Leon Yee

Attorney in Singapore, Singapore

Leon Yee is Head of Duane Morris & Selvam's Banking & Finance and Energy Law Practice Groups. He is also Head of the Firm's China Practice Group. Mr. Yee has extensive corporate law expertise and regularly advises high net worth individuals, private equity funds, investment banks, listed and private companies on corporate finance, venture capital, capital markets, takeovers, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and joint ventures. He has also advised banks and project companies on complex financing transactions and has a particular focus on Indonesia and PRC related deals.

Mr. Yee is regarded as one of Asia Pacific's Leading Lawyers by the International Financial Law Review 1000. He was also recognised as an AsiaLaw Leading Lawyer in the area of Corporate Governance. He serves as an Independent Director of SGX-listed Federal International (2000) Ltd where he is the Chairman of both the Nominating Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

He is a member of the Tan Kah Kee International Society and a Visiting Professor of Law at Jimei University, China. He is also the Honorary Legal Adviser to the Char Yong (Dabu) Clan Association. Further, he sits as the Chair and is also a Council fellow of Cambridge Alliance Centre. Mr. Yee also founded and chaired the Cambridge University Asian Lawyers Association.

Mr. Yee read Law at Christ's College, Cambridge on a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust scholarship where he graduated with Honours. He previously worked with a leading international law firm in their London & Singapore offices.

He is an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore and a Solicitor of England and Wales.


Leon Yee demonstrates tireless effort - Legal 500 2013 Edn.

Banking & Finance Practice head Leon Yee is recommended - Legal 500 2012 Edn.

Leon Yee handles complex capital markets transactions - Legal 500 2012 Edn.

Legal 500 2010/2011 Edn. commends Leon Yee's sharp business acumen and collaborative approach

Leon Yee has strong corporate experience - Legal 500 2013 Edn.

Leading Lawyer (Banking & Finance) - IFLR 2014

Leading Lawyer (Corporate Governance) - Asialaw 2013

Recommended Lawyer (Corporate & M&A, Projects & Energy) - Legal 500 2013

Representative Matters

Banking and Finance

• Advised Morgan Stanley as financial adviser to OUB on the competing $5 billion bids by UOB and DBS as part of the consolidation of the Singapore banking market.
• Advised Asian Development Bank as senior lender in connection with the US$268 million equivalent Tala-Delhi Transmission project in India, the first private-public partnership in the transmission sector in India
• Advised Pan Asia Paper Co. Ltd. on its US$330 million joint venture relating to a greenfield newsprint mill in Hebei, PRC and advised Hebei PanAsia Long-Teng Paper Co. Ltd. on the subsequent US$215 million project financing - Project Finance Magazine's Asia-Pacific Industrial Deal of the Year, 2003
• Advised a Japanese sponsor and supplier on its support, offtake and supply obligations owing to defaults of a chemicals company under project-financed bank facilities in Indonesia
• Advised Citicorp North America, Inc., in relation to the second lien syndicated financing facility to the Quintiles group of pharmaceutical companies
• Advised a trade creditor in relation to claims exceeding US$500 million against the Asia Pulp and Paper Group and the Asia Food and Properties Group
• Advised Creative Technology Ltd in relation to a S$150 million syndicated loan facility arranged by ABN-Amro Bank

Equity Capital

• Advised Goodpack Limited in relation to its renounceable non-underwritten rights issue of up to 93,473518 warrants in the capital of the company
• Advised British and Malayan Trustees Ltd, as the trustee for Allco REIT in relation to the initial public offering on the SGX of 321,255,000 units in Allco REIT, sponsored by the Allco Finance Group Limited of Australia.
• Advised Keppel Land Limited, as the sponsor for K-REIT Asia in the issue of up to S$440.1 million in K-REIT Asia units listed by way of an introduction on SGX
• Advised Swissco International Limited in relation to its initial public offering of 45,000,000 ordinary shares of S$0.08 each
• Advised Phillip Securities Pte Ltd as underwriter in relation to the renounceable rights issue of 112,525,470 new ordinary shares of S$0.10 each in the capital of Tiong Woon Corporation Holding Ltd
• Advised Vibropower Corporation Limited in relation to its bonus warrant issue of 29,047,557 bonus warrants on the basis of three (3) bonus warrants for every ten (10) existing ordinary shares held
• Advised Amtek Engineering Ltd on the private placement of 6,000,000 new ordinary shares at a price of $1.18 for each new share
• Advised the selling shareholders on the £125 million disposal of Prebon Group to Collins Stewart Tullett
• Advised ABN AMRO Rothschild (AAR) as Global Co-ordinator and AAR, Goldman Sachs and ING Bank as joint bookrunners on the US$3 billion IPO of leading Malaysian telecommunications company, Maxis Communications
• Advised DBS on the proposed secondary listing of Singapore Depository Receipts of Varun Shipping Co Ltd (a company listed on the Mumbai Stock Exchange) on the Singapore Stock Exchange
• Advised Kenetics Innovations on its listing on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM)
• Advised Creative Technology on its voluntary delisting of its shares from the NASDAQ Global Market (NASDAQ)
• Advised Otto Marine Limited on its S$95.0 million share placement
• Advised Otto Marine Limited on its S$119 million fully-underwritten renounceable rights issue
• Advised Otto Marine Limited on its IPO on the Singapore Stock Exchange which raised net proceeds of S$97.7 million

SGX Regulatory

• Advised SEB Private Bank SA on regulatory issues concerning the setting up of its private banking business, internet banking, offering of investment funds over the Internet, anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing compliance
• Advised Powermatic Data Systems Ltd, a company listed on SGX-ST, in relation to the sale-and-leaseback of its property at 135 Joo Seng Road to MacarthurCook Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust
• Advised Hersing Corporation Ltd, a company listed on SGX-ST, in relation to its proposed joint venture with a global real estate investment fund for the divestment and expansion of its self-storage business
• Advised SMB United Limited, a company listed on SGX-ST, in relation to the implementation of its Performance Share Plan and Share Buy-back Mandate

Debt Capital

• Advised Nucleus Electronics Ltd in relation to the issue of up to S$12 million of unsecured non-interest bearing convertible notes due 2007 to Quantum Capital Asset Management Limited
• Represented DBS with respect to the initial listing of units issued by ABF Singapore Bond Index Fund on the Singapore Stock Exchange, which raised over S$456 million at the close of its initial public offer

Professional Activities

• Past member of the Singapore Law Society Committee for Mergers & Acquisitions and Insolvency, Corporate Commercial Matters and Listing Matters
• Member of the Singapore Institute of Directors


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• Herbert Smith

Selected Publications

• Co-author of The Code of Corporate Governance chapter in Woon's Corporations Law
• Singapore contributor for Getting the Deal Through - Corporate Governance

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Admission Details

Admitted in Singapore
England and Wales

University Attended

University of Cambridge
Hons., Law

University of Cambridge

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