Nicolas Tang

Managing Director

Nicolas is an Advocate & Solicitor of the Republic of Singapore and is qualified to practice law in Singapore, New York (USA), Hong Kong and England and Wales (UK).

Tel: +65 6808 6148
Email: nicolas.tang@fl.sg

Bar Admissions

  • Singapore (2002)
  • England and Wales (2006)
  • New York (2009)
  • Hong Kong (2009)

About Nicolas Tang

Nicolas commenced practicing law at the Litigation and Dispute Resolution department of Drew & Napier LLC where he read in chambers of Senior Counsel Davinder Singh. He then practiced as a lawyer at international law firms Sidley Austin (Hong Kong), Baker McKenzie (Singapore), Allen & Overy (Singapore) and Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners (Indonesia) before going inhouse as counsel to a US$6B Fortune 500 MNC’s Singapore headquarters where he was responsible for legal and compliance matters in South East Asia. His main areas of practice are litigation and dispute resolution, defamation, criminal law, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate finance and banking.

Experience

  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution

    Nicolas has advised and represented:

    • founders of cryptocurrency funds in their multi-million dollar disputes
    • Middle Eastern individuals in a claim against a Singapore listed company for breaches of contract, fraud and conspiracy
    • a South African company in a dispute with a Norwegian-listed company in relation to payments for services and taxes
    • a high net worth individual against a Singapore fund manager for investment losses
    • a financial advisory against an investment/asset manager for breach of confidence, conspiracy by unlawful means, and interference with contractual relations
    • a U.S. furniture company in a multi-million dollar dispute with a U.S. listed company for breach of copyright
    • Swedish lock manufacturer ASSA Abloy’s Singapore office
    • Container shipping company Maersk Line’s Singapore office
    • Taiwanese Cable TV network provider Sanlih E-Television (三立電視)
    • defamation lawsuits through social media, WhatsApp and through the radio
    • a minority shareholder against a Singapore company’s majority shareholders for minority oppression and breach of director’s duties
    • the majority shareholders in a Singapore company against the minority shareholder’s claim for minority oppression
    • an Indonesian agriculture fertiliser company in relation to a shareholders’ dispute commenced in the High Court of Singapore
    • 25 criminal cases (of which 8 of them had the charges against them were withdrawn or dropped after representations were made to the Police, the Prosecution and/or claimed trial)
    • residential tenants against landlords in Singapore
    • termination or retrenchment of employees against employers in Singapore and MNCs
  • M&A / Corporate Experience

    Nicolas has experience advising on multi-jurisdictional transactions and disputes in Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, the Middle East, Australia, Europe and the United States and has negotiated for and against parties in New York, London, Silicon Valley, China, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Taipei, Seoul, Jakarta, Surabaya, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, the Philippines, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, France, Milan and Frankfurt.

    Nicolas has significant deal experience with transactional cross-border M&A, with a specific focus on advising U.S., European or Australian companies on their acquisitions of Asian companies.

    Representative transactions include:

    • Advising Temasek on its acquisition of Indonesian supermarket retailer PT Matahari Putra Prima
    • Advising Goldman Sachs Special Situations Group (SSG) on the sale of its US$500m investment in Adaro Energy
    • Advising Morgan Stanley Special Situations Fund III on its investment in a Chinese pharmaceutical company
    • Advising Warburg Pincus (New York) on its investment in an Indonesian Hotel Chain
    • Advising Neptune Orient Lines (Singapore) on its potential acquisition of a U.S. international logistics company
    • Advising E-Land Group (South Korea) on its potential acquisition of a Hong Kong group
    • Advising an Asian government linked company on its joint venture investment with T-Mobile US
    • Advising Macquarie Bank (Australia) and the owners of Risco Energy on its sale of oil assets to Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Co K.S.C. (KUFPEC)
    • Advising 1MDB (Malaysia) on its investment in Petrosaudi
    • Advising Hanwa (Japan) on its investment in a Singapore listed company
    • Advising NTS (Netherlands) on its acquisition in a Singapore family business
    • Advising Saxo Bank (Denmark) on its joint venture with private equity firm Swordfish Investments
    • Advising Toyota Tsusho (Japan) on its potential joint venture with Samsung
    • Advising Mitsubishi UFJ (Japan) on its investment in an Indonesian company
    • Advising an Indonesian listed company on sale of shares to Trafigura Limited
    • Advising an Asian state owned enterprise on its bid for Pacnet
    • Advising various Singapore and U.S. individuals on their personal investments in Singapore companies and products
    • Advising Singapore SMEs on their term sheets, agreements and corporate and regulatory matters
    • Advising Singapore companies on their regulatory matters
  • Media Reported Cases

    Nicolas has been involved in the following Singapore law reported cases:

    • International Financial Services v Old Mutual International [2018] SGHC 137
    • Public Prosecutor v Yuen Ye Ming [2018] SGDC 229
    • Public Prosecutor v Xu Feng Jia [2018] SGMC 42
    • Rotary Engineering Ltd v Kioumji & Eslim Law Firm [2017] SGCA 24
    • Koh Say Chong v Two Oceans Film Company Pte Ltd [2016] SGHC 171
    • Public Prosecutor v Mohd Halmi bin Hamid [2005] 4 SLR 200; [2005] SGHC 143
    • Goh Chok Tong v Chee Soon Juan (No 2) [2005] 1 SLR 573; [2005] SGHC 3
    • Lee Kuan Yew v Chee Soon Juan (No 2) [2005] 1 SLR 552; [2005] SGHC 2
    • Goh Chok Tong v Chee Soon Juan [2003] SGHC 79
    • Lee Kuan Yew v Chee Soon Juan [2003] SGHC 78
    • Teh Guek Ngor Engelin v Chia Ee Lin Evelyn [2005] 3 SLR 22; [2005] SGCA 19
    • Teh Guek Ngor Engelin v Chia Ee Lin Evelyn [2004] SGHC 193
    • Shepherd Andrew v BIL International Ltd [2003] SGHC 145
  • Practice Areas


Education and Qualifications

  • Dip.Sing.Law, National University of Singapore (2001)
  • LL.B. (Hons, 2:1), University of Nottingham (2000)
  • Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore (2002)
  • Solicitor, England and Wales (2006)
  • Attorney-at-Law, New York (2009)
  • Solicitor, Hong Kong (2009)
  • Accredited Mediator, Singapore Mediation Centre (2018)

Memberships

Programs Attended

  • SAL-INSEAD Law Firm Management Program (2018)
  • SMC Strategic Conflict Management for Professionals (2018)
  • CIL Singapore International Arbitration Academy (2017)

Administrative and Teaching Positions

  • 2016 Committee Member, Law Awareness Committee, Law Society of Singapore
  • 2016 & 2017 Facilitator, Civil Litigation Practice, Singapore Institute of Legal Education, Singapore

Other Lawyers

Chloe Chong
Associate
Charlotte Wong
Associate
Alvin Chan
Associate Director