Qualifications

  • M.A (Law)(Hons), University of Cambridge
  • M.P.A. Harvard University
  • Diploma in Investments, Institute of Banking and Finance
  • LL.M. National University of Singapore
  • Admitted to the Bar of England & Wales, and to the Singapore Bar (1985)

Petrus is a Director with Drew & Napier LLC’s Corporate & Finance Department. He is Co-Head of the Investment Funds practice, and also a senior director in the Greater China Desk.

Petrus has more than 25 years of practice experience. He has a very active funds practice advising local and international clients on establishment of fund management companies including real estate investment trust (REIT) managers, setting up Singapore and overseas funds, limited partnerships, real estate investment trusts, business trusts, property funds and the regulatory, compliance and tax incentives applicable to such funds.

His practice also covers equity capital markets including initial public offerings and secondary listings, placements, rights issues, and listed company share schemes, and scrip dividend schemes.  On the debt capital market side, Petrus advises issuers and issue managers on the offering and listing of short-term and long-term debt instruments.

Petrus has handled many high profile matters. Here are just a few:

  1. Acted as lead counsel in the listing on the Singapore stock exchange of an exempt investment fund as part of a wealth succession planning structure

  2. Acted for Temasek Holdings in the establishment of a private foundation for corporate social responsibility causes involving special applications for exemptions to the Ministry of Finance, the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore

  3. Acted for Cambridge Industrial Trust Management Ltd in its listing and public offering of a real estate industrial REIT offering and listing amounting to S$512 million and subsequent debt financing in Singapore’s first asset-backed commercial paper conduit accessing the United States commercial paper market

  4. Acted for UBS Warburg and DBS Bank the joint international book-runners in the initial public offering and listing of CapitaMall REIT, Singapore’s first real estate investment trust

  5. Acted for a leading Non-Resident Indian investor’s investment in India through a Mauritian Fund Company resident in Singapore and financed in Singapore by a leading international bank

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Investment Funds 2019 – Leading lawyer for 9 consecutive years

Petrus is well regarded for his investment funds expertise and his "extensive and comprehensive understanding of the regulatory regime in Singapore."

The Asia Pacific Legal 500
Investment Funds 2019 – Leading Individual for 3 consecutive years
Capital Markets 2019 – Recommended Lawyer for 4 consecutive years

Petrus Huang is praised for his "very strong background", "industry knowledge", regulatory acumen and experience with REIT offerings.

Best Lawyers International: Singapore
Investment Funds 2020 – Endorsed individual for 7 consecutive years
Mutual Funds 2020 – Endorsed individual for 9 consecutive years

IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms
Capital Markets, Investment Funds 2020 – Notable Practitioner for 3 consecutive years
Corp/M&A 2018 – Notable Practitioner

A client noted that Petrus is "extremely knowledgeable in legal, commercial and corporate, technology, etc.," and he is a "great team player."

“Very good lawyer with a lot of legal and business knowledge; very receptive.”

Asialaw Leading Lawyers
Investment Funds 2020 – Distinguished Practitioner, previously Market-leading Lawyer
Capital Markets 2020 – Distinguished Practitioner, previously Market-leading Lawyer
Private Equity 2019 – Market-leading Lawyer

Who’s Who Legal
Private Funds 2016 – Recommended lawyer for 6 consecutive years

Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Banking, Finance and Transactional Lawyers
Investment Funds 2013 – Outstanding Practitioner

Practical Law Company Which Lawyer?
Endorsed individual 2012 – 5 consecutive years

Finance Monthly Global Awards
Drew & Napier named Private Funds Law Firm of the Year Singapore 2012

Euromoney Legal Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Investment Funds Lawyers
Leading practitioner 2010

  • Member, Corporate Practice Committee of the Singapore Law Society
  • Member, Council on Law Reporting of the Singapore Academy of Law
  • Committee Member, Hong Kong Singapore Business Association
  • Committee Member, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Zhejiang-Singapore Economic and Trade Council
  • Executive Committee Member, BANSEA
  • Member, Oxford and Cambridge University Society
  • Member, Harvard University Club