Corporate Restructuring

Companies periodically assess and deliberate ways to improve their financial results, and one way of achieving this may be through a successful corporate restructuring exercise, undertaken pursuant to the applicable laws.

A corporate restructuring exercise may involve the acquisition, disposal, consolidation or amalgamation of assets or shares. Other reasons that may compel a company to restructure may be to prepare the company for a sale, merger or management buyout. In almost all cases, legal and financial reasons will dictate the approach and outcome.

By leveraging on our corporate and insolvency law practices within the firm, we aim to help clients achieve their restructuring objectives by offering strategic advance planning, assessing the possible business outcomes and legal restrictions, and managing the interests of the stakeholders involved, namely the shareholders, creditors, customers, and employees.


Our work includes:

  • Restructuring and hiving-off of businesses for strategic reasons
  • Advising clients on employment-related issue
  • Redomiciliation of overseas companies to Singapore
  • Restructuring companies ahead of IPO
  • Use of schemes of arrangement and other court processes
  • Debt restructurings
  • Capital reductions to allow return of value to shareholders or to create distributable reserves
  • Acting for companies in financial difficulties and advising their directors
  • Privatisations of listed companies

The team works closely with other advisers (and, where relevant, our colleagues who handle court processes) to develop innovative ideas and practical solutions for our clients.

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    Rankings Received From Professional and Commercial Publications

    • The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2021 : Recommended for Corporate and M&A

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    • Asialaw Profiles, 2021 : Notable for Corporate and M&A

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    • IFLR1000 Thirtieth Edition : Restructuring and Insolvency Practice Ranked

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    • Best Lawyers Thirteenth Edition : Two Partners are ranked for Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and one Partner is ranked for Corporate Law

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    Practice Highlights

    Client Testimonials

    • A client's feedback about Bill Jamieson, provided by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021 

      "He is thorough, dedicated, inventive and responsive. We feel that he cares for client relationships, and goes out of his way to find solutions."

    • A client's feedback about Hazel Ho

      “Hazel was very knowledgeable and made the handling of our legal matters seamless. She addressed all of our needs and responded to all our questions in a timely fashion. The service provided couldn’t have been more professional and I would highly recommend her.”

    • A client's feedback about Hazel Ho

      “Hazel is one of the most client centric lawyers that I have worked with, whom is able to understand and empathize with clients.”

    • A client's feedback about Amit Dhume, provided by Asialaw Profiles 2021 

      “Amit comes across not just as a typical lawyer trying to complete a legal assignment for a billing. He is a counsellor and works to win the customers complete trust and confidence. He hand holds through tough discussions on the most possible outcomes and takes ownership of the same.”

    • A client's feedback about Ken Chia, provided by Asialaw Profiles 2021 

      “Professionalism, integrity, perseverance.”

    • A client's feedback about Subramanian Pillai

      “We have had the pleasure of working with Mr Subramanian Pillai for more than 10 years on various matters involving construction defects, breaches of by-laws, recovery of debts and employment related matters. Mr Pillai has always been extremely thorough in his communications and his advice and recommendations are on the mark. Most of all, he is one who does not mince his words with respect to his advice. We are grateful for his years of service and would also like to express our thanks to members of his team.”

    • A client's feedback about Subramanian Pillai

      “Through the many years of our working with Mr Subramanian Pillai and his team from CNPLaw LLP, I am highly impressed by the high service rendered by CNPLaw LLP and the professional and efficient manner in achieving our company’s objectives. I have no hesitation in referring CNPLaw LLP’s services to our business associates.”

    • A client's feedback about Subramanian Pillai

      “I have found Mr. Pillai to be knowledgeable, devoted and has a deep care for his clients.”

    • SUTL Group of Companies's feedback about Kenn Lim

      “I have worked with Kenn on several projects. He is professional and thorough in his work and delivers a high level of service. He is prompt in response, able to grasp our issues and requirements quickly and reliable in executing the engagements comprehensively in a timely manner. It is a pleasure working with him.”

