Our People

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Focus Law Asia

Shem Khoo

Managing Director

Elaine Seow

Director

Mark Tan

Director

Tetsuo Kurita

Counsel

Mimi Ahn

Associate Director

Hannah Cheang

Associate Director

Christian Teo

Senior Associate

Tomoyoshi Ina

Senior Associate

Hiroyuki Masuda

Senior Associate

Veronica Teo

Associate

Esther Yong

Associate

Takehiro Miyoshi

Associate

Kazutaka Mori

Business Development Manager

Harvinder Kaur

Counsel

Richard Lee

Blockchain & Crypto Specialist

Focus Asia Consulting

Christine Chae

Director of Focus Asia Consulting

Daniel Kim

Director of Focus Asia Consulting

Claire Shim

Consultant of Focus Asia Consulting

Jeongeun Oh

Accountant of Focus Asia Consulting

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Shem Khoo

Managing Director

Shem is the Managing Director of the firm. He has close to two decades of international arbitration and litigation experience and was previously a partner in one of Singapore’s largest firms. He has represented both Singapore and international clients in numerous high-value disputes spanning a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, energy, marine, insurance, commodities trading, biotechnology, banking and finance, mining and natural resources.

Shem is ranked by Euromoney Benchmark Asia Pacific as a “Disputes Star”. Shem regularly appears in the Singapore High Court and was one of the first lawyers to handle a dispute before the Singapore International Commercial Court. He acts in international arbitrations under various institutional rules (including ICC, SIAC, LMAA, AIAC (formerly KLRCA) and LCIA) as well as ad hoc arbitrations, seated in major arbitration venues, such as London, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

His cases involve joint venture and partnership disputes, sale & purchase agreement disputes, shareholder disputes, construction disputes as well as disputes arising out of commodities trading agreements, charter parties, bills of lading, oil trading contracts, hull & machinery marine insurance and letters of credit. Shem regularly advises companies on crypto and tech matters as well as ICOs. Shem was recently instructed to advise a large group of forex investors adversely affected by a forex broker’s re-pricing of trades following the 15th January 2015 EUR/CHF crash.

Shem has an intimate knowledge of, and affinity for, Indonesia, having spent close to 4 years as a director of an Indonesian iron ore exploration company, where he was involved in raising finance for the company’s exploration program, restructuring the Project’s group of mining companies to align the businesses with provisions of Indonesia’s New Mining Law of 2009 and overseeing the exploration and mining program of the company.

He is therefore particularly well-placed to advise clients on issues and disputes relating to mining and natural resources sectors in Indonesia. He was also previously adjunct faculty at the Singapore Management University School of Law, where he taught international arbitration.

Areas of Practice

Commercial Disputes & Litigation

International Commercial Arbitration

Qualifications

LL.B. National University of Singapore

Admissions

Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore

Attorney and Counselor at Law, New York Bar

Elaine Seow

Director

Elaine is a director in our firm overseeing our corporate practice. She is also a Notary Public and a Commissioner for Oaths. An accomplished corporate lawyer, Elaine began her legal career in the litigation arena. She first practised in Singapore, then in London where, as a property litigation solicitor, she instructed barristers and Queen’s Counsel. She then returned to Singapore to practice as a corporate lawyer.

As a specialist legal counsel to clients in the food and beverage industry, Elaine has acted and continues to act for a number of Singapore brands in the bakery, Chinese cuisine, coffee, ice cream, fried chicken food segments in their franchising activities and is instrumental in the legal advisory scope of their overseas expansion. She also regularly advises overseas multinational corporations and institutions of higher education on their commercial, contractual and employment law matters in Singapore. She has a special affinity with medical professionals and of late, she has represented parties in joint ventures in the medical and healthcare sector and in a deal completed in the 2nd quarter of 2018, represented a group of doctors in a merger with a fund to set up a healthcare group practice in Singapore and is also advising another group in its expansion plans.

