Valerie Ong is a senior partner in Dentons’ Corporate practice. Valerie's portfolio covers Capital Markets and M&A. In practice over 25 years, she has extensive transactional and cross-border experience.
Valerie has represented funds and property developers in some of the city's largest corporate real estate acquisitions, including Bedok Mall (S$783.1 million), 78 Shenton Way (sale of 50% share interest to an Alpha Investment Partners fund, property valued at S$608 million, and in 2016, sale of remaining 50% share interest for S$301.5 million), nex shopping mall (purchase of 50% share interest from a Pramerica fund for over S$800 million); Twenty Anson (S$430 million, in 2012); Crowne Plaza Changi Airport (S$299.5 million in 2011, which won the HICAP award in Hong Kong), and DBS Building Towers 1 and 2 (S$870.5 million, in 2010). In 2013, she also acted for CapitaLand in its S$91.8 million acquisition of the Big Orange self-storage business from Invista Real Estate International Holdings (Cayman) Limited. She acted for Real Estate Capital Asia Partners, a fund in the series managed by SC Capital Partners, in a corporate real estate transaction for a bulk sale of 18 units (part of a stack of 20 units) in Paterson Suites to global investment and advisory firm, Blackstone; as well as for the vendor in the bulk sale of apartments at 111 Emerald Hill, a 40 unit freehold project developed by a fund managed by LaSalle Investment Management.
Her cross-border work includes advising CapitaLand Limited on its investment in the consortium (which includes a Temasek unit) which is undertaking a landmark mixed development in Chongqing, China. The RMB21.1 billion (S$4.1 billion) project at the prime 987,943 sq ft site in Chao Tian Men is reported to be CapitaLand's largest development in China to date. She also acted for CapitaLand in the joint venture which submitted the top bid of S$969 million in the URA tender of the white site at Boon Lay Way, Singapore.
She has acted in over 20 listings (including S-chips). Notably, she acted for Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (Holdings) Ltd in its global offering and listing on the Singapore Exchange (SGX) which raised almost S$1 billion and remains Singapore's largest S-chip IPO to date. Her other listings include International Housewares Retail Company Limited (HKSE stock code 1373), Global Palm Resources Holdings Ltd (SGX), Vision Fame International Holding Limited (HKSE), China Kangda Food Co Ltd (HKSE) and Asia Distribution Solutions Limited (AIM). She has advised in various capacities, including as solicitors to the invitation and as legal advisers to the issue managers, placement agents and underwriters, on the following SGX listings:
- Pacific Radiance Ltd
- Global Palm Resources Holdings Limited
- China Kangda Food Company Limited
- Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (Holdings) Ltd
- China Farm Equipment Limited
- OuHua Energy Holdings Ltd
- Plastoform Holdings Limited
- Hoe Leong Corporation Ltd
- System Access Limited
- Gates Electronics Limited
- SNF Corporation Ltd
- Elite KSB Holdings Limited
- Creative Master Bermuda Limited
- Heeton Holdings Limited
- Juken Technology Limited
- Norelco Centreline Limited
- Futuristic Image Builder Ltd
- MAE Engineering Ltd
- CWT Distribution Limited
- Fu Yu Corporation Ltd
- Heshe Holdings Limited
In debt capital markets work, she has acted for TEE Land Limited in the establishment of a S$250 million multicurrency medium term note programme, with United Overseas Bank Limited and DMG & Partners Securities Pte Ltd were joint lead arrangers and dealers. Prior to this she served as issuer counsel for Tee International Limited in the establishment of a S$350 million multicurrency medium term note programme where United Overseas Bank Limited was appointed the lead arranger and dealer, as well as in the establishment of three other programmes in 2013, namely, Eu Yan Sang International Ltd's S$300 million multicurrency medium term note programme; Heeton Holdings Limited's S$300 million multicurrency debt issuance programme and KSH Holdings Limited's S$300 million multicurrency medium term note programme. She also represented these issuers in the inaugural note issues under their programmes; namely, in Eu Yan Sang International Ltd's issue of S$75 million 4.10% notes due 2018; issue by Heeton Holdings Ltd of S$75 million 5.6% fixed rate notes due 2015 and its S$60 million 5.9% fixed rate Series 002 Notes due 2017, KSH Holdings Ltd's S$75 million 5.25% fixed rate notes issue due 2016 and in TEE Land Limited's inaugural issue of S$30 million 6.50 per cent notes due 2017 under its S$250 million multicurrency medium term note programme. She represented Overseas Union Enterprise Limited in the S$300 million secured fixed rate listed bond issue. She served as bank counsel in the S$113 million sale of their security interests in Sincere Watch Limited; and counsel to trustee & administrator in the US$346 million Vesta Investment Corporation Limited FRN issue (in the securitisation of the Metropolitan and Scotts High Park condominium).
