LaunchPlus: Singapore – new resource for Singapore’s increasingly lively and dynamic start-up scene

14 Jun 2017

International law firm Simmons & Simmons has today launched its dedicated online resource for start-up hedge fund managers in Singapore.

Simmons & Simmons LaunchPlus: Singapore, offers a comprehensive support service for emerging managers in Singapore to assist the successful launch and operation of a new hedge fund management business.

The resource builds on the award-winning UK version for start-ups in London created by the firm’s leading UK hedge fund practice, and the Hong Kong version which was launched in May this year.

The product won “Best New Legal Product” in the 2016 Lawyer Business Leadership Awards last year and continues to grow from strength to strength.

As Singapore continues to develop as one of the world’s leading international asset management and investment fund centres, the regulatory environment is ever evolving and adapting, with public consultation on the much anticipated proposed Singapore Variable Capital Companies (S-VACC) framework for Singapore domiciled funds having concluded in April. In such a dynamic setting, LaunchPlus: Singapore is a timely and valuable addition to Singapore’s startup scene. 
Jek-Aun Long, partner and head of the funds practice at Simmons & Simmons JWS, the firm’s Joint Law Venture in Singapore, commented:

As Singapore’s start-up scene in the hedge funds space grows livelier and more dynamic, this award-winning tool will give emerging managers a competitive edge and head-start in a highly regulated industry. The Singapore start-up scene can expect an even more exciting time when the S-VACC regime kicks-in in 2018 and more hedge funds choose to domicile here.”

He continued:

“We have seen a significant uplift in new fund launches in recent months. The emerging managers we work with value expert and practical guidance when navigating the legal and regulatory environment that at times can seem daunting for any new business just starting up. Professionals seeking to add value to the industry will need to be relentless in coming up with innovative and productive solutions that benefit their clients practically.”

LaunchPlus: Singapore is a tool like no other and yet another first for the firm, securing Simmons & Simmons’ position as the leading onshore hedge fund firm. The firm already boasts the largest hedge fund team in London and provides global support to hedge funds in Hong Kong, Singapore and throughout Europe and the Middle East alongside US support from New York hedge fund specialists Seward & Kissel LLP.

LaunchPlus: Singapore is hosted on the firm’s online services platform An introductory video is available at LaunchPlus: Singapore.

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