DENTONS RODYK

Dentons Rodyk is the oldest law firm in Singapore, trusted since 1861 by clients near and far. Rely on our full service capabilities to help you achieve your business goals in Singapore and throughout Asia. Consistently ranked in leading publications, our legal teams regularly represent a diverse clientele in a broad spectrum of industries and businesses.

In particular, our lawyers are capable of providing you with a full range of support in the rapidly evolving Finance & Technology (FinTech) sector. We are well versed with Token offering – whether via Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), Security Token Offerings (STOs), or by way of initial exchange offerings (IEOs). With increasing regulation on disruptive technologies and businesses around the globe and across jurisdictions, we recognise the need for business to navigate the ever-changing and different regulatory landscapes and to manage the corresponding legal risks. Whether you are a start-up or an investor, partner with Dentons Rodyk, one of few firms, that has the market-leading experience in advising on Token Offerings and generally, blockchain and distributed ledger technology.

Our Token Offering-related experience includes, among others, the following areas of work:

  1. providing advice on Singapore laws relating to capital markets products (in particular, whether the tokens that are subject of the sale in the Token Offerings are capital markets products), tax, intellectual property, data protection and privacy, licensing, anti-money laundering, and countering of terrorism financing laws in relation to Token Offering;
  2. advising on legal structure, reserve token distribution including token remuneration plans, and governance issues;
  3. advising on legal risks and compliance, and preparing legal documentation for the Token Offering via online and offline means (as applicable);
  4. reviewing and advising on whitepapers to be published in connection with the Token Offering from a compliance legal risk-management perspective; and
  5. post-Token Offering deployment of cryptocurrency proceeds.

Our other distributed ledger / blockchain experience includes:

  • advising on regulatory compliance in relation to distributed ledger / blockchain projects including licensing, payments, and stored value transactions;
  • advising on establishment, compliance and licensing of cryptocurrency exchanges and OTC operators, crypto-custodial services and cryptocurrency lending / cryptocurrency-collaterised fiat lending;
  • advising on cryptocurrency asset management and establishment of cryptocurrency funds; and
  • advising on legal due diligence on and investments into cryptocurrency projects.

Our team of around 200 lawyers can help you complete a deal, resolve a dispute or solve your business challenge in other key practice and industry areas, including:

  • Arbitration
  • Banking and Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Competition and Antitrust
  • Construction
  • Corporate
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Franchising and Distribution
  • Infrastructure and PPP
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property and Technology
  • Islamic Finance
  • Life Sciences
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Privacy and Cybersecurity
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate
  • Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy
  • Tax
  • Trusts, Estates and Wealth Preservation
  • Trade, WTO and Customs
  • Transportation
  • White Collar and Government Investigations

Address: 80 Raffles Place #33-00 UOB Plaza 1 Singapore 048624
Tel: (65) 6225 2626
Fax: (65) 6225 1838
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Partners:
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Kenneth Oh
Partner

Degree:
National University of Singapore, 1998,
LLB (Hons)

Bar Admission:
Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore, 1999
Solicitor, England & Wales, 2009

Kenneth Oh is a senior partner in Dentons Rodyk's Corporate and Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technology practices. He is also a partner in the firm's China Practice and Indonesia practice. He also holds independent directorship with various companies listed on the Singapore and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges and chairs their governance committees, and is non-executive advisor to numerous blockchain projects such as AELF, GCOX, Kyber Network and TenX. Kenneth is ranked Band 1 for Fintech for Singapore by legal directory Chambers & Partners, and is also recognised in legal directories Legal 500 for both Capital Markets and M&A and in IFLR1000 for Capital Markets: Equity and M&A as well as Financial & Corporate Law.

Areas of Practice:

Kenneth has been in legal practice since 1999 mainly in the areas of corporate finance and M&A, with a focus on early/late stage private equity as well as public equity capital markets transactions in particular IPOs and RTOs on the Singapore Exchange. He also advises on capital markets services licensing and compliance, and on a wide range of general corporate advisory work including joint ventures, corporate restructurings and debt restructuring. Leveraging on his cross-disciplinary practice experience, Kenneth also advises on token offerings; equity investments and M&A involving blockchain projects; and various blockchain-related initiatives including establishment of cryptoexchanges, OTCs and cryptofunds.


