Ronald JJ Wong

Covenant Chambers LLC | Website

  • 8 Eu Tong Sen Street #13-83, Clarke Quay Central, Singapore 059818, (Office 2, lift lobby beside SUBWAY).

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 corporate business advisory practice on various areas including technology law, employment law, startups, investments & financing, regulatory advice, financial services, corporate transactions and acquisitions, and ICOs and blockchain.

Ronald volunteers pro bono with HealthServe, various 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 2018, A-List Singapore’s Top 100 Lawyers, and has been awarded the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) Overseas Attachment Scholarship to be attached to Queens Counsels and barristers in Fountain Court 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 2018, A-List Singapore’s Top 100 Lawyers
  • Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) Overseas Attachment Scholarship – Fountain Court 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 (31)

I worked with Ronald Wong when I was the Comms executive/Case worker with HealthServe. Even before Ronald graduated from law school and started his practice, he was already a committed and dedicated volunteer, initiating a fund raising event for the medical NGO and also contributing articles to raise awareness on migrant worker issues.

After Ronald was called to the Bar, he volunteered as a pro bono lawyer and represented a few foreign workers I was assisting at HealthServe. As a new lawyer who had to often handle a heavy workload, he still showed the same commitment and passion in his pro bono work, always conscientious in keeping his clients and the case workers updated. He has represented foreign workers facing criminal and employment violation charges, and was exceptional when it came to following each case from start to finish.

What I appreciate most about working with Ronald is his dedication, patience and compassion towards disenfranchised foreign workers.

Jacqueline Tan, former HealthServe staff,

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.

Vincent Wong, founder of two businesses,

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.

J Cho, Advocate & Solicitor, Lee & Lee,
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