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Chen Kah Leng is a graduate from the University of Singapore (now the National University). She has been with the firm since her call to the Malaysian Bar and a partner of the firm since 1974. She was called to the Brunei Bar in May 1996.

Ms Chen spent the first 12 years of her legal career in general litigation before switching to corporate work. She became a Consultant for the firm in January 2010.

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Areas of Practice
Acquisitions, Mergers & Takeover, Asset Based Financing & Securitisation, Aviation, Banking, Capital Markets, Corporate/ Debt Restructuring, Corporate Finance, Foreign Investments, Hire Purchase & Leasing, Insurance, Joint Ventures, Project Financing/ Venture Capital, Secretarial Services, Tax Advisory.


Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the Malaysian Bar Council’s Disciplinary Board (2015 – 2017)
  • Member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association




  • LLB (Hons) Upper II, University of Singapore, 1967
  • Advocate & Solicitor, Malaysia and Brunei
  • Called to the Malaysian Bar in January 1968
  • Called to the Brunei Bar in May 1996



  • Ms Chen has specialised in various forms of asset-based financing such as hire purchase, financial leases and block discounting and attendant tax issues. The assets have included aircraft and ships. Her involvement has included the drafting of documents, the regulatory framework for the ownership, registration and financing of various types of moveable property in Malaysia; the transfer of aircraft and ships, the registration of ownership and mortgages and advice on related tax and exchange control issues.
  • In 2010 Ms Chen acted for BMW Credit (Malaysia) in the proposed sale of its hire purchase and leasing debts to Cagamas Bhd.
  • Ms Chen has been involved in advising on the regulatory framework, tax and exchange issues of proposed projects in East Malaysia, involving (i) the setting up of a power plant using open cycle gas turbine power to generate steam and electricity to support an alumina refinery with the excess power to be sold to the local electricity authority, and (ii) the setting up of another “captive” power plant in East Malaysia which might use petroleum-based fuel, coal or wood waste to support a paper and pulp mill with the excess to be sold to the local electricity authority. She has also negotiated on a gas supply contract with PETRONAS for a nitrogen producing plant.
  • Other related experience include advising on and drafting of various agreements involving sponsors and investors for the development of a power project in Pakistan, commitment and participation agreements, the divestment of shares by sponsors to investors and the ultimate project financing. The project wanted to use LABUAN offshore companies as part of its corporate structure because of Malaysia’s extensive network of tax treaties with various countries.
  • Ms Chen is part of a team of lawyers in the firm servicing the firm’s wide client base of corporations (both local and foreign) and foreign law firms. The team specialises in investment and the related regulatory framework in Malaysia and has given and is still constantly giving advice on all aspects of the law and government policy affecting various types of investment activity. The team also makes applications for investors and prepares all forms of agreements related to investments.
  • Ms. Chen acts for public listed companies and has had extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and investment-related work and is the main tax partner in Corporate Division. She has been involved in the mergers of banks and finance companies, the localisation of HSBC Bank, the Deutsche Bank, the ABN Amro Bank as well as in the merger of two listed major tobacco companies.


  • Presented a country paper on Legal Aspects of Debt Recovery and Credit in Malaysia at a Debt Symposium for Asia and the Pacific in June 1993 organised by the Asian Development Bank.
  • Submitted a paper on The Legal and Regulatory Framework for Direct Investment in Malaysia at a seminar organised by the Asahi Law Offices, Japan in 1995.
  • Presented a paper on Financial Institution Regulations and Transactional Regulations in Malaysia at the annual meeting of the Inter Pacific Bar in May 1995.
  • Presented a paper on Mediation as an alternative dispute resolution at a seminar organised by the Pacific Rim Advisory Council in 1995.
  • Presented a paper on “Hi-Tech Industry in Malaysia” at another seminar organised by the Pacific Rim Advisory Council in September 1995.
  • Presented a paper on “Investment and Joint Ventures in the Pacific-Rim Region and Asia” at a seminar organised by the Mori Sogo Law Offices, Japan in November 1996.
  • Wrote the article “Telecommunications Regulation in Malaysia” included in Bank of America’s Guide to Telecommunications in Asia published in 1996.
  • Presented a paper on “E-Commerce Regulation in Malaysia” at the meeting of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association in Vancouver in May 2000.



IFLR 1000 2019 Rankings


IFLR 1000 2019 has ranked Skrine as a Tier 1 firm in four practice areas. In addition, eight of our lawyers were listed among the leading lawyers.


Asialaw Profiles 2019 Rankings


Asialaw Profiles 2019 has ranked Skrine as an ‘Outstanding’ firm in seven industry and practice areas. In addition, 10 of our lawyers were listed among the leading lawyers.


Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2018


We are pleased to announce that our firm is recognised as a Top Tier Firm in the inaugural Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2018. Some of our partners were also listed in the rankings.



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