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 (34)

Ronald is one of the best lawyers you could ever be fortunate enough to come across. He has a strong foundation of the law, and is quick to understand issues, situations and nuances. He is prompt and diligent, with a very fast turnaround time in his replies to your queries. He also does not overcharge and will make adjustments automatically so that his legal fees are not high. Ronald is highly recommended if you need an outstanding lawyer.

J. Lim, Legal Counsel,

I want to acknowledge Advocate & Solicitor Ronald JJ Wong for his professionalism while handling our Manufacturing Licensing Agreement. His knowledge and meticulous attention to details have aided us to present the agreement for signing without any issues. I feel very comfortable and easy to work with Ronald as he is always willing to take the time to discuss our concerns with regards to our interest at hearts. I feel confident and have no hesitation of recommending Ronald’s service as he certainly meets our expectation.

P. Koh,

I found Ronald’s legal services to be professional and affordable. The delivery was very prompt and on time. He responds very fast to Emails, even after office hours. I would definitely recommend Ronald’s law firm to my business friends.

M. Chang, CCO, Telecommunications Service Provider,

Covenant Chambers with its lead legal adviser, Ronald JJ Wong, provided professional consultation from the onset. He was honest in the assessment of the case. Where there were grey areas in legal technicalities, he was honest to highlight them and sought to seek clarity before proceeding. Throughout the process, he was thorough in getting full and accurate information before organising them for presentation. I felt our case was in good hands. Covenant Chambers and their team were prompt in handling the drudgery of any typical case without any unnecessary delay and the entire case was resolved earlier than I had expected. I highly recommend Ronald JJ Wong and his team at Covenant Chambers.

D. Teo, Managing Director of SME,
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