She advises banks, capital market services firms and financial advisers as part of her regulatory and compliance work. In 2009, she was part of the team acting for 11 banks and stock broker distributors of the Lehman Brothers Minibonds notes in their dealings with the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the notes trustee.
Valerie serves on the ASEAN Committee of Singapore International Chamber of Commerce, the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Finance, Trade and Industry Resource Panel and sits on the board of two Main Board SGX-listed companies.
- Yang Kee Logistics and LOGOS SE Asia: Acting for Yang Kee Logistics in its strategic partnership with LOGOS Property Group via sale of a stake in two Singapore logistics properties. Yang Kee owns warehouses in Tuas South and Jurong Pier with more than 900,000 sq ft of net lettable area. Also acted for LOGOS in the set up and launch of its initial investment venture, LOGOS Southeast Asia Venture, formed with an initial commitment of S$150 million from Ivanhoé Cambridge with the strategy of owning and developing high-quality, modern industrial and logistics properties located in key Southeast Asian markets. Also led the team representing the joint venture company in the master lease arrangements for the proposed five-level ramp up warehouse in Tuas South at an expected cost of S$150 million, a first for LOGOS in South-east Asia.
- Duty Free International: Acting in the sale by Duty Free International Limited of up to 25% equity interest in DFZ Capital Bhd (DFZ) to Gebr. Heinemann’s subsidiary, Heinemann Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. Deal valued at EUR52.21 million. DFZ, a group subsidiary of DFI, is the largest multi-channel duty free and duty paid retailing group in Malaysia. Representing Duty Free International in its private placements to raise in aggregate about S$18.25 million from Affin Hwang Asset Management Berhad and six other subscribers. She is also acting for Duty Free International in the transfer of its listing from Catalist to the Main Board of the SGX-ST.
- Nyalas Rubber Estates Limited: Acting for Nyalas Rubber Estates Limited in a mandatory general cash offer by its subsidiary, Emerald-Hill Investments Pte Ltd, for all the shares of British & Malayan Trustee Trustees Limited (BMT) other than those already owned or controlled by the offeror at an offer price of S$2.36 per share. She also acted for Nyalas in obtaining the Monetary Authority of Singapore's approval for Nyalas and its associates to be 50% controller for the purposes of the Trust Companies Act. Nyalas is a palm oil producer and investment vehicle controlled by the Lee family that also holds stakes in Malaysia-listed Kuchai Development and Kluang Rubber. BMT is the oldest and only SGX-listed trust company. Control over BMT had changed hands to the Lee family from the Spinolas, a prominent European family that can trace its roots back to the Middle Ages. Valerie advised the Spinola family in the acquisition of their 43.05% stake in, and the takeover offer for, BMT in 2009.
- Otto Marine Limited: Acting as lead partner for Otto Marine Limited in the proposed voluntary delisting pursuant to Rule 1307 of the Listing Manual. The delisting is subject to the consent of holders of S$70 million 7% fixed rate notes due 2016 comprised in Series 002 issued under a S$500 million multi-currency term note programme established and guaranteed by Otto Marine Limited, in a consent solicitation exercise by the issuer, Otto Marine Services Pte Ltd, to seek noteholders’ approval for the postponement of the maturity date and waivers/amendments of financial and other covenants. She is also leading the team acting for the issuer and guarantor in the consent solicitation exercise.
- CCL Industries Inc: Acting for CCL Industries Inc. in 2016 in its acquisition of Zephyr Company (Private Limited) and two Malaysian subsidiaries in Penang and Johor for C$39 million. Zephyr is a leading label converter focused on customers in the electronics industry with sales of C$36 million in 2015. CCL is a world leader in specialty label packaging solutions for global corporations, small businesses and consumers.
