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Our Firm

We are a boutique law firm based in Singapore providing quality business law solutions for clients in the Asia Pacific region.

We are structured to provide consistently competitive prices. You can afford to build a long term relationship with us.

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We are proud to be part of global, regional and national networks.

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Our Solutions

We provide business law solutions from set-up to growth.

We structure, negotiate and document deals. We help with legal issues that arise as you grow.

We are trusted advisers. We help you make better decisions by considering legal risks and benefits.

We are powerful advocates for our clients. We help you put your best case forward.

Start-ups

We are experts in fundraising, shareholders agreements and commercial contracts – the crucial transactions in an early stage business.

We do things differently to keep our costs low so we can offer quality legal solutions at consistently competitive prices.

Small & Medium Enterprises

Looking to grow? We’re experienced in buying and selling businesses, raising money for businesses, initial public offerings and doing commercial deals.

Looking to improve your governance? We’ve helped businesses navigate their relationships with stakeholders and put in place policies for the future.

Looking for an in-house counsel function? We offer in-house or retainer counsel services and pricing in a retainer solution.

Large Enterprises

We back-up established in-house counsel teams through retainer solutions or on special projects.

We provide regional in-house or retainer counsel support for multi-national companies expanding in the Asia-Pacific region.

Our past projects showcase our experience in helping others with projects like yours.

Our diverse experience makes us better at providing ‘out-of-the-box’ options for your project.

Our in-house or retainer counsel services provides superior transactional support by leveraging off a better understanding of your business.

Private company deals

Our lawyers have acted for:

  • Chinese group on purchase of a Singapore subsidiary as part of US parent’s bankruptcy proceedings
  • Insurance group on acquisition of Indonesian general insurer
  • UK technology group on acquisition of Australian technology company
  • Worley Parsons Limited on its A$1.13 billion acquisition of Colt Partnership
  • Listed financial institution in its consideration of an acquisition of a financial services business
  • IT hardware company in an IT asset sale and outsourcing arrangement
  • Media company in its purchase of two businesses
Public company deals

Our lawyers have acted for:

  • Aspen Pharmaceuticals in its A$900 million acquisition of the Sigma pharmaceuticals business
  • Prime Infrastructure on a A$1.7 billion scheme of arrangement involving Brookfield Infrastructure Partners
  • Babcock & Brown Infrastructure in its $1.8 billion recapitalisation
  • Warburg Pincus in its A$800 million cornerstone investment in Transpacific Industries Limited
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch on its role on the $350 million Mirvac takeover of Westpac Office Trust
  • Babcock & Brown Limited in its A$67 million takeover of Babcock & Brown Environmental Investments Limited
  • Financial institution in proposed scheme to consolidate share structure by exchange of preference shares in publicly listed subsidiary for preference shares in parent
  • Internet company in sale of its business to listed company in exchange for a substantial issue of shares
Private company or pre-IPO deals

Our lawyers have acted for:

  • A US-based venture capital fund in various investments in South East Asia
  • ExoCyte Therapeutics on its ‘friends and family’ rounds
  • Infrastructure fund on its joint venture for investment in Polish ports
  • Joint venturer on the aborted refinancing of listed company
  • UK rail authority on joint venture for UK railway line
  • Internet audience measurement company on two capital raisings
  • Investor in gambling software company
  • Investor in aborted investment in health network company
Initial public offerings or IPO’s

Our lawyers have acted for:

  • Miclyn Express Offshore on its A$500 million IPO on the Australian stock exchange
  • Goldman Sachs JB Were and Macquarie on the A$380 million Kathmandu IPO on the Australian stock exchange
  • UBS on the A$1.1 billion IPO of Ivanhoe Australia Limited on the Australian stock exchange
  • Property fund on potential IPO on Singapore stock exchange
  • Citigroup on the A$50 million IPO of MacArthur Cook Asian Real Estate Securities Fund on the Australian stock exchange
  • Allco HIT Limited on its corporatisation and IPO on the Australian stock exchange
  • Central Rand Gold on its restructure of an Australian company with operations in South Africa for a GBP308 million listing on the London Stock Exchange
  • Volante Group Limited on its IPO on the Australian stock exchange
 Public secondary offerings

Our lawyers have acted for:

