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TAN Chong Huat

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Chong Huat is a Senior Partner and one of the founding members of RHTLaw Asia. He is also the Non-Executive Chairman of RHT Group of Companies. Chong Huat has a long and proven track record as a leading finance and corporate lawyer, successful entrepreneur and investor, reputable corporate leader and public service champion, and dedicated law professor – bolstered through his long career by his robust practical and academic foundation.

Practice AreaBanking & FinanceBanking & Securities LawBanking Industry ServicesCapital MarketsCommercial LawCompany LawCorporate & Capital MarketsCorporate & Commercial LawEnvironment, Social & GovernanceFinancial Services (Regulatory)Foreign InvestmentM&ATakeovers & Mergers
Industry GroupPrivate Wealth

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Background Information

Chong Huat’s extensive experience has made him the go-to expert for regulatory issues, complex corporate and project financing transactions, deals structuring, funding and matching, corporate governance and board matters, and reputational management matters for corporate leaders and major corporates in the region and internationally.

He plays an instrumental role in developing practice areas such as Fintech & Financial services while pursuing purposeful growth across Training, Learning & Development, Consulting & Advisory, and Wealth & Asset Management. He is also the chairman of China-ASEAN Business Alliance (CABA), a regionally focused think tank and business network.

Chong Huat supplements his practice with a vast knowledge and a deep passion for blockchain, distributed ledger and related technologies, as well as digital assets and cryptocurrencies. Fuelled by this passion, he has successfully invested in start-ups, SMEs and listed companies, including two exchanges which apply the DLT technology.

Education

  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours) – National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • Master of Laws – University of London
  • Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration (NUS)
  • Graduate Diploma in Management Research (University of South Australia)
  • Certificate in Blockchain Strategy Programme (University of Oxford)

Career Highlights

  • Extensive experience in corporate, banking and project finance law in Singapore and the region
  • Acted in numerous significant corporate transactions in the areas of IPOs, RTOs, MBOs, restructuring, M&As, and financing of major real estate and infrastructure
  • Involved in the regulatory applications, formation and operational set up of numerous leading financial institutions including the Investment Company of the People’s Republic of China, a subsidiary of the People’s Bank of China
  • Advised Asian & European high net-worth clients in their M&A, listing, divestment, business succession planning, probate, wealth and asset preservation and protection, and family governance
  • Acted as a trusted go-to adviser and appointed as administrator and trustee for the estate of his high net-worth clients, as well as counsel in estate disputes involving families of leading Asian conglomerates

Awards & Accolades

  • Established a National University of Singapore Grant in favour of the Law Faculty under the name of his deceased father
  • An award named RHT Tan Chong Huat Corporate Crime Award has also been established by the School of Law, Singapore Management University
  • Authored two leading literature on PRC Investment laws; also co-authored leading titles on Corporate Governance, and Corporate Finance Law

Memberships & Associations

  • Senior Partner and a founding member of RHTLaw Asia and Non-Executive Chairman of RHT Group of Companies
  • Current Deputy Chairman of the SGX disciplinary committee and a member of the Appeals Committee of SGX
  • Member of the first corporate governance council set up by the Monetary Authority of Singapore
  • Fellow with the Singapore Institute of Director and Hong Kong Institute of Directors. Appointed on the boards as non-executive chairman, and independent director of listed companies in Singapore and Hong Kong
  • The Financial Planning Association of Singapore has also conferred on Chong Huat an honorary membership
  • President of the Singapore Golf Association
  • Mentor for the 10thLee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition
  • Chairman, RHT Rajan Menon Foundation which serves causes such as Arts, Disadvantaged Groups, Education and Sustainability
  • Member, International Affairs Committee of Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Sits as a Lay Person on the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants’ Investigation and Disciplinary Panel
  • Member, Selection Panel of SIM University Law School and has taught at the Law Faculty, National University of Singapore (AY 2007- 2013), Business School, National University of Singapore (AY 2008/2009), Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University (AY 2008-2012) and various other universities in Asia

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