TEO Shih Yee David


David is a Corporate Partner of the Firm, and practices in the area of corporate and commercial law, with a special focus on M&A (mergers and acquisitions) and tax advisory practice.  His clients include MNCs, financial institutions (including trust companies and fund management companies), local SMEs, listed companies and REITs (real estate investment trusts) and public regulatory bodies. 

David also advises high net worth individuals, private banks and trustee companies on Singapore tax and trust matters.  Whenever the opportunity arises, he also assists charities and non-profit organizations. He is a member of the audit committee of a charitable organization in Singapore.

His experience include:

  • Represented a venture capital firm based in Indonesia specializing in growth capital investments in startups, which has invested US$11,000,000 in an Indonesian e-commerce start-up.
  • Represented a Singapore home grown SME in the packaging industry (with subsidiaries in China, Mexico and the US) on an investment of up to S$13,000,000 by a Singapore-based private equity fund.
  • Represented a F&B group within the ASEAN region on an equity and debt investment of US$15,000,000 by a Hong Kong-based private equity fund.
  • Represented a children gym business within the ASEAN region in relation to an equity investment of up to US$14,000,000 by a Malaysia-based private equity fund.
  • Represented a Singapore Exchange (SGX)-listed entity in response to a show cause letter from SGX on alleged breach of SGX Listing Manual.
  • Represented numerous SGX listed companies on compliance with SGX Listing Manual, in particular, continuing disclosure obligations.
  • Represented a SGX-listed company in its application to SGX for removal from Watch List.
  • Advised a foreign regulatory authority on Singapore Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and Singapore bilateral tax treaties, and their implications on additional buyers stamp duties in Singapore.
  • Advised MNCs in international tax planning to ensure tax efficient group holding structure and provide analysis on various tax treaty issues, stamp duty relief applications, and GST advance tax rulings.

David graduated with an LL.B. from the National University of Singapore in 2002, and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in July 2003. He was also admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales in 2005.

David completed the final examinations of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in 2008, and is an ACCA Affiliate. He also holds a B.Sc. (Upper Second Class Hons.) in Applied Accounting under the ACCA/Oxford Brookes University Degree Partnership.

David also has experience as a mediator with the Community Mediation Centre in Singapore.  He speaks English, Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia.

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