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Meet The Team
Paerin Choa has about 10 years experience practicing as a corporate lawyer, but he has an unusual career trajectory for a lawyer. After graduating from Law School at the National University of Singapore, Paerin chose to pursue his interest in the entertainment industry and spent six years as an actor, host and writer.
Paerin returned to legal practice as a corporate lawyer and has worked on various transactions ranging from Mergers and Acquisition, Investment, Licensing
and Distribution, Franchising, Intellectual Property, Loans and Leases. He has also managed to marry the two worlds that he knows – Law and
Entertainment, and has advised various production companies on their productions, ranging from festivals, stage production, TV shows, endorsement deals
Paerin also serves as legal counsel for a number of SMEs, where he advises them on their day-to- day operations and prepares the agreements to grow and
protect their business and interests.
An advocate of true inclusion and diversity, Paerin also volunteers with Pink Dot SG. The rest of his free time is spent catching up on movies, tv, plays, travel
and wine with family and friends.
Mark Goh is the Founder and Managing Director of the law firm.
Mark understood very early on the struggles that Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) face when attempting to obtain adequate legal protection for their businesses and the challenging traditional high costs of engaging a lawyer.
As such, he decided to develop VanillaLaw™ – a smart document assembly and management software which makes contract drafting services and advice more affordable and accessible to growth-orientated SMEs. This was one of his ways of proving that the traditional lawyer-client dynamics can, and should change.
Since setting up the law firm in 1994, Mark has worked to digitise the firm, streamline and develop systems to serve his clients more efficiently, thereby passing on the cost savings to the SMEs.
Mark has more than 25 years of experience in corporate advisory work and corporate and commercial litigation. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Law (Second Class – Upper Division with First Class Honors in both Land Law and Labor Law) from the University of Buckingham (United Kingdom).
He was also called to the English Bar (The Middle Temple).
He is an Accredited Mediator with the Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI). He is also the current Legal Adviser to the Singapore Precision Engineering & Technology Association (SPETA).
Mark is an avid cyclist and is an advocate of cycling as a form of commuting to work.
In 2018, he has since developed and launched a new business entity, a sister company called Vanilla Resource. The company aims to provide SMEs C-level talent and expertise at a fraction of the cost.
Tomoka Hasegawa is the firm’s Foreign Lawyer who deals exclusively with the firm’s Japanese clientele. Tomoka has a unique background – she first obtained a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science from the University of Kyoto, Japan, and her initial years were spent enthusiastically on research of the human brain.
She later decided to become a lawyer and managed to pass the Japanese bar exam in 2004. Tomoka started her law career in Intellectual Property law and integrated her extensive scientific experience into her practice.
Having lived overseas for more than six years, she is fluent in English and always integrates well into both the local and Japanese communities in the host country. This allows her to interface and act as a bridge between the local and Japanese communities in whichever country she resides in.
Currently, she hopes to become an exceptional lawyer to the Japanese SME market, as well as support her fellow countrymen who might be in need of legal assistance, especially Japanese women. She currently volunteers with AWARE and the Association for Japanese Women.
In her leisure time, Tomoka expresses her passion for dance through ballroom dancing.
He has also spent a semester expanding his knowledge on the principles of different legal systems, international and commercial law topic’s at Bucerius law School( Germany, Hamburg).
Effectively bilingual in both written and spoken English and Mandarin, Boon Gan interfaces and works well with business owners from the small and medium Enterprises(SMEs). He has gained considerable experience in providing counsel on matters such as employment and director’s / Shareholder’s disputes, corporate governance and insolvency proceedings. He has contributed significantly to the law firm’s VanillaLawTM project.
Boon Gan engages in pro bono legal activities, being a regular presence at various legal clinics organised by the Singapore Community Development Council, speaking enterprise that works with autistic persons.
He is an avid mountain climber and hiker.
Her commitment to uplifting SMEs is shown in her contributions to the VanillaLaw™ project and her emphasis on tailoring practical and cost-effective solutions for her clients.
Having lived overseas for more than three years,Charlotte is (unsurprisingly) independent and resilient. Travelling widely and engaging with people from varied backgrounds and cultures, has resulted in a consistently open-minded and creative style in her client management and problem solving abilities.
Charlotte practises yoga. In her leisure time, she enjoys flexing her artistic muscle in craft and decoration projects.
A quick learner and committed individual, Darius has represented his University at both regional and national Ultimate Frisbee tournaments.