• LL.B. (Hons), National University of Singapore (1982)
  • LL.M., Queen’s College, Cambridge (1986)
  • Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore (1983)
  • Solicitor, England & Wales (non-practising)

Leena‘s practice areas have involved Banking & Finance, General Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Funds as well as the India Desk.

She headed Drew’s Corporate & Finance Department from 1998 to 1999. She also has long and in-depth experience in legal matters relating to India having been instrumental in establishing Drew & Napier’s India Desk in 1994, soon after the landmark liberalisation of India’s economy in 1991.

From 2014 to 2018, she taught a course on Indian Business Law at the National University of Singapore. Leena was made an Associate of the Institute of South Asian Studies in 2006. This followed her authorship of a book on the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement for the business community.

Leena has advised on a number of matters such as:

  • Bank and corporate mergers and acquisitions

  • Advising on REITs and business trusts. She acted for the underwriters in Singapore’s first real estate investment trust, CapitaMall Trust

  • Establishment of private equity and retail funds and confirming compliance with investment mandate before disbursement of funds

  • Advice on various cross-border investments

  • Advice on several financing and corporate structures with an Indian element. She acted in relation to a proposed joint venture involving a $1.2 billion investment in SEZs, townships, malls and commercial developments in India.

Asian Legal Business
One of the Hot 100 market leaders – 2005, 2006

Indian Business Law Journal
On the International A-list for 2 consecutive years – 2019 and 2020

  • General Editor for Halsbury’s Laws of Singapore – Securities, December 2003
  • Guide to India-Singapore Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement”, 2006
  • Chapter on India-Singapore CECA in India On Our Minds, December 2020
  • Adjunct Professor, National University of Singapore from 2014 – 2018; Adjunct Associate Professor from 2004 to 2014
  • Associate, Institute of South Asia Studies (2006 – present)
  • FTA Panel of Advisors (2007 – 2012)
  • Member, Singapore Institute of Directors
  • Served on the board of a few companies (in both Singapore and India)
  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law