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Rahmat Lim & Partners
SUITE 33.01, LEVEL 33, THE GARDENS NORTH TOWER
MID VALLEY CITY, LINGKARAN SYED PUTRA
59200 KUALA LUMPUR
Malaysia

Malaysia > Banking and finance Tier 1

Rahmat Lim & Partners is noted for its expertise in large-scale syndicated finance deals, acquisition finance and project finance work. It has experienced further growth in distressed financing and fintech, along with green Sukuks and sustainability-linked loans. Led by Wan Kai Chee, the team continues to be active in infrastructure and project finance in the oil and gas sector. Managing partner Azman bin Othman Luk is active in distressed financings, infrastructure financings and government-related financings, while Kelvin Loh represents a range of international and domestic clients in conventional and Islamic finance transactions. Geraldine Su handles cross-border financings for foreign clients and Syed Rashid bin Rahim Alsree is recognised for acquisition finance; he led the team that advised the banks on the RM2bn Shariah-compliant syndicated financing to Malayan Cement to finance the acquisition of a series of companies owned by YTL Cement.

Practice head(s):

Wan Kai Chee

Work highlights

  • Advised Lotuss Stores (Malaysia) on a syndicated term loan facility of up to RM2.3bn provided by a group of lenders to refinance an existing inter-company loan.
  • Advised a syndicate of financiers on a term financing-i facility (based on Shariah principles of Murabahah) of up to the maximum aggregate principal amount of RM2bn to finance the acquisition by Malayan Cement Berhad of a number of companies from YTL Cement Berhad.
  • Advised RHB Bank on a RM1.2bn credit facility to Kuala Lumpur Kepong to part-finance the acquisition of a 56.2% equity interest in IJM Plantations from IJM Corporation.

Malaysia > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Rahmat Lim & Partners is involved in numerous, high-value M&A transactions, both in Malaysia and across the region. The practice advises financial institutions, in addition to both public and private organisations, on a broad range of deals, including local and regional joint ventures, share and business acquisitions and disposals. The team is also well-versed in corporate reorganisations, privatisations, leveraged buy-outs and capital restructurings. Practice head Moy Pui Yee is active across a range of industries including financial services, energy and power, while Lim Teong Sit has expertise in Islamic finance and Chen Lee Won handles joint ventures and general commercial contracts. Ho Wei Lih, whose ‘professionalism and tenacity is second to none’, is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Moy Pui Yee

Testimonials

‘The team at Rahmat Lim & Partners brings a lot of experience to the table. The team’s expertise and overall coordination between its members, plus their professionalism, definitely made a huge difference to negotiations and ultimately secured a favourable outcome for us.’

Ho Wei Lih was the partner who was in charge of our M&A exercise, leading a team of 3-4 other lawyers. As a leader, she was always on top of things, able to give valuable advice on what we should/could do.’

‘They work tirelessly regardless of time and ensure that deadlines are met. In fact, they make sure they fully understand the nature of our business in order to provide professional advice to the best of our company’s interest.’

‘Ho Wei Lih is exceptional. Her professionalism and tenacity is second to none and she is very patient. If there is another deal opportunity, we will definitely engage her again.’

‘Easy to work with and quick to respond to our requests. Very organised and great attention to detail.’

‘Good judgement and creative in solving legal issues. Able to bring their vast experience to formulate new strategy and solve issues.’

‘Very strong support on M&A transactions.’

‘Ho Wei Lih has an excellent grasp of local issues, handling PE funds and driving transactions to closure.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Malayan Cement Berhad on the acquisition of the equity interest of 10 companies and their respective subsidiaries from YTL Cement Berhad for RM5.158bn.
  • Advised Universal Robina Corporation on its acquisition of 100% of Munchy Food Industries Sdn. Bhd. and its wholly-owned subsidiary Munchworld Marketing Sdn. Bhd., from the private equity firm CVC Capital Partners for RM1.925bn.
  • Advised Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad on the acquisition of 494,865,786 ordinary shares in IJM Plantations Berhad, representing 56.20% equity interest in IJMP from IJM Corporation Berhad for a total cash consideration of RM1,534.08m.

Malaysia > Labour and employment Tier 1

Jack Yow, who specialises in litigious matters, leads the team at Rahmat Lim & Partners, which expanded its focus in 2021 to include health and safety, to ensure its coverage of diversity and wellbeing in the workplace. The team represents and defends domestic clients on a wide variety of mandates, including employee retrenchment during company restructuring, claims of unjust termination of employment and whether employee claims for wages stand after death. The practice also handles claims relating to the Industrial Relations Act 1967. Furthermore, advisory work spans the full range of employment relationship issues and regulations, including pensions, share options, performance improvement plans and statutory welfare.

