Wai Ming Yap counsels corporate clients on merger and acquisition transactions, project finance, and equity and debt capital markets (including Islamic finance), as well as gaming and leisure. Wai Ming’s experience spans more than 25 years of managing sophisticated corporate transactions in Singapore and Malaysia. He also acts as a sponsor to issuers on Catalist, the sponsor-supervised board of The Singapore Exchange (SGX).
Wai Ming’s dedicated and practical approach to guiding clients’ multifaceted corporate transactions has earned him recognition by legal industry publications. IFLR1000, Legal 500, Asialaw Leading Lawyers, Best Lawyers in Singapore, and Chambers Asia-Pacific have ranked him as a leading lawyer in mergers and acquisitions in Asia. Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific also recognized him as a leading lawyer in gaming and gambling law in the Asia-Pacific region. Chambers Global (2015) described him as “straightforward, eager to find solutions, and deeply involved;” Chambers Asia-Pacific (2013) mentioned him as having “quick turnaround time and ability to provide clarity and solutions;”and IFLR 1000 (2014) noted that he is “dexterous, intelligent and easy going.”
Wai Ming is the author of several articles on corporate law, as well as gaming-related papers. He sits on the editorial board of Gaming Law Review and Economics and is the editor of Asian Gaming Lawyer: Gambling Legal Developments in Asia Pacific. He is the immediate past Secretary-General of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and the Singapore member of the International Masters of Gaming Law. He also serves on the boards of a number of charities in Singapore, namely Ren Ci Hospital, the SingHealth Foundation, and Tan Tock Seng Hospital Community Charity Fund.
National University of Singapore, Singapore, 1986, LLB, with Honors
Advocate and Solicitor, Supreme Court of the Republic of Singapore
Awards and Affiliations
Band 1, Gaming & Gambling, Asia-Pacific Region, Chambers Global (2018)
Ranked, Corporate/M&A: Domestic, Singapore, Chambers Global (2018)
Ranked, IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms (2014–2016, 2018)
Ranked,Leading Individual – Corporate/M&A, Chambers Global: Leading Business Lawyers (2009–2017)
Ranked, Leading Individual – Gaming & Gambling, Chambers Global: Leading Business Lawyers (2014–2017)
Ranked, Leading Individual – Macau, General Business Law,Chambers Global: Leading Business Lawyers(2017)
Ranked, Leading Individual – Corporate/M&A, Chambers Asia-Pacific: Leading Lawyers for Business (2009–2017)
Ranked, Asia-Pacific Region: Gaming & Gambling; Singapore: Corporate/M&A: Domestic, Chambers Asia-Pacific: Leading Lawyers for Business (2018)
Leading Lawyer, Singapore: Corporate and M&A: Local Firms, The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (2005–2018)
Recommended, Singapore: Banking and Finance: Local Firms; Singapore: Shipping: Local Firms, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2018)