Kenneth Szeto > Withers KhattarWong LLP > Singapore, Singapore > Lawyer Profile

Withers KhattarWong LLP
80 RAFFLES PLACE
UOB PLAZA 1, #25-01
SINGAPORE 048624
Singapore

Work Department

Banking, Finance & Property

Position

Partner, Banking, Finance & Property

Career

Kenneth Szeto’s practice focuses on banking and finance, corporate real estate and private client real estate transactions and advisory.

On banking and finance transactions, Kenneth represents lenders as well as borrowers in secured and unsecured bilateral, club and syndicated domestic and cross-border financing transactions in a variety of industry sectors, specializing in secured real estate financing, including land loans, development and construction loans and en bloc acquisition financing. His experience also includes asset and structured financing, pre-IPO bridging finance and back-to-back funded and unfunded risk participations in debt investments. He has acted for most leading Singapore and Singapore-based international banks and financial institutions, including OCBC, UOB, DBS, Malayan Banking Berhad, HSBC, RHB Bank Berhad and UOB Kay Hian. He also represents multinationals and SME borrowers in the negotiation of their credit facilities and documentation with their lenders.

Kenneth also has an active corporate real estate practice. Equipped with an in-depth knowledge of the regulatory environment, he works on a variety of deals across the commercial, industrial and residential property sectors in Singapore. He represents multinationals, real estate investment funds, property developers and construction companies and collective sale committees in acquisitions, disposals, sale and lease back transactions, collective sales and purchases of land sites and indirect property investment transactions including acquisitions and disposals of real estate holding entities. He also handles commercial leasing work, acting for building owners and major landlords in the lease of office and industrial space to their tenants. He also advises major anchor tenants in the negotiation of their lease agreements. Kenneth also has experience in the real estate alternates sector, including co-working and co-living spaces, as well as self storage facility assets.

Kenneth works closely with our market-leading private client and tax practice to advise our private clients on their real estate asset management and succession planning. His work includes advising on efficient holding structures as well as secured debt arrangements to deliver effective and practical long term solutions for our clients. He also advises family office clients (Singapore-based and offshore) on their Singapore real estate portfolios.

Kenneth is consistently recognized by legal publications in both the banking and finance and real estate categories, and was cited as “highly rated” by clients and peers in the Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2020 edition. He was also previously named by the Singapore Business Review as one of Singapore’s 40 most influential lawyers aged 40 and under in 2015.

Languages

English, Mandarin

Memberships

Law Society of Singapore

Law Society of England and Wales

Education

LLB (Hons), University of Exeter

Lawyer Rankings

Singapore > Banking and finance: local firms

Withers KhattarWong LLP is an established name in the banking and finance segment, with strong levels of activity in real estate finance, project finance, receivables finance and distressed debt transactions. The firm advises a range of Singapore, Asian and international lenders. Pearl Lim leads the six-partner banking, finance and property department. Kenneth Szeto is also highly rated.