Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2024 recommends CNPLaw LLP across six practice areas and eleven of its lawyers



Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2024 recommends CNPLaw LLP across six practice areas and eleven of its lawyers

Date Published: 7 February 2024 


CNPLaw LLP (CNP) is pleased to announce that six of our practices and eleven of our lawyers have been “Recommended by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2024”. Additionally, we have been mentioned as a firm to watch for Start-Up and Venture Capital.


We are grateful for the trust and confidence that our clients have placed in us. Special thanks to our team of talented lawyers and staff for their dedication to our clients and the firm and for their commitment to excellence.”   

– CNPLaw’s Managing Partner, Ms Lisa Theng

The practices recommended and the reviews provided by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2024:


Banking and Finance:


CNPLaw LLP has a wide-ranging banking and finance practice, drawing on the experience and expertise of a variety of partners and lawyers that have a focus on this area. Corporate lending remains the core of the practice that has additional expertise in project finance, acquisition finance and debt restructurings. Blockchain and cryptocurrency matters also form a component of the team’s work. Bill Jamieson is an English lawyer with 20 years of experience in Singapore. Quek Li Fei leads the banking and finance group, which also includes Wong Pei-Ling.




Capital Markets – Debt and Equity:


Counting mid-market listed companies, corporate finance houses and high-net-worth individuals among its key roster of clients, CNPLaw LLP advises on equity, debt and structured securities mandates, with demonstrable experience in the technology and fintech arenas. The practice also assists listed companies on continuing listing obligations and corporate actions, such as restructurings, capital reductions, placements and share buybacks. Min-Li Tan leads the team and advises on capital markets deals throughout the Asia Pacific region, while Pradeep Kumar Singh acts for companies listed on the SGX on issuance and transactions.


Corporate and M&A:


Counting private and public companies, high-net-worth individuals, public sector entities and financial institutions among its key roster of clients, the ‘prompt, attentive and sharp’ practice at CNPLaw LLP advises on M&A and divestments, in addition to general corporate and commercial matters. Managing partner Lisa Theng handles private equity and venture capital transactions, and jointly leads the team alongside Min-Li Tan, who advises on M&A and corporate finance matters, and Ken Chia, who spearheads the firm’s corporate advisory group.


One client shared: “Quality of service, prompt in response, quick in delivery and prepared to work round the clock.”

Another client shared: “Prompt, attentive and sharp.”


Dispute Resolution:


CNPLaw LLP has a sizeable team dedicated to litigation and arbitration, including commercial litigation, construction cases and employment disputes. The firm has continued to develop its standing in fraud and white-collar crime, contractual and shareholder disputes, trusts litigation, and real estate cases. Subramanian Pillai has vast experience in litigation and arbitration, including construction and engineering cases. He heads the team along with Venetia Tan and Soo Ling See Tow

One client shared: “Throughout, the advice and recommendations, besides being sound and professional, exhibit strong understanding of our thinking and purpose as well as careful calibration of commercial value. To help us manage the cost of litigation, Venetia Tan and her team planned for time-efficient communications, saving us time and money.”

“Most importantly, what distinguish CNPLaw as a good legal partner is the same as what distinguish a good business partner; to care genuinely about your clients and to think win-win.”

“We are very lucky to have found them and would recommend them to other businesses anytime.”


Investment Funds:


CNPLaw LLP continues to inhabit the investment funds world with some considerable success. The team has a background in hedge funds, private equity funds, mutual funds, venture capital funds and commodity funds. It has continued to advise on the launch of high-value private equity funds and a large number of VCC structured funds. 

Mr Bill Jamieson recommended as a Leading individual

One client shared: “The team that Bill Jamieson leads is amazing in every way. Attentive to budgetary constraints, and provide practical advice and industry insights. It is also a diverse team comprising of associates and partners from very diverse backgrounds.


Labour and Employment:


CNPLaw LLP has a rounded practice focusing on non-contentious and contentious employment issues and immigration matters. It advises a large number of Singapore and Southeast Asia-based businesses. Pradeep Kumar Singh and Bill Jamieson are versatile practitioners, largely focused in transactional and advisory matters, with a history of employment engagements. The team has continued to work on a range of key matters, such as share option schemes, employee transfer issues, employee dismissals, and retrenchment exercises. Wong Pei-Ling is another notable partner.


Start-up and Venture Capital:

CNPLaw LLP has been mentioned as a firm to watch for Start-up and Venture Capital.

With Lisa Theng spearheading the offering, CNPLaw LLP is well-versed at advising a broad range of clients on issues related to share option schemes, buyouts, M&A and venture capital and private equity transactions.