She has been recognised in the 2016 Singapore Business Review’s “40 under 40 Influential Lawyers” and mentioned in the Legal 500 on Employment Law.

Areas of Practice

Corporate and Commercial Law

Employment Law

Family & Private Clients

Business Formation & Management

Notary Public & Commissioner for Oaths

Qualifications

LL.B. National University of Singapore

Admissions

Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore

Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors (England & Wales)

Mark Tan

Director

Mark is a Director of the firm and has been practising in the field of commercial and general litigation and arbitration since 1999.

He has extensive experience in dispute resolution, in particular commercial, corporate, banking, construction and shipping disputes. Mark has advised and been counsel to numerous multi-national corporations, international banks and high net worth individuals in litigation disputes in the High Court and the Court of Appeal of Singapore and in arbitration proceedings under the rules of various leading arbitral institutions such as the SIAC, HKIAC, ICC and AAA.

Mark has since 2009 been regularly recognised in global legal directories and publication such as Global Arbitration Review; Chambers; Legal 500 and IFLR 1000. Mark was most recently recommended as a leading lawyer in the Singapore Shipping section of the Legal 500 (2018 edition) and described as “quality and responsive” in the International Arbitration section of the same guide.

In addition to his practice, Mark previously tutored undergraduates at the National University of Singapore in Trial Advocacy.

Areas of Practice

Commercial Disputes & Litigation

International Commercial Arbitration

Employment Law

Qualifications

LL.B. Nottingham University

Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law

Admissions

Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore

Barrister (Middle Temple), Bar of England and Wales

Tetsuo Kurita

Counsel

Tetsuo Kurita started his career at one of the biggest law firms in Japan, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto. After spending seven years at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, he joined Rajah & Tann in Singapore as a partner. He then moved to Baker & Mckenzie in 2013 and established the “Asia Focus Team”.

Mr. Kurita assists clients from Japan, USA and other jurisdictions, investing most of his time in the Southeast Asian Region on various dispute resolution and M&A matters.

Mr. Kurita’s practice focuses on advising companies with various legal issues related to cross-border activities concerning business expansions in Southeast Asia, including but not limited to arbitration and M&A.

Mr. Kurita has extensive experience in the field of arbitration in Singapore and other jurisdictions and his background as a case managing officer at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) has proven invaluable when handling a number of cross-border litigation and international arbitration matters.

日本の大手法律事務所(森・濱田法律事務所)に約7年間勤務後、シンガポールの大手法律事務所(Rajah & Tan法律事務所)にパートナー弁護士として勤務。その後、ベーカー&マッケンジー法律事務所アジアフォーカスチームのヘッドを約3年間務めた。

シンガポールを中心にクロスボーダーのアジア法務全般(M&A、国際商事仲裁等の紛争解決等)のアドバイスを提供している。2014年、日本法弁護士として初めてシンガポール司法試験に合格し、シンガポール法のアドバイスも提供している。日本人弁護士として初めてシンガポール国際仲裁センター(SIAC)においてケースマネージングオフィサーとして勤務した経験を生かし、数多くのアジア・クロスボーダーのM&A案件、国際商事仲裁案件(SIAC、ICC、KLRCA、およびBANI等)などを取り扱っている。

また、国際税務の知識をもとに、シンガポールの統括会社設置、アジア全域の子会社再編などについてのアドバイスも提供している。

Areas of Practice

Commercial Disputes & Litigation

International Commercial Arbitration

Corporate Commercial Advice

Employment Law

Business Formation & Management

Japan Desk

Admissions

Japan Federal Bar Association

Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association

New York Bar Association

Foreign Practitioner Certificate for Foreign Lawyer to practice both Singapore law and Foreign law in Singapore (Section 36B)

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

Hannah Cheang

Associate Director

Hannah was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in August 2014. Since then, she has built her legal practice around corporate and commercial dispute resolution, family matters and private client matters.

Disputes-wise, Hannah has handled a wide variety of matters including contractual disputes; matrimonial disputes involving divorce, annulment, ancillary matters, intervention in ancillary matters and variation of maintenance; construction disputes under both the Court system and the Building and Construction Industry Securities of Payment Act; property disputes between landlord and tenant, between co-owners, between vendor and purchaser and between subsidiary proprietor and MCST; employment disputes involving wrongful dismissal and breach of confidentiality; personal injury claims for both plaintiffs and defendants; trademark infringement disputes and bankruptcy disputes.

When she’s not handling disputes, Hannah regularly assists clients with trademark registrations, applications under the Mental Capacity Act, applications for Grant of Probate and Letters of Administration, and the drafting of wills.

Being an avid footballer as well, Hannah currently plays midfield for the Law Society women’s team and represents the Singapore Bar in the annual Bench & Bar Games against the Malaysian Bar.

Areas of Practice

Commercial Disputes & Litigation

Family & Private Clients

Trademark Registrations

Qualifications

LL.B. (Hons), National University of Singapore

Admissions

Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore

Christian Teo

Senior Associate

Christian was admitted to the bar in 2016 and is part of the firm’s dispute resolution team.

He practices commercial litigation and arbitration, with an emphasis on shareholders’ disputes, directors’ duties, debt enforcement, shipping, insolvency litigation and general commercial disputes.

He also regularly assists companies and individuals in negotiating and drafting legal documentation such as shareholders’ agreements, sale and purchase agreements, employment agreements and settlement agreements.

He graduated with a Bachelors of Law, magna cum laude, from Singapore Management University. He also holds a Bachelors of Social Science (Sociology).

He was awarded the top student in Legal Research and Writing in his university, where he was also placed on the Dean’s List.

Areas of Practice

Commercial Disputes & Litigation

International Commercial Arbitration

Corporate Commercial Advice

Qualifications

LL.B. Singapore Management University

B.SocSc (Sociology), Singapore Management University

Admissions

Advocate and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore

Tomoyoshi Ina

Senior Associate

Ina graduated from Kyoto University with a Bachelor of Law degree in Kyoto and subsequently from the National University of Singapore with a Master of Laws (Specialization: Asian Legal Studies) in Singapore. Ina is called to the Japan bar and is a member of Japan Federation of Bar Association and Tokyo Bar Association. Prior to joining the firm, he had been appointed the Chief Officer in Shanghai Representative Office of a Japanese law firm.

Ina practises general corporate law, including foreign direct investment, M&A, and labour matters. He has conducted many M&A transactions in Japan, China and Southeast Asian countries, including Singapore and Malaysia. He has supported whole procedures of restructuring of employees, including negotiation with employees and problems regarding dissolution and liquidation in China.

He has also authored and co-authored many articles on Japanese law and Chinese business law published by the Japanese Institute of International Business Law and other professional magazines.

He is fluent in English, Chinese (Mandarin) and Japanese.

弁護士登録後、日本における対中国クロスボーダー投資案件を主要業務とするブティック型法律事務所(弁護士法人キャスト糸賀及び弁護士法人キャスト)にて合計約8年間勤務。同所入所直後より主に中国案件に関与し、上海所在の律師(弁護士)事務所における研修等を経て、2010年より上海事務所に常駐。2013年より同所首席代表弁護士として勤務。

同所在職中は、一貫して主に日系クライアントに対する対中国・アジア進出、企業再編(50件以上のM&Aを含む。)、撤退案件全般に関する各種法的アドバイスの提供のほか、各種案件に伴う労務問題の処理、税関問題の処理、債権回収案件への対応等を、主に中国律師との協働により行う。

2015年、同所を退職後、シンガポール国立大学法学部大学院(LL.M.)へ留学。2016年、同大学院を卒業(Master’s Degreeを取得)。

Areas of Practice

Corporate Commercial Advice

Commercial Disputes & Litigation

Employment Law

Japan Desk

Qualifications

LL.M. National University of Singapore

Bachelor of Law, Kyoto University

Hiroyuki Masuda

Senior Associate

Hiroyuki Masuda graduated from Doshisha University with a Bachelor of Law degree and subsequently Kyushu University with a Juris Doctor degree. He was called to the Japan bar in 2011.

