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Choo Lye Tan

Partner
+852.2230.3528
Fax +852.2511.9515

Ms. Tan is a partner in the firm’s Hong Kong office. She practices in the areas of securities, corporate finance, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, funds and public and private equity issues. Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Tan practiced in international law firms based in Malaysia and Hong Kong, advising her clients on general corporate issues in relation to the laws of Malaysia, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Hong Kong. As a result of her background in offshore and Asian laws, she frequently advises on cross-border transactions, including the strategic structuring and reorganisation of groups of companies to best benefit from local corporate legislation, particularly in the areas of asset protection, fund-raising, securities offerings, employment, prospectus registration and tax.

She has a particular interest in utilising corporate procedures such as takeover offers, capital reorganisations, anonymous associations, trusts and schemes of arrangements to achieve clients’ aims, and has been involved in the structuring and establishment of funds using such procedures to invest in Japanese and Chinese assets. As a result of the strong investor base in Asia, she has also advised extensively on offers of securities in Asian jurisdictions on both a public and private basis and licensing and registration of securities, investment and financial entities. Her mandates have involved investments in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Guyana, Australia, Philippines, Mongolia, the United States, England, Italy, and New Zealand in such diverse businesses as timber, investment advisory and management, venture capital, microcredit, real estate, resort and property development, logistics, telecommunications, banking, finance and securities, oil palm, mining, hydropower and water and wastewater treatment, retail and manufacturing.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Barrister-at-law, Lincoln's Inn
  • The Law Society of Hong Kong

Additional Information

Choo Lye is the author of numerous articles and delivers papers on a variety of legal and commercial issues, most notably on corporate restructurings and schemes of arrangement, funds, securities laws and licensing, offshore jurisdictions and corporate governance on a regular basis.
  • Acting for Aqua Resources Fund Limited (listed on the London Stock Exchange) in its 2009 US$20 million subscription for Series C preferred shares in China Hydroelectric Corporation.
  • Acting as general legal counsel and providing corporate secretarial and administrative services to Aqua Resources Fund Limited and its investment manager, FourWinds Capital Management, in Hong Kong, including, among other things, general legal, corporate and securities compliance with the rules and regulations of the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong, the Companies Ordinance and the Rules Governing the Listing of Securities on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.   
  • Acting as general legal counsel and providing corporate secretarial and administrative services to Samling Global Limited (listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited) in Hong Kong including, among other things, general legal, corporate and securities compliance with the rules and regulations of the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong, the Companies Ordinance and the Rules Governing the Listing of Securities on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited. 
  • Acting for Samling Global Limited in its 2008 US$50 million investment in the Elegant Living group of companies in China.
  • Acting for Samling Global limited in its 2007 public takeover of Brewster Limited in Australia.
  • Acting for several private equity funds in their establishment and reorganization for purposes of investments in Japanese real property, including their anonymous associations with a Japanese company to benefit from the Japanese Yugen Kaisha Tokumei Kumiai tax structure and the establishment of a Cayman STAR trust for tax benefits.
  • Advising several private equity fund managers in the establishment, management and ongoing legal compliance of their private equity fund vehicles, both on- and off-shore.
  • Acting for a private equity fund in its US$50 million note subscription in Green Dragon Gas Holdings Limited.
  • Acting for a private equity fund in its US$50 million acquisition of a PRC fashion business, including the establishment of an SPV, restructuring of the group and transferring of intra- assets for tax and administrative efficiency. 
  • Acting for high net-worth families in the planning, reorganisation and holding of their personal assets. 
  • Acting for several U.S.-based multinationals in compliance reviews of their operations in China and South East Asia, particularly in the area of FCPA compliance.
  • Acting for the third largest banking and securities conglomerate in Malaysia, the Rashid Hussain group of companies, in their consolidation, reorganisation and eventual acquisition by the Utama Bank group of companies. 
  • Acting for several banking and securities companies in their mergers and consolidation into single entities with other securities companies in accordance with the 1997 consolidation directive by the Malaysian government, including Hwang-DBS Securities, Sarawak Securities, Mayban Securities, RHB Bank and Utama Bank.
  • Acting for numerous companies in the establishment and administration of creditors' schemes of arrangement and group reorganisations, including the establishment of new companies, the de-listing of the shares of the previous listed company and the listing of the shares of the new company on a stock exchange under the laws of Hong Kong, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and Malaysia.
  • Acting for several companies listed on Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange and The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited in court-sanctioned capital reductions and schemes of arrangement, including Henderson Cyber Limited and the Akai and Hang Ten group of companies, involving companies incorporated in Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and Malaysia.
  • Advising the then Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange in the drafting of new rules upon the introduction of the then new disclosure based regime in 1997/8.
  • Acting for a co-operative society in its corporatisation exercise, involving its conversion into a corporate entity, KUB Malaysia Berhad, and the listing of its shares on the then Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange.