Vincent Chan is listed as a leading individual in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 2009/2010, 2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2016/2017, 2017/2018 and 2019 Corporate and M&A and Capital Markets survey rankings elite list of leading lawyers. Comments included ‘Vincent Chan Siew Onn is an acclaimed practitioner, described by clients as having ‘sound and deep technical skills and knowledge’, and is ‘meticulous and hardworking; a big picture person with a natural talent’, ‘thinking outside the box’ and being ‘leagues above other lawyers’, thanks to their ‘focus’, ‘trouble shooting skills’ and ‘pragmatism’, ‘industry knowledge’ and ‘strength in depth’, ‘professional’, ‘dedicated’ and ‘very hands on’. The International Financial Law Review 1000 comments that he ‘receives positive feedback for his negotiating and drafting skills’. Vincent’s extensive practice experience includes corporate finance, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, privatisation, private finance initiatives and private equity transactions, as well as cross-border joint ventures, investments and financing transactions. He has advised a wide range of clients including major investment banks, multinational companies, overnment linked companies and foreign clients in connection with his areas of expertise.
Vincent was an Asean Scholar and is also a keen yachtsman and the skipper of a racing team that competes regularly with success in a number of international regattas. He has served as theVice Commodore and also the Legal Adviser of the Royal Selangor Yacht Club for a number of years. Vincent also regularly lectures at seminars and conferences held by Lexis Nexis, Asia Business Forum, CCH Asia and the Malaysian Bar Council. He is the author of ‘Malaysian Securities Law & Practice’ (CCH Asia Pte Ltd).
Some of the award-winning transactions Vincent has handled include Malaysia’s largest RM15 Billion M&A transaction by an infrastructure multinational company (Asian Counsel Deal of the Year Award, 2006), Malaysia’s largest RM9.6 Billion Islamic bond (sukuk) issue by Malaysia’s largest independent power producer (Asian Legal Business Award for ‘Asset & Corporate Finance Deal of the Year’, 2007), Malaysia’s largest Islamic bond (sukuk) issue by Malaysia’s largest port owner and operator in 2008 (Malaysian Rating Corporation Berhad (MARC) ‘Best in Islamic Bond Issue Value’ Award, 2008) and the RM6 Billion takeover of the Road Builder Holdings Berhad group of companies, which was mentioned as one of the Best Deals of the Year for The Edge 2007. He also handled Malaysia’s largest RM1.5 Billion securitisation and asset-backed securities issue in 2008, the Malaysian Government’s first telecommunications private finance initiative in 2007 and the first Malaysian Government initiated US$200 Million Malaysian Life Sciences Capital Fund and was Pfizer Inc’s lead Malaysian counsel in many of its large cross-border M&A transactions including its US$15.9 billion worldwide sale of its consumer health business in 2007.
Some of the major transactions handled by Vincent in 2009 include Malaysia’s first ‘green lane’ RM800 Million sukuk issue by UMW Holdings Berhad, the RM260 Million cross border mergers and acquisitions between the Health Trend and Astique Group of Singapore and Hong Kong, the cross border acquisition of Toyo Rubber Malaysia by Showa Rubber Co Ltd., the cross border acquisition of Lotte Malaysia by Lotte Japan, one of the world’s largest confectionary company, the cross border financing of a sewerage project in Abu Dhabi by Asian Finance Bank, the RM1.6 Billion Medium Term Note Programme by GB Services Berhad, a subsidiary of Genting Berhad, the RM213.4 Million Petra Energy Berhad acquisition of oil & gas vessels and acting as an expert witness on securities law in a multi-billion dollar arbitration securities dispute in Singapore between several major international investment banks.