Practice head(s):

Jack Yow

Other key lawyers:

Kwong Chiew Ee

Work highlights

  • Carried out a third restructuring and reorganisation exercise and retrenched several executive and managerial level employees in 2018.
  • Assisted Tasek Concrete to interview potential witnesses whom the claimant had solicited bribes from and prepared the necessary papers in respect of the lodging of the report to Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission together with the supporting documentary evidence.
  • Advised Zurlali, who has claimed for reinstatement and back wages on grounds of unfair dismissal and the argument that the claim be dismissed due to the claimant’s passing.

Malaysia > Projects and energy Tier 1

Noted for its cross-border capability, Rahmat Lim & Partners advises clients on a range of infrastructure projects, including airports, ports, highways and mass rapid transit, as well as power and petrochemical plants across Asia and the Middle East. The team also has demonstrable experience in the privatisation of public sector entities. International arbitration expert Chong Yee Leong leads the practice alongside Kamilah Kasim, who focuses on the contentious aspects of infrastructure projects, and Dzuhairi Jaafar Thani, who advises on engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning contracts. Allen Choong acts for clients on engineering and energy projects in Southeast Asia.

Practice head(s):

Chong Yee Leong; Kamilah Kasim; Dzuhairi Jaafar Thani

Other key lawyers:

Allen Choong; Chong Boon Leong

Testimonials

‘Kamilah Kasim is very knowledgeable and experienced with projects and arbitration-related matters.’

‘The team are very knowledgeable and experienced. Provide very quick turnaround on advice.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Malaysia Rail Link Sdn. Bhd. on the contract administration of the EPC Contract for the ECRL Project.
  • Acted as project counsel to Cambodia Airport Investment Co. Ltd on the joint venture responsible for developing the new airport for Phnom Penh in the Kandal province.
  • Advised the project company on the development, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of a river hydroelectric project located in Don Sahong.

Malaysia > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Rahmat Lim & Partners’ real estate offering is co-led by head of corporate real estate Lee Yee Ling, Chong Yee Leong, Kamilah Kasim and head of corporate infrastructure, construction and engineering, Dzuhairi Jaafar Thani. The team is well-equipped to handle real estate transactions and often advises on matters concerning unusual financial arrangements. Its client roster includes local and international investors, corporations and government-linked companies. The practice’s workload frequently involves office buildings, retail properties and hotels, in addition to advising on property acquisitions and divestments, developments, joint ventures and listings of real estate investment trusts on Bursa Malaysia; Zandra Tan is praised for her prowess and experience’ in the latter.

Practice head(s):

Lee Yee Ling; Chong Yee Leong; Kamilah Kasim; Dzuhairi Jaafar Thani

Other key lawyers:

Amelia Koo; Allen Choong; Chong Boon Leong; Joycelyn Ang; Yap Yeow Han; Zandra Tan; Moy Pui Yee

Testimonials

‘RLP is highly-regarded and known for its experience in corporate transactions such as M&A and real estate investment trust IPOs. The firm would be a go-to and first choice in these areas for us.’

‘Zandra Tan is known for her prowess and experience in real estate investment trusts, whilst Moey Pui Yee is known for her experience and knowledge of M&A.’

‘Able to manage transactions effectively, with strong knowledge of local laws and practice, and can attend to practical matters on the ground too.’

‘A dedicated team of lawyers who perform their work very competently.’

Work highlights

  • Advising Malaysia Rail Link Sdn. Bhd. on the contract administration of the EPC Contract for the ECRL Project, which is a 640km railway link connecting east and west Malaysia.
  • Established and listed the IGB Commercial REIT on the main market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad.
  • Advising, reviewing and drafting project documents for The RTS Link Project, including the employer’s requirements and package issuance letters, and advising on issues thereafter for the Rapid Transit System Link Project.

Malaysia > Antitrust and competition Tier 2

Regulatory and compliance specialist Raymond Yong, litigation partner Jack Yow and M&A expert Chen Lee Won, co-lead the team at Rahmat Lim & Partners. The competition offering advises on a broad range of issues, including compliance with the Competition Act 2010 and its regulations, exemption applications to the Malaysia Competition Commission, as well as advising on price fixing. The sectors covered by the team include international corporations and trade associations from an array of industries. Standout work includes advising on the competition law aspects of the RM1.925bn acquisition of Munchy Food Industries by Universal Robina Corporation. Penny Wong was promoted to partner as of January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Raymond Yong; Jack Yow; Chen Lee Won

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Advised Universal Robina Corporation on its acquisition of 100% of Munchy Food Industries Sdn. Bhd and its wholly-owned subsidiary Munchworld Marketing Sdn. Bhd., from the private equity firm CVC Capital Partners, for RM1.925bn.
  • Assisting Langkawi Auto Express Sdn. Bhd. and Langkawi Ferry Services Sdn. Bhd. in appealing the final decision by the Malaysia Competition Commission to the Competition Appeal Tribunal of Malaysia, whereby they were found to have entered into price-fixing arrangements in the market.
  • Representing GrabCar Sdn. Bhd. in a suit by the Malaysian Association of Taxi, Rental Car, Limousine and Airport Taxi (“GTSM”), where the GSTM had alleged, inter alia, that GrabCar had denied the livelihood of its members under the Federal Constitution.

