WEBINAR: Planning to set up business in Singapore? Or already set up and looking to grow your business? What you should think about… 11 November 2021. 5pm SGT

This webinar is organized by the Singaporean Law Firm HELMSMAN in collaboration with the Spanish-Singaporean Chamber of Commerce and will take place on line on 11th November 2021, at 5pm SGT. 

Setting up a business in Singapore does not have to be difficult, if you understand the factors you need to consider, the decisions you have to make, and how should you go about doing it.  One key aspect in all of this is your human capital – your employees who help you to carry out your vision and grow your business.

 In this Webinar, Helmsman will share with you the key points that you must keep in mind when deciding to set up a business in Singapore – in a practical and easy to understand way.   

 From the form and structure your business could take, to the legal obligations that will have to be undertaken because of how your business is structured, to how you go about hiring employees, or setting up your data protection policy, we will share our experience as to how we can help foreign businesses who want to enter into the Singapore market.

 As your business grows, it may acquire other businesses or it may enter into commercial ventures.  What about funding needs or if, unfortunately, it runs into insolvency related issues?  We will also share tips on how to navigate through these different stages in the life cycle of your business.

 This webinar will highlight the key points that businesses considering setting up a presence in Singapore should think about, and the issues that could come up as your business grows and develops thereafter.



Lynette Koh

Director, Helmsman LLC, Singapore

Lynette Koh’s expertise is in corporate banking and finance law. Lynette was legal counsel at two large international banks. Just before joining Helmsman, she was Head of Legal and Business Administration at Mizuho Bank, Ltd., in charge of corporate banking business in Singapore and the region. Lynette has deep expertise in the funding needs and structures across a wide spectrum of industries. She has worked on the full range of commodities and trade financing transactions with major trading houses across the world. Lynette is one of few Singapore lawyers who also has expertise in derivatives and structured products, including ISDA documentation. 

Besides her corporate inhouse experience, Lynette also spent a decade as a litigator specialising in banking and financing disputes, corporate insolvencies and debt restructuring at one of the largest law firms in Singapore. 

Lynette’s perspectives and experience as Head of Legal at an international bank and as a dispute lawyer make her a rare commodity amongst transactional corporate banking and finance lawyers.

Lynette was one of the two inaugural recipients of the Singapore Academy of Law Post-Qualification Overseas Attachment Award – set up to expose deserving lawyers to the best practices in litigation or arbitration. She spent time in London working alongside renowned Queen’s Counsels with established banking practices.   

In her free time, Lynette runs a free legal clinic at the Singapore Association for the Deaf.

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Matthew Teo

Associate Director, Helmsman LLC, Singapore

Matthew Teo began his career in the largest legal practice in Singapore dedicated to banking and financing disputes, corporate insolvencies, business advisory, workouts and debt restructuring. He has advised and acted in practically all major shipping and oil-related restructurings and insolvencies in the past 10 years resulting from the downturn in the shipping and oil industry. 

Besides restructuring and insolvency, Matthew also specialises in shareholders’ disputes, directors’ duties and employment law – both contentious disputes, as well as advisory work on strategic and commercial issues. Matthew also routinely advises on security arrangements as well as insolvency risks on transactional matters.

Employment law is another area of Matthew’s specialisation. He often advises on restrictive covenants, contentious terminations of employment and non-contentious aspects such as drafting employment contracts and disciplinary policies.  Matthew acts regularly in employment disputes, and has been involved in high profile employment disputes in Singapore.

In 2017, the Supreme Court of Singapore appointed Matthew as amicus curiae under the prestigious Young Amicus Curiae Scheme. He assisted the Supreme Court as amicus curiae in a landmark decision on the registrability of contractual liens in charterparty contracts in the Diablo Fortune case. 

Matthew graduated summa cum laude amongst the pioneer batch of law students from the Singapore Management University, and was awarded a number of academic prizes during his time there. Unlike many lawyers, Matthew reads (and understands) financial statements as he also has a Bachelor of Business Management (Finance Major), from the Singapore Management University.

Matthew was cited in Legal 500 as a «highly rated lawyer«. 

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