Ms Bella Chu Chai Yee > Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill > Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia > Lawyer Profile

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill
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Work Department



Partner (Financial Services, M&A, Real Estate)


Bella started her practice in the dispute resolution department of the firm, focusing on banking and insolvency litigation and high-value recovery work before transitioning to the firm’s corporate practice.

She advised on mergers & acquisitions in various industries, with a focus on real estate transactions where she advises numerous leading developers on direct and indirect acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, restructurings, and development projects. Bella also advises on financing matters and regularly acts for clients ranging from international financial institutions to investment funds on cross-border financing, mezzanine financing, and offshore lending. Her financing practice is a mix of cross-border finance work and equity capital markets work, including rights and bonus offering, warrants issuance, and private placements.

Clients have described Bella as being ‘able to work around non-straightforward situations’ and have commended her for her ‘attention to detail and risk evaluation‘.

In the Chambers Asia-Pacific 2024 rankings, Bella is ranked as a Band 3 practitioner in the Real Estate practice. She has also been recently ranked as a “Leading Individual” for Corporate and M&A and acknowledged as a “Next Generation Partner” for Real Estate and Construction by The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2024. She is also recognised as a “Highly Regarded” practitioner in the IFLR1000 2023/2024 rankings for the Mergers & Acquisitions practice.


English, Malay, Mandarin


LLB (Hons) University of London
Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya

Lawyer Rankings

Malaysia > Banking and Finance (including Islamic Finance)

The practice at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill includes advising on regulatory work, Islamic finance, the restructuring of debt facilities, and liability management. The firm has impressive relationships with an array of local and international banks, such as AFFIN Islamic Bank Berhad, and delivers advice to Malaysian lending companies regarding Shariah-compliant auto-service financing. Tay Weng Hwee heads the team and is experienced in transactional work, where he recently acted for Sabah Credit Corporation in relation to the proposed variation of negative covenants in its Sukuk Musharakah programme. Megat Hizaini Hassan is heavily involved in the firm’s Murabahah transactions and remains at the forefront of the Islamic finance segment, while Bella Chu Chai Yee continues to advise on real estate, corporate, and financial restructuring deals.

Malaysia > Capital markets

The capital markets offering at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is spearheaded by Tay Weng Hwee, who draws strength from his experience in regularly handling cross-border transactions. The firm’s activity covers a wide range of transactional work for both local and international clients, showcasing expertise in equity and debt capital markets, structured finance, and regulatory matters. Megat Hizaini Hassan specialises in Islamic finance and leads much of the department’s Sukuk mandates, while Bella Chu Chai Yee is frequently involved in IPO formations and equity-related deals.

Malaysia > Real estate and construction

(Next Generation Partners)

Bella Chu Chai Yee – Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

The robust real estate offering at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is co-led by Tay Weng Hwee, an expert in advising on property finance and joint ventures, and Nitin Nadkarni, a specialist in the field of multi-jurisdictional construction disputes. Recognised as a ‘strong team with business acumen’, the practice handles the full spectrum of real estate matters across the hospitality, retail, industrial, and housing sectors. Acting for a range of leading Malaysian and international developers, investors, contractors, and financiers, the team’s work includes both transactional and contentious elements. Darshendev Singh is a well-versed construction litigator who is praised for his ‘deep expertise and specialisation’, while Bella Chu Chai Yee advises on all aspects of commercial and residential development, in addition to real estate financing considerations.

Malaysia > Corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Bella Chu Chai Yee – Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill