Ms Kung Suan Im > Zul Rafique & Partners > Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia > Lawyer Profile

Zul Rafique & Partners
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Work Department

Banking & Finance, Islamic Finance, Capital Markets


Kung Suan Im is a Partner (Banking & Finance and Capital Markets).

Her practice area includes corporate banking, syndications, project finance, Islamic finance, capital market financing, Islamic securities issuance and investment banking. The clients comprise banks and financial institutions both local and foreign and Islamic banks. She was formerly an in-house legal adviser for a leading bank in Malaysia for about four years wherein she advised on legal aspects of corporate / financing transactions being undertaken and helped to standardise the bank’s loan and security documents at both retail and corporate levels. Also in the many years of practice she had been involved in retail and corporate conveyancing and other corporate matters.


Suan Im has been a partner at ZUL RAFIQUE & partners since 2002.


English and Bahasa Malaysia


Malaysian Bar


Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from University of Malaya.

Master of Business Administration (Distinction) from University of Hull, United Kingdom.

Lawyer Rankings

Malaysia > Capital markets

Capital markets issues at Zul Rafique & Partners are handled by the firm’s banking and finance Group. Counting Bahrain Mumtalakat and Allied Irish Bank as recent client wins, it is also known for its work on behalf of HSBC, Bank of China and Standard Chartered. It covers: Islamic financing, cross-border lending, issuance of debt instruments, offshore syndication and asset-backed securitisation. A recent standout case is its role in advising CIMB Investment Bank on a medium term notes programme granted to Semangkuk 2. This high value deal involved the acquisition of industrial warehouses and logistic properties in Malaysia. Recommended lawyers: Loh Mei Mei, Kung Suan Im, Ashela Ramaya, Chan Kwan Hoe and Celine Rangithan.

Malaysia > Islamic finance

Headed by Loh Mei Mei, the Islamic finance team at Zul Rafique & Partners assists clients with a broad range of Sharia principles. Specifically, this includes: Musyarakah, Mudharaba, Murabaha, Istisna, Wakalah, Musawamah and Ijarah matters. A notable recent case concerns the firm’s work for Maybank and United Overseas on an unrated medium term notes programme (up to RM682.5 Million). The firm also includes corporate banking specialist Kung Suan Im, debt capital market expert Celine Rangithan and Sukuk practitioners Ashela Ramaya and Chan Kwan Hoe.

Malaysia > Banking and finance

Five partners direct the banking and finance offering at Zul Rafique & Partners: Loh Mei Mei, Kung Suan Im, Ashela Ramaya, Chan Kwan Hoe and Celine Rangithan. Described as: ‘very well versed in finance transactions’, it holds Bank of China, HSBC Group and Cathay United as key clients. Matters handled include: Islamic financing, offshore lending, international issuance of debt instruments, domestic syndication, asset-backed securitisation and project financing. A characteristic highlight is the firm’s work for Genting Malaysia on a Senior Secured Bridge Term Loan Facility of USD350 million.