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, wellbeing and peace.

Currently Deputy Managing Director of Covenant Chambers LLC, former Big Law lawyer, he handles corporate commercial litigation, arbitration and transactions, with special interest in technology, intellectual property, investments, employment, Fintech, blockchain, startups, corporate finance, financial services, and mergers and acquisitions. 

As a Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC) Accredited Mediator, he is also available for appointment as mediator. 

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.

Notable Recognitions & Professional Memberships

  • Asian Legal Business Rising Stars, Singapore 2023
  • AsiaLaw (2023) TMT, Dispute Resolution 
  • The Legal 500 (2022) TMT
  • Asia Business Law Journal 2019, 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
  • Asia Business Law Journal 2018, A-List Singapore’s Top 100 Lawyers

More info on professional experience and sample matters handled found here.

Sample cases & experience:

 

Disputes

  • 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 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 and acted for various claimants in an SIAC arbitration claiming breach of warranties and non-compete covenants arising from an acquisition of majority shareholding in a waste treatment and environmental consultancy company; successfully obtained emergency interim injunctive relief.
  • Advised and acted for a testing, inspection and certification company that is part of an international group in a claim for breach of restrictive covenants against solicitation of customers and employees; successfully obtained interim injunction.
  • Acting for investors and former employee in defending claims by liquidators of group of companies  in clawback of investment returns and commissions in one of Singapore’s largest reported Ponzi schemes.
  • Acting for former directors and their company in defending a claim in breach of fiduciary and directors’ duties, dishonest assistance and conspiracy, involving issues of foreign law and conflict of laws issues.
  • Advised and acted for minority shareholder in an application to wind up a company on just and equitable grounds and prejudicial and unfair conduct by majority shareholders and directors.
  • Advised and acted for a company in a claim against a former CEO and other employees for wrongful assignment of patents and registration of trade marks in a foreign jurisdiction and various breaches of directors and fiduciary duties.
  • Advised and acted for a former Managing Director of an entity in a group of companies in the oil and gas industry in a claim for breach of contract, rectification of contract for mistake, unjust enrichment, and minority oppression.
  • 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. 
  • Acted in claim against main contractor for unpaid fees for construction work, including adjudication proceedings under the Building And Construction Industry Security Of Payment Act (“SOPA”). 
  • Acted for food importers and distributors in respect of a Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) charge under section 34 of the Competition Act for alleged price fixing, market sharing and engaging in anti-competitive discussion in one of Singapore’s largest competition cases (total financial penalty amounting to S$26.9 million); drafted competition law compliance policy for company. 
  • Acted in claim for investment money involving cryptocurrency trading. 
  • Acted in representative proceedings claim against cryptocurrency exchange operator for return of digital assets / cryptocurrency and funds.
  • Advised on dispute with foreign concert festival promoter. 
  • Advised on defending claim by global entertainment brand in intellectual property / trade mark infringement.
  • Advised on probate dispute regarding beneficial ownership in share of property owed by estate.
  • Advised and represented Management Corporation Strata Title (MCST) in claim against property developer for multiple defects, unpaid charges, and other matters. 

Transactions, Deals, Non-Disputes

  • Advised on the establishment of a joint venture between a Singapore asset management firm and an international company in the lifestyle & fitness sector.
  • Advised on the Singapore aspects of a US$90 million international sale and purchase of a global IT consultancy company to a large international company.
  • Advised on a multi-million dollar acquisition and joint venture involving a government-linked company in a novel technology development and commercialisation business.
  • Advised on structuring, drafting and implementation of Employee Share Option Plans (ESOP) and Long Term Incentive Plans (LTIP). 
  • Advised multi-national companies on employment law & practice, and potential trade dispute with a trade union.
  • Advised the large venue operator managing a large-scale sports, entertainment and lifestyle hub on a review and drafting of quality policies and procedures for their Quality Management System in accordance with ISO 9001:2015; and risk assessment review in accordance with ISO 31000.
  • Advised digital asset exchange on IP registration and management, various software and technology agreements for institutional digital payment token and digital payment token derivates trading exchange platform.
  • Advised digital asset exchange on listing of digital tokens and compliance issues.
  • Advised MAS-regulated digital asset custodial service provider on legal, regulatory and compliance issues.
  • Advised on various intellectual property assignments, royalty arrangements and service agreements regarding music production, recording and artiste services, and performances including release, distribution and royalties. 
  • Advised on research and development collaboration arrangement and intellectual property issues. 
  • Advising electronic vehicle (EV) charging system provider on sale, licence, and operation  of EV systems.
  • Advised MedTech startup on regulatory issues, distributorship agreements, intellectual property, terms of service or use, and investment financing.
  • Advised various organisations in various sectors including education, human resources, technology, on risk assessment and mitigation, inventory mapping, development and drafting of policies, training of personnel relating to personal data and PDPA compliance. 
  • Advised artificial intelligence technology and big data analytics firm on drafting intellectual property and source code licence agreement and Software as a Service (SaaS) agreement.
  • Advised on various cryptocurrency crowdfunding, initial coin offerings (ICO) / digital token sales, including drafting and review of token sale agreements and white papers, providing legal opinions on applicable laws and regulations.
  • Advised various clients on and drafting of convertible loan agreements, SAFE notes, investment term sheets, share subscription agreements in various fundraising rounds from seed to Series n. 
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Reviews (53)

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,

We were introduced to Mr. Ronald JJ Wong, immediately we found a partner, support, and most important a person that explained us in simple terms the applicable legal regime and the relevant framework. We found a person that can push our interests and most important the results were exactly what we aimed for. We hope we will have the opportunity to collaborate again in the future.

I.G., Digital Payments Technology company,
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