Our Director, Elaine Phang, holds a LLB (Hons) degree from Queen Mary College, University of London where she graduated in 1992. She did her barrister course in 1993 and was a member of Gray’s Inn, London. Thereafter, she returned to Singapore and was called to the Singapore bar in 1994.
She is an Associate Mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre; a Court-appointed Volunteer Mediator and a member of the Singapore Business and Professional Women’s Association.
Elaine has had more than 20 years’ of experience in legal practice which focused on Company Law and Corporate and Commercial Law and Estate Planning.
She began her career in the Banking Litigation department of a major law firm and later moved in-house for the next 10 years across 3 global MNCs before moving back into corporate and commercial legal practice.
Her experience in the corporate legal arena includes sale and purchase of shares, sale and purchase and assets, project and equity financing and commercial transactions including lease and tenancy management.
Elaine has represented both purchasers and vendors in a number of mergers and acquisitions; one of which was a reverse takeover and another, an acquisition of a formerly publicly traded company.
In funding exercises with venture capitalists, start-up companies and established IT companies, she has provided invaluable advice at the seed, mezzanine and bridge financing stages; which involved preferred equity financing, convertible loan note financing and other forms of debt financing.
During these projects, she kept a close watch on her clients’ interests which varied from risks surfacing at due diligence to securing management rights and subsequently, to formulating lucrative exit strategies at closure.
Her experience also includes project financing of utility projects such as tolls, waste-management and water projects when she was Legal Counsel in one of the three global multinational corporations.
In these project financings, she negotiated and drafted key project agreements as Company Lawyer and maintained her principal’s financial interests in negotiations on financing documentation by, for instance, making sure that the desired credit enhancement mechanisms were in place.
During her stint as Legal Counsel in a US MNC, she carried a dual portfolio of a Company Lawyer in Singapore and Risk Management ; a portfolio which comprised of legal work relating to corporate agreements ; such as shareholder agreement, share sale and purchase agreement; and commercial contracts such as services agreements, service level agreements, supply of services contract, sale of goods contract, facilities management contracts and risk management processes. There, she single-handedly built the Asia-Pacific risk management framework to mitigate risks in all areas, in particular legal and actuarial risks.
As a Corporate Lawyer, Elaine is steadfast about structuring for her clients investor-friendly and regulation-compliant entities to attract and maintain funding and financing.
As a Business Lawyer, she manages her clients’ commercial transactions from service and supply agreements to e-commerce agreements and franchise and licensing contracts.
To her start-up and SME clients, she is their corporate lawyer and commercial lawyer who ensures they enter into safety-standards-compliant business contracts in e-commerce, in procurement, in marketing and branding, in client-services by ensuring that they operate within risk-mitigated frameworks.
She also adds value to her relations with her clientele by helping them manage and maintain their strategic business alliances and assets and ensuring they are well protected for their intellectual property in terms of trademarks, copyright, patents with a view to giving the business a sustainable value through a licence or franchise or distribution agreements. “It is always gratifying to see your clients prosper.”
As mediator, Elaine sees numerous advantages in mediation over traditional litigation as a dispute-terminating tool. Her clients are appreciative of the costs and time savings they see in this method of dispute-resolution.
Elaine is committed to supporting entrepreneurs and startups and is passionate about cultivating fresh perspectives to “entrepreneurship”; a trademark of a true commercial lawyer, a business lawyer.
Some areas of her continuing legal education include: International Financial Law Executive Program conducted by the New York Institute of Finance; Knowledge Management; Risk Management.
I have always believed that every business, especially a fledgling, deserves all the help it needs.
Therefore, we, at Avodah Advocates, shall always do that extra bit and give you some value add on top of the agreed service whenever we can; be it sharing know-how, matching connections, practical tips and so forth.
Often, our clients have become our business partners and alliance in a shared journey.
Trust is inevitably, always established along the way with our clientele. They often realise our value-add hand-holding does not come with any hidden costs.
We always stand by our business practice of a fair fee assurance.
And............we always stand by our clients.......
Avodah advocates your business.