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Lim Chong Kin

Head, Telecommunications, Media & Technology
Co-Head, Competition Law & Regulatory Practice
Corporate & Finance

Chong Kin co-heads Drew & Napier's Competition Law & Regulatory Practice. He also heads the Telecommunications, Media and Technology (TMT) Practice.

Chong Kin has played a key role in the development of sectoral competition regulation in Singapore, in particular, in the telecommunications, media and postal industries.  Since 1999, he routinely advises the sectoral competition regulators on liberalisation, market access, licensing, competition regulation, merger reviews and enforcement issues, including successfully defending the regulators in various Ministerial appeals.

Chong Kin has consistently been recommended as a leading lawyer by major international legal publications such as The Asia Pacific Legal 500, Global Competition Review, Chambers Asia-Pacific, The Guide to the World's Leading Competition & Antitrust Lawyers/Economists, Who’s Who Legal, Practical Law Company Which Lawyer?, Asialaw Leading Lawyers and Best Lawyers. He is also highly regarded by his peers, clients and rivals alike for his expertise. The two practices that Chong Kin heads have also been widely recognised as leading practices in Singapore.

Experience

Here are some notable matters handled by Chong Kin:

  1. Successfully represented and advised All Nippon Airways, Continental and United Airlines in their notification for decision to the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) in relation to their joint venture agreement.

  2. Successfully represented Singapore Airlines Limited and Virgin Australia Pty Ltd in their notification to the CCS for a decision in respect of a proposed alliance agreement between them.

  3. Successfully filed and obtained merger approval from the CCS for Seagate’s proposed acquisition of Samsung's hard disk drive business.

  4. Advised the leading global internet content, search and ad-services provider on infrastructure development in Singapore (including legal issues concerning the establishment of a data centre in Singapore) and infrastructure licensing requirements relating to undersea cable capacity.

  5. Advised leading global and local telecommunications and broadcasting operators on corporate, commercial, licensing and regulatory issues. Successfully assisted a new entrant to obtain a Facilities-based Operator (FBO) Licence to deploy a regional sub-sea cable system.

Accolades

The Asia Pacific Legal 500
Antitrust and Competition 2018 – Leading Individual
Employment 2018 - Leading Individual for 3 consecutive years
TMT 2018 - Leading Individual for 7 consecutive years

"excellent legal knowledge and in-depth understanding of the regulator"

“understands regulatory thinking like no other lawyer in the field”

“Practice head Lim Chong Kin wins plaudits for ‘consistent, well-balanced advice and practical solutions’.”

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Competition/Antitrust 2018 - Band 1 Leading Individual for 5 consecutive years
TMT 2018 - Band 1 Leading Individual for 11 consecutive years

"… provides excellent practical, pithy and timely advice."

"commercially savvy and experienced lawyer."

"incisive, insightful and knowledgeable."

"clever, able, bright and estimable man; he is terrific"

"he's really exceptional - he has the pragmatism, he's plugged-in, and he gives solid, clear advice."

"He is an expert in telecoms and he has demonstrated his expertise and experience in every query and goal that I have forwarded."

"Provides practical solutions to unlock opportunities in the business, rather than risk-averse legal advice."

“Clients particularly highlight his outstanding insight and succinct legal analysis, while one peer commented: ‘You cannot ask for a better collaborator than him.’”

“…an outstanding lawyer who is savvy, intelligent and quick, and possesses excellent business judgement.”

Global Competition Review
“Antitrust specialist Lim Chong Kin is well known for his telecommunications, media and technology practice, and rivals say he combines the two practices flawlessly.”

The Guide to the World's Leading Competition & Antitrust Lawyers/Economists
Competition & Antitrust 2016 - Leading Antitrust Lawyer in Singapore.

"…one of the outstanding practitioners in this field…"

Asialaw Profiles
Competition & Antitrust 2018 
IT, Telco & Media 2018

“'He’s provided excellent client service and demonstrated depth of knowledge. Always responsive and available for ad hoc assistance,' comments one client.

“He is a competent, professional and experienced legal adviser. It is not often that heads of department personally do the work for a client…”

“Clients praise the TMT practice, which is headed by Lim Chong Kin. ‘Their TMT team is superb and knowledgeable,’ says a client, with Lim singled out for praise: ‘Lim Chong Kim’s work is consistently exceptional.’”

Asialaw Leading Lawyers  
Competition & Antitrust 2017 - Market Leading Lawyer
IT, Telco & Media 2017 - Market Leading Lawyer

Who’s Who Legal
Competition 2017 - Leading Lawyer for 10 consecutive years

Telecommunications Media & Technology 2017:
Information Technology -  Leading Lawyer
Telecoms & Media – Leading Lawyer

Regulatory Communications 2013 – Leading Lawyer for 4 consecutive years

Best Lawyers International: Singapore
Competition/Antitrust 2017 – Endorsed individual for 6 consecutive years
Media Law 2017 – Endorsed individual for 4 consecutive years
Regulatory Practice 2017 – Endorsed individual for 4 consecutive years
Telecommunications Law 2017 – Endorsed individual for 4 consecutive years

Telecommunications Lawyer of the Year Singapore 2016

Asia IP Experts 2016
Leading individual in IT & Telecoms, Media & entertainment

Practical Law Company Which Lawyer?
Competition/Antitrust 2012 – Endorsed individual
TMT 2012 – Endorsed individual

Memberships

  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law
  • Member, Law Society of England and Wales
  • Member, Pacific Telecommunications Council
  • Associate member, American Bar Association