Our people

We are – and always have been – a people business. Each individual strives to meet the highest professional and ethical standards across all aspects of their work.

Our team is highly proficient, professional and well established. Together, we form a close partnership of regional practices, working seamlessly as one team and delivering innovative solutions for our clients.

We are not only fluent in the local languages where we operate, but we are also able to communicate effectively with our diverse language capabilities. Our language skills (in addition to English) include Chinese/Mandarin, Japanese, Vietnamese, Myanmar, Filipino, Thai, Khmer, Malay, Bahasa Indonesia, etc.

We endeavor to add value to everything that we do, and are passionate about understanding our clients’ business needs.

The Kelvin Chia Partnership team numbers over 160 people across nine offices. 

Our partners

Our partners are highly experienced lawyers, with deep expertise in their chosen sectors or service areas.

All our partners lead a business division or department, and have responsibilities for leading a range of work assignments. With a proven career record running over many years, each partner is well known within the legal profession.

Kelvin Chia

FOUNDER AND MANAGING PARTNER

Kelvin is the managing partner of the firm and actively engages in both contentious as well as non-contentious work.

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Cheah Swee Gim

HEAD OF CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL / MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS

Based in Yangon, Swee Gim leads the Corporate and Commercial Department and is in charge of our Mergers and Acquisition Division.

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Thio Ying Ying

SENIOR PARTNER / HEAD OF LITIGATION

Based in Singapore, Thio Ying Ying has been a specialist litigation lawyer for over 30 years, and is a senior partner and head of the Litigation Department.

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Sim Siew Kiang

PARTNER

Based in Singapore, Siew Kiang has been in practice for more than 30 years, and has considerable experience across a wide range of transactional work.

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Kok Swee Fong

PARTNER

Based in Singapore and specialising in property law, Swee Fong has worked in local financial institutions and the Urban Redevelopment Authority.

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Lim Yee Ming

PARTNER

Based in Singapore, Yee Ming’s legal practice is primarily in telecommunications, technology and intellectual property laws.

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Sarjeet Singh

PARTNER / HEAD OF INSURANCE

Based in Singapore, Sarjeet heads the Insurance Department and has been in legal practice since 1993. 

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Lee Ying Ying

PARTNER / HEAD OF BANKING AND FINANCE

Based in Singapore, Ying Ying is a partner in the Corporate Department and heads the Banking and Finance Division.

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Pua Lee Siang

PARTNER

Based in Singapore, Lee Siang has been actively involved in civil and commercial litigation across various matters for over 20 years.

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Marlon Wui

PARTNER

Based in Singapore, Marlon is actively involved and assists in a variety of corporate and commercial transactions in Southeast Asia.

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Le Thi Hoa

PARTNER

Based in Hanoi, Le Thi Hoa is the country manager of our Vietnam offices and a former research officer with the Ministry of Trade in Vietnam.

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John Chung

CONSULTANT / HEAD OF ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION

Based in Singapore, John practiced as an architect for 10 years before becoming a lawyer in 1991.
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Nicholas Teo

CONSULTANT

Based in Singapore, Nicholas is a highly experienced civil and commercial litigator, who represents our clients in mediation and judicial proceedings.

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Liow Yee Kai

PRINCIPAL

Based in Phnom Penh, Yee Kai has over 15 years of experience in corporate and commercial legal work in Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and Southeast Asia.

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Pedro Jose F. Bernardo

PRINCIPAL

Based in Yangon, Pedro Jose's expertise includes assisting local and foreign clients to invest in projects across various sectors.

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Khin Leinmar Ban Aye

PRINCIPAL

Based in Yangon, Khin Leinmar is a Principal Legal Manager at Kelvin Chia Yangon Ltd.

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Lyra Miragrace C. Flores-Bisnar

PRINCIPAL

Based in Yangon, Lyra is a Principal Foreign Attorney at Kelvin Chia Yangon Ltd.  

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