The lawyers recommended by the publication:


About the Legal 500 Asia Pacific

The Legal 500 ranks law firms based on client feedback, submissions from law firms and interviews with leading private practice lawyers. In doing so, the Legal 500 provides a guide to the world’s leading law firms and lawyers.


Lisa Theng-Oct2017
Managing Partner, Management Committee

    As the Managing Partner, Lisa sees a need to ensure that our clients see us as their business partner and not as just a legal service provider. Our aim is to provide innovative legal solutions for our clients across Asia with a high level of service and support that will help our clients better manage and succeed in their own businesses. She has been involved with healthcare, oil and gas, manufacturing, engineering, distribution, trading, exhibition, publishing, food and beverage and leisure and entertainment companies on a range of issues. She also regularly works with private equity and venture capital companies and funds.

    Pradeep Kumar Singh Admin Partner at CNPLaw
    Partner, Management Committee

      Pradeep acts for corporations, whether they are private or listed companies, on all aspects of their business including advice and drafting of documentation on investments, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and restructurings. Pradeep is “Recommended” by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 and is rated as a “Highly Regarded” lawyer by IFLR1000 Thirtieth Edition.

      Tan Min Li legal Partner at CNPLaw LLP image

        Min-Li’s principal areas of expertise are in corporate and financial services. For 2018 and 2019, she was recognised as Singapore’s Top 100 private practice lawyers by Asia Business Law Journal. For 2021, She is rated as “Highly Regarded”, ranked as a “Distinguished Practitioner” and “Recommended” for Capital Markets by IFLR1000, Asialaw Leading Lawyers and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific respectively.

        Quek Li Fei Legal Partner at CNPLaw LLP image

          In addition to Li Fei’s experience in acting for banks on varied transactions and in general corporate law, he also helps individuals in estate planning, including the legal aspects of wealth management, advising on and setting up trusts and off-shore structures to secure their future and the future of their families. Li Fei is also recognised as a Recommended Lawyer for Banking and Finance and Financial Services Regulatory by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021.

          Bill Jamieson is a Partner at CNPLaw LLP. Bill is an English lawyer who is also registered to practise Singapore law in the areas of corporate law, banking and finance and securities laws. He enjoys working in the diverse and dynamic Asian market and helping his clients to achieve their goals.

            Bill’s practice focuses on corporate financing transactions, investment funds, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and employment law matters. His experience includes 10 years in the City of London and over 20 years in Asia. Before joining CNP, Bill was a partner in a well-known international law firm. He is recommended lawyer for Corporate and M&A, Banking and Finance, Investment Funds and Labour and Employment in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021. Bill is one of the firm’s contacts for Interlaw, a network of independent full-service corporate law firms ranked by Chambers and Partners in its highest category, “Elite”, amongst all global law firm networks.

            See Tow Soo Ling - Oct2017

              Soo Ling’s main areas of practice are intellectual property and dispute resolution. She has experience in a diverse range of matters such as building construction, company law, commercial law, disciplinary proceedings, employment law, family law, intellectual property, property law, probate & administration and shareholder disputes. Soo Ling is recognised as a Recommended Lawyer by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 for the Dispute Resolution practice, and is featured as a leading individual in the 2021 Edition of the World Trademark Review 1000, under the Prosecution and Strategy category.

              Subramanian Pillai Partner at CNPLaw

                Subramanian’s practice has been primarily in the field of commercial litigation and arbitration. He heads the firm’s International Arbitration and Construction, Engineering and Infrastructure teams. Subramanian is “Recommended” by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 for the Dispute Resolution practice.

                Ken Chia Legal Partner at CNPLaw LLP image

                  Ken heads the Corporate advisory team in the firm and has an international focus in his corporate and M&A work and worked in business development positions with various subsidiaries of the Hang Lung Group in Shanghai and with Informa plc in Singapore. Ken is “Recommended” by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 for the Corporate and M&A practice and is rated as a “Notable Practitioner” in the IFLR1000 Thirtieth Edition.

                  Wong Pei Ling Senior Legal Associate at CNPLaw LLP image

                    Pei-Ling has over 23 years of legal experience and has advised clients with Malaysian and Singaporean interests on their cross-border transactions, joint ventures, investments, commercial and technology agreements. Pei-Ling is recognised as a recommended lawyer for Banking and Finance by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific for 2021.


                      Venetia is a disputes lawyer with experience handling international arbitration, litigation and advisory work on international and local commercial disputes, in particular, disputes relating to foreign investments and joint ventures, financing, distributorships, and jurisdictional challenges. Venetia was listed as Singapore’s 20 most influential lawyers aged 40 and under in 2018 by the Singapore Business Review, and is also recognised as one of Asia’s Super 50 Dispute Lawyers by the Asian Legal Business in 2021.


