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Professor WAN, Wai Yee

LLB (NUS), BCL (Oxford)
Advocate & Solicitor (Singapore)
Solicitor (England & Wales)
Attorney and Counsellor-at-law (New York)

Associate Dean / Professor

Prof. WAN Wai Yee

Contact Information

Office: YEUNG-P5412
Phone: +(852)-3442-9111
Email: waiywan@cityu.edu.hk

Research Interests

  • Corporate Law and Governance
  • Securities Regulation
  • Financial Consumer Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Insolvency and Restructuring Law

Journal and Refereeing Activities

  • Editorial Board, Australian Journal of Corporate Law (2018 to date)
  • Editorial Board, Company Lawyer (2011 to date)
  • Occasional referee/reviewer, Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, Singapore Academy of Law Journal, edited collections published by Cambridge University Press, Asian Journal of International Law, Asian Journal of Comparative Law



  • Comparative Takeover Regulation: Global and Asian Perspectives, U Varottil and WY Wan eds, (UK, Cambridge University Press, 2017)
  • WY Wan and U Varottil, Mergers and Acquisitions in Singapore: Law and Practice (Singapore, Lexis-Nexis, 2013)



  • K Low, WY Wan and A Chan, “Private Takings of Land for Urban Development: A Tale of Two Cities” accepted for publication by American Journal of Comparative Law (forthcoming, 2020)
  • WY Wan, A Godwin and QZ Yao, “When is an Individual Investor not in need of Consumer Protection? A Comparative Analysis of Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia, accepted for publication by Singapore Journal of Legal Studies  (forthcoming, 2020)
  • WY Wan and G McCormack, “Implementing Strategies for the Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency: the Divergence in Asia-Pacific and Lessons for UNCITRAL”, accepted for publication by Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal (forthcoming, 2019)
  • WY Wan, “Enforcing Public Takeover Regulation: Reconciling Public and Private Interests” (2019) 31 Singapore Academy of Law Journal 285
  • C Chen and WY Wan, “Transnational Corporate Governance Codes: Lessons from Regulating Related Party Transactions in Hong Kong and Singapore”, accepted for publication by Chinese (Taiwan) Yearbook of International Law and Affairs (forthcoming, 2019)
  • G McCormack and WY Wan, “Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency Comes of Age – New times or New Paradigms”, (2019) 54 Texas International Law Journal 273
  • WY Wan, C Chen and SH Goo, “Public and Private Enforcement of Corporate and Securities Laws: An Empirical Comparison of Hong Kong and Singapore” (2019) 20 European Business Organization Law Review 319
  • G McCormack and WY Wan, “Transplanting Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code into Singapore’s Restructuring and Insolvency Laws: Opportunities and Challenges”, (2019) 19 Journal of Corporate Law Studies 69.
  • U Varottil and WY Wan, “Hostile Takeover Regimes in Asia: A Comparative Approach”, (2019) 15 Berkeley Business Law Journal 267
  • C Chen, WY Wan and W Zhang, “Board Independence as a Panacea to Tunneling? An Empirical Study of Related Party Transactions in Hong Kong and Singapore”, (2018) 14 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 987
  • WY Wan, C Chen, CW Xia and SH Goo, “Managing the Risks of Corporate Fraud: the Evidence from Hong Kong and Singapore” [2018] 48 Hong Kong Law Journal 125
  • C Chen, W Zhang and WY Wan, “Regulating Squeeze-out Techniques by Controlling Shareholders: the Divergence between Hong Kong and Singapore”, (2018) Journal of Corporate Law Studies 185
  • WY Wan, “Cross-Border Public Offering of Securities in Fostering an Integrated ASEAN Securities Market: The Experiences of Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand”, (2017) 12 Capital Markets Law Journal 381
  • WY Wan “The Illegality Defence in Corporate Law Claims Against Directors or Officers”, (2016) Hong Kong Law Journal 225
  • WY Wan “Directors’ Defence of Reliance on Professional Advisers under Anglo-Australian Law”, (2015) 44 Common Law World Review 71
  • WY Wan “The Responsibilities of Lawyers for Their Clients’ Misstatements and Omissions to the Securities Market in Singapore”, (2014) 26 Singapore Academy of Law Journal 137
  • WY Wan, "Takeovers and Countering Short-termism in Target Boardrooms", (2013) 34 Company Lawyer 43 and 68 (in two parts)
  • WY Wan “Independent Financial Advisers’ Opinions for Public Takeovers and Related Party Transactions in Singapore”, (2012) 30 Company and Securities Law Journal 32
  • WY Wan “Invoking Protective Conditions to Terminate Public Merger and Acquisition Transactions”, (2011) Journal of Business Law 64
  • WY Wan “The Validity of Deal Protection Devices in Negotiated Acquisition or Merger Transactions under Anglo-American Law", (2010) 10 Journal of Corporate Law Studies 179
  • WY Wan “Reconsidering Personal Liability on Directors and Senior Managers for Misstatements and Non-Disclosures to the Securities Market”, (2009) 9 Journal of Corporate Law Studies 235
  • WY Wan “Civil Liabilities for False or Misleading Statements Made by Listed Companies to the Securities Market in Singapore”, (2008) 26 Company and Securities Law Journal 377
  • WY Wan “Effecting Compulsory Acquisition via the Amalgamation Procedure in Singapore”, (2007) Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 323
  • WY Wan “Financial Assistance – the case for re-examining Section 76 of the Companies Act”, (2007) 19 Singapore Academy of Law Journal 80
  • WY Wan “Singapore’s Insider Trading Prohibition and its Application to Take-over Transactions”, (2007) 28 Company Lawyer 120
  • WY Wan “The Amalgamation Procedure in Singapore”, (2007) 25 Company and Securities Law Journal 62
  • WY Wan “Restitution for Wrongs” [1998] Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 299

