Joshua Tan

Partner, Corporate Practice Group

About Joshua Tan

Advocate & Solicitor (Singapore)

Joshua is a corporate and commercial specialist, with a key focus on advising start-ups and accelerators, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs) such as fund managers, private business lenders, crowdfunding platforms and payment services and digital payment token platform service providers.

He regularly advises on corporate matters and has extensive experience in investments and fundraising, private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate finance, and capital structuring.

Working closely with a wide range of start-ups, investors and accelerators, Joshua advises on the full range of matters concerning early-stage and growth-stage companies, from fundraising to governance and operational matters. He very regularly assists clients with commercial negotiations and works with all sides to achieve a long-term, practical and commercially-effective approach in the interests of his clients.

On the commercial front, Joshua frequently advises businesses across various industries, including fintech, e-commerce, deep tech, publishing, human resources, logistics, manufacturing, and F&B. Some specific commercial matters that Joshua regularly assists with include commercial contracts and structured business arrangements, business terms & conditions and policies, franchising and licensing, employment, and commercial regulatory compliance.

Joshua is highly experienced in the financial services regulatory space and acted for a crowdfunding platform which became one of the first in Singapore to successfully be granted a capital markets services licence for crowdfunding. He regularly advises funds and crowdfunding platforms on financial services regulations in Singapore.

He is also well versed with the emerging industries related to blockchain, distributed ledger technology (DLT), decentralised financing (De-Fi), decentralised autonomised organisations (DAOs), and cryptocurrencies. He has advised numerous clients on the regulatory landscape in Singapore, particularly in the developing financial and payment services regulations. He has also advised various e-payments service providers and cryptocurrency exchange platforms, including applicants to MAS for payment services licences.

Joshua began his practice as a corporate and equity capital markets lawyer at TSMP Law Corporation, an award-winning boutique law firm, where he practiced for several years. Prior to joining Aquinas, Joshua was regional legal counsel for an e-commerce and logistics start-up with operations in over 8 cities across Asia.


  • Venture Capital and Private Equity
  • Corporate Structuring and Finance
  • M&A and Joint Ventures
  • Financial and Payment Services Regulatory
  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Financial Technology, Blockchain and DLT


LL.B (Hons), Singapore Management University

Contact Information

Phone: +65 6950 5327