Malaysia > Capital markets Tier 2

The ‘knowledgeable’ financial services offering at Rahmat Lim & Partners is led by Wan Kai Chee. The equity markets sub-team counts IPOs across Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong in its workload. Elsewhere, the debt capital markets practice acts on bond and notice issuances and medium term notes programmes. Most notable is the team’s activity in renewable energy debt capital, as demonstrated by its advice on the issuance of sukuk by the project owner of a solar photovoltaic plant. Kelvin Loh, who is noted for his expertise in bond and Sukuk transaction work, is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Wan Kai Chee

Other key lawyers:

Zandra Tan; Tan Yan Yan; Kelvin Loh

Testimonials

‘The team is very up-to-date on regulation requirements and is able to provide very quick turnaround solutions to address technical issues.’

‘Both Zandra Tan and Tan Yan Yan have quick turnaround times and excellent attention-to-detail. They are both very reliable and professional.’

‘A trusted advisory team that assists clients in working towards tight deadlines.’

‘A knowledgeable team who offer practical solutions and advice.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Siam Makro Public Company Ltd. as Malaysian counsel, in relation to its public offering of its shares.
  • Advised on the establishment of IGB Commercial REIT with its initial portfolio being ten commercial and office buildings located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the initial public official and listing of units in IGB Commercial REIT on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad.
  • Advised OCBC Al-Amin Bank Berhad in respect of the establishment of an Islamic commercial papers programme for the issuance of Islamic commercial papers based on the Shariah principle of Murabahah and an Islamic medium term notes programme for the issuance of Islamic medium term notes based on the Shariah principle of Murabahah.

Malaysia > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Counting banks, financial institutions, general creditors, liquidators and receivers among its key roster of clients, Rahmat Lim & Partners’ diverse caseload includes commercial and corporate disputes, banking claims, enforcement of security issues, as well as insolvency litigation. Jack Yow, who focuses on corporate, banking and employment litigation, jointly leads the team alongside Chong Yee Leong, who has demonstrable experience in international arbitrations, with a focus in the oil and gas sector. ‘Reliable and strategic’ Allen Choong advises on engineering and infrastructure disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jack Yow; Chong Yee Leong

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Jack Yow and his team deliver very professional service.’

‘Trustworthy, prompt and very supportive.’

‘Allen Choong is reliable and strategic.’

Work highlights

  • Represented GrabCar Sdn. Bhd. in a suit by the Malaysian Association of Taxi, Rental Car, Limousine and Airport Taxi.
  • Represented the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Singapore in opposing an application by AmGeneral Insurance Berhad.

Malaysia > Intellectual property Tier 2

Pauline Khor, who handles contentious IP matters, leads the team at Rahmat Lim & Partners. The offering advises a broad range of local and multinational companies on the full spectrum of IP and ancillary rights in Malaysia. With demonstrable experience across various industry sectors, the practice is noted for its expertise in the technology space, having recently acted on mandates involving e-commerce and online rights infringement. On the contentious side of the practice, it has ample experience assisting clients in the enforcement of anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy laws.

Practice head(s):

Pauline Khor

Work highlights

  • Acted for and defended a leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia in back-to-back civil lawsuits launched simultaneously by local production film companies.
  • Acted for a Chinese metaphysics consulting group in initiating lawsuits against third party online infringers who have been distributing and selling hundreds of copyrighted works belonging to the client.

Malaysia > Shipping Tier 2

The team at Rahmat Lim & Partners is jointly led by head of litigation Jack Yow and co-head of maritime Soh Yin Chuin, who is praised as a ‘leader in the field’. The shipping offering is one of the largest in Malaysia. Many of the team’s matters are of high-value and often cross-border in nature, consistently involving cases of the sale, registration and de-registration of vessels and mortgages, transfers of flag, secured and unsecured vessel lending and leasing, M&A and repossession, as well as restructuring and insolvency. A recent work highlight includes the practice’s action as financial adviser to Rimorchiatori Mediterranei on its acquisition of Keppel Smit Towage and Maju Maritime.

