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James Wong

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Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong

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Financial Services, Conveyancing, Islamic Finance


James is a Senior Partner and is one of the 3 founding partners of the firm. He has extensive experience in various forms of fund raising exercises ranging from equity issues, private debt securities (PDS) issues and borrowings. Equity issues include initial public offerings, rights issues, private placements and venture capital participation. James also provides advice and prepares documentation for various PDS issues, including conventional and Islamic based PDS issues. His involvement in loan and securities documentation ranges from syndicated borrowings to cross border project financing.


James was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1993. He is also a Notary Public; Visiting Research Fellow, China Asean Legal Research Centre (2005 to current); Honorary Legal Advisor, Malaysia Steel Association (2010 to current) and Board of Governor Member, Sekolah Sri Bestari (2012 to current).


English, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin


Member, Malaysian Bar Member, Disciplinary Committee Panel, Advocates & Solicitors Disciplinary Board (2003 to current)


Monash University, Australia (LLB, B.Ec (Accounting))


Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

James Wong and corporate and aircraft financing expert Kenny Poon head the practice at Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong, which counts AmBank (M), BNP Paribas Malaysia, CIMB Bank and Sabah Development Bank among its longstanding clients. Bangkok Bank is a new client. The practice has experience in syndicated loans, cross-border project finance, Islamic finance and debt restructuring.

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Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

The practice at Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong is particularly strong in equity capital markets: Jeff Leong and Kenny Poon are deeply experienced in IPOs, rights issuances and listed-company work. James Wong is especially active on the debt side, though he also assisted Linocraft Printers with its restructuring and listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange's Growth Enterprise Market. Poon advised bedroom furniture exporter LY on its IPO on the Singapore Exchange.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

Corporate, finance and capital markets boutique Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong has a strong line in real estate transactions. James Wong acted for Sime Darby Property on its RM428m sale of 805 acres of Glengowrie Estate land in Semenyih to I&P Group. He also advised IJM on its purchase of a TRX City subsidiary that is constructing a 27-storey building at the Tun Razak Exchange in Kuala Lumpur, which will house Prudential's new Malaysian headquarters. Selangor Properties is another longstanding client.

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