Erlene Tan

Partner, Withers KhattarWong*

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.

Segretaria Vanessa Tan


The excellent and practical advice provided by the team at Withers KhattarWong has led to an extremely favourable result. The transaction involved substantial complexities which were smoothly navigated by the team. This is a testament to the team’s technical strength and robust network of expertise.

Blue Ocean Resources (BOR)




Acted for Altrui Investment Management, a single-family office based in Singapore, in its investment, alongside TPG-backed TE Asia Healthcare Partners, in two cardiovascular facilities located in Jakarta and South Jakarta, Indonesia respectively.

Assisted some of the wealthiest families globally with the structuring of and documentation of their investment holding companies and family fund entities, taking into account their family governance and succession plans. This includes the structuring of redeemable preference shares, share buyback arrangements, put and call options and economic sharing and harmonisation arrangements as well as the drafting of shareholders agreements and family charters.

Assisted a Singapore UHNW family in the consensual reorganisation of its investment holding vehicle, including the formulation and documentation of employee incentive schemes.

Singapore, 2007

Law Society of Singapore

Il mio profilo in un minuto

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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