Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has recruited a longtime White & Case banking and restructuring partner in Singapore.
Guan Feng Chen will start at Morgan Lewis Stamford on Nov. 26. He has led the Singaporean law banking practice at White & Case. Chen advises on cross-border financing facilities and debt restructuring in Singapore and across Southeast Asia. In 2016, he advised Saudi Arabian trading house Reza Group and Qatar conglomerate Al Mana Group on securing financing facilities from CIMB Group Holdings Bhd. for acquiring franchise rights of McDonald’s restaurants in Singapore and Malaysia.
Chen joined White & Case in 1999 and became a partner in 2008. Most recently, he co-led the firm’s Asia banking and restructuring practice with Hong Kong partner Baldwin Cheng. He had led the firm’s Singaporean law finance practice since 2009 when White & Case received a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice (QFLP) license, which permits global firms to practice local law in several transactional areas. White & Case’s QFLP is up for renewal in 2019.
Morgan Lewis Stamford operates as a Singaporean firm in the city-state, following the U.S. firm’s 2015 merger with local firm Stamford Law Corp.; that allows the firm to practice all aspects of the Singaporean law with no limitation.
In September, Morgan Lewis Stamford hired corporate partner Karun Cariappa, an India deal specialist, in Singapore from Simmons & Simmons.
Philadelphia-based Morgan Lewis also recently made a series of partner hires across its offices in China, Hong Kong and Japan. Notably in Tokyo, it hired former Morrison & Foerster corporate partner Motonori Araki as the new office managing partner.