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At Adnan Sundra & Low, managing partner Deepak Sadasivan’s highlights included advising Hong Leong Investment Bank, as the arranger, on the issuance, by an SPV, of an asset–backed securities Islamic medium term notes (MTN) programme. He also assisted the joint principal advisers, joint lead arrangers and joint lead managers with the issuance of a RM1bn sukuk by West Coast Expressway.

Albar & Partners’ ‘responsible and experienced’ team handled SapuraKencana’s RM7bn multi–currency Islamic MTN issuance and assisted RHB Islamic Bank, as principal adviser, lead arranger and lead manager, with a RM1.5bn sukuk murabahah programme. Managing partner Syed Zaid Albar and Lily Tan are the principal contacts.

At Zaid Ibrahim & Co (a member of ZICO Law), Chin Sook Kwan and debt capital markets practice head Lilian Liew are ‘dedicated and well versed in regulations’. The former advised CIMB Investment Bank, as principal adviser and lead arranger, on a RM1bn sukuk programme by Ihsan Sukuk, while the latter assisted Maybank with the issuance of a foreign currency–denominated sukuk by International Finance Facility for Immunisation. Highlights for Tan Wooi Hong included advising FSE Engineering Holdings on its IPO and listing on the Honk Kong Stock Exchange.

Zul Rafique & Partners advised Maybank, as lead arranger, on a RM7bn multi–currency sukuk programme established by SapuraKencana. It also assisted telecoms company Maxis with a RM5bn Islamic MTN programme arranged by CIMB Investment Bank. Loh Mei Mei heads the practice.

At Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong, Kenny Poon, Anne Wong and Lee Seen Yin are recognised for their IPO expertise. Issuer clients in this area have included mineral company GCCP Resources and hospitality company Only World Group Holdings.

Wong & Partners’ debt capital markets practice head Mark Lim handled the issuance of a RM3bn subordinated sukuk for issuer Sime Darby. Munir Abdul Aziz, who heads the equity capital markets practice alongside Brian Chia, advised Malaysian professional services provider Axcelasia on its S$12m IPO on the Catalist board of the Singapore Exchange.

Wong Beh & Toh advised a broad range of clients on share issuances and rights issuances, and assisted two clients with proposed listings on the main market of Bursa Malaysia Securities. Key figures in Wong Tat Chung’s corporate department include Cynthia Toh and Yeap Lin Lin.

Cheang & Ariff advised Bison Consolidated and Eco World International on their IPOs on the main market of Bursa Malaysian Securities, and acted for a Labuan SPV in the issuance of a S$300m MTN programme. Tan Ming–Li is ‘pleasant and professional’.

Lee & Koh’s clients include Maybank, which Angeline Lee advised on a proposed Islamic MTN issuance by Projek Smart Holdings. Lee also assisted Daya Materials with, among other things, a proposed RM126m issuance of redeemable convertible secured bonds.

At Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill, Weng Hwee Tay’s team includes Eu Jin Ong, who advised construction company Ikhmas Jaya on its RM300m IPO, and Megat Hizaini Hassan. Clients include Maybank, Kenanga Investment Bank, HSBC and Standard Chartered.

Mah–Kamariyah & Philip Koh’s Adrian Koh is praised for his ‘sound business acumen’. His highlights included advising Sunway Construction Group on its RM550m listing on Bursa Malaysia Securities and assisting investment company Mulpha International with a RM533m renounceable two–calls rights issue.

Rahmat Lim & Partners advised the underwriters on Hong Leong Bank’s issuance of RM3bn renounceable rights, and assisted Secura Group with its IPO and listing of shares and free detachable warrants on the Catalist board of the Singapore Exchange. Azman bin Othman Luk heads the financial services department. Wan Kai Chee and the ‘competent and knowledgeableKelvin Loh are other names to note.

Raja, Darryl & Loh’s practice is led by Christopher Foo and Tai Chu Wei. The former advised Franklin Templeton GSC Asset Management on establishing a sukuk fund, while the latter assisted Tien Wah Press Holdings with its plan to raise RM48.25m through a rights issuance.

Highlights for Azmi & Associates’ team included advising clients on share issuances and the private placement of bonds. Serina Abdul Samad is the key name.

Boutique firm Ben & Partners assisted Worldgate Global Logistics, Future Data Group and Malayan Archipelago with their proposed flotations on Hong Kong’s Growth Enterprise Market. Managing partner Koay Ben Ree is the key name.

Lawyers at Chooi & Company have vast experience assisting with a range of capital markets transactions, including share acquisitions, warrants issuances and IPOs. Chooi Mun Sou heads the department, which also includes David Ong.

At HL Tan Lim & Partners, managing partner Ronald Tan ‘provides practical legal solutions to complex problems’. The practice advised an oil and gas services provider on its IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, and a sustainable oil palm plantation on its IPO on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Mohamed Ridza & Co’s Sharifah Shafika Alsagoff advised Maybank Investment Bank on the issuance by Felda Global Ventures Holdings of RM1.5bn of non–exchangeable Islamic MTNs, and assisted the same client and other Malaysian banks, as joint lead arrangers, on a sovereign sukuk issued by DanaInfra Nasional.

Lawyers at Murad Yee Partnershipprovide excellent advice and take a practical approach’. They advised Hibiscus Petroleum on a RM60m placement exercise on Bursa Malaysia. The ‘knowledgeable, commercially savvy and highly articulateYee Fook Weng heads the practice.

Peter Ling & van Geyzel advised a number of clients on placements in Malaysia and Hong Kong. Peter Ling and Marcus van Geyzel are the key names.

Zain & Co’s work in this area included acting for a number of media clients and providing advice on Islamic structures. Salwah Abdul Shukor is recommended.

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