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Adnan Sundra & Low fields the largest capital markets team in the country, which is led by Deepak Sadasivan. A list of outstanding clients includes CIMB Bank, Public Bank, Maybank, United Overseas Bank and HSBC Bank Malaysia. Work highlights for the practice included advice to the joint arrangers AmInvestment Bank and Hong Leong Investment Bank on the issuance of a murabahah sukuk (an Islamic trust contract) under an asset-backed Islamic medium term notes (MTN) programme valued at RM900m.

Albar & Partners has acted for international energy services group Serba Dinamik Holdings (the issuer) in one of the largest IPOs in Malaysia since 2015, which allowed the client to raise approximately $91.5m. Other important clients include Boustead Holdings and Malaysia Building Society. Practice head Lily Tan, Seet Hooi Ping and Cassandra Hogg are also key contacts.

Zaid Ibrahim & Co (a member of ZICO Law) is recognised for its expertise in debt capital markets and related regulatory issues. Work highlights have included acting for CIMB Investment Bank (principal adviser and lead arranger) in a sukuk programme by Ihsan Sukuk valued at RM1bn, and assisting Maybank with the issuance of a foreign currency-denominated sukuk by International Finance Facility for Immunisation. Chin Sook Kwan and Lilian Liew are recommended.

Loh Mei Mei leads Zul Rafique & Partners’ capital markets practice. The group has advised Maxis Broadband on its issuance of an Islamic MTN, pursuant to an unrated Islamic MTN programme with an aggregate value of MR10bn. It also acted for Affin Bank on the issuance of an MTN by way of an Islamic sukuk programme valued at up to MR110m. Kung Suan Im, Ashela Ramaya and Chan Kwan Hoe are all noted.

Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong’s Anne Wong and Lee Seen Yin regularly handle IPO instructions. Clients have included GCCP Resources and Only World Group Holdings.

Wong & Partners fields one of the largest capital markets teams in the country. The group advised Morgan Stanley on a placement by Seadrill of ordinary shares valued at several hundred millions Malaysian Ringgit. Other important clients include Sime Darby and Kinabalu Capital. The practice is headed by Brian Chia, Mark Lim and Munir Abdul Aziz. Corporate partner Sue Wan Wong and finance and projects partner Esther Chik are also actively involved in the practice.

Wong Beh & Toh advises a variety of clients on shares and rights issuances. Highlights included acting for a high-profile corporation on the sale of 100% of the issued and paid-up share capital in a connected company for a value well-over S$200m. Wong Tat Chung, Cynthia Toh and Yeap Lin Lin are the key names.

Cheang & Ariff provides innovative advice on local and cross-border capital markets instructions. Work highlights for the practice included acting for Bison Consolidated and Eco World on their corresponding IPOs on Bursa Malaysian Securities. Tan Ming-Li is the name to note.

Led by Angeline Lee Sze Yeen, Lee & Koh’s capital markets practice handles corporate finance, debt capital markets and project financing, among other matters. Lee led the team advising Maybank on a proposed Islamic MTN issuance by Projek Smart Holdings, and assisted Daya Materials with a proposed RM126m issuance of redeemable convertible secured bonds.

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill’s Ong Eu Jin has advised investment institutions on a syndicated Islamic term financing valued at more than RM600m. Another highlight was acting for Ikhmas Jaya on its RM300m IPO. Megat Hizaini Hassan and Tay Weng Hwee are also key members of the practice. Other clients include Maybank, Kenanga Investment Bank and Standard Chartered.

Mah-Kamariyah & Philip Koh’s Adrian Koh acted for Sunway Construction Group on its RM550m listing on Bursa Malaysia Securities, and the team also advised Mulpha International with an RM533m renounceable two-call rights issue.

Rahmat Lim & Partners has vast experience in advising clients on equity capital markets and debt capital markets; on the equity-side it handles IPOs and listing of corporations and REITs on Bursa Malaysia, while on the debt-side it assists with a wide array of transactions including MTN programmes, sukuk issuances, regulatory capital issuances and asset securitisations. It acted for Maybank (principal adviser, arranger and lead manager) on the issuance of Islamic MTNs by YTL Power International valued at RM2.5bn. Managing partner Azman bin Othman Luk and Wan Kai Chee lead the team; Kelvin Loh is also an active member of the practice.

Under the leadership of Tai Chu Wei, Raja, Darryl & Loh’s capital markets team acted as the Malaysian counsel to Plover Bay Technologies on its listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx). Other notable clients include Tien Wah Press Holdings, SCC Holdings, Kanger International and China Singyes Solar Technologies.

Work headlines for Ben & Partners included assisting logistics company Worldgate with its successful HKEx IPO. Koay Ben Ree is the main contact name.

Chooi & Company assists clients with a variety of capital markets transactions including share acquisitions, warrants issuances and IPOs. Head of practice Chooi Mun Sou and David Ong are noted for their expertise.

Christopher & Lee Ong fields an ‘experienced capital markets team’, which provides a comprehensive range of services including IPOs, reverse takeovers, mandatory and voluntary takeovers, capital reductions and privatisations. Highlights included advising JcbNext on its privatisation via the takeover by two of its existing shareholders who acquired all the remaining shares not owned by them, in a deal valued at approximately RM57m. Christopher Lee leads the group.

HL Tan Lim & Partners has acted for a Malaysian corporation on its IPO on the main board of the HKEx for approximately $35m. Ronald Tan and Jacqueline Lim are the names to note.

Mohamed Ridza & Co’s capital markets group was instructed by the joint lead arrangers and the facility agents, to advise on the structuring of a sovereign sukuk issued by Danalnfra Nasional. Sharifah Shafika Alsagoff is noted.

Boutique firm Murad Yee Partnership is quickly gaining traction in the market. Highlights for the practice included advising Hibiscus Petroleum on the placement of new shares representing 25% of its enlarged share capital with an estimated value of RM200m. Ahmad Murad Bin Abdul Aziz, Yee Fook Weng and Kuay Ken Nie are the key names.

Peter Ling & van Geyzel recently acted for PRG Holdings on the proposed listing of its manufacturing business on the HKEx, one of the most significant Malaysia-related capital markets deals. The firm also advised MMAG Holdings on complex capital markets operations, which involved par value reduction, share consolidation and debt settlement, among others. Marcus van Geyzel leads the practice.

Zain & Co has an active capital markets practice led by Salwah Abdul Shukor. It has been advising film and media corporation Resonance Group on several related capital markets deals including a proposed fund formation and the negotiation of a memorandum of understanding with Investor Genco.

Tay & Partners assisted ITASA Servicios Generales with its MR3m acquisition of 100% of the ordinary and preferential shares in Akronn Industries. The firm also collaborated with Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners to advise Duskin on its acquisition of a 90% stake in Big Apple Worldwide Holdings valued at approximately RM25.2m.

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