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Zaid Ibrahim & Co (a member of ZICO Law)

Work Department

Sook Kwan’s work encompasses a variety of debt transactions including direct and syndicated corporate loans, conventional and Islamic private debt securities, project finance transactions, aircraft and ship financing. Sook Kwan also advises clients on asset securitisation and other structured financing transactions. She was legal counsel for a number of securitisation transactions in Malaysia including the first of such transactions approved under the Securities Commission guidelines.

Sook Kwan has been named as a leading lawyer in banking and finance and debt capital markets in many notable publications including Chambers, Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal and IFLR. She was one of only six lawyers from Malaysia included in the IFLR1000 Women Leaders Guide 2018, 2019, 2020 and most recently in 2021. She has also won multiple awards for her role in capital market transactions from, among others, Islamic Finance News, Asian Legal Business, Malaysia Law Awards and nominated for leading deals at the Financial Times Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards. In 2020 and 2021, Sook Kwan was listed in Malaysia’s Top 100 Lawyers by Asia Business Law Journal.




Sook Kwan began her legal career at Russell McVeagh Mckenzie Bartleet & Co, one of the largest commercial law firms in New Zealand. In 1996, Sook Kwan returned to Malaysia and joined Zaid Ibrahim & Co. (a member of ZICOlaw) as an Associate. Sook Kwan was made a Partner of the firm in 2000.



  • English
  • Malay


  • Advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya (1996)
  • Barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand (1993)
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from Victoria University, New Zealand

Lawyer Rankings

Malaysia > Islamic finance

The banking and finance team at Zaid Ibrahim & Co (a member of ZICO Law)  has experience in structuring, negotiating and drafting documentation for a range of Islamic finance transactions. Lilian Liew heads the team alongside David Lee Kim Meng. Chin Sook Kwan  is an additional name to note.

Malaysia > Capital markets

(Leading individuals)

Chin Sook KwanZaid Ibrahim & Co (a member of ZICO Law)

Malaysia > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)

Chin Sook KwanZaid Ibrahim & Co (a member of ZICO Law)

The banking and finance offering at Zaid Ibrahim & Co (a member of ZICO Law) is led by Lilian LiewChin Sook Kwan, the ‘invaluableDavid Lee Kim Meng and the ‘promptLoo Tatt King. Described as a unit that provides ‘strong commercial advice‘, it handles: domestic (as well as international) syndicated lending, derivatives, export finance, structured trade finance, convertible loan stock issues, asset financing and the leasing of aircraft and ships. A standout highlight is the firm’s role as counsel to Wings Capital Partners in an acquisition of the beneficial interest in three Airbus A320-200 aircraft. Recommended lawyers: Debbie Voon and Jessie Lim.