SIDLEY AUSTIN LLP

Sidley Austin Supporting Your Business in Your Innovation Journey

Sidley advises a broad range of clients on various legal issues arising from the genesis and implementation of global payment services and accompanying technology. Our lawyers combine strategic regulatory advice, transactional counseling and a deep knowledge of the financial services industry on a truly global cross-border basis. The result is a practical, comprehensive approach to executing strategies for clients who operate in the evolving payment services industry. Sidley is well-regarded for its global thought leadership role with established financial institutions and start-up venture companies alike, as they have brought to market clients recognized as first-movers in the financial technologies arena.

Our Fintech Roots

Our deep fintech roots reach back to earlier phases of the fintech revolution, when then-novel financial technologies were developed and commercialized. We were at the forefront when financial markets first conceived and then embraced debit cards, cash management accounts, online banking, exchange-traded commodity pools and financial derivatives. Today, we remain fintech leaders as new developments cut across every aspect of the markets for banking, lending, securities, commodities, derivatives, insurance and payments.

Financial markets are now tied inextricably to the internet, to mobile technologies and to related advances in data analytics, artificial intelligence, cryptography and blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies. Because of our roots, we know how to work with institutions, entrepreneurs and regulators to develop novel solutions as a new generation of innovations comes online. Our latest work encompasses mobile and person-to-person payment platforms, marketplace lending, robo-advisers, a wide range of virtual currency-related activities, derivatives and exchanges, and applications of blockchain and other distributed ledger technology. Thus, when our clients tap our fintech practice, they gain coordinated access to the full suite of legal services required to participate successfully in the continuing evolution of financial technology.

About the Firm

Sidley Austin is a premier law firm with more than 2,000 lawyers in 20 offices worldwide. We have been in Asia Pacific for more than 35 years. The firm currently has more than 180 lawyers in six offices in the region – Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Sydney and Tokyo. Our lawyers are able to provide U.S., Singapore, English, Hong Kong and Japanese law advice to clients. Sidley has more than 30 lawyers based in Singapore and some of our team members are trained and qualified in India, the Philippines and Indonesia.

The firm has built a reputation for successfully representing clients on complex transactional, regulatory and litigation matters spanning a range of legal areas. From our offices in the commercial, financial and regulatory centers of the world, we harness our knowledge to provide thoughtful advice for the myriad legal and business challenges that our clients face.


LAWYERS:
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HAN MING HO
PARTNER

Investment Funds
Private Equity
Securities and Derivatives Enforcement and Regulatory



SINGAPORE +65 6230 3966

HAN MING HO is a co-leader of the firm's Asia Investment Funds practice. He focuses on fund formation of open-ended and close-ended entities and related regulatory matters as well as regularly advises fund managers on the establishment of business operations in Singapore, together with the establishment, structuring and registration of investment funds in Singapore and various other Asia Pacific jurisdictions. In addition, Han Ming's regulatory experience includes advising on compliance and licensing issues relating to securities and financial advisory law as well as liaising regularly with Singapore regulators.

Han Ming has extensive experience counseling clients on the structuring and formation of a broad range of investment funds, including hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate funds, exchange traded funds and other structured financial products. He has advised leading fund sponsors and managers, investment banks, financial institutions, venture capitalists and institutional investors.

Han Ming has a track record as a leading authority in the funds area in Asia, having been involved in various significant landmark deals in the region for over a decade. He has been recognized as a Band 1 leading individual in the Investment Funds practice in Chambers Asia Pacific, Singapore chapter since 2008. Clients praise him as "the go-to guy for innovative ideas and insights, and is a great sounding board for industry best practices and trends." Han Ming was also described as "a premier name for real estate and private equity funds work and his wide range of expertise makes him a top choice for establishing, structuring and registering funds." He was also praised as one who "knows the market very well" and is a "terrific hedge funds lawyer."

Han Ming was recognized as expert in the 2019 and 2020 by Who's Who Legal Private Funds: Formation.

Admissions & Certifications

  • Singapore (Advocate & Solicitor)

Education

  • National University of Singapore (LL.B., 1999)

LAWYERS:
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JOHN M. CASANOVA
PARTNER

Banking and Financial Services
Privacy and Cybersecurity
Securities Enforcement and Regulator



LONDON +44 20 7360 3739

JOHN CASANOVA is a partner and has been practicing in the firm’s London office since 1999. He also practiced in the firm’s Singapore office from 2012 to 2016. He co-heads the firm’s EU Financial Services Regulatory group. He advises clients on a wide variety of U.S., English and EU financial services regulatory and transactional matters. He also advises on data protection and privacy matters. John works regularly with banks, payment service providers, investment managers, Fintech companies, brokers/dealers, payment systems and other financial intermediaries in the UK, Europe, Asia and the United States. He has assisted clients with setting up and operating regulated businesses and financial services joint ventures in the UK, the EU and in Asia. He also works with clients in responding to regulatory investigations and examinations. He has handled commercial transactions for regulated entities and acquisitions and disposals of regulated businesses and asset portfolios.

