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The firm: Albar & Partners can trace its origins back to 1981. Today, Albar & Partners is an award-winning law firm based in Kuala Lumpur comprising nearly 100 professionals and support staff. With comprehensive understanding of the financial markets and its wealth of experience, Albar & Partners is one of Malaysia’s leading law firms in banking and finance with a strong emphasis on capital markets, as well as corporate and commercial law. The firm’s reputation has been forged over the years by offering innovative and value-added solutions to clients, grounded in clarity, insight and win-win partnerships.

There are a set of values which underpin our objectives, corporate culture and the way we work at Albar & Partners:-

  • Leading Expertise. Delivered in Excellence.
  • Powered by Passion. Driven by Solutions.
  • Wealth of Experience

Areas of practice: Banking and finance: The award-winning Banking and Finance practice group offers a multitude of legal services for various transactions including corporate and syndicated lending, asset and share financing, acquisition and leveraged finance, mezzanine and structured finance, real estate and REIT finance, derivatives, interest and currency swap, cross-border and offshore lending.

The largest practice in the firm, Albar & Partners represent and advise both local and international financial institutions, state-owned entities, multi-national and government – linked corporations, public listed companies and conglomerates. The partners and associates have the requisite skills and depth of knowledge to advise on and structure transactions which are customised to clients’ needs coupled with a practical approach to balance between the parties’ objectives.

Capital markets: Albar & Partners bring the necessary expertise to meet the continuously evolving and diverse funding requirements of corporations in Malaysia. The debt capital markets team command vast experience in areas such as Sukuk, commercial papers, medium term notes, asset-backed securities and convertible and exchangeable securities whereas the equity capital markets team handle all aspects of domestic and cross-border transactions including IPOs, rights offering and private placements. Clients include advisers, agents, trustees, investors and issuers ranging from various industry sectors.

Corporate & Commercial: Albar & Partners provide advice on company and securities transactions dedicated towards serving the clients’ interests and goals in business. The firm acts in domestic and cross-border acquisition and divestments, corporate finance, M&A, take-overs and reverse take overs, joint ventures, privatisations, corporate restructuring and scheme of arrangements, foreign direct investment advice including formation and structuring of corporate entities. Industry sectors canvassed include Projects & Infrastructure, Securities regulations, ICT, Defence and Security, Government and Public Policy, Energy, Oil & Gas and Utilities Hospitality & Leisure.

Islamic finance: A pioneer in Islamic finance, Albar & Partners played a pivotal role in Malaysia’s first ever Islamic securitisation programme under the Shariah principle of Musyarakah arising out of a tri-partite Istisna’ contract. In addition, we take great pride in being involved in the world’s first ever Islamic principle-based plantation real estate investment trust. Drawing on the firm’s vast knowledge of the philosophy and application of Shariah principles, we are instrumental in advising and structuring numerous innovative Islamic financing transactions.

Litigation: The firm’s Litigation and ADR practice features lawyers who specialise in resolving disputes for various clients such as major local banks, financial institutions, insurance corporations, government linked companies and other conglomerates in Malaysia.

We participate in the full spectrum of dispute resolution and litigation mechanisms, ranging from negotiation, mediation, arbitration and conflict resolution to vigorous courtroom strategy, interlocutory applications, trials and appellate proceedings. The firm’s dedicated legal team provide counsel on a broad spectrum of legal issues including banking litigation, debt recovery, execution and enforcement proceedings, commercial litigation, construction disputes & arbitration, insolvency advice pertaining to liquidation, winding up, bankruptcy, special administrator, restructuring and appointment of receivers and managers.

Project finance: The dynamic practice is experienced in advising in project financing for various industry sectors such as construction, education, energy and power, healthcare, infrastructure, leisure, oil and gas, plantation and property development projects. Often involved at the very initial stages of negotiations, Albar & Partners plays an important role in the structuring process by helping clients to assess and contain risks to ensure adequate protection of interests.

Recent accolades: four times winner of the Projects Energy & Infrastructure Law Firm of the Year Award at the ALB Malaysia Law Awards.

Acknowledged as an Outstanding Firm in Banking & Finance, Banking & Financial Services and Capital Markets by Asialaw Profiles (2019).

Ranked as a Top Tier Firm in Banking & Finance and Capital Markets by IFLR1000(2019). 

Recognised as a Top Ranked Firm in Banking & Finance, Debt Capital Markets and Equity Capital Markets by Chambers Asia Pacific (2018).

Recent transactions:  Advised the issuer in the RM2 billion Sukuk Programme for Senior and Subordinated Sukuk Murabahah established by Danajamin Nasional Berhad, Malaysia’s first financial guarantee insurer (Commodity Murabahah/Tawarruq Deal of the Year: IFN Law Awards 2017).

Advised the principal advisers in the RM800 million unrated perpetual Sukuk Wakalah established by Tanjung Bin Energy Sdn. Bhd (Perpetual Deal of the Year: IFN Law Awards 2017). Advised the issuer in Serba Dinamik Holdings IPO (Equity Market Deal of the Year: ALB Malaysia Law Awards 2017).

Advised the principal advisers in the RM245 million issuance by Sinar Kamiri Sdn. Bhd. under the Shariah principle of Wakalah Bi Al-Istithmar based on Securities Commission’s Sustainable and Responsible Investment Sukuk Initiative for construction of a solar photovoltaic energy generating facility.

Advised Malaysia Building Society (MBSB) in its merger with Asian Finance Bank (AFB), in which MBSB acquired 100% equity interest in AFB in a RM2.2 billion deal creating the second largest stand-alone Islamic bank in Malaysia.

Advised Prestariang Berhad and its group of companies including Pestariang SKIN Sdn Bhd, the concessionaire of the System Kawalan Imigresen National (SKIN) granted by the Government of Malaysia, in relation to the concession agreement and other related agreements including project financing, master development and service agreements and value-added service agreements in respect of the SKIN project.

  • Contacts

  • Ms. Lily Tan Chea Li (Joint Managing Partner)

  • Mr. Chung Swee Loong (Joint Managing Partner)

  • Number of lawyers: 36
  • Languages
  • English
  • Tamil
  • Bahasa Malaysia
  • Chinese (Mandarin)

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Albar & Partners

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