chris wilson

partner
+65 8820 1840

[email protected]

specialties

startups, capital raising, m&a, governance, southeast asia

about chris

Chris joined Kindrik Partners in 2007 and is a senior corporate lawyer. He previously worked for Deloitte as a tax advisor.

Chris specialises in capital raising and m&a transactions, group restructures, and internal shareholder arrangements (including governing documents and employee share plans). He has worked with companies seeking to access capital from all over the world, and in particular the United States, Australia, Southeast Asia and New Zealand. Chris’ knowledge of current market practice allows him to negotiate deal terms quickly and efficiently.

His recent work includes:

  • acting for a global VC fund as lead investor in an investment round of US$35million into a customer to customer mobile marketplace based in Singapore and operating across South East Asia
  • acting for a Singapore based, APAC focussed, e-commerce business on its acquisition of a global player’s Indonesian, Malaysian and Singapore businesses
  • advising a Philippine based blockchain fin-tech business on its US$9.5million series A financing

latest from the blogs

post-money convertible notes

Back in 2018, Y-Combinator (YC) updated their core investment instrument and launched what is now known as the post-money SAFE. We analysed the post-money SAFE back in 2020 – see our blog here https://kindrik.co.nz/blogs/a-primer-on-post-money-safes-in-new-zealand/. The main difference between a pre-money and post-money SAFE is that, on conversion, under the pre-money terms the calculation of the number of conversion shares does not include the conversion of the SAFE itself and any other convertible instruments in issue (other convertible securities). With a post-money SAFE all of these other convertible securities are included. The end result is further dilution for existing ordinary shareholders…

Updated Singapore model VC documents

The template documents used in the venture capital ecosystem across Southeast Asia have been updated. Launched by the Singapore Academy of Law and the Singapore Venture & Private Capital Association in 2018, the new VIMA 2.0 documents are available for free to help start-ups. 8 new documents have been added to the suite of documents, including a founders’ agreement, a model constitution, an IP assignment, and an employee share option plan primer. The inclusion of a template letter covering Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) matters reflects the increasing trend of investors to seek ESG commitments from their portfolio companies. The…