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Joshua Chai

Joint Managing Director

Joshua was admitted to the English Bar as a Barrister-at-Law (Middle Temple) in 1993 and was called to the Singapore Bar in 1995.

Following his admission to the Singapore Bar, Joshua commenced his legal career at a premier law firm in Singapore where he practised as a litigator, specialising in commercial litigation handling a variety of banking and insolvency matters. In 1997, Joshua left to join a criminal law practice where he gained experience in criminal litigation, among others.

Joshua has a diverse practice encompassing commercial litigation, individual and corporate insolvency, debt recovery, matrimonial matters, adoption, estate matters, insurance claims and personal injuries actions, construction claims, arbitration, dispute resolutions and criminal law. Beside litigation, Joshua is also an experienced conveyancer and has acted for developers in development projects and transactions involving both residential and commercial properties. Joshua also advises on corporate and commercial law and has acted for companies (both private and public listed) in advising them on joint ventures, acquisitions, distributorship and licence agreements, and cross-boundaries transactions.

Beside English, Joshua is also conversant in Mandarin and major Chinese dialects such as Hakka, Teochew, Hokkien and Cantonese.

Affinity Law LLC

Wendy Lee

Joint Managing Director

Wendy’s practice is in corporate and commercial law, corporate governance and compliance and company administration of companies, limited liability partnerships and registered foreign companies. Wendy also has experience in mergers and acquisitions, private equity investment, local and regional joint ventures and also advises on immigration and employment issues.

Wendy started her legal career in Corporate Finance Practice at a premier law firm in Singapore. She was Partner and head of its Corporate Services Practice prior to joining Affinity Law. Wendy also has experience as Corporate Counsel in a Singapore multinational, where she was head of its legal team.

Wendy is appointed as Company Secretary to numerous private companies across a wide spectrum of industries. She is a key contact for management of these companies and works very closely with management and regularly advises on their corporate matters, governance and compliance issues. She has advised numerous foreign companies and multinationals on setting up of their operations in Singapore.

Affinity Law LLC

Lee Chien Herr

Director

Building on the practice he established as a partner at an international law firm, Chien Herr is frequently instructed on banking and finance and corporate commercial matters. He advises on all aspects of financing; his mergers and acquisitions and cross-border ship finance expertise has been mentioned in a number of prominent industry publications. His sector experience includes fintech and start-ups, maritime, commodities and commercial property developments (in Singapore and overseas).

Chien Herr’s well-rounded practice includes advising banks and companies on a variety of cross-border restructuring transactions, work-outs as well as enforcement scenarios. His corporate commercial portfolio also includes advising on the corporate and finance aspects of joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions.

Asia Practice LLC

Leon Low

Director

Leon is a banking, finance and corporate lawyer, known for his commercial, client-focussed advice as well as the perspective which he brings to bear due to the international nature of his practice (having also practiced in Tokyo for some time).

With more than 20 years of practice experience, his expertise is frequently called upon in relation to structuring advice for innovative products, trade and commodities finance, mergers and acquisitions as well as insolvency and restructuring transactions. His banking and finance practice also includes asset finance transactions involving vessels, aircraft, commercial and residential property. Power and infrastructure project finance, restructuring of sovereign debt are also areas of experience.

Asia Practice LLC

Jonathan Tan

Director

Jonathan’s practice is in banking and finance, regulatory, general corporate law and mergers and acquisitions. In his time at some of Singapore’s largest firms and an international firm specialising in finance and transportation, he has worked on a number of high-value and complex, cross-border asset finance and commercial banking matters. He is consistently recognised as a leading individual in the Shipping area in a prominent industry publication.

He has also advised on transactional and regulatory swaps and derivatives matters. His regulatory experience includes advising banks, international financial institutions looking to set up in Singapore, start-ups and fintech companies on licensing and compliance issues. In addition, he has assisted companies with early-stage investments in, and mergers and acquisitions of, assets both in Singapore and abroad.

Asia Practice LLC

Richway Ponnampalam

Associate Director

Richway leads the firm’s Media practice (both contentious and non-contentious). He has advised on investments related to media content worldwide. He regularly speaks at conferences and film festivals on matters related to film & content financing, IP Protection, and Media law.  He is also a seasoned disputes lawyer having successfully represented banks, PE firms, MNCs and high net-worth individuals in complex high value disputes before the Singapore Courts and at various international arbitration centres.

 

Richway was the General Counsel of one of Southeast Asia’s leading content and media funds, which has also co-produced Storm Boy (the top grossing Australian made movie of 2019) and Bottom of the Ninth (a baseball movie endorsed by the New York Yankees)

Asia Practice LLC

Margaret Chew

Managing Partner

Ms Margaret Chew Poh Kwan was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in January 1978. She was the 1st woman and the 2nd person in Singapore to qualify as a member of the Singapore Bar by completing her Law Articleship in Singapore. Ms. Chew is now the Managing Partner of the firm.

