Chong Kok Seng
Kok Seng is the firm’s specialist in aviation law, acting for major airlines, aircraft lessors and banks/collateral agents/security trustees in advising on local laws in relation to the sale and purchase, lease and/or financing and securitisation of aircraft. His clients include several of the largest aircraft leasing and management companies in the world.
Together with another partner in the firm, Kok Seng was involved in advising on the debt restructuring arrangement of a group of Malaysian companies in the airline industry that relates to their operating and finance leases as well as associated aircraft and engine maintenance contracts. This matter is significant as the application for the arrangement was made to the High Court in England and not a High Court in Malaysia. It is the first instance of a Malaysian corporate group applying to the High Court in England under new English companies legislation to implement a debt restructuring arrangement. We advised the foreign creditors of the Malaysian applicants on the Malaysian law aspects of the restructuring arrangement.
At the same time, Kok Seng also handles mergers and acquisitions, foreign investments and cross-border financing transactions. He has advised long-standing client, the Silverlake Group, (which includes Singapore-listed Silverlake Axis Ltd) on a number of South East Asian software company acquisitions as well as a complicated acquisition of SIA X Infotech Group (X Infotech), a global provider of software solutions for identity documents and payment smart cards with operations in Latvia and Kenya.
Kok Seng has been ranked by AsiaLaw Profiles as a Leading Lawyer in Corporate/M&A in its 2014, 2017 – 2019 publications and as a Distinguished Practitioner in its 2020 and 2021 publications, being praised in a leading legal publication as having a “great command of legal issues in Malaysia and great client service”.
He authored the chapter on Malaysian Aviation law in the 2nd – 8th editions (2014 – 2020) of The Aviation Law Review which is published by Law Business Research Ltd. From 2015-2020, he was the Vice-Chair of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) Aviation Law Committee.
- Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (University of London)
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION & MEMBERSHIP
- Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya
- Admitted to the Malaysian Bar: 14th November 2003
- Certificate in Legal Practice, Malaysian Legal Profession Qualifying Board
- Member of the Bar Council Corporate and Commercial Law Committee (since 2015)