Choo Lye 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 the firm, she 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 growing wealth and investor base in Asia, she has also advised extensively on offers of securities in Asian jurisdictions on both a public and private basis, licensing and registration of securities, investment, and financial entities and the establishment and structuring of family offices, succession-planning, and philanthropic endeavours. Her mandates have involved investments in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Guyana, Australia, the 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.
Barrister-at-law, Lincoln's Inn
The Law Society of Hong Kong
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.