Director, Stamford Law Corporation, 32
A go-to rising star for corporate law matters, Kong’s broad practice includes mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets, corporate finance and securities regulations. Given the nature of her practice, she regularly deals with transactions worth billions, including advising F&N in its US$4.5 billion divestment of its stake in APB; Fortis in its US$2.3 billion offer for Parkway; and NOL in its US$1 billion rights issue. Acknowledged in notable legal publications such as Chambers Asia, Legal 500, AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers and Lawyer Monthly, the legal eagle is also a trustee of Cambridge Assessment Singapore and a fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust. “I have a passion for law and the legal practice, just like an artisan would have for his craft. And to be able to help my clients reach their objectives gives me an enormous sense of satisfaction,” she shares. Yet while Kong may love the law, there is one aspect that grates on her nerves — the usage of Latin legal terms. “Lawyers sometimes hide behind legalese or fancy jargons to appear sophisticated; I avoid using them altogether. The law should be expressed in plain English and should not be the domain of just lawyers and academics,” she says.