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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- CMS and Financial Advisor Licence Applications
- Commercial Disputes
- Privacy / Data Compliance Review (PDPA)
- Debt Recovery
- MCST Disputes
- Contract Review
- RFMC and VCFM Registration
- Shareholder Disputes
- Employment Disputes
- Trademark Infringement
- Magistrate's Complaint
- Medical Negligence
- AML/CFT Compliance
- Intellectual Property Advice
- Landlord-Tenant Disputes
- Drafting IOU / Debt Acknowledgment
- Building and Construction Claims
- Renovation Claims
- Fintech and Financial Regulation
- Trade Mark Registration
- Civil Litigation
- Drafting Contracts
- Contractual Disputes
- Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Advisory
- Protection From Harassment Order
- Family Offices
- Copyright Infringement
- Winding Up of Companies
- Variable Capital Companies
- Setting up a business
- Debt Recovery for Companies
- Information / Cybersecurity Review
- MAS Regulatory Sandbox
I had the privilege of working with Ronald while setting up my first company. Ronald was involved in many aspects of the start-up, including negotiations with business partners from both Europe and Asia. I was very satisfied with his drafting of contracts with fairly complex requirements. From day one of our interactions, a few things stood out that made my experience very different from my earlier legal endeavours: Ronald’s competence is one of the best I’ve come across in the field. He was very, very fast in turning around on several items in our work. Communication and responsiveness were beyond my expectations – the best I’ve seen so far. Regardless of where I was and the time zones I was in, Ronald was always just a call away, affording my team and I valuable advice. The complexity of our work required a fair bit of research and expertise and Ronald was able to manoeuvre us through it with a great deal of care and clarity while taking a lot of time out to ensure we (the client) were aware of the process and on the same page. With his advice, we were able to conclude significantly better terms of trade. Above all, Ronald is one of the nicest human beings I’ve met – one who goes beyond requirements both professionally and privately, which makes it very pleasant to do business and work with him. I would wholeheartedly recommend working with Ronald to my friends and colleagues.
There may be may legal professionals who know the law, but very few appreciate its nuances. I have known Ronald Wong to be one of those few.
Having known Ronald first as a classmate in Law School and then as fellow practitioners, I have come to observe how effortlessly he navigates legal concepts and legal issues, with a strong appreciation of each person’s specific circumstances. Put together, these skills enable him to provide the best possible legal solution for whatever is brought to his attention.
That aside, Ronald is also a man of deep compassion, and his dedication towards the man on the street is equal to the man who may be held in higher esteem. I have no doubt that in leaving your legal (or other) concerns with him, these matters will be handled with the utmost of skill and heart, and you can trust him to be your counsel and fervent advocate both in the courtroom and out.