Corporate and Commercial

Aquinas Law Alliance offers a range of corporate advisory and transactional services in different specialty areas, such as equity capital markets, banking and finance, public mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and turnaround, and corporate advisory.

  • The corporate and commercial practice group at Aquinas Law Alliance offers a range of corporate advisory and transactional services in different specialty areas which can be referred to below.
  • Our team keeps up-to-date on critical developments and insights in our clients’ business areas in order to provide the best solutions that meet their needs. Aquinas Law Alliance is oftentimes involved in the whole process of transactions, starting from legal and tax planning, structurisation, negotiation, to the final stages of documentation and implementation of the transaction.

Our Main Services:

1. Equity Capital Markets

  • We have a dedicated and experienced team providing ongoing listing compliance support to SGX-listed companies (e.g. making announcements on SGX, drafting circulars, directors and shareholders’ resolutions, notice of Annual General Meeting, responding to queries by SGX, applying for a resumption of trade), as well as general corporate compliance and corporate secretarial services to both publicly listed companies in Singapore.
  • Our Equity Capital Markets practice comprises advising clients on capital markets listings (IPOs, RTOs, Transfer Listings), de-listings and privatisations, ongoing listing compliance, and secondary offerings and other corporate actions on the SGX. Our lawyers are experienced in being advisors as well as acting as company secretaries and directors to listed companies.
  • We also provide efficient and practical solutions to assist our clients with raising equity in the global markets, advising on renounceable rights issue, placements and preferential offerings.

Our Expertise:

  • Listing Compliance for SGX-listed Companies
  • General Corporate Compliance for Private and Publicly Listed Companies in Singapore
  • Corporate Secretarial Services for Private and Publicly Listed Companies in Singapore
  • Advising on and assisting with Renounceable Rights Issue, Placements and Preferential Offerings

2. Banking and Finance

Widely recognised among clients and highly recommended by the industry, our Banking and Finance team has a wealth of knowledge and experience in understanding regulatory frameworks, applying APLMA facility agreements for syndicated loan transactions and advising on all aspects of financial transactions. We also sit on the panel of various international banks in Singapore, advising them on a wide range of corporate banking matters, including bilateral and cross-border lending transactions, security arrangements and enforcement of loans in Singapore and overseas. We also assist clients in loan restructuring and securitisation transactions, addressing a wide range of issues including finance, tax, and disclosure and licensing requirements. Apart from corporate banking, we also advise our clients on a full range of debt raising exercises such as the issuing of bonds, notes and other debt instruments.

Our Expertise:

  • Regulatory Frameworks
  • Syndicated Loan Transactions
  • Financial Transactions Advisory
  • Corporate Banking Advice for Domestic & International Banks
  • Bilateral & Cross-border Lending Transactions
  • Security Arrangements
  • Loan Enforcement in Singapore & Overseas
  • Loan Restructuring
  • Securitisation Transactions
  • Finance, Tax, Disclosure and Licensing Requirement Issues
  • Debt Raising Exercises Advice (Issue of Bonds, Notes, etc.)

3. Public Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Our public Mergers & Acquisitions practice regularly advises financial institutions and publicly listed companies with respect to M&A transactions and is familiar with the regulatory and transactional issues involved. The M&A team is equipped to come up with practical financing and investment solutions for listed companies.
  • We also provide comprehensive support to our clients throughout the entire public M&A process. Starting from the initial stages, we assist in negotiating and structuring the deal. Once the parties have come to an agreement, we then meticulously prepare all the documentation matters that are necessary. We understand that M&A deals can represent a new beginning for the parties involved and due to that consideration, we also offer post-transaction support to ensure a smooth transition, such as preparing the amended and restated constitution, revised shareholder agreements, employment agreements, and other pertinent commercial documentation.

Our Expertise:

  • Public Takeover offers – Scheme of Arrangement, Voluntary General Offer (VGO), Mandatory General Offer (MGO), Amalgamation
  • Business and asset purchases
  • Competitive tenders
  • Earn-outs and management buy-outs
  • Placements and strategic minority acquisitions

4. Corporate Restructuring and Turnaround

  • Our lawyers have a diverse skill set and experience to meet the requirements of the fast-paced and varied scenarios that a distressed situation presents.
  • We have been involved in a wide-range of corporate restructuring and turnaround situations, advising on corporate finance, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, and contentious situations. We represent the complete gamut of stakeholders – from the financially stressed or distressed companies, the creditors, the shareholders, to the white knight investors.
  • Ranked as experts in our field, we are able to tap on our ASEAN and wider network when dealing with cross-border corporate restructuring and turnaround issues.

Our Expertise:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Cross-border Corporate Restructuring

5. Corporate Advisory (Issuer Regulations)

  • Corporate governance is fundamental to a company’s long term sustainable success and there are increasing pressure by regulators for directors and companies to act in a socially responsible and transparent manner. We regularly advise directors and companies on exchange rules, giving them practical ways to adhere to best corporate governance and sustainability practices.
  • We also provide constructive tools to companies and their boards, allowing them to differentiate themselves and better communicate their purposes, culture, values and strategy. This would mitigate potential compliance failures which would hurt their brand and reputation. Hence, our ability to anticipate trends in corporate governance and meet the rising expectations of shareholders provide us an edge over others.

Our Expertise:

  • Advising boards and companies, whether distressed or otherwise, on the requirement of timely disclosures and necessary internal processes to ensure compliance with the SGX Listing Rules, including Continuing Obligations, Changes in Capital, Interested Party Transactions, Circulars, Annual Reports, Trading Halt, Suspension and Delisting.
  • Corporate Governance
  • Directors’ Duties
  • Share incentives/schemes
  • Risk management and internal systems and controls
  • Shareholder and stakeholder engagement

Our Expertise

Key Contacts


Aloysius Wee

Joint Managing Partner


Lim Kok Meng

Joint Managing Partner

Head, Corporate Practice Group


Joshua Tan

Partner, Corporate Practice Group