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Theresa Chong

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Work Department

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Real Estate
  • Banking and Finance
  • Corporate Advisory and Transactions
  • Hospitality and Tourism


Senior Partner


Theresa is the Senior Partner of the firm with over 40 years in practice.
She has a wide range of experience in corporate advisory, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and banking and finance. She advises and represents multinational clients on investments and businesses in Malaysia and cross border loans against security over Malaysian assets. She also represents clients in real estate project development and infrastructure and transport projects.
Of particular note is her work in representing institutions to set up and operate educational institutions in Malaysia and representing hotel operators and owners of hotels in the hospitality and tourism sectors.
She also advises on and set up structures for trusts and charities and wealth management.

She is listed as a "Leading Individual" for Corporate and M&A in Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2018.


English and Malay.


  • Skrine’s representative on the Pacific Rim Advisory Council, an affiliation of law firms in multi jurisdictions.


  • Advocate and Solicitor, High Court of Malaya (1977)
  • LL.B (Hons) University of Malaya (1977)


Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Skrine's department is active in acquisition, asset, project and real estate finance, as well as in financial restructuring; it also provides regulatory advice in the retail banking sector. Clients include the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), Agro Bank, Alliance Bank, AmBank and CIMB Group. Theresa Chong and Philip Chan head the practice.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

Theresa Chong - Skrine

Within: Corporate and M&A

Praised for its 'high-quality work' and for 'always meeting deadlines', Skrine's practice has been expanding significantly at partner level: Lee Ai Hsian, Tan Shi Wen and Sheba Gumis all made partner in 2018. Phua Pao Yii acted for TVS Asianics (Singapore) on its purchase of Pan Asia Logistics' freight-forwarding and contract logistics business. 'Well-organised, efficient' energy expert Fariz Abdul Aziz 'knows the Malaysian upstream sector very well'; Janet Looi, Cheng Kee Check, Theresa Chong and Quay Chew Soon are also recommended.

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