OUR LAWYERS

Clarence Guo

Clarence Guo
Director

Clarence is an advocate and solicitor in Singapore of 10 years' standing. The vast majority of Clarence's clientele is from outside Singapore, so he has broad and deep experience regarding the regulatory environment for attracting foreign capital. He also works closely with partner firms in the US and various offshore jurisdictions.

Since 2017, Clarence has assisted over 150+ blockchain projects and funds with their corporate structuring and licensing in a broad variety of offshore jurisdictions such as the British Virgin Islands, Panama, Cayman Islands and Seychelles, and so has a good understanding of the legal environment in these jurisdictions. His clientele is almost exclusively from the blockchain space, and is a trusted legal advisor to numerous founders and innovative companies globally.

Prior to blockchain work, Clarence was a recognised lawyer in the banking and finance space in Singapore, having been endorsed in the banking and finance section of the Legal 500 edition as having a "fine record in real estate finance".

Career Highlights

  • Assisted with applications to regulatory sandbox for cryptocurrency related projects.
  • Assisted with applications for fund management registrations and licences in various jurisdictions.
  • Assisted with applications to Monetary Authority of Singapore for licences under the Payments Services Act (digital assets law) for a variety of clients in the cryptocurrency exchange business.
  • Issuance of legal opinions and advice covering regulatory issues in the areas of securities law and virtual assets law.
  • Assisted with full set of legal documentation for hedge funds, private equity funds and family offices in both offshore and offshore jurisdictions.
  • Advised on numerous token sale projects (in the areas of DeFi protocols, NFTs, fund management, digital assets exchanges, liquidity scalability and cross-chain interoperability protocols, e-commerce, social messaging ecosystems, oil production, advertising, stored value facility, insurance, and prediction markets).
  • Drafting of full set of legal documentation for various offshore-based security token offering projects.
  • Drafting of customer documentation and KYC/AML procedures for various cryptocurrency exchanges, as well as providing legal support for setup of office in Singapore.
  • Assisted various early and mid stage companies with their fundraising and investment documentation (pre-seed, seed, Series A, Series B), as well as general corporate documentation requirements.
  • Acted for various local and international banks in a variety of financings, such as project financing of both local and overseas property (Australia, UK, Maldives).
  • Acted for one of the largest crowdfunding platforms in Singapore in drafting the crowdfunding legal documents and arrangements, and advising on regulatory compliance matters.
  • Acted for various invoice financing platforms in Singapore in the drafting of legal documentation and advising on regulatory compliance matters.
  • Assisted various token offering projects in negotiations and documentation to resolve investor disputes.

Joel Lim
Associate Director

Joel’s expertise lies in advising clients in achieving the most commercially sound outcome across a broad spectrum of contentious work. His practice area focuses on commercial litigation, shareholders’ dispute, investigations, and arbitration. 

He regularly advises multinational corporations, private and listed companies in a wide range of areas including shareholders’ disputes, breaches of director’s duties, employment, investigations, and employment disputes. He also has strong expertise in the area of sports and education related matters. 

Joel is also proficient in Mandarin and has advised Chinese clients in litigation proceedings. In 2016, Joel was selected for placement under the Supreme Court’s Young Amicus Curiae Scheme, and has subsequently appeared twice as amicus curiae in two separate Magistrate’s Appeal. 

Career Highlights

 

Shareholders' Dispute
  • Successfully represented a minority shareholder in advancing a claim of minority oppression by the majority shareholders of a civil engineering company.
  • Successfully represented a minority shareholder in a claim over breaches of directors’ duties by the Company which was formerly listed on Philips Securities OTC.

 

Commercial Disputes
  • Advised and managed the disputes for a Fortune 500 Company’s global commercial dispute during its pre-litigation phase, and achieved successful outcome in vast majority of the cases.
  • Successfully acted for a broadcasting company in an ICC arbitration valued at more than US$80 million regarding the media rights to a major Indian sporting event.
  • Successfully acted for a group of mine owners in an SIAC arbitration regarding disputes over the sale and purchase of various entities relating to coal mines in Indonesia.
  • Successfully represented a local marketing agency in recovering the fees owed to it by a footwear distributor.
  • Successfully represented an international bank in defending against a claim brought by an investor for the alleged mis-selling of the financial product popularly known as “accumulators”.
  • Successfully represented an international glass manufacturer in achieving a successful outcome in respect of a suit brought by its client for alleged manufacturing defects supplied to a major private education complex in Singapore.
  • Represented a local holding company of a large chain of childcare centres in relation to a contentious acquisition of the group’s brand and businesses.

 

Arbitration Related Matters
  • Assisted in the landmark case of AJU v AJT [2011] 4 SLR 739, where the Singapore Court of Appeal affirmed its minimal interventionist approach in arbitration. The underlying dispute involved a sports promoter involved in the organisation of a tennis tournament in Thailand.
  • Successfully represented the respondent, an Asian government, in resisting an application to set aside an arbitral award.