  • Warburg Pincus in its A$800 million cornerstone investment in Transpacific Industries Limited
  • Commonwealth Government in the sale of its $15.5 billion of Telstra shares in ‘T3’Santos Limited on its A$3 billion entitlement offer
  • Babcock & Brown Infrastructure in its A$1.8 billion recapitalisation
  • Evans & Partners, National Australia Bank, Deutsche Bank and Ord Minnett on Primary Healthcare Limited’s A$125 million retail bond offer, then the first under a new Class Order
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch on Mirvac’s A$350 million placement
  • Macquarie on ALE Property Group’s A$100 million issue of ALE 2 notes
  • Maui Capital on its A$20.8 million cornerstone investment in Norfolk Group
  • Ramsay Health Care in its A$260 million placement and share purchase plan
  • JP Morgan and Credit Suisse on the A$230 million Virgin Blue entitlement offer
  • STW Communications Group on its A$76 million entitlement offer
  • Macquarie on Fantastic Holdings’ A$9.7 million placement
  • UBS on Suncorp-Metway’s A$1.046 billion entitlement offer
  • ASX Limited on its A$145 million senior note issue
  • Investment bank on a selldown of Goodman Group securities
  • Paladin Resources Limited on its US$250 million convertible bond issue
  • Babcock & Brown Limited on its A$400 million quoted subordinated note issues
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia in its A$800 million PERLS 3 issue
  • A real estate investment trust on its distribution reinvestment plan
Joint ventures

Our lawyers have acted for:

  • A US-based venture capital fund in various investments in South East Asia
  • Infrastructure fund in its joint venture for investment in Polish ports
  • UK rail authority on joint venture for UK railway line
  • Coal company in its joint venture on an Australian inland railway
Collaborations

Our lawyers have acted for:

  • IT services provider on collaboration with other providers for joint solutions
  • Biotech company on collaboration framework with medical solutions provider
  • Insurance company on proposed bancassurance and joint venture arrangement
In-house counsel

Advising on various joint venture and collaboration arrangements as in-house counsel

Restructurings

Our lawyers have acted for:

  • Babcock & Brown Infrastructure in its restructure and A$1.8 billion recapitalisation
  • ERG on its restructure
  • Fund manager in a strategic review of a fund
  • Various companies and businesses on reorganizations
  • Insurance company on reinsurance arrangements
Privatisations

Our lawyers have acted for:

  • Commonwealth Government in the sale of its $15.5 billion worth of Telstra shares in ‘T3’
  • Strategic Rail Authority on the extension of the Thameslink Rail franchise including negotiation of franchise agreement
  • Strategic Rail Authority in its consideration of two proposals for the TransPennine rail franchise and negotiation and execution of franchise agreement with First Keolis
  • A potential purchaser in a proposed share sale by Greek government
Infrastructure

Our lawyers have acted for:

  • Busways Australia on contract for operation of bus services as part of the Bulim bus package, the first package in Singapore’s bus privatisation agenda
  • Infrastructure fund in its joint venture for investment in Polish ports
  • Strategic Rail Authority on the extension of the Thameslink Rail franchise including negotiation of franchise agreement
  • Strategic Rail Authority in its consideration of two proposals for the TransPennine rail franchise and negotiation and execution of franchise agreement with First Keolis
  • Cambridge Industrial Trust Management Limited on solar energy, chilled water and facilities management tendering projects
  • UK rail authority on joint venture for UK railway line
  • Various transactions involving infrastructure funds including Macquarie Korea Opportunity Fund, Macquarie Global Infrastructure Fund, Babcock & Brown Wind, Babcock & Brown Infrastructure, Prime Infrastructure, Macquarie Specialised Asset Management, Macquarie Airports Group, Macquarie Communications Infrastructure Group, Allco Singapore Investment Fund and Allco HIT Limited
Technology contracts

Our lawyers have acted for:

  • Hardware and software supplier on supply and licensing arrangements on high availability data communications technology and services
  • Digital media company on digital services licensing and collaboration agreements
  • Hardware and software supplier on set-up, supply and licensing agreements
  • IT hardware company in an IT asset sale and outsourcing arrangement
Major contracts

Our lawyers have acted for:

  • Aspen Pharmaceuticals on supply agreement with Sigma Pharmaceuticals as part of the acquisition of the pharmaceuticals business
  • Busways Australia on contract for operation of bus services as part of the Bulim bus package, the first package in Singapore’s bus privatisation agenda
  • Strategic Rail Authority on the extension of the Thameslink Rail franchise including negotiation of franchise agreement
  • Strategic Rail Authority in its consideration of two proposals for the TransPennine rail franchise and negotiation and execution of franchise agreement with First Keolis
  • Technology services provider for provision of services in Dubai
  • Insurance company on proposed bancassurance arrangements
Other contracts

