Mohamed Baiross

Mohamed Baiross is our exclusively recommended Family Law expert in Singapore on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mohamed directly using the contact details listed above.

Mohamed is one of the founders and managing partners of IRB Law LLP. He is an experienced lawyer who was admitted to the bar in 2008. He has an excellent reputation across a broad selection of practice areas. He advises clients on matters relating to divorce, insolvency, crime, probate, Syariah law, and general civil litigation.

Mohamed Baiross is known for delivering effective solutions to legal problems with empathy and patience.

Firm Overview:

IRB Law LLP was founded with a vision to build a law firm that delivers effective and efficient legal services to everyone, from the man on the street to large corporations. IRB Law LLP now has over 50 employees, allowing us to maintain a highly personalised level of service, whilst enabling us to cover a significant range of service areas across individual and corporate law.

We are able to offer top-quality legal services at affordable prices by leveraging technology and falling costs of information. Unlike other law firms, we transfer these cost savings to our clients, which keep our prices very reasonable. Our areas of practice range from family, probate, criminal, personal injury, and personal debt recovery, to international arbitrations, construction and infrastructure, start-ups, mergers and acquisitions, commercial agreements, asset tracing, and enforcement actions.

The firm’s matrimonial practice has dedicated lawyers who regularly undertake both contested and uncontested ancillaries such as divorce, adoption matters, pre-nuptial agreements, division of matrimonial assets and care and control of children. IRB Law LLP boasts Singapore’s largest Syariah law practice, advising and representing clients in all aspects of Syariah law, such as wills and inheritance matters and divorce.

On civil and commercial matters we have represented clients at all levels of the Singapore Courts, including the Court of Appeal. Elsewhere in the world, our international arbitration team has been representing large international contractors, companies and consultants in arbitrations in Singapore, Malaysia and the wider region, as well as in more distant jurisdictions such as India, China and Romania, primarily in construction, infrastructure, engineering, and commercial disputes.

Lisa Theng

Lisa Theng has been in practice since 1991 and has vast experience in corporate litigation prior to focusing her practice in the areas of Corporate M&A, Corporate Advisory and Corporate and Commercial services.

In the area of corporate law, she has advised both Singapore and foreign companies in major acquisitions and disposal transactions and has also advised on investment and other corporate agreements where parties are in dispute.

She has advised healthcare, oil and gas, manufacturing, real estate, exhibition, publishing, food and leisure and entertainment companies on a range of issues. These issues include restructurings, investments, joint ventures, corporate governance and compliance, and acquisitions.

In the area of corporate advisory, Lisa has advised listed companies and their audit committees and Boards in relation to potential disputes, irregularities, fraud and issues involving directors and shareholders. 

Her other experiences include cross-border joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions in the region, advising on international sports and entertainment projects including sponsorships and logistics agreements.  She regularly advises on listed and private companies on compliance and corporate governance issues.

Lisa is endorsed for the following practices:  

 Corporate Governance – Recommended by Who’s Who Legal in 2021 and 2020.  

Corporate and M&A – Recommended by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018, 2017 and 2016, and recognised as a Notable Practitioner by Chambers Asia Pacific in 2018 and 2015. 

Dispute Resolution – Recommended by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018, 2017 and 2016. 

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Firm Overview

Established in 1988, CNPLaw LLP (CNP)  is a full-service law firm with a talent for cross-border business. Today, with approximately 80 staff, including more than 40 fee-earners, many with experience of working in other jurisdictions outside Singapore. CNP can deliver legal solutions in Singapore and beyond.

CNP is consistently recognised as being amongst the top law firms in Singapore by leading legal publications. We focus on business within and outside of Asia, in particular, Greater China, India, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Indo-China, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Australia, the United Kingdom as well as Singapore. Our lawyers are qualified in jurisdictions beyond Singapore such as England and Wales, India, Malaysia, Australia and Hong Kong.

The firm is a member of international networks such as Interlaw (a network with law firms located in more than 150 cities worldwide), IR Global (a network of professional services firms across 155+ jurisdictions and SCG Legal, a network located in 82 countries).

