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Celeste Ang is a principal in Baker McKenzie's Singapore office. Celeste Ang’s practice encompasses corporate litigation and arbitration, both domestic and cross-border. She also has significant experience advising clients on compliance and regulatory issues in the context of investigations, and on a wide range of employment and employment-related issues. Celeste is ranked by Chambers Asia Pacific in the areas of litigation and employment and by Chambers Global in the area of litigation. She is described as "very smart, very innovative - a good example of someone who thinks outside the box" and "very technically competent, very thorough and very responsive" by clients.

In 2016, an influential Agency Manager of Prudential Assurance Company Singapore orchestrated a mass exodus of over 200 agents to a competitor, Aviva Financial Advisors Pte Ltd. Prudential, in turn, sued the Agency Manager for up to S$2.5 billion in damages, in a high-profile case which attracted significant media attention in Singapore.

In a recent action brought before the Singapore High Court, the summary dismissal of Wong Sung Boon by Fuji Xerox Singapore Pte Ltd (“FXS”) was found to be without basis and unlawful, and FXS was ordered to pay damages of SGD 1.4 million. In assessing the quantum of damages, the High Court re-affirmed the minimum obligation rule. This case illustrates the importance of ensuring that summary dismissals are carried out in accordance with the law and the decision to summarily dismiss an employee must be taken with due care.

Digital transformation is not only about technology, it is about bringing together the power of technology with a culture that embraces the change and demands placed on the organizations by its customers. It enables the organization to continually transform and innovate to simultaneously drive and respond to the shifting demands…

In brief In the Singapore High Court decision of Ravi s/o Madasamy v Attorney-General [2020] SGHC 221, the High Court considered the issue of whether legal professional privilege (“LPP”) may be asserted over materials lawfully seized pursuant to the police’s power of seizure in connection with its investigation. Significantly, the High Court…

Read publication In this cover story by Asian-Mena Counsel,* four Baker McKenzie lawyers and two thought-leading GCs talk about key issues in sanctions and investigations. Mini vandePol (Hong Kong), head of Baker McKenzie’s Asia Pacific Compliance & Investigations Group; dispute resolution and compliance and investigations lawyer Celeste Ang (Singapore); Simon Hui, leading lawyer for…

In brief Recognizing that retrenchments may now be inevitable for businesses continuing to be negatively affected by COVID-19, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) (collectively, the Tripartite Partners) have jointly updated the Tripartite Advisory on Managing Excess Manpower…

The Asia Pacific Employment & Compensation team has prepared the third quarterly update for 2020 highlighting key changes in employment laws across Asia Pacific. The fluctuating waves of COVID-19 mean that while in some jurisdictions employees are returning to the office, in others they continue to work remotely from home.…

In this series of podcasts, our Baker McKenzie speakers explore the challenges and risks encountered by businesses amidst the constantly changing legal and regulatory landscape. We share insights around the various legal and compliance issues which will be illustrated with a factual scenario. The series will include topics relating to…

In a recent appeal before the Honourable Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon involving two individuals who had participated in public sector corruption (Public Prosecutor v Wong Chee Meng and another appeal [2020] SGHC 144), the High Court set out a new sentencing framework for corrupt transactions which take place in relation to contracts with the Government or public bodies under s 6 read with s 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act (Cap 241) (the PCA).