Our lawyers have also drafted, reviewed and negotiated:

  • Premises and equipment leases including lease and buy-back agreements
  • Service engagement agreements including professional service engagement letters
  • Management agreements including facilities management agreements, IT solutions, management agreements, IT maintenance agreements
  • Software licence agreements including SaaS software licences
  • Distribution agreements, licence and supply agreements, contract manufacturing agreements and buying terms for Aspen Pharmaceuticals Australia
  • Derivatives, options, structured investments
  • Sale and purchase of assets including IT assets and pharmaceutical assets
Employee stakeholder relations

Our lawyers have drafted, reviewed and negotiated:

  • employment agreements
  • employee incentive programs including restricted stock plans and employee stock and option plans
  • consultancy agreements
  • service engagement agreements
  • collaboration arrangements
Governance

Our lawyers have also advised on:

  • general meetings both in the company and non-profit context
  • statutory compliance
  • policies and procedures such as delegations policy, contracts policy, frameworks for initiation, review and conclusion of business contracts
Cross-border transactions

Our lawyers have acted for:

  • Chinese group on purchase of a Singapore subsidiary as part of US parent’s bankruptcy proceedings
  • Insurance group on acquisition of Indonesian general insurer
  • UK technology group on acquisition of Australian technology company
  • Australia’s Worley Parsons Limited on its A$1.13 billion acquisition of Canada’s Colt Partnership
  • American IT hardware company in an IT asset sale and outsourcing arrangement with a Finnish company
  • South African Aspen Pharmaceuticals in its A$900 million acquisition of the Australian Sigma pharmaceuticals business
  • Australia’s Prime Infrastructure on a A$1.7 billion scheme of arrangement involving Canada’s Brookfield Infrastructure Partners
  • American Warburg Pincus in its A$800 million cornerstone investment in Australian Transpacific Industries Limited
  • Singapore’s Miclyn Express Offshore on its A$500 million IPO on the Australian stock exchange
  • Australian based property fund on potential IPO on the Singapore stock exchange
  • Restructure of an Australian company with operations in South Africa for a GBP308 million listing on the London Stock Exchange
  • Australian investment bank on a A$200 million selldown of securities in a listed Australian group to a state-owned enterprise
In-house or retainer counsel services
  • Our in-house or retainer counsel services provide a ‘generalist lawyer’ approach in addressing the full variety of legal issues business face. It is like the different service a GP might offer to that of a specialist doctor.
  • As part of our in-house or retainer counsel services, we work closely with the business across the full range of their legal issues. As a result, we tend to develop a better and more holistic understanding of the business and are better able to anticipate issues and suggest proactive strategies.
  • Businesses value the quicker, more cost-effective solution we provide.
  • If issues are outside our field of expertise, we help businesses find the right specialist lawyer. If practicable or preferred, we work with specialist lawyers to provide an efficient and effective composite solution.
  • Our retainer solution is a cost-effective way for businesses looking to top-up or outsource their in-house or retainer counsel services.
Our clients
  • Listed public companies such as Insurance Australia Group
  • Family owned large businesses such as Helix Leisure
  • Start-ups such as ExoCyte Therapeutics
Our experience
  • Retainer solutions for various clients
  • Setting up the legal department as the first General Counsel for Aspen Pharmaceuticals, Asia Pacific
  • Secondments to various companies including in the insurance, renewable energy and mining industries

We’ve acted as corporate and commercial legal experts across various industries.

We’ve also provided in-house or retainer counsel services in the pharmaceutical & biotech, insurance, listed property, infrastructure, funds management and mining spaces.

Our experience gives us special insights on deals and issues within these industries…and makes us better at drawing solutions across industries.

Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare

Our experience as in-house counsel includes:

  • providing in-house counsel services to ExoCyte Therapeutics and others
  • our lawyer setting up the legal department as the first General Counsel for Aspen Pharmaceuticals, Asia Pacific including drafting, reviewing and negotiating supply, licensing, contract manufacturing and product purchase agreements and managing and settling major litigation

 

Our lawyers have also acted on:

  • Aspen Pharmaceuticals’ A$900 million acquisition of the Sigma pharmaceuticals business
  • Ramsay Health Care’s A$260 million placement and share purchase plan
  • Primary Healthcare Limited’s A$125 million retail bond offer
Mining, Energy & Renewables

Our experience as in-house counsel includes our lawyer’s secondment to Normandy Mining Limited.

