Kennedy is named one of Singapore’s Most Influential Lawyers Aged 40 and Under by the Singapore Business Review, and has also been appointed by the Singapore Ministry of Law to the Panel of Assessors for COVID-19 Temporary Relief (PACT). He is recognised by the International Commercial Mediation Center for Belt and Road Initiative (established by the Beijing PRC Law Society and Beijing Civil Affairs Municipal Bureau) as the only Singapore representative on its mediator panel.
More than a decade of transactional and regulatory practice in the corporate and finance space, with emphasis on M&A (including distressed M&A and leveraged buyouts), venture capital and private equity, equity capital markets (including public listings and public exchange obligations), debt capital markets and work-outs, inbound/outbound joint ventures and foreign direct investments, insolvent/solvent corporate restructuring, post-merger integration and organisation, securities finance, regulatory compliance (and routine day-to-day compliance), commercial consultancy, business strategy and structuring, negotiation strategies, project and deal management, crisis management and prevention, and pre-litigation/contentious disputes management advice.
Language Capability - English, Mandarin (including spoken and written Business Mandarin). Min Chinese, Cantonese, Bahasa Indonesia, Thai (professionally conversant).
Overall Experience -Kennedy equates client success to personal success, and is an astute, reliable problem solver equipped to provide a complete spectrum of corporate and commercial options in addition to legal solutions across all industries. He routinely advises both local and international stakeholders fromthe PRC and Greater China, Japan, Myanmar, Indonesia, Vietnam, Brunei, the US, the UK, Europe, the Middle East, and other Southeast Asia, Asia-Pacific and international jurisdictions keen to benefit from a myriad of business, investment and commercial relations (including business/joint venture establishment and shareholder relations, venture capital and private equity, public listings and beyond, and distressed restructuring), and facilitate relevant regulatory compliance where required. He is adept at managing cross-border and transnational projects, with the effective ability to collaborate alongside contemporaries and professionals from any jurisdiction, taking matters from pre-transaction stages to closing, completion and sometimes, post-merger integration and organisation. This ability in part is due to his good fortune as a young lawyer where he had participated in various deals requiring managing extensive international relationships. Where requested, Kennedy has, above and beyond functioning as mere legal advisor, concurrently assembled and managed professionals comprising financial, tax, IT and other advisors to bring to fruition transactions as one team.
Armed with requisite social and cultural empathy and awareness, solid knowledge, a keen, technical eye for detail and an open mind, Kennedy has a natural resourcefulness and unwavering determination to add value, regardless of business industry, jurisdiction, or geographical forum. Stakeholders entrust him to work with them on deal negotiations and commercial strategy, and overall project management in addition to legal documentation. This trust stems from his overall legal practice, his experience as an academic with the Singapore Bar Examinations and Singapore Institute of Legal Education guiding law graduates towards becoming professional lawyers, and from his training as an accredited mediator.
Kennedy understands, and constantly seeks to understand business. He continually acts for and negotiates on behalf of and provides strategic direction and advice to notable clients, including Singapore and international government/regulatory bodies, corporates listed in Singapore, Hong Kong, NASDAQ and the PRC (including PRC state-owned enterprises), , and high-value multi-national privately-owned companies. This spans sectors traditional and new, more recently pharmaceuticals and healthcare (including medical aesthetics), tech (including e-sports, gaming, app development, media and entertainment), and renewable energy.
From a humble family background, Kennedy graduated from the National University of Singapore with honours, then trained in and practised at a “big-four” Singapore law firm and thereafter at a large leading US firm. He’s had the privilege of being seconded to Hong Kong SAR, Myanmar, Indonesia and the PRC. Drawing from collective past, present and ongoing cumulative experience and exposure, coupled with useful conventional and unconventional wisdom, Kennedy is a complete professional who consistently brings to the table practical, client-centric solutions that adequately and fruitfully address legal and commercial realities, generating strategies that go beyond mere legal aspects and that which accurately anticipate commercial implications. He is a provider of solutions, an all-round problem solver who takes ownership and personal responsibility in recognising and anticipating clients’ needs, an asset, and the go-to before concretizing any endeavour, whether commercial or otherwise.