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.

Alvin graduated from the National University of Singapore. 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$2.005 billion financing granted to Milano Central Pte. Ltd., Roma Central Pte. Ltd., Verona Central Pte. Ltd., which are special purpose vehicles owned by a joint venture between Lendlease and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, for the construction of 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).
  • Avago Technologies Limited, a leading designer, developer and global supplier of analog, digital, mixed signal and optoelectronics components and subsystems, as Singapore counsel, in respect of a US$4.6 billion facility granted by a group of banks led by a major German Bank for the acquisition of LSI Corporation, a technology company which designs semiconductors and software that accelerate storage and networking in datacentres, mobile networks and client computing.
  • A club of lenders in a S$1.2 billion “green loan” granted to Frasers Property Aquamarine Trustee Pte. Ltd. (in its capacity as trustee-manager of Aquamarine Star Trust) for the refinancing of Frasers Tower, a premium Grade-A energy-efficient office tower with its own park and podium roof gardens, located at the gateway to Singapore central business district. The loan is the first syndicated green loan under the Green Loan Principles in Singapore and South-east Asia.
  • A major German Bank in relation to the restructuring of Bilcare Singapore Pte. Ltd. which involved several groups of lenders and Jurong Town Corporation (the Singapore government's industrial property landlord).

Related Practices

  • Banking & Finance
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".