OW YONG Thian Soo

Ow Yong Thian Soo is a Senior Partner and the Head of our Real Estate 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 transaction 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 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 is currently advising the Minister for Finance in matters relating to the proposed sale of land to the lessees of the development “Neptune Court”. He is also currently representing the Insolvency and Public Trustee’s Office (“IPTO”) on matters relating to the collective sale of Henley Industrial Building.

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 of the development known as “Leedon Heights” in a collective sale whose price was S$835 million.
  • Acting for the owners of the development known as “The Grangeford” in a collective sale whose price was S$625 million.
  • Acting for the owners of the development known as “UIC Building” in a collective sale whose price was S$600 million.
  • Acting for the owners of the development known as “Anderson 18” in a collective sale whose price was S$477.7 million.
  • Acting for the owners of the development known as “Char Yong Gardens” in a collective sale whose price was S$420 million.
  • Acting for the owners of the HUDC development known as “Waterfront View” in a collective sale whose price was S$385 million.
  • Acting for the owners of the development known as “Himiko Court” in a collective sale whose price was S$336 million.
  • Acting for the owners of the development known as “Henry Park Apartments” in a collective sale whose price was S$175.888 million.
  • Acting for the owners of the development known as “Gillman Heights Condominium” in a collective sale whose price was S$548 million.