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Niv Chiw Poh Lee

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Albar & Partners

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Banking & Finance, Islamic Finance and Capital Markets.



Niv is an experienced practitioner in the areas of banking & finance, Islamic finance and debt capital markets. He has acted for domestic and international financial institutions, multinational companies and conglomerates in various corporate banking, Islamic finance and debt capital market transactions including syndicated & club-lending transactions, project financing, asset financing and share financing. In the area of debt capital markets, he has advised on the issuance of corporate bonds, Sukuk, asset-backed securities, subordinated debt instruments, perpetual securities and quasi-equity instruments.


Niv graduated with a Bachelor of Law (Hons), Second Upper Division, from Multimedia University, Malaysia. He was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2011. Niv commenced legal practice at Albar & Partners and was admitted as a Partner in 2018.

Niv has been involved in the following notable transactions:

  • Advised the coordinating bank, the joint principal advisers and joint lead arrangers, the mandated lead arrangers and the syndicated lenders in respect of the multi-currency project financing (comprising syndicated US Dollars term loans, syndicated Malaysian Ringgit term loans and Malaysian Ringgit Islamic medium terms notes) of up to RM 8.2 billion undertaken by Tanjung Bin Energy Issuer Berhad, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malakoff Corporation Berhad, to finance the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the 1,000 MW coal-fired electricity generating facilities located at Tanjung Bin, Daerah Pontian, Johor. The deal won “Asia Pacific Project bond of the Year” at the Thomson-Reuters PFI Awards 2012 and “Project Finance Deal of the Year” at the IFLR Asia Awards 2013.
  • Advised the principal adviser and lead arranger in respect of the corporate reorganisation exercise to restructure Malakoff Corporation Berhad group’s debt instruments into Shariah-compliant instruments involving a series of complex and intricate transactions under various Shariah principles including Murabahah, Bai al-Dayn bi al-Sila, Kafalah, Mudharabah and Tawarruq.
  • Advised the joint principal advisers and joint lead arrangers in respect of the issuance of unrated subordinated Islamic perpetual notes pursuant to a Sukuk Musharakah Programme of up to RM 700 million in nominal value under the Shariah principle of Musharakah by S P Setia Berhad. The deal won “Perpetual & Musharakah Deals of the Year” at the IFN Deals of the Year 2013 Awards.
  • Advised the principal adviser and lead arranger in respect of the issuance of medium term notes pursuant to a medium term notes programme of up to RM 400 million pursuant to the securitisation of a multilevel commercial building identified as “Plaza33”.
  • Advised the principal adviser and lead arranger in respect of the issuance of subordinated Islamic perpetual notes pursuant to a Sukuk Musharakah Programme of RM 2 billion in nominal value under the Shariah principle of Musharakah by DRB-Hicom Berhad. The deal won “Islamic Finance Deal of the Year” at the Asian Lawyer Emerging Markets Awards 2015.


Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mandarin Chinese


Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya and member of the Malaysian Bar


LL.B (Hons), Multimedia University, Malaysia.

Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya.


Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

The full-service practice at Albar & Partners is jointly headed by Chung Swee Loong and Lily Chea Li Tan, and is particularly strong in advising banks and financial institutions on a range of high-value transactions. Tan acted for banks including Maybank Investment Bank and Bank of China (Malaysia) on a S$500m development loan to real estate company Novel Vortex. Other clients include United Overseas Bank and CIMB Investment Bank. Junior partner Abraham Tat Hon Teh is highly active in banking and finance matters. Niv Chiw Poh Lee and Alicia Phang Ling San both made partner in July 2018.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Lily Chea Li Tan heads the 'strong' practice at Albar & Partners, which is praised for its 'quick response times and accuracy'. The 'very good, timely and accurate' Seet Hooi Ping assisted Tan with advising Malaysia Building Society on its RM645m purchase of Asian Finance Bank from four financial institutions. Other clients include Felda Marketing Services and Chemical Company of Malaysia. Niv Chiw Poh Lee is a 'meticulous, consistent' partner.

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Islamic finance

Within: Islamic finance

'Very well-versed' in Islamic finance, the 'strong' team at Albar & Partners wins praise from clients for its 'quick responses and accurate advice'. Chung Swee Loong acted for CIMB Investment Bank as lead arranger on Maxis Broadband's RM10bn sukuk murabahah programme. Lily Chea Li Tan and Seet Hooi Ping are also active in the space. The 'meticulous, consistent' Niv Chiw Poh Lee made partner in July 2018, as did Alicia Phang Ling San.

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