24 ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS – NOVEMBER 2023 WWW.LEGALBUSINESSONLINE.COM COVER STORY Executive Officer Alex Hoptner for alleged wrongful termination that has been widely reported and is still ongoing. BitMEX is a prominent cryptocurrency exchange and derivative trading platform and is considered by the cryptocurrency community as one of the best cryptocurrency exchanges in the world. The case is ongoing and has been widely reported. “(Tan) is responsive and has a solid commercial and strategic mindset. He does not over-lawyer his advice, sticking to the key points that matter to us as a business. In addition, his strategic analysis is very on point, being aware of all potential outcomes when advising on the next steps. His client manner is excellent, always engaging and understanding what our business goals are,” says Peter Wilkinson, head of legal at BitMEX. Tan has also worked on other notable cases, including his representation of Antanium Resources in the company’s proposed scheme of arrangement, where he played a key role in obtaining the court’s sanction. He has also represented Galderma Laboratories and Galderma, in Galderma’s suit against Medinter U.S., and others. Additionally, he acted for Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank in [2023] SGCA(I) 7, where the Court of Appeal allowed its claim under a Letter of Indemnity, which was issued by a beneficiary in lieu of original bills of lading. Nicholas Tan 37, partner, Chua & Partners Nicholas Tan is one of the co-founders at Chua & Partners, a boutique firm that specialises in dispute resolution, focusing on international arbitration. He is an expert in dispute resolution and was recognised as one of Asia’s Super 50 Disputes Lawyers by Asian Legal Business. Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a minor in management. He is qualified as both an advocate and solicitor in Singapore and an attorney and counsellor at law (nonpracticing) in New York. He has been involved in several large deals, including representing a former director of a company in liquidation claims exceeding S$350 million for alleged breaches of fiduciary, contractual and/or statutory duties. He has worked with a number of large corporations and groups, including Intel Products Vietnam and the DrGL group of companies. One client praises him, saying, “Nicholas is patient and understands the case and the client; he gives me the hard facts without palliation… He was truly immersed during my case preparation and was able to promptly remind me of the needed; I did not have to chase him.” Another client notes: “I am thoroughly impressed by Nicholas’ exceptional legal knowledge, impeccable analytical skills, and profound familiarity with the construction industry. Not only does he possess a strong command of Singaporean law, but he also demonstrates an extraordinary ability to swiftly grasp foreign legal systems, particularly those of France and Qatar.” Tan Jin Wei 33, director, Drew & Napier Tan Jin Wei is a director in Drew & Napier’s corporate/M&A team. He is qualified to practice in Singapore, and England and Wales, and specialises in public and private M&A, private equity and venture capital investments, joint ventures, and capital markets transactions. He has worked on deals across various sectors and is recognised for handling complex cross-border transactions involving multiple workstreams and stakeholders. Some of Tan’s notable achievements include advising on the REIT merger that led to the formation of Mapletree Pan Asia Commercial Trust; Temasek’s privatisation of SMRT Corporation; the joint venture between StarHub and Temasek to form Ensign InfoSecurity; and Standard Chartered Private Equity’s pre-conditional general offer for Tat Hong. He has also provided legal advise on the sale of IBS Software by Blackstone to Apax Partners, Dymon Asia’s general offer for Penguin International, and the sale of a medical specialist group to a healthcare platform owned by SeaTown Holdings. His clients praise Tan and describe him as “a mark above the rest”, having “exemplary skills, expertise, and dedication” and “an ability to think critically”, allowing him to “deliver timely, accurate and actionable legal advice” with “poise and confidence”. Clients have also shared that it is “truly enjoyable and easy to work with him”. “Jin Wei is highly responsive and attentive” and “excels at anticipating transaction and clients’ needs in advance and is always several steps ahead” says Steven Lo, head of M&A at Drew & Napier. “His good nature and patience put clients at ease … His tenacity to deliver under immense pressure over an extended period and ability to marry the legal and commercial aspects of a deal seamlessly by providing creative yet practical and effective solutions make him stand out from the rest.” Priscilla Wang 34, director, Drew & Napier Priscilla Wang is a highly skilled legal professional with 10 years of experience. As a director at Drew & Napier, she is renowned for her prowess in M&A, corporate regulatory and compliance, employment and environmental, social and governance. Wang has an impressive track record, and has spearheaded transformative legal initiatives. One of her significant achievements was acting as lead transaction counsel in advising an independently managed subsidiary of a Singapore sovereign wealth fund in its $200 million equity investment. This strategic move was part of the restructuring involving a significant debt portfolio, navigating complex consensual workouts and arrangements. Wang’s expertise extends to landmark cases, including the S$331.4 million acquisition of Innovalues, which was recognised as the Singapore Venture Capital & Private Equity Association PE Deal of the Year 2017. She also played a pivotal role in the $2.5 billion worldwide