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Christopher Tan

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Christopher Tan is a partner in Singapore with nearly two decades of practice experience. His areas of practice include corporate and commercial (with a focus on cross border mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructurings), banking and finance (including structured and syndicated loans and debt capital markets) as well as employment law, frequently and wherever necessary instructing and collaborating with locally admitted counsel across different jurisdictions (with a particular focus on South East Asia) for these purposes.

Mr. Tan has represented private equity firms, multinational corporations and private companies on outbound and inbound investments in the region using both equity as well as hybrid structures, and has handled transactions covering Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, China as well as Mongolia.

Mr. Tan has also acted for both lenders and borrowers on onshore as well as offshore financing transactions, involving vanilla bilateral, structured, mezzanine as well as syndicated loans.

Mr. Tan also leads the employment practice in Singapore, and has most recently been ranked (in Band 2) for Employment (International) by Chambers and Partners (2020 Edition) as well as listed as a recommended lawyer for Labour & Employment in every edition of Legal 500 Asia Pacific since 2017.

The 2019 Edition of Chambers and Partners commented that 'Clients praise Christopher Tan as "very responsive" and a "pleasure to work with". He provides clients with employment advice related to restructurings and M&A transactions. He is also well versed in employment contracts and terminations'.

Legal 500 Asia Pacific lauded Mr. Tan over the years as being 'particularly good and quite unique in his qualities' and 'has extensive and invaluable experience practising both international and Singapore employment law in a global firm context, and he also has a strong disputes and transactional background which is invariably useful'.

In addition, Mr. Tan’s team has also been recognized, with Chambers commenting that 'Interviewees value the team's business acumen and the quality of its client service, with one saying: "They provided outstanding customer service and demonstrated good commercial awareness by proposing practical solutions while protecting our business interests." "They have fast turnaround time and are commercial," as further sources added'.

Chambers also noted that the team 'combines local employment knowledge with notable cross-border capabilities, stemming from the firm's regional network of offices', and are 'particularly adept at assisting clients in the TMT sector'.

Professional Background

Mr. Tan started out at one of the largest top-tier local law firms in Singapore and prior to joining K&L Gates, was working in the Singapore office of a top-tier international firm (which was operating in a joint law venture with a local firm).

Mr. Tan has given presentations on various topics, including on directors’ duties and liabilities to the Board of Directors of an international bank. He has also been featured in publications like the Oil Council’s publication “Drillers and Dealers”, as well as in “Australia’s Paydirt” magazine:

  • Are Asia’s capital markets a good place for international oil and gas companies to seek future funding at present, Drillers and Dealers, April 2013 Edition
  • Myanmar on the Move, Australia’s Paydirt, September 2013 Edition


  • Ranked in Band 2 for Labour & Employment (International) in the 2019 and 2020 editions of Chambers and Partners.
  • Listed as a recommended lawyer for Employment in every edition of Legal 500 Asia Pacific since 2017.
  • Recognised by Marine Money Offshore for counsel role in its 2014 Leasing Deal of the Year.
Corporate and Commercial
  • Acted for a large PE fund in relation to a potential bid for the commercial distribution finance business in Asia of a Fortune 50 company
  • Acted for an international consultancy company in relation to the US$40,000,000 share acquisition of an IT solutions and services company.
  • Acted for a Japanese MNC in relation to the US$100,000,000 acquisition of a Chinese grid energy storage and commercial systems company and subsequent entry into a joint venture with the vendor company.
  • Acted for a vendor company in relation to the US$50,000,000 upstream sale of a majority interest in a BVI holding company with shares in a Mongolian company with a coal exploration licence.
  • Acted for an IDX-listed Oil & Gas contractor in relation to the restructuring of the holding structure of one of its oil rigs.
  • Acted for a large manufacturer of commercial building products in relation to its distributorship arrangements in Asia.
  • Acted for a large French pharmaceutical company on the acquisition of a Vietnamese pharmaceutical company.
  • Acted for a large fund on the acquisition of various wholly foreign-owned enterprises in the PRC, through acquisition of offshore holding companies.
  • Advised a major casino operator on its purchases of aircrafts from Bombardier Inc. and assignment of one of its aircrafts to a subsequent purchaser.
  • Advised a major casino operator on the setting up of an aircraft management company in Singapore.
  • Acted for an ASX-listed travel agency in relation to a capital injection exercise through its group structure
  • Acted for a Thai budget carrier in relation to a variation of its aircraft and engine maintenance arrangements with a German contractor
Banking and Finance
  • Acted for an IDX-listed Oil & Gas contractor in relation to a US$445 million secured syndicated term and bank guarantee facility agreement (with a US$10 million accordion feature).
  • Acted for an IDX-listed Oil & Gas contractor in relation to a US$175 million sale and leaseback financing arrangement with a Chinese financier.
  • Acted for an IDX-listed Oil & Gas contractor in relation to a US$40 million mezzanine loan from a PE fund.
  • Advised a large investment fund as subscriber of a S$120 million share-backed private financing via an offshore bond issue with equity options.
  • Acted for a large local bank in connection with the assignment of distressed debt to a large German bank using LMA Distressed Debt documentation
  • Acted for a US bank in connection with the online implementation of its liquidity solutions product (for its treasury services clients) in various jurisdictions
  • Advised a Japanese bank operating in the People’s Republic of China regarding their multi-currency loan facilities, including drafting their pro forma loan facility documents.
  • Advised a large Australian bank regarding their structured products documentation, including their dual currency investment products.
Employment Law
  • Acted for an Australian bank in relation to a project to convert their existing employee records across a range of categories into central, digitalised employee files.  The transaction involved coordinating advice on a myriad of legal issues including personal data protection and privacy issues, data retention requirements and outsourcing restrictions, across multiple jurisdictions including Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan, India, UK, Germany, Malta, South Africa and the United States.
  • Acted for a large US microscope manufacturer in relation to the integration process post acquisition of another multinational company.  This included advising the client on a host of employment-related matters in numerous jurisdictions, including Singapore and Malaysia.
  • Acted for an AIM-listed client on the removal of its CEO and director, as well as its CFO, which also required drafting of complex settlement agreements.  As the client was listed on an exchange in the UK, the requirements to remove its CEO and CFO were not straightforward, cutting across a range of legal issues under contract, statute and listing rules and regulations. 
  • Acted for a large international media company based in the US on the restructure of their HR department, including assisting with certain redundancies which were required to be made.
  • Acted for a large Australian retail and corporate interior design company in relation to their template employment agreements.