Ronald JJ Wong

Covenant Chambers LLC | Website

  • 8 Eu Tong Sen Street #12-96, Clarke Quay Central (Office 1), Singapore 059818

About

Ronald believes that lawyering is about serving people to bring about justice, peace and joy.

He commenced his legal career at one of the Big Four law firms, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP. His practice is in commercial litigation & arbitration, advising and representing institutional and individual clients in a broad range of disputes from multi-million dollar investment claims to employment disputes.

He also enjoys a enjoy a non-contentious corporate practice dealing in technology & media, FinTech, ICOs, blockchain, employment, startups, companies and shareholder issues, investments & corporate finance, regulatory advice, financial services, mergers and acquisitions, and Intellectual Property (“IP”).

Recent highlights include advising a cryptocurrency exchange operator to be placed in the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) regulatory sandbox for RMO exemption to list security digital tokens, advising on a venture capital investment into a digital payments startup based in Singapore and Indonesia, advising on a secured trade financing facility involving multi-jurisdictional stakeholders, and advising a reputable electronics retailer on intellectual property and other issues.

Ronald volunteers pro bono with various NGOs, legal clinics, LAB and CLAS, advocates for social justice in various platforms, and frequently authors academic and thought papers, some of which have been published in various journals.

He was featured in the Asia Business Law Journal, A-List Singapore’s Top 100 Lawyers 2019 and 2018, and was awarded the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) Overseas Attachment Scholarship to be attached to Queens Counsels and barristers in leading insolvency and commercial set South Square Chambers.

Sample cases & experience:

Advised and successfully acted for an investment fund manager and a large global bank in a claim against a foreign guarantor for sums in excess of US$50 million due under a cross-border syndicated loan agreement. The claim involved the determination of novel conflicts of laws issues regarding the law governing capacity to contract, and a stay of proceedings on grounds of forum non conveniens.

Advised a foreign investor on suspected money laundering activities in relation to, and suspected misappropriation of, a multi-million dollar investment in a fund. Advised investor on potential breaches of regulatory obligations and duties by the Singapore-licensed fund manager imposed by statute and regulations issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

Advised a large global bank on a potential dispute with a South-East Asian bank and a trading company relating to purported non-compliant presentation of documents in respect of a letter of credit.

Advised and acted for a global company in the offshore oil and gas industry in a multi-million dollar claim regarding a multi-million dollar dispute in relation to an Engineering, Procurement, Installation and Construction (“EPIC”) contract.

Advised high net worth foreign private clients on complex trust structures, wealth management and novel personal property issues.

Advised and acted for a shareholder director in an appeal to the Court of Appeal relating to the grant of leave to commence a statutory derivative action involving purported breaches of directors’ duties, tort of passing off, violation of intellectual property rights, and usurpation of corporate opportunities.

Advised an international financial institution on employment issues involving termination, bonuses and drafting of relevant documents.

Memberships, associations, positions, and awards:

  • Asia Business Law Journal 2019, A-List Singapore’s Top 100 Lawyers
  • Asia Business Law Journal 2018, A-List Singapore’s Top 100 Lawyers
  • Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) Overseas Attachment Scholarship – South Square Chambers
  • Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) Sub-Committee on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics, Member
  • Law Society of Singapore, Member
  • Singapore Academy of Law, Member
  • Healthserve, Volunteer lawyer
  • Assigned Solicitor, Legal Aid Bureau
  • Criminal Legal Aid Scheme, Volunteer lawyer
  • CIL-IAD Summer Research Internship for Research on Public International Law
  • Research assistant in NUS on law of trusts & equity, sovereign wealth funds
  • Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, Student editor
  • Asian Journal of Comparative Law, Student editor
  • Koh Han Kok Book Prize (Public International Law)
  • NUS Law Faculty Scholarship
  • AIESEC NTU-SSTI International Online Essay Competition First Prize
  • GlaxoSmithKlein–EDB JC Book Prize (Sir Paul Girolami Book Prize (First Prize))
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Reviews (42)

It’s been our pleasure working with Covenant through Ronald Wong’s services. Ronald is sharp and attentive to understand what we require for our legal needs. He also provides clear and comprehensive delivery in his advice and guidance to our various concerns on our strategic engagements.

C. Chow,

Ronald has good knowledge in IP law. He had guided us to formulate the IP policy which was very clear, positive and easy to understand. Indeed one of our colleagues had commented the IP policy as an excellent document. He was prompt in delivering his service and answered to all our doubts. Our management was impressed with his presentation. He went extra miles (time) to ensure that he had fulfilled his responsibilities. Overall, Ronald is an approachable and down to earth lawyer.

Lim G.P.,

I’ve had the chance to engage Ronald for his legal services, and I must say that Ronald has been a truly dedicated, professional, efficient and understanding lawyer. He is intelligent, thinks and works fast, understands issues easily and provides excellent advice and analyses. He is also reliable and always prompt in responding to emails and calls, regardless of the time of day. Engaging in legal matters can be stressful, but Ronald also provides the interpersonal touch and emotional support and comfort, reminding us that he is there to support us, help us and even shoulder the burden for us. I would highly recommend Ronald to anyone looking for legal advice and support.

Serena,

Appreciate your promptness and professionalism.

C. Tan,
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