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))
Employment Disputes and Advice - restrictive covenants, protection of confidential information
Corporate Insolvency & Restructuring
Corporate Shareholders' and Directors' Disputes
Technology, Artificial Intelligence ethics, FinTech, ICOs and Blockchain
Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment
Corporate Insolvency & Restructuring
Companies Law, Mergers & Acquisitions
Investments & Corporate Financing, Startups
Financial Regulations, Regulatory Advice
Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) compliance and investigations, privacy and data analytics
Regulatory advice across industries and sectors
Drafting and review of contracts and agreements
Conduct of investigations and inquiries
Advice on regulatory investigations and inquiries by authorities
Media & Publications
- “Wrongful Dismissal, Disability Discrimination and Mental Illness” – Law Gazette, November 2019
- “Enforceability of Legal Rights Relating to Cryptocurrencies, Digital Tokens, and Smart Contracts” – Law Gazette, June 2019
- “Singapore Medical Council ‘not aware’ of any action against man who deceived psychiatrist” – TodayOnline, 11 March 2019
- “Coming onstream: Laws banning sale of set-top boxes” – TodayOnline, 17 January 2019
- “The Law and Practice of Garden Leave: Rights, Duties, Enforcement and Resistance” – Law Gazette, May 2018
- “Taxis and private-hire cars allowed to film passengers, but cannot upload videos on social media” – TodayOnline, 10 April 2018
- “Court dismisses PropertyGuru’s copyright infringement case against 99.co” – TodayOnline, 9 March 2018
- “Deputies, Donees and Disputes: Cases on the Mental Capacity Act” – Law Gazette, December 2017
- “Who’s responsible if a robot runs amok?” – The Straits Times, 11 March 2017
- Case Comment: Accent Delight International Ltd v Bouvier, Yves Charles Edgar  SGHC 40, Singapore Law Blog, 11 April 2016
- “Why a Constitutional Commission to review the Elected Presidency?”, Straits Times, A20 (17 February 2016)
- “7 Considerations Before Executing the Employment Contract”, The Straits Times, ST Recruit (11 June 2015)
- Ronald JJ Wong, “Upkeep claims for wrongful birth, wrongful conception or wrongful fertilisation? IVF mix-up in the Singapore High Court: ACB v Thomson Medical Pte Ltd  SGHC 9” (2015) 23 Tort L Rev
- “Court of Appeal sets aside Mareva injunctions and ancillary disclosure orders in Bouvier, Yves Charles Edgar and another v Accent Delight International Ltd and another and another appeal”, Singapore Law Blog, 7 September 2015
- Ronald JJ Wong, “Legal Regulation of Drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Singapore”, Singapore Law Gazette (September 2015)
- Ronald JJ Wong, “Remedies for Equitable Wrongs: Coherence and Limitation Principles: AIB Group (UK) Plc v Mark Redler & Co Solicitors  UKSC 58” (2015) 15(1) OUCLJ
- Ronald JJ Wong and Juay Wei Tian, “The Prevention of Human Trafficking Act 2014: Legislation Comment”  Sing. J.L.S. 261
- Ronald JJ Wong & Jeremy Yeo Wen An, “Rationalising The Notice Requirement For Statutory Derivative Actions: Comparing Singapore And Canadian Perspectives” (2015) 27 SAcLJ 528
- “Reflective Loss, Reverse Piercing and Alter Ego in Koh Kim Teck v Credit Suisse AG, Singapore Branch  SGHC 52”, Singapore Law Blog, 31 March 2015
- Ronald JJ Wong and Jeremy Yeo Wen An, “Case Comment: Gimpex Ltd v Unity Holdings Business Ltd and others and another appeal  SGCA 8”, Singapore Law Blog, 23 February 2015
- “A Private Law Theory of Adjudication Embracing Value Pluralism, Deliberative Democracy and Constitutionalism” (2014) 32 Sing.L.Rev. 81
- “A Critique of International and Singapore Legal Treatments of Trafficking in Persons”  S.J.L.S. 179-205
- “Sinking Your Teeth Into Bitcoin”, Singapore Law Gazette (May 2014):
- “Judging Between Conflicting Expert Evidence: Understanding the Scientific Method and its Impact on Apprehending Expert Evidence” (2014) 26 S.Ac.L.J. 169
- “Employment Contracts – Termination and Dismissal”, Law Gazette (December 2013):
- “Interim Relief in Aid of International Commercial Arbitration: A Critique on the International Arbitration Act” (2012) 24 S.Ac.L.J. 499
Services & Fees
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- Commercial Disputes
- Privacy / Data Compliance Review (PDPA)
- Debt Recovery
- MCST Disputes
- Contract Review
- CMS and Financial Advisor Licence Applications
- RFMC and VCFM Registration
- Shareholder Disputes
- Employment Disputes
- Trademark Infringement
- Medical Negligence
- AML/CFT Compliance
- Intellectual Property Advice
- Landlord-Tenant Disputes
- Drafting IOU / Debt Acknowledgment
- Building and Construction Claims
- Magistrate's Complaint
- Civil Litigation
- Drafting Contracts
- Contractual Disputes
- Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Advisory
- Renovation Claims
- Fintech and Financial Regulation
- Trade Mark Registration
- Family Offices
- Copyright Infringement
- Winding Up of Companies
- Protection From Harassment Order
- Variable Capital Companies
- Setting up a business
- Debt Recovery for Companies
- Information / Cybersecurity Review
- MAS Regulatory Sandbox
Covenant Chambers’ services have provided SAS with a great solution to our needs; timely, informative, and cost-effective guidance on various matters related to our business. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone seeking a professional, straightforward resource to provide support with navigating legal issues.
“Ronald has been our company’s legal advisor since the day of incorporation. He is very knowledgeable and has helped us on many occasions dealing with both residential and commercial clients. With Ronald’s legal inputs, my partner and I can grow our business confidently and quickly over the years. Sometimes I’ll seek his advice informally and Ronald never fails to answer my queries. This personal touch is what makes us trust him wholeheartedly.
I highly recommend Covenant Chambers and its lead advisor Ronald JJ Wong for any business that is looking for a good, reliable legal team!” (Nov 2022)
“Ronald and team have been dependable as legal counsels and are knowledgeable within their fields of expertise. Their service quality has been on point as well- their turn around times for advice, and care for our business has made us advocates for their firm and their cause. we have referred a handful of clients and cases to Ronald and team and continue to trust them with the work that we’ve cut out for them.” (Nov 2022)
Ronald has been incredible to work with. He’s helped us from the startup of our business, guiding us around the legalities of setting up our own advertising agency. He was extremely pleasant and professional, and got us very swift and positive results the few times we had legal hurdles to cross. I would strongly recommend using Ronald and his firm should the need arise. Excellent person and an excellent lawyer, with years of experience.