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        Joel Shen

        Partner

        Joel is a partner in DWF’s corporate practice group. He advises corporate and venture capital clients in cross-border investments, acquisitions, and joint ventures. 

        Joel has particular experience in the Indonesian market where he advises a number of household names in the technology, financial services, media, marketing & communications, food & beverage and consumer sectors.

        He also works with some of the most prominent venture capital investors in the region across a range of matters, from fund formation to series investment, restructuring, and exits.

        Joel is recommended by Chambers for his M&A work in Singapore, and is listed by Chambers as one of only seven Notable FinTech Practitioners in Indonesia. 

        Joel was one of only four lawyers from Indonesia to have been included in Asian Legal Business’ 40 Under 40 listing for 2019, and was also recognised as a Rising Star, and the only non-Indonesian practitioner, in Asian Legal Business’ inaugural listing of Rising Stars in Indonesia.

        • Advocate and Solicitor (Singapore), the Law Society of Singapore
        • Solicitor (England & Wales), Solicitor’s Regulation Association
        • Licensed Foreign Advocate (Indonesia), PERADI (The Indonesian Law Society)
        • Governing Council Member (Treasurer), the Singapore Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia
        • Member, the Singapore Academy of Law
        • Faculty Member and Tutor, the Singapore Institute of Legal Education
        • Adjunct Lecturer, University of Indonesia
        • Adjunct Lecturer, Universitas Pelita Harapan

        Awards and rankings

        • Joel is one of only seven Notable Practitioners listed in Chambers’ inaugural Indonesian Fintech guide, which describes Joel’s team as having “… considerable expertise in the corporate and financing sectors to advise inbound investors and Fintech-focused venture capital funds on early and late stage financing structures, as well as find establishment, restructures, divestments and exits.” – Chambers & Partners, Fintech (Indonesia)
        • Joel was listed as a Recommended Lawyer for Corporate M&A (Singapore) by Chambers & Partners in 2016.
        • Joel was one of only four lawyers from Indonesia to have been included in Asian Legal Business’ 40 Under 40 listing for 2019. This award recognises “the most outstanding legal professionals in Asia under the age of 40 (who) have worked on some of the most significant deals and have earned accolades from their peers, superiors and clients”. 

        Client testimonials

        • “In addition to being a cross-border M&A specialist, Joel is one of only a handful of legal practitioners in Indonesia who truly understand the venture capital and growth investment space. Joel is, without a doubt, one of the leading Indonesian lawyers of his generation.” – Raditya Pramana, Partner, Venturra Capital
        • “Joel is knowledgeable and responsive, and is able to analyse and explain complex legal issues in ways that are easy to understand, and provide practical advice and solutions.” – Armand Widjaja, Managing Partner, Central Capital Ventura
        • “Joel has a thorough understanding of how venture capital investments work, and know what is important to his VC clients. I would consider Joel one of the “go-to” lawyers for venture capital work in Indonesia.” – Michael Soerijadji, Partner, Agaeti Ventures
        • "New Fintech Regulations”, published in the February 2018 issue of Asian Legal Business
        • "Bank Indonesia Issues National Payment Gateway Regulation”, published in the September 2017 issue of Asian Legal Business.
        • "Duties of E-Commerce Platform Providers”, published in the July 2017 issue of Asian Legal Business.
        • "Indonesia's New Negative List – Balancing Competing Interests and Priorities", published in the June 2014 issue of Southeast Asian Infrastructure.

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