Christopher & Lee Ong, a member firm of Rajah & Tann Asia, has added Chua See Hua as a partner to co-head the restructuring and insolvency practice. She brings extensive experience and a wide range of local and international clients. Chua joins the firm at a time when Southeast Asia, especially Malaysia, sees an increase in debt restructuring and insolvency affecting multiple industries, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. She has led a number of notable deals, from the Asian financial crisis to the 2008 global financial crisis, where she advised borrowers, lenders and administrators on the corporate debt restructuring of huge portfolios of Malaysian public listed groups. Her practice extends to advising major corporations on acquisitions and divestments of companies, banking, property-related issues, private equity investments, and capital markets. Chua and her team join from Chua Associates, a law firm specialising in restructuring and insolvency, which she founded in 2010.
King & Wood Mallesons is continuing its expansion in Southeast Asia with the appointment of cross-border dispute resolution partner Amanda Lees to its Singapore office. Lees has almost a decade of experience working in the region, most recently with Simmons & Simmons JWS and, prior to that, with Ashurst. Leveraging Singapore’s position as an economic hub for APAC, she has built a successful cross-border practice over the years. Lees is an expert in international arbitration – both as counsel and arbitrator – and has strong experience in Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, India, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. She also specialises in commercial and investment treaty arbitration and other complex cross-border litigation. Lees is currently a director of the Singapore branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.