Firm Profile > Zul Rafique & Partners > Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Zul Rafique & Partners
D3-3-8 SOLARIS DUTAMAS
NO 1 JALAN DUTAMAS 1
50480 KUALA LUMPUR
Malaysia

Banking and finance Tier 1

The team at Zul Rafique & Partners offers regulatory and transactional advice to domestic and international financial institutions, acting on both the lending and borrowing side in project financing and syndicated lending matters. The practice is led by the 'excellentLoh Mei Mei, advising clients such as Standard Chartered, HSBC, and Bank of China Malaysia. Mei and Celine Rangithan advised Maybank and CIMB on a complex project financing deal involving four different companies, with a total of around RM1.17bn in funds provided. Kung Suan ImAshela Ramaya, and Chan Kwan Hoe are all active in the practice.

Testimonials

The core members of the corporate banking and finance team at this firm had been the same for more than 10 years. The leadership provides a stable team and encourages a team committed to the clients.

Loh Mei Mei is an excellent partner if you are attending to any financing and corporate banking for the first time. She will take time to explain to you, your rights as a borrower and help you manage your obligations to the lenders/financiers.

Key clients

Maxis Berhad

Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad

Measat Satelite Systems Sdn Bhd

Standard Chartered Bank Group

Maybank Group

Bank of China (Malaysia) Bread

Affin Group

HSBC Group

CIMB Bank Group

OCBC Group

Genting Berhad

RHB Group

MIDF Group

Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad

Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia

Cathay United Bank

Natixis

ING Bank N.V. (Labuan)

Capital markets Tier 1

Zul Rafique & Partners' banking and finance practice has been particularly active of late in debt capital markets space and has been frequently instructed by domestic and international financial institutions to advise on regulatory and transactional elements of transactions. The group also has experience advising corporates on equity and debt capital market offerings. Loh Mei Mei is well regarded for her debt capital markets and project finance experience; she advised Genting Malaysia and its subsidiary, GENM Capital, on Genting Malaysia's medium-term notes programme. Ashela Ramaya and Chan Kwan Hoe are other names to note for debt capital markets transactions, while Jerry Ong is highlighted for his expertise in equity mandates.

Key clients

Maxis Berhad, Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad, Measat Satelite Systems Sdn Bhd

Standard Chartered Bank Group

Maybank Group

Bank of China (Malaysia) Berhad

Affin Group

HSBC Group

CIMB Bank Group

OCBC Group

Genting Berhad

RHB Group

MIDF Group

Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad

Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia

Cathay United Bank

Natixis

ING Bank N.V.

Maxis Berhad, Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad, Measat Satelite Systems Sdn Bhd

Standard Chartered Bank Group

Maybank Group

Bank of China (Malaysia) Berhad

Affin Group

HSBC Group

CIMB Bank Group

OCBC Group

Genting Berhad

RHB Group

MIDF Group

Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad

Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia

Islamic finance Tier 1

With experience handling a range of domestic and cross-border transactions, Zul Rafique & Partners' banking and finance practice group advises on a wide range of structures involving various Shariah principles. Practice head Loh Mei Mei – who has recently been particularly active in advising Islamic banks on project finance transactions – Kung Suan Im, Ashela Ramaya, Chan Kwan Hoe and Celine Rangithan, all have broad practices and experience in transactions in the bank lending space and debt capital markets.

Key clients

Maxis Berhad

Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad

Measat Satelite Systems Sdn Bhd

Standard Chartered Bank Group

Maybank Group

Bank of China (Malaysia) Berhad

Affin Group

HSBC Group

CIMB Bank Group

OCBC Group (OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad, OCBC Al-Amin Berhad, Oversea-Chinese Banking Limited Corporation, Labuan Branch)

Genting Berhad

RHB Group

MIDF Group

Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad

Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia

Cathay United Bank

Natixis

ING Bank N.V. (Labuan)

Labour and employment Tier 1

The 'dynamic' employment and industrial relations practice at Zul Rafique & Partners handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters and attracts praise for being 'thorough when rendering an opinion and provides sound legal advice'. The group is jointly led by industrial court litigator P Jayasingam, Wong Keat Ching, who splits her time between contentious and corporate advisory work, and Thavaselvi Pararajasingam, who counts banks and insurers among her clients.

Testimonials

Thavaselvi Pararajasingam is a brilliant lawyer with formidable presence.

Key clients

Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas)

Tenaga Nasional Berhad

Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra

Genting Plantations Berhad

Public Bank Berhad

PricewaterhouseCoopers

KLCC Property Holdings Sdn Bhd

Sime Darby Berhad

Sime Darby Property Berhad

Sime Darby Plantation Berhad

Sime Darby Industrial Sdn Bhd

CIMB Bank Berhad

RHB Bank Berhad

Maxis Broadband Sdn Bhd

Measat Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd

Sarawak Energy Berhad

Telekom Malaysia Berhad

International Islamic University Malaysia

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Zul Rafique & Partners' corporate real estate practice group handles a full range of real estate matters including property acquisitions and divestments, property developments and joint ventures, commercial leasing, property management and property-related financing. The team is jointly led by Tang Ai Leen, Leong May Ling and Ainal Marlinda Md Said who all have experience across a range of real estate transactions.

Key clients

Trx City Sdn. Bhd.

Tropicana Corporation Berhad

Hap Seng Consolidated Berhad

Capitaland Malaysia Mall Trust

Royal Group, Royal & Sons Organisation Pte. Ltd., Singapore

Klcc Property Holdings Berhad

Uem Sunrise Berhad

Microsoft Payments (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.

Putrajaya Holdings Berhad

Sime Darby Property Berhad

I & P Group Sdn. Bhd.

Pnb Development Sdn. Berhad

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

The 'responsive' corporate and M&A team at Zul Rafique & Partners has experience assisting local and international clients on a range of transactional, restructuring, commercial and regulatory aspects of deals. The group is praised for having 'good lawyers who really understand the local environment', such as the 'very knowledgeable' Jerry Ong, who 'gives practical advice', and heads up the team alongside corporate finance expert David Lee Lai Huat.

Testimonials

Sound knowledge of the law coupled with commercial savvy and an extremely responsive team make this team a no-brainer when it comes to deciding who to engage for M&A matters with extreme time sensitivities.

‘Jerry Ong has always been helpful, even within very tight timelines.’

Jerry Ong stands out among his partners, offering extremely quick turnaround times and a deep appreciation of the commercial sensitivities in the transaction.

Key clients

Sapura Industrial Berhad

KSK Group Berhad

Sanlam Limited

RSD Hospital Sdn Bhd

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Zul Rafique & Partners' disputes team has a breadth of experience in contentious matters, including a range of civil, corporate and commercial, and land and tenancy disputes. It is particularly strong in construction-related matters, with experience in alternative dispute resolution methods. The team is jointly led by construction disputes expert T Kuhendran and P Jayasingam, who specialises in civil and industrial relations.

Testimonials

‘I dealt with the dispute resolution’s team led by Ms Idza Hajar and the team is very driven to achieve what is intended by the client and would advise the best approach to tackle any issues regarding the matters at hand.’

‘The edge that the team has as compared to other teams that I have dealt with previously is that they are contactable and always keep you posted on every development regarding the case.’

‘Ms Idza Hajar is commendable and despite her seniority, she will be there to guide her team and she herself will be in touch and in communication with the client.’

Key clients

East Coast Economic Region Development Council

Iskandar Investment Bhd

NAZA TTDI

Perbadanan PR1MA Malaysia

Radicare (M) Sdn. Bhd.

Labuan Shipyard & Engineering Sdn. Bhd.

PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad

PETRONAS Lubricants Marketing (M) Sdn. Bhd.

Sapura Industrial Berhad

Koperasi Maju Ekonomi Pekerja Berhad

Telekom Malaysia Berhad

Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat

Teoh Sai Khuen

Nationwide Express Holdings Berhad & Ors

Projects and energy Tier 4

Highlighted for its project finance experience, Zul Rafique & Partners has been instructed, often by lenders, in development and construction projects. As head of the banking and finance team Loh Mei Mei is a name to note.

ZUL RAFIQUE & partners is a Kuala Lumpur-based law firm that was formed in December 1999. The firm, now one of the largest in Malaysia, boasting 34 partners, 60 Associates and three consultants, is led by founder and Managing Partner, Dato’ Zulkifly Rafique, who also spearheads the Corporate Department.

Our vision is to provide our clientele with a solution-oriented, comprehensive and integrated range of professional legal services and in the process, we strive relentlessly to surpass our exacting standards of service. We believe that being forward-looking and dynamic is our strength, and our commitment has always been to attain the highest standards in quality, client service and ethics.

