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.
Christopher 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.
Christopher 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.
He 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 Christopher 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, his 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'.
Christopher 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).
He 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.