Qualifications

  • 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 has practised primarily in the areas of corporate and financial services, corporate real estate, international business transactions and tax in Singapore.

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.

Since 2004, she has been an adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS) teaching Indian Business Law. She was an adjunct Professor from 2014 to 2018.

Leena is a Director of two Indian companies: Information Technology Park Limited and Ascendas IT Park (Chennai) Limited.

In addition, Leena was appointed 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:

  1. Bank and corporate mergers and acquisitions

  2. Acting for the underwriters in Singapore’s first real estate investment trust, Capita Mall Trust, as well as advising other proposed REITs and business trusts
     
  3. Acting for an Indian developer in relation to a proposed joint venture involving $1.2 billion investment in property development in SEZs, townships, hospitality, malls and commercial developments.
     
  4. Establishment of private equity and retail funds and confirming compliance with investment mandate before disbursement of funds
     
  5. Advice on various cross-border investments
Asian Legal Business
One of the Hot 100 market leaders - 2005, 2006
  • General Editor for Halsbury’s Laws of Singapore – Securities, December 2003
  • “Guide to India-Singapore Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement”, 2006
  • Adjunct Professor, National Universty of Singapore (2014 – 2018); Adjunct Associate Professor from 2004 to 2014
  • Associate, Institute of South Asia Studies (2006 – present)
  • FTA Panel of Advisors (2007 – 2012)
  • Associate Mediator, Singapore Mediation Centre
  • Member, Singapore Institute of Directors
  • Served on the board of several (mostly private) companies at various times
  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law