Jonathan Kao

Bird & Bird (Singapore)
Lawyer (Senior Associate)

As a senior associate in the Corporate and Commercial Group in Singapore, he advises extensively on corporate governance, regulatory issues and complex commercial transactions. He works closely with teams across their offices, as well as other professional advisers, to deliver practical solutions and help clients navigate their legal concerns. In recent years, he has led a number of pilot projects and comprehensive policy reviews for our clients across multiple jurisdictions. Many of these projects have been undertaken in anticipation of or in response to legislative developments. The firm’s expertise and the team’s engagement with various industries has equipped the team to develop a more in-depth understanding of the clients’ operations and industry in order to engage with various stakeholders and develop the right approach and solution. He also works closely with external advisers and counsel to plan and coordinate corporate restructuring and reorganisation projects involving entities based in Singapore. Having advised on a number of these cross-border projects and M&A deals, he has often called upon to review and coordinate specific advice on cross-border competition and regulatory matters as well. Out of the office, he is a member of the IT Committee, and Cybersecurity and Data Protection Committee of the Law Society of Singapore. He maintains close ties with various industry professionals and support initiatives by industry and special interest groups to promote digital literacy and responsible information security practices. These industry groups have been incredibly generous in their guidance and knowledge sharing. He finds it is important that we make the effort to keep up with rapid developments beyond just the legal sphere in order to stay relevant to our clients.

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Jonathan Kao The Singapore Competition Authority opens a phase-II review of a proposed merger between two shipbuilding companies due to concerns that the removal of competition would be detrimental to customers (Korea Shipbuilding / Daewoo Shipbuilding)


The estimated US$2 billion (S$2.7 billion) transaction raised concerns that the removal of competition would be detrimental to customers in Singapore. Following an application for decision on 12 September 2019, The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (the ’’CCCS’’) concluded the (...)

Jonathan Kao, Sandra Seah The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore receives the notification for a commercial cooperation covering the scheduling, pricing, sales and marketing between two airlines companies (Singapore Airlines / Malaysia Airlines)


Feedback Sought on Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines Cooperation On 30 October 2019, Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines notified the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (’’CCCS’’) of a proposed commercial cooperation between the parties covering scheduling, pricing, and (...)

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