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 Choo Hock Soon
Equity Partner

Practice Area:
Banking & Finance Practice
Project Finance Practice
 
 LLB (Hons), National University of Singapore
LLM, Yale
Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore

 

T (65) 62320656
E choo.hock.soon@rajahtann.com
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Soon brings with him over two decades' practice experience in banking, corporate and tax law, as well as some seven years of lecturing on revenue law to LLB and LLM students at the National University of Singapore.

Experience

He has handled a substantial number of deals involving loans and security documentation.  He has been involved in negotiating and drafting structured finance documentation, syndicated loan documentation, corporate documents, such as shareholders’ agreements, joint venture agreements and sale and purchase of shares agreements and restructuring transactions. He advises American, Japanese, European and Singapore banks and financial institutions on various aspects of banking and lending laws and compliance issues, including international loan documents and security documentation.  He also advises clients on general tax and tax planning.

Notable Cases & Transactions

Recent Deal List on Major and Recent Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Represented Singapore Technologies (“ST”) in the merger of trunk radio business of ST and SingTel.
  • Advice on joint venture and bid for fixed line licence.
  • Represented StarHub in its joint venture with UOB.
  • Advised on Bid for Pine Tree Club
  • Represented 3i in the purchase of shares in Broadway Industrial Group Ltd.
  • Represented CVC and JP Morgan in the acquisition of the business of SingTel Yellow Pages.
  • Represented DNATA in the purchase of the shares in CIAS.
  • Acted for Port of Singapore Authority in the divestment of sludge business.
  • Acted for Lion Consortium in the bid for and acquisition of Senoko Power Limited.
  • Acted for one of the bidders in the bid for Tuas Power Limited.
  • Acted for one of the bidders in the bid for PowerSeraya Limited.

Recent Deal List on Recent Financing Transactions

  • Represented a group of banks in the financing of the takeover of Jaya Holdings Ltd.
  • Represented a group of banks in the financing of the purchase of the Four Seasons hotel chain.
  • Represented a group of banks in the financing of the purchase of the Raffles Hotel group of companies
  • Represented a group of banks in the financing of the Keppel Merlimau power plant project.
  • Represented Habib Corporation Berhad in the financing of the purchase of Chuan Hup’s marine business.
  • Acting for lenders in the financing of construction of oil terminals on Jurong Island.
  • Various syndicated loan transactions.
  • Structured trade finance transactions.

Recent Deal List on Restructuring

  • Restructuring advice for a property group.
  • Restructuring of a listed technology group.

Memberships / Directorships

  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law

Publications

A. Books

  • Introductory Chapter in Singapore Master Tax Guide CCH Asia Limited

B. Articles

  • Reception Of English Commercial Law In Singapore-A Century Of Uncertainty-Book of Essays On-’The Common Law In Singapore And Malaysia’, Butterworths
  • Another Year Of Tax 'Hands-Outs' (1984), 26 Mal. L.R. 298
  • The Licence Coupled With Equity In Singapore And Malaysia (1981) 23 Mal. L.R. 123
  • Pollution Control In Singapore (1982) 24 Mal. L.R. 213
  • Civil Liability For Oil Pollution (1983) 24 Mal. L.R. 139
  • The Control of Rent (Exemption) Notification And Members Of The Family Of A Tenant (1983) 25 Mal. L.R. 154
  • Statutory Tenancy Under The Control Of Rent Act (1983), 25 Mal. L.R. 295
  • Statutes Of Limitations-Commencement Of Operation And Effect Of Repeal [1984], 2 M.L.J. cxviii
  • Admission To The Legal Profession Of Singapore-Opening ‘Pandora's Box’? [1985], 1 M.L.J. xxviii
  • Tax Jurisdiction Of Singapore (1985), 27 Mal. M.L.J. 29
  • Tax Procedure And Tax Appeals In Singapore (1985), 2 M.L.J. clvi
  • Taxation Of Trade And Business Income [1986], M.L.J. clix
  • Incurring An Expenditure Under The Income Tax Act [1987], M.L.J. cxxxix
  • Tax Treatment Of Trade And Business Losses [1987], 2 M.L.J. ccxxxv  




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