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Sin Khai Tan

Fax +886.2.2325.5838
Fax +65.6507.8111
Mr. Tan is a partner in K&L Gates’ Taipei office. He focuses on business transactions, corporate financing, and mergers and acquisitions. He has more than two decades of post-admission experience which includes advising on numerous takeovers, mergers and privatization of listed companies, listings, debt capitalization of publicly traded and private companies, securities placements, bonus share issuances, capital reductions, share option schemes, debt and quasi-equity issuances, syndicated loans and securities regulatory compliance. Mr. Tan also has considerable experience handling venture capital and private equity investment transactions, debt restructuring and the sale and purchase of business assets and business divisions.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates in 2004, Mr. Tan was an executive director of a Singapore based boutique law corporation that specialized in corporate law. He has also previously held positions as in-house counsel to a large telecommunications conglomerate in Asia and as a registered foreign lawyer at a top British law firm based in Hong Kong. 

Mr. Tan's speaking engagements have included lecturing to post-graduate students at National Cheng-Chi University, presenting to an audience of international lawyers on the topic of directors’ liabilities, presenting to Chinese SMEs on the topic of reverse takeovers and presenting to IPO candidates at Santa Clara, California.


  • Recognized as a recommended lawyer for banking and finance in the 2014 Asia Pacific Legal 500.
  • Recognized by Marine Money Offshore in 2015 for completing the 'Leasing Deal of the Year'.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • The Law Society of England and Wales 
  • European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan
  • Represented the acquirer in the acquisition of an oil drilling rig, including advising on its onward sale and leaseback.
  • Represented the borrower in a multi-million United States Dollar secured syndicated term loan and bank guarantee facility.
  • Represented numerous borrowers in several term loan facilities transactions.
  • Represented numerous acquirers in leveraged buyout restructurings.
  • Represented the lessee in restructuring a sale-and-leaseback transaction.
  • Represented the acquirer in a US$200 million acquisition of Southeast Asian assets and operations by a mining and explorations business.
  • Represented the investor in an investment and acquisition of interests in Mongolian companies engaged in mineral exploration and mining.  
  • Represented the issuer in a private placement of US$200 million secured exchangeable notes by a Singapore company, exchangeable into and secured by ordinary shares of a Jakarta Stock Exchanged listed company pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S.
  • Represented the issuer in a private placement of US$325 million guaranteed senior secured notes by Singapore company, guaranteed by Jakarta Stock Exchange listed company pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S.
  • Represented the issuer in a private placement of US$300 million secured exchangeable notes by a Singapore company, exchangeable into and secured by ordinary shares of a Jakarta Stock Exchanged listed engineering, procurement and construction services and independent power production company pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S.
  • Represented the issuer in an IPO onto NASDAQ of American Depositary Shares of Silicon Motion Technology Corporation.
  • Represented Array Inc in its admission to GreTai Securities Market in Taiwan. This was the first case ever of direct admission in Taiwan of a foreign corporation’s shares for public trading.
  • Represented CoAdna Holdings, Inc. in its admission to the Taiwan Stock Exchange.    
  • Represented Highlight Tech Corporation in its joint venture with BOC by spin-off of business unit.
  • Acted for the offeror in the partial offer for Avaplas by Arrk Corporation of Japan.
  • Acted for the offeree in the general offer for Times Publishing by Fraser & Neave.
  • Represented Pan Pacific Public Company in its merger with SNP Corporation.
  • Represented NM Holdings in its privatisation and delisting.
  • Represented  the vendors in the sale of the holding company of Hong Kong listed Renren Media Holdings.
  • Represented the vendors in the sale of shares in a Congo business by China Resources Development & Investment.
  • Represented Hong Kong-listed Star East Holdings in its capital reorganization.
  • Represented Singapore-listed Thai telco, Total Access Communication in its issuance and sale of shares.
  • Represented a PRC insurer in its private placement of securities to a major European insurer, a Japanese bank and a Government-linked investment corporation.
  • Represented a European airline in its acquisition of a PRC airline.
  • Represented issuers, vendors and investors in numerous cases of private equity or venture capital investments.
  • Represented an English professional partnership in Hong Kong in its partnership restructuring.
  • Represented CDC Group of UK in its reorganisation into the Actis Capital Group.
  • Represented numerous borrowers in multi-million dollar syndicated loan facilities, term loan facilities and bank guarantee facilities.
  • Represented Thai conglomerate, Pornpat, in its debt restructuring.