Kennedy Chen

Kennedy Chen

Of Counsel
Corporate
T: 
+65 6361 9846
F: 
+65 6438 0550
E: 
KennedyChen@harryelias.com

Kennedy is named one of Singapore’s Most Influential Lawyers Aged 40 and Under by the Singapore Business Review, and has also been appointed by the Singapore Ministry of Law to the Panel of Assessors for COVID-19 Temporary Relief (PACT). He is recognised by the International Commercial Mediation Center for Belt and Road Initiative (established by the Beijing PRC Law Society and Beijing Civil Affairs Municipal Bureau) as the only Singapore representative on its mediator panel.

Core Practice

More than a decade of transactional and regulatory practice in the corporate and finance space, with  emphasis on M&A (including distressed M&A and leveraged buyouts), venture capital and private equity, equity capital markets (including public listings and public exchange obligations), debt capital markets and work-outs, inbound/outbound joint ventures and foreign direct investments, insolvent/solvent corporate restructuring, post-merger integration and organisation, securities finance, regulatory compliance (and routine day-to-day compliance), commercial consultancy, business strategy and structuring, negotiation strategies, project and deal management, crisis management and prevention, and pre-litigation/contentious disputes management advice.

Language Capability - English, Mandarin (including spoken and written Business Mandarin). Min Chinese, Cantonese, Bahasa Indonesia, Thai (professionally conversant).

Overall Experience -Kennedy equates client success to personal success, and is an astute, reliable problem solver equipped to provide a complete spectrum of corporate and commercial options in addition to legal solutions across all industries. He routinely advises both local and international stakeholders fromthe PRC and Greater China, Japan, Myanmar, Indonesia, Vietnam, Brunei, the US, the UK, Europe, the Middle East, and other Southeast Asia, Asia-Pacific and international jurisdictions keen to benefit from a myriad of business, investment and commercial relations (including business/joint venture establishment and shareholder relations, venture capital and private equity, public  listings and beyond, and distressed restructuring), and facilitate relevant regulatory compliance where required. He is adept at managing cross-border and transnational projects, with the effective ability to collaborate alongside contemporaries and professionals from any jurisdiction, taking matters from pre-transaction stages to closing, completion and sometimes, post-merger integration and organisation. This ability in part is due to his good fortune as a young lawyer where he had participated in various deals requiring managing extensive international relationships. Where requested, Kennedy has, above and beyond functioning as mere legal advisor, concurrently assembled and managed professionals comprising financial, tax, IT and other advisors to bring to fruition a transactions as one team.

Armed with requisite social and cultural empathy and awareness, solid knowledge, a keen, technical eye for detail and an open mind, Kennedy has a natural resourcefulness and unwavering determination to add value, regardless of business industry, jurisdiction, or geographical forum. Stakeholders entrust him to work with them on deal negotiations and commercial strategy, and overall project management  in addition to legal documentation. This trust stems from his overall legal practice, his experience as an academic with the Singapore Bar Examinations and Singapore Institute of Legal Education guiding law graduates towards becoming professional lawyers, and from his training as an accredited mediator.

Kennedy understands, and constantly seeks to understand business. He continually acts for and negotiates on behalf of and provides strategic direction and advice to notable clients, including Singapore and international government/regulatory bodies, corporates listed in Singapore, Hong Kong, NASDAQ and the PRC (including PRC state-owned enterprises), , and high-value multi-national privately-owned companies. This spans sectors traditional and new, more recently pharmaceuticals and healthcare (including medical aesthetics), tech (including e-sports, gaming, app development, media and entertainment), and renewable energy.

From a humble family background, Kennedy graduated from the National University of Singapore with honours, then trained in and practised at a “big-four” Singapore law firm and thereafter at a large leading US firm. He’s had the privilege of being seconded to Hong Kong SAR, Myanmar, Indonesia and the PRC. Drawing from collective past, present and ongoing cumulative experience and exposure, coupled with useful conventional and unconventional wisdom, Kennedy is a complete professional who consistently brings to the table practical, client-centric solutions that adequately and fruitfully address legal and commercial realities, generating strategies that go beyond mere legal aspects and that which accurately anticipate commercial implications. He is a provider of solutions, an all-round problem solver who takes ownership and personal responsibility in recognising and anticipating clients’ needs, an asset, and the go-to before concretizing any endeavour, whether commercial or otherwise.

