaysia. Over the years, she has also developed a practice in the areas of data protection, technology and employment. Pei-Ling is qualified to practice law in Singapore and Malaysia, and was admitted to the English Bar in 1996.
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COMPANY/FIRM: Spa Esprit Group
TESTIMONIAL: I am highly impressed with Venetia because she not only understands that each situation must be handled according to the specifics of the case, she would go the extra mile on the emotional aspect to show conscientious care and concern for her clients with her impeccable service. She always provides adequate important information which is extremely assuring for clients and is also someone who has the knowledge and experience.
COMPANY/FIRM: Paramount Media
TESTIMONIAL: We were especially pleased with Venetia’s detailed knowledge of the subject area and her pragmatic approach to resolving contentious issues.
TESTIMONIAL: Throughout, the advice and recommendations, besides being sound and professional, exhibit strong understanding of our thinking and purpose as well as careful calibration of commercial value. To help us manage the cost of litigation, Venetia and her team planned for time-efficient communications, saving us time and money.
Most importantly, what distinguish CNPLaw as a good legal partner is the same as what distinguish a good business partner; to care genuinely about your clients and to think win-win.
We are very lucky to have found them and would recommend them to other businesses anytime.
COMPANY/FIRM: Floorspec Pte Ltd
TESTIMONIAL: Venetia provides legal guidance which is very good and clear. This helps us the client to come to a prompt decision much faster and easier. Should I have further legal matters I would like her to be our representative.
CLIENT: Florent Barret
COMPANY/FIRM: Hera Capital Partners
TESTIMONIAL: Bill Jamieson helps Hera Capital Partners with our fund formation in Singapore and some downstream investment and day to day issues that crop up in our asset management business. We can recommend him and CNPLaw to our business contacts who need support with Singapore law issues.
- Capital markets: equity and debt: local firms
- Dispute resolution: local firms
- Fintech and financial services regulatory: local firms
- Investment funds: local firms
- Labour and employment: local firms