- CapitaLand: Acting for CapitaLand as lead partner in its joint venture investment in the consortium (which included a Temasek unit, Singbridge Holdings) which successfully tendered for the Chao Tian Men site (a prime site for a landmark mixed development in Chongqing, China) at a tender price of RMB 6.5 billion (US$1.02 billion). The RMB 21.1 billion (S$4.1 billion) development project will be CapitaLand's largest development in China.
- CapitaLand Commercial Limited: Acting for CapitaLand Commercial Limited (CCT) in the joint bid by CapitaMalls Asia Limited, CapitaMall Trust (through its trustee, HSBC Trust Services) and CapitaLand, which won the tender for the Boon Lay Way Site to the URA, with a top bid of S$969 million in the URA tender of the white site at Boon Lay Way, Singapore, which was developed as a mixed retail-office development. She advised CCT on legal documentation which included the Heads of Terms Agreement, the Joint Venture Agreement, Deed of Trust constituting the Infinity Office Trust and the Deed of Trust constituting the Infinity Mall Trust.
- Mercatus Co-operative Limited: Acting as lead partner for Mercatus Co-operative Ltd’s purchase of 50% stake in nex shopping mall from a Pramerica Asia fund, which valued the Serangoon-located shopping mall at S$1.65 billion, cited in Business Times as possibly the biggest property investment deal of 2012.
- Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (Holdings) Ltd IPO: Acting as legal advisers to Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (Holdings) Ltd as to Singaporean law in a Rule 144A global offering and listing on the SGX-ST, raising S$1 billion, Singapore's largest IPO in 2007.
- OUE Limited: Acting as lead partner for Overseas Union Enterprise Limited’s S$870.5 million acquisition of DBS Towers 1 and 2 (now known as OUE Downtown) from a Goldman Sachs real estate fund. Also acted for the issuer in the S$750 million syndicated loan facility and S$300 million bond issue to finance the acquisition.
- Commerz Real Investmentgesellschaft mBH: Acting as lead partner for Commerz Real Investmentgesellschaft mBH in the sale of 50% shareholding interest in CG-78 Shenton Way Singapore Pte Ltd which owns 78 Shenton Way to (and joint venture with) a property fund managed by a Keppel Land unit. The deal was reported in Finance Monthly. The transaction completed in September 2012 and valued 78 Shenton Way at S$608 million (or S$1,686 per sq. ft.) on net lettable area of about 360,500 sq. ft. In 2016, she acted for Commerz Real Investmentgesellschaft mbH for the account of hausInvest to complete the sale of the remaining 50% share interest in 78 Shenton Way to a property fund managed by Alpha Investment Partners (which is part of Keppel Corporation) which priced 78 Shenton Way property i.e. 100% interest at about S$603 million or S$1,665 per square foot on its total net lettable area of 362,199 sq. ft.
- Multiple clients: Acting as Solicitors to the joint issue managers, joint global co-ordinators, joint book runners and joint underwriters (namely, United Overseas Bank Ltd, UOB Kay Hian Private Limited, DBS Bank Ltd and Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Ltd) in the SGX Mainboard listing and IPO of Pacific Radiance Ltd, a Singapore based offshore marine group. The IPO, priced at S$154.7 million, valued the company at S$653.2 million.
- CapitaCommercial Trust: Acting for CapitaCommercial Trust in its S$430 million acquisition of FirstOffice Pte Ltd which holds Twenty Anson, a Grade A office building, from LaSalle Investment Management and Lum Chang Development Group.
- CapitaLand: Acting for CapitaLand in what is a first for a Grade A building, in its partnership via a joint venture agreement with Collective Works to transform the entire 12th floor of Capital Tower, spanning 22,000 sq. ft. into a premium, high-performance co-working space, which can potentially house up to 250 companies. Collective Works will manage the co-working space on behalf of the partnership.
- CapitaLand: Acting for CapitaLand in its S$91.8 million acquisition of the Big Orange self-storage business from Invista Real Estate International Holdings (Cayman) Limited, including the business of managing and operating self-storage facilities carried on by Big Orange Self Storage Singapore Pte Ltd. CapitaLand operates its self-storage business through the ‘Storhub’ brand and became the largest self-storage company with the widest local network in Singapore with the acquisition.
