Alvin CHIA is a Partner in the Banking & Finance Practice.

His main practice areas are syndicated loans, project finance, property development loans, trade financing, debt restructuring, private banking transactions, standard forms for consumer credit transactions and sales and participations of credit receivables.

He is admitted to the Singapore Bar and to the Roll of Solicitors of England & Wales.

Significant transactions that Alvin has been involved in include advising / acting for the following:

  • A syndicate of lenders in the refinancing of the S$2.1 billion facilities granted to Senoko Energy Pte. Ltd., a power generation company owned by a consortium comprising Marubeni Corporation, ENGIE, The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc., Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc. and Japan Bank for International Cooperation.
  • The borrowers in a S$1.8 billion refinancing granted to Milano Central Pte. Ltd. and Roma Central Pte. Ltd. which are special purpose vehicles owned by a joint venture between Lendlease and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, for the development of Paya Lebar Quarter, a mixed-use development located at Paya Lebar.
  • The lender in the grant of facilities of S$1.26 billion to CITIC Environment (International) Company Limited (being a consortium formed between CITIC Limited and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.) to finance, inter alia, the general offer for the acquisition of all the shares in United Envirotech Limited (a Singapore-listed water solutions provider).
  • The (a) lender, DBS Bank Ltd, in a S$400 million committed loan facility which includes a sustainability-linked conversion option aligned to sustainability-linked loan principles, as well as (separately), (b) arrangers in a S$500 million committed revolving credit loan facility arranged by DBS Bank Ltd, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited and Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Limited, both granted Seatrium Financial Services Pte. Ltd. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Seatrium Limited).
  • The arrangers in a S$1.08 billion five-year green term loan club facility granted to the owner of Frasers Tower, a joint venture entity of Frasers Property Limited.
  • Apricus Global Pte. Ltd, an investment vehicle owned by 65 Equity Partners and Tower Capital Asia, in a S$102,500,000 loan arranged by United Overseas Bank to finance the acquisition of Boardroom Limited.

Related Practices

  • Banking & Finance
  • Special Situations Advisory 
  • Malaysia
Alvin has been recognised as a leading Banking lawyer by Who's Who Legal: Banking since 2016 and IFLR1000 – The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms since 2010. He has also been consistently recommended as a leading lawyer for Banking and Finance work by The Legal 500: Asia Pacific – The Client's Guide to the Asia Pacific Legal Profession since 2008; Chambers Global – The World's Leading Lawyers for Business since 2009; Chambers Asia-Pacific – Asia-Pacific's Leading Lawyers for Business since 2009; and Best Lawyers since 2009. Alvin has also been listed as a leading practitioner in Asialaw Leading Lawyers – The Guide to Asia-Pacific's Leading Lawyers.
Alvin is recognised by Chambers Asia-Pacific for his ability to advise on the "commercial reality of whether something will or won't work". He is also "widely praised by commentators" and hailed as "solid rock in transactions [who] knows what is important to emphasise and adopts a very pragmatic approach". Clients lauded that Alvin is a practitioner who is "a driving force of the team", and one who is "best known for his versatile practice covering the full range of finance matters". He is recognised for being "very commercial and has good knowledge of what the client wants" by The Legal 500: Asia Pacific and a "standout lawyer for banking work".