Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and ICOs

Our lawyers are heavily involved in advising companies and individuals on all aspects of blockchain, ICO and STO-related matters.

We are one of the few firms worldwide whose Fintech practice group includes an in-house Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Specialist.

Focus Law Asia is also one of the law firms in the new Payments Regulatory Evaluation Programme (PREP), a programme recently launched by the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Singapore Academy of Law. PREP was created with the objective of connecting companies in the payment services industry with legal service providers who would be able to meet their compliance needs.

Our Specialists

Mimi Ahn

Kazutaka Mori

Richard Lee

Christine Chae

Our People

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Mimi Ahn

Associate Director

Mimi is a Korean national and was called to the bar in April 2015, making her one of just a handful of Koreans who is fully qualified to practice Singapore law. Mimi’s practice focuses on International Commercial Arbitration and Litigation. She has represented clients in international arbitration under various institutional rules (including SIAC, ICC and LCIA), seated in major arbitration venues, such as New York and Singapore. Mimi also regularly appears in Singapore High Court for various civil and commercial matters.

On the advisory front, Mimi advises clients on crypto related projects in Singapore as well as assists in drafting commercial documents such as shareholders’ agreements and sale and purchase agreements.

Mimi has maintained her close ties to Korea since moving to Singapore and provides legal assistance to many Korean companies and nationals in Singapore. Mimi is also currently appointed as the legal advisor for the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Singapore.

Areas of Practice

Commercial Disputes & Litigation

International Commercial Arbitration

Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and ICO

Corporate Commercial Advice

Employment Law

Korea Desk

Qualifications

JD, Singapore Management University

MA, Yonsei University

BA, University of Sydney

Admissions

Advocate and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore

Kazutaka Mori

Business Development Manager

Kazutaka Mori was registered as a Japanese lawyer in 2010 and worked at a Japanese law firm whose main business is M & A and overseas advancement support. After that, Mr. Mori worked at the Singapore office of Global Law Farm (Eversheds) from 2017 to 2018.

Mr. Mori is engaged in Asian legal affairs, mainly in Singapore, and provides legal services to support cross-border transactions, advance to Asia and business development.

Recently, advisory work related to advanced business such as FinTech is rapidly increasing. In particular, Mr. Mori provides services such as support for the establishment of a crypto currency exchanges in ASEAN countries, building business model based on regulations of each country, review of white paper, and preparation of legal opinion on ICO or STO.

弁護士登録後、M&Aやビジネス法務を主要業務とする大阪の法律事務所(弁護士法人Mercury General)等にて合計約6年間勤務後、英国を本拠地とする大手グローバルローファーム(Eversheds)のシンガポールオフィスにジャパンデスク責任者として常駐。

シンガポールを中心にアジア法務に従事し、クロスボーダーM&Aやアジア進出・展開・統括に関するリーガルサービスを提供している。

近年は、フィンテック等最先端ビジネス関連のアドバイザリー業務の比重が増えている。とりわけアジアにおける仮想通貨関連の依頼が多く、ASEAN各国の仮想通貨交換所の設立に関する規制アドバイス・当局との対応業務、ICOやSTOを行うに際して、各国の規制を踏まえたストラクチャリング、ホワイト・ペーパーのレビュー、利用規約等各種必要書類の各国準拠法に基づいたドラフト、リーガルオピニオンの作成などの業務を提供している。

Areas of Practice

Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and ICO

Corporate Commercial Advice

Japan Desk

Qualifications

Bachelor of Law, Kobe City University

J.D. Osaka City University

Richard Lee

Blockchain & Crypto Specialist

Richard Lee is our Blockchain and Crypto Specialist, with a focus on ICOs and STOs. He regularly advises on token economy structuring, listing on crypto exchanges, and token sales to crypto funds and venture capital funds.

Richard also provides regulatory and marketing advice to clients seeking to launch ICOs and STOs in Singapore.

Prior to joining FLA, Richard was Head (Singapore Office) with Chain Partners, the first, and one of the largest, global blockchain company builder from Korea.

Richard also has a strong background in investment banking. Richard previously worked in the investment banking divisions at Yuanta Securities, KB Securities, and Hana Financial Investment, where he was heavily involved in IPOs, M&As, structured finance, ABS, and the issuance of stocks and bonds.

Areas of Practice

Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and ICO

Korea Desk

Qualifications

Certificate of Investment Manager in Korea

Certificate of Equity, Fund and Derivatives Investment Consultant in Korea

MBA, National University of Singapore

Christine Chae

Director of Focus Asia Consulting

Christine is our Korean Business Formation Specialist. Having lived in Singapore for more than 13 years, she is a Singapore Citizen and possesses MOM Employment Agency license, Council for Estate Agency license, and MAS Financial Advisor license. She is also currently a steering committee member of the Korean Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.

Christine regularly assists clients with incorporation and corporate secretarial work in Singapore as well as visa and work permit applications. She has deep expertise in assisting Korean corporate and individual clients looking to expand their business to Southeast Asia, and also advises clients on the Global Investor’s Programme. She also offers a one-stop solution for the clients who are looking to launch ICOs in Singapore.

Christine previously worked for the Korean Embassy, International Organisation the Asia Europe Foundation, and the CJ Group.

Areas of Practice

Employment Law

Business Formation & Management

Korea Desk

Qualifications

MOM Employment Agency License

MAS Financial Advisor License

Certificate of Real Estate Salesperson

Steering Committee member of KOCHAM

MBA, Ewha Womans University

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