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Jalalullail Othman

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Shook Lin & Bok

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Corporate, Banking & Finance, Real Estate, Commercial & Conveyancing; Islamic Finance; Loan & Debt Restructuring


Jal Othman is a senior partner and heads the Islamic Finance practice. He was instrumental in setting up the Islamic Finance practice and continues to chart the course of this practice area within the firm. Jal Othman has over 20 years experience in the corporate commercial practice and banking and finance practice. One of the main areas of his corporate commercial practice comprise Government and public sector transactional services. In this respect, Jal has worked on projects under the Government’s Public Private Partnership and Public Finance Initiative including various concessions, privatisation and funding structures established thereunder. Banking and finance plays an equally large portion of Jal’s practice. He regularly attends to debt capital market assignments in addition to mezzanine and other tier one financing.


Jal was admitted to the Malaysian Bar in 1992 and joined the firm in the same year as an associate. He was admitted as a partner in 2001. Jal is an adjunct professor with the International Islamic University and sits on the Senate of INCEIF University and Perdana University.


Jal’s team of lawyers, as with Shook Lin & Bok as a firm is equipped to address any queries in a multiple languages including English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil


Member of the Malaysian Bar. Committee member of the Malaysian Accounting Standards Board.


LL.B. (Hons) (Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London) C.L.P.


Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

Jalalullail Othman - Shook Lin & Bok

Within: Banking and finance

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.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Shook Lin & Bok’s lawyers ‘deliver high-quality services and provide appropriate corporate advice’. Highlights included acting for a Japanese corporation on the acquisition and due diligence matters pertaining to the purchase of a polyethylene film production corporation for the sum of RM37.4m, and advised a Malaysian corporation on the application to be licensed by the Securities Commission as a peer-to-peer operator. Ivan Ho Yue Chan heads the team, ably assisted by Jalalullail Othman.

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Islamic finance

Within: Leading individuals

Jalalullail Othman - Shook Lin & Bok

Within: Islamic finance

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.

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