Janice Chew


With 16 years of practising experience in Malaysia and Hong Kong, Janice leads the broad practice of JC Legal in cross-border commercial law, dispute resolution and regulatory compliance. Well-connected with legal and corporate professionals in Greater China, ASEAN, UK and Europe, Janice advises extensively on cross-border matters, with a focus on transactional matters and commercial litigation. Her clients range from government agencies, listed companies, multinational licensed financial corporations, award-winning startups to trailblazers in fintech and crypto.

Janice is the mastermind behind the award-winning and widely popular Startup Steward Programme as well as Virtual Legal Clinic, empowering entrepreneurs with bespoke legal solutions. She is a frequent speaker at industry events and legal training with government institutions, chambers of commerce and the startup ecosystem.

Janice is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Malay.


Private Practitioner of the Year, North Asia (finalist), ALB Women in Law Awards 2023

Women Lawyer of the Year, North Asia (finalist), ALB Women in Law Awards 2023

LexisNexis® 40 under 40, 2022

Young Lawyer of the Year (shortlisted), ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2021-2022

Gold Award, Pro Bono and Community Work Recognition Scheme 2020, The Law Society of Hong Kong

Prestige 40 under 40, Hong Kong, 2019


Chairperson, The Malaysian Association of Hong Kong

Member, Trade and Services Sub-committee, The Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong & Macau)

Member, British Malaysian Society

Notable Experience

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Advised on cross-border land sale in Japan with a subject amount of around HKD60 million and negotiated all legal documentation
  • Advised on a joint venture structuring in collaboration with a Malaysia counsel between subsidiaries of listed companies in Hong Kong and Malaysia

Corporate & Commercial

  • Oversaw the incorporation of private equity funds in the Cayman Islands for Malaysian investors, including but not limited to reviewing and negotiating the Confidential Memorandum and Subscription Agreement
  • Advised a government agency of Malaysia on employment law in Hong Kong
  • Advised an award-winning FinTech startup on data intelligence

Dispute Resolution

  • Advised on a cross-border case at the High Court of Hong Kong in relation to a commercial dispute concerning breach of contract and fiduciary trust with a sum of over AUD15 million
  • Represented high-net-worth individuals and investment companies in a case at the High Court of Hong Kong in relation to a disputed sum of over USD5 million
  • Represented in a case at the High Court of Hong Kong concerning redemption of shares in a fund with a disputed sum of over USD5.5 million
  • Acted for a prominent Malaysian individual at the High Court and Court of Final Appeal of Hong Kong involving the issues of non conveniens, conspiracy and misrepresentation with a disputed amount of around HK$40 million