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Beelian Tay

Of Counsel

Beelian Tay practices in the area of corporate and commercial law, with particular focus on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and reorganizations. Her clients include companies in a range of sectors including manufacturing, food, apparel and healthcare.

She also regularly assists healthcare companies with the development, commercialization, marketing and distribution of their products in Japan, as well as their reorganizations.

Beelian has been practicing in law firms in Japan for around 20 years.

Professional QualificationsAdvocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of SingaporeBarrister in England and Wales


  • Assisted a leading US telecommunications company in its divestiture of a Japanese business unit to a Japanese purchaser.
  • Assisted a Silicon Valley company in its acquisition of a Japanese factory via an asset purchase and the acquisition of another Japanese factory via a stock purchase.
  • Assisted a sustainable and ethical European fashion brand with its joint venture in Japan with a Japanese partner.
  • Assisted a leading multinational petroleum company in the sale of its gasoline service station business in Japan to a leading Japanese petroleum company.
  • Assisted a leading American pharmaceutical company based in New York in its divestiture of certain assets of a business line in Japan to a top Japanese cosmetics company.
  • Assisted global pharmaceutical companies with various aspects of their business in Japan including the development, commercialization, marketing and distribution of their products in Japan.
  • Advised companies of various industries (telecommunications, entertainment/media and consumer products) on restructuring including capital reduction, GK conversion, corporate split and merger.
  • English
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Japanese
  • University of Buckingham (LL.B. (Hons)), 1992


  • Rising Star, Gaiben (Corporate and M&A: International Firms and Joint Ventures), The Legal 500 Asia Pacific: 2017 to 2020

Prior Experience

  • January 2020 – June 2021: Japanese trading house (on secondment basis)
  • 2008 – January 2021: Associate/Counsel, Tokyo office of an international law firm
  • 2000 – 2007: Foreign Legal Associate, Japanese law firm
  • 1995 – 1999: Associate, Singapore law firm

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Registered foreign lawyer in Japan (Singapore qualified)
  • The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, England and Wales
  • The Law Society of Singapore
  • Tokyo Bar Association, Japan