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Celine Rangithan

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Zul Rafique & Partners

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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 2018 and has been noted in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 under Banking and Finance and Asialaw 2018 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.


Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

With excellent cross-border experience, the team at Zul Rafique & Partners provides transactional and regulatory advice to a range of lenders and borrowers. Ashela Ramaya acted for a very large syndicate of arrangers and lenders on Projek Lintasan Sungai Besi-Ulu Klang's RM 2.2bn financing of the Sungai Besi-Ulu Klang elevated expressway by way of an Islamic term facility. Corporate finance specialist Loh Mei Mei heads the practice; Chan Kwan Hoe, Kung Suan Im and Celine Rangithan are also active in the space. Senior associate Iris Koh Siau Wei is noted for her experience in bilateral and syndicated financing as well as complex project and offshore financing.

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Islamic finance

Within: Islamic finance

Loh Mei Mei heads the well-resourced practice at Zul Rafique & Partners, which frequently handles high-value Islamically structured financings. Ashela Ramaya advised a very large syndicate of arrangers on a RM2.2bn Islamic financing and a RM2bn sukuk programme to fund the Sungai Besi-Ulu Klang Elevated Expressway project. Issuer clients include MEASAT Broadcast Network Systems and Genting. Celine Rangithan is also recommended.

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