Joel is a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and also a director at Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC, a Singapore law corporation affiliated with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.
Joel Seow advises sponsors throughout Asia on the establishment of private investment funds across various asset classes and jurisdictions, with a focus on private equity, venture capital, real estate, infrastructure, and hedge funds. He also counsels on myriad nontraditional private investment fund setups, including fund platform structures, hybrid funds, club deals, and open-ended illiquid funds, among others. Joel is keenly aware of Singapore’s regulatory requirements for fund management and the offer of fund interests, and regularly advises international and local fund managers on their licensing and regulatory obligations, as well as assisting with the submission of fund management license applications to the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
Joel also works with both institutional and non-institutional limited partners (LPs) from Asia, Europe, and the United States, including financial institutions, pension funds, corporations, family offices, and fund of funds, advising on their investments into private funds. In these matters, he has served as LP counsel and across the table as general partner (GP) counsel.
Joel has been recognized in the Investment Funds (Singapore) category in Chambers Asia-Pacific since 2017, and is described by a client in the publication as "very practical and mindful of the end objective. He isn't task-oriented; he is goal-oriented, helping clients find their goal and the best route to it. He is a straight shooter and always upfront and clear with his opinions."
He is also recognized by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific2021 as a next generation lawyer. Who’s Who Legal named Joel in its first-ever Southeast Asia 2021 – Private Funds guide and has recognized him as a leading lawyer in Singapore: Private Funds (Formation) since 2017. He was quoted by clients in the publication as a lawyer who is “brilliant in the hedge funds space”. In 2017, Joel was also named by Private Funds Management to its “30 under 40” global list of top private fund lawyers under age 40.
Joel is a member of the Advocacy Committee of the Singapore Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (SVCA). Before joining Morgan Lewis, Joel was a legal consultant for several Singapore private fund managers and served as counsel in the investment funds practice of another global law firm, resident in Singapore.
National University of Singapore, 2005, Diploma in Law
King's College London, 2004, LL.B.
Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Best ETF Law Firm, ETF Express US Awards (2021)
Next Generation Partner, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2017–2021)
Ranked, Investment Funds: International Singapore, Chambers Asia-Pacific (2017–2021)
Recognized, Private Funds, Who’s Who Legal Southeast Asia Guide (2021)
Leading Lawyer, Private Funds (Formation), Who’s Who Legal (2017–2021)
Recognized, 30 under 40, Private Funds Management (2017)