- OUE Limited: Acting as lead partner for Overseas Union Enterprise Ltd in its S$299.5 million acquisition of Crowne Plaza Changi Airport from LaSalle Asia Opportunity II SARL and LC Hotels Pte Ltd. The purchase of the 320-room hotel next to Changi Airport’s Terminal 3 was structured as a corporate real estate transaction, and won the Best Single Asset Transaction Award at the HICAP Conference in Hong Kong in 2011.
- RECAP: Acting as lead partner for RECAP (Real Estate Capital Asia Partners), a fund in the series managed by SC Capital Partners, in a corporate real estate transaction for a bulk sale of 18 units (part of a stack of 20 units) in Paterson Suites for an undisclosed sum to global investment and advisory firm, Blackstone.
- LaSalle Group: Acting as lead partner for vendor fund (managed by LaSalle Investment Management) in a corporate real estate transaction for the bulk sale of 16 apartments at 111 Emerald Hill (a 40 unit freehold project developed by the LaSalle group) for a confidential sum to a buyer consortium.
- OUE Limited: Acting as a lead partner for Overseas Union Enterprise Limited in its issue of $300 million secured fixed rate bonds due 2013. The bonds were listed on the SGX-ST. Standard Chartered Bank was the arranger and manager of the bond issue which was part of a S$750 million syndicated loan facility. The transaction won Deal of the Month in Finance Monthly.
- TEE Land MTN: Acting as issuer counsel for TEE Land Limited in the establishment of its S$250 million multicurrency medium term note programme. United Overseas Bank Limited and DMG & Partners Securities Pte Ltd were appointed as joint lead arrangers and dealers with regard to the establishment of the programme. Also acted for TEE Land Limited in its inaugural issue of S$30 million 6.50 per cent notes due 2017 under its S$250 million multicurrency medium term note programme.
- Tee International Limited: Acting as issuer counsel for Tee International Limited in the establishment of its S$350 million multicurrency medium term note programme. United Overseas Bank Limited was appointed the lead arranger and dealer with regard to the establishment of the programme. Acted for Tee International Limited in its 2 for 5 bonus warrants issue at an exercise price of $0.25. The warrants were listed and traded on the SGX-ST on 3 June 2014, raising S$49.3 million, assuming all the warrants are exercised.
- Heeton Holdings Limited: Acting as issuer counsel for Heeton Holdings Limited in its establishment of its S$300 million multicurrency debt issuance programme. The programme was solely arranged by DBS Bank and DBS Trustee Ltd was appointed trustee of the holders of the notes. Under the programme, Heeton Holdings may issue senior or subordinated perpetual securities in various amounts and tenors. Also acted for Heeton Holdings on its inaugural issue of S$75 million 5.6% fixed rate notes due 2015 and its S$60 million 5.9% fixed rate Series 002 Notes due 2017. Also acted for Heeton Holdings in its bonus and warrant issue for 44,769,200 bonus shares and 44,769,200 bonus warrants on the basis of 1 bonus share with 1 bonus warrant for every 5 existing shares.
- KSH Holdings Limited: Acting as issuer counsel for KSH Holdings Limited in the establishment of its S$300 million multicurrency medium term note programme, as well as for KSH Holdings’ inaugural issue of S$75 million 5.25% fixed rate notes due 2016. Also acted for KSH Holdings in its prior S$25 million 1% unconditional unsubordinated unsecured Convertible Notes issue.
- Eu Yan Sang International Limited: Acting as issuer counsel for Eu Yan Sang International Ltd’s establishment of its S$300 million multicurrency medium term note programme and issue of S$75 million 4.10% notes due 2018 under the said programme. Also acted for Eu Yan Sang International in its previous issue of S$25 million Fixed Rate Notes Due 2016 and placement of 22 million warrants.
- Abterra Ltd: Acting for Abterra Ltd in its proposed acquisition of commercial property via the purchase of an indirect 60% interest Yangpu Quanan Commercial Management Co., Ltd. (洋浦权安商业管理有限公司) for RMB352.4 million (S$78.9 million) based on an agreed property value of RMB600 million; with a call option to buy the remaining 40% interest for RMB234.9 million (S$52.6 million). The commercial properties comprise 69 units within four buildings located in Beijing Media Village (北京媒体村天畅园) situated within the Chao Yang District of Beijing, PRC.
