Ben Chester Cheong

Mr Ben Chester Cheong

Lecturer, Law Programmes

School of Law

Tel: +65 6240 8816

Email: YmVuY2hlc3RlcmNoZW9uZ0BzdXNzLmVkdS5zZw==

Educational Qualifications

Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme, Solicitors Regulation Authority, completed and passed MCT and OSCE – qualifying exams to practice law in UK

Singapore Bar Exams (also known as Part B), ranked 3rd out of 664 candidates with 3 distinctions (placed on SILE Commendation List) – qualifying exams to practice law in Singapore

2014 - 2015
Master of Law (LL.M.), First class in International Commercial Litigation module, Churchill College, University of Cambridge, UK

2011 - 2014
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), First Class Honours, University of Exeter, UK

Academic and Professional Experience

2020 - Present
Of Counsel, Financial Services (Regulatory), RHTLaw Asia LLP

2018 - Present
Lecturer, School of Law, Singapore University of Social Sciences

2017 - 2018
Associate, Finance & Projects, Baker McKenzie.Wong & Leow

Legal Executive, Finance & Projects, Baker McKenzie.Wong & Leow

Practice Trainee, Finance & Projects, Baker McKenzie.Wong & Leow

2015 - 2016
Relevant Legal Trainee, Corporate Finance, Shook Lin & Bok LLP

Ben Chester Cheong
"Granting legal personhood to artificial intelligence systems and traditional veil-piercing concepts to impose liability" (2021) 1(9) SN Social Sciences 231, pp 1-20

Ben Chester Cheong et al.
"Legal Risks Beneath Blockchain-enabled Smart Contracts", Singapore Law Gazette (January 2021)

Ben Chester Cheong
"Teaching Law in a Lockdown", The Post-Pandemic University (5 December 2020)

Ben Chester Cheong et al.
"Oppression – personal wrongs or corporate wrongs: A commentary on Ascend Field Pte Ltd and others v Tee Wee Sien and another appeal [2020] SGCA 14", Singapore Law Blog (6 July 2020)

Ben Chester Cheong
"Context is the most Important Factor: One-man Companies and Corporate Attribution in Singapore", Oxford Business Law Blog (12 June 2020)

Ben Chester Cheong
"More needs to be done to protect consumers against errant car dealers", TODAY (11 December 2019)

Ben Chester Cheong
"Director's appointment clauses: The Wellness Group Pte Ltd v Paris Investment Pte Ltd and others [2018] SGCA 47", Singapore Law Blog (13 January 2019)

Ben Chester Cheong
"The decision in Re J (Care proceedings: Possible perpetrators) [2013] UKSC 9 is appalling and means that vulnerable children can no longer be sufficiently protected. Did the Supreme Court have no option but to conclude that the threshold criteria had not been made out?" (2015) 4(1) Westminster Law Review.

Ben Chester Cheong
"SMRT: Duty of Care of a Public Body" (2014) 6 The Student Journal of Law.

Ben Chester Cheong
"What is the Role and Purpose of Parliamentary Select Committees?" (2012) United Kingdom-Singapore Law Students' Society Law Review 24-26.

Admitted as Solicitor, Senior Courts of England & Wales

Admitted as Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore

2021 - Present
Accredited Mediator, Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI)

2021 - Present
Treasurer, Asia Pacific Institute of Experts (APIEx)

2021 - Present
Member, Singapore Institute of Directors (SID)

2021 - Present
Committee Member, Community Legal Clinics, Law Society Pro Bono Services (LSPBS)

2020 - Present
Member, The Law Society of Singapore

2020 - Present
Member, The Society of Legal Scholars

2019 - Present
Member, Law Society of England & Wales

2017 - Present
Member, Singapore Academy of Law

2016 - Present
Life Member, The Oxford & Cambridge Society of Singapore

  • Legal academic and corporate finance lawyer with approximately 5+ years of legal experience. Currently with RHTLaw Asia as an Of Counsel. Previously with an international law firm, Baker McKenzie, for almost 2 years with a practice focus in the areas of international securities and financing-related transactions. Represented both public and private issuers and underwriters in equity and debt offerings and exchange listings. This includes US offerings pursuant to Rule 144A, offerings outside the US under Regulation S, initial public offerings and traditional private placements. Advised clients on international debt restructurings and liability management, including tender and exchange offers and consent solicitations. Advised lenders and borrowers on domestic and international banking and finance transactions.

  • Formerly with Shook Lin & Bok, a 100-year old law firm in Singapore. Trained in corporate finance and assisted on matters such as mergers & acquisitions, cross border dual listings (including HKSE) as well as debt listings for local corporations. Assisted listed clients and financial institutions on further capital raising, corporate governance, regulatory and corporate compliance issues.
  • Artificial Intelligence Law
  • Contract, Corporate & Commercial Law
  • Public Law
  • Newspaper interview by The Straits Times, Singapore, "Dislodged ventilation duct at Nex cinema: 5 unanswered questions" The Straits Times (3 September 2020).
  • Radio interview with Lance Alexander and Melanie Oliveiro, Singapore Today, "More needs to be done to protect consumers against errant car dealers" CNA938 (12 December 2019).
  • 2017

    Placed on the SILE Commendation List for coming in joint 3rd (with one other) out of 664 candidates in the Part B of the Singapore Bar Course and Examinations 2016 with 3 distinctions in Advanced Corporate Practice, Family Law Practice and Ethics & Professional Responsibility

  • 2015

    First class in the International Commercial Litigation module on the LL.M.

  • 2014

    Stones Solicitors LLP Prize for the best LL.B. dissertation

  • 2014

    2nd highest in cohort (overall weighted average mark) out of 241 students on the LL.B.

  • 2014

    Dean's Commendation 2013/14 (awarded to less than 1 in 40 students)

  • 2013

    Dean's Commendation 2012/13 (awarded to less than 1 in 40 students)

  • 2013

    Highest mark in the Commercial Law module

SUSS Award for Teaching Excellence – Honourable Mention

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