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Xin Katsu

Specialisation: Corporate, Commercial, Property

Xin was awarded a scholarship from the University of Melbourne where she completed a combined Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts degree. She dismisses it as luck, but we actually believe it was a testament of her determination to excel from a young age.

Prior to joining APL, Xin practiced in a wide range of areas both in Australia and in Singapore, always with a focus on commercial law. Whilst in Singapore, she was a senior associate in a local law firm that is among the top 15 in Singapore, working in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate transactions, and equity capital markets.

Some of the past notable transactions that Xin assisted in included:

• advising the issue manager and underwriter in the proposed initial public offering of two companies on the Singapore Exchange;
• the reverse-takeover of listed company, Friven & Co. Ltd, by a Chinese children’s clothing manufacturer;
• advising a potential purchaser in the tender for the sale of SISTIC, the largest ticketing service provider in Singapore;
• acting for Citibank N.A. in the leasing of two built-to-suit office buildings, covering 3 different construction phases;
• restructuring of listed company, Jade Technologies Holdings Ltd, following a high-profile take-over attempt;
providing corporate secretarial support and company law compliance advice to large corporations such as Lenovo Singapore and Dresdner Bank – Singapore Branch;
• acting for Singapore’s DBS Bank in a multibillion-dollar loan to an Indonesian telecommunication company.

After returning to Australia in 2010, Xin worked as an in-house lawyer in the Victorian public sector and this experience has also given her an insight into the workings of the government.

As an anecdote, Xin actually started her very first job as a graduate solicitor here at APL. It has taken her a trip across the Pacific Ocean and a further dabble in a government organisation to realise that her heart truly lies within commercial law and with APL. Needless to say, we are pleased to have her back in the team.

Xin has gained valuable experience locally and in the Asia Pacific region, across both the private and public sectors, which enables her to offer specialist technical and practical advice to her clients.

Xin’s passions are her family, friends and her cats, although the order of things is not always clear-cut. Outside of work, Xin is, in her own words, “arduously” trying to complete a translation project of her mother’s autobiography from Chinese into English, and we wish her every success in that endeavour!

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