Ms Joy Tan > WongPartnership LLP > Singapore, Singapore > Lawyer Profile

WongPartnership LLP

Work Department

Commercial & Corporate Disputes Practice; Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice; Financial Services Regulatory Practice; Corporate & Regulatory Investigations Practice; Professional Services Practice


Co-Head – Commercial & Corporate Disputes Practice, Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice, Financial Services Regulatory Practice, and the Corporate & Regulatory Investigations Practice.



Main practice areas are banking, corporate and commercial dispute resolution, and contentious investigations. She also regularly advises on corporate governance and financial services regulatory matters under the Companies Act, Securities and Futures Act and other regulatory statutes, including in relation to corporate fraud, anti-money laundering issues and market misconduct.

Awards & Accolades

Recognised amongst the best in her field, Joy was named as one of the top 30 Corporate Governance lawyers in Singapore by Expert Guides: Best of the Best 2018. She was named “White Collar Crime Lawyer of the Year” at the Euromoney Women in Business Law Asia Awards 2021 and was awarded “Best in Corporate Governance” at the Euromoney Women in Business Law Asia Awards 2014 which celebrates the achievements of the best female lawyers across the region. Joy is recognised as a Global Leader and National Leader for Asset Recovery and Investigations in Who’s Who Legal 2021.

Since 2018, Joy has been consistently recognised for her work in Corporate Investigations/ Anti-Corruption by Chambers Asia-Pacific – Asia Pacific’s Leading Lawyers for Business. She is commended as an “experienced litigator” in the 2016 edition, “very capable, specialised and pleasant to work with” in the 2021 edition, and was identified as a leading lawyer in the area of Banking: Regulatory (2015 – 2018 editions), with clients noting that “she is extremely efficient and extremely intelligent, and I feel confident in the advice I get from her”.

Joy is recommended in The Legal 500: Asia Pacific – The Client’s Guide to the Asia Pacific Legal Profession for the area of Financial Services Regulatory (2017 – 2019) and White-Collar Crime (2021) in Singapore. In Best Lawyers, she is also recognised as a leading lawyer for International Arbitration in the 2017 edition, Arbitration and Mediation and Corporate Governance and Compliance Practice in the 2022 edition, and identified as one of the “Local Disputes Stars” in Benchmark Asia Pacific – The Definitive Guide to the Leading Disputes Firms and Lawyers in the Region 2014.



English, Mandarin.


Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Audit and Risk Management Committee, Tripartite Alliance Limited; Panel Member, The Law Society Disciplinary Tribunal; Panel of Arbitrators of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre; Board Member; Singapore Chapter of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists.


Admitted, 1993, Singapore Bar; 1992, England & Wales Bar; Cambridge University (B.A. Hons.; M.A.); Middle Temple (Barrister-at-Law).

Lawyer Rankings

Singapore > Fintech and financial services regulatory: local firms

WongPartnership LLP has long been at the forefront of the financial services regulatory (FSR) and compliance market in Singapore. Besides providing comprehensive advice on non-contentious matters – ranging from applications to the MAS for digital bank licences, to banking secrecy issues, anti-money laundering concerns and rules relating to the sales and marketing of investment products – the practice also fields dispute resolution experts who are able to assist in enforcement investigations. Recent areas of activity include advising several international banks and payment service providers on the implications of the new Payment Services Act 2019 (PSA). Elaine Chan, who acts for banks, fund managers, insurers, commodity traders, broker dealers and clearing houses in regulatory and transactional mandates, and Joy Tan, who focuses on corporate governance and financial services regulatory matters under the Companies Act, Securities and Futures Act and other regulatory statutes, jointly lead the FSR group. Another key contact is Rosabel Ng, who has in-depth knowledge of the Singapore regulatory framework for the regulation of financial markets. The firm also houses a multi-disciplinary team focused on the fintech sector, whose members collaborate on transactional and regulatory matters cutting across issues such as blockchain, tokenisations and cryptocurrencies, venture capital fundraisings and emerging digital technologies. Key individuals for this type of work include Sion Yoong Tian, Sin Wei Ong, Kylie Peh and Kyle Lee.

Singapore > Insurance: local firms

WongPartnership LLP is noted for contentious and non-contentious matters. Having deep regulatory expertise, it frequently advises on M&A transactions and assists non-insurers in offering new insurance products. It is further rated for construction-related insurance and business interruption claims. Hui Choon Yuen leads the team, which includes contentious specialist Joy Tan.

Singapore > White-collar crime - Local firms

WongPartnership LLP offers compliance, due diligence and strategic advice in the context of domestic and cross-border government-led and internal investigations into civil, criminal and regulatory misconduct. Rated for its ‘in-depth knowledge of the related industry and background of clients’ portfolio‘, lawyers are well suited to representing corporate and individual defendants in the entire spectrum of enforcement actions, ranging from fraud, market misconduct and insider trading to corruption and white-collar crime. Contentious matters and investigations involving the Securities and Futures Act, Companies Act, and Listing Manual are core areas of activity for the firm, which is also seasoned in matters regarding employee and professional misconduct. Department leader Joy Tan has combined expertise in financial services and dispute resolution, making her a first port of call for contentious investigations and corporate governance regulatory matters. Tan receives support from key members Chee Meng Tan and Melanie Ho, the latter of whom is experienced in matters involving commercial fraud and breach of fiduciary duties of directors and employees.