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Mr Chi Tern Hoon

Mr. Hoon Chi Tern is a partner in the Capital Markets / Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group of Rajah & Tann Singapore. He has substantial experience in a wide range of notable corporate transactions, including public and private mergers & acquisitions, private equity investments and buyouts, local and international initial public offerings, secondary listings and fund-raising, as well as privatisations. He also regularly advises SGX-ST listed issuers on continuing obligations and compliance matters.


Mr. Hoon has been consistently recognised as a leading capital markets lawyer by Who’s Who Legal since 2017. He is also endorsed by IFLR1000 (2021) as a rising star for his work in Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions. Described as a “standout lawyer”, clients have also commended Mr. Hoon for his “innovative approach, clear articulation of legal options and permutations and the ability to put these options into a commercial perspective”.


Prior to obtaining his BCL from the University of Oxford in 2009, Mr. Hoon graduated with his LL.B. from the University of Nottingham in 2008 where he won the Lovell's prize for Commercial Law. He was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 2011.

Ms Shobna Chandran

Shobna is an experienced advocate with more than 12 years of experience in leading high value litigation, arbitration and contentious regulatory and advisory matters. Her niche is in complex cross border litigation and arbitration matters with a South East Asian and South Asian focus. She also advises on high stakes contentious insolvency matters and does regulatory / advisory work including managing global investigations by regulators.


Shobna's niche is in regional mandates with a South East Asian and South Asian focus. Shobna's clients include global financial institutions, major private equity funds and multinational corporations across a range of industries and sectors. 


Shobna graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2006 with First Class Honours, and was placed on the Dean’s List in all four years of her study. She graduated at close to the top of her class, and received various prizes and accolades for her stellar academic achievements. She was also ranked 13th in the Postgraduate Practical Law Course. Upon graduation, she was handpicked to serve as a Justices Law Clerk to the former Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong and the Court of Appeal bench before entering private practice in 2008.


Outside legal practice, Shobna seeks to pay it forward and make a positive impact on younger lawyers. She enjoys teaching arbitration and ethics & professional responsibility at Singapore Institute of Legal Education’s Part B course, coaching moot teams and teaching advocacy at NUS. She has also been appointed to the Board of Advisors to the United Kingdom Singapore Law Students’ Society (UKSLSS) in recognition of her extensive engagement, outreach to and mentoring of undergraduate law students.

Shobna is heavily involved in pro bono and community work, and is a volunteer with the Supreme Court’s Legal Assistance for Capital Offences (LASCO). In 2019, Shobna was appointed as assisting counsel on two Capital cases before the Court of Appeal.

Mr Paul Tan

Mr. Paul Tan is a commercial litigation and international arbitration (both commercial and investor state) specialist. His practice focusses on managing disputes across South East Asia, with deep experience advising on complex issues of public and private international law. He advises a wide range of clients, including leading multinational organisations, global insurers, financial institutions and Asian governments. He heads the litigation practice for South East Asia.

Mr. Tan acts as lead counsel before international arbitral tribunals, the Singapore International Commercial Court, and arbitration-related litigation. Recent experience includes successfully advising on the setting-aside of a treaty award for an African sovereign before the Singapore courts, defending a government against a multi-billion claim on an oil exploration service contract, and leading a successful claim for losses under a complex non-recourse loan agreement before the Singapore International Commercial Court.

Mr. Tan is a member of the Professional Affairs Committee of the Singapore Academy of Law and is an elected council member of the Law Society of Singapore. He is also a member of the Law Society of Singapore's Economic Action Council to strengthen and expand the business of law firms and is also leading efforts to encourage best practices against bullying and harassment in the workplace. He is also a commission member of the ICC's Belt-and-Road Initiative. 

Mr. Tan is ranked as a Band 1 "leading individual" for arbitration by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. He has also been named as Asialaw / Euromoney's "Dispute Star of the Year - Singapore".

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Mr Ethan J. Teo

Ethan is a final-year undergraduate reading for the BA Jurisprudence at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford. At Oxford, Ethan leads the Oxford University Undergraduate Law Review (OUULJ) as its Editor-in-Chief, having previously served as the Journal’s General Editor between 2022 to 2023. Ethan achieved a Distinction (First Class) in the First Public Examinations in Oxford, and is presently preparing to sit the Final Honour School (Final Exams) in June 2024. In the course of study, he has been awarded numerous College Prizes and Scholarships in respect of outstanding academic performance across papers, and has taken home both individual and team honours in mooting competitions.


After law school, pending further postgraduate study at Oxford or elsewhere, Ethan plans to begin his Training Contract with Sidley Austin LLP (arranged jointly by the London and Singapore Offices) in 2025, and subsequently enter private practice in Singapore. Ethan’s interest is in contentious work, particularly in the fields of international arbitration and commercial litigation. His dream is to enjoy a great and lasting career in the law and the institutions which it touches, wherever that may bring him, in the country which he grew up in.


In his free time, Ethan enjoys reading literature, both classics and more contemporary pieces, with a vast collection of hundreds of paperbacks having been amassed during his time in the Army. His favourite authors are C.S Lewis, Proust, Dostoevsky, and Ishiguro. Ethan also enjoys hiking, especially up mountains. Prior to law school, Ethan was educated at Raffles Institution (2013-2018), and served as a Tank Commander in the Singapore Armed Forces (2019-2020), where he graduated at the top of his cadet class, and led his crew to recognition as the strongest tank crew.


For some time now, Ethan has been deeply involved with the activities of the UKSLSS. Previously, Ethan served as the 23rd President of the UKSLSS in the 2022-23 Academic Year, and prior to that, whilst still a first-year law student, he served as the acting Editor-in-Chief of the Singapore Comparative Law Review (SCLR).


As the youngest member of the Board of Advisors, Ethan focuses on leveraging his past experience as President of the UKSLSS in advising future generations of leaders at the UKSLSS. Ethan is presently resident in the United Kingdom, and is pleased to continue acting in the interests of the Society, on instruction of the sitting President. Ethan’s hope for the UKSLSS is a simple one - that it should continue to serve as a home for all Singaporean law students in the United Kingdom for many years to come. Accordingly, Ethan hopes to use his position on the Board of Advisors to assist the sitting Executive Committee in achieving that end.

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Board of Advisors

The Board of Advisors consists of three Singaporean lawyers, working in various practice areas. The Board is updated monthly with the Executive Committee's current and upcoming plans, and provide their input on any issues that the Society faces. This year, we would like to encourage the presence of the Board to the Society, through our publications and events.

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