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Eric Lai

T: +65 6661 6529 M: +65 9023 9296 Email Eric | vCard Office: Singapore

Eric Lai Associate at Virtus Law

Contact details

Eric Lai

Eric Lai
Associate at Virtus Law

T: +65 6661 6529 M: +65 9023 9296 Email Eric | vCard Office: Singapore

Eric is a corporate lawyer  at Virtus Law*. He provides transactional and regulatory advice to public and private corporations, private equity and venture capital firms and high-growth start-ups.
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He assists clients on a range of matters, including M&A, fundraising, joint venture, restructuring, employment, convertible note, share swap, ESOP, corporate guarantee, financing, investments, security arrangement, compliance review and commercial agreement and negotiation.

Eric has particular experience in technology, life sciences and healthcare sectors. He has also written on director duties, ESG considerations and telemedicine.

With an interest in emerging markets, he had undertaken a stint in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Eric graduated from Singapore Management University with a Juris Doctor and Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Linguistics and Multilingual Studies.

*Virtus Law LLP (T13LL0339K) and Stephenson Harwood LLP (T13LL0821C) are registered as a Formal Law Alliance in Singapore under the name Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance. Both firms are registered in Singapore under the Limited Liability Partnership Act (Chapter 163A) with limited liability. The term "partner" is used to refer to a member in one of the constituent law firms.

  • Public and private M&A
  • Private equity and venture capital
  • Corporate
  • Commercial, outsourcing and technology
  • Finance

Shearwater GeoServices

Advised Norwegian marine seismic services provider, Shearwater GeoServices, on its US$650 million cross-border acquisition of the marine seismic acquisition assets and operations of WesternGeco.

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Advised European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on its US$40 million acquisition of a stake in Uzbekistan’s Food Retailer Korzinka.

Global cloud-based supply chain management platform

Advised a global cloud-based supply chain management platform on the acquisition of a logistics execution platform valued in excess of US$1.5 billion.

Global healthcare technology company

Advised a world leader in data, technology, advanced analytics, and contract research services on its acquisition of a global functional services provider with expertise in oncology and rare diseases.

Korean pharmaceutical company

Advised a major Korean pharmaceutical company on its acquisition of a Swiss contract laboratory.

Hydropower plant 

Advised an India-based acquirer on its US$90 million acquisition of a stake in a hydropower plant.

Dentsu International

Advised Dentsu International on its media acquisitions in Asia and post-acquisition matters.

EMPG

Advised Dubai-based unicorn EMPG on its acquisition of Thailand’s largest online marketplace.

Temasek Lifesciences Accelerator

Advised Temasek Lifesciences Accelerator on the spin-off of certain assets and related investments, and its investment into a game changer in the COVID-19 testing arena.

Shopback

Advised a Singapore-based cashback rewards company with a presence across Asia Pacific on its Series D fundraising and other corporate and employment matters.

Nasdaq-listed world leader in social media

Advised PE exits and investments into a subsidiary of a Nasdaq-listed world leader in social media.

Touchstone Partners

Advised Touchstone Partners on its investment into a social commerce platform with a presence in Vietnam and Singapore.

Leading Indonesia B2B Marketplace

Advised a leading Jakarta-based B2B marketplace on its ESOP. 

OnMic

Advised OnMic, a voice-streaming social network platform with a presence in Singapore and Vietnam, on early stage investment by a leading Southeast Asian VC Fund with a Vietnam focus.

Leading cloud-based hotel management provider

Advised a leading cloud-based hotel management provider on convertible notes and share swaps.

More: Private equity and venture capital

Circles Asia

Advised a Warburg Pincus backed pan-Asian MVNO on contractual matters.

Parkway Pantai

Advised Parkway Pantai, is one of the leading providers of private healthcare services in Asia, on its cross border vendor arrangements.

Altman Solon

Advised Altman Solon, the world's largest strategy consulting firm focused exclusively on the telecoms, media, and technology sectors, on its Singapore expansion, corporate structure and contracts localisation.

Leading solar energy provider

Advised a North Asian investor, developer and operation in the green energy industry on its solar joint venture project in Kazakhstan comprising several corporate and financing matters.

China co-working space provider

Advised one of China’s largest co-working space company on its proposed expansion into Singapore.

UK-based global software corporation

Advised UK-based global software corporation with a pioneering enterprise robotic process automation software on its Singapore ESOP.

More: Corporate

Microsoft

Advised Microsoft on a range of legal matters.

Deliveroo

Advised Deliveroo on a range of legal matters.

Vuulr

Advised Vuulr, a B2B digital film and TV marketplace, on data protection / privacy matters and contract negotiations.

Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed global chemical manufacturer

Advised a Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed global chemical manufacturer on regulatory, policies and risk analysis in relation to its plants and operations across multiple product lines in Singapore.

Vale S.A.

Advised global mining group Vale S.A. on a multi-jurisdictional digital signatures project.

Leading Argiculture Group

Advised a UK-listed agriculture group on its employment contracts review for benchmarking and gaps analysis.

Singapore Press Holdings

Advised Singapore Press Holdings on its £205 million portfolio financing in relation to its student accommodation portfolio in the UK.

Russia coal producer

Advised one of Russia’s largest coal producer on its US$900 million structured term financing.

Major Korea construction company

Advised a major Korea construction company on security arrangements involving chattel mortgage and bespoke arrangements with its Singapore JV partner.

Financing matters

Advised various lenders and borrowers on a range of financing mandates globally.

More: Finance

  • Technology
  • Life sciences
  • Energy and natural resources

EMPG

Advised Dubai-based unicorn EPMG on its acquisition of Thailand’s largest online marketplace.

Shopback

Advised a Singapore-based cashback rewards company with a presence across Asia Pacific on its Series D fundraising and other corporate and employment matters.

Altman Solon

Advised Altman Solon, the world's largest strategy consulting firm focused exclusively on the telecoms, media, and technology sectors, on its Singapore expansion, corporate structure and contracts localisation.

Leading cloud-based hotel management provider

Advised a leading cloud-based hotel management provider on convertible notes and share swaps.

Dentsu International

Advised Dentsu International on its media acquisitions in Asia and post-acquisition matters.

Global cloud-based supply chain management platform

Advised a global cloud-based supply chain management platform on the acquisition of a logistics execution platform valued in excess of US$1.5 billion.

More: Technology

Temasek Lifesciences Accelerator

Advised Temasek Lifesciences Accelerator on the spin-off of certain assets and related investments, and its investment into a game changer in the COVID-19 testing arena.

Parkway Pantai

Advised Parkway Pantai, is one of the leading providers of private healthcare services in Asia, on its cross border vendor arrangements.

Global healthcare technology company

Advised a world leader in data, technology, advanced analytics, and contract research services on its acquisition of a global functional services provider with expertise in oncology and rare diseases.

Korean pharmaceutical company

Advised a major Korean pharmaceutical company on its acquisition of a Swiss contract laboratory.

More: Life sciences

Shearwater GeoServices

Advised Norwegian marine seismic services provider, Shearwater GeoServices, on its US$650 million cross-border acquisition of the marine seismic acquisition assets and operations of WesternGeco.

Leading solar energy provider

Advised a North Asian investor, developer and operation in the green energy industry on its solar joint venture project in Kazakhstan comprising several corporate and financing matters.

Hydropower plant 

Advised an India-based acquirer on its US$90m acquisition of a stake in a hydropower plant.

Vale S.A.

Advised global mining group Vale S.A. on a multi-jurisdictional digital signatures project.

Russia coal producer 

Advised one of Russia’s largest coal producer on its US$900 million structured term financing.

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