Colin Ng founded Colin Ng and Partners LLP (“CNP”) in 1988 and is now the Chairman of CNP.
He enjoys continuing to work with many of our longstanding clients and is now focused on helping them to find practical solutions leveraging on his over 30 years of experience in the legal industry.
Mr Ng serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director in various publicly listed companies in Singapore. He is also an appointed member of the SGX Disciplinary Committee (and Listings Disciplinary Committee).
There are many day-to-day legal issues that will have to be considered in the running of a business, and almost all business transactions involve some contractual arrangements between the parties. It is therefore important that clients can fully understand the legal risks involved in a business transaction prior to sealing the deal, and ensuring that the commercial terms are properly documented.
We work with businesses of all sizes, and help clients successfully navigate the labyrinth of legal issues in their business transactions. Our clients range from start-ups who may be entering into commercial contracts for the first time, to established businesses who require day-to-day legal advice to enhance their stakeholder value. We regularly draft and/or review a myriad of contracts – from supply and distribution agreements, to outsourcing and profit sharing agreements,
By drawing on the multi-jurisdictional, multi-lingual and varied industry experience of our commercial team, we offer practical legal solutions and market insights into helping our clients achieve their commercial objectives, and minimise risks.
We advise both private and public (whether listed or non-listed) companies on corporate governance and compliance issues to help them acclimatise and thrive in a regulatory landscape that is becoming increasingly complex.
Besides providing general advice on director duties and corporate secretarial matters, we help our clients better appreciate the licensing and compliance regimes applicable to the industries that they operate in and review our clients’ administrative and operational procedures for consistency with industry standards.
There are numerous commercial drivers behind the rising popularity of joint ventures as a business/investment structure, including obtaining access to new markets within and across jurisdictions and harnessing the synergies of complementary skill sets.
By advising on how the joint venture should be structured along with related issues, such as the sharing of intellectual property and tax considerations, and documenting the terms of the parties collaboration, our corporate lawyers help drive your joint venture ideas forward.
We continue to provide support to the joint venture throughout the course of its lifespan by preparing service agreements and other commercial agreements relevant to its operations.
In addition to offering legal insights, our lawyers are experienced at advancing our clients’ interests while being attuned to the ongoing and developing relationship between the respective parties. This contributes towards fostering a spirit of trust which is the cornerstone of any successful joint venture.
Private equity can be a viable source of financing for companies that do not wish to increase their leverage. While the introduction of private equity can help take a company to the next level of its development, the competing interests involved can derail the very growth that such transactions are intended to accelerate if they are not properly managed.
With years of experience overseeing private equity transactions (acting for both private equity investors and companies seeking to raise funds), our lawyers have an acute sense of the interests of both sides and are adept at managing investor relations. This ability to put themselves in the shoes of each party enables our lawyers to identify overlapping interests and pre-empt potential areas of conflict on issues such as the management of the company and the degree of investor protection.
Employment disputes are usually sensitive in nature, emotionally charged and can affect the reputation of the parties involved.
While knowledge of the applicable employment laws and regulations is important, we recognise that empathy is key to being effective in this area of practice and we have considerable experience advising a range of clients, including listed and private companies and directors, on a spectrum of employment disputes, such as breaches of contract, wrongful dismissals, breach of fiduciary duties, and the enforcement of non-compete covenants.
We advise on the whole spectrum of domestic and international banking, and financing work, including:-
With strong cross-border capabilities, our clients include banks, financial institutions, corporate and individual lenders and borrowers from around the world.
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.
Having a will enables one to go further than just providing for one’s family at present. It ensures that upon one’s demise, the selected people will get the amount dictated, and the appointed person will be put in charge of the assets to distribute them according to one’s wishes.
Making a will need not be difficult nor time consuming. Our fast track wills system eases the will-making process, making it focused on addressing the requirements of our clients in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Nonetheless, we are mindful that each will is unique and has to be tailored to the specific needs of the client. Clients are therefore invited to discuss their plans with us so that we can ensure their will covers the different classes of assets and beneficiaries in accordance with their wishes.
We also regularly advise and assist clients with the setting up of trusts for various purposes, ranging from protection of assets from creditors to ring-fencing the assets from probate proceedings.
Franchises may be built on a number of different business models. Companies with solid business models, or established services or products may wish to set up a franchise, as part of their business expansion. Similarly, small business owners may choose to purchase a franchise from an established business operator instead of starting a new business, given that an established business would have had the opportunity to build sufficient brand presence and customer base.
At CNP, we work very closely with our associate firms and network of partners from around the region when advising our clients on the terms of their franchise agreements, including advising on the regulations governing franchises in some foreign jurisdictions.
We have recently advised a franchisor on the terms for the development and operation of a data centre franchise, in collaboration with a firm of franchise consultants engaged by the client.
Trade Marks, Designs, Copyrights and Patents
Global trade continually exposes the local market to new products and services whilst providing local businesses the opportunity to venture out to international markets.
In coping with international and local competition, we can help our clients establish a strong brand image which provides their business with a powerful means of promoting and marketing their products and services. We can also help our clients safeguard their new inventions, which are inevitably vulnerable to exploitation by others when utilized or marketed.
Our services include processing applications to register trademarks, designs and patents in Singapore as well as worldwide, through our extensive network of foreign associate firms.
At CNP, we offer integrated IP services to domestic and foreign clients from a variety of business sectors. Additionally, CNP handles litigation of complex IP matters and, in our unwavering commitment to ensure enforcement of our clients’ rights, our team advises on the following areas:
• IP portfolio management
• Anti-piracy campaigns
• IP audits
• Enforcement of IP rights
• Copyright matters
• Trademarks matters
• Patents matters
• Designs matters
• Infringement matters
• Piracy matters
We have also assisted many clients from our corporate practice groups in applying for the registration of their company mark upon listing, and by rendering advice on issues pertaining to IP faced by newly incorporated companies, such as trade mark infringement arising from commercial use of their company marks, amongst others.
As IP are invaluable assets, we can advise you on how to commercially exploit your IP, for example through IP licensing, franchising, merchandising and sponsorship and brand management strategies.
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.