Profile Description

Helmsman LLC specialises in shipping and commodities trading law. The firm routinely acts for clients in varied and high value commercial transactions and disputes across the world from their offices in Singapore and Hong Kong, the latter through their association with Tang & Co. The breadth of experience and deep expertise of their lawyers in shipping and commodity trading makes them the counsel of choice for the biggest shipping companies and commodity traders across the world. Helmsman LLC is unique in the market in that it comprises not just lawyers, but also experts in areas such as credit risk and trade finance. In addition to their deep subject expertise, Helmsman LLC are well known for their user-friendly approach, and penchant for ‘plain practical advice’.

Key People

Tang Chong Jun
Executive Director, Helmsman LLC

A founding director of Helmsman LLC and Tang & Co., Chong Jun specializes in shipping and commodities disputes and commercial advisory work.


Maureen Poh
Director, Helmsman LLC

Maureen specialises in commodity trading and shipping work, both contentious and advisory.  Her experience in commodity trading ranges from oil-related…

Lynette Koh
Director, Helmsman LLC

Lynette leads Helmsman‘s Corporate and Finance Practice. Having more than 6 years of experience as Head, Legal of an international bank, Lynette has…

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