Christy LIM is a Partner in the Banking & Finance Practice.

Her main practice areas are banking, finance, security arrangement and documentation, syndicated loans, club deals, cross-border and multi-currency transactions, transferable loans, loans with embedded debt-instrument conversion options with a strong focus on acquisition/leveraged financing involving takeover offers (both mandatory and voluntary), schemes of arrangement, delisting proposals/exit offers as well as mergers and acquisitions, debt restructuring, international and cross-border financing transactions involving Singapore law, banking, financial laws and regulations.

Christy graduated from the National University of Singapore and was admitted to the Singapore Bar in 1997.

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

  • Nesta Investment Holdings Limited in the grant of US$4 billion term loan and revolving facilities in relation to Nesta Investment Holdings Limited's acquisition of Global Logistic Properties Limited. This deal won "Deal of the Year" and "Best Leveraged Finance Deal" at the FinanceAsia Achievement Awards, 2017, "M&A Deal of the Year: South East Asia" at The Asian Lawyer's Asia Legal Awards 2018 and "M&A Deal of the Year (Premium)" at the ALB SE Asia Law Awards 2018.
  • A syndicate of lenders in a US$551 million financing granted to subsidiaries of ARA Asset Management Limited, for the acquisition of a portfolio of 38 hotels under the Hyatt Place and Hyatt House franchise across 21 states in the United States. This acquisition is a significant milestone in the global expansion and diversification plans of the ARA group and marks its maiden foray into the United States property market.
  • A consortium led by Perennial Real Estate Holdings Limited and Yanlord Group Limited in the grant of a loan facility of up to S$1.1 billion for the acquisition of approximately 33.4% stake in United Engineers Limited and a 29.9% stake in WBL Corporation Limited.
  • CMA CGM S.A., a French company which is the world's third largest container ship operator by capacity, in the syndicated financing of US$1.65 billion to finance the acquisition by CMA CGM S.A. of all the issued and paid up ordinary shares (excluding issued and paid up ordinary shares held as treasury shares) in the capital of Neptune Orient Lines Limited.
  • A club of lenders in a S$925 million financing granted to Commons Residential Pte. Ltd., Commons SR Trustee Pte. Ltd. (in its capacity as trustee-manager of Commons SR Trust) and Commons Commercial Trustee Pte. Ltd. (in its capacity as trustee-manager of Commons Commercial Trust), which are special purpose vehicles owned by a joint venture between Far East Organization, Sekisui House and Sino Group, for the development of a highly-coveted commercial and residential site located at Holland Road.
  • TPG Growth II SF Pte. Ltd., as shareholder, in a US$250 million loan granted to Apollo Towers Myanmar Limited (TPG's first investment in Myanmar) in relation to the development and operations of a greenfield telecommunications tower rollout in Myanmar, the first in the country by a leading Western private equity firm.

Related Practices

  • Banking & Finance
  • Private Equity
Christy has been recognised as a leading lawyer in the Banking & Finance arena by Chambers Global – The World's Leading Lawyers for Business and by Chambers Asia-Pacific – Asia-Pacific's Leading Lawyers for Business since 2009. She has also been commended for her work in the Banking & Finance industry by IFLR1000: Financial & Corporate – The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms, The Legal 500: Asia Pacific – The Client's Guide to the Asia Pacific Legal Profession, Asialaw Profiles – The Guide to Asia-Pacific's Leading Law Firms, Who's Who Legal: Banking and in the areas of Banking Law and Finance Law by Best Lawyers. Christy is also listed as one of the top 100 lawyers in Singapore in "2019 Asia Business Law Journal's – The A-List Top 100 Lawyers".
Christy is commended by Chambers Asia-Pacific for being "sharp and articulate", due to her "depth of experience", and whose "effective negotiating style" has earned her "particular plaudits". She is also lauded for being "a problem solver" and is praised for her "strong negotiating power". Christy is recognised by IFLR1000: Financial & Corporate for being "technically sound, extremely prompt in her response and is able to negotiate to close the multi-party transaction efficiently", “proven to be a tough yet practical negotiator for her client and never failing to exceed our expectations“, and is described by The Legal 500: Asia Pacific for having a "savvy mix of sharp legal skills and strong business acumen".