Practice head(s):

Jack Yow; Soh Yin Chuin

Other key lawyers:

Geraldine Su

Testimonials

‘Soh Yin Chuin is a leader in the field and very knowledgeable.’

Work highlights

  • Advised two providers of harbour towage services operating in Singapore and Malaysia on an acquisition.

Malaysia > TMT (including Fintech) Tier 3

Rahmat Lim & Partners regularly advises on, negotiates and drafts a broad spectrum of commercial agreements relating to the construction, provision and licensing of telecoms networks. The practice’s clients range from venture capitalists, traditional fund managers and international banks to fintech companies and technology service providers. Banking and finance expert Azman bin Othman Luk co-heads the team alongside Wan Kai Chee, whose area of practice covers fintech, and M&A expert Moy Pui Yee. Head of the firm's IP and technology team, Pauline Khor, is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Azman bin Othman Luk; Wan Kai Chee; Moy Pui Yee

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Advised CTOS Digital Berhad on the acquisition of 49% equity interest in Juris Technologies Sdn. Bhd.
  • Advised Ikhlas Capital Master Fund Pte Ltd on its US$40 million investment in Silverlake Group.
  • Defended Shopee Mobile Malaysia Sdn Bhd in Southeast Asia in back-to-back civil lawsuits.
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Joycelyn Ang photoMs Joycelyn AngJoycelyn is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Real Estate Department.
Chong Boon Leong photoMr Chong Boon LeongBoon Leong is a Partner in the Firm’s Projects & International Arbitration Department.
Chia Chee Hoong photoMr Chia Chee HoongChee Hoong is a Partner in the Firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Department.
Kwong Chiew Ee photo Kwong Chiew EeChiew Ee is a Partner in the Litigation department.
Allen Choong photoMr Allen ChoongAllen is a Partner in the Firm’s Projects & International Arbitration Department.…
Karen Foong photo Karen FoongPartner
Dzuhairi Jaafar Thani photoMr Dzuhairi Jaafar ThaniDzuhairi is a Partner in the Firm’s Energy, Infrastructure & Projects Department.
Wan Kai Chee photoMr Wan Kai CheeKai Chee is a Partner and Head of the Firm’s Financial Services…
Kamilah Kasim photoMs Kamilah KasimKamilah is a Partner and Head of the Firm’s Energy, Infrastructure &…
Pauline Khor photoMs Pauline KhorPauline is a Partner and Head of the Firm’s Intellectual Property &…
Amelia Koo photoMs Amelia KooAmelia is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Real Estate Department.
Daphne Koo photoMs Daphne KooDaphne is a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department.
Chen Lee Won photoMs Chen Lee WonLee Won is a Partner in the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Department.
Kelvin Loh photoMr Kelvin LohKelvin is a Partner in the Financial Services Department.
Azman bin Othman Luk photoMr Azman bin Othman LukAzman is the Managing Partner of Rahmat Lim & Partners and Co-Head…
Moy Pui Yee photoMs Moy Pui YeePui Yee is a Partner and Head of the Firm’s Mergers &…
Syed Rashid bin Rahim Alsree photo Syed Rashid bin Rahim AlsreeRashid is a Partner in the Financial Services Department of Rahmat Lim…
Lum Sher Vin photo Lum Sher VinPartner
Ang Sinn E photoMs Ang Sinn ESinn E is a Partner in the Firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Department.
Geraldine Su photo Geraldine SuPartner
Zandra Tan photoMs Zandra TanZandra is a Partner in the Firm’s Financial Services Department.
Lim Teong Sit photoMr Lim Teong SitTeong Sit is the Chairman and Senior Partner of the Firm. He…
Yeo Tze Lin photo Yeo Tze LinPartner
Ho Wei Lih photoMs Ho Wei LihWei Lih is a Partner in the Firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Department.
Chan Weili photoMs Chan WeiliWeili is a Partner in the Firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Department.
Tan Yan Yan photo Tan Yan YanYan Yan is a Partner in the Financial Services department.
Chong Yee Leong photoMr Chong Yee LeongYee Leong is a Partner and Head of the Firm’s Projects &…
Lee Yee Ling photoMs Lee Yee LingYee Ling is a Partner and Head of the Firm’s Corporate Real…
Yap Yeow Han photoMr Yap Yeow HanYeow Han is a Partner in the Firm’s Projects & International Arbitration Department.
Soh Yin Chuin photoMr Soh Yin ChuinYin Chuin is a Partner in the Firm’s Financial Services Department.
Raymond Yong photo Raymond YongRaymond Yong is a Partner in the Firm’s Regulatory & Compliance Department.
Jack Yow photoMr Jack YowJack is a Partner and Head of the Firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution…