Erlene Tan

Partner, Withers KhattarWong* | Singapore

Withers KhattarWong LLP is a Singapore law practice, affiliated with Withers LLP.

Erlene is a partner in our corporate team.

She is a trusted advisor to a group of high net worth individuals and families whose business and personal interests span from the traditional (real estate, manufacturing and mining) to the innovative (digital/social media and technology). Having assisted her clients with a wide spectrum of transactional, corporate, commercial and advisory work, Erlene effectively serves as the external in-house counsel for her clients. Erlene takes a keen interest in her clients and their business and is able to cater her advice to address their specific needs and concerns.

Erlene previously headed the Singapore corporate practice of a London city firm and has developed a reputation as a highly responsive commercial business lawyer. Her training as a transactional lawyer also puts her in a good position to handle the often fast-paced and demanding nature of a private client focused practice.

Erlene also has valuable in-house experience, having spent time at one of the largest "pure play" retail developers in Asia where she interfaced directly with its C-suite. She is as such well-placed to work with the client’s management and in-house teams to achieve the client’s objectives.

Secretary Vanessa Tan

Track record



Acted for Blue Ocean Resources Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of PT Central Proteina Prima Tbk, a vertically integrated shrimp producer group listed on the IDX, in a successful application to the Singapore High Court to sanction the restructuring of bonds of an aggregate principle amount of US$325 million by way of a scheme of arrangement under the Singapore Companies Act. This was the first successful application of its kind in Singapore in relation to the restructuring of a global note.

Advising on the rationalisation and restructuring of a large and unwieldy conglomerate that had, over time, become unnecessarily complex especially in terms of the ownership structure, with a view to creating a smaller, more nimble organisation, set up along business lines.

Advised Raiffeisen Bank Internacional AG, Singapore Branch (RBI) in the restructuring of a US$70 million credit facility provided to an Indonesian borrower involved in the coal mining industry. Before the restructuring was finalised, RBI successfully divested its US$45 million interest in the facility to an investment fund based in Singapore with interests in leading growth-oriented family-owned businesses in the ASEAN region.

Singapore, 2007

Law Society of Singapore

Me in a minute

I grew up as a transactional lawyer and I am an absolute transaction junkie.

I especially enjoy the intensity of negotiations and the rush of closing a deal. I find that I work best when I know the "story" behind the deal and can internalise the motivations and objectives of the clients. I am very much vested in my clients which is why I often talk in terms of what "we" want to do and what "we" want to achieve in the transaction. This is even though I know full well I will not be making the same multiple on the transaction.

If I were not a lawyer, I would have loved to become a professional triathlete or something equally punishing.



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