Our Practice & Founder, Matt Richards

WATIGA LEGAL LLC is a Singapore law firm licensed by the Legal Services Regulatory Authority in Singapore, advising on legal matters regarding investment structures and corporate finance transactions, as well as private client and family office solutions, under principles of Singapore, English and New York law. The legal practice of WATIGA LEGAL is centered within the private equity and alternative investment industry, with a focus on Singapore and Southeast Asia.

​Our areas of expertise include corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions and fund formation, with a particular emphasis on cross-border and emerging markets. Our practice advises under Singapore, English and New York laws on multi-jurisdictional structured investments, including share- and asset-based financings, restructurings, acquisitions and divestments, as well as joint venture arrangements.

Clients include institutional private equity fund managers, family offices, high-net worth individuals, financial services companies and publicly listed companies.

In addition to providing legal services relating to investment structures and corporate finance transactions, we also provide legal advice for private client solutions, including family office structuring that may involve family charters/constitutions, asset preservation and estate planning objectives, and preparation of wills. 

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WATIGA was founded by Matt Richards. Matt is a qualified lawyer, admitted to practice in Australia, England, New York and Singapore. Matt has practiced in the leading American law firms of Latham & Watkins, Sidley Austin and Baker & McKenzie. Prior to founding WATIGA, Matt was the general counsel and an equity partner with a top-tier Indonesian-focused private equity fund manager.  Proficient in Bahasa Indonesia, Matt commutes regularly between Singapore, Indonesia and Australia.

Matt holds the Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), Bachelor of Asian Studies (First Class Honours) and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from The Australian National University. Matt is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds the Executive Diploma in Directorship from the Singapore Management University / Singapore Institute of Directors, and is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.