George Chong has more than 20 years' experience in corporate, banking and conveyancing matters. He has advised several public listed clients in corporate mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and property related transactions. His field of experience includes Islamic and conventional banking, offshore banking, private debt securities and IPO's.
He has advised on several IPO's (Starhill Real Estate Investment Trust ("REIT") (now known as YTL Hospitality REIT) and Tower REIT and other companies listed in Bursa Malaysia and several debt capital market exercises, such as the recent RM 1.65 billion medium term notes programme by YTL Hospitality REIT and the RM 2 billion Medium Term Notes Programme by YTL Corporation Berhad.
He has acted for clients such as REIT's and property funds for acquisition of assets and leasing of properties, notably the acquisition and lease-back by YTL Hospitality REIT of several well-known hotel and resort properties ( Pangkor Laut Resort, Cameron Highlands Resort and Tanjong Jara Resort, to name a few) worth in total about RM 832 million and the sale by Starhill Real Estate Investment Trust (now known as YTL Hospitality REIT) of 2 properties known as "Lot 10" and "Starhill Gallery" to Starhill Global Real Estate Investment Trust for a total purchase consideration of RM 1.03 billion.
In Islamic finance, George Chong was one of the speakers presenting a paper on "Sukuk Mudharabah" for the Banking & Financial Law School pursuant to the Global Islamic Forum held on 27 March 2007. The firm is on the panel of several Islamic financial institutions.
George Chong graduated with a Bachelor of Laws in 1992 and Bachelor of Economics in 1990 from Monash University. He was admitted as an advocate & solicitor of the High Court of Malaya on 31 December 1993. He joined Lee, Perara & Tan in 2004.