Leon Yee

Leon Yee (Singapore, )

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.


•Duane Morris & Selvam LLP, Selvam LLC
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The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016 (Banking and Finance-Local Firms, Corporate and M&A-Foreign Firms and Corporate and M&A-Local Firms)
Asia's Brightest Young Legal Minds-Top 40 Under 40-Asia Legal Business
Leon Yee demonstrates tireless effort - Legal 500 2013 Edn
Leading Lawyer (Banking & Finance)-IFLR1000 2016, 2015, 2014
Leading Lawyer (Corporate M&A)-Asialaw Profiles, 2015
Leon Yee has strong corporate experience -Legal 500 2013 Edn.
Leading Lawyer (Corporate Governance)-Asialaw 2013
Recommended Lawyer (Corporate & M&A, Projects & Energy)-Legal 500 2013
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

Honors & Awards

•Listed by IFLR 1000 as 2016 Leading Lawyer for Banking
•Listed in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016 for Banking and Finance-Local Firms, Corporate and M&A-Foreign Firms and Corporate and M&A-Local Firms
•Listed in Asia Legal Business' list of Asia's Brightest Young Legal Minds-Top 40 Under 40

Selected Publications

•Featured in Shanghai boosts IP efforts, China Daily, April 22, 2015
•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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Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
Managing Director
Admission Details
Admitted in Singapore
England and Wales
University Attended
University of Cambridge
Hons., Law

University of Cambridge
Associations & Memberships

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

Representative Cases
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; Advised RHB Bank in relation to the acquisition financing of an Indonesian Production Sharing Contract for US$150 million by a regional leading investment firm; Advised a leading Japanese bank in relation to its US$100 million financing to a listed Singapore REIT; Advised RHB Bank on numerous vessel financing transactions; Advised a number of leading Korean banks on their regulatory issues; 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; Advised on the Singapore law aspects on a relisting of a China company on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange that delisted from NASDAQ; Advised on the Singapore law aspects on a listing of a China company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange; 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; Advised Otto Marine in relation its establishment of a SGD 500 million (USD 364.6 million) multicurrency term note ( MTN ) programme with arranger Standard Chartered Bank; Advised Otto Marine on its amendment of certain financial covenants in connection with Series 2 of its MTN programme; Private Equity; Advised Dymon Asia Private Equity in its S$15.0 million investment in Goodrich Global Holdings Pte Ltd, a Singaporean interior furnishings firm; Advised Dymon Asia Private Equity in its S$15.0 million investment and approximately 30 percent ownership stake in HSL Constructor Pte Ltd., a leading Singapore marine civil engineering and construction firm; Advised Dymon Asia Private Equity in its acquisition of a majority stake in Atlas Vending, which is now the largest independent vending machine owner and operator in the Asia Pacific region; Advised a US$200 million Cayman Private Equity Fund on the disposal of its US$60 million interests in the Alibaba Group; Advised on the formation of a US$150 million Cayman Private Equity Fund; Mergers and Acquisitions; Advised an offeror in relation to the acquisition of a Singapore listed retailer with regional offices with a market capitalisation of S$150 million; Advised a leading regional investment firm on the acquisition of a majority interest in an Indonesian Production Sharing Contract from a listed oil and gas exploration company with a structure that includes sliding-scale future contingent payments based on certification of oil and gas reserves, a partial carry of exploration wells owned by the vendor and a cash payment upon declaration of the first new exploration discovery; Advised a sovereign wealth fund to acquire a Korean construction company for 200 billion Korean won; Advised Federal International in relation to its US$30 million disposal of a Floating Storage Offloading ( FSO ) Vessel to a leading Indonesia investment group; Advised Federal International on the charter contract awarded by canOOC to supply a Floating Storage Offloading ( FSO ) vessel for a period of five years and renewable for a further period of five years, for operation at the Widuri Terminal, Indonesia

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