Ms Chew’s area of expertise is conveyancing, of which she has more than 30 years of experience. Prior to joining the firm as a partner in May 1993, Ms Chew was in conveyancing practice as a partner in Messrs Donaldson & Burkinshaw (1988-1991) and Messrs Colin Ng & Partners (1992-1993). She was a senior legal assistant in Messrs Drew & Napier from 1984- 1988.

 

When she was a senior legal assistant with Messrs Drew & Napier, she assisted the Corporate Department and worked with Dr. Thio Su Mein, the head of Corporate Department, as well as Mr. Lucien Wong in preparing conveyancing documents that the Corporate Department required.

During the course of her practice, Ms Chew has had wide exposure in numerous property transactions. She is accustomed to handling the work of major banks, finance companies and developers, as well as that of private investors and home-owners. She is also the firm’s Commissioner for Oaths and Notary Public.

Balkenende Chew & Chia

George Hwang

Director

George is an experienced IP/IT and Media lawyer with a deep and demonstrated history in the industry. He is skilled in negotiation, reputation management law, copyright law as well as dispute resolution.

His strong business development sense, culled from his personal experience in the commercial sector, coupled with his academic abilities, make him an invaluable business partner. Having worked in Hong Kong, Bulgaria, the European Commission and the Bahamas, he is well equipped to assist in international transactions.

George has working knowledge of French. He is the commissioned author for the inaugural volume of Halsbury’s Laws of Singapore: Media Law and is also the Content Partner for LexisNexis Practical Guidance on IP/IT – Corporate and Financing Aspects. He is the current President of Licensing Executives Society (Singapore), a non-profit organisation formed to promote the commercialisation of IP.

George Hwang LLC

Julian Lim

Managing Director

Julian Lim of JLim Law Corporation holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from the National University of Singapore (1996) and is admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore (1997). He is also a member of the Singapore Academy of Law and admitted as a Solicitor of England & Wales in 2002.

A litigator from one of the Big Four law firms in Singapore, Julian has 20 years of professional experience, with a specialized practice in the areas of both contentious and non-contentious building and construction law. He has advised established developers, building professionals, owners (including public listed companies and hotels) and contractors over a broad spectrum of building construction and engineering projects. His clients include main contractors / builders as well as specialist sub-contractors in various sectors of the construction industry.

On the contentious side, he has special expertise in commencing and defending adjudication claims under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (“SOP Act”) and are regularly involved in assisting clients in reviewing payment claims and payment responses for compliance with the SOP Act and Regulations. Julian also regularly acts as counsel in construction disputes involving various issues such as interpretation of contract, claims for work done, delay damages, extension of time, defects as well as acting for clients in court applications for injunctions to restrain calls on performance bonds.

On the non-contentious side, his practice includes drafting and reviewing of various forms of construction contracts including well-known forms such as the PSSCOC and SIA Lump Sum contract and bespoke domestic subcontracts. The firm also frequently advises and acts as counsel in construction litigation in the Singapore courts, arbitration administered by various arbitral institutions, mediation as well as other modes of alternative dispute resolution.

JLim Law Corporation

Mark Tan

Managing Director

Mark is currently the managing director of Mark Tan LLC. He has more than 13 years of experience and previously practiced as a partner in Dentons Rodyk and Allen & Gledhill LLP. He has also worked in the London offices of international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. Mark specialises in Singapore Competition Law which includes both antitrust and merger control. He regularly handles cartel investigations, abuse of dominance investigations, dawn-raid management, leniency applications, antitrust and merger control notifications.

Mark’s sharp and strategic mind, technical experience, and tenacious work attitude makes him the lawyer of choice for clients facing antitrust or merger control issues. He has clients which come from a wide range of industries (e.g. food and beverage, telecommunications, card payments, electronics, aviation, financial services, hospitality, raw materials, maritime, pharmaceuticals, freight forwarding etc).

Mark has been described as “intelligent”, “focused”, “technically excellent”, “a safe pair of hands” and “able to get it (the issue) very quickly”. Mark has successfully helped reduce the financial penalties of his clients as well as obtained “no further action” letters for his clients from the Competition Commission of Singapore.

Mark is recognized as a “Leading Competition and Anti-Trust Lawyer”, and “Expert in Competition Law” by various journals including Asialaw. He has been featured as one of Singapore’s influential young lawyers in the third edition of Singapore Business Review’s “Top Singapore lawyers aged 40 and Under” in 2016 and one of “Singapore’s most influential young individuals who “exhibited job excellence and strong dedication” in Singapore Business Review’s inaugural “Class of 40 and under” in 2014.

 

Corporate Livewire Legal Awards ranked Mark as the Singapore Competition & Antitrust Lawyer of the year 2015. Mark has been regularly invited to give seminars and talks as well as participate in panels at competition law forums. The Competition Commission of Singapore has also invited him to attend Competition Law Roundtable discussions and provide comments to their draft guidelines and regulations.

Mark Tan LLC

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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