FINANCE AND LEGAL COUNSEL
KONG THIEN CHOO
Mr. Choo joined the firm in 2006 and is responsible for the finance, accounting and financial controlling functions. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Choo spent five years with Wilmar Singapore as Treasurer and was responsible for the treasury and financing activities of the group with companies located mostly in Asia. Prior to Wilmar Singapore, Mr. Choo spent five years with Asia Pulp & Paper as Corporate Finance Manager and was involved in financing, accounting and financial controls for subsidiaries in Asia and Europe. Prior to Asia Pulp & Paper, Mr. Choo worked with two Singapore-listed companies as an Internal Auditor and Financial Controller and was assigned positions in China and Vietnam. Mr. Choo began his career as an Auditor in KPMG Malaysia and then Deloitte & Touche Singapore. Mr. Choo received a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Melbourne in 1989. He is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Malay.
Ms. Verma joined the firm in 2007 and is responsible for all general counsel activity. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Verma was General Counsel for Swire Pacific Offshore and was responsible for legal issues relating to all its offices globally. From 2004 to 2005, Ms. Verma was the Director of Compliance at Barclays Capital in Singapore and was responsible for compliance of all businesses of the bank in Singapore and Indonesia. From 2001 to 2004, Ms. Verma was legal counsel for Teletech Customer Management and a consultant for Compliance Asia. Ms. Verma was the Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for JPMorgan in Singapore, responsible for the firm´s asset management services between 1994 and 2001. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Oxford University in 1986, graduating in upper second class honors in Jurisprudence. Ms. Verma is admitted as a Barrister in the following jurisdictions: England and Wales, Singapore, and New South Wales, Australia. She is fluent in English, Mandarin, French, Italian, Spanish, Malay and Hindi.
Ms. Chau Ta joined RECAP as a Legal Counsel – Transactions in September 2012. Prior to joining RECAP, Ms. Chau Ta has had over 11 years of professional experience in real estate legal matters. After 4 years of practice in Sydney, Australia as a solicitor advising clients on real estate-related matters, Ms Chau relocated to Vietnam where she worked with one of the country’s largest international law firms on property law. From there, Ms Chau served as Vice President for Legal Affairs for a London Stock Exchange listed property fund investing in Vietnam and Cambodia. Just prior to joining Recap, Ms Chau headed the Real Estate Practice Group of DFDL Vietnam , the first leading international law firm specializing in emerging markets with Pan-Asia legal and tax expertise. Ms Chau has extensive experience on real estate investment (re) structuring, real estate licensing, green field investment, construction and zoning and other related issues. Ms. Chau Ta received her Masters of International Law (Honors) jointly from University of Sydney, Sydney Australia in 2008. She also graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Japanese and Government) and Bachelor of Laws (Honors) from University of Sydney, Sydney Australia in 2002. She is a qualified Australian lawyer with unique Asia and Vietnam law experience on real estate matters. She speaks English, Vietnamese and conversational Japanese.
Regulatory and Compliance Officer
Mr Sia joined the firm in August 2016 and oversees the regulatory and compliance function of the firm. Prior to joining the firm, he was working with Point72 Asia (Singapore) as Country Manager and Compliance Officer from 2012 to 2015 overseeing the Singapore office and compliance matters relating to its fund management business. Prior to Point72 Singapore, Mr Sia was a Compliance Officer at Tantallon Capital Advisors from 2007 to 2012, overseeing compliance matters in relation to its hedge fund business. Mr Sia began his career as an auditor at PwC Singapore. Mr Sia received a Bachelor of Accountancy Degree from Nanyang Technological University in 2004. He is fluent in English and Mandarin.