Guan Feng 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 LLP.
Guan Feng Chen has more than 20 years of experience in successfully executing complex cross-border financings and private corporate debt restructurings. Guan Feng has worked on numerous high-profile and groundbreaking deals, many of which were market firsts in Asia. His deep regional knowledge of the legal industry in Asia, along with his international experience, enables him to help clients navigate complicated multijurisdictional transactions, implementing structures that balance innovation and practicality.
a very strong lawyer who is able to persuade the other party
Guan Feng has been recognized as a leading lawyer for Singapore banking and finance by numerous independent legal directories, including Chambers Asia-Pacific and IFLR1000, and as a leading lawyer for Indonesia banking and finance by Chambers Asia-Pacific. He was also praised for his negotiation skills in the publication, with a client describing him as "a very strong lawyer who is able to persuade the other party." Chambers also notes, “Chen Guan Feng is well respected for handling cross-border lending and debt restructuring mandates for clients across the region.” He was also recognized as one of Singapore’s Top 100 Lawyers by Asia Business Law Journal.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Guan Feng was a partner at another global law firm, resident in Singapore, where he served as co-head of its Asia banking and restructuring practices and worked across its Singapore, Hong Kong, and London offices.
Advised a consortium of Saudi Arabian and Qatari investors on a secured financing by CIMB for the acquisition of the franchise rights for 390 McDonald's restaurants in Singapore and Malaysia. The transfer of the McDonald's business to a developmental license model was such transfer implemented in Asia.
Advised an Indonesian gold mining company on a refinancing consisting of a $275 million conventional and a $125 million murabahah facility.
Advised the mandated lead arrangers, agent, and security agent on $500 million in guaranteed and secured revolving credit facilities to Indorama Corporation Pte. Ltd. Indorama, headquartered in Indonesia, is a global manufacturer of polyethylene, polypropylene, polyester fiber, and filament as well as spun yarns, fabrics, and medical gloves, and is one of the largest producers of polyolefins.
Advised the mandated lead arrangers and original lenders on a $1.275 billion senior secured financing provided to subsidiaries of Indonesian conglomerate CT Corpora, which was named Loan of the Year in the IFR Asia Awards 2014. The proceeds were used to refinance the $750 million loan for PT Trans Retail's acquisition of a 60% stake in Carrefour Indonesia, the local unit of French retailer Carrefour; to refinance an existing $450 million loan to PT Trans Media Corpora and PT Televisi Transformasi Indonesia; and to refinance an existing $150 million financing provided to PT Trans Corpora, which was used for the acquisition of an 80% stake in PT Indonusa Telemedia (TelkomVision). The original lenders included ANZ, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, DBS Bank, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, ING Bank, Maybank, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Standard Chartered Bank, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.
Advised a leading Indonesian coal miner on a $750 million term loan (with an option to increase to $950 million) for refinancing debt and funding corporate and working capital requirements as well as expansion opportunities. The lenders were Sumitomo Mitsui Banking, ANZ, Bank Mandiri, HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank, JP Morgan, and Natixis.
National University of Singapore, 1993, LL.B.
Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore
England & Wales (Solicitor)
Awards and Affiliations
Leading Individual, Banking and Finance: Local Firms, Singapore, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2020, 2021)
Recommended, Restructuring and Insolvency: Local Firms, Singapore, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2021)