With strong contacts in the foreign jurisdictions where our clients do business, CNP is well-placed to meet the ever-increasing need for practical and effective legal services in Singapore and for cross-border business in Asia and beyond.

We make knowing our clients’ businesses our business and pride ourselves in providing innovative, yet practical and valuable advice.

CNP’s PRACTICES

CORPORATE

• Commercial Contracts
• Corporate Advisory
• Corporate Governance, Compliance and Regulatory
• Corporate Restructuring
• Joint Ventures
• Mergers and Acquisitions
• Private Equity

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

• Arbitration
• Construction
• General Litigation
• Insolvency
• Matrimonial and Family Disputes
• Professional Liability

EMPLOYMENT

• Employment Contracts and Relations
• Employment Disputes
• Immigration (Employment)
• Workforce Restructuring and Termination of Employment

FINANCIAL SERVICES

• Banking and Finance
• Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Initial Coin Offerings
• Corporate Finance – Capital Markets
• Investment Funds

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY

• Data Protection and Security
• Franchise Arrangements
• Intellectual Property
• Media and Entertainment
• Technology and E-Commerce

PRIVATE CLIENTS, FAMILY OFFICES AND WEALTH MANAGEMENT

• Charities and Philanthropy
• Estate Planning
• Family Offices
• Immigration (Private Clients)
• Probate
• Wills and Trusts

REAL ESTATE

• Corporate Real Estate
• Retail Conveyancing

Rahul Raj

Rahul Raj is our exclusively recommended Tax Advisory Services expert in Singapore on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Rahul directly using the contact details listed above.

Rahul is the audit director and a qualified Chartered Accountant. He has 19 years of audit experience, both with a Big 4 firm and a local mid-size firm. Prior to joining as a director in 2009, he was with a European Bank for 2 years, whilst pursuing a Master of Science with the Singapore Management University. Rahul has audit exposure to companies dealing in commodity trading, shipping, information technology and investment holding entities. He is a practicing member of Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and CPA Australia.

Firm Overview:

RAMA & CO is an ACRA-registered entity that has been operating for 41 years 3 months in Singapore since its incorporation in 1979.

Our tax department is helmed by experienced tax professionals with 3 decades of post graduate taxation experience both in local and international tax matters. Our tax manager was content contributor with a well-known publisher of tax guides for Singapore and Malaysia. He is assisted by 2 support staff. All are fellow members of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (U.K.) and are accredited tax practitioners (Income tax).

John Woo

John Woo is our exclusively recommended Audit Services expert in Singapore on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact John directly using the contact details listed above.

John is the founder of AG Singapore with more than 10 years of accounting and audit experience in various industries. He previously worked with a top accounting group listed in SGX.

John  Woo is a Public Accountant registered with ACRA, CA Singapore, member of ACCA, Accredited Tax Practitioner,  ASEAN CPA.

Firm Overview:

AG is our group brand name. We are a group of award-winning mid-tier accounting firms, headquartered in Singapore with a presence in Malaysia.

Our name, Ackenting means the combination of innovation and accounting. We actively integrate technology into our process to break through traditional accounting and be more value added.

Jan Bellens

As the EY Global Banking & Capital Markets Sector Leader, Jan Bellens counsels banks in defining their strategies and supports their implementation with investments, acquisitions and ambitious organic growth initiatives.

He has been supporting leading banks’ executive teams with their growth opportunities and multi-year business transformations for the last two decades. He has worked with clients in over 20 countries.

Before joining EY, Jan Bellens was in management consulting for 17 years. He has an MBA from INSEAD.

Our Purpose:

At EY, our purpose is Building a better working world. The insights and quality services we provide help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

In a world that’s changing faster than ever, our purpose acts as our ‘North Star’ guiding our more than 280,000 people — providing the context and meaning for the work we do every day. We help digital pioneers fight data piracy; guide governments through cash-flow crises; unlock new medical treatments with data analytics; and pursue high quality audits to build trust in financial markets and business. In other words, working with entrepreneurs, companies, and entire countries to solve their most pressing challenges.

Through our four integrated service lines — Assurance, Advisory, Tax and Transaction Advisory Services — and our deep sector knowledge, we help our clients to capitalize on new opportunities and assess and manage risk to deliver responsible growth. Our high-performing, multidisciplinary teams help them fulfill regulatory requirements, keep investors informed and meet stakeholder needs.

