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Celeste Lee


Practice Area:

Corporate Commercial

LLB (2nd Upper Hons), National University of Singapore
Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore

T +65 6232 0217
E celeste.lee@rajahtann.com

Celeste Lee is a Partner in the firm’s Corporate Commercial Practice.

Celeste's area of specialisation includes general corporate and employment law, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and start-ups. Prior to joining the Firm, she was with the mergers and acquisitions practice group in another big four firm and a senior legal counsel with the consumer banking business in Standard Chartered Bank. 

Notable Cases & Transactions
Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Represented Chinese private equity firm CDH Investments in its investment in education group Ednovation, involving a divesture of Tembusu Partners' interests in Ednovation.
  • Acted for a consortium led by Mizuho Asia Partners and Aura Group in its acquisition of the Anytime Fitness Asia master franchise.
  • Acted for Baring Private Equity Asia in the sale of its stake in PSB Academy to Intermediate Capital Group.
  • Represented Vitol Group in its acquisition of the bunkering business of Sinanju Tankers group.
  • Represented a consortium in a competitive bid for the acquisition of a majority stake in Drydocks World Southeast Asia.
  • Acted for Dutch conglomerate Philips in the restructuring of its lighting solutions and health-tech business in 11 countries in the Asia Pacific region.
  • Represented SATS Ltd. in its joint venture with BRF GmbH for the processing, manufacturing and distribution of meat and branded food products in Singapore.
  • Represented Singapore Food Industries Pte Ltd and Delaware North Companies Australia Pty Ltd in their successful joint consortium bid for the catering and food and beverages contract with Singapore SportsHub.
  • Acted for a Japanese conglomerate Itochu Corporation and Itochu Techno-Solutions Corporation in their acquisition of the enterprise solutions and integration business of CSC Asia Holdings Pte Ltd.
  • Acted for a Japanese conglomerate Itochu Petroleum Co., (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. in its joint venture with India stock exchange listed Aegis Logistics Ltd for LPG sourcing and supply business in India.
  • Represented the sellers in the sale of leading brands Vintec and Transtherm wine cabinets businesses in Asia Pacific to Electrolux.
  • Acted for PetroChina Company Limited in its S$3.2 billion takeover and compulsory acquisition of Singapore Petroleum Company Limited.
  • Acted for OCBC Bank in its acquisition of the Asian private banking business of ING for US$1.4 billion.
  • Represented Rocket Internet in its investments in various startups in the region.
  • Represented Tessa Therapeutics in its Series E fundraising round with investors including Temasek and Far East Ventures.
  • Represented the investors including Maj Invest and Asia Summit Capital in their Series D investment in e-commerce company Berrybenka.
  • Acted as Singapore counsel to Tiger Global Management in its Series B investment in Singapore-based warehouse automation startup Grey Orange Robotics.
  • Represented EV Growth in its Series B investment in Singapore home care startup Homage.
  • Advised online grocer service provider HappyFresh in its Series A financing from investors including Vertex Venture Holdings (as lead investor), Sinarmas Digital Ventures, Beenext Pte Ltd and 500 Startups.
  • Advised online dating app Paktor Pte. Ltd. in its Series B financing from investors including Vertex Venture Holdings (as lead investor), Convergence Ventures, Majuven Fund and PT Senjaya.
  • Represented Transcelestial in its seed funding and Series A financing round which included investors Entrepreneur First, Seeds Capital, EDB Investments, Wavemaker, Kickstart and Airbus Ventures.
  • Represented SQ4.0 in its seed funding round which included investors Innovation Endeavours and Two Sigma Ventures. .
Memberships / Directorships
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law 
  • Member, Law Society of Singapore