OW YONG Thian Soo

Notary Public & Commissioner for Oaths

Ow Yong Thian Soo is a Senior Partner and the Head of our Real Estate & Property Department.  Ow Yong was an articled clerk under Madam Kwa Geok Choo, one of the founders of Lee & Lee. He was admitted to the Singapore Bar in 1982.  In early 1984, he was made a Partner and in 1985, he became an Equity Partner.

Ow Yong’s practice covers a wide range of real estate and financing transactions relating to commercial, industrial and residential properties.

He has extensive experience in a wide spectrum of real estate practice, having represented and advised many public listed and private corporations, banks, societies, unincorporated associations, charities and individuals in their acquisitions, dispositions, leasing of and development of vacant land, residential, industrial and commercial properties and hotels.  These transactions include advising on the structuring of real estate deals, financing of real estate projects, the regularisation of complexities in titles of properties and the amalgamation, subdivision and strata subdivision of properties.

He has acted for both major financial institutions and borrowers (including various public listed companies) in numerous high-value loan transactions, including financing of purchases of large commercial buildings, construction loans to housing developers, and syndicated loan arrangements involving multiple banks.

He has also represented government agencies in real estate work, including the sale of land belonging to the Minister for Finance (“MOF”) to the lessees of the development “Normanton Park”. He has also advised the MOF in matters relating to the proposed sale of land to the lessees of the development “Neptune Court”, represented the Insolvency and Public Trustee’s Office on matters relating to the collective sale of Henley Industrial Building, and advised the Central Provident Fund Board regarding mortgage-backed securities.

Ow Yong also specialises in the “en bloc” or “collective” sale and purchase of properties. He has acted for purchasers and sellers in many enbloc sale and purchase transactions including the following significant deals:-

  • Acting for Morganite Pte Ltd, a joint venture between CapitaLand Residential Limited (35%), Hotel Properties Limited (22.5%), Morgan Stanley Capital (Real Estate) Pte Ltd (22.5%) and Wachovia Development Company (20%), in the purchase of the development known as “Farrer Court” at a record price of S$1.3388 billion.
  • Acting for the owners in the collective sale of the development known as “Leedon Heights” which was sold for S$835 million.
  • Acting for the owners in the collective sale of the development known as “The Grangeford”, which was sold for S$625 million.
  • Acting for the owners in the collective sale of the development known as “UIC Building”, which was sold for S$600 million.
  • Acting for the owners in the collective sale of the development known as “Anderson 18”, which was sold for S$477.7 million.
  • Acting for the owners in the collective sale of the development known as “Char Yong Gardens”, which was sold for S$420 million.
  • Acting for the owners in the collective sale of the development known as “Gillman Heights Condominium”, which was sold for S$548 million.
  • Acting for the purchaser of the development known as “Rio Casa”, which was purchased for S$575 million.
  • Acting for the purchaser of the development known as “Serangoon Ville”, which was purchased for S$499 million.
  • Acting for the owners in the collective sale of the development known as “Florence Regency”, which was sold for S$629 million.
  • Acting for the owners in the collective sale of the development known as “Pearlbank Apartments”, which was sold for S$728 million.
  • Acting for the owners in the collective sale of the development known as “Tulip Garden”, which was sold for S$907 million.
  • Acting for the owners in the collective sale of the development known as “Dunearn Gardens”, which was sold for S$468 million.
  • Acting for the owners in the collective sale of the development known as “Chinatown Plaza”, which was sold for S$260 million.
  • Acting for the owners in the collective sale of the development known as “Asia Gardens”, which was sold for S$343 million.