Mike’s main areas of practice include Commercial and Corporate Advisory (Mergers & Acquisitions, Fundraising, VCCs), Financial Services Regulatory (Private Equity/Venture Capital Funds, Private Equity and Fintech), and Technology and Digital Business Services.
A champion for start-ups and technology, Mike is listed as a legal adviser under the Payment Regulatory Evaluation Program, an initiative by the Singapore Academy of Law and the Monetary Authority of Singapore for payment service providers.
Mike has advised various fintech start-ups on payment services matters and is frequently instructed on complex payment services and cryptocurrency related matters. Amongst others, Mike has advised on, merchant acquisition services; real-estate backed digital tokens, gold-backed digital tokens; utility tokens; digital payment tokens; and e-money issuance.
Mike also advises asset managers on legal and regulatory aspects of their fund management business, including fund formation and structuring of specialized funds, series and seed investments, offering rules for offers of interests of private and retail collective investment schemes, share disclosure requirements, licensing and registration for the asset managers, ongoing legal and regulatory obligations, and other issues pertinent to their business.
“Recommended” and mentioned as “a specialist in the fintech space” by clients on the Legal 500 2020/2021 for financial services regulatory and “Notable Practitioner” on IFLR1000 for mergers and acquisitions in 2019, Mike is a forward-thinking practitioner who understands the intricacies of his clients’ business.
Prior to joining PDLegal LLC, Mike practised in a leading commercial law firm and was one of the pioneer members of the blockchain, cryptocurrency and digital token offerings practice. Mike regularly advises commercial and corporate matters. Some notable matters include advising a Singapore blockchain technology firm in its cross-border M&A deal and post Series A funding round from a venture capital fund; and advising an Indonesian fintech crowdfunding platform on their Series A founding round of over US$8 million.