陈健豪律师被《新加坡商业评论》评选为“新加坡最具影响力的青年律师”。同时,健豪还被新加坡律政部任命为“新冠-19临时援助法案”评估委员会(PACT)成员。

健豪还是由北京法学会和北京市民政局建立的一带一路国际商事调解中心任命的该中心调解委员会中唯一的新加坡代表。

核心业务:从事全面的交易及监管业务十余年,专长为企业及财务,特别是企业并购(包括不良并购及杠杆收购)、风险投资与私募股权、产权资本市场(包括挂牌上市及公开证券交易责任)、债务资本市场及解决方案、境内/境外合资企业及外商直接投资、公司重组、兼并后整合与组织、证券财务、、法规合规及日常法律合规、商业咨询、商务策略与结构、谈判策略、项目及交易管理、风险管理与预防、诉讼前/纠纷咨询与建议等。

语言能力:英语、华语(商务华语的书面及口头表达)。闽南语、粤语、印尼语以及泰语(精通)。

执业经历

陈健豪律师坚持以客户的成功为己任、为各行业的客户提供全方位的、睿智、可靠的企业及商业方案。他着力于为来自中国、大中国区、日本、缅甸、印度尼西亚、越南、文莱、美国、英国、欧洲、中东以及其他东南亚/亚太地区以及国际司法管辖区的客户服务,为他们从各种商务、投资和商业联系(包括商业/合资企业建立及股东关系、风险投资及私人产权、公众交易所上市事宜、以及困境重组)中寻求利益;同时,协助进行相关的合规事务。健豪擅长与任何司法管辖区的同仁及其他专业人士合作,处理跨境、跨国的交易前阶段直至交易完成乃至交易后整合等业务。虽然只是一名年轻律师,健豪已经参与了多个国际项目。除提供法律咨询以外,健豪也曾组织、管理由金融、税务、信息技术等方面的专业人士组成的团队为客户提供所需的服务。

健豪思想开明、目光敏锐、头脑灵活、知识丰富、对不同社会及文化有着较深刻的认识和理解。即使如此,他还在不断努力使自己加深对不同行业、司法体系及地域的了解。健豪具有认可调解员资格,还曾在新加坡律师资格考试教学委员会及新加坡法律教育学院辅导法律专业毕业生,协助他们成为专业律师。出于对他的这些广泛经历以及他的执业经验的认可与信任,各方利益相关者在法律文书、业务谈判、商业策略以及项目统筹等方面均积极寻求他的协助。

健豪秉持精益求精的态度钻研业务。常常代表新加坡以及其他政府或监管机构以及在新加坡、香港、纳斯达克、中国大陆(包括国有企业)等地上市的大型私有跨国公司进行商务谈判并为他们提供战略性建议。这些公司不仅仅包括从事传统行业的公司,还包括从事新兴产业的公司,例如,医药保健(医学美容)、科技(电子竞技、游戏、应用程序开发、媒体及娱乐行业)以及可再生能源等。

出身寒门的健豪毕业于新加坡国立大学法学院并获得荣誉学位。毕业后在新加坡”四大”律师事务所之一受训、执业,后供职于一家处于业内领先地位的美国律师事务所。期间曾被派驻香港、缅甸、印尼以及中国大陆。这些经历与实践,加之健豪的各种智慧与阅历,使他能够不断为客户提供全面的、一贯的、实用的、客户至上的解决方案,充分地、富有成果地处理法律和商业方面的事务的同时为客户提供法律事务以外的、具前瞻性的商务策略。健豪会敏锐预见客户的需求并全身心地协助他们进行商务及商业规划,为他们提供解决方案并解决各种实际问题。

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