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Zaid Ibrahim & Co (in association with KPMG Law)

Malaysia > Banking and finance Tier 1

Zaid Ibrahim & Co (in association with KPMG Law)’s extensive resources and long history in banking and finance, has enabled it to develop a rich and varied practice, covering multiple clients and a range of financing products and structures. The firm also offers extensive regulatory advice and is well connected across the ASEAN region. Lilian Liew leads the debt capital markets and structured finance practice, which includes Chin Sook Kwan, David Lee and Loo Tatt King.

Practice head(s):

David Lee; Loo Tatt King; Lilian Liew; Chin Sook Kwan


‘Very knowledgeable and wide network across multiple jurisdictions.’

‘Dedication to the deal, ability to manage legal teams across multiple countries.’

Malaysia > Capital markets Tier 1

The offering at Zaid Ibrahim & Co (in association with KPMG Law) is co-headed by Chin Sook Kwan and Lilian Liew, who is praised for her ‘unparalleled negotiating skills’. The team is noted for its capability in debt capital markets work and is well-equipped to deal with high-value and often international transactions involving high-yield, convertible and exchangeable bonds, commercial papers and medium tone notes, under conventional, as well as Islamic principles of law, an area with its own dedicated sub-team. Furthermore, the practice is at the forefront of developing securitisation and structured finance law.

Practice head(s):

Lilian Liew; Chin Sook Kwan

Other key lawyers:

Yong Wee Hoo


‘The team is led by long-standing, experienced practitioners in the DCM space and supported by competent associates.’

‘Lilian Liew has unparalleled negotiating skills.’

Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel to CIMB Investment Bank Berhad as the lead arranger, manager and facility agent for the Sukuk Wakalah Programme of RM15bn under the Shariah principle of Wakalah Bi Al-Istithmar and completed its first rated tier 2 Sustainability Sukuk Wakalah issuance of RM100m in 2021.
  • Acted for the joint lead managers in the Government of Malaysia’s $800m 10-year and $500m 30-year sustainability sukuk, issued via a special purpose vehicle, Malaysia Wakala Sukuk Berhad.
  • Acted as local counsel to The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, CIMB Investment Bank Berhad, Citigroup Global Markets Limited and Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Limited.

Malaysia > Intellectual property Tier 1

LindaWang Su & Boo (a member of ZICO IP)’s team has ‘seasoned practitioner’ Linda Wang, Su Siew Ling and Ong Boo Seng at its helm. The practice serves clients across a range of industry sectors, including Warner Bros, Nestle and Chanel, and consistently handles substantial portfolios. It is noted for its capability to advise on the full range of IP issues, including trademark, copyright, design and patent infringement; notably, the team is currently acting for Honda in an alleged copyright infringement. Its workload is often on Malaysian-based cases, but the team also has cross-jurisdictional capabilities. Kwok Tat Wai, who has expertise in litigation and anti-counterfeiting, is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Linda Wang; Su Siew Ling; Ong Boo Seng

Other key lawyers:

Kwok Tat Wai; Su Beng Yi


‘ZICO is the first ASEAN multidisciplinary service firm to be publicly listed and to have a presence across all 10 ASEAN member countries. Their responsiveness is impressive when they map out the client’s patent layout in ASEAN. They are professional in local laws and regulations, and always provide prompt response.’

‘Linda Wang has expertise in local patent application procedures, laws and regulations, and always provides targeted and accurate suggestions.’

‘The ZICO IP three-partner team complements each other in terms of expertise, ensuring at all times that there is constant partner-client engagement. As a client, I am assured that the advice and deliverables are well thought through, business-centric and supported by thorough legal research and authorities.’

‘Linda Wang is a seasoned practitioner who provides strategic legal advice to clients. Ong Boo Seng is highly approachable and knowledgeable, holding the business’ hands as they navigate through complex issues.’

Key clients

KLK Oleo

Smart Glove Companies

Asahi Group Holdings Southeast Asia Pte. Ltd.

Warner Bros. and DC Comics



Honda Motor Co. Ltd.

Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications

Essity Group


Yamato Holdings

Public Performance Malaysia Berhad

Amorepacific Corporation

Biocon Limited

Lion Corporation (Japan)

Work highlights

  • Advised and provided patent infringement and validity analysis to Biocon Ltd. and Biocon Sdn Bhd prior to filing of the Court action to invalidate Sanofi’s patent.
  • Acting for Honda Motor Co. Ltd against the defendants for their alleged infringement of Honda’s copyright in the iconic Honda EX-5 motorcycle, which has been a top-seller for the past 30 years.
  • Representing the shareholder of Nalli’s Silks Saris Traders Sdn Bhd (in liq).

