Lim Chong Kin is a director with Drew & Napier LLC. He heads the firm's competition and regulatory practice, and the telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) practice.
Chong Kin is highly regarded by his peers, clients and rivals alike as a leading competition lawyer in Singapore. He is featured in various ranking publications, including: Who’s Who Legal: Competition (2008–2015), Chambers Asia Pacific (2015), Practical Law Company's Which Lawyer Survey (2011/2012), Expert Guides’ World's Leading Competition & Antitrust Lawyers/Economists (2014), and The Legal 500: Asia Pacific (2009–2015).
Global Competition Review (2014) stated: “Antitrust specialist Lim Chong Kin is well known for his telecommunications, media and technology practice, and rivals say he combines the two practices flawlessly.” Chambers Asia Pacific (2015) described him as “highly regarded by clients and peers, who note: ‘You can trust him to give solid practical advice.’” The Legal 500: Asia Pacific (2015) says that he “understands regulatory thinking like no other lawyer in the field”. Asialaw Profiles: Singapore (2016) states: “Lim Chong Kin’s work is consistently exceptional”.
Chong Kin is known for his expertise in drafting “first-of-its-kind” competition legislation, and he has been involved in competition and regulatory matters for more than 15 years. He regularly acts for competition regulators on liberalisation, market access, merger reviews, appeals and enforcement issues. Chong Kin was appointed lead Singapore counsel for drafting of the Telecom Competition Code in 2000, 2004 and 2010; he also drafted the first Media Market Conduct Code in 2002 and the Postal Competition Code in 2008. He also advised the Minister of Trade and Industry on an appeal involving competition, among other matters, in the energy sector.
Chong Kin has worked on several market studies commissioned by the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) and the sectoral competition regulators. Among other achievements, he led CCS’s first ever competition study on price recommendations by trade and professional associations, as well as a subsequent study on the medical services sector, and was part of the consortium team assessing the economic effects of the Block Exemption Order for liner shipping agreements, and its ongoing application in Singapore.
He routinely assists in international cartel investigations by CCS, and defended a financial services company under investigation for entering into an anti-competitive agreement.
Chong Kin also regularly advises a broad range of multinational companies and local corporations on competition matters, including merger filings, transaction reviews, compliance programmes.
In tandem with the development of competition law in ASEAN, Chong Kin is also actively involved with assisting clients to comply with competition law requirements in the region. In 2008, Chong Kin led an international consortium that was awarded a prestigious project to study and recommend competition policy and law for implementation in the ASEAN economies. He is also regularly invited as a speaker at conferences on ASEAN competition law.
Chong Kin is co-editor of Singapore's first comprehensive competition law textbook, Bull, Lim and Whish: Competition Law and Policy in Singapore, published by the Singapore Academy of Law (2009). He also authored the competition chapter in Law Relating to Specific Contracts in Singapore published by Thomson, Sweet & Maxwell (2008).
His detailed profile can be found at www.drewnapier.com/Lawyers/Lim-Chong-Kin.
WWL says: "Very well versed in the subject matter; he has excellent client relationship skills and his response time is also very quick"
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