Suet-Fern Lee
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
Corporate Finance
Partner
10 Collyer Quay
#27-00 Ocean Financial Centre
Singapore 049315
Contact
suetfern.lee@morganlewis.com
+65.6389.3030
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Main Practice Area

Corporate Finance

Education
  • Cambridge University, 1980, MA (Law), Double First
Biography

Suet-Fern is a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and also a director at Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC, a Singapore law corporation affiliated with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. 

Suet-Fern Lee advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt capital markets, and corporate finance. She routinely leads some of the largest corporate transactions in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region. Her work also includes counseling companies and board of directors. 

Before joining Morgan Lewis, Suet-Fern was the founder and chairman responsible for strategic direction and oversight of a leading Asian law firm based in Singapore. The international business community and international media recognize Suet-Fern as a business leader and pioneer. Legal publications and directories have consistently praised her work and acknowledged her as a leading lawyer in the practice areas of banking, capital markets, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions. Suet-Fern was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Asian Legal Business in 2007, the Lifetime Achievement Award by Chambers Asia-Pacific in 2016 (becoming the first ever woman recipient), and the Lifetime Achievement Award by Euromoney in 2017. Euromoney also honored her with its Asia Women Business Law Awards for mergers and acquisitions and private equity in 2012 and 2013 and Best Lawyers Mergers & Acquisitions named her Lawyer of the Year in those years. In 2018, IFLR1000 launched its Global Women Leaders guide and has recognized Suet-Fern as one of the top 300 best transactional specialists in their markets and practice areas.

Suet-Fern also has served as a member of the board of directors of various publicly listed companies in Singapore and the region. She currently serves as director on the boards of global pharmaceutical company Sanofi, and one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory groups, Rothschild & Co. She is also a director of AXA Holdings Japan where she also serves on the Audit Committee. Amongst others, she has served on the global board of AXA, a multinational Fortune 50 company head-quartered in Paris.

As a contributor to the community, Suet-Fern has taken a leadership role in a number of organizations, including as a member of the board of the World Justice Project, an independent multidisciplinary organization working to advance the rule of law around the world. Her other public service activities in Singapore include serving as a trustee for Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She is a former president of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and the former chair of the Asian Civilisations Museum and a member of the Singapore National Heritage Board. She is also a former member of the executive committee of the Senate of the Singapore Academy of Law, where she also chaired the committees on Convergence and Harmonisation of Laws in Asia as well as on Legal Education and Studies. She was also a member of the Accounting Advisory Board at National University in Singapore and a member of the advisory board of the Law School at Singapore Management University, where she also chaired the Centre of Cross-Border Commercial Law in Asia’s Expert Panel.

Admissions

  • Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore
  • Hong Kong – Registered Foreign Lawyer

Awards & Affiliations

  • A-List, Top 100 Lawyers in Singapore, Asia Business Law Journal (2018)
  • Barrister-at-Law at Gray's Inn, London
  • Recognized, IFLR 1000 Women Leaders (2018)
  • Leading Lawyer, Corporate and M&A: Local Firms, Singapore, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2017–2019)
  • Recommended, Banking and Finance: Local Firms, Singapore, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2018, 2019)
  • Recommended, Corporate and M&A: Local Firms, Singapore, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2015, 2016)
  • Lawyer of the Year, Corporate Law, Singapore, Best Lawyers (2018)
  • Recognized, Banking Law, Capital Markets Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Singapore, Best Lawyers (2018)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Asia Women in Business Law Awards, Euromoney Legal Media Group (2017)
  • Band 1, Corporate/M&A: Domestic, Singapore, Chambers Global (2019)  
  • Band 1, Corporate/M&A, Domestic, Singapore, Chambers Asia-Pacific (2015–2018)
  • Ranked, Corporate/M&A: Domestic, Singapore, Chambers Asia-Pacific (2019)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Chambers Asia-Pacific (2016)
  • Highly Regarded, M&A, Singapore, IFLR1000 (2015–2019)
  • Highly Regarded, IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate (2019)
  • Leading Lawyer, Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A, Asialaw (2015–2017)
  • Recognized, Mergers & Acquisitions and Debt & Equity, Who’s Who Legal (2014)
  • Recognized, Mergers & Acquisitions and Finance & Transactional Law, Euromoney’s Women in Business Law (2014)
  • Best of the Best, Euromoney’s Expert Guides (2013)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Asian Legal Business (2007)

Publications

  • January 2019 - Shareholder activism in Singapore, Practical Law
  • 11/20/2018 - Singapore Proposes New Delisting Rules to Protect Minority Interests
  • Issue 10 | January - May 2018 - Morgan Lewis Asia Chronicle
  • 6/15/2017 - India: Foreign Investment Promotion Board Abolished
  • 6/15/2017 - Extension and Refinement of the Aircraft Leasing Scheme in Singapore
  • 5/31/2017 - ECJ Decision Creates Potential Issues for EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement
  • 4/17/2017 - Reserve Bank of India Further Relaxes Rules on Foreign Direct Investment in LLPs
  • 3/23/2017 - Singapore Parliament Passes Key Legislation to Support Businesses and Regulatory Regime
  • 1/6/2017 - Amendment Protocol to the India-Singapore Tax Treaty Inked
  • 1/5/2017 - It’s a Wrap – The Year in India That Was
  • 1/3/2017 - Proposed Amendments to SCA Reduce Regulatory Burden, Improve Transparency
  • 12/19/2016 - India and Cyprus Enter into New Tax Treaty
  • 12/13/2016 - Notification of Provisions under the Companies Act, 2013
  • 11/4/2016 - India and Singapore Sign MoU on Industrial Property Cooperation
  • 10/7/2016 - India and Singapore Sign Memorandums of Understanding
  • 6/29/2016 - Singapore and the Brexit Effect
  • 6/22/2016 - India Heralds Radical Change in FDI Policy
  • 6/22/2016 - Proposed Regulatory Sandbox for Fintech in Singapore Released
  • 5/16/2016 - China—Proposed Simplification Of Outbound Investments Rules
  • 5/13/2016 - India-Mauritius Tax Treaty Amended
  • 7/15/2015 - SIC Proposes Revisions to the Singapore Code on Take-Overs and Mergers

Sectors

  • Transportation
  • Healthcare
  • Fintech

Regions

  • Asia Pacific
  • Southeast Asia
  • India
  • Korea
Practice Areas
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Capital Markets & Public Companies
  • Transactional Finance
  • International Finance
  • Healthcare Transactions
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