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Jennifer Chia

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TSMP Law Corporation

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Banking & Finance, Corporate Real Estate


Partner, Head of Corporate Real Estate


Specialises in banking and finance (with a focus on real property-related assets), corporate real estate, mergers and acquisitions (including restructurings) and joint ventures. Heads the banking and finance team and also co-heads the private wealth and trust advisory desk at TSMP. In the banking and finance portfolio, acted for various borrowers in obtaining credit facilities for the construction of: Parkland Residences, a Housing and Development Board (HDB) Design-Build-and-Sell government project at Upper Serangoon, Singapore and a dangerous goods warehouse on Jurong Island for a global logistics and warehousing provider. She acted for local banks in syndicated loans to provide credit facilities of over S$500m to finance the purchase of land and construction of Paya Lebar Square, a mega-commercial complex at Paya Lebar MRT station, as well as to provide credit facilities of over S$400m to finance the purchase of office units at Westgate, Jurong from a unit of Capitaland. In cross border financing transactions, advised YTL Power Seraya in its S$2.6bn restructuring and re-financing, as well as acted as Singapore counsel to Banca Santander’s restructuring of its loans portfolio. In the area of public mergers and acquisitions, was part of the TSMP team that advised on the take-over of Singapore listed, Fraser & Neave Limited. TSMP advised the Joint Financial Advisers to Overseas Union Enterprise Limited (now known as OUE Limited) in what was the largest take-over in Singapore’s corporate history. She also acted as one of the Singapore counsel on the loan financing to OUE Limited for the take-over, advising on the mortgage of OUE Limited’s high-end commercial properties.

Allen & Gledhill, Pupil, June 1997 to May 1998. Admitted as an advocate and solicitor, Singapore 30 May 1998. Allen & Gledhill, legal assistant, June 1998 to June 2000; TSMP Law Corporation legal associate, June 2000 to December 2000 (including its predecessor partnership, Thio Su Mien & Partners) Senior legal associate, January 2001 to December 2002, associate director; January 2003 to December 2004; director, January 2005 to December 2012, executive director, January 2013 to present. Current directorships: TSMP Law Corporation, iC2 Prephouse Limited (a Singapore charity).


English, Mandarin.


Singapore Academy of Law; Law Society of Singapore.


Singapore Chinese Girls’ School in December 1990, with GCE ‘O’ Levels’; Hwa Chong Junior College in December 1992, with GCE ‘A’ Levels; National University of Singapore in June 1997, with a Bachelor of Laws, Second Class Honours (Upper Division).


Reading, Volunteering at Children’s Church. Seletar Country Club, Singapore Swimming Club, National University of Singapore Society.

Singapore: Banking and finance

Banking and finance – Local firms

Within: Banking and finance – Local firms

TSMP Law Corporation is prominent in real estate finance, acting for a range of local banks, international banks with presences in Singapore, real estate developers and high net-worth individuals. It advised Oxley Holdings on its loan from MayBank and HSBC to purchase Chevron House. Singapore law advice on cross-border financings, including acquisition facilities, is another key part of the practice. The firm is regarded as 'a more economical option' for some transactions. Jennifer Chia is the key partner, while joint managing partner Stefanie Yuen Thio is sometimes sought for her ability to supervise especially complex transactions.

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