Alvin Yeo, senior partner and co-founder of one of the largest law firms in Singapore, WongPartnership, died on 30 July at the age of 60 after a two-year battle with cancer. Yeo had a significant impact on colleagues and the profession during his career.
“For those of us who have been fortunate enough to have known him, there are no words that can adequately describe the sense of loss we feel,” WongPartnership’s managing partner Ng Wai King said.
“A great lawyer and an even better person, Alvin was one of the founding members of WongPartnership and we will always be grateful for his contributions to the firm,” Ng added. “He leaves behind an enduring legacy treasured by many and will be fondly remembered. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Yeo co-founded the firm 30 years ago with senior counsel Wong Meng Meng and others. He became the managing partner in 2002 and a senior partner in 2007.
At 37, he was the youngest senior counsel of the Supreme Court to be appointed and he became a member of the Singapore parliament from 2006-2015.
Yeo had been instrumental in the growth of WongPartnership, especially in the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice, and the establishment of its regional network in Asean, China and the Middle East.
In a statement, WongPartnership said that Yeo was looked up to by many within and outside the firm, not just for his accomplishments and legal expertise, but for his ability to always inspire others to do better.
He cared deeply about the people he worked with and was always generous with his time, knowledge and friendship, and he was an excellent mentor and a wonderful friend, it said.