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A leading firm in the Islamic finance sector, Adnan Sundra & Low has acted for CIMB as the arranger in a $2.5bn multi-currency sukuk issuance programme by Tenaga, Malaysia’s largest electricity utility company; head of department Deepak Sadasivan and Jennifer Lee led the advice. Edward Ng acted for Bank Rakyat, the biggest Malaysian co-operative bank, on the issuance of a subordinated sukuk murabahah programme by special purpose vehicle (SPV) Mumtaz Rakyat Sukuk Berhard, with a global value of MR5bn. Gan Kok Ling is also a key member of the practice.

Albar & Partners has gained a deserved reputation for its expertise in Islamic finance and compliance with Shariah law. Highlights for the practice included advising CIMB Bank (the principal adviser) on an unrated medium term notes (MTN) issuance with a RM10bn value by Maxis Broadband, under the Islamic principle of Murabahah. SapuraKencana TMC, Maybank and APM Automotive Holding are other clients. Syed Zaid Albar, Lily Tan and Chung Swee Loong are the key contacts.

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is known for its expertise in sukuk issuances and works for clients active in a wide variety of Islamic finance matters such as syndicated loans, club deals, project finance, asset finance and capital markets transactions. Megat Hizaini Hassan advised AmBank Islamic (formerly AmIslamic Bank) on its collaboration with the State Government of Johore related to an Islamic financing for a state-driven housing scheme in Johore for a total value of RM300m. Highlights also included assisting AmInvestment Bank with the upsizing of Sabah Credit Corporation’s existing Islamic commercial papers programme of up to RM750m as well as its MTN programme valued at RM1.5bn, conducted under the Shariah principle of Musharakah. Tay Weng Hwee heads the department.

Lilian Liew and Chin Sook Kwan are the leading names in the Islamic finance practice at Zaid Ibrahim & Co (a member of ZICO Law). It advised Trurich Resources on obtaining an $800m murabahah term credit line facility from Maybank Islamic. Chin acted for CIMB Bank (the principal adviser and arranger) on the first sukuk programme issued under the Sustainable and Responsible Investment Sukuk framework.

Under the leadership of Loh Mei Mei, Zul Rafique & Partners is commended for its ‘technical expertise paired with a great sense of responsibility from partners when supervising the team’. Loh and Ashela Ramaya advised Maxis Broadband on the issuance of Islamic MTNs, with an aggregate value of MR10bn, based on the Shariah principle of Mubarahah; CIMB Bank was the programme arranger. Assistance was also provided to Maybank, as the facility agent, regarding a syndicated murabahah term financing facility made to Yinson Production (West Africa) for $780m.

Ahmad Lutfi Abdull Mutalip and Farhah Hayati Mamat are the key names in Azmi & Associates’ Islamic finance practice. The team is well-known for its advice to banks and financial institutions on complex, high-end instructions. Its lawyers are very knowledgeable in Islamic financial services and its work has included developing Islamic products.

Kadir Andri & Partners’ founding partner Andri Aidham Badri advised Affin Hwang Investment Bank and Maybank Investment on the issuance of RM1.5bn worth of Islamic commercial papers and Islamic MTN guaranteed by KPJ Healthcare. Other work includes acting for Petronas on a high-value certificate issuance.

Mohamed Ridza & Co attracts praise for ‘its fast responses, knowledge of industry regulations and lawyers’ capabilities’. Head of practice Mohamed Ridza Abdullah is recognised for his ‘supervision skills as well for his sound advice and leadership of team’. The firm advised Export-Import Bank of Malaysia on matters related to credit facilities with an aggregate value of over $85m provided to PT Resorts Development and Management Bintan, aimed at financing the development of 34 villa units and a hotel and wellness facility in Pulau Bintan (Indonesia). Hafidah Aman Hashim and Sharifah Shafika Alsagoff are also recommended.

Shook Lin & Bok’s Islamic finance practice, led by Jalalullail Othman, assisted Mumtaz Sukuk Murabahah (a Bank Rakyat SPV) with the launch of its maiden Basel III-compliant Tier 2 subordinated sukuk programme of up to RM5bn. It also advised a major Malaysian Islamic financial institution on the issuance of a subordinated Islamic MTN programme value at RM10bn. Deputy Head Khong Mei Lin is also a key member of the practice.

Wong & Partners provides high-quality services to some of the largest local and international banking and finance institutions. Head of practice Mark Lim advised Sime Darby as issuer on a proposed subordinated RM3bn sukuk programme. Standard Chartered, Maybank and Export-Import Bank of Malaysia. Are other notable clients Esther Chik is also noted for her expertise and is regularly involved in complex financing transactions.

Work highlights for Abdullah Chan & Co have included advising a major Islamic banking institution on compliance matters. The practice has recently added an important number of prestigious Islamic financial institutions to its list of clients. Head of team Vincent Chan and former assistant governor of the Central Bank of Malaysia Gopal Sundaram are the key names.

Headed by Angeline Lee Sze Yeen, Lee & Koh’s Islamic finance team handles debt capital markets and project financing issues. It advised a major banking institution on a proposed issuance of Islamic commercial papers, pursuant to an Islamic commercial papers programme, with a limit value up to RM300m.

Naqiz & Partners handles complex, high-value Islamic finance matters for a large number of Malaysian Islamic banking and finance institutions as well as for foreign financial organisations. Shamshul Iskandar Zulkifli leads the practice, ably aided by Khairul Ismail.

Shearn Delamore & Co’s Pamela Kung advised CIMB Bank, as the lead arranger, lead manager and facility agent, on an Islamic senior MTN programme valued at RM1.3bn, based on the murabahah principle. Led by Christina Kow, the practice also counts RHB Investment Bank and Great Eastern Life Assurance as clients.

Salwah Abdul Shukor leads the practice at Zain & Co, which has vast expertise in Islamic finance issues. It specialises in the drafting of financing security documents for its long-established clients such as Maybank Islamic and Malayan Bank.

Christopher & Lee Ong’s Fiona Sequerah acted for the lender in a cash-line and combined Islamic trade line RM16.5m facility granted for working capital and for the import of chemicals used in the gas industry. Co-head of team Christopher Lee is also recommended.

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