08 January 2019 - Article
Represented a consortium involving a Singapore-listed company as well as Hong Kong and US-based real estate funds to acquire and finance the acquisition of a hotel and its operating business for S$235 million.
Advised an Asia-based family office in the concurrent acquisition of 2 high-end private residential strata units for more than S$50 million in aggregate and a S$45m office unit in a prime-site mixed-use development from one of the largest property developers in Singapore.
Assisted a leading self-storage facility operator in a series of JTC Corporation industrial building acquisitions and related financing arrangements.
Acted for a Europe-based share purchaser to negotiate the terms of an Option to Purchase and Lease Agreement in respect of a sale and leaseback arrangement of the target company’s industrial factory asset.
Acting for a property developer as master landlord in the lease of several prime commercial buildings, including office space, shopping malls and mixed-use developments.
Advising the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore in its post-corporatisation land matters, including the long-term subleases of airport lands to the Changi Airport Group.
Represented the wholly-owned subsidiary of a Singapore-listed investment holding company as lender in the US$ equivalent of a S$100 million back-to-back pre-IPO bridging credit facility.
Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore, 2017
Withers insight – ‘Building a sustainable enbloc sale market: Keeping expectations realistic’ (8 January 2019)
Withers Asia Commercial Real Estate Guide – Singapore edition (1 February 2019)
Withers insight – ‘Singapore: Landlords and Tenants vs coronavirus’ (25 February 2020)
Withers insight – ‘Singapore Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020: What a landlord needs to know’ (13 April 2020)
Law Society of Singapore
Singapore Academy of Law
Lunch & Learn at Bank of Singapore (13 June 2019) – ‘An Update on Singapore Real Estate Laws and Regulations’
Presentation at Julius Baer (15 July 2019) – ‘An Update on Singapore Real Estate Laws and Regulations’
Me in a minute
As a football fan, I derive no greater satisfaction than working as a team to assist clients with their goals.
I fell in love with the sport after stumbling upon my first live telecast of a match involving 22 grown-ups chasing after a ball for 90 minutes, and then some. It was by no means mindless kicking of a ball, however, as I began to see the planning and thought that went towards each attempt to advance the ball and score one over the opposing team.
Much like football, I believe in advancing my clients’ objectives in a practical and efficient manner; most importantly, by working together. I enjoy discussing strategies with them and breaking stalemates with counterparties over legal or commercial points by successfully negotiating on behalf of my clients.
In particular, I appreciate that real estate can often be some of the most significant investments a client will make during his or her lifetime or in the course of its business, similar to what football players mean to their respective teams. Thus, I always aim to take the longest view in the room by proposing viable solutions that would serve the clients’ immediate and long term needs – and as they continue to return with work during the tenure of the properties, be it for refinancing or lease renewal matters, it is when you know that you have a keeper.