Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow, the member firm of Baker McKenzie International in Singapore, has strengthened its real estate practice with two new senior appointments. Geraldine Ong has joined the Firm as a Principal and will be leading the Real Estate Group in Singapore. Sharon Tan, who used to work with Geraldine closely on a full range of complex real estate matters, has also recently joined the Firm's Real Estate Group in Singapore as a Local Principal.

Geraldine has 30 years of real estate experience and was formerly the head of the real estate practice of one of the major local law firms in Singapore. Geraldine is recognised by legal directories Chambers Asia Pacific and Legal 500 Asia Pacific as a leading lawyer in the Singapore real estate market.

Geraldine and Sharon have been representing award-winning property developers, institutional investors, REITs, MNC real estate users, financiers, and private wealth clients from Singapore, Hong Kong, China and across the Asia Pacific region.

They bring with them substantial legal know-how and insights on the full spectrum of real estate transactions in Singapore, Asia and globally, including major real estate merger and acquisition transactions, direct sale and purchase of commercial, residential and industrial real estate assets, structured real estate financing, property development joint ventures, hotels and integrated resort projects, real estate leasing projects for developers, anchor tenancy transactions for MNC occupiers, developer conveyancing projects, collective sale projects of residential and commercial properties, data centres and other industrial real estate transactions.

Apart from their many years of private practice experience, Geraldine and Sharon also bring to the Firm their real estate in-house legal experience from the Jurong Town Corporation and the UOL Group respectively.

Commenting on these two senior appointments, Andy Leck, Managing Principal of Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow, said, "We are very delighted to welcome Geraldine and Sharon to our team in Singapore. Seasoned real estate practitioners like Geraldine and Sharon will greatly augment our transactional and advisory teams in delivering integrated local and cross-border legal solutions to help our clients navigate and succeed in the increasingly complex business environment."

Rico Chan, Asia Pacific Chair of the Real Estate Practice, added: "Geraldine and Sharon are invaluable additions to the broad and deep real estate practice we have established across Asia.  Singapore in and of itself is a major real estate, hotels, integrated resorts and data centres market in Asia. It is also Southeast Asia's hub for execution and financing of many major real estate transactions. I am very confident that Geraldine's vast experience in Singapore real estate as well as cross-jurisdictional transactions will take our real estate service capabilities in and from Singapore to an even higher level of excellence. Geraldine's and Sharon's in-house real estate legal experience will also enable us to add the 'real estate industry lens' to our legal services and solutions for clients."

Geraldine said: "I am very excited to be part of Baker McKenzie's real estate team. The real estate markets in Singapore, Asia and globally continue to be very vibrant. I'm hearing from clients about their needs for seamless cross-border legal services to help them navigate and succeed in our increasingly complex business world. This is what has particularly drawn me to join Baker McKenzie. Its depth in the real estate sector and its unrivalled global network give me a great platform to serve my clients even better. I very much look forward to working with my colleagues in the Firm to provide great legal services to our local, regional and global clients."
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