Yvonne Lee

Yvonne Lee

Advocate & Solicitor



Yvonne Lee has a unique blend and wealth of government, private, in-house and academic experience of 20 years.  She presently heads the legal department of a government agency in Singapore.  She was previously a Director of a large law firm and was head of its financial regulatory and compliance practice, in addition to her real estate & project development portfolio.  Prior to her return to legal practice, she was an in-house counsel at Temasek Holdings and Singapore Power Limited, and a law academic at the National University of Singapore.  She has advised on government regulations and cross border investments, acquisitions and project financing.  She is also an adjunct associate professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, teaches Government Regulation: Law, Policy & Practice in areas such as government procurement, healthcare, financial markets and real property; and Constitutional and Administrative Law.


Ms Lee’s regulatory experience includes high level procurement laws and processes; regulatory and licensing requirements governing regulated activities such as dealing in securities, fund management and provision of financial advisory services; legal and operation implications of writing insurance businesses in Singapore; regulatory-compliant protocols and procedures relating to laws governing anti-money laundering, bribery, corruption, financial and suspicious transactions, outsourcing, fit and proper licensing criteria, and financial sanctions; product liability and product recall obligations and procedure; consumer protection in respect of food products, consumer and controlled goods; and efficient protocols and policies ensuring optimal compliance with laws such as Competition Act, Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act, Personal Data Protection Act and Spam Control Act. bilateral and syndicated loan facilities involving commercial entities.  Her transactional experience includes project financing such as Singapore cross island tunnel project; establishment and updates of medium term notes programmes and issuances of notes in Singapore and Australia; cross border acquisitions of hotels and financing thereof; syndicated financing and structuring of pari passu sharing of financial institutions’ loans; ISDA and online banking documentation; sales of shares and assets; commercial and residential leases; and sale and purchases of properties.


  • Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore

  • Attorney and Counselor at Law, New York State, U.S.


  • LLB (Hons) (2nd Upper, Dean’s List) (Singapore)

  • LLM (Michigan, US)


  • “Singapore Chapter” in Paul Dickson of Slaughter & May ed., Asset Management Review (Law Business Research Ltd, 2015) (co-authored).

  • “The Politics of Sovereign Wealth Funds: Benign Investors or Smoking Guns” in The Politics of International Economic Law, Amy Porges & Tomer Broude eds (United Kingdom, Cambridge University Press, 2011).

  • “The Corporate Rule of Law: Singapore’s Securities Regulators”, (2007) 3(2) The Corporate Governance Law Review 225.

  • “Under Lock and Key: The Evolving Role of the Elected President as a Fiscal Guardian”, [2007] Sing. JLS 290 (An analysis of the nature and scope of the President’s fiscal powers, particularly the flow of monies within the Government, the statutory boards and government companies).

  • “The Elusive Concept of ‘Materiality’ under US Federal Securities Law”, 40 Willamette L. Rev. 661 (2004) (An examination of the materiality provisions in the European Union, Australia and Hong Kong compared to the US approach (effect of the relevant corporate information on the price of securities vs the investment decisions of the reasonable investor)).