Joel CHNG is a Partner in the Restructuring & Insolvency and Special Situations Advisory Practice.

His main areas of practice are litigation and arbitration, involving banking and commercial transactions, corporate and shareholder disputes, restructuring and insolvency. On the restructuring and insolvency front, Joel acts for corporate debtors, turnaround professionals and investors.

Joel was placed on the Supreme Court's Young Amicus Curiae 2013 list, and was appointed amicus curiae in Kee Lek Choan v PP (MA No. 8 of 2014) and Mohammed Ibrahim s/o Hamzah v PP ([2015] 1 SLR 1081) (where a three-Judge coram of the High Court commended him for having provided "invaluable assistance").

Joel is a volunteer with the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme. Reported matters in this regard include PP v Haliffie Bin Mamat [2015] SGHC 224 (where the High Court commended the defence for being "well-prepared and thorough in presenting the defence") and Haliffie Bin Mamat v PP [2016] 5 SLR 636.

Joel is a contributing author to the 2016 edition of Lexis Practical Guidance Singapore - Dispute Resolution and the 2015 edition of the Singapore Precedents of Pleadings.

Joel is currently a tutor for the Insolvency and Negotiations modules and an advocacy trainer in the preparatory course for the Singapore Bar Examinations run by the Singapore Institute of Legal Education.

Joel graduated from the National University of Singapore on the overall Dean's List, and was awarded the Peter English Memorial Prize for being the best student in Criminal Law, and the Law Society Book Prize. Joel is admitted to the Singapore Bar.

Matters of significance in which Joel has been involved in include acting/advising for the following:

  • The judicial managers of Xihe Holdings in the restructuring of the Xihe Holdings group of companies. 
  • The Bank of China Limited, Singapore Branch in the restructuring of Zenrock Commodities Trading Pte Ltd., a Singapore-based oil trader with debt of over S$600 million. 
  • EMAS Chiyoda Subsea Limited and its subsidiaries on their cross-border restructuring of debt in excess of S$1 billion.
  • Takashimaya Singapore Ltd in its dispute with Ngee Ann Development Pte Ltd over the proper construction of the parties' agreement for rent review.
  • A bank in an SIAC arbitration against a collateral management company for breach of contract and/or negligence in respect of pledged goods.
  • Court-appointed receivers and managers of Airtrust (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. which is in the business of oil and gas logistics services, oil well maintenance, steel fabrication and construction, in various proceedings involving allegations of breaches of directors' duties, transnational fraud, money laundering and tax evasion in the region of S$100 million.

Related Practices

  • China
  • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Special Situations Advisory

Joel was recognised as one of the winners for Lawyer of the Year (Client Service Excellence) for Singapore in the asialaw Awards 2021. Joel has also been ranked as a "notable practitioner" in the area of restructuring and insolvency by asialaw Leading Lawyers.

In feedback from IFLR1000, Joel has been described as having expertise “on handling regulatory issues and dealing with authorities, sales and purchase agreements, term sheets, and handling creditor groups”. He has also been described as a “good lawyer; provides innovative solutions and is client-focused”, and “very approachable and an effective communicator. Displays tactical acumen - ability to think and advise over and above just the legal issues. Ability to not only look at the strategic picture but also is comfortable across the day to day details.”