Malaysia > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Zaid Ibrahim & Co (in association with KPMG Law) handles all aspects of commercial contracts, from day-to-day operations to drafting of business process and outsourcing agreements. From a corporate advisory standpoint, the team advises on the legal framework governing businesses and regulatory approval matters. The practice has competition experience and can identify risk areas, such as collusive agreements and exclusive dealing. Gilbert Gan leads the team alongside Ang Siak Keng, Tan Wooi Hong, Jonathan LimJoan Ting Pang Chung, Idahani Ismas Ismail, Nadarashnaraj Sargunaraj and Stephanie Choong.

Practice head(s):

Gilbert Gan; Joan Ting Pang Chung; Tan Wooi Hong; Idahani Ismas Bt Ismail; Jonathan Lim; Nadarashnaraj Sargunaraj; Ang Siak Keng; Stephanie Choong

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead local counsel to Telenor ASA in driving a proposed merger.
  • Acted for Khazanah Nasional Berhad in the sale of Khazanah’s entire equity interest in semiconductor fabricating company SilTerra Malaysia Sdn Bhd.
  • Acted for Alibaba Group on the latest funding round of $578m into Ninja Van.

Malaysia > Islamic finance Tier 2

Malaysia > Projects and energy Tier 2

Zaid Ibrahim & Co (in association with KPMG Law) has experience in power projects, advising on investments, privatisations, regulatory issues and fuel supply agreements, in addition to power purchase and off-take agreements. The team has also been involved in high-value water projects, including water treatment and wastewater services. Amin Abdul Majid advises on the procurement, construction and financing of solar power plant projects, and leads the practice alongside Hua Sia Yen, who regularly acts for domestic and foreign investors, and M&A expert Khoo Yu Lin.

Practice head(s):

Amin Abdul Majid; Hua Sia Yen; Khoo Yu Lin

Other key lawyers:

Wong Kee Hooi

Work highlights

  • Advised Telekosang Hydro One Sdn. Bhd. and Telekosang Hydro Two Sdn. Bhd. on the development of two small hydro power plants with a cumulative capacity of 40 MW located in Tenom, Sabah.
  • Represented Kerian Solar Sdn Bhd, in conducting a legal due diligence in relation to the syndicated project financing of the development of a 100MW large scale solar photovoltaic plant at Kerian, Perak, Malaysia.
  • Advised CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co., Ltd. on the regulatory framework and review the conditions of contract for the project that will provide a new rail connection between Malaysia and Singapore.

Malaysia > Real estate and construction Tier 5

Zaid Ibrahim & Co (in association with KPMG Law)’s real estate team is co-led by Sunita S. Sothi, Lena Leong Oy Lin, Karin Lim and Ting Hun Yin. The practice acts as counsel for clients on matters pertaining to acquisitions and the disposal of developments. Its workload often includes environmentally-impactful projects.

Practice head(s):

Sunita S. Sothi; Lena Leong Oy Lin; Karin Lim; Ting Hun Yin

Other key lawyers:

Farina Mohd Yahya


‘Sunita S. Sothi and Farina Mohd Yahya are reliable, trustworthy, knowledgeable and some of the kindest and most compassionate lawyers I have come across.’

‘The team has great knowledge of law. They are excellent communicators, who listen to client issues, taking time to understand problems and find solutions.’

‘A trusted and reliable sounding board. They are generous with resources, knowledge and information.’

Zaid Ibrahim & Co (in association with KPMG Law) is a leading law firm and one of the largest in Malaysia. Since its establishment in 1987, it has earned a reputation for its commitment to providing high quality services to its clients and its ability to devise innovative and workable solutions to satisfy client needs. The firm’s reputation is widely recognized and acknowledged by consistent top rankings in established regional and international legal publications and numerous awards received over the years.

Zaid Ibrahim & Co (in association with KPMG Law)’s track record features engagements by local and multinational banks and corporations in complex corporate transactions, debt and equity fund raising exercises, major infrastructure and projects work as well as law reform initiatives with regulators. The firm also has practices focused on assisting clients in the implementation of their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives.