Our vision together with our proactive methods of resolving issues of our clients have garnered us several awards conferred by various business and legal publishing houses, in particular the Asian Legal Business (ALB), Chambers & Partners, International Financial Law Review (IFLR) and the Islamic Finance News (IFN):

  • Law Firm of the Year (Malaysia) 2008, 2006, 2005, 2002 – IFLR Asian Awards – International Financial Law Review
  • Law Firm of the Year (Malaysia) 2005 – Inaugural SE Asia Deals of the Year – Asian Legal Business
  • Malaysia Deal Firm of the Year 2013, 2010 – ALB SE Asia Law Awards – Asian Legal Business
  • South East Asia Deal of the Year 2010 – ALB SE Asia Law Awards – Asian Legal Business
  • Malaysia Deal of the Year 2007 – Islamic Finance News Awards – Islamic Finance News
  • Deals of the Year 2010 (Ijarah Deal of the Year; Mergers & Acquisitions Deal of the Year)
    – Islamic Finance News Awards – Islamic Finance News
  • Malaysian Arbitration Advisory Firm of the Year 2010 – Corporate INTL Magazine
  • Malaysian Arbitration Law Firm of the Year 2010 – Global Law Experts
  • Deals of the Year 2011 (Ijarah Deal of the Year, IPO / Equity Deal of the Year)
    – Islamic Finance News Awards – Islamic Finance News
  • ASIAN-MENA COUNSEL Deal of the Year 2011 – Asian-MENA Counsel
  • Deals of the Year 2012 (Project Finance Deal of the Year / Restructuring Deal of the Year)
    – Islamic Finance News Awards – Islamic Finance News
  • Malaysia Law Firm of the Year 2013 (Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards for Excellence)
    – Chambers and Partner
  • ASIAN-MENA COUNSEL External Counsel of the Year 2013 – Asian-MENA Counsel
  • Corporate Finance Deal of the Year 2013 – Islamic Finance News
  • Islamic Finance Law Firm of the Year 2014 – ALB Malaysia Law Awards – Asian Legal Business
  • Equity Market Deal of the Year 2014 – ALB Malaysia Law Awards – Asian Legal Business
  • Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year 2017, 2015 – ALB Malaysia Law Awards – Asian Legal Business
  • Debt Market Deal of the Year 2015 – ALB Malaysia Law Awards – Asian Legal Business
  • Malaysia Deal of the Year 2015 – ALB Malaysia Law Awards – Asian Legal Busines
  • Debt Market Deal of the Year 2015 – ALB SE Asia Law Awards – Asian Legal Business
  • Best Law Firm in Trade Finance 2016 – Islamic Finance News Law Awards – Islamic Finance News
  • Malaysia Deal of the Year 2016 – Islamic Finance News Awards – Islamic Finance News
  • Infrastructure & Project Finance Deal of the Year 2016 – Islamic Finance News Awards – Islamic Finance News
  • African Deal of the Year 2016 – Islamic Finance News Awards – Islamic Finance News
  • ALB Employer of Choice 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 – Asian Legal Business
  • Asian-mena Counsel & In-House Community Firm of the Year 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
    – Asian-mena Counsel
  • Asia Deals of the Year 2017– Asia Business Law Journal
  • Real Estate Law Firm of the Year 2018 – ALB Malaysia Law Awards – Asian Legal Business
  • Debt Market Deal of the Year (Premium) 2018 – ALB Malaysia Law Awards – Asian Legal Business
Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Dato' Zulkifly Rafique zul@zulrafique.com.my 603-6209 8200
Construction Dispute Resolution (Head of Department) T Kuhendran devan@zulrafique.com.my 603-6209 8265
Banking & Finance (Head of Department); Capital Markets Loh Mei Mei lmm@zulrafique.com.my 603-6209 8244
Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions (Head of Department); Capital Markets (Head of Department) Jerry Ong jerry@zulrafique.com.my 603-6209 8218
Projects & Corporate Advisory (Head of Department) Khairuzzaman Muhammad zaman@zulrafique.com.my 603-6209 8232
Communications and Multimedia (Head of Department); Intellectual Property (Head of Department) Darren Kor darren@zulrafique.com.my 603-6209 8247
Corporate Real Estate (Head of Department) Tang Ai Leen aileen@zulrafique.com.my 603-6209 8257
Employment and Industrial Relations (Head of Department); Litigation (Head of Department) P Jayasingam jaya@zulrafique.com.my 603-6209 8260
Energy & Utilities (Head of Department) Lukman Sheriff Alias lukman@zulrafique.com.my 603-6209 8213
Infrastructure and Construction (Head of Department) Tunku Alizan alizan@zulrafique.com.my 603-6209 8229
Oil and Gas Solpiee Hj Sahmat solpiee.sahmat@zulrafique.com.my 603-6209 8233
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Hamdi Abdullah  photo Mr Hamdi Abdullah
Mr Wilfred Abraham  photo Mr Wilfred Abraham
Ms Falisa Abu Bakar  photo Ms Falisa Abu Bakar
Ms Idza Hajar Ahmad Izham  photo Ms Idza Hajar Ahmad Izham
Ms Tang Ai Leen  photo Ms Tang Ai Leen
 Tengku Ieras Tengku Alaudin  photo Tengku Ieras Tengku Alaudin
Mr Lukman Sheriff Alias  photo Mr Lukman Sheriff Alias
Mr Shahul Hameed Amirudin  photo Mr Shahul Hameed Amirudin
Ms Cathryn Chay  photo Ms Cathryn Chay
Ms Michele Chong  photo Ms Michele Chong
Ms Ermira Faridah  photo Ms Ermira Faridah
Mr Solpiee Hj Sahmat  photo Mr Solpiee Hj Sahmat
Ms Teh Hooi Woon  photo Ms Teh Hooi Woon
Ms Wong Keat Ching  photo Ms Wong Keat Ching
Mr Darren Kor Yit Meng  photo Mr Darren Kor Yit Meng
Mr Chan Kwan Hoe  photo Mr Chan Kwan Hoe
Mr David Lee Lai Huat  photo Mr David Lee Lai Huat
Ms Leong May Ling  photo Ms Leong May Ling
Ms Ainal Marlinda Md Said  photo Ms Ainal Marlinda Md Said
Ms Loh Mei Mei  photo Ms Loh Mei Mei
Mr Khairuzzaman Muhammad  photo Mr Khairuzzaman Muhammad
Ms Natalia Izra Nasaruddin  photo Ms Natalia Izra Nasaruddin
Mr Jerry Ong photo Mr Jerry Ong
Mr Jayasingam P  photo Mr Jayasingam P
Ms Thavaselvi Pararajasingam  photo Ms Thavaselvi Pararajasingam
 Tunku Alizan RM Alias  photo Tunku Alizan RM Alias
Dato Zulkifly Rafique  photo Dato Zulkifly Rafique
Ms Ashela Ramaya  photo Ms Ashela Ramaya
Ms Celine Rangithan  photo Ms Celine Rangithan
Ms Farah Shuhadah Razali  photo Ms Farah Shuhadah Razali
Ms Kung Suan Im  photo Ms Kung Suan Im
Mr Kuhendran T  photo Mr Kuhendran T
Dato Muzaffirah Tun Ahmad Fairuz  photo Dato Muzaffirah Tun Ahmad Fairuz
Ms Au Wei Lien  photo Ms Au Wei Lien
Ms Haryati Yusoff  photo Ms Haryati Yusoff
Number of lawyers : 94
Number of consultants : 3
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Bahasa Malaysia
Mandarin and other local Chinese and Indian dialects
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CLIENT: Muhd Afif
COMPANY/FIRM: Telecommunications Industry
TESTIMONIAL: I have had the pleasure of working with Wong Keat Ching and her team, Teh Jovaynne & Teoh Alvare. Throughout the years, the team has always been a good business partner as we work through great collaboration in overcoming our challenges in the Human Resources aspect by providing a sound and practical advice on applying best practices in the industry. The ability to appreciate and understand the considerations & challenges from an employer’s perspective and to ‘fill the shoes of the employers’ in the industry are amongst her greatest strengths which make her a valuable partner to us.


CLIENT: Anonymous
COMPANY/FIRM: Anonymous
TESTIMONIAL: I am fortunate to have the pleasure of having longstanding relationship with Mr Darren Kor on various legal matters over the years. He provides prompt and sound legal advices whenever required. He is a dedicated, experienced and well-rounded corporate lawyer with extensive technical knowledge, especially in the area of telecommunication services. This has profoundly helped my company during negotiation sessions as his technical knowledge combined with his commercial negotiation skills have helped us to secure our rights in major contracts.


CLIENT: Anonymous
COMPANY/FIRM: Anonymous
TESTIMONIAL: Professional, highly talented and innovative legal team with an acute commercial awareness which you can be assured of satisfying experience.


CLIENT: Team Head Debt Capital Markets
COMPANY/FIRM: Maybank Investment Bank Berhad
TESTIMONIAL: We had the opportunity to work with Ms Loh Mei Mei on a debt restructuring exercise. Ms Loh is able to provide us with quality legal advice, guidance and is adept at providing practical and workable solutions which led us through our negotiations during the entire transaction. She understands our requirement and work with our interest in mind to ultimately achieve our objectives. Her patience, attentiveness, swift response, sound advice and quick turnaround time during documentation process had contributed much to the success of the transaction. She is very knowledgeable and an excellent solicitor.


