Janelene C. Y. Chen

Banking & Finance

“Janelene Chen is well-versed in her area of practice. Where there is an area that she does not cover, Janelene has an extensive network to connect you to the right person to provide proper legal advice. Professional, technical and knowledgeable at her young age, she is one of the most exciting talents in the banking and finance field. Janelene also mentors to younger lawyers, giving them exposure and yet providing guidance where it is required.
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 


Janelene Chen regularly advises financial institutions, development banks, alternative financers and corporates across a broad spectrum of domestic and international finance transactions. Her practice covers all aspects of structured lending, which includes structured trade and commodities finance (such as receivables financing, payables finance, reserve base lending, asset based lending), telecoms finance, acquisition finance, cross-border real estate finance and secondary market trading.



  • A syndicate of banks on a US$300 million secured term facility to an Indonesian borrower in connection with its acquisition of an interest in certain nickel assets and RKEF smelters.   
  • The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) and the syndicate of lenders on an English law that governed an up-to-$800 million senior secured term loan syndicated facility for Southeast Asia's leading ride-hailing company Grab Inc. 
  • FMO and a syndicate of European Development Finance Institutions in relation to a financing in Myanmar to Irrawaddy Tower Assets Holding Pte Ltd and Irrawaddy Green Towers Company Limited for the infrastructure construction of more than 2000 telecom towers across Myanmar. The transaction represents one of the first DFI led financings in Myanmar. 
  • HSBC and the syndicate of lenders on a common terms agreement structure to an Indonesian borrower in relation to a copper and gold mine in Indonesia, where the security package supports both a revolving credit facility (which can be replaced from time to time) and bilateral prepayment agreements to be entered into with individual banks.


  • Next Generation Partner - Banking and Finance: Foreign Firms, Singapore – The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • Next Generation Partner - Foreign Desks, Myanmar – The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • Leading Individual – Banking & Finance: International, Singapore – Chambers Global 
  • Leading Individual - Banking & Finance: International, Singapore – Chambers Asia Pacific
  • Listed by Singapore Business Review as one of the most influential lawyers aged 40 and under in 2016 in Singapore.


  • National University of Singapore, Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Law


  • Singapore
  • 英国法(イングランド及びウェールズ)事務弁護士(ソリシター)


  • 英語
  • 中国語


  • Member, Law Society of England and Wales
  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law