    • CEO of Edmund Tie & Company, Ong Choon Fah's feedback about Kenn Lim

      “We have had the pleasure of working with Kenn, Partner at CNPLaw, for many years. Kenn has a deep understanding of the law and the situation at hand. Mindful of the business implications, he offers sound and practical advice, to ensure that our interests are always protected. With CNPLaw’s diverse practice, Kenn and his colleagues are in the position to advise us on a broad spectrum of issues. We are grateful to have had Kenn with us at every step of the journey, and are confident that even as Edmund Tie & Company expands, we are in good hands.”

    • Corporate Counsel of Givex Corporation, Esther Barrow's feedback about Kenn Lim

      “Our company was looking to open a subsidiary in Singapore and we were therefore in need of a local lawyer with a range of expertise in Singapore law. We found that in Kenn, who expertly guided us through the intricacies of setting up our business, handled the submission of the regulatory filings, and even advised us on employment-related matters as we set-up a team in Singapore. We were impressed by Kenn’s quick responsiveness to our inquiries, the high quality of his legal services, and the range of his knowledge. He was also able to recommend banking and accounting contacts to us as we round out the administrative aspects of establishing our company. We highly recommend Kenn’s services to any foreign or local entrepreneur or company looking to establish a business in Singapore.”

    • Senior Director of International Sales & Operation at Echologics, Mark Nicol's feedback about Kenn Lim

      “Kenn has always been very adept at resolving any legal issues faced by my company in the most practical and efficient manner. His tremendous work ethnic and keen eye for detail make him a great pleasure to work with.”

    • A client's feedback about Ken Chia provided by IFLR1000, 2018 

      “Overall pleasant experience working with Ken who understood my needs and ensured that I was adequately protected legally.”

    • A client's feedback provided by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2021 

      “Attention to detail and coverage of all eventualities.”

    • A review provided by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2021 

      “CNPLaw LLP has further evolved its practice to include a greater share of cross-border and ASEAN deals, including Indonesia, Myanmar, and Laos. It continues to expand its portfolio of Chinese clients and is building its name in the start-up and venture capital segment. Ken Chia leads the department, which includes experienced and versatile practitioners Bill Jamieson and Amit Dhume.”

    • A review about Lisa Theng, provided by Who's Who Legal 2021

      “Lisa Theng excels across a wide array of corporate matters, from advising board to corporate restructuring.”

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    Work Highlights


    CNPupdates – publications written by our Corporate Restructuring Lawyers

    Video and Presentation Resources

    The Corporate Restructuring Team

    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.


        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.


          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.


            Ravindran Ramasamy Legal Partner at CNPLaw LLP image

              Ravi has 32 years of legal experience. He specialises in corporate advisory and provides legal advice to directors and CEOs on laws and rules relating to directors’ duties and corporate governance. He has a wealth of experience in advising local and regional companies on investment agreements, joint ventures, and corporate structures.


              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.


                Kenn Lim is a Partner at CNPLaw LLP. His practice covers a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, foreign investments and private equity transactions.

                  Kenn’s practice covers a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, foreign investments and private equity transactions. Kenn was listed as Singapore’s 20 most influential lawyers aged 40 and under in 2018 by the Singapore Business Review.


                  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.


                    Daphne Tan is an Associate at CNPLaw LLP. Her main area of focus is in contentious work, and her past experience in this area encompasses civil, corporate, and commercial disputes across the construction, investment, telecommunication, food and beverage, real estate, and entertainment sectors.

                      Senior Associate
                      Daphne is a Senior Associate in the firm’s Dispute Resolution team. Her main area of focus is in contentious work, and her past experience in this area encompasses civil, corporate, and commercial disputes across the construction, investment, telecommunication, food and beverage, real estate, and entertainment sectors.


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