CLIENT: Director, Debt Capital Markets
COMPANY/FIRM: United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Bhd
TESTIMONIAL: Ms Loh Mei Mei is a very experienced and well respected legal counsel in the industry having worked on numerous fund raising activities. She is totally committed, driven and provides excellent legal advice to ensure that the transactions are completed on a timely basis. Her team members are equally dedicated and we value her commitment and her professionalism in managing our deals.


CLIENT: Anonymous
COMPANY/FIRM: One of a leading investment bank
TESTIMONIAL: We manage financing facilities after their disbursements. Based on the quality of legal documents which Ms. Ashela and her team had prepared for our deals, we can testify that she and her team possess commendable knowledge that contributed positively to our financing facilities management and risks mitigation. In addition, she and her team always respond to our queries almost in no time and provide us with clear legal views and guidance pertaining operational matters. We highly recommend Ms. Ashela for her vast knowledge in both conventional and Islamic banking and for her dedication in her duties.


CLIENT: Vice President, Debt Capital Markets
COMPANY/FIRM: Hong Leong Investment Bank Berhad
TESTIMONIAL: The partners of Zul Rafique & partners (Ms. Loh Mei Mei and Mr. Chan Kwan Hoe; both solicitors who deserve mention here) are very experienced and articulate in rendering legal advice pertaining to debt capital markets/loans related mandates. They provide quality advice and are able to make quick/firm decision. Being one of the top tier legal firms in Malaysia, they are very professional and yet approachable should you need to reach out to any of them for urgent legal advice. They have good business acumen too.


CLIENT: Associate Director, Regional Debt Capital Markets, Capital Markets, Treasury & Markets
COMPANY/FIRM: CIMB Investment Bank Berhad
TESTIMONIAL: We have had the pleasure of working with Zul Rafique & partners for many years. The partners and associates are true professionals, with a great understanding of business, corporate and debt capital market law subjects. The team practices with knowledge, integrity and thoroughness. Ms Loh Mei Mei, Mr. Chan Kwan Hoe and Ms. Renee Fong Siew Ern are talented, honest and experienced lawyers and were available on an ongoing basis, responding directly to our queries promptly and professionally.


CLIENT: Director, Debt Capital Markets
COMPANY/FIRM: RHB Investment Bank Berhad
TESTIMONIAL: The team at ZRp has consistently upheld its excellent professionalism in all the corporate bond transactions that we have worked with them over the years. In particular, Ms Loh Mei Mei is highly commendable for her technical expertise and her ability in providing good and practical advice, which plays an important part in ensuring the successful execution of a transaction. Ms Loh and her team have also responded to our queries with a quick turnaround time and they have proven their capabilities in managing large deals with various working parties. We value their high-quality services and would recommend them for any future debt-funding exercises.


CLIENT: Anonymous
COMPANY/FIRM: Mapletree Logistics Trust Management Ltd.
TESTIMONIAL: We had the opportunity to work with Mr Chan Kwan Hoe on an Asset-Backed Securitization (“ABS”) transaction. Mr Chan is knowledgeable and well-versed with the ABS guidelines and provided us with practical solutions to cater to our requirements. We value Mr Chan and his team members’ commitment and guidance which enabled us to complete the transaction despite the tight turnaround time.


CLIENT: NANI SURYANI BINTI AHMAD TAJUDIN
COMPANY/FIRM: RADIMAX GROUP SDN BHD, LABUAN & SHIPPING ENGINEERING SDN BHD & RADICARE (M) SDN BHD
TESTIMONIAL: Our Company has been working with Messrs Zul Rafique & Partners for more than 10 years. The solicitors are all reliable and efficient especially Ms Wong Keat Ching whom has quick thinking ability in providing practical solution to issues and problems. She certainly has the exceptional quality of thinking-outside-the-box and delivers cost effective and practical advice despite the tight deadline given to her.


CLIENT: Goh Lee Sian, Senior Vice President, Legal
COMPANY/FIRM: Genting Berhad
TESTIMONIAL: We have worked with Mei Mei and her team on all our major debt financing transactions over the years. The quality of service is consistent, professional and responsive. Although Mei Mei has a strong second in command for every transaction, she is always on top of the issues and is able to offer practical counsel, solutions and advice, with market benchmark from her vast experience to give perspective in negotiations and decision making. She listens and makes the effort to understand our business and this goes a long way to ensuring that our specific business issues are addressed in the financing documents.