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 LawyersMergers & Acquisitions named her Lawyer of the Year in those years.
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 Fortune 100 companies AXA and Sanofi, as well as Rothschild & Co.
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 member of the executive committee of the Senate of the Singapore Academy of Law, where she also chairs the committees on Convergence and Harmonisation of Laws in Asia as well as on Legal Education and Studies; a member of the advisory board of the Law School at Singapore Management University, where she also chairs the Centre of Cross-Border Commercial Law in Asia’s Expert Panel; and 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 was also a member of the Accounting Advisory Board at National University in Singapore.
Cambridge University, 1980, MA (Law), Double First
Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore
Barrister-at-Law, Gray’s Inn, London
Awards and Affiliations
Recommended, Banking and Finance: Local Firms, Singapore, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2018)
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 Asia-Pacific (2015–2018)