Mr Chong joined DLA Piper this month after 16 years at NRF.
He is a dual-qualified lawyer in Malaysia and Australia with experience in property development projects.
He has previously advised south-east Asian clients, including inbound property investors and developers into Australia, as well as major Australian and Asian corporations seeking to invest in the Asia-Pacific region and the UK market.
DLA Piper managing partner in Australia, John Weber, said Mr Chong’s expertise was “ a perfect fit” for the firm.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Chong said: "DLA Piper's totally integrated real estate practice across Australia, Asia, Europe and the US will bring significant value and expertise to many of our global real estate clients."
NRF lost a partner to Maddocks in December last year but also recently recruited two senior lawyers to its Brisbane and Sydney offices.