Our lawyers have also acted on:

  • Santos Limited’s A$3 billion entitlement offer
  • Worley Parsons Limited’s A$1.13 billion acquisition of Colt Partnership
  • Ivanhoe Australia Limited’s A$1.1 billion IPO on the Australian stock exchange
  • Central Rand Gold on its restructure of an Australian company with operations in South Africa for a GBP308 million listing on the London Stock Exchange
  • Miclyn Express Offshore’s A$500 million IPO on the Australian stock exchange
  • Paladin Resources Limited’s US$250 million convertible bond issue
  • Avoca Resources’ $125 million capital raising
  • Babcock & Brown Limited in its A$67 million takeover of Babcock & Brown Environmental Investments Limited
  • Coal company’s joint venture on an Australian inland railway
  • Proposed sale of oil interests by Greek government
Telecommunications, media & technology

Our experience as in-house counsel includes our retainer with Helix Leisure.

Our lawyers have also acted on:

  • The $15.5 billion sale of Telstra shares in ‘T3’
  • STW Communications Group’s A$76 million entitlement offer
  • UK technology group’s acquisition of Australian technology company
  • IT hardware company’s IT asset sale and outsourcing arrangement
  • ERG’s restructure
  • An internet audience measurement company’s two capital raisings
  • An investment in a gambling software company
  • An internet company in the sale of its business in exchange for substantial issue of shares in a listed company or a reverse takeover
Infrastructure & transportation

Our experience as in-house counsel includes one of our lawyer’s secondment to Macquarie infrastructure funds.

Our lawyers have acted for:

  • Busways Australia on its bid for operation of bus services as part of the Bulim bus package, the first package in Singapore’s bus privatisation agenda
  • Cambridge Industrial Trust Management Limited on solar energy, chilled water and facilities management tendering projects
  • Miclyn Express Offshore on its A$500 million IPO on the Australian stock exchange
  • Coal company on its joint venture on an Australian inland railway
  • Strategic Rail Authority on the extension of the Thameslink Rail franchise including negotiation of franchise agreement
  • Strategic Rail Authority in its consideration of two proposals for the TransPennine rail franchise and negotiation and execution of franchise agreement with First Keolis
  • UK rail authority on joint venture for UK railway line
  • Various infrastructure funds including Macquarie Korea Opportunity Fund, Macquarie Global Infrastructure Fund, Babcock & Brown Wind, Babcock & Brown Infrastructure, Prime Infrastructure, Macquarie Specialised Asset Management, Macquarie Airports Group, Macquarie Communications Infrastructure Group, Allco Singapore Investment Fund and Allco HIT Limited
Property

Our experience as in-house counsel includes our retainer with Cambridge Industrial Trust Management Limited.

Our lawyers have acted for:

  • An investment bank in a selldown of securities in Goodman Group
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch on its role on the $350 million Mirvac takeover of Westpac Office Trust
  • ALE Property Group’s A$100 million issue of ALE 2 notes
  • MacArthur Cook Asian Real Estate Securities Fund on its A$50 million IPO on the Australian stock exchange
  • A real estate investment trust on its distribution reinvestment plan
Private Equity & Funds

Our experience as in-house counsel includes our lawyer’s secondment with Macquarie infrastructure funds which managed listed and unlisted funds.

Our lawyers have acted for the following listed and unlisted funds:

  • Warburg Pincus
  • Macquarie Korea Opportunity Fund
  • Macquarie Global Infrastructure Fund
  • Babcock & Brown Infrastructure
  • Prime Infrastructure which Brookfield Infrastructure Partners
  • Allco Singapore Investment Fund
  • Maui Capital
Insurance

Our experience as in-house counsel includes our lawyer’s secondment and our retainer with Insurance Australia Group.

Investment banks

Our lawyer has acted for a number of investment banks over the years on capital markets and corporate transactions including UBS, Goldman Sachs, Macquarie, JP Morgan, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Citigroup.

CONSISTENT

We price our services consistently and in a disciplined and principled way. This means:

  • our most loyal clients get our best pricing,

  • subject to the above, if we give another client a better price on a job, we will extend that price to all clients for current similar jobs.

 

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We provide discounts or rebates on our ‘rack rate’ where:

  • We have certainty of workflow. Where you commit to a minimum purchase over a minimum period, it means we can better plan our time and resources.

  • We are engaged on a large project, which means we can spend less time pitching for deals and more time working with you.

  • We are asked to provide generalist not specialist legal support. Such engagements are usually on an ‘in-house counsel’ basis.

  • Our liability is limited, which means we can better meet your needs if you only want limited legal support.

