Banking & Finance

Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.

Banking & Finance - Malaysia


Veteran practitioner Low Chee Choon continues to play an important role in supporting the team, and is singled out for his in-depth experience.

Adrian Chee is one of the most respected practitioners in this arena. Market sources are quick to praise "the experience he brings to the table and his ability to come up with solutions to any problems."

Deepak Sadasivan is considered a top-notch lawyer with significant expertise in traditional banking and Islamic finance. He is sought out by some of the largest banks in Malaysia, with one client saying: "He is very good and very professional, and we really enjoy working with him."

Chung Swee Loong is a widely recognised figure in the market, who is sought after for his in-depth understanding of the sector. He is known for representing an impressive portfolio of lenders, having expertise in both conventional and Islamic finance transactions. Recent highlights include advising CIMB Investment Bank as arranger on a MYR2.45 billion sukuk issuance by Maxis.

Well-regarded finance lawyer Lily Tan (Tan Chea Li) led the team on numerous project financings and Islamic and conventional capital markets issuances over the past year. Clients particularly appreciate that "she's very candid, straightforward and able to come up with solutions to issues and provide value-added advice."

Clients are full of praise for founding partner Christopher Lee: "He's a very bright lawyer, very thoughtful, clever and extremely nice to work with." He handles a wide range of financing matters and is best known for his specialism in the energy sector.

Andri Aidham Badri is a well-known name in the market and one of the leading experts on Islamic finance. He acts for a significant number of significant clients in this space.

Adrian Chair has a broad corporate and finance practice and handles a range of domestic and cross-border mandates.

Megat Hizaini Hassan is an esteemed Islamic finance expert and leads the team on its most significant mandates. He has advised clients on an array of Shari'a-compliant structures and products, including acting for Bank Islam Malaysia on an Islamic financing facility for NGC Energy.

Tay Weng Hwee heads the firm's banking and finance practice and specialises in debt restructuring and corporate finance, routinely advising both lenders and borrowers on various transactions. In a recent highlight, he was instructed by international law firm Allens to act as Malaysian counsel on a AUD625 million syndicated facility provided to Nufarm.

Azman bin Othman Luk "is a go-to guy for many international banks and we hold his views in high regard," said one client, adding: "He understands how international deals are done and how things are structured, and he works phenomenally hard." Luk recently advised CIMB Bank on the MYR2.85 billion leveraged financing acquisition of KFC Holdings and QSR Brands.

This firm has developed a niche in acting for clients headquartered in China on their IPOs in Malaysia. Also frequently advises investment banks and fund managers on equity capital market financing. Tai Chu Wei and Christopher Foo are the key contacts for this practice.

Tee Joe Lei is a highly experienced practitioner with a strong finance practice, who is especially well versed in Islamic financing matters. She leads the team on all of its Shari'a-compliant financing transactions, including recently advising Tanjung Bin Power on its issuance of MYR4.5 billion Islamic MTN under ijara principles.

Christina Kow heads the firm's banking and finance practice and led the team advising Goldman Sachs on SSG Resources' notes issuance. She also has extensive banking and capital markets experience.

Jalalullail Othman is a premier Islamic finance expert, advising on capital markets issuances and bank lending. He is also well placed to handle conventional financing matters.

Philip Chan is the central figure in the team. He brings a wealth of industry experience to the table and recently advised Employees Provident Fund Board of Malaysia on its GBP405 million syndicated loan arrangement with Standard Chartered, to finance its investment in Spire Healthcare.

Mark Lim (Lim Chin Hian) heads the group and is highly recommended by clients for being "very responsive and commercially minded." He has significant expertise in project and acquisition financing, debt capital markets and regulatory matters. In the past year, he advised Maybank Investment Bank in relation to CMMT MTN's 20-year MTN programme. CMMT MTN is an SPV owned by CapitaMalls Malaysia Trust.

A boutique firm that earns praise for punching above its weight in the capital markets arena. Especially sought after for its expertise in listings of Chinese companies on the Malaysian stock exchange. Founding partner Wong Tat Chung is a key point of contact.

Lilian Liew leads the debt capital markets and structured finance team. She handles a wide range of work, including syndicated loans, asset financing, project finance and Islamic banking. Sources note that she is "easy to deal with and professional."

Chin Sook Kwan is another key partner in the team with a practice that encompasses a range of financing transactions, including securitisation, syndicated finance and project finance. Clients appreciate her ability to provide guidance on the complex regulations in this field.

Loh Mei Mei is the head of the department and one of the leading names in this industry. Clients say: "She's very experienced and previously worked at a bank, so she understands the culture and it makes it very easy working with her." She led on advising Export-Import Bank of Malaysia on its USD1.5 billion MTN programme.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Mohamed Ridza Abdullah of Mohamed Ridza & Co is an esteemed Islamic finance lawyer who regularly advises clients on structuring and documentation for Shari'a-compliant investment structures and financing facilities.

Foreign Experts

Foreign Experts are individuals with expertise in a different jurisdiction to the one they are based in. These individuals are particularly highly regarded for international and cross-border work. Usually, they will be identified in the jurisdiction in which they are based and in their country of expertise.

Senior Statesman

A 'Senior Statesman' is a lawyer who no longer works hands-on with the same intensity but who, by virtue of close links with major clients, remains pivotal to the firm’s success.

Eminent Practitioners

'Eminent Practitioners' are highly influential lawyers in a particular practice area who, due to managerial or client relationship commitments, are less active in day-to-day work but remain key players in the team.

Other Noted Practitioners

Other Noted Practitioners are individuals who have not yet been ranked but are seen to be active and accomplished in this area of law.

Other Noted Firms

Other Noted Firms are firms that have not yet been ranked but are seen to be active and accomplished in this area of law.