Tien is a transactional lawyer specialising in commodity, trade and ship finance and has been based in the UAE for over ten years.
Tien is also a banking and finance lawyer and has been involved in a number of domestic and cross border trade finance and project finance matters and has been the lead lawyer in some of the largest regional transportation financings.
Tien also specialises in asset and international shipping finance including acting for financial institutions (including commercial and development banks), international corporations and shipping companies in relation to the financing, chartering, newbuilding and sale and purchase of ships and superyachts including Islamic finance techniques.
Tien has also gained considerable experience in handling ship and ship mortgage registration on a number of registries, bareboat registration, negotiation of charterparties, sale and purchase agreements, shipbuilding contracts and refund guarantees, as well as a wide variety of ancillary commercial arrangements seen in the maritime industry.
Chambers Global UAE Shipping 2019 says Tien Tai is a well-recognised ship finance lawyer in the region, who is described by his peers as a "solid practitioner" in the field. He stands out for his expertise in yacht financing, as well as sale and purchase arrangements. His ship financing expertise is complemented by his skill in trade and commodity finance.
Tien is bilingual in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Hakka.