Now, as part of the KPMG Global Legal Services, Zaid Ibrahim & Co will have access to around 3,200 professionals in 84 jurisdictions, offering legal services and solutions, a globally connected legal services platform, and specialists who can work with leading technology providers to modernize legal functions across organizations. KPMG Law and Global Legal Services have one of the most extensive legal footprints in Asia Pacific.

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Partners : 51
Lawyers : 68
Malay (Bahasa Malaysia)

Awarded By: Asian-Mena Counsel
Award Won: Firm of the Year 2015
Categories and Description:
Zaid Ibrahim & Co, Malaysia

  • Firm of the Year 2015
  • Alternative Investment Funds (including private equity)
  • Capital Markets
  • Aviation
  • Honourable Mentions
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Most Responsive Domestic Law Firm of the Year

ZICOlaw Vietnam

  • Firm of the Year 2015
  • Real Estate/Construction

ZICOlaw Thailand

  • Honourable Mentions
  • Intellectual Property

Awarded By: FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2015
Award Won: Most Innovative Corporate Strategy Law Firm
Description: Innovation in Corporate Strategy – A regional ASEAN firm offering integrated legal services

Nominated By: Asian Legal Business
Nominated For: ALB Indonesia Law Awards 2015
Roosdiono & Partners, Indonesia

  • Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year
  • Project and Energy Law Firm of the Year
  • BMW Award Managing Partner of the Year: Leoni Silitonga


  • Debt Market Deal of the Year for Acquisition Financing for Pertamina’s Acquisition of Murphy Oil Malaysia Assets

Awarded By: Islamic Finance News
Award Won: Deals of the Year 2015
Categories and Description:

  • Hybrid Deal of the Year
    for Zaid Ibrahim & Co’s role in the Cahaya Capital US$500 million Exchangeable Sukuk
  • Murabahah Deal of the Year
    for Zaid Ibrahim & Co’s role in the EXIM USD$300 million Sukuk Wakalah
  • Trade Finance Deal of the Year
    for Zaid Ibrahim & Co’s role in the EXIM USD$300 million Sukuk Wakalah
  • Turkey Deal of the Year
    for Zaid Ibrahim & Co’s role in the TF Varlik Kiralama RM800 million Murabahah Sukuk
  • Social Impact Deal of the Year
    for Zaid Ibrahim & Co’s role in the IFFlm US$500 million Sukuk

Awarded By: IFLR
Award Won: IFLR Asia Awards 2015
Categories: Zaid Ibrahim & Co. was awarded as National Law Firm of the Year in Malaysia

Awarded By: Asian Legal Business
Award Won: ALB Malaysia Law Awards 2015
Categories and Description: Zaid Ibrahim & Co. was awarded in M&A Deal of the Year

  • for Zaid Ibrahim & Co’s role in the 30% stake of Murphy Oil Corporation’s Malaysian assets by PT Pertamina, Indonesia’s state-owned energy company, with transaction value of approximately USD2.0 billion.

Awarded By: FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2014
Award Won: Most Innovative Corporate Strategy Law Firm
Description: Innovation in Corporate Strategy – A regional ASEAN firm offering integrated legal services

Awarded By: Islamic Finance News
Award Won: Deals of the Year 2014
Categories and Description:

  • Most Innovative Deal of the Year
    for Zaid Ibrahim & Co’s role in the Telekom Malaysia RM200 million Sukuk Wakalah Program
  • Corporate Finance Deal of the Year
    for Zaid Ibrahim & Co’s role in the Sime Darby Global US$800 million Dual Tranche Sukuk

Awarded By: Islamic Finance News
Award Won: IFN Law Awards 2014
Categories: Best Law Firm in Structured Finance

Awarded By: Asian Legal Business
Award Won: Asian Legal Business Law Awards 2014
Categories and Description:

  • Equity Market Deal of the Year – Malaysia
  • for Zaid Ibrahim & Co’s role in the acquisition of 49% share capital of Bank Islam Malaysia by BIMB Holdings

Awarded By: Asian-Mena Counsel In-House Community
Award Won: Firm of the Year 2014
Categories and Description:
Zaid Ibrahim & Co, Malaysia

  • Firm of the Year 2015
  • Real Estate/ Constructions
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Projects and Project Financing

Awarded By: The American Lawyer
Award Won: The American Lawyer Global Legal Awards 2014
Categories: Global Finance Deal of the Year for the Project Finance in Asia