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Lee Soo Chye

Soo Chye was called to the Singapore Bar in 1990.

He serves both corporate (ranging from start-ups, small medium enterprises, listed companies and financial institutions to various statutory brands) and individual clients.

 

He advises clients in a whole range of commercial (including investments and family offices, and crypto and tokenisation) and real estate, and succession related transactions.

Such transactions include:

  • Joint venture agreements (involving both local and overseas assets and parties).

  • Merger and acquisitions involving real estate, intellectual properties, companies and corporations;

  • Protection of assets of businesses, including intellectual properties like trademarks, registered design and patents;

  • Data protection;

  • Debt and corporate restructuring;

  • Advising on legal requirements in the areas of crypto-assets and tokenisation;

  • Advising on the structures of for fund management business, including the variable capital company structure;

  • Collective sales of residential, commercial and mixed sites, (some of which represent huge quantum ranging in the hundreds of millions and higher)

  • Real estate acquisition of land by developers

  • Real estate development;

  • Real estate structuring involving subdivision of land to maintain perpetuity of ownership of the landowner;

  • Real estate master leases for commercial buildings;

  • Structuring of family arrangements, which involves the setting up of vehicles to protect the families’ businesses and wealth to ensure continuity and smooth transition of wealth and businesses to the next generations; and

  • Tax structuring, working in conjunction with accounting counterparts locally and overseas, particularly as businesses expand their markets beyond the Singapore shores.

Soo Chye is passionate in working with clients as they navigate the constantly changing business landscape particularly brought about by the break-neck speed at which technology advances and harness the opportunities to re-invent and refresh their businesses and expand into new markets beyond physical territorial boundaries. . To do this effectively often involves paradigm shifts for the businesses and Soo Chye shares his experience with clients in this regard in providing enduring solutions to issues.

Many of the transactions listed above involve cross border legal and taxation issues. In this regard, Soo Chye has through the years, has established a set of close working relationships with counterparts in the ASEAN, Australia, Greater China, India, Europe and the United States to deliver the holistic solutions for clients. He also constantly seeks to keep himself abreast of key trends and developments in business as these developments can provide numerous opportunities for the firm and clients.

He also advises clients in dispute related matters.

Soo Chye also serves and advises various non-profit and welfare organisations, both as a board member and legal advisor. He is proficient in Mandarin, Teochew and other Chinese dialects.

ARTICLES

  • Co-Contributor, “Doing Business in Singapore” published on Practical Law. 

  • Co-Contributor, “Data protection in Singapore” published on Practical Law.

  • Co-Contributor, “Privacy in Singapore” published on Practical Law.

  • Author, “The Access Obligation and its Purpose” published on Personal Data Protection Digest (2017).

  • Co-Author, “Towards Codes and Certifications – The Protection of Personal Data in the Digital Age” published on Personal Data Protection Digest (2019).

  • Co-Author, “Use of Data for Business Improvement – Beyond Rights” published on Personal Data Protection Digest. (2020)

  • Co-Author, “Data Privacy In The Advancement Of Digital Health Technologies” published on Personal Data Protection Digest (2022)

QUALIFICATIONS AND APPOINTMENTS

  • LL.B. (Hon), National University of Singapore (1989)

  • MTax, (SUSS) (2017)

  • Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore (1990)

  • Notary Public, Singapore

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