COMPETITIVE

We price our services competitively and benchmark our fees against those for similar lawyers with similar expertise and experience on similar projects.

We can price our services competitively because we keep our costs low.

 

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We keep our costs low because:

  • We are lean – our lawyers are always busy.

  • We are disciplined and principled on pricing – we spend less time negotiating fees and more time negotiating for clients.

  • We are frugal innovators.

We innovate frugally by:

  • working out of your offices or outside the City

  • aligning our costs with our client needs. As an example, we can arrange for meeting rooms in the City and this is on a client-pays basis

  • going paperless and being able to work just about anywhere

  • constantly working on being more organised and better at collaborating off-site

RETAINERS

Our retainer solutions are generally on the basis of:

  • a minimum committed period

  • a minimum committed ‘purchase’ of legal services for a period

  • provision of generalist not specialist legal support

Retainer rates may be:

  • hourly rates much reduced from our ‘rack rates’

  • monthly rates equivalent to a senior legal counsel, with a fair use policy

PROJECTS

Our project solutions generally:

  • do not require a minimum committed period or ‘purchase’ of legal services

  • may be for specialist or generalist legal support

Project rates vary depending on:

  • the size, scope and timing of the project

  • whether we are providing generalist or specialist legal support

  • what we may influence and what is outside our control

 

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FIXED QUOTES & ESTIMATES

If we give you an estimate, these are calculated on the basis of how much time we think it will take to complete your project or stages in your project.

The final fee may be higher or lower than the estimate because you may require more or less support from us depending on your needs and the other party’s stance.

Our fixed quotes are calculated on the basis of our estimates with an added margin where there are likely to be events outside our control.

OTHER COSTS

Usually, you will only pay our fees for the work we do for you.

Sometimes, in completing your project, we may incur costs which are usual and reasonable in such projects.

These may include overseas telephone calls, overseas travel and accommodation, specialist printing services or meeting rooms. They may also include fees or costs which a regulatory authority charges.

Our fees do not include such costs and you must reimburse us for costs with no mark-up.

Singapore: +65 9023 8035
Australia: +61 2 8091 8035

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Faith SING, 沈信乐
B.Com, LLB (Hons)
Director

Faith is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer. She has over 15 years​ experience helping clients successfully structure, negotiate and document corporate and commercial deals, completing transactions with a combined value exceeding US$30 billion.

She understands how businesses operate. She worked alongside other management team members to bed down a major merger and set up a legal department, as the first General Counsel of Aspen Pharmacare Australia.

She has worked in top corporate law firms in Sydney and London, including working on complex and innovative transactions requiring cutting-edge technical excellence.

Singapore: +65 9127 1016

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Lena OW, 欧英茹
LLB (Hons)
Associate

Lena is a corporate and commercial lawyer, working with fsLAW since July 2015. She has assisted clients on:

  • Corporate transactions including cross-border investments, subscription, shareholder and share sale arrangements;

  • Commercial contracts including leases, licensing agreements and procurement contracts;

  • Employment agreements and employment law issues;

  • Privacy issues including the Personal Data Protection Act; and

  • Corporate governance and corporate law advice including minority shareholders’ rights.

Lena is a graduate of the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Law and was called to the Singapore Bar in 2016.

Lawyers & Legal Executives

We’re on the look-out for lawyers and legal executives who:

  • share our values

  • have demonstrated experience and expertise in corporate and commercial practice, including corporate law, commercial contracts, projects, finance, employment and intellectual property.

You may be looking to build your technical experience or you may be looking for a platform to build a practice – we are looking for experienced lawyers with different aspirations for their career as long as you share our values.

If you like what you’ve read so far, please reach out to us by email, including your resume setting out your experience and transactions or achievements with past employers, names of three referees as well as a cover letter explaining what you hope to achieve with your time at fsLAW.

Trainees, Interns & Paralegals

We look for trainees, interns and paralegals who:

  • share our values

  • want to grow their career with us in the longer term.

Trainees are drawn from our intern cohort. We also encourage potential trainees to intern with other firms so they are clear on how our firm is different.

We offer vacation internships for law students. We also take on law students as interns during the school term where they are able to commit to coming into the office at least one day a week and working off-site where required.

We aim to offer a competitive longer term package – we pay like a small firm in the short term and a big firm in the longer term.

If you like what you’ve read so far, please reach out to us by email, including your resume setting out your experience and transactions or achievements with past employers, names of three referees as well as a cover letter explaining what you hope to achieve with your time at fsLAW.

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