- Rich Tree Holdings Pte Ltd: Acting for Rich Tree Holdings Pte Ltd in the sale of its 60% interest in Rich Tree Land Pte Ltd to ASX-listed Asian American Group Limited (AAMG). Rich Tree Land had successfully tendered for a 5,446 sq. m. land parcel in the Zhuhai Free Trade Zone to develop a specialist ambulatory medical centre within the Zhuhai-Singapore Life Science Park. Rich Tree Land has appointed AAMG as the project lead manager for the development of the Zhuhai Singapore Life Science Park Phase 1. The development project is estimated to cost S$80 million.
- International Housewares Retail Company Limited: Acting as Legal Advisers to the International Housewares Retail Company Limited as to Singapore Law in the global offering and listing of International Housewares Retail Company Limited (stock code 1373) on the Mainboard of Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The listing, which raised HK$411.5 million, was sponsored by BOC International who was also the Sole Global Coordinator, Sole Bookrunner and Sole Lead Manager.
- Multiple clients: Acting for AmFraser Securities Pte Ltd and Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited who were joint issue managers, underwriters and placement agents in the IPO, on the Singapore Exchange in 2010. The IPO raised S$46.5 million.
- Vision Fame International Holding IPO: Advising the Company as to Singapore Law in the global offering and listing on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (Stock Code 1315). The IPO raised HK$41.5 million.
- Vesta Investment Corporation FRN: Acting for the Administrator in the US$346 million floating rate notes issue in the securitization of Metropolitan and Scotts High Park condominium developed by the CapitaLand and Lippo Groups.
- Channelview Investment Ltd: Acting for Channelview Investment Ltd in its acquisition and delisting of Beyonics Technology Limited by way of a scheme of arrangement. The deal was valued at S$139.2 million.
- Multiple clients: Acting as Singapore counsel to Security Trustee for ABN Amro Bank NV, ING Bank NV and BNP Paribas in the sale of security interest in Sincere Watch Limited in 2009 to a consortium of buyers in a complex S$113 million which involved the default on loan by the previous acquirer, leading to the sale of the charged shares by the lenders and the lenders taking an equity stake in the Offeror.
- Multiple clients: Acting for all 11 distributors (banks and stock brokering firms) in Singapore of the Lehman Brothers Minibond notes in their dealings with the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the trustee of the notes program. The Lehman Brothers Minibond notes case made local headlines after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, with about 8,000 noteholders having invested about S$500 million in the notes program.
- Changjiang Fertilizer Holdings listing: Acting for white knight Wayland Distressed Opportunities Fund I-C LLC in its investment in Zhongguo Jilong Limited (in judicial management) and in the subsequent Scheme of Arrangement in connection with the reverse listing of Changjiang Fertilizer Holdings Limited on the Singapore Exchange in 2009.
- Elite KSB Holdings: Advising listed Elite KSB Holdings Limited in its divestment of core meat-processing business to Kendo Trading Pte Ltd (which is part of an integrated poultry breeding, farming, processing and marketing group) for S$62 million.
- Onex Corporation: Acting as Singaporean counsel for Onex Corporation in its 2007 acquisition of the Health Group of Eastman Kodak Company in a transaction valued at approximately US$2.35 billion.
- OMXH-listed Cargotec Corporation: Acting for a OMXH-listed Cargotec Corporation in its acquisition of Plimsoll Corporation Pte Ltd, a leader in deck machinery for the offshore oil and gas and marine industry in the Asia Pacific region, and in MacGregor Plimsoll's Offshore Services Pte Ltd's amalgamation exercise under Section 215 of the Companies Act in 2009.
- GMG Global Limited: Acting for majority shareholders, GMG Holding (HK) Ltd and Panwell Pte Ltd, in the S$268 million voluntary conditional cash partial offer by Shanghai listed Sinochem International for 51% of natural rubber supplier, GMG Global Limited, in 2008.
