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Chong Kin Lim

Chong Kin Lim

Drew & Napier LLC10 Collyer Quay10-01 Ocean Financial CentreSingaporeSingapore049315

Global Leader

Competition 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Chong Kin Lim is a "true leader at the Singaporean competition bar", say sources, who note his "fine sense for how to navigate the enforcement regime".

Biography

Chong Kin is a director with Drew & Napier LLC. He heads the firm's competition and regulatory practice, and the telecommunications, media and technology 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, Chambers, Asialaw Leading Lawyers, The Legal 500: Asia Pacific, and Expert Guides’ World's Leading Competition & Antitrust Lawyers/Economists.

Chong Kin has drawn praise for "both his ‘knowledge and responsiveness’ as well as for offering ‘clarity in his advice’ to clients” and being “adept at advising corporations on a range of competition mandates, including compliance, transaction reviews and filings both in Singapore and across the ASEAN region".

Chong Kin is known for his expertise in drafting “first-of-its-kind” competition legislation, having been involved in competition and regulatory matters for over 19 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; and he is assisting Singapore’s merged telecom and media regulator on the convergence of the telecommunications and media competition codes. 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), now the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) and the sectoral competition regulators, which includes leading the CCS’s first ever competition study on price recommendations by trade and professional associations, and a subsequent study on the medical services sector. He was also part of the consortium team assessing the economic effects of the Block Exemption Order for liner shipping agreements.

He routinely assists in international cartel investigations by the CCCS, and defended a financial services company under investigation for entering into an anticompetitive agreement.

Chong Kin also regularly advises a range of multinational companies and local corporations on competition matters, including merger filings, transaction reviews and compliance programmes. In recent years, Chong Kin represented Nichicon (Singapore) Pte Ltd in the investigation by the CCS of an infringement of section 34 of the Singapore Competition Act against five capacitor manufacturers; and he advised ComfortDelGro Corporation Limited in relation to the notification to the CCS on its acquisition of 51 per cent share in Lion City Holdings Pte Ltd from Uber Technologies, Inc.

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, Competition Law and Policy in Singapore (2009). He also authored the competition chapter in Law Relating to Specific Contracts in Singapore (2008).

His detailed profile is available at: www.drewnapier.com/Lawyers/Lim-Chong-Kin.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Chong Kin Lim is highly sought-after by clients across the IT sector who commend his great ability to “brilliantly resolve complex matters”.

Biography

Chong Kin heads Drew & Napier's technology, media and telecommunications (TMT); and competition, consumer and regulatory practice groups. Under his leadership, the practice groups are consistently ranked as market leading practices in Singapore, with major publications noting that “he combines the two practices flawlessly.”

He is highly regarded by his peers, clients and rivals alike for his expertise in TMT and data protection. Chong Kin is known as “a genuine subject matter [TMT] expert and is also remarkably responsive and friendly,” and “attracts praise for both his ‘knowledge and responsiveness’ as well as for offering ‘clarity in his advice’ to clients.” His other plaudits include, “[Chong Kin] commands a leading reputation in the TMT sector and is especially noted for his regulatory expertise.”

Chong Kin’s client base spans the entire TMT sector, ranging from the telecoms, media, postal and other regulators, to industry players, including global telecommunication carriers, service providers, network operators, hardware manufacturers, equipment suppliers, leading global broadcasters and content providers.

Within the data protection sphere, Chong Kin’s practice precedes the advent of the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (No. 26 of 2012) (PDPA). Since 2013, Chong Kin has acted for the Personal Data Protection Commission of Singapore (PDPC), and has worked on many of the most significant developments in the Singapore data protection scene. These include assisting the PDPC to formulate implementing regulations and guidelines under the PDPA, and developing the enforcement framework under the PDPA. Chong Kin has also assisted industry clients in the full gamut of data protection matters, including the implementation of group-wide data protection compliance programmes, the localisation of global data privacy policies, data protection training programmes, advising companies on dealing with data breaches, conducting regulatory risk audits, and addressing ad hoc queries. Most recently, Chong Kin has assisted clients on the regulatory aspects of data breaches, as well as to develop data retention policies for clients with large-scale data inventories.   

Chong Kin’s cutting-edge TMT practice has seen him work on every significant development in the Singapore TMT market. He plays, and continues to play a key role in the development of sectoral competition regulation in Singapore. In particular, he was engaged by Singapore’s telecommunications, media and postal regulators as lead external counsel in the liberalisation of the telecommunications, media and postal sectors; and, he also assisted the regulators in conceptualising and drafting “first-of-its-kind” sectoral competition legislation and frameworks. 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 and is assisting Singapore’s merged telecom and media regulator, the Infocomm Media Development Authority, on the convergence of the telecommunications and media competition codes. He has also advised the Minister for Trade and Industry in an appeal involving competition, among other matters, in the energy sector.

His detailed profile is available at: www.drewnapier.com/Lawyers/Lim-Chong-Kin.

Data - Telecoms & Media 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Chong Kin Lim is held in high esteem by sources thanks to his adept handling of competition-related matters across the telecoms and media sector.

Biography

Chong Kin heads Drew & Napier's technology, media and telecommunications (TMT); and competition, consumer and regulatory practice groups. Under his leadership, the practice groups are consistently ranked as market leading practices in Singapore, with major publications noting that “he combines the two practices flawlessly.”

He is highly regarded by his peers, clients and rivals alike for his expertise in TMT and data protection. Chong Kin is known as “a genuine subject matter [TMT] expert and is also remarkably responsive and friendly,” and “attracts praise for both his ‘knowledge and responsiveness’ as well as for offering ‘clarity in his advice’ to clients.” His other plaudits include, “[Chong Kin] commands a leading reputation in the TMT sector and is especially noted for his regulatory expertise.”

Chong Kin’s client base spans the entire TMT sector, ranging from the telecoms, media, postal and other regulators, to industry players, including global telecommunication carriers, service providers, network operators, hardware manufacturers, equipment suppliers, leading global broadcasters and content providers.

Within the data protection sphere, Chong Kin’s practice precedes the advent of the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (No. 26 of 2012) (PDPA). Since 2013, Chong Kin has acted for the Personal Data Protection Commission of Singapore (PDPC), and has worked on many of the most significant developments in the Singapore data protection scene. These include assisting the PDPC to formulate implementing regulations and guidelines under the PDPA, and developing the enforcement framework under the PDPA. Chong Kin has also assisted industry clients in the full gamut of data protection matters, including the implementation of group-wide data protection compliance programmes, the localisation of global data privacy policies, data protection training programmes, advising companies on dealing with data breaches, conducting regulatory risk audits, and addressing ad hoc queries. Most recently, Chong Kin has assisted clients on the regulatory aspects of data breaches, as well as to develop data retention policies for clients with large-scale data inventories.   

Chong Kin’s cutting-edge TMT practice has seen him work on every significant development in the Singapore TMT market. He plays, and continues to play a key role in the development of sectoral competition regulation in Singapore. In particular, he was engaged by Singapore’s telecommunications, media and postal regulators as lead external counsel in the liberalisation of the telecommunications, media and postal sectors; and, he also assisted the regulators in conceptualising and drafting “first-of-its-kind” sectoral competition legislation and frameworks. 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 and is assisting Singapore’s merged telecom and media regulator, the Infocomm Media Development Authority, on the convergence of the telecommunications and media competition codes. He has also advised the Minister for Trade and Industry in an appeal involving competition, among other matters, in the energy sector.

His detailed profile is available at: www.drewnapier.com/Lawyers/Lim-Chong-Kin.

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