Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order
by firm name.
Banking & Finance - Malaysia
Seasoned lawyer Adrian Chee is extremely well regarded in the market and is singled out for his capital markets expertise. He regularly advises on the issuance of bonds, Islamic debt securities and note programmes, as well as IPOs and rights issues.
Deepak Sadasivan is a leading figure in the market and wins overwhelming praise from clients, who say: "He is very good and very committed to his work." He has a broad practice that includes traditional banking, capital markets and Islamic finance, and as department head remains the driving force of the team.
Low Chee Choon is a veteran in the field who is on hand to provide clients with the benefit of his extensive legal experience.
Chung Swee Loong is one of the practice's co-heads and has an instantly recognisable name in the market. He is adept in all areas of banking and finance, with particular emphasis on ABS, privatisations, debt capital markets and structured finance. He also handles a considerable amount of Islamic finance work, predominantly sukuk issuances.
Joint practice head Lily Tan earns widespread recognition for her achievements in this field. Her wide-ranging practice covers areas such as structured and project finance, REITs and debt capital market instruments. Sources praise her client-handling skills and commercial approach.
Christopher Lee founded this firm after his departure from Wong & Partners. He is held in high regard by the market and offers extensive finance and capital markets experience. He is also frequently sought after for his projects and energy expertise.
Andri Aidham Badri is one of the founding partners of the firm and one of the most prominent figures in the Islamic finance field. He is also occasionally appointed as arbitrator for Islamic banking and finance matters.
Adrian Chair has a strong corporate and commercial practice and is particularly adept at assisting on project financing. He is also experienced at advising on Islamic finance such as sukuk issuances.
Founding partner Tan Kong Yam is a key member of the team and focuses on corporate M&A work but is also well equipped to handle capital market transactions and general banking and finance matters.
Highly regarded partner Megat Hizaini Hassan is an Islamic finance expert and heads this practice group. Since his arrival at the firm in 2011, he has been the driving force of work in this area.
Tay Weng Hwee specialises in corporate finance and has a strong client base which consists of a large number of financial institutions and borrowers. He provides assistance on infrastructure loans, drafting of financial documents and equity issuances.
This practice is particularly rated for its capital markets offering. Noteworthy matters include advising China Stationery on its IPO and listing on Bursa Malaysia Securities' Main Market. Head of the practice Chew Phye Keat and partner Tai Chu Wei are key contacts at the firm.
Tee Joe Lei is an extremely well-regarded lawyer with a strong portfolio of clients which include both local and international banks and financial institutions. Her practice covers a broad range of matters such as banking transactions, project finance, corporate loans and private debt securities.
Christina Kow is head of the firm's financial services department and focuses predominantly on financial regulatory work including exchange control regulations and securities law.
Lai Wing Yong heads the practice and is a senior figure within the firm. He earns widespread respect from the market and offers extensive traditional banking experience.
Jalalullail Othman is a highly respected practitioner who is best recognised in the market for his strong Islamic finance practice. He recently led the team advising on a notable Islamic financing facility matter.
Banking and finance practice head Philip Chan is a key contact at this firm, and offers a wealth of experience in corporate banking and IPOs. The team is experienced in asset-based financing and securitisation, Islamic finance and banking matters. It works closely with key financial institutions on drafting structures as well as the regulatory aspects of transactions.
David Lee heads the banking and finance department. While traditionally best known for its IP expertise, the team has been involved in a number of aircraft financings, advising one of Malaysia's largest banks on a USD30 million financing for aircraft acquisition.
Clients are full of praise for Mark Lim, who is "responsive and shows initiative in helping us get things done." He leads the banking and finance practice and advises on the whole spectrum of conventional and Islamic finance and debt capital markets transactions.
Azizul Adnan is a younger partner who is quickly making a name for himself as an Islamic finance expert. His prior experience in the banking industry strongly complements his blooming banking and finance practice.
This local corporate boutique is widely recognised for its strong capital markets capabilities, particularly its equity capital markets practice. It routinely advises clients on securities law, stock exchange rules, regulatory requirements, financing transactions and equity offerings. Founding partner Patricia Toh is a key contact at the firm.
Lilian Liew is singled out as one of Malaysia's leading capital markets specialists and leads the structured finance and debt capital markets practice. She also handles Islamic finance matters such as sukuk issuances and Shari'a-compliant loans.
Chin Sook Kwan is another important member of the team, who handles a wide range of banking and finance and debt capital markets matters including a variety of debt securities, and project and asset financing as well as structured finance and asset securitisation.
Practice head Zainal Azlan Abdul Kadir is a key contact at the firm. The team is known for its deep and long-standing expertise in Islamic finance, making it well placed to handle the full spectrum of Islamic banking and finance work. The group recently advised a client on Islamic financing facilities for the purchase of a data centre in Malaysia.
Loh Mei Mei is the leading figure of this group. Her broad practice encompasses general banking and finance as well as capital markets matters. She is also experienced in handling Islamic finance work.
Veteran practitioner Cheong Kee Fong is the founding partner of Cheong Kee Fong & Co and offers extensive debt and equity capital markets experience.
Mohd Shuhaimi Ismail heads Hisham Sobri & Kadir's Islamic banking and finance group and has a wealth of experience advising on syndicated Islamic financing, Islamic banking facilities and Islamic capital markets instruments.
Mohamed Ridza Abdullah is the managing partner of boutique firm Mohamed Ridza & Co. He is a prominent Islamic finance lawyer and advises both local and foreign clients on Islamic financial transactions and facilities as well as Islamic investment structures in Malaysia.
Azman bin Othman Luk recently joined Rahmat Lim & Partners from Chooi & Company and brings with him extensive experience advising clients on LBOs, structured and syndicate finance and capital markets.