Chua See Hua

Portrait of Chua See Huah, a partner at Chua Associates - Advocates & Solicitors

Partner

See Hua has worked in Malaysia and Hong Kong (1989 to 1997) since 1986, with the law firms of Skrine, Raslan Loong and Simmons & Simmons (Hong Kong) and as general counsel with Ernst & Young (Hong Kong).

While at Ernst & Young, See Hua advised and worked on some of the biggest and high profile liquidations at the time including the Carrian Group (tied to the borrowings from Bumiputra Finance Malaysia), BCCI and Baring Brothers.

On her return to Malaysia in 1997, coinciding with the beginning of the Asian financial crisis, See Hua has advised and worked with borrowers, lenders or administrators on the corporate debt restructuring of a huge portfolio of public listed groups including:

  • The Lion Group comprising 7 listed vehicles and over 180 operating and investment companies in Malaysia and the region
  • The administration of one of the first stock broking companies and listed companies falling into administration under the national asset management company set up under the Pengurusan Danaharta Nasional Berhad Act, 1998
  • Numerous bilateral corporate and debt restructuring coordinated by the Corporate Debt Restructuring Committee of the Central Bank of Malaysia
  • The first court sanctioned Eurobond conversion into equity (cited by the International Financial Law Review as a leading transaction in Asia)
  • Restructuring of RM160 million Sukuk Al Ijarah
  • Restructuring of RM262 million debt of the concessionaire of the Seremban to Port Dickson high way
  • Advised investors for the purchase of Malaysia’s first and second tender for the distressed assets and non-performing loans offered by Malayan Banking Berhad and CIMB Bank Berhad

See Hua has also advised on these major corporate transactions:

  • The demerger leading to the listing of the Parkson Group
  • Numerous oil & gas and shipping related acquisitions / disposals for Wah Seong Corporation Berhad and Sumatec Corporation Berhad
  • Advised the lead managers on the US$300 million exchangeable bonds issued out of Labuan by the YTL Group
  • Advised the investors on the proposed acquisition of 2 financial institutions by investors

See Hua was quoted by Chambers Asia as “an effective negotiator, especially when there are numerous interests to reconcile” and she and the team she lead have received recognitions from International Financial Law Review 1000, the Asian Counsel, the Asia Pacific Legal 500, and PLC Which Lawyer for their work in the field of restructuring and insolvency work.

See Hua obtained a Master of Laws from the University of Cambridge in 1984 and a bachelor's degree in Law from the North London University in 1982. See Hua is admitted to the Malaysian Bar (1985), the Singapore Bar (1998) and is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales (1995) and the Supreme Court of Hong Kong (1995).

See Hua is a member of the Insolvency Practice Committee of the Malaysian Association of Certified Public Accountants.

See Hua sits on the board of Petron Malaysia Refining & Marketing Berhad as an independent director.