Business Fundamentals

Business Fundamentals leverages on the deep expertise and experience of the firm’s proven, industry-leading practice groups, and scales it for start-ups and SMEs; customising legal solutions for their needs. 

We provide holistic solutions to help start-ups and SMEs negotiate, revise and draft basic agreements, trade / commercial terms, advise on and create appropriate corporate and employment structures, protect and manage intellectual property, advise on tax and resolve disputes by negotiation, mediation and at trial. We also assist in navigating and managing relationships with statutory bodies such as the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS).

Helping start-ups and SMEs make the best decisions

We understand that sometimes start-ups and SMEs just need some quick advice, an experienced pair of eyes to review an agreement or just simply a second opinion. That is why we provide consultation sessions - where they can send us their questions or documents ahead of time and set up a meeting with us to discuss the issues.

We help you gain clarity on the things that matter so that you can make informed decisions to take your business forward.

Contact us and find out how we can work with you:

Practice areas

General corporate work

To ensure that your interests are protected and commercial intentions met, we draft, revise and advise on basic contracts / documents, including:

  • Basic Term Sheets and Memorandums of Understanding
  • Employment & Independent Contractor Agreements
  • Guarantees
  • Incorporation of business / company
  • Indemnity Agreements
  • Invoice / Delivery Order Terms and Terms of Sale
  • Non-Disclosure & Confidentiality Agreements
  • Shareholders’ / Founders’ Agreements
  • Simple Loan Agreements

We also provide advisory services to help and guide you through your negotiations and to clarify any issues that you may face through providing written opinions or by meeting up with you.

The Singapore Academy of Law and the Singapore Venture Capital and Private Equity Association have launched the Venture Capital Investment Model Agreements (VIMA) which provide a set of model agreements for early stage financing. To download, click here:

Dispute Resolution

Disputes are an inevitable reality for every business. We have the experience and skill to help start-ups and SMEs navigate and resolve disputes to protect your interests so that you can get your business back on track whilst keeping your legal costs reasonable. We assist in the following areas, including:

  • Company / shareholder related disputes
  • Consumer claims
  • Contractual disputes
  • Debt recovery
  • Defamation
  • Employment-related disputes
  • Landlord-tenant / MCST disputes
  • Negligence claims and personal injuries
  • Protection from Harassment Act

While our lawyers are experienced trial advocates, they are also cross-trained and certified practitioners in negotiation and mediation skills and processes. We approach dispute resolution from a problem-solving, commercial perspective and aim to resolve disputes by utilising negotiation and mediation.

We actively support and use the new Simplified Process launched by the State Courts in November 2014, saving you legal fees and time costs.

Intellectual Property / E-commerce

Start-ups and SMEs are no strangers to e-commerce and frequently leverage the wide reach of the internet to reach their customers. We help them establish a stable legal framework on-line so as to grow their business as well as protect and manage their intellectual property off and on-line. Some of our capabilities include:

  • End User License Agreements
  • Franchisee Agreements
  • IP Licensing Agreements
  • Privacy Policy
  • Registration of Trade Marks
  • Website Terms of Use

Our experienced tax lawyers can assist start-ups and SMEs in all aspects of the Singapore tax regime, from tax advisory and transaction tax including GST advice relating to the sale of businesses, supply of services, sponsorships and gifts, applicability of special GST schemes, to resolving tax disputes with the Singapore tax authorities. As such, we cover all the following areas:

  • Country and cross-border tax advisory
  • Goods & Services Tax
  • Resolution of tax controversies / disputes
  • Stamp Duty and Property Tax
  • Transaction Tax

Contact us and ask us how we can help you today: