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A ‘visible name in the banking and finance arena’, Adnan Sundra & Low receives praise for its ‘technical knowledge and practical approach to matters’, ‘its lawyers are well acquainted with banking requirements and all pertaining regulations’. The team advised CIMB Bank, as the arrangers, in a $2.5bn sukuk issuance programme. Deepak Sadasivan heads the team with the ‘outstanding’ contribution of Edward Ng, Jeniffer Lee and Murni Zulkifli Aziz. Clients include Bank Rakyat, CIMB Investment Bank and J.P. Morgan Securities.

The ‘very experienced’ team at Albar & Partners is led by managing partner Syed Zaid Albar, Lily Tan and Chung Swee Loong. Notable highlights included advising CIMB Bank and Maybank on a $£1.1bn credit facility provided to Eco World Development for the acquisition of three properties in London.

Shearn Delamore & Co has expertise in advising local and international clients on the whole gamut of the banking and finance sector. Highlights for the firm included advising Great Eastern Life Assurance (as the sole investor) on a medium term notes programme valued at RM500m. Clients include CIMB Bank and Affin Bank. Christina Kow leads the practice with Pamela Kung also recommended.

Skrine is ‘without doubt’ an important player in Malaysia’s legal market. It acts for a select list of clients on a variety of big-ticket syndicated term loan facilities. Philip Chan is the key name.

Wong & Partners is ‘recognised in the market’ for its local reach and vast knowledge of applicable, substantive legislation. Led by the ‘knowledgeable’ Mark Lim, with the ‘invaluable’ support of Esther Chik, the team of experienced Malaysian and internationally qualified lawyers provides local and international expertise in finance law. Maybank group, CIMB Bank, RHB Bank and Press Metal are clients. It recently advised a syndicate of banks on the restructuring of existing high-value multicurrency loan facilities.

Work highlights for Zaid Ibrahim & Co (a member of ZICO Law) have included Lilian Liew advising China Development Bank on the establishment of a $3.1bn credit line to China General Nuclear Power Corporation to facilitate the acquisition of energy assets from 1MDB. Chin Sook Kwan is also recommended. Maybank and CIMB Bank are other clients.

The meticulous and commercially savvyLoh Mei Mei leads the practice at Zul Rafique & Partners. The firm advised Genting Group and its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary GOHL Capital on a $1bn issuance of notes, guaranteed by the latter. Kung Suan Im, Ashela Ramaya, Chan Kwan Hoe and Celine Rangithan are also noted.

Led by Ahmad Lutfi Abdull Mutalip, Azmi & Associates’ banking group regularly advises domestic and international clients on a variety of banking and finance-related transactions. Other key names include Farhah Hayati Mamat and Ahmad Syahir Yahya.

Christopher & Lee Ong is well-regarded for its expertise in project, corporate, Islamic and structured finance. Christopher Lee and Fiona Sequerah are the leading names in the practice. The group acts for an outstanding list of prominent local and international banking and financial institutions.

Kadir Andri & Partners has earned a good reputation for its banking and finance advice, especially in matters related to debt capital markets. Clients have included Petronas and Maybank. Andri Aidham Badri heads the team.

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill advises on syndicated loans, project finance, equipment financing and leasing, bank branch openings and regulatory matters, among others. Weng Hwee Tay leads the practice, which includes Megat Hizaini Hassan and Eu Jin Ong. Kenanga Investment Bank, United Overseas Bank, RHB Bank and Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) are clients.

Young firm Rahmat Lim & Partners has quickly positioned itself as a recognisable name in the market, and advises on both domestic and cross-border lending instructions, regulatory issues, investment funds and other related matters. Azman bin Othman Luk and Wan Kai Chee direct the practice, with Kelvin Loh also an active member of the team. Othman Luk led the team advising CIMB Group and CIMB Investment Bank on the Malaysian banking and finance aspects of Saudi company Lionhorn’s acquisition of the McDonald’s franchise in Malaysia and Singapore.

Known for its ‘practical and pertinent advice’, Shook Lin & Bok’s banking and finance practice is renowned for its work on a broad spectrum of banking-and-finance-related matters including in the construction, real estate, industrial engineering and utilities sectors. Jalalullail Othman heads the 15-strong practice after Lai Wing Yong’s retirement. Khong Mei Lin, an expert in loan and debt restructuring, is also a key figure together with Ng King Hoe, who is well-versed in corporate, banking and real estate related matters. The firm advised Bank Kerjasama Rakyat on the issuance of subordinated sukuk notes by Mumtaz Rakyat Sukuk (an SPV) for the sum of RM5bn.

Zain & Co’s banking and finance practice is part of the firm’s real estate and banking department. Notable highlights for the team included advice to a client on all documentation related to a high-profile acquisition in the country with a total value of more than $390m. The practice advises on both conventional and Islamic finance matters. Zainal Azlan Abdul Kadir and Zain Azlan Zain Azahari are the key contacts.

The ‘experiencedVincent Chan heads the practice at Abdullah Chan & Co, ably aided by Gopal Sundaram, who has expertise in banking regulatory matters and Shelina Razaly Wahi, an expert in aviation finance. Clients include CIMB Bank and Maybank.

Cheang & Ariff advised Maybank Islamic on a vessel financing for an oil and gas project, with a credit line of RM241.4m; in a different instruction it acted for Bank of China on a $97m credit facility to an SPV, and also provided assistance to Airwolf on a $24m refinancing of an aircraft. Clients have included CIMB Bank and Kenanga Investment Bank. Adriel Lau Jin Son is the key contact.

With a longstanding presence in the Malaysian market, Chooi & Company has accumulated extensive experience in local and international banking matters. Highlights for the firm included acting for an important aircraft corporation in several financing instructions. Head of department Chooi Mun Sou and David Ong are recommended.

Lee & Koh gains praise for its specialised work in corporate finance. Angeline Lee Sze Yeen leads the group, which counts Hong Leong Investments, Reservoir Link, United Overseas Bank, AmBank Islamic (formerly AmIslamic Bank) and CIMB Bank, among its clients. The firm is advising AmBAnk on the restructuring of a debtor corporation, as a result of the client withdrawing a civil claim initiated before the judiciary, the case has a value matter of approximately MR4.7m.

Mohamed Ridza & Co works for a local and international clientele including financial institutions, merchants and investment banks, borrowers, lessees and property purchasers. It recently acted for the joint lead arrangers and syndicated lenders on a $42m syndicated credit line. Managing partner Mohamed Ridza Abdullah is the key contact.

Spearheaded by Shamshul Iskandar Zulkifli, Naqiz & Partners’ banking team deals handles a broad range of matters including those pertaining to corporate banking, project finance, private banking, loan agreements and syndicated facilities. Khairul Ismail is also an active member of the practice.

Putri Norlisa Chair is rapidly gaining a name in the Malaysian legal market for its work in complex banking and finance instructions paired with ‘a deep understanding of clients’ commercial objectives’. Founding partners Adrian Chair, Putri Norlisa Najib and Constance Low are all recommended.

Raja, Darryl & Loh has expertise in fintech and aircraft financing. The team is headed by Ng Sai Yeang, with Chong Mei Mei and Chong Kok Seng also noted for their expertise.

Tay & Partners advised AmBank on a credit facility to a Malaysian property development corporation with a total value of RM50m. The practice acts for commercial and investment banks. Chang Hong Yun and Yip Jia Hui are the key names.

Work highlights for Abdul Rahman & Partners have included advice to Export-Import Bank of Malaysia on an $80m credit facility to finance the development and construction of an oil and gas project in Kazakhstan. Abdul Rahman Bin Abdullah is the key contact.

HL Tan Lim & Partners’ Ronald Tan led advice to One Chem Terminal on the project financing for the construction of two storage tanks at the Port of Kuantan in a close to $6m deal. The practice has a strong focus on advising borrowers.

Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong has vast experience in banking and finance issues and advises local and international corporations in complex strategic financial matters.

Khaw & Partners provides banking and finance advice to corporations as well as private individuals. Fong Ah Kok is the key contact.

Peter Ling & van Geyzel has been instructed by an important corporation group to advise on a new term loan facility nearing $30m. Marcus van Geyzel is the name to note.

Shaikh David & Co’s Shaikh Abdul Saleem leads the practice, which acted for a well-known banking institution in the debt recovery of a high-value loan which included a counterclaim for alleged losses by the guarantor related to a sale conducted by the receiver and manager appointed by the client.

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