Executive General Counsels - Lawyers Going Beyond Just Law

Jeffery Tan, Group General Counsel, Jardine Cycle & Carriage Limited, Singapore

The COVID-19 pandemic has inundated lawyers in corporations with a multitude of challenges. In the past year, in-house lawyers aka General Counsels (GCs) have been providing valuable guidance to their organizations: Addressing various issues from employee and customer health and safety, to ensuring business operations’ continuity through ‘lock-downs’, ‘circuit breakers’ and re-opening measures; all within a constantly evolving landscape.

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Singapore Management Management November 2020 Vol.13, No. 53, Autumn 2020

Jeffery Tan


Jeffery is the Group General Counsel; Director, Group Corporate Affairs; and Group Company Secretary of Jardine Cycle & Carriage Ltd. He is responsible for legal, compliance, company secretarial, communications and public affairs at the Group level. Before joining Jardine Cycle & Carriage, he was the Group General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Board Secretary for UTAC Holdings Ltd. Prior to that, he has over 20 years of private practice and in-house legal experience with international law firms and multinational companies such as Allen & Gledhill, DLA Piper, Siemens and Motorola. He also served in a business capacity as President of Motorola Singapore for five years. Jeffery has an LLB (HONS) from the National University of Singapore. He is a senior Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Singapore and a Solicitor of England & Wales. He has completed the Senior Executive Management Program, at Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management and the Driving Strategic Innovation Program at MIT Sloan School of Management. Jeffery serves on the board of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce.

Jardine Cycle & Carriage Limited


Jardine Cycle and Carriage Limited is a leading Singapore listed diversified conglomerate and a member of the Jardine Matheson Group. With a market cap of US$13.9 Billion, it is a component stock of the bell weather FTSE Straits Times Index which employs over 250,000 people across Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. JC&C has a strategic interest in Astra International, the largest independent automotive group in Southeast Asia. Astra International has further interests in financial services, heavy equipment, mining, construction & energy, agribusiness, infrastructure & logistics, information technology and property.

Singapore Management Management November 2020 Vol.13, No. 53, Autumn 2020

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