General Corporate Commercial
Our General Corporate Commercial Practice Group encompasses several multi-faceted speciality practices and, combined with our in depth expertise and experience, we are all singularly focused on supporting our clients’ general business needs.
We embrace the new norm where sound and practical legal advice and services are combined with understanding what our clients really need. We aim not to be only a legal advisor to our clients, but to stand shoulder to shoulder with them in their business requirements.
The General Corporate Commercial practice comprises a variety of specialist teams, each led by senior corporate partners of our firm. Each dedicated team has a broad depth of experience and expertise in its own specialty areas. Our clients include prominent local and international individuals and businesses, multi-national corporations and government-linked bodies spanning across a wide range of industries.
More specifically, our General Corporate Commercial Practice has assisted multi-national corporations in establishing and structuring new investments and business ventures in different sectors. We have also handled a broad variety of joint ventures and foreign investments for both domestic and international clients, including structuring investments, advising on inter-shareholder rights, carrying out due diligence, advising on transfer and valuation of assets (including stamp duty issues and exemptions), drafting and negotiating joint venture documents, and advising on compliance with regulatory requirements. We also proficient in advising clients in every aspect of employment, tax issues, and private client concerns.
Apart from giving strategic advice, we have also been involved in applications to regulatory and governmental authorities for incentive schemes, advising on regulatory and compliance issues, and providing corporate secretarial services (through our corporate secretarial team).
The key component practices within our group are further elaborated on below:
We currently have a team of more than thirty paralegals dedicated full time to providing corporate secretarial services. Each client will be assigned a dedicated team lead by a manager, to assist in their corporate secretarial matters.
Commercial Agreements/Joint Ventures/ Foreign Direct Investments
We advise on a wide range of commercial agreements that form the basic building blocks of our clients’ business. We also have substantial experience in advising on joint ventures and foreign investments for both domestic and international clients, including structuring investments, advising on inter-shareholder rights, carrying out due diligence, advising on transfer and valuation of assets (including stamp duty issues and exemptions), drafting and negotiating joint venture documents, and advising on compliance with regulatory requirements.
Employment & Executive Compensation
Our lawyers are also specialists in advising on employment matters and routinely covers a very large amount of ground. But whether we are advising large corporations on cross border employment policies, designing new compensation plans, we are here to help organisations and individuals work better together and more productively.
Immigration and Relocation
We have expertise in advising foreign individuals and families in applying for Singapore citizenship or permanent residency status under various schemes available in Singapore.
We also advise on work pass issues for individuals looking to migrate to Singapore, including assistance in obtaining visas for family members and staff.
We have in-depth expertise in all aspects of the Singapore tax regime, whether it is income tax, goods and services tax, stamp duty or property tax, which means that we are able to assist our clients across the full spectrum of taxation issues. Our corporate tax advisory team is also strongly supported by specialist partners in tax disputes resolution.
Trust & Private Client
Our Private Client Practice specialises in providing a comprehensive range of legal services to meet the needs of high net-worth individuals, their families and business owners. In particular, our Private Client Practice is geared towards private wealth management, preservation and business succession planning, and providing a “one-stop shop” of personalized legal services in the areas listed below.
Charities, Philanthropy and Non-Profit
We have specialist lawyers who focus on work relating to chartities, philanthropy and non-profit organisations, with clients ranging from international chartitable networks to local community groups.
We specialise in advising on the structuring of charitable organisations, attending to their specific operational needs, and advising on general compliance issues and available tax exemptions.