He is an editor of Payments and Fintech Lawyer and a contributor to the Review of Banking and Financial Services and the Journal of International Banking Law. John has also been contributing editor to Butterworths Financial Regulation Service forPayment Systems and Electronic Money.

John is recognized in The Legal 500 UK 2017 as a Leading Individual for Financial Services and has been described by clients as having a "robust knowledge of international regulations." John is also named as a Leading Lawyer in IFLR 1000 2017 for Financial Services Regulatory and is listed in Who's Who Legal: Data 2020. John is ranked in Chambers UK 2020 for Financial Services: Payments Law, with clients describing him as "extremely knowledgeable, very thoughtful and hands-on" He is also ranked in Chambers FinTech 2019 with commentators attesting, "he is very much an expert in the payments industry, has good relationships and a strong team behind him."

Admissions & Certifications

  • District of Columbia
  • England and Wales (Solicitor)

Education

  • American University, Washington College of Law (J.D., 1994, magna cum laude)
  • Columbia University (A.B., 1985)

LAWYERS:
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JOSEPHINE LAW
COUNSEL

Investment Funds
Securities Enforcement and Regulatory



SINGAPORE +65 6230 3916

JOSEPHINE LAW focuses her practice in both registered fund transactions and financial services regulatory advice. Josephine has significant experience in establishing domestic funds, listing exchange traded funds on the Singapore Exchange, registering both domestic and offshore funds for retail distribution, and registering funds for restricted offers to accredited investors.

Josephine frequently advises on the establishment and licensing of fund management clients, as well as handling license applications with the Monetary Authority of Singapore. She also regularly advises on financial services regulatory issues relating to payment systems, stored value facilities, remittance business, credit cards and merchant acquiring, as well as regulated products and services under the Securities and Futures Act and Financial Advisers Act. Her experience includes advising both offshore and onshore financial institutions, including fund management companies, trustees, banks, broker-dealers, financial advisers, and payment service providers on Singapore licensing and regulatory compliance issues, such as advising on licensing requirements and exemptions, regulatory approvals for restructuring and change in control, cross-border marketing of regulated services and products and offering safe harbor exemptions, advertising rules, outsourcing requirements, derivatives reporting issues, anti-money laundering and disclosure of interests in listed securities. Josephine has been recognized as a leading individual in Investment Funds by Chambers Asia Pacific, Singapore (2018) and as a next generation lawyer by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Singapore (2018).

In Chambers Asia Pacific, Josephine was acknowledged as a "regulatory expert" in this space, with considerable experience in registered funds in particular. She was also praised that "clients think highly, and speak well, of her."

Josephine is recognized as expert by Who's Who Legal Private Funds: Formation.

Admissions & Certifications

  • Singapore (Advocate & Solicitor)

Education

  • National University of Singapore (LL.B., 2000)

LAWYERS:
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REINA CHUA
SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Banking and Financial Services
Investment Funds
Securities Enforcement and Regulatory



SINGAPORE +65 6230 3904

REINA CHUA's practice focuses on financial services regulatory matters, particularly in the investment funds and payments sector.

Reina advises on a wide range of financial services regulatory matters, including licensing requirements and exemptions for financial institutions; the Singapore payments regulatory framework; ongoing business conduct requirements for financial institutions in Singapore (for example, personnel requirements, change in control approvals, customer asset protection requirements, regulatory capital requirements and outsourcing requirements); the Singapore regime for marketing of securities or funds, and registration of funds for offers to Singapore retail or accredited investors; the Singapore anti-money laundering regime; market misconduct issues; and personal data protection and privacy matters.

Admissions & Certifications

  • Singapore (Advocate & Solicitor)

Education

  • University of Nottingham (LL.B., 2006)

LAWYERS:

ZISHEN CHONG
ASSOCIATE
Investment Funds



SINGAPORE +65 6230 3992

ZISHEN CHONG has experience in private equity fund and hedge fund formation matters.

Zishen also has experience in general corporate and commercial matters.

Zishen is fluent in English and Mandarin.

Admissions & Certifications

  • Singapore (Advocate & Solicitor)

Education

  • University of Bristol (LL.B., 2014)

 

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