Leon Yee

Managing Director


Leon Yee is the Chairman and the Managing Director of Duane Morris & Selvam. He serves as the Global Head of Corporate for Duane Morris & Selvam and leads the Banking & Finance and Energy Practice Groups. He is also Head of the Firm's China Practice Group. Mr. Yee has extensive corporate law expertise and regularly advises ultra-high net worth individuals, private equity funds, investment banks, listed and private companies on corporate finance, venture capital, capital markets, takeovers, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, corporate restructurings and joint ventures. He has also advised banks and project companies on complex financing transactions and has a particular focus on Korea, Indonesia and PRC related deals. He takes a keen personal interest in advising, coaching and mentoring the boards of startup companies.

Mr. Yee is consistently recognized as a highly regarded lawyer by the IFLR1000 and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 for Banking & Finance, Corporate and M&A and Projects & Energy. He was included in AsiaLaw in various categories such as Banking & Finance, Corporate and M&A and Corporate Governance. He was included in Asia's Brightest Young Legal Minds – Top 40 Under 40 – Asia Legal Business 2015.

He is an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore and a Solicitor of England and Wales.

Mr. Yee serves as an Independent Director of both SGX-listed Federal International (2000) Ltd and FJ Benjamin Holdings Ltd. He was the former Chairman of a SGX-listed real estate developer and also a former Independent Director of a LSE-listed fashion company.

He has deep industry knowledge in global fashion businesses, real estate development and the oil & gas sectors and also has extensive experience in corporate governance. He also works closely with venture firms and private equity firms on advising technology, life sciences and other growth enterprises worldwide.

Mr. Yee was appointed by the Singapore Minister for Home Affairs as the Legal Advisor to the Board of Inquiry that was convened under the Civil Defence Act to inquire into the circumstances leading to the drowning incident of a serviceman, to identify contributing factors and systemic gaps, and to recommend improvements to prevent the recurrence of similar incidents. He is also on the panel of Singapore Advocates & Solicitors from which appointments to the Disciplinary Tribunal are made.

Mr. Yee is a member of the Tan Kah Kee International Society and a Visiting Professor of Law at Jimei University, China, where he runs a series of Chinese seminars on the corporate law developments in Asia at the Jimei School of Business Administration. The School was jointly set up by the Xiamen People’s Government, Tan Kah Kee International Society and Jimei University in 1995.

He is also the Honorary Legal Adviser to the Char Yong (Dabu) Hakka Clan Association, which was founded in 1858.

Mr. Yee sits on the Board of Governors, St. Joseph's Institution (SJI), Singapore, which was founded in 1852 and is the oldest catholic school in Singapore. He is the President of the St. Joseph's Institution Foundation (Singapore), a registered charity in Singapore, which carries out, facilitates and supports programmes and activities in support of the Lasallian mission of enabling youth in a Lasallian community to learn how to learn and to learn how to live.

Mr. Yee read Law at Christ's College, Cambridge University, which was founded in 1505 on a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust scholarship where he graduated with Honours. Mr. Yee also founded and chaired the Cambridge University Asian Lawyers Association. He established the Christ’s College Cambridge-SJI Foundation Scholarship, a scholarship fund for SJI students admitted to Christ’s College, Cambridge University. He is also the Chair of the Scholarship Selection Committee.


  • Singapore
  • England and Wales


  • University of Cambridge, B.A. (Hons) Law
  • University of Cambridge, M.A.


  • Duane Morris & Selvam LLP/ Selvam LLC
  • Herbert Smith


Representative Matters

    Banking and Finance

  • Represented a PRC bank on its US $97.5 million loan and proposed restructuring of financial indebtedness and liabilities of its wholly owned subsidiary with an established Singapore bank.
  • Advised one of Korea’s largest commercial bank in relation to structuring of a novation of US $100 million facility.
  • Advised Morgan Stanley as financial adviser to OUB on the competing $5 billion bids by UOB and DBS as part of the consolidation of the Singapore banking market.
  • Advised Asian Development Bank as senior lender in connection with the US$268 million equivalent Tala-Delhi Transmission project in India, the first private-public partnership in the transmission sector in India
  • Advised Pan Asia Paper Co. Ltd. on its US$330 million joint venture relating to a greenfield newsprint mill in Hebei, PRC and advised Hebei PanAsia Long-Teng Paper Co. Ltd. on the subsequent US$215 million project financing – Project Finance Magazine’s Asia-Pacific Industrial Deal of the Year, 2003
  • Advised a Japanese sponsor and supplier on its support, offtake and supply obligations owing to defaults of a chemicals company under project-financed bank facilities in Indonesia
  • Advised Citicorp North America, Inc., in relation to the second lien syndicated financing facility to the Quintiles group of pharmaceutical companies
  • Advised a trade creditor in relation to claims exceeding US$500 million against the Asia Pulp and Paper Group and the Asia Food and Properties Group
  • Advised Creative Technology Ltd in relation to a S$150 million syndicated loan facility arranged by ABN-Amro Bank
  • Advised RHB Bank in relation to the acquisition financing of an Indonesian Production Sharing Contract for US$150 million by a regional leading investment firm
  • Advised a leading Japanese bank in relation to its US$100 million financing to a listed Singapore REIT
  • Advised RHB Bank on numerous vessel financing transactions
  • Advised a number of leading Korean banks on their regulatory issues
  • Equity Capital

  • Advised Goodpack Limited in relation to its renounceable non-underwritten rights issue of up to 93,473518 warrants in the capital of the company
  • Advised British and Malayan Trustees Ltd, as the trustee for Allco REIT in relation to the initial public offering on the SGX of 321,255,000 units in Allco REIT, sponsored by the Allco Finance Group Limited of Australia.
  • Advised Keppel Land Limited, as the sponsor for K-REIT Asia in the issue of up to S$440.1 million in K-REIT Asia units listed by way of an introduction on SGX
  • Advised Swissco International Limited in relation to its initial public offering of 45,000,000 ordinary shares of S$0.08 each
  • Advised Phillip Securities Pte Ltd as underwriter in relation to the renounceable rights issue of 112,525,470 new ordinary shares of S$0.10 each in the capital of Tiong Woon Corporation Holding Ltd
  • Advised Vibropower Corporation Limited in relation to its bonus warrant issue of 29,047,557 bonus warrants on the basis of three (3) bonus warrants for every ten (10) existing ordinary shares held
  • Advised Amtek Engineering Ltd on the private placement of 6,000,000 new ordinary shares at a price of $1.18 for each new share
  • Advised the selling shareholders on the £125 million disposal of Prebon Group to Collins Stewart Tullett
  • Advised ABN AMRO Rothschild (AAR) as Global Co-ordinator and AAR, Goldman Sachs and ING Bank as joint bookrunners on the US$3 billion IPO of leading Malaysian telecommunications company, Maxis Communications
  • Advised DBS on the proposed secondary listing of Singapore Depository Receipts of Varun Shipping Co Ltd (a company listed on the Mumbai Stock Exchange) on the Singapore Stock Exchange
  • Advised Kenetics Innovations on its listing on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM)
  • Advised Creative Technology on its voluntary delisting of its shares from the NASDAQ Global Market (NASDAQ)
  • Advised Otto Marine Limited on its S$95.0 million share placement
  • Advised Otto Marine Limited on its S$119 million fully-underwritten renounceable rights issue
  • Advised Otto Marine Limited on its IPO on the Singapore Stock Exchange which raised net proceeds of S$97.7 million
  • Advised on the Singapore law aspects on a relisting of a China company on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange that delisted from NASDAQ
  • Advised on the Singapore law aspects on a listing of a China company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange
  • SGX Regulatory

  • Advised SEB Private Bank SA on regulatory issues concerning the setting up of its private banking business, internet banking, offering of investment funds over the Internet, anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing compliance
  • Advised Powermatic Data Systems Ltd, a company listed on SGX-ST, in relation to the sale-and-leaseback of its property at 135 Joo Seng Road to MacarthurCook Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust
  • Advised Hersing Corporation Ltd, a company listed on SGX-ST, in relation to its proposed joint venture with a global real estate investment fund for the divestment and expansion of its self-storage business
  • Advised SMB United Limited, a company listed on SGX-ST, in relation to the implementation of its Performance Share Plan and Share Buy-back Mandate
  • Debt Capital

  • Advised Nucleus Electronics Ltd in relation to the issue of up to S$12 million of unsecured non-interest bearing convertible notes due 2007 to Quantum Capital Asset Management Limited
  • Represented DBS with respect to the initial listing of units issued by ABF Singapore Bond Index Fund on the Singapore Stock Exchange, which raised over S$456 million at the close of its initial public offer
  • Advised Otto Marine in relation its establishment of a SGD 500 million (USD 364.6 million) multicurrency term note ("MTN") programme with arranger Standard Chartered Bank
  • Advised Otto Marine on its amendment of certain financial covenants in connection with Series 2 of its MTN programme
  • Private Equity

  • Advised Dymon Asia Private Equity in its S$15.0 million investment in Goodrich Global Holdings Pte Ltd, a Singaporean interior furnishings firm
  • Advised Dymon Asia Private Equity in its S$15.0 million investment and approximately 30 percent ownership stake in HSL Constructor Pte Ltd., a leading Singapore marine civil engineering and construction firm
  • Advised Dymon Asia Private Equity in its acquisition of a majority stake in Atlas Vending, which is now the largest independent vending machine owner and operator in the Asia Pacific region
  • Advised a US$200 million Cayman Private Equity Fund on the disposal of its US$60 million interests in the Alibaba Group
  • Advised on the formation of a US$150 million Cayman Private Equity Fund
  • Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Advised U.S.-based private equity firm, Platinum Equity, on its US $203 million acquisition of SGX-listed electronics manufacturer, PCI Limited.
  • Advised White Lodge Education Group Services Pte. Ltd. on its acquisition of certain shares and capital injection in the capital of Invictus International School Pte Ltd.
  • Advised Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (Holdings) Ltd on its US $46 million acquisition of a tanker and ship management company.
  • Advising a Singapore headquartered company in its GBP 20 million acquisition of a UK headquartered personal care and consumer firm and its subsidiaries.
  • Advising a private equity firm in its US$80 million acquisition of a premium design store.
  • Advised an offeror in relation to the acquisition of a Singapore listed retailer with regional offices with a market capitalisation of S$150 million
  • Advised a leading regional investment firm on the acquisition of a majority interest in an Indonesian Production Sharing Contract from a listed oil and gas exploration company with a structure that includes sliding-scale future contingent payments based on certification of oil and gas reserves, a partial carry of exploration wells owned by the vendor and a cash payment upon declaration of the first new exploration discovery
  • Advised a sovereign wealth fund to acquire a Korean construction company for 200 billion Korean won
  • Advised Federal International in relation to its US$30 million disposal of a Floating Storage Offloading ("FSO") Vessel to a leading Indonesia investment group
  • Advised Federal International on the charter contract awarded by CNOOC to supply a Floating Storage Offloading ("FSO") vessel for a period of five years and renewable for a further period of five years, for operation at the Widuri Terminal, Indonesia

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