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Zhao Yang Ng

Local Principal
Baker & McKenzie Wong & Leow

Biography

Ng Zhao Yang is a local principal in the Employment Practice Group of Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow in Singapore. He has over 7 years of experience advising regional and multinational clients on employment law and immigration matters in Singapore.

He has been recognised by Chambers & Partners as the only Associate to Watch for the Singapore Employment section since 2017. Clients who spoke to Chambers described him as an "extremely effective individual" who is "very responsive, pragmatic and able to communicate in a very simple and effective style". He has also achieved Rising Star status in the "Singapore - Labour and employment - Local firms" category for the 2020 edition of the Legal 500 Asia Pacific.

Practice Focus

Zhao Yang specialises in employment law and immigration issues in Singapore. He is experienced in assisting clients through the life cycle of employment from both the legal and the commercial perspectives. Further, he also advises clients with respect to the various immigration issues relating to their foreign workforce in order to assist clients in achieving the desired outcome in an increasingly tricky space

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised a global diversified healthcare company on international aspects related to the spinoff of its biopharmaceutical division to shareholders of a newly-formed US subsidiary corporation
  • Advised an American company that designs and manufactures electronic and bio-analytical measurement instruments and equipment in relation to the transfer of employees in Singapore due to a restructuring.
  • Advised a multinational company regarding a breach of the Central Provident Fund Act. Successfully achieved a 50% waiver of late payment interest with no penalties imposed on the client.
  • Advised an international bank in the drafting of employment documents templates. Coordinated with counsels from 12 other jurisdictions to customise the templates for compliance with respect to the law in their respective jurisdictions for use by the bank’s various branch offices.
  • Advised a multinational company with respect to the various issues related to the closure of their Singapore office, including but not limited to, termination of all employees, termination of lease and transfer of client contracts to the parent company
  • Advised an international company specializing in manufacturing furniture regarding an employee who was abusing his authority resulting in many of his subordinates resigning, drafted warning letters to said employee.
  • Advised an international consulting firm on the issues that arose from their failure to adhere to Singapore immigration regulations. We proposed practical solutions to resolve the above matter and ultimately the relevant authority decided not to pursue the matter. 
  • Advised an international company regarding typical expat arrangements in Singapore, including but not limited to provision of housing and transport allowances and relocation cost reimbursement.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of Singapore - Member
  • Singapore Academy of Law - Member

Admissions

  • Singapore (2012)

Education

  • King's College London, UK (LL.B. (Second Upper Class Honours))

Languages

  • English
  • Mandarin