02 Jan 2024

CLO expands Corporate Practice with tier 1 teams

Christopher & Lee Ong ("CLO"), a member firm of Rajah & Tann Asia ("RTA"), significantly strengthens its Corporate team with Adrian Chee, Jennifer Lee, Justin Chua, Jacyn Phuah, and newly minted partner, Adrian Yap. Together with their respective teams of lawyers and staff, the new teams add tremendous depth to CLO’s M&A, Equity and Debt Capital Markets, and Banking & Finance Practices.

The new teams are market leaders and recognised as leading lawyers and rising stars in Malaysia by clients, peers, and legal publications. They bring a wealth of experience and industry insights, aligning seamlessly with CLO’s culture and client-focused approach.

  • Adrian Chee, a familiar name across major corporate practice areas, will be part of the Corporate M&A Practice, as the Head of M&A. Alongside him, will be Jacyn, who carries an extensive experience in the corporate M&A practice;
  • Jennifer and Adrian Yap with their focused knowledge and experience as banking, finance, and debt capital market lawyers, covering both conventional and Islamic finance, will expand the Firm’s distinguished Banking and Finance Practice Group; and
  • Justin Chua, who has in-depth experience in equity capital market transactions across a broad range of sectors, will bolster the Firm’s prominent Capital Markets Practice Group (co-headed by Yon See Ting and Annette Soh).

Adrian commented on this strategic move, saying, "CLO is known for being a full service firm, and I admire its focus on innovation and collaboration. I was also attracted to the firm being a member of the Rajah & Tann Asia network, which will allow my clients to have access to the best legal services in the region."

The new teams are a timely addition to CLO, as the Firm continues to grow in tandem with Malaysia's Madani Economic Narrative that would see Malaysia transform to become a high-income and fully developed nation. Foreign investors eyeing Malaysia as a springboard to penetrate the Southeast Asian market, combined with the Government's various initiatives and stimulus packages, also point to there being sustained demand for top-tier premium legal services by highly skilled and seasoned legal professionals.

Managing Partner, Kuok Yew Chen, said, "We are delighted to welcome Adrian, Jennifer, and Justin, as well as their team of excellent lawyers, to the fold. Their reputation in the market precedes them and, having worked with them across the table these past years, we are certain of the synergies they bring to the culture and future of CLO and RTA."

This significant integration underscores CLO's commitment to providing clients with the highest levels of legal counsel, and  to stay ahead of the curve by seizing opportunities to meet market demands.

About Christopher & Lee Ong www.christopherleeong.com

Christopher & Lee Ong, a member firm of Rajah & Tann Asia, houses a dedicated and committed team of lawyers with legal acuity and intuitive business acumen cutting across multiple industries. Throughout the entire project life-cycle (from inception to closing), we provide the highest of quality legal advice to clients right across the commercial spectrum, with extensive experience in handling complex deals and disputes.

About Rajah & Tann Asia – https://www.rajahtannasia.com/ 

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand the Philippines and Vietnam, with each offering the highest standards of service to locally-based clients while collectively having the capability to handle the most complex regional and cross-border transactions and to provide excellent legal counsel seamlessly across the region. The network’s geographical reach also includes Singapore-based regional desks focusing on Brunei, Japan and South Asia. With over 970 fee earners, all working together towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.