Aquinas Law Alliance

Singapore

Analysis

Overview

Aquinas Law Alliance’s corporate finance practice covers a wide range of capital markets work. It is active in primary listings, de-listings, privatisations and secondary offerings. The firm also regularly advises on ongoing listing compliance and transfer listings. This year it debuts in the dispute resolution and technology tables. Joint managing partners Kok Meng Lim and Aloysius Wee are key contacts at the firm for transactional work. The disputes quarter is headed by Cephas Yee and Mark Cham Shan Jie. Highly praised Joshua Tan is another name to note for his technology expertise. Corporate partner Sean Lee joined last year from BlackOak.

Client feedback 

“They are responsive, experienced in the sector, and consider pros and cons on different approaches. They are well trusted and have balanced and honest views.” – Corporate and M&A

“Timely and efficient, and going above and beyond the support required from most legal service providers. Advice provided is always clear, actionable and incisive.” – Corporate and M&A

“Good commercial knowledge, proactive, timely response, willing to go the last mile.” – Corporate and M&A

“They are highly responsive, professional, and produce high quality work. They hit timescales and are cost-effective for SMEs. I have referred them to six other potential clients.” – Dispute resolution

“Professional.” – Dispute resolution

“Practical and quick turnaround. Open to ideas.” – Dispute resolution

“Their work is detailed.” – Dispute resolution

“Provide clear, practical and commercial advice.” – Dispute resolution

“They grasp issues quickly and draft succinct documents. They have good attention to detail, are thorough and have quick response times. They manage client expectations in terms of both case management and fees. The pricing is competitive.” – Dispute resolution

“I was intimidated by another lawyer, so I found Cephas from Aquinas. They made it easier for me to understand the law. Also it wasn’t about the money, I was stuck in a situation and Cephas really went out of his way to help me even though I’m really a small one-off client.” – Intellectual property

“They provide advice that is clear, concise and collaborative, taking into account nuances and risks that I would not have foreseen. Aquinas has acted as a champion and guardian of my company’s brand values.” – Intellectual property

“Excellent knowledge of the law, communicative and good judgement on settling negotiations.” – Investment funds

“Very experienced in start-up funding rounds, explains legal concepts very clearly, very capable in terms of helping start-up founders, and very high EQ during negotiations.” – Media and entertainment

“We had a red flag in one of our contracts being pushed by the angel investor. They made us realise that this is a bad idea and that really saved a big percentage of the founders’ shareholding.” – Private equity

“Expert knowledge and understanding in the technology industry. Provides comprehensive advisory service for early-stage start-ups from general corporate affairs to fundraising.” – Private equity

 

Mark Cham

“Professional and patient.”

Joshua Tan

“Great communicator, good problem-solver and very responsive.”

“Highly responsive, professional, customer-focused, trustworthy and open.”

“He is a very capable lawyer that is very good at clear and friendly communication with founders.”

“Joshua Tan, a partner at Aquinas Law Alliance, was extremely proactive in addressing and highlighting any potential risks for us during the entire transaction. He was also highly responsive during the entire deal and assisted us in obtaining the most optimal deal structure.”

“The biggest help he gave us was to make us realise that our angel investor had a non-diluting policy which would have harmed us a lot in the future.”

“Joshua is compassionate and concise. He is also a great coach and meticulous. Most critically he is about five steps ahead of the situation and strategic in his approach to offering advice on all our matters.”

“Excellent communication and client relationship management skills.”

“Joshua is highly responsive, enthusiastic in terms of helping his customers, and can be trusted to give strong legal guidance when needed.”

“Joshua is extremely knowledgeable in handling crypto-related cases. He is highly responsive, gives a nuanced risk assessment in terms of his legal guidance, and has been consistent in his support for our requirements.”

“We value his responsiveness and accountability. Joshua was always contactable and consistently delivered on all deadlines in a very time-sensitive transaction. He has excellent commercial sense. Joshua, beyond his legal expertise, was very well versed in commercial issues pertaining to the technology investment space.”

“Communicative and adept at settling negotiations.”

“I appreciate his depth of knowledge in the client’s business. He is very start-up friendly and gives creative solutions and comprehensive advisory for risk management.”

Lim Kok Meng

“Good commercial knowledge and able to apply it, offers good solutions to problems, proactive and hungry.”

Cephas Yee

“Sincere, altruistic and knowledgeable.”

“Goes above and beyond.”

“He understands the client's goals may not have anything to do with the legal standards that are in play.”

“Cephas has good knowledge and is very detailed.”

“Cephas gives clear, practical advice. He is very responsive and understands what is important to our business.”

“He is good at understanding issues quickly. He gives very good strategic advice. He has quick response times, good knowledge, is empathetic, and you feel he is on your side and there to help.”

Dispute resolution

Work highlights

Acted for the owner of a jet services company in relation to claims regarding a purported breach of a lien of a private aircraft.

Represented Kong Hoo Private in claims against a broker which had worked with various parties to deliver fraudulent standby letters of credit.

Representing JE Synergy Engineering against two of its former employees in relation to bribes taken in relation to a $28 million construction contract.

Key clients

Entrexchange Investments, Hwa Aik Engineering, Secretlab SG

 
Capital markets

Work highlights 

Acted for AGV Group on structuring options in a debt capitalisation exercise involving more than 20 creditors.

Represented China Sky Chemical Fibre Corporation on the structuring of a transfer listing exercise and on various applications to the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading.

Advised China Star Food Group on its private placement exercise.

Key clients

Camsing Healthcare, China Haida Group, TTJ Holdings, V2Y Corporation

Technology and telecommunications

Work highlights

Acted for Mighty Jaxx International on its foray into “phygital” products and non-fungible token creation, and on its Series A+ fundraising.

Advised Wagely, an earned-wage access and financial wellness platform provider, on its Series Pre-A fundraising.

Represented online in-game streaming company, Adventure Studios on its Series Seed fundraising.

Key clients

Brick, Journey Management, Maker Lab, Stack Up