Lim Chong Kin

Managing Director, Corporate & Finance

Head, Telecommunications, Media & Technology

Co-Head, Competition Law & Regulatory Practice

Co-Head, Data Protection, Privacy & Cybersecurity

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Qualifications

  • LL.B. (Hons), National University of Singapore
  • LL.M., National University of Singapore
  • Admitted to the Singapore Bar (1996)
  • Solicitor, England & Wales (1999)

Chong Kin is the Managing Director of our Corporate & Finance department and co-heads the Competition Law & Regulatory Practice and Data Protection, Privacy & Cybersecurity 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 practices that Chong Kin heads have also been widely recognised as leading practices in Singapore.

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 and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) in relation to their joint venture agreement.

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

  3. Successfully filed and obtained merger approval from the CCCS 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.

Asian Legal Business
Asia Top 15 TMT Lawyers 2021 - Named as one of Asia's top 15 TMT lawyers in ALB's inaugural list 
Asia Super 50 TMT Lawyers 2021 – Named as one of Asia’s Super 50 TMT lawyers in ALB’s inaugural list

“Chong Kin is an exceptional lawyer who approaches legal and regulatory issues with a business-centric and practical mindset,” says a client. “It is easy to quote the law and tell your clients to comply - any lawyers can do that. It takes a skilled and experienced lawyer to apply his/her knowledge of the law to a client's specific scenario (or conundrum) and to counsel on various different ways to reach compliance.” - Asia Super 50 TMT Lawyers 2021

The Asia Pacific Legal 500
Antitrust and Competition 2021 – Leading Individual for 5 consecutive years
TMT 2021 – Hall of Fame for 2 consecutive years; Leading Individual for 9 consecutive years (2012-2020)
Employment 2021 – Recommended Individual; Leading Individual for 4 consecutive years (2016-2019)

‘offers very pragmatic and practical advice’

‘is a genuine subject matter expert [in TMT] and is also remarkably responsive and friendly’

‘fantastic’ and ‘deserve strong recognition for their client focus’

"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 2021 - Band 1 Leading Individual for 8 consecutive years
TMT 2021 - Band 1 Leading Individual for 14 consecutive years

"understands business needs and is very responsive."

"a very impressive practitioner" 

"a leader in this space [TMT]; his advice is both thorough and attuned to the regulator's intentions, which is really helpful."

"… 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 Data Review - GDR 100
"Whether you have a fat or lean legal budget, Chong Kin remains consistent as a true partner and far-sighted adviser. His knowledge of data protection law is impressive but, best of all, he is able to advise about the regulator’s stance and the rationale behind the law. He is also incredibly responsive and gives matters his personal attention.” GDR 100 2021

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 2021 - Outstanding practice for 4 consecutive years; Highly Recommended for 4 consecutive years
Technology & Teleommunications 2021 - Outstanding practice for 5 consecutive years; Highly Recommended for 3 consecutive years

"Breadth and depth of subject matter knowledge."

“‘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 2021 – Elite Practitioner
Technology & Telecommunications 2021 - Elite Practitioner

Who’s Who Legal
Competition 2020/21 - Leading Lawyer for 14 consecutive years
Data (IT, Telecoms & Media) 2020/21 - Leading Lawyer for 3 consecutive years
Telecommunications, Media & Technology 2014-2017 - Leading Lawyer for 4 consecutive years
Regulatory Communications 2013 – Leading Lawyer for 4 consecutive years

"Chong Kin Lim is a 'true leader at the Singaporean competititon bar', say sources, who note his 'fine sense for how to navigate the enforcement regime'."

"Chong Kin Lim is highly sought-after by clients across the IT sector who commend his great ability to 'brilliantly resolve complex matters'."

Chong Kin Lim is held in high esteem by sources thanks to his adept handling of competition-related matters across the telecoms and media sector."

Best Lawyers International: Singapore
Competition/Antitrust 2022 – Endorsed individual for 11 consecutive years
Media Law 2022 – Endorsed individual for 9 consecutive years
Regulatory Practice 2022 – Endorsed individual for 9 consecutive years
Telecommunications Law 2022 – Endorsed individual for 9 consecutive years

Telecommunications Lawyer of the Year Singapore 2020 

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

  • 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