Jek-Aun has a wealth of experience in private and retail funds as well as listed funds/capital markets work, including private equity, real estate, infrastructure and hedge funds and ETFs. His transactional and advisory experience includes acting for domestic and international clients on the structuring, establishment, registration and marketing of onshore and offshore funds or managed accounts investing in a spectrum of asset classes, and advising on licensing, regulatory and securities laws issues. He also advises corporate and institutional clients, university endowments, tertiary institutions and sovereign wealth funds in connection with their investments in funds, and assists fund managers with the establishment of their operations in Singapore.
Jek-Aun has advised on closed-ended and open-ended corporates, unit trusts and limited partnerships. He also advises on share disclosure issues under the Securities and Futures Act.
- Recent Work
- advising various Singapore based start-up managers on the establishment and launch of hedge funds
- advising a Singapore based VC fund manager on the establishment of a Fintech fund
- advising various Singapore based managers on the establishment of PE real estate funds
- advising the Singapore office of a French investment management group on the establishment of a guaranteed fund under an umbrella unit trust scheme
- advising an Asian investment management group on the establishment and launch of various ETFs
- advising various foreign managers on the establishment and licensing of their Singapore fund management operations
- advising various domestic and overseas managers as well as FIs regarding the marketing and/or registration of funds for offer in Singapore
- advising a Singapore university on its investment in a “first loss” fund arrangement.
Jek-Aun is based in Singapore. He was formerly a partner and a funds practice group head in the financial services department of a big four domestic law firm. He has been specialising in investment funds and regulatory work since 1998 and is considered a veteran by many in the Singapore fund management industry. He has also worked at various other prominent law firms in Singapore and Hong Kong. While in Hong Kong, he specialised in funds and regulatory work at another leading multinational law firm.
Jek-Aun speaks and writes regularly on legal and regulatory issues concerning the fund management industry. His past speaking engagements include speaking at the HFM Singapore Operational Leaders’ Summit 2016, the AVCJ Private Equity & Venture Forum (Singapore 2015 and 2016), the Institute of Banking and Finance 2010 Compliance Seminar: Responding to Global Regulatory Evolution and the UBS APAC Journalists Forum 2010. He co-wrote the Singapore Chapter of The Asset Management Review and the Singapore Chapter of the International Guide to Hedge Fund Regulation and has contributed articles to the Financier Worldwide, the International Financial Law Review, the Capital Markets Law Journal and Lexis Practical Guidance Singapore (Private Equity Funds). Jek-Aun’s views on legal and regulatory developments in the industry are also often sought by various trade publications.
Jek-Aun has been regularly cited over the years by prominent international legal directories for his expertise and as a leader in his field, with clients interviewed attesting that he “is someone we can rely on to cover all the aspects” and highlighting his ability to “visualise the transaction from beginning to end at the outset and rendering practical advice”. He has “a deep understanding of fund management and the applicability and impact of the regulations” and “is a good counsel, very professional and knowledgeable”, and “he is particularly noted for his specialism in private funds, and his clientele comprises major offshore and onshore funds, as well as private equity firms and hedge funds”. Jek-Aun is singled out for his “very strong practice” in the investment funds space and clients are also impressed by his “prompt response and practical advice”.
Jek-Aun has most recently been ranked in Chambers 2016 Singapore in the Investment Funds category and has won plaudits for his extensive expertise in this space, representing leading asset managers. Sources have remarked that he “always responds quickly with commercially viable solutions” and have highlighted his “strong client-focused attitude”.