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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 firm in 1993. Since then, Liat Yeang has been advising in all aspects of corporate real estate work including sales and purchase, project development work for developers and real estate financing. He acts for many real estate developers and real estate investment companies in numerous real estate transactions, whether they are by sale of land or by sale of shares in the real estate holding company.
Since the mid 1990s, 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 over the years include Eastern Mansion, Amberville, Beverly Mai, Farrer Court, Oakswood Heights, Paramount Hotel & Shopping Centre, Parkway View, Chateau Eliza and Green Lodge.
Liat Yeang also acts for a number of real estate developers in their acquisition, sale and/or project sales of their developments. Some of his notable 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, TEE Land, 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). 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). In more recent times, Liat Yeang acted for Far East in the acquisition of AA Centre, a commercial podium at River Valley, and for Tuan Sing Holdings in the acquisition of Robinson Point, an office building along Robinson Road. Liat Yeang also acted for Roxy in the collective purchase of Yi Mei Gardens condominium, and for TEE Land in the purchase of a mixed use land site at 183 Upper Thomson Road (better known as the Long House).
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 also wrote another article "Time to Review Qualifying Certificate Rules" which was published in the Business Times' "Who's Who in Law" section on 15 May 2013.
Liat Yeang is currently serving as Chairman of the Law Society's Conveyancing Practice Committee. 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, and is now serving as a member of the Disciplinary Sub-Committee.