Chicago Booth Alumni Relations and Career Services cordially invite alumni to attend a Start-up Networking Event - Start-ups and the Law at our Singapore Center.
Chicago Booth Singapore is proud to co-host a special event with Rajah & Tann Singapore, one of the largest full service law firms in Singapore and Asia, with more than 500 lawyers across all offices and practice areas.
The evening will feature a panel comprising legal experts from Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP, as well as start-up players. The focus will be on the legal frameworks, issues and challenges of stakeholders operating in the VC, start-up /SME eco-system in Asia as well as Singapore.
The panel will cover issues such as:
- Fund-raising documentation and processes
- Structuring start-ups for success and onward investment
- Mitigating and resolving stakeholder disputes, contested exit strategies
- IP-who owns the assets?
- Regulatory issues
- Patents-do you need a patent? If so, when?
19:00 Panel Discussion and Q&A
20:00 Networking Reception
Join us for this Start-up Networking Event at the Chicago Booth Singapore Center.
No charge, free to attend but registration is required.
Julie Morton (Speaker)
Associate Dean, Career Services and Corporate Relations, Chicago Booth
Paul Singh Gill ’09 (AXP-8) (Moderator)
Paul has more than two decades of experience analysing process flows in both manufacturing and service organizations, and over the last seven years has been a serial entrepreneur – starting companies offering services such as oncology and neuroscience contract research, improving laboratory processes and operational due diligence, among others.
Besides a passion for connecting the dots between strategy and operational outcomes, Paul is also a consummate business development professional, and has patiently built an ever-expanding network of contacts that span governments, academia, private companies and non-profits in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America primarily.
As a seasoned senior executive and business owner, Paul has been able to combine deep domain knowledge with broad-based managerial experience to benefit a wide array of organizations in industry sectors as diverse as healthcare, chemicals manufacturing, gold and copper mining, insurance & asset management, banking & financial services, web search, data protection and business process outsourcing.
Paul holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He also earned a Master of Science degree in Petroleum Economics from the Institut Francais du Petrole (French Petroleum Institute, Paris, France) and another MSc degree in Mineral Economics from the world-renowned Colorado School of Mines (Colorado, USA). His BA degree was earned at the State University of New York (NY, USA) in Economics. Paul's early education (up till pre- university) was completed in Singapore. Paul is a member of the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore and the Singapore Productivity Association.
Besides an interest in nature trekking, Paul has been a volunteer at the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA Singapore) since 2006.
Another activity Paul relishes is mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs – and to that end he is actively invovled in numerous start-up incubators, accelerators and Business Plan competitions. In January 2016, Paul was appointed by the National University of Singapore's enterprise arm (NUS Enterprise) as an advisor to its Hydropreneur Lean Launchpad program.
Teo Yi Jing (Panelist)
Partner, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP
Yi Jing focuses on corporate finance transactions and is the Co-head of the Private Equity Practice Group where she also advises in respect of Capital Markets and Mergers and Acquisitions. Her area of practice includes advising investors on their target investments or acquisitions as well as advising companies seeking growth financing. She has advised on all stages of financing, whether debt or equity, from the initial stages of signing a term sheet to IPO.
Yi Jing actively advises companies on their listing obligations and has also advised on a wide range of general corporate transactions. She has been recommended in Capital Markets in The Asia Pacific Legal 500 2013 which notes that "Yi Jing is very dedicated and has good interpersonal skills". She has also been mentioned in the IFLR 1000 (2016 Edition).
Joseph Phua, ’13 (Panelist)
Joseph Phua is an avid entrepreneur and the founder of Paktor, the #1 dating app in SE Asia. Joseph founded Paktor after getting "dumped" out of an 8-year relationship; he decided to help himself, take things into his own hands and went out to create the most successful dating app in the region.
With the emergence of Paktor in July 2013, Joseph is set to revolutionize the way we meet partners. Joseph's hope is that Paktor will continue to provide effective hook-ups and make an impact on the dating industry to bring match-making service with a focus on human interaction to a new level.
Moving quickly to make his vision a reality, Joseph and his team began extending their services to introducing Gaigai, Paktor's new offline business arm to bring users together through its one-to-one matchmaking services and social dating events. Gaigai was introduced in Q3-2014 and is set to leverage on Paktor's network of over 5 million app users on Paktor.
Joseph comes from a long line of successful family entrepreneurs, and he honed his business acumen at both New York University's Stern School of Business where he received his B.Sc. in Finance and the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business where he did his MBA. Prior to entrepreneurship, Joseph worked in the consulting and banking industries, at McKinsey and Citigroup, and spent a few years in luxury retail while based inShanghai.
Jonathan Yuen, ’10 (AXP-9) (Panelist)
Partner and Head, Business Fundamentals, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP
Jonathan heads the firm's SME-focused practice group, Rajah & Tann Business Fundamentals (RTBF) which provides tailored advice, documentation, support and solutions for start-ups and SMEs. RTBF leverages on the deep expertise and experience of the firm's proven, industry-leading practice groups, and scales it for SMEs—creating holistic, affordable and effective legal solutions for start-ups and SMEs. Jonathan's practice focuses on advising and representing clients in complex corporate disputes arising from mergers & acquisitions, management buy-outs, joint-ventures, investments, fund-raising and divestments.
Jonathan works closely with institutional investors and PE firms to identify and mitigate commercial and litigation risk in the course of fund-raising, deployment, process and leadership change management in target companies and fund exit and has frequently advised and represented clients at commercial and contentious negotiations at all stages of the investment cycle—from angel / venture investments, to growth equity and to investments in distressed assets. He is described by clients as "sharp, thorough and solution driven" and "generates solutions that are thoughtful, clear and achieve business objectives."
Tan Yung Yih, ’15 (AXP-14) (Panelist)
Tan Yung Yih co-founded HungryGoWhere and helped lead it to be the number 1 food portal in Singapore. HungryGoWhere was acquired by SingTel for $12m in 2012 which was the biggest exit for an internet startup in Singapore at that time.
He has a background in Management Consulting, Corporate Finance and Product Development. He is passionate about building disruptive companies that reach scale. He is currently working on Microgrids in emerging markets as well as mentoring startups. He recently completed his Executive MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.