Ms Jennifer Chia > TSMP Law Corporation > Singapore, Singapore > Lawyer Profile

TSMP Law Corporation
6 BATTERY ROAD
LEVEL 41
SINGAPORE 049909
Singapore

Work Department

Banking & Finance, Corporate Real Estate

Position

Partner, Head of Banking & Finance and Corporate Real Estate

Career

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).

Languages

English, Mandarin.

Memberships

Singapore Academy of Law; Law Society of Singapore.

Education

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).

Leisure

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

Lawyer Rankings

Singapore > Banking and finance: local firms

TSMP Law Corporation continues to focus on corporate real estate financing, particularly land acquisition financing and land development financing. It represents several of the key Singapore banks and a number of developer conglomerates. More recently, the firm has turned its attention to deals involving foreign investors targeting industrial and commercial property assets in Singapore. In addition, it remains active in working capital facilities for multinational clients. Jennifer Chia is an experienced figure in the real estate finance space.

Singapore > Corporate and M&A: local firms

TSMP Law Corporation‘s compact corporate practice frequently earns highly-prized engagements from the market. In recent years it has landed headline deals in the REIT, hospitality, and resources sectors. It has worked on a series of high-value mergers in the REIT space and some of the largest transactions in the hotel sector. The firm is frequently chosen as counsel to financial advisors to major M&A transactions. Stefanie Yuen Thio is a prominent dealmaker and Jennifer Chia is at the forefront of corporate real estate transactions.