Masuda started his career at one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in Japan, Shionogi & Co., Ltd., as an in-house counsel, where he assisted in various kinds of corporate and commercial transactions in pharmaceutical industries and international M&A transactions.

Thereafter he joined Asunaro Law Office which is well known in the Osaka area for legal support for SMEs with a wealth of expertise in M&A and corporate restructuring. At Asunaro, he advised various companies in a wide range of industries in all aspects of the M&A process, including transaction structure planning, undertaking and managing due diligence, and drafting and negotiating all relevant documentation and execution. He also advised and represented various corporate clients in lawsuits on diverse issues arising out of disputes in relation to corporate alliance such as conflicts on the control of corporations in Japan.

Throughout his career, Masuda has extensive experience in offering a comprehensive range of law services covering corporate and commercial transactions and corporate alliance activities from large-scale or public listed companies to SMEs in Japan and overseas.

Drawing on his experience, Masuda focuses on advising companies in their activities regarding corporate alliance or collaboration by or through M&A, investment, making a business partnership and establishing JV in ASEAN countries.

弁護士登録後、日本の大手製薬企業法務部に勤め、日本国内外の契約法務を中心に、クロスボーダーのM&A、ライセンス契約その他企業提携関係(資本提携・業務提携含む)構築のための契約交渉その他の業務及び提携関係構築後の対応業務等に従事する。

その後、大阪にある事業再生・事業承継・M&Aを専門とする法律事務所に勤務し、契約法務・労務・総務等の一般企業法務業務のほか、事業再生・M&Aアドバイザリー業務、会社組織や株式・事業の譲渡等に関連して生じた紛争・訴訟の対応も数多く行う。

上記のような企業提携の構築からその後のフォロー、提携関係において紛争が発生した場合の対応、事業が行き詰った場合の対応といった会社のライフサイクルに沿った一連の業務の経験を活かし、ASEAN地域における企業提携に関わる業務やこれに関連する紛争対応を中心にアドバイスを提供している。

Areas of Practice

Corporate Commercial Advice

Employment Law

Japan Desk

Qualifications

Bachelor of Laws, Doshisha University

JD, Kyushu University

Admissions

Japan Federal Bar Association and Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association

Foreign Practitioner Certificate for Foreign Lawyer to practice both Singapore law and Foreign law in Singapore (Section 36B)

Veronica Teo

Associate

Veronica graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Warwick in 2015.

She was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor in Singapore in 2017, and is part of the firm’s dispute resolution team.

Veronica assists clients on a wide variety of matters, including contractual disputes, debt recovery, construction disputes, employment disputes, and landlord and tenancy disputes.

Veronica is a volunteer with the Catholic Lawyers’ Guild Pro Bono Legal Clinic.

Areas of Practice

Commercial Disputes & Litigation

International Commercial Arbitration

Qualifications

Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Warwick

Admissions

Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore

Esther Yong

Associate

Esther was called to the Singapore Bar in 2018 and is part of the firm’s dispute resolution team. She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Magna Cum Laude) from the Singapore Management University in 2017.

Esther handles a wide range of civil and commercial disputes, including shareholders’ disputes, insolvency, contractual disputes, debt recovery and tenancy disputes.

She is also appointed to the Legal Aid Bureau’s Panel of Solicitors and assists legal aid applicants on their family law matters.

