Suet-Fern Lee, Managing Partner of Morgan Lewis’s Singapore office, was honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by Chambers and Partners in April.
Chambers based the Lifetime Achievement Award on its own research in light of business developments in the market over the last year. Winners were selected from among lawyers who are senior and well established, are highly respected and ranked, and have made a significant contribution to the market as a whole or to a particular practice area.
After graduating with a double first in law from Cambridge University in 1980 and qualifying as a Barrister-at-Law in 1981, Suet-Fern started work in London with Norton Rose before basing herself in Singapore, serving clients in the region. She advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt capital markets, and corporate finance. She is ranked in Band 1 in the Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global guides in the Singapore Corporate/M&A category.
The international business community and 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. In June 2015, she was named a finalist for Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyer of the Year Award (Asia-Pacific), with the publication noting her status as one of Singapore’s top M&A lawyers and referring to her as a “true agent of change.”
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. She is 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.
This is only the fourth time that Chambers Asia-Pacific has given this award, and Suet-Fern is the first woman to be conferred the honor.