Stephanie YEO is a Partner in the Restructuring & Insolvency and Special Situations Advisory Practices.

Her main area of practice is restructuring and insolvency with a focus on formal and out-of-court cross border restructurings.

Stephanie graduated from Singapore Management University and is admitted to the Singapore Bar. During her time in SMU, she participated in various international moot competitions including the International Law Moot Court Competition “Asia Cup” in Japan and the William C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna.

She is a member of INSOL and has been a facilitator for the Insolvency Law Practice Sessions in the Preparatory Course leading to Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations since 2015. Stephanie was selected to be part of the 2021 International Insolvency Institute's NextGen Leadership Programme which recognises the most prominent young lawyers, insolvency professionals and academics in the world.

Stephanie was seconded to the Restructuring Group in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis over the course of 2018 and 2019.

Matters of significance in which Stephanie has been involved in include:

  • Acting as lead counsel for the Japanese bankruptcy trustee in Re Opti Medix (in liquidation) and another matter [2016] SGHC 108, a landmark decision recognizing the trustee’s appointment over two British Virgin Islands companies that was nominated for Most Important Recognition Decision in the Global Restructuring Review Awards 2017.
  • Acting as one of the lead partners in the US$3.3 billion restructuring of Pacific International Lines which involved a combination of an in-court restructuring of over US$1 billion through one of the largest and most complex schemes of arrangement to be sanctioned by the Singapore court since the implementation of the new restructuring regime in Singapore as well as an out-of-court restructuring of the company’s remaining debts. The restructuring also involved a US$600 million investment by Heliconia Capital Management through a combination of debt and equity instruments.
  • Acting for the ad hoc committee of bondholders in respect of the cross-border restructuring of Noble Group Limited.
  • Acting for and advising the judicial manager of Altus Shipping & Logistics Pte Ltd, an international conglomerate which involved a novel credit-bid structure for the acquisition of the assets.
  • Acting for the former shareholders of a public-listed multinational pharmaceutical company, in an application to set aside an arbitration award granting damages amounting to more than US$500 million against them: [2018] SGHC 275.
  • Acting for Indian Senior Advocate, Mr Harish Salve, in the first application ever made to the Singapore courts for ad hoc admission of an Indian Senior Advocate: [2017] SGHC 28.

Related Practices

  • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Special Situations Advisory

Recognised as a Rising Star for restructuring and insolvency at the IFLR Rising Stars Awards Asia-Pacific 2022, Stephanie was also featured in the second edition of Global Restructuring Review's 40 under 40 list that highlights the next generation of accomplished cross-border restructuring and insolvency specialists around the world.

Her practice expertise has been recognised in The Legal 500: Asia Pacific – The Client's Guide to the Asia Pacific Legal Profession and Chambers Asia-Pacific – Asia-Pacific's Leading Lawyers for Business and she has been described as a “lawyer who is skilled beyond her years” and is “able to balance complexities and sensitivities of the many parties involved in a restructuring matter”. “Her ability to package issues and solutions in easy-to-understand ways is a remarkable skill and one that others aspire to have”.