                        Xiaomeng’s practice is focused on corporate finance, M&A and general corporate advisory. Before joining CNP, she started practice in a leading corporate law firm in Singapore. She is fluent in the Chinese language and has been involved in cross-border transactions in the PRC (including Hong Kong), Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan and Australia.

                        The lawyers from the Banking & Finance Practice Group (BFPG) have always taken pride in providing a comprehensive range of banking and finance services to our clients, including domestic and foreign international banks, other financial institutions as well as non-bank lenders and borrowers, and foreign legal firms acting for parties outside Singapore.

                        Our banking & finance practice covers the whole spectrum of domestic and international banking & financing work, including restructurings, financings and financial institutions advisory work. We can draw upon a broad base of partners, senior, mid-level and junior associates, all with strong and varied banking & finance product line and country experience.

                        Our reach is further widened and enhanced by our ability to draw upon the resources of our network of correspondent firms in the region and globally.

                        We have a particular passion and interest in blockchain technology applications, cryptocurrencies and ICOs. We currently advise issuers of tokens, ICO advisors, venture capital firms and entrepreneurs involved in this space on Singapore legal issues and regulatory compliance for a range of planned business activities, ranging from utilization of blockchain to enable business applications in diverse fields (including money remittance, solar energy, consumer rewards, structured social interaction; music and entertainment industry; holiday & leisure industry; employment marketplace, consumer rewards, crypto asset security applications); to setting up cryptocurrency exchanges and issue of tokens on proprietary platforms.

                        Being a corporate lawyer is more than just translating legalese and churning out documents based on clients’ instructions. Our corporate lawyers understand that their role extends far beyond what is commonly expected. We seek to explore the spectrum of options with our clients and tailor an approach to suit each client’s personality and commercial needs. This is why our corporate lawyers are always keen to learn more than just a client’s business and industry; we want to understand the character of the business through its story and the parties involved in building it.

                        At CNPLaw, we aim to forge relationships beyond one-time transactions. We are committed to helping our clients grow their businesses, and play a part in its success.

                        Having handled transactions for numerous local and foreign companies across Asia, extending across a wide range of businesses and industries, we have accumulated significant experience advising on an extensive range of corporate finance transactions.

                        This includes Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), Right issues, Private placements, Convertible bonds issues, Warrants issues, Capitalisation issues, Privatisations, Takeovers and reverse takeovers, Share buybacks, Interested person transactions, Employee share option schemes and performance share schemes, Compliance with the requirements of the Singapore Exchange.

                        With globalisation providing not only a myriad of opportunities but also increased challenges in dealing with the various stakeholders, disputes are bound to arise in the normal course of businesses and transactions.

                        At CNPLaw, our dispute resolution lawyers seek to provide support to our clients through the lifecycle of transactions. At the very beginning, we seek to mitigate risk and avoid disputes. However, should it transpire to the latter, our lawyers work closely with our clients to either resolve the matter through alternative dispute resolution matters like arbitration and mediation, or through litigating the matter, either in the civil or criminal courts. We have extensive legal experience at every level of the Singapore courts of justice, and our lawyers have appeared in a number of cases reported in the Singapore Law Reports.

                        Employment issues are of fundamental concern to both individuals and corporations alike. This is especially so given the growing emphasis on human capital development across the world. Such issues involve an intricate interplay between commercial objectives and normative considerations. Here at CNPLaw, our lawyers strive to help our clients find the balance required to nurture a positive working environment. We advise both employers and employees (whether local or foreign) on the areas below.

                        We provide legal advisory services to fund managers, investors and investee companies in relation to both open-end funds and closed-end funds that deal with a variety of asset classes and employ different investment strategies including hedge funds, private equity funds, venture capital funds, mutual funds, commodity funds and exchange traded funds.

                        Each M&A deal entails the confluence of multiple legal disciplines. That is why we take great care when assembling a team for each deal, ensuring that there is an optimal mix of specialisation in the clients’ identified areas of concern, such as tax, employment and intellectual property, and necessary industry-specific experience.

                        We provide support to our clients at every stage of the deal. We will be there at the beginning of the process, helping to facilitate the negotiations between the parties and advising on the structure of the transaction. Once the parties have reached a consensus, we meticulously prepare the necessary documentation. Recognising that M&A deals are often the first page of a new chapter for the parties involved, we also provide post-transaction support to ensure a smooth transition such as the preparation of shareholder agreements, employment agreements, and other relevant commercial documentation.