- Raffles United Pte Ltd: Acting for offeror Raffles United Pte Ltd who made a mandatory unconditional cash offer for all the remaining shares in Kian Ho Bearings Ltd following Raffles United’s acquisition of 73,192,000 shares in Kian Ho from crane supplier Tat Hong Holdings in a married deal. The offer was at 23.5 cents, the same price Raffles United purchased from Tat Hong Holdings.
- Crown Prince Hotel: Acting in the S$300 million sale of Crown Hotel at Orchard (formerly the Crown Prince Hotel) to Park Hotel Group in 2005. Also represented the owners of the Crown Prince Hotel in its S$180 million debt deal with Farallon Capital Management in 2004.
- Golden Flower Group: Acting for Golden Flower Group in the majority divestment of 55 Devonshire Road to an associate of Oxley Land, valued at $1,380 psf in 2010.
- MGPA: Acting for private equity property group MGPA in its sale of 162 apartments in The Cascadia to Keppel Land’s Alpha Investment Partners, valued at about $1,280 to $1,300 psf.
- Q&M Dental: Acting for Q&M Dental Group in its investments in dental clinic groups in Beijing (Aiyahsi) and Nanjing (Dan De) in 2010.
- Singapore Shinei Sangyo: Acting for the owners in the S$82 million sale of Singapore Shinei Sangyo Pte Ltd to Solectron.
- Titan Orient Lines: Acting as Singapore Counsel for Titan Orient Lines Pte Ltd’s US$55.1 million acquisition of Neptune Orient Lines Limited’s tanker business.
- Golden Flower Group: Acting for Golden Flower Group in its S$40 million acquisition of a controlling stake in Shining Corporation Ltd, now known as Pollux Properties Ltd.
- UOB Kay Hian Private Limited: Acting for UOB Kay Hian Private Limited’s acquisitions of Millennium Securities Pte Ltd and the OUB Securities Pte Ltd’s stock-broking business in 2002.
- GMR Coal Resources: Advising GMR Coal Resources Pte Ltd in the proposed reverse takeover transaction by United Fiber System Limited, to acquire from PT Dian Swastatika Sentosa Tbk and GMR Coal Resources Pte Ltd 96.99% of the share capital of PT Golden Energy Mines Tbk (an IDX-listed coal company), a deal worth S$2.24 billion.
- Multiple clients: Acting for KSH Holdings Ltd, Lian Beng Group Ltd and Heeton Holdings Ltd in their joint venture investment in Cambodia, which has plans to redevelop the Imperial Garden Villa & Hotel on the 15,882 sq. m plot of land at Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh. Also represented the Singapore joint venture partners in their subscription for exchangeable bonds to fund the acquisition. The purchase consideration for the land and hotel was US$64 million.
- Global Active Limited: Acting for delisting of Global Active Limited in connection with the Exit Offer by OSIM International Ltd, in 2005. Global Active Limited owns the General Nutrition Center franchise in Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and certain US military and naval bases in Japan and Korea. The company retails and distributes nutraceutical products which include supplements, vitamins, minerals, herbs and functional foods.
- IFLR1000: Leading Lawyer 2016 for Mergers and Acquisitions, 2011-2013, 2015, 2016
- "[Valerie Ong] ...knows her stuff ... She's very good in her area of work ... she protects clients' interests. She'll go the extra mile for her client." - IFLR1000 Leading Lawyer 2013
- Chambers Global: Leading Individual for Corporate/M&A, 2013-2015
- “…Valerie Ong is cited as a key corporate partner in the practice, handling M&A and capital markets. Highlights include advising Imperial South East Asia Investment, a joint venture vehicle set up for investment into Cambodia to redevelop the Imperial Garden Villa and Hotel” - Chambers Asia Pacific 2016, Corporate/M&A: Domestic: Singapore
"…Valerie Ong is an experienced practitioner who divides her time between M&A and capital markets work. She is known for her expertise in the real estate sector, where she has advised on numerous high-profile Singaporean and overseas developments.” - Chambers Global Guide 2015, Corporate/M&A: Domestic: Singapore
- Chambers Asia: Leading Individual for Corporate/M&A, 2013-2015
- “…Valerie Ong is … a "very experienced lawyer, who is very dedicated to advancing her client's position." She has extensive experience in advising developers and funds on real estate acquisitions, both in Singapore and overseas.” - Chambers Asia Guide 2015, Corporate/M&A: Domestic: Singapore
