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Yin Chuin’s principal area of practice is Maritime & Aviation. He concentrates on banking and asset finance transactions, with a particular focus in the maritime and offshore oil and gas sectors. He is dual-qualified in both Singapore and Malaysia, and regularly advises lenders, bondholders, equity investors, trusts, owners and lessees in lending, leasing and debt restructuring matters involving vessels, offshore assets, aircraft and equipment.

Chambers Global notes that Yin Chuin “continues to develop a reputation as an adviser on complex matters concerning shipping-related leasing and loan transactions”. He is also “recognised as a Malaysian banking and asset finance law expert”. Yin Chuin continues to be ranked as an Up and Coming Lawyer in Chambers Asia-Pacific and “continues to impress within the shipping sector, advising a host of domestic and international clients on lending, leasing and debt restructuring of vessels and offshore assets”, and additionally, clients “attest to his being somebody who ‘knows the law yet is also responsive and commercial in his advice’”. In Chambers Asia-Pacific, in addition to being ranked as an Up and Coming Lawyer, Yin Chuin is known to have “a growing reputation in the market”. He was also cited by clients as “very experienced and committed” in Chambers Global/Asia-Pacific. Yin Chuin is also recommended for his expertise in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2017) as well as for his work in ship financing in the 2014 edition.

Yin Chuin was awarded the NUS-ASEAN Undergraduate Scholarship to the National University of Singapore, where he completed his LL.B. (Hons) degree in 2003. He joined Allen & Gledhill as an Associate after completing his pupillage. In 2009, he was seconded to the London office of Linklaters LLP. He was called to the Singapore Bar in 2004 and to the Malaysian Bar in 2015.

Yin Chuin is concurrently a Partner of Rahmat Lim & Partners, the Firm's associate firm in Malaysia. To read more about his practice in Malaysia, please click here.

Work Highlights

  • Advised the senior secured lender class on the senior debt restructuring of PT Berlian Laju Tanker Tbk in respect of debts amounting to more than US$2 billion. This deal was awarded by IFLR Asia Awards 2016 under the category Restructuring Deal of the Year in Banking & Finance.
  • Advised a Singapore container shipping company on a US$170 million senior term facilities to refinance its existing loans from Singapore banks. The facilities were secured by a fleet of 18 Singapore-flagged vessels and a portfolio of shares in a Hong Kong listed company.
  • Acted as transaction counsel for an Australian bank in relation to a limited recourse uncommitted term facility of up to US$50 million to certain subsidiaries of a prominent Singapore-listed trading company, to finance its acquisition of four Singapore-flagged vessels.

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