Experienced counsel to technology companies, entrepreneurs and investors. Mike advises technology and venture capital firms on fundraising, compliance and regulatory issues, company formation and commercial agreements. Mike contributes actively to regulatory and legal updates via PDLegal LLC’s website and on Linkedin.
A champion for start-ups and technology, Mike is listed as a legal adviser under the Payment Regulatory Evaluation Program, an initiative by the Singapore Academy of Law and the Monetary Authority of Singapore for payment service providers. Mike is also listed and mentioned as “a specialist in the fintech space” and “Recommended” on the Legal 500 2020/2021 for financial services regulatory and “Notable Practitioner” on IFLR1000 for mergers and acquisitions in 2019/2020. Prior to joining PDLegal LLC, Mike practised in a leading commercial law firm and regularly advises commercial and corporate matters. Some notable matters include advising a Singapore blockchain technology firm in its cross-border M&A deal and post Series A funding round from a venture capital fund; and advising an Indonesian fintech crowdfunding platform on their Series A founding round of over US$8 million.
Mike is also an active committee member of the Singapore Digital Chamber of Commerce and previously, the sub-committee member of Action for Community Entrepreneurship (ACE), an initiative by SPRING Singapore (now known as EnterpriseSG).
Start-Up Advisory and Fundraising Documentation
Our team guides start-ups through the legal and regulatory landscape and assists them with the necessary agreements, data protection policies, employment agreements and fundraising.
We ensure that good corporate governance is never compromised and we tailor our advice to respond to the unique needs of each start-up. We look at short-term and long-term implications and help start-ups navigate through the different stages of growth and meet their commercial needs at each stage.
Mergers and Acquisitions
We advise corporations regarding a range of M&A transactions. Our mainstay work is related to asset and share purchases, joint ventures, disposals and amalgamations. Our team is able to leverage our insights into the synergies created in an M&A transaction to ensure that the best possible structure and transaction is adopted for each merger, acquisition, amalgamation or alliance. In structuring and reviewing M&A transactions our team also advises on the implications of financial and securities regulations, competition law compliance and assists our clients with obtaining the necessary approvals needed for a successful M&A transaction.
We advise on every stage of a fund’s origination and growth. This ranges from fund formation, fund structuring and compliance of fund regulations. We assist in the establishment and licensing of fund management companies, family offices and offerings of funds-related services. Our venture capital practice focuses on drafting and reviewing term sheets, investment agreements, shareholder agreements etc.
Our team works with established financial intermediaries and service providers to provide an integrated service platform to our clients. We also provide advisory services on the securities and financial regulations applicable to venture capital funds.
Media & Publications
Guide to Family Offices – A Legal Perspective, 26 April 2019
Budget 2019 – Summary of Key Tax Changes for Qualifying Funds, 26 April 2019
Payment Services Act 2019: MAS issues Guidelines on Licensing for Payment Services Providers and consults on the scope of E-money and Digital Payment Tokens, 28 January 2020
Registration of precious stones and precious metals dealers, 31 October 2019;
MAS launches sandbox express for insurance brokers, recognised market operators and remittance business; 30 October 2019
MAS to issue digital banking licences, 22 August 2019;
Update to E-Payments User Protection Guidelines, 19 June 2019
When things go wrong with your token purchase, 26 April 2019
MAS halts Security Token Offering in Singapore, Issues Warning on Websites Soliciting “Cryptocurrency” Investments, 28 February 2019
The State of Global Cryptocurrency Regulation: Southeast Asia, 22 February 2019
Security Token Offerings in Singapore, 22 January 2019
SGX Requirements for Listed Companies Conducting an Initial Coin Offering, 16 January 2019
Panelist and speaker at the Interlaw Asia Pacific Regional Meeting 2019 in Hong Kong, “Market and regulatory developments in fintech applications of blockchain and cryptocurrencies”;
Speaker at the BlockFest Asia 2020 Conference to be held in Swissotel, Singapore;
Member of the advisory committee and “experts-in-residence” of 80RR Fintech Hub, a coworking space initiative between MAS, Hong Leong Holdings Ltd. and the Singapore Fintech Association