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Hsu Li Chuan
Partner

Degree:
National University of Singapore, 2002,
LLB (Hons)

Bar Admission:
Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore, 2007

Hsu Li Chuan is a Senior Partner in Denton Rodyk's Corporate practice. He is part of the China, Indonesia and Malaysia desk and possesses native proficiency in English and Chinese, having advised numerous Chinese state-owned and private enterprises. He has experience in a broad scope of transactions in the area of corporate finance and capital markets, for both listed and private companies, as well as start-up companies. He has also acted on initial public offerings (IPOs), with experience as issuer's counsel and underwriter's counsel, share placements and other fundraising transactions. He has also acted for clients in post-listing advisory and compliance.

Areas of Practice:

Li Chuan's main areas of practice encompass corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate commercial transactions. Li Chuan has experience in a broad scope of transactions in the area of corporate finance and capital markets, for both listed and private companies. He has acted on initial public offerings (IPOs) and reverse takeovers (RTOs), with experience as issuer's counsel and underwriter's counsel, as well as share placements and other fundraising transactions. He has also acted for clients in post-listing advisory and compliance. In the area of mergers and acquisitions, he has experience in mergers and acquisitions for both public and private companies across sectors such as commodities, education, FMCG, hospitality, offices F&B and technology.


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Jacqueline Loke:
Partner

Degree:
University of Buckingham, 1987, LLB (Hons)

Bar Admission:
Barrister at Law, Gray’s Inn, 1988
Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore, 1989

Jacqueline Loke is a senior partner in Dentons Rodyk's Corporate practice. She is well versed in M&As and joint ventures where she has acted for vendors, acquirors and financiers across a wide spectrum of industries including the insurance, financial, manufacturing, real estate and technology industries. Jacqueline has also given talks and written papers on licensing and client due diligence requirements for fund managers, establishment and offerings of collective investment schemes and other securities in Singapore, and the regulatory aspects of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), securities regulations in Singapore and other regulatory and compliance matters.

Areas of Practice:

Jacqueline's areas of practice include corporate finance and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, unit trust and asset management, regulatory matters and corporate governance. She has extensive experience in compliance issues and regularly provides regulatory advice to various organisations in the public and private sectors. She advises clients on regulatory compliance, particularly on regulations in the financial industry - Securities and Futures Act, Financial Advisers Act, Banking Act, Insurance Act and related requirements and guidelines issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Her experience in corporate governance includes advising on compliance with statutory duties and obligations, best practices codes and guidelines. She has advised corporate clients generally in all aspects of their business, including commercial agreements, employment issues and management obligations. She has acted for listed companies on compliance with listing requirements and corporate governance.


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S Sivanesan
Partner

Degree:
National University of Singapore, 1986,
LLB (Hons)
Nanyang Technological University, 1998,
MBA

Bar Admission:
Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore, 1987

S Sivanesan is a senior partner in and head of Dentons Rodyk's Corporate practice. Sivanesan is a past chairman of the Pacific Rim Advisory Council, which is an association of 28 top tier independent law firms with more than 12,000 lawyers in more than 50 key business centres around the world. Sivanesan has addressed regional and international business leaders at conferences and seminars, on topics relating to venture technology, international mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, venture capital and cross border investments. He is a past Chairman of the Corporate Governance Committee of the Singapore Investors Association of Singapore (SIAS). He is currently the independent Chairman of Liberty Insurance Pte Ltd and Liberty Specialty Markets Singapore Pte Limited, members of the Liberty Mutual Group.

Areas of Practice:

Sivanesan's primary areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations and restructurings, venture capital, venture technology, investment funds and general corporate commercial matters. He has advised several fund managers, venture capital funds, founders, start-ups and companies on investment deals. Sivanesan's international work includes cross-border and regional transactions, mergers and acquisitions, VC/PE investment deals in South East Asia, India, China, Japan, Europe, Australia and USA. He has worked with local and foreign clients in establishing businesses in Singapore and the region, transactional matters, foreign direct investment, liaising with regional counsel and establishing effective corporate structures for global operations. He is widely regarded as an authority on corporate governance and venture capital.


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Teo Yi Jing
Partner

Degree:
National University of Singapore, 2002,
LLB (Hons)

Bar Admission:
Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore, 2003
Solicitor, England & Wales, 2008

Teo Yi Jing is a partner in Dentons Rodyk's Corporate practice. Yi Jing is effectively bilingual in English and Chinese.

Areas of Practice:

Yi Jing's experience is mainly in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. She has been involved with numerous IPOs and other equity capital market transactions such as rights issues and placements. She worked actively in private equity transactions and also advised on a wide range of general corporate and commercial transactions. Her experience also includes advising on license and regulatory requirements related with the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

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