Annabelle YIP is the Joint Head of the Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice of WongPartnership LLP. She is also a Partner in the Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Establishment and Employment Practices.

Annabelle is a fellow of the Singapore Institute of Directors and sits on its Branding and Communications Committee and Board of Directors Survey 2019 Committee. She was previously Vice President (Corporate Services) and Head of Legal and Risk Management of Singapore Airport Terminal Services Limited (now known as SATS Limited), a portfolio company of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited listed on the Mainboard of the Singapore Exchange.

Annabelle sits on the board of directors of The Substation Limited and Checkpoint Theatre Limited, both registered arts charities which are Institutions of a Public Character in Singapore.

Annabelle graduated from the National University of Singapore. She is admitted to the Singapore Bar. She obtained her LL.M. from King's College London, University of London, specialising in Corporate and Commercial Law.

Significant transactions that Annabelle has been involved in include advising / acting for the following:

  • Frasers Property Limited in the acquisition of an approximately 47.82% stake in PGIM Real Estate AsiaRetail Fund Limited ("AsiaRetail") for up to S$970.5 million in aggregate, and for FCT Holdings (Sigma) Pte. Ltd. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Frasers Centrepoint Trust) in the acquisition of an approximately 18.80% stake in AsiaRetail for up to S$379.9 million in aggregate, from multiple fund investors.
  • ESR Funds Management (S) Limited (the manager of ESR-REIT) in the merger with Viva Industrial Trust by way of a trust scheme of arrangement. The merger valued Viva Industrial Trust at S$936.7 million and created Singapore's fourth largest industrial REIT with approximately S$3 billion in property assets. This deal won Best Singapore Deal at the FinanceAsia Awards 2018 and M&A Deal of the Year (Midsize) at the ALB SE Asia Law Awards, 2019.
  • Thai Beverage Public Company Limited ("THBEV") as Singapore compliance counsel for in the bid and subsequent acquisition by Vietnam Beverage Company Limited, in which THBEV has a 49% stake, of a 53.59% shareholding interest in Saigon Beer-Alcohol-Beverage Joint Stock Corporation (Sabeco), for approximately VND109,965.6 billion (approximately US$4.8 billion).
  • SMRT Corporation Ltd. ("SMRT Corp"), SMRT Trains Ltd. ("SMRT Trains") and SMRT Light Rail Pte. Ltd. ("SLRT") on the transition of SMRT Trains to a new licence to be granted by the Land Transport Authority of Singapore ("LTA") to operate the North-South, East-West line and Circle line mass rapid transit systems and the Bukit Panjang light rail transit system under the new rail financing framework, and the transfer of ownership of the rail operating assets of SMRT Trains and SLRT, including trains and signalling systems, to the LTA (estimated at approximately S$991 million) in connection therewith, including seeking the approval of shareholders of SMRT Corp for the transfer.
  • SMRT Corp in the S$1.2 billion offer by Belford Investments Pte. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited ("Temasek"), for all the issued ordinary shares in SMRT (other than those already held by Temasek) via a scheme of arrangement under Section 210 of the Companies Act (Chapter 50 of Singapore).
  • Singapore Post Limited (“SingPost”) in connection with the review of the circumstances surrounding SingPost’s consideration and approval of the acquisition of TradeGlobal Holdings, Inc.

    Related Practices
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Employment
  • Business Establishment

Annabelle is recommended as a leading practitioner in various publications including Who’s Who Legal (M&A and Governance), the Experts Guides - Women in Business Law, Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law, Asialaw Leading Lawyers – The Guide to Asia-Pacific's Leading Lawyers and Asialaw Profiles – The Guide to Asia-Pacific's Leading Domestic Law Firms. Annabelle was named the winner in the General Corporate category for Singapore in the International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Awards 2017.

She has been noted by Asialaw Profiles as a lawyer who provides "in-depth knowledge of Corporate and Singapore issues", "is extremely experienced in corporate M&A, restructuring and governance" is praised for her "very good commercial acumen" and being "willing to go the extra mile to provide additional value-add". In IFLR1000 - The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms she has been praised as an individual that "provides prompt and good quality advice, very experienced and competent lawyer".