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".
Mr Josephus Tan
Mr. Josephus Tan is a prominent criminal lawyer in Singapore well known for his pro-bono work. In 2015, Mr. Tan received the Singapore Youth Award, the highest accolade for young Singaporeans who have made significant contributions to the society, given out by the National Youth Council (NYC).
In 2007, after graduating from the University of Southampton, Mr. Tan returned to Singapore to complete his pupillage under prominent criminal lawyer Subhas Anandan.
He was called to the Singapore Bar in May 2009, and spends a third of his time on pro bono work. In 2012, he clocked more than 1,700 hours on cases he picked up from the Law Society's Pro Bono Services Office, making him the lawyer with the most pro bono criminal cases in Singapore.
In 2017, Mr. Tan started his own law firm, Invictus Law Corporation. A year later, he was appointed by the President of Singapore to serve as an Advisor to the Youth Court and concurrently serves as the Chairman of the Law Awareness Committee of the Law Society of Singapore.
It is a great honour to have Mr. Tan back with us at the UKSLSS, having previously served as our President from 2006-2007.