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Highlights for Adnan Sundra & Low included advising CIMB Investment Bank and HSBC, as joint principal advisers and joint lead arrangers, on a RM9bn sukuk issued by Jimah East Power. The firm also acted for arranger Hong Leong Investment Bank in a RM450m sukuk ijarah issued under an asset–backed securities Islamic medium term notes (MTN) programme. Managing partner Deepak Sadasivan heads the team, which includes Adrian Chee and Gan Kok Ling.

Islamic finance experts at Albar & Partners include managing partner Syed Zaid Albar, Lily Tan and Chung Swee Loong. The firm acted for SapuraKencana, as the issuer, in a RM7bn Islamic MTN programme, advised CIMB Investment Bank on the issuance of up to RM5bn unrated Islamic MTN by Maxis, and assisted Westar Aviation Services with a RM1.9bn syndicated Islamic financing. Maybank and RHB Islamic Bank are also clients.

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill’s clients include AmInvestment Bank, RHB Investment Bank, HSBC and Maybank Islamic. Megat Hizaini Hassan advises on sukuk issuances, syndicated loans and shari’ah–compliant capital markets transactions. Weng Hwee Tay heads the financial services practice group.

Zaid Ibrahim & Co (a member of ZICO Law)’s practice is led by Lilian Liew and Chin Sook Kwan. The former assisted Trurich Resources when it received $80m commodity murabahah term financing facilities from Maybank Islamic, while the latter acted for CIMB Bank as the principal adviser and lead arranger of the first sukuk programme to be issued under the Sustainable and Responsible Investment Sukuk framework.

Zul Rafique & Partners’ banking practice is led by Loh Mei Mei, - Kung Suan Im and Celine Rangithan. The firm acted for the coordinating bank and the financiers in an Islamic facility granted to SapuraKencara and advised MSM Malaysia Holdings on the receipt of a grant of over RM1.2bn of Islamic documentary credit–i facility and term financing facility for the construction of a sugar refinery in Johor.

Key figures at Azmi & Associates include managing partner Ahmad Lutfi Abdull Mutalip and Farhah Hayati Mamat. The firm advised banks on the grant of high–value Islamic facilities, and also drafted hire purchase Islamic–standard loan financing documents for SME Bank.

Kadir Andri & Partners’ banking practice is led by Andri Aidham Badri, who advised Affin Hwang Investment Bank and Maybank Investment Bank, as joint principal advisers and joint lead managers, on the issuance of RM1.5bn Islamic commercial papers and Islamic MTN guaranteed by KPJ Healthcare, and advised Petronas on a major certificates issuance.

Recent highlights for Shook Lin & Bok’s Islamic finance head, Jalalullail Othman, include advising a number of major Islamic financial institutions on the issuance of a RM1bn subordinated Islamic MTN programme.

At Wong & Partners, practice head Mark Lim advised Sime Darby, as the issuer, on a proposed subordinated sukuk programme of up to RM3bn in nominal value. Other clients include Standard Chartered, Maybank and Export–Import Bank of Malaysia.

Abdullah Chan & Co’s clients include major Malaysian and international Islamic Banks, as well as the ISFB, which Gopal Sundaram advises on a broad range of issues. Vincent Chan heads the firm’s banking and finance practice.

Lee & Koh’s practice head Angeline Lee advised Maybank on a major issuance of Islamic MTN by Projek Smart Holdings.

Naqiz & Partners’ head of banking and finance is Shamshul Iskandar, whose clients include some of Malaysia’s largest Islamic financial institutions.

At Shearn Delamore & Co, Pamela Kung advised CIMB Investment Bank as lead arranger, lead manager and facility agent on a RM1.5bn issuance of Islamic MTN by Country Garden Real Estate. Tee Joe Lei has retired.

Zain & Co handles the drafting of Islamic security documentation for clients including Maybank Islamic. Zainal Azlan Abdul Kadir is the name to note.

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