Qualifications

  • LL.B. (Hons), National University of Singapore (2000)
  • Attorney-at-Law, New York (2004)
  • Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore (2001)

Tju Liang is a corporate transactions lawyer with extensive expertise in M&A, joint ventures, and complex commercial transactions.

With almost 20 years of experience in China and Southeast Asia, Tju Liang has a deep understanding of the commercial drivers and legal structuring of cross-border relationships in this region. He is a versatile lawyer who represents corporates, private equity houses and funds on a multitude of complex cross-border transactions, and seamlessly combines industry experience and legal acumen to “get the deal done”.

In particular, Tju Liang has developed a deep knowledge of the oil & gas industry, having advised on some of the most significant oil & gas M&A deals in between Asia and the Americas. He regularly counsels clients on oil and gas industry-specific transactions such as LNG and crude oil sales agreements, drilling services agreements, JOAs and PSCs.

Tju Liang also has extensive knowledge of the ever-evolving legal and regulatory landscape of blockchain, distributed ledger technology and cryptocurrencies. His clients include funds, strategic investors and startups in this sector. In addition, Tju Liang serves as the global General Counsel of the Ethereum Foundation, the non-profit organisation that promotes and supports the Ethereum blockchain ecosystem.

Tju Liang returned to Drew & Napier in 2019, after over a decade practicing internationally, including most recently as a partner of a top “white shoe” U.S. law firm. He speaks fluent business Mandarin, and was previously based in London, Jakarta and Shanghai.   
Examples of Tju Liang’s recent significant experience include advising:
  • Goldman Sachs SSG, Apollo, ARCM and IFC on a US$340 million senior secured loan facility (with farm-in and royalty rights) to Niko Resources, a TSX-listed company with oil and gas properties in India (D6 Block), Indonesia, Bangladesh and other emerging markets.

  • Sinopec on its C$10.3 billion acquisition of Addax Petroleum Corporation, a TSX and LSE-listed company, with assets in West Africa and the Middle East. This transaction was named as Asian Counsel magazine’s “Deal of the Year” and as “Energy & Resources Deal of the Year” at the ALB China 2010 Law Awards.

  • Equis Funds Group on the acquisition of a 47 percent interest in Runfar Gas (and option to provide further growth capital), a developer and operator of natural gas distribution assets in China, including four operational and six late-stage construction gas pipelines across five provinces in China supplying piped natural gas to residential, industrial and commercial customers.

  • Cargill on its joint venture with Jollibee Foods Corporation, including construction of the largest poultry plant in the Philippines and long-term supply arrangements. This deal was among the largest joint ventures for the Philippines in 2016, and was one of the first transactions under the Philippine Competition Act.

  • Ant Financial on its participation in the S$118 million Series C investment round in M-Daq, a startup launched by veterans from the FX industry. This round made M-Daq the top funded fintech startup in Singapore; other investors included EDB investments.

  • Luxola (an online cosmetics store) in its successful multi-million exit and sale to LVMH

IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
Energy and Infrastructure, M&A 2020 — Rising Star

Chambers Global
Named as an “Up and Coming Individual”

Asia Pacific Legal 500
Identified as a “Recommended Lawyer”

Clients complimented his “exceptional negotiation skills”, and praised him as “clearly a really smart guy”.

  • General Counsel, Ethereum Foundation
  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law
  • “Risk Management in Acquisitions of Publicly Listed Companies”, China Dealmaker
  • “Structuring and Negotiating M&A Transactions in China”, Best Practices for Mergers & Acquisitions in China: Leading Lawyers on Understanding Changing Laws and Trends, Navigating the Review and Approval Process, and Identifying the Key Steps in a Successful M&A Transaction (Inside the Minds)
  • “Onshore/Offshore Oil and Gas”, Doing Business in China