Kwan Mei Soh

Kwan Mei Soh joined Cleveland & Co in 2019 in order to support our investment services, real estate investment, private equity funds and general corporate and commercial practices. She brings a wealth of experience and will be key to the firm’s expansion in the APAC region.

Kwan Mei obtained her degree in law from the National University of Singapore and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 2008. She has since undertaken a wide range of global-facing work, with four years within the general corporate-commercial space followed by seven years in the investment world (REIT management, sell-side institutional IMAs, representing the investor in exploring direct investments/tie-ups in real estate development and advising IMs in private equity funds).

Kwan Mei works with businesses in the investment management and real estate investment management sectors and therefore understands how they operate. This understanding combined with her legal background and commercial acumen, make her a trusted advisor to her clients and a valuable member of the Cleveland & Co team. When she’s not working across multiple time zones setting the pace for round the clock in-house coverage, Kwan Mei is dedicated to having fun with her pesky children, working on her garden and exploring new places.

Expertise

Kwan Mei has developed a variety of skills namely in relation to:

  • Commercial contracts
  • Corporate Agreements
  • Corporate Restructuring
  • Corporate Sponsorship
  • Financial Services Regulation (including Competition Law, GDPR)
  • GC Services
  • Intra-group Agreements
  • Introducer Agreements
  • Joint Venture
  • Legal Department Building
  • Legal Research
  • Legal Strategy
  • M&A
  • Private Equity Funds
  • Real Estate & Hospitality
  • Service Agreements

Experience

  • Kelvin Chia Partnership: general corporate-commercial work
  • Aviva: assisted with the Asia-Pacific corporate restructuring project involving M&A work, liaising with the insurance and financial services regulator, reassessing JV partnerships, negotiating corporate sponsorship agreements, implementing group level policies and subsequent commercial and employment matters related to the restructuring.
  • REIT manager (REIT listed on the SGX):assisted with negotiation of hotel leases, hotel management agreements, sublease agreements, tenancy agreements, service agreements, confidentiality agreements, banking and finance documents such as ISDA contracts, term loans, revolving credit facilities and bank guarantees.
  • BlackRock: specialised in coordinating internal sign-offs on bespoke investment management agreements from various institutional clients (typically sovereign wealth funds, MNCs, insurance or pension funds).
  • Chinese (private equity) organisation in the Middle East: managed the legal department and drafted, reviewed and negotiated term-sheets for direct investments and local tie-ups in the real estate development space as well as managing general corporate and commercial legal matters (including service agreements, HR and employment) and subsidiary incorporation and other business start-up related work.

Professional Appointments/Memberships

  • Kwan Mei qualified as a lawyer in Singapore and is a Registered Foreign Lawyer with the Solicitors Regulation Authority in England and Wales.

Qualifications

  • Qualified as an Advocate & Solicitor in Singapore and Registered as a Foreign Lawyer in England and Wales
  • LLB (Hons) Law – The National University of Singapore
  • Claritas Investment Certificate, November 2015, CFA Institute
  • REIT Management exam 2012, The Institute of Banking & Finance
  • CFA UK Level 4 Certificate in Investment Management (IMC) Unit 1 – Investment Environment, November 2021

Languages

  • English
  • Conversational Mandarin

Kwan Mei Soh joined Cleveland & Co in 2019 in order to oversee our investment services, general corporate and commercial, real estate investment, and private equity funds practice. She brings a wealth of experience and will be key to the firm’s expansion to Australia and the APAC region. 

Kwan Mei obtained her degree in law from the National University of Singapore and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 2008. She has since undertaken a wide range of global-facing work in the general corporate and commercial as well as investment management fields, with four years within the general corporate-commercial space followed by seven years in the investment world (REIT management, sell-side institutional IMAs, representing the investor in exploring direct investments/tie-ups in real estate development and advising IMs and investors for IM, private investments and fund-related matters).

Kwan Mei works with businesses in the investment management and real estate sectors and therefore understands how they operate. This understanding combined with her legal background and commercial acumen, make her a trusted advisor to her clients and a valuable member of the Cleveland & Co team. When she’s not working across multiple time zones setting the pace for round the clock in-house coverage, Kwan Mei is dedicated to having fun with her pesky preschoolers, working on her home and exploring new places.

Expertise

Kwan Mei has developed a variety of skills namely in relation to:

  • Commercial contracts
  • Corporate Governance and Restructuring
  • Corporate Sponsorship
  • European Medium Term Notes
  • HR & Employment
  • Intra-group Agreements
  • Joint Venture arrangements
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate acquisitions
  • Real estate funds including REITs
  • Real Estate lease and management agreements
  • Regulation, including GDPR
  • Service Agreements

Experience

  • Aviva: assisted with the Asia-Pacific corporate restructuring project involving M&A work, liaising with the regulator, reassessing current JV partnerships, negotiating corporate sponsorship agreements, implementing group level policies and subsequent commercial and employment matters related to the restructuring.
  • BlackRock: specialised in coordinating internal sign-offs on bespoke investment management agreements from various institutional clients (typically sovereign wealth funds, MNCs, insurance or pension funds).
  • REIT manager: assisted with negotiation of hotel leases, hotel management agreements, sublease agreements, tenancy agreements, service agreements, confidentiality agreements, banking and finance documents such as ISDA contracts, term loans, revolving credit facilities and bank guarantees.
  • Chinese (private equity) organisation in the Middle East: managed the legal department and drafted, reviewed and negotiated term-sheets for direct investments and local tie-ups in the real estate development space as well as managing general corporate and commercial legal matters (including service agreements, HR and employment) and subsidiary incorporation and other business start-up related work.

Professional Appointments/Memberships

  • Kwan Mei qualified as a lawyer in Singapore and is a Registered Foreign Lawyer with the Solicitors Regulation Authority in England and Wales.

Qualifications

  • LLB (Hons) Law – The National University of Singapore
  • Claritas Investment Certificate, November 2015, CFA Institute
  • REIT Management exam 2012, The Institute of Banking & Finance

Languages

  • English
  • Conversational Mandarin

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