From exciting events like starting a business to emotional ones like divorce, there are pivotal occasions in your Singapore life where you’ll need to seek legal advice. Having a lawyer that comes highly recommended is a wise move. We spoke to two readers about setting up and managing a business in Singapore, and who helped them.
Incorporating a company
Setting up a business in Singapore needn’t be a headache. Reader SOPHIE BRINSLEY, founder of SilverDoor, talks about her experience with Hawksford. The company provides corporate, private client and fund administration services to both multinationals and new businesses.
“When we first looked to expand SilverDoor’s global footprint by opening a dedicated APAC office here in Singapore, we consulted our legal team in the UK who immediately recommended Hawksford.
While we had completed some background research ourselves, we needed local support and the reassurance of sound legal advice to help us set up our first international subsidiary. This included incorporation of the company, immigration support for myself, assistance on setting up a local bank account, payroll and tax services, as well as local legal requirements and general know-how.
The team at Hawksford are extremely knowledgeable. From day one, they guided us and offered suggestions to help us on what was previously uncharted territory! They continue to offer support and advice as and when we need it, along with added peace of mind that we are being compliant with all legal and government requirements every step of the way.
Even two years after SilverDoor Asia’s initial set-up, we still make use of their services. I keep in regular contact with their team who are always friendly and approachable! Hawksford is a company growing from humble beginnings with high service standards rooted at the heart of everything it does.”
Corporate legal advice
Need legal advice for your business? REZA SIMCHI, founder of Graviton, discusses his experiences with Consilium Law, which provides both corporate and commercial legal and admin services.
“When setting up our company in Singapore, I needed to incorporate draft commercial contracts with third parties as well as employment contracts with our staff. I met Franca from Consilium Law at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Networking event. Soon after, I got in touch with them to help us with all our legal requirements. As well as the corporate set-up, they also helped us with our own individual employment passes and a handbook for KYC and AML.
Their handling of our enquiry was excellent. Firstly, they understood our needs and priorities from the get-go; it was great to find someone who was on the same page. Secondly, they were solutions-oriented and knew what we needed to achieve our goals. Finally, they completed our work on a timely basis and were very cost-effective.”
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