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Lee Liat Yeang is a partner in Rodyk & Davidson LLP's Real Estate Practice Group.
Liat Yeang started his legal practice with the litigation department where he handled, among others, disputes and claims regarding real estate. In late 1994, he joined the real estate department where he began to focus and specialise his legal practice. Since then, Liat Yeang has been involved in all aspects of real estate work including collective sales, purchase, mortgage financing and development work for developers and real estate financing work. He acts for various financial institutions and established corporations in numerous real estate matters.
Since 1999, Liat Yeang has handled numerous collective sales projects, acting for the vendors in the collective sale (including attendance at the hearings of the applications to Strata Titles Boards for their approval of the sale). He was consulted by the Ministry of Law in 2007 and 2009 when the Ministry was considering proposed changes to laws governing the collective sale process. The prominent collective sales deals that he has handled include Eastern Mansion, Amberville, Beverly Mai, Nathanville, Farrer Court, Fairways Condominium, Oakswood Heights and Paramount Hotel & Shopping Centre.
Liat Yeang also acts for a number of real estate developers in their acquisition, sale and/or project sales of their project-developments. Some of his key developer-clients include Sim Lian Group, Chip Eng Seng (CEL Development), Roxy Pacific Holdings, Tuan Sing Holdings, UIC Investments, S P Setia International, Qingjian Group, Far East Organization, Property Enterprise Development (of Cheung Kong Group) and the Novelty Group.
His more prominent projects include leading in the negotiation and acting for the vendors in the collective sale of Farrer Court which is the largest collective sale in Singapore to-date (both in terms of value of more than S$1.3 billion and in terms of number of units), acting for Sim Lian Group in the first Design Build & Sell Scheme (DBSS) project in Singapore called the Premiere at Tampines (where private developers tender, develop, build and sell HDB flats), acting for Tuan Sing Group in the wholesale of Katong Mall, acting for CEL Development/Lehmann Brothers joint venture entity in the collective purchase of Westpeak (a project in the West Coast with purchase price of S$206 million), acting for CEL Development/Citadel group joint venture entity in the collective purchase of Grange Towers (a project situated in the Orchard area, worth S$180 million). In more recent times, Liat Yeang led in the successful collective sale of Paramount Hotel & Shopping Centre (the first collective sale in Singapore involving a hotel and a retail mall) and also acts for Roxy in the collective purchase of Jade Towers.
Liat Yeang has been quoted on numerous occasions in the Straits Times and the Business Time on various legal and commercial issues in the real estate industry. His article "Scope of ABSD - More Clarifications Required from IRAS" was published in full in the Business Times on 21 April 2012.
Liat Yeang served as member of the Law Society's Conveyancing Practice Committee for several years. Outside of his profession, he is active in the National University of Singapore Society where he was a member of the Management Committee for a few years. He now sits as a member of the Disciplinary Sub-Committee in NUSS.