Kyle LEE is the Joint Head of the WPGrow: Start-Up / Venture Capital Practice, a Partner in the Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions Practice, and a Partner in the FinTech Practice.

His main areas of practice encompass venture capital and start-up matters, local and international mergers and acquisitions, fintech, and general corporate and commercial transactions.

Kyle participated as a member of the core working group for the development of the Venture Capital Investment Model Agreements, an initiative spearheaded by the Singapore Academy of Law and the Singapore Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, to allow early stage financing deals to be consummated efficiently.

Kyle graduated on the Dean's List from the National University of Singapore and is admitted to the Singapore Bar. Prior to his university studies, Kyle relocated from Malaysia to Singapore after he was awarded the ASEAN Scholarship.

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

  • Both investors and start-ups in venture capital investments across the spectrum of funding rounds including recent matters such as (a) Openspace Ventures in the Series A funding round of Nutrition Technologies (awarded an Honourable Mention as Deal of the Year 2019 by Asian-Mena Counsel and the only early stage venture capital deal to be recognised); (b) Doctor Anywhere in its US$27 million Series B fundraising round jointly led by Square Peg, EDBI, and IHH Healthcare; and (c) Temasek in the US$75 million funding round raised by ShopBack.
  • Award-winning public M&A transactions such as the S$13.8 billion contested cash offer for Fraser and Neave, Limited by TCC Assets Limited and Thai Beverage Public Company Limited, in what was then the largest M&A transaction in Singapore's corporate history.
  • Private M&A transactions such as the $1.6 billion disposal by Singapore billionaire Mr Peter Lim of Sasteria Pte. Ltd. to Rowsley Ltd., to be satisfied by the issuance of shares in Rowsley Ltd.
  • Cross-border M&A transactions such as the S$1.71 billion sale by CapitaLand Limited of a group of companies which hold 20 retail malls in China to China Vanke Co. Ltd., SCPG Commercial Real Estate and HOPU Investment Management.
  • FinTech providers such as banks, big data companies, ICO issuers, private share exchanges and FinTech start-ups on matters such as United Overseas Bank Limited's strategic alliance with Grab Holdings Inc. to deliver financial services to Grab Holdings Inc’s ASEAN-wide user base.
  • Private equity firms and sovereign wealth funds such as KKR & Co. L.P. in the debt and structured equity financing to 8S Capital Holdings Pte. Ltd. and its corresponding cash offer for 800 Super Holdings Limited.

Related Practices

  • Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions
  • FinTech
  • WPGrow: Start-Up / Venture Capital

Kyle is recommended as a highly regarded lawyer in the area of M&A / Technology and Telecommunications by IFLR1000 - The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, 2019 and 2020. Kyle is also cited in The Legal 500: Asia Pacific – The Client's Guide to the Asia Pacific Legal Profession 2017 for the area of Corporate and M&A in Singapore.