 

Employment Dispute
  • Advised a local company in the termination of a senior employee, and in enforcing the confidentiality and non-compete obligations owed by the employee to the company.
  • Advised a local company in managing the planned termination of its employees.
  • Advised a local listed company in terminating the services of its general manager, and managing the transition process.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Adjunct Lecturer on Tort law, Contract Law, and Defects in Construction and Facilities Management Issues at Real Estate & Construction Centre
  • Commentary on Singapore Construction Adjudication Review 2016 Edition (SAL Academy Publishing, 2018)
  • Commentary on Order 26, Order 26A, and Order 36 of Rules of Court in Singapore Civil Procedure 2016 (Singapore, Sweet & Maxwell, 2016)
  • Committee Member, Education Committee, Association of Strata Managers
  • Committee Member, Kickboxing Federation of Singapore

Loo Liang Zhi
Associate

Liang Zhi is admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore, and is an Associate with the Firm.  He graduated from the University of Liverpool with a Bachelor of Laws Second Class Honours (Upper) in 2016.  

Prior to joining the firm, Liang Zhi was working in a leading specialized disputes resolution firm and trained under a renowned Senior Counsel.  His areas of practice include contentious and non-contentious work.  Liang Zhi regularly appears as counsel in the High Court of Singapore and the Family Courts, and his areas of practice spans a wide range of areas, including matrimonial and family law, medical negligence and general commercial disputes. 

Liang Zhi has a firm dedication and conviction to help individuals, and has a keen interest in family law since his university days.  His award winning research paper in UK on “Child Labour: Abolish or Regulate” is testament to his commitment to social issues and children’s welfare.  He believes strongly in prioritising the welfare of children in divorce proceedings as it is often children that are the biggest victims in a divorce.  He does so by putting in extra effort to understand client’s concerns and goes out of his way to help clients who are embroiled in messy divorces in the hope that the child’s needs are protected. 

On the non-contentious end, Liang Zhi routinely advises clients on succession and estate planning matters, including the drafting of wills, extraction of grant of probate and letters of administration and executing lasting power of attorney. 

Outside of work, Liang Zhi believes in giving back to the community and volunteers through mission trips and local outreaches.  He regularly leads worship in his church and has actively serves in the youth and young adults ministries.  He also enjoys a good workout at the gym, and reading up on social issues involving child bullying, domestic violence, juvenile delinquency and gender discrimination.

Kimberly Chia
Associate

Kimberly is an Associate with the Firm, and is admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore.  Her areas of practice include contract and commercial disputes, director and shareholder disputes, asset recovery, medical negligence, family law and criminal law. 

Kimberly graduated with a Bachelors of Law (Cum Laude) from Singapore Management University (“SMU”) in 2017. Since her university days, Kimberly has had a keen interest in corporate and commercial disputes and criminal law.  Her academic rigor and pursuit for excellence led her to top her class in SMU in clinching the Michael Hwang Prize for Top Student in International Commercial Arbitration and the RHT Tan Chong Huat Prize for the Best Student in Corporate Crime. 

In pursuit of her areas of interest, Kimberly trained in one of Singapore’s Big Four and top tier dispute resolutions firms, and obtained experience in corporate and criminal matters. Keen to understand the mind of the regulator, Kimberly subsequently joined the Monetary Authority of Singapore as in-house legal counsel for the Authority’s Enforcement Department. 

Since joining the Firm, Kimberly has assisted in wide range of matters including a dispute under the Mental Capacity Act, intellectual property, medical negligence, corporate and regulatory, in addition to commercial and civil litigation. Kimberly hopes to hone her advocacy skills as a litigator and one day make arguments before the Court of Appeal in Singapore. 

In her spare time, Kimberly enjoys binge-watching medical and legal dramas (while still being mindful to keep one foot in reality). Her favourites are House, Scrubs and Law and Order.    

Kimberly also loves to travel and is constantly looking forward to her next adventure overseas.  She finds volunteering overseas to serve the international community particularly fulfilling, and has volunteered in schools and orphanages in Laos and Nepal.  Together with her church, Kimberly also recently went to Yangon, Myanmar for a mission trip.  Through her various volunteering trips, Kimberly gained a greater appreciation of the struggles of humanity, and strives to do her best for her clients.

Jessica Swain
Trainee

Jessica is a Trainee with the Firm, and graduated with a Bachelors of Law from the National University of Singapore in 2020. Her main areas of interest are medical negligence and family law, as they are dynamic areas of practice that have a direct impact on the parties involved. She will be qualified to be an advocate and solicitor after she gets called to the bar, which is projected to be in mid-2021. 

Wanting to use her legal skills to give back to the community, Jessica became the Project Director of the Students for Migrants Group (S4M) under the NUS Pro Bono Group. Working with beneficiaries like HOME and FAST, she oversaw the content and organisation of several legal workshops for domestic workers in Singapore. S4M’s work was awarded the Gold Award in the 2018 NUS Student Achievement Awards. Jessica hopes to use her legal training to further assist vulnerable groups like migrant workers in the future. 

Outside of work, Jessica likes to spend her time in the dance studio. Besides being trained in ballet, she also enjoys hip-hop and street jazz, which she picked up when she joined NUS Dance Blast in university.