- According to sources, Valerie Ong is a very pragmatic lawyer who will make sure you are protected, but also give you the commercial standpoint." - Chambers Asia Guide 2013, Corporate/M&A: Domestic: Singapore
- Asialaw: Recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Corporate/M&A, 2014
- "... Valerie Ong has been advising GMR Coal Resources on a high-profile reverse takeover announced by United Fiber System involving Indonesia's Golden Energy Mines" –Asialaw Profiles – Corporate/M&A, 2014
- "Corporate partner Valerie Ong represented CapitalCommercial Trust Management and HSBC Institutional Trust as manager and trustee in its S$430 million acquisition of FirstOffice, which owns 20 Anson, a Grade A office building." - Asialaw, 2013
- "... In a highlight deal on the banking side this year, corporate partner Valerie Ong... advised Overseas Union Enterprise in respect of a S$750 million transferable term loan facility with an embedded debt security conversion option." - Asialaw, 2012
- Lawyer Monthly: Deal Maker of the Year, 2013
- Asia Pacific Legal 500: "Valerie Ong [is] recommended." - Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2013
- Expert Guides: Recognized as a leading international mergers and acquisitions lawyer for China, 2012, 2011
- Who's Who Legal, 2008: recognised in the Mergers & Acquisitions chapter
- Co-author, "Raising The Ante Of Staying On The Mainboard - SGX Minimum Trading Price Comes Into Effect", Rodyk Reporter - Business Bulletin, April 2015
- Co-author, "MAS Proposes Changes To Prospectus And Other Regulations", Rodyk Reporter - Business Bulletin, June 2010
- Co-author, "China Lifts Road Block On Red Chip Listings", Rodyk Reporter - Regional Reports, December 2005
- Author, "Venture Funding in Singapore - Some Legal Issues", International Financial Law Review Private Equity and Venture Capital (International Financial Law Review, 2001)
Activities and Affiliations
- Member, ASEAN Committee of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce
- Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Finance, Trade and Industry Resource Panel
- Independent Director, Sarine Technologies Ltd, the first Israeli company to list on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (Main Board)
- Independent Director, Chemical Industries (Far East) Limited (a Main Board listed company)
- Member, Income Tax Board of Review, 2004-2013
- Past officer (membership and website) of the Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee of the International Bar Association
- Organiser and Panelist, Dentons Rodyk Inaugural Myanmar Business Leaders' Summit - Yangon, June 1, 2016
- Entrepreneurial Environment - What Makes The Difference?, October 22, 2014
- The Road To An IPO : Which, When, How And Where?, June 7, 2013
- M&A and Acquisition Financing, April 10, 2013
- 2013 & 10th Annual Mergers & Acquisitions In China Summit, January 17, 2013
- Mergers & Acquisitions, S-Chips and the China Experience, June 27, 2012
- Current Trends In M&A In Asia - Delistings And Relistings, February 1, 2012
- Fund Raising for Family and Private Businesses in the Middle East, October 31, 2011
- Present and Future Trends of CAFTA Trade In Goods, Services and Investment, September 26, 2011
- Singapore Inbound M&A Process, Planning & Strategies, April 13, 2011
- Mergers & Acquisitions - A South East Asian Perspective, February 1, 2011
- Advising the Entrepreneur Who Seeks to Raise Capital - Pitching Interviews and Term Sheet Negotiations, October 4, 2010
- Managing International M&A And Takeover Transactions, April 9, 2010
- Cross-border Acquisitions By Private Enterprises In The Current Economic Environment: The Old Obstacles & New Opportunities, October 7, 2009
- Corporate Governance As A Competitive Differentiator That Enhances Long-Term Shareholder Value, October 31, 2006
- Developments In Corporate Compliance And Governance, June 21, 2006
- Recent Amendments To The Securities & Futures Act, January 19, 2006
Prior and Present Employment
- Senior Partner - Dentons Rodyk (formerly Rodyk & Davidson LLP), 2002 - present
- HelenYeo & Partners (1999 - 2002)
- Tan & Tan (now known as Tan Kok Quan Partnership) (1997 - 1999)
- KhattarWong (1992 - 1997)
- Allen & Gledhill (1988 - 1991)