Dr. Qiu Yang

Director, Head of China Practice

Emailyang.qiu@insightslaw.sgPhone+65 6727 6187


Leveraging her knowledge of both the Chinese and Singapore legal, regulatory, and business landscapes, Dr. Qiu works with Chinese clients as well as international clients on transactions within and beyond China. She focuses on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets related transactions in Singapore, including initial public offerings (IPOs), reverse takeovers (RTOs), general offers, major acquisitions, disposals, corporate restructuring, and dual-listing transactions. She assists clients in setting up renminbi (RMB) private equity funds, establishing joint ventures, and acquiring commercial properties and business operations in China and in Europe.

In addition, Dr. Qiu is experienced in advising on corporate governance and compliance matters from the perspective of Singapore law. She has retained a list of loyal clients who engage her for long-term legal services to ensure legal compliance in Singapore over the years. Dr. Qiu has also been involved in the private wealth management sector, advising on corporate and compliance matters related to single family offices (SFOs).

Dr. Qiu is a dual qualified lawyer – (i) she is a registered foreign lawyer permitted to practice corporate and commercial Singapore law, and (ii) she is also legally qualified in the People’s Republic of China. Fluent in English, Mandarin and Shanghainese, Dr. Qiu frequently contributes to legal publications in both Mandarin and English. She also acted as an interpreter for the State Courts of Singapore, translating from Shanghainese to English and vice versa.

Dr. Qiu started her legal career with Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC (the Singapore office of an international law firm, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP), where she stayed for nine years before she joined our firm.

Dr. Qiu’s contributions to legal publications include:

  • (Book) Co-authored the Chinese version of “The Administration of Justice from Homer to Aristotle” (published by the China Legal Publishing House), 2015
  • (Article) Co-authored “Regulation of VIEs opens up new prospects for Singapore”, Lexology (17 Feb 2015)
  • (Article) Co-authored “Alibaba’s VIE structure: does it have a place in Singapore?”, Lexology (18 Nov 2014)
  • (Article) Co-authored “Making SGX attractive to S-chips – Direct listing framework could be the impetus for S’pore bourse to connect global investors with quality Chinese firms”, The Business Times (18 July 2014)
  • (Article) “ILO Fundamental Convention and Chinese Labor Law – From A Comparative Perspective”, 2 Chinese L. & Pol’y Rev. 18, of the Chinese Law and Policy Review (2006), published by University of Pennsylvania (in English, available on Westlaw)

Dr. Qiu’s affiliations include:

  • Member of Compensation Fund Committee, The Law Society of Singapore
  • Member of Singapore Academy of Law
  • Associate of Chartered Secretaries Institute of Singapore
  • Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, Singapore Division


  • Republic of Singapore (Section 36B of Legal Profession Act 1966 registered to practise corporate and commercial Singapore law)
  • Legally qualified in the People’s Republic of China
  • Chartered Secretary (ACS, ACG)
  • Ph.D. (Law), National University of Singapore, 2009 (scholarship)
  • LL.M., National University of Singapore, 2003
  • LL.B., Fudan University, People’s Republic China, 2002 (scholarship)

Practice Areas

Capital Markets

  • Corporate Finance
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • Post-listing Compliance

Corporate and Commercial

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Company Formation and Incorporation
  • Corporate and Commercial Transactions
  • Corporate Advisory
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Secretarial
  • Venture Capital Investments in Start-ups
  • Joint Ventures and Shareholders Arrangements
  • Licensing (LFMC, RFMC and VCFM)
  • Variable Capital Company (VCC)
  • Employment

Private Wealth Management

  • Single Family Offices (SFOs)


  • Mandarin
  • English
  • Shanghainese (dialect)