Areas of Practice

Commercial Disputes & Litigation

International Commercial Arbitration

Family & Private Clients

Qualifications

LL.B. Singapore Management University

Admissions

Advocate and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore

Takehiro Miyoshi

Associate

Takehiro is one of a few Japanese lawyers who is fully qualified to practice Singapore law. He handles a wide range of cases for Japanese clients in Singapore, including criminal and family law matters.

Takehiro graduated from Cornell University in the US with a Master of Public Administration (Economic and Financial Policy) and started his career at a major foreign investment bank.

In 2018, Takehiro graduated from Singapore Management University’s School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree. He was called to the Singapore Bar in 2019.

Takehiro practises general corporate law, including M&A, compliance, visa, financial regulations, fund management, medical services, online games, personal data protection and Employment Act matters. On the private client front, he assists clients in their criminal and family law matters.

現在、シンガポールの全法律を扱うことができる唯一の日本人弁護士。 訴訟、刑事事件、家族法トラブルも扱う。

米国Cornell University修士課程(経済・金融専攻)を首席で卒業し、大手外資系投資銀行に入社。2018年にSingapore Management Universityの法務博士(専門職)課程を卒業し、シンガポール司法試験に合格。

企業法全般、M&A、コンプライアンス、ビザ関係、金融規制関連、ファンド運用、医療関連、オンラインゲーム、個人情報保護、雇用法、刑法事件、家族法案件、訴訟等を担当している。

Areas of Practice

Corporate Commercial Advice

Employment Law

Family & Private Clients

Japan Desk

Qualifications

JD, Singapore Management University

MPA, Cornell University

Bachelor of Law, Soka University

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

Harvinder Kaur

Counsel

Harvinder is a Consultant in our firm focussing on corporate and banking law matters. She has practised in Singapore, the United Kingdom and Australia. She has also worked in-house in the local branch of a foreign bank doing debt capital market transactions. Harvinder typically acts for local and international institutional clients in a wide variety of areas such as mergers and acquisitions, general commercial law, contractual issues, corporate banking, debt capital issues and securities regulation.

Harvinder was also part of the India desk whilst in practice in a major Singapore law firm, advising clients on both outbound and inbound India-related matters. She was also previously a Legal Case Studies tutor with the NUS Law School.

Areas of Practice

Corporate Commercial Advice

Qualifications

LL.B. (Hons), National University of Singapore

Admissions

Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore

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

Daniel Kim

Director of Focus Asia Consulting

Daniel has been residing and working in Singapore for more than 10 years since 2008. Thanks to his long history of work experience in Singapore, he has a deep understanding and knowledge on Singapore’s commercial market practice and regulations. He is a Singapore Permanent Resident and a Registered Filing Agent (RFA) in ACRA.

Daniel strives to make Focus Asia Consulting (FAC) a One-Stop Service Provider that can provide all kinds of corporate services to clients from company registration to accounting & tax structuring for the companies that wish to incorporate and do business in Singapore.

Previously, he had worked at CJ Group and Korea Airport Authority as a Corporate Accountant for more than 20 years before joining FAC.

Areas of Practice

Business Formation & Management

Korea Desk

Qualifications

Registered Filing Agent in ACRA

Claire Shim

Consultant of Focus Asia Consulting

Claire is a consultant and expert who provides corporate secretarial service as well as managing all kinds of company registration services compliant to ACRA regulation. Claire also possesses MOM Employment Agency license to assists clients who wishes to apply for visa to stay in Singapore.

Before joining FAC, she worked for IT security and game company in Korea.

Areas of Practice

Business Formation & Management

Korea Desk

Qualifications

MOM Employment Agency License

BA, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

Jeongeun Oh

Accountant of Focus Asia Consulting

Jeongeun is an Accounting & Tax consultant who handles book-keeping, financial statements preparation and tax computation & filing service for clients. She has lived and studied in Singapore for more than 6 years. She majored in Accountancy & Financial management.

Areas of Practice

Business Formation & Management

Korea Desk

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