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WONG LIANG KOK
Joint Managing Director
Corporate, Banking & Finance Department

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Qualifications & Admissions

Attended National University of Singapore on Singapore Press Holdings Group Scholarship
Obtained Bachelor of Laws (2nd Upper Division Honours) (1992)
Admitted as Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore (1993)
Attended University College London
Obtained Master of Laws (Merit) (1995)
Life Member of Convocation of University of London (1995)

Career History

Attached to the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme during University vacations
Chambered with Wong Yoong Tan & Molly Lim, a firm founded by lawyers from the English International law firm of Freshfields in 1992
Joined Wong Yoong Tan & Molly Lim as a legal assistant in 1993
Joined Tan Peng Chin & Partners as an associate in 1994
Became a partner in Tan Peng Chin & Partners in 1998
Currently the Head of the Corporate, Banking & Finance Department in Tan Peng Chin LLC

Areas of Practice

Liang Kok has been doing solicitor's work for local and foreign clientele, and across borders, since 1992. As a Senior Director in the Firm's Corporate, Banking & Finance Department which also consists of the following practice groups Corporate Governance & Services, Mergers & Acquisitions, Asset & Wealth Management, Technology & e-Commerce, Knowledge Management, one of his principal responsibilities is to ensure that even though the Firm has expanded into the full service and speciality law corporation it is today, it continues to provide clients with customised services at competitive rates and with that personal touch as when it was first set-up.

Liang Kok has been invited to give talks organized by Enterprise Promotion Centres, Singapore Institute of Management, Singapore Polytechnic Graduates Guild and DocCredits, on topics such as Start-Up Business Ventures, Company Directors’ Duties and Liabilities, Negotiating and Drafting Joint Venture Contracts, Introduction to Agency, Distributorship, Licence & Franchise and Legal Aspects of Structured Trade Finance. He has also tutored for the Legal Case Studies course at the National University of Singapore.

Outside of practice, Liang Kok has also served as an advisor for a S-League club.

Publication
Shaping An Attractive Financial Services Industry, Wong Liang Kok and Tshering P. Bhutia, IFLR 100, 2010 edition.

Legal Quotations

Along the legal journey, I have often come across quotes which comfort, inspire and influence, and in this column, I will like to share with you a few choice ones on:

Training to become a lawyer – If you are resolutely determined to make a lawyer of yourself, the thing is more than half done already (Abraham Lincoln)

The early struggles – During the first few years at the Bar, every barrister suffers far more trials than he ever conducts in court (R.E. Megarry)

Enjoying work – You give your best not because you need to impress people. You give your best because that’s the only way to enjoy your work (Andrew Matthews)

Whether to be a Rainmaker – A lawyer whose compensation bears no relation to his legal skills (Daniel R. White)

Recruiting new lawyers – I will have no man work for me who has not the capacity to become a partner (J.C. Penney)

Leading a team of law professionals – Leadership is not wielding authority, it’s empowering people (Becky Brodin)

Being successful in a law partnership – I owe whatever success I have attained, by and large, to my ability to surround myself with people who are smarter than I am (Andrew Carnegie)

Humility –

“The law the lawyers know about
Is property and land;
But why the leaves are on the trees,
And why the winds disturb the seas,
Why honey is the food of bees,
Why horses have such tender knees,
Why winters come when rivers freeze,
Why Faith is more than what one sees,
And Hope survives the worst disease,
And Charity is more than these
They do not understand.”
(H.D.C. Pepler)