Ms Celine Rangithan > Zul Rafique & Partners > Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia > Lawyer Profile

Zul Rafique & Partners
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Work Department

Banking & Finance, Islamic Finance and Capital Markets


Celine Rangithan is a partner in the Banking & Finance practice group.

Celine’s legal practice covers all areas of banking and finance transactions focusing on debt capital market financing, syndications, project financing, acquisition financing and cross border transactions, both conventional and Islamic. She is frequently involved in cross-border financing transactions. She advices a wide variety of clients, namely financial institutions (both local and foreign), trust companies, financial advisers and corporate clients (both local and foreign), on the legal aspects of banking and finance and debt capital market, which includes on numerous occasions, advising financial institutions on their proposed structure of the transactions.

Celine has advised on numerous award-winning transactions. She has also been ranked in Chambers Asia Pacific 2020 and has been noted as  Recommended Lawyer in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 under Banking and Finance for Malaysia.


Having graduated with LLB (Hons) in 2002, Celine commenced her pupillage at ZUL RAFIQUE & partners in 2003, and upon being called to the West Malaysian Bar in 2004, continued her practice at ZUL RAFIQUE & partners. Celine was made partner in 2013. Celine used to serve on the Corporate Commercial Committee of the Malaysian Bar Council and now occasionally provides talks and gives presentations to clients, both in Malaysia and overseas.


English and Bahasa Malaysia


Malaysian Bar


Celine holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree from the University of London. She was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2004.

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.