Case notes and shorter notes

  • WY Wan, “Consultation on Draft Legislative Changes to Companies Act” (2015) 36 Company Lawyer 15
  • WY Wan “Corporate Claims Against Director for Paying Bribes on Company’s Behalf: Ho Kang Peng v Scintronix (formerly TTL Holdings)”(2014) LMCLQ 478
  • WY Wan, “Involuntary Delisting from Singapore Exchange and the Efficacy of the Exit Offer Requirement” (2014) 32 Company and Securities Law Journal 222
  • WY Wan, “Recent Development on Misleading Disclosure and Non-disclosure to the Securities Market (and their relationships with Insider Trading) in Singapore: Madhavan Peter v PP and other appeals” (2014) 35 Company Lawyer 13
  • WY Wan, “Recent Developments in Singapore on Company Law and Regulation: Review of the Singapore Companies Act” (2014) 35 Company Lawyer 143
  • WY Wan, “Recent Developments in Singapore on Company Law and Regulation: Revised Code of Corporate Governance 2012” (2013) 34 Company Lawyer 356
  • WY Wan, “Recent Developments in Schemes of Arrangement in Singapore: Classification of Creditors and Scheme Manager’s Conflicts of Interest : Royal Bank of Scotland NV (formerly known as ABN Amro Bank NV) and others v TT International Ltd” (2013) Journal of Business Law 552
  • WY Wan, “Recent Changes to, and Proposals to Enhance Effectiveness of, Listing Regime in UK” (2013) 34 Company Lawyer 64
  • WY Wan, “Unfair preference in Singapore: DBS Bank Ltd v Tam Chee Chong and another (judicial managers of Jurong Hi-Tech Industries Pte Ltd (under judicial management)) and Rabobank International, Singapore Branch v Jurong Technologies Industrial Corp Ltd (under judicial management)”,(2012) 33 Company Lawyer, 222
  • WY Wan, “Recent Developments on Insider Trading and False Trading in Singapore: Tan Chong Koay and another v Monetary Authority of Singapore and Monetary Authority of Singapore v Lew Chee Fai Kevin”  (2012) 33 Company Lawyer 318
  • WY Wan “Fraud, Unauthorised Transactions and Vicarious Liability in Singapore: Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (Publ), Singapore Branch v Asia Pacific Breweries (Singapore) and another appeal”, (2011) Journal of Business Law 800.
  • WY Wan “Lack of Authority and its Effect on Corporate Transactions with Third Parties: Thanakharn Kasikorn Thai Chamkat (Manachon) (also known as Kasikornbank Public Co Ltd) v Akai Holdings”,  (2011) Journal of Business Law 385.
  • WY Wan “Effecting Privatisation via a Scheme of Arrangement in Hong Kong”, (2010) 28 Company and Securities Law Journal 152
  • WY Wan “Breach of Mortgagees’ Duties of Sale”, [2009] Lloyds’ Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 431
  • WY Wan “Defences to Auditors' Liability for Failure to Detect Fraud", (2008) Journal of Business Law 362

Chapters in Book

  • WY Wan “Markets and Internal Exchange Regulation” and “Regulation of Securities Offerings” in Hans Tjio’s Principles and Practice of Securities Regulation in Singapore (3rd edition, Lexis Nexis, 2017)
  • WY Wan “Business Crimes”, Chapter 4, Principles of Singapore Business Law (Singapore, Cengage Publishing, 2009)