We believe a better working world is one where economic growth is sustainable and inclusive. We work continuously to improve the quality of all of our services, investing in our people and innovation. And we’re proud to work with others – from our clients to wider stakeholders – to use our knowledge, skills and experience to help fulfill our purpose and create positive change.

Loh Chun Kiat

Chun Kiat is a Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer with extensive experience in public and private mergers and acquisitions, including takeovers of public listed companies, share and asset sale and purchase, investments into mature corporations and start-ups, joint ventures and restructuring.

Chun Kiat represented clients on both buy-side and sell-side transactions across a variety of industries, in particular advising on complex, cross-border transactions that involved targets or acquirers from different geographies. Chun Kiat also represented investors and startups in connection with venture capital and other emerging company transactions.

Chun Kiat has substantial experience working in the real estate, internet, technology, engineering, services, energy and resource sectors. In particular, Chun Kiat has advised on the following key transactions:

  • Acted for Tencent (a leading internet company listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited) in its US$1 billion investment in Flipkart Limited (an e-commerce company)
  • Acted for CapitaLand (a real estate company listed on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (“SGX-ST”)) in its divestment of 20 retail malls in the People’s Republic of China for approximately S$1.71 billion
  • Acted for ams AG (a sensor solutions company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange) in its approximately SS$1.22 billion acquisition of Heptagon Advanced Micro-Optics Pte. Ltd. (a micro-optics and sensing solutions provider)
  • Acted for City Developments Limited (a real estate company listed on the SGX-ST) in its approximately S$977.6 million divestment of Nouvel 18 condominium
  • Acted for United Industrial Corporation Limited in its approximately S$761 million voluntary unconditional cash offer for Singapore Land Limited (a property developer listed on the SGX-ST)
  • Acted for Tata Communications International Pte. Ltd. in its sale to Singapore Technologies Telemedia Pte. Ltd of a 74% stake in its data centre business in India and Singapore worth approximately US$640 million
  • Acted for China International Marine Containers (Group) Co., Ltd (a company listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange and the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited) in its approximately S$137.6 million reverse takeover of Pteris Global Limited (an airport equipment manufacturing company listed on the SGX-ST)
  • Acted for L Capital Asia (the private equity arm of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton S.A) in its approximately US$100 million acquisition of Crystal Jade Culinary Concepts Group of Companies (a food and beverage group)
  • Acted for Dymon Asia in its approximately S$74 million voluntary conditional cash offer for the shares of Select Group Limited (a food and beverage company listed on the SGX-ST)
  • Acted for RGE Group (a resource-based industrial group) in its acquisition of Lwarcel Celulose E Papel S.a’s assets in São Paulo, Brazil, including its 250,000 ton pulp mill

Firm Overview:

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP is a law firm headquartered in Singapore, with affiliate offices in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Founded in 1976, it is a member firm of Rajah & Tann Asia, which is the largest network of law firms in Southeast Asia with over 700 lawyers and fee-earners.

Rajah & Tann has practices in banking, competition, corporate governance, corporate finance, dispute resolution, information technology, infrastructure, insolvency, insurance, mergers and acquisitions, shipping, telecommunications and trade. The firm is additionally known for its China, Japan and South Asia specific practice groups. Its network also includes R&T Asia Resources that procures project-specific in-house lawyers to support the firm’s clients, and R&T Technologies, a consulting firm that is focused on cybersecurity, data breach readiness and response, a virtual law academy and other legaltech services.

Rajah & Tann is regarded as one of the “Big Four” law firms in Singapore. Its clientele ranges from multinational and Fortune 500 corporations to emerging high-tech enterprises and start-ups. The firm is also a sole member from Singapore at Lex Mundi, an international professional services network.

The firm’s well known alumni include V.K. Rajah, Steven Chong and Sundaresh Menon. Eng Beng Lee was the managing partner from 2010 to 2019. Patrick Ang succeeded Eng Beng Lee as the managing partner in 2019 while Rebecca Chew is the deputy managing partner of the firm.