There was a time Elizabeth Tong contemplated leaving law for good. “Legal practice can be gruelling — it involves long hours and personal sacrifices,” she shares. So seven years ago, she took a year off to backpack around the world. It was then she gained a new understanding of the importance of the law. “I had amazing experiences and met amazing people but I also saw some of the world’s worst poverty, caused by poor governance and no or weak rule of law.”
So she returned to practice. Since then, this corporate and commercial lawyer has picked up a string of accolades. She was singled out as one of 40 rising young lawyers by Asian Legal Business and Recommended Lawyer by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific in 2015 and 2017.
Currently a director at Drew & Napier, Tong advises clients on transactions and business structures, negotiates contracts and helps them manage legal risks. Her clientele include Visa, SABIC, and the world’s largest technology companies. She most recently worked with private equity investor Hellman & Friedman and GIC on Singapore financial regulatory matters in relation to its €1.8-billion acquisition of Allfunds Bank.
Tong also takes time out to lecture on negotiating and drafting at the NUS Faculty of Law, and does volunteer work. “I hope to continue building and developing myself and the people around me, personally and professionally.”