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Corporate/Commercial: Equity Capital Markets — Malaysia


Adnan, Sundra & Low - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for Top-rated firm for equity capital markets (ECM), regularly handling IPOs and secondary offerings, often acting for special-purpose acquisition companies and clients from the financial services and energy sectors. Also maintains a versatile corporate practice, covering M&A, joint venture and reverse takeover mandates for international and domestic clients.

Strengths Sources acknowledge the team's pre-eminence in the ECM space, one interviewee maintaining: "They are hands-down the best firm in the market," whilst another enthuses that "they did an outstanding job" in one particular transaction.

Notable practitioners

Adrian Chee is highly regarded in the ECM shere, particularly for his handling of complex IPOs. Clients describe him as "an absolutely first-class guy" who "knows his stuff on ECM deals," with one observing: "We would definitely leave a deal in his hands." He also maintains an active M&A practice, and offers additional expertise in debt capital markets.

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Albar & Partners - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Lily Tan (Tan Chea Li)
- 6 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly respected ECM offering, especially noted for its handling of large and complex IPOs and other transactions. Also acts on general corporate matters including venture capital, M&A and joint venture deals. Prominently represents clients in the energy, healthcare and transport infrastructure spheres.

Strengths

The team's business-savvy nature and excellent service receives widespread praise. One client notes: "I like that they're commercial enough to understand our needs," adding that "they're very proactive and on call at any time of day."

Work highlights Advised Malakoff on Malaysian law aspects of its MYR2.74 billion IPO.

Represented MMC Port Holdings in a complex mandatory general offer takeover transaction, designed to acquire those shares in port operator and ancillary services provider NCB Holdings that it did not already own.

Notable practitioners

Lily Tan (Tan Chea Li) heads the corporate team and is noted for her prominence in the capital markets sphere in general and in "high-profile debt capital markets matters in particular." She played a leading role in the team advising Malakoff on its MYR2.74 billion IPO.

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Jeff Leong, Poon & Wong - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Kenny Poon and James Wong
- 7 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established, versatile corporate practice, regularly advising on M&A, joint ventures and capital markets transactions, with particular expertise in IPOs. Often acts for clients in the oil and gas, manufacturing and real estate sectors and frequently engaged on cross-border mandates covering such jurisdictions as Japan, China and Myanmar.

Strengths

The team is praised for its commerciality, one interviewee calling it "well experienced in corporate matters and solution-oriented."

Sources also cite the practice for its high level of client service, one referee noting: "In terms of quality of delivery, they're excellent" and emphasising its readiness "to go the extra mile to get things done."

Work highlights Assisted Sanmina in the MYR500 million acquisition of a number of business assets from Motorola Solutions, including a factory complex, its associated workforce, inventory and manufacturing contracts.

Notable practitioners

Jeff Leong is a key departmental contact.

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Kadir Andri & Partners - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Tan Kong Yam
- 6 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established corporate offering with noted expertise in the handling of M&A transactions, including reverse takeovers. Also maintains a respected ECM practice, regularly advising clients in connection with IPOs. Represents a range of high-profile domestic clients, particularly in the finance and energy spheres.

Strengths Clients commend the depth, quality and promptness of the team's offering, one remarking: "In terms of staff strength and speed of work and opinions, I think they're at a very high standard."

The practice is also characterised as "a standout firm for M&A."

Work highlights Acted for Ranhill Energy & Resources with regard to its complex MYR800 million reverse takeover of Symphony House.

Provided local counsel to the joint global co-ordinators and joint bookrunners of a MYR500 million multi-jurisdictional offering of shares in Sunway Construction Group.

Significant clients Bumi Armada, CIMB Bank, Maxis, Sime Darby, Tenaga Nasional.

Notable practitioners

Abdul Kadir Kassim is a highly experienced practitioner of nearly 50 years' standing who remains active within the department as a senior consultant, routinely advising on corporate and banking transactions.

Clients report that Samuel Hong has "very sound knowledge" and is "very proactive in offering solutions." He is well regarded in the market for his expert handling of M&A, joint venture and restructuring matters.

Tan Kong Yam is "very helpful, very responsive and able to turn around documents quickly," clients report. He is also noted for his versatile practice, which includes advising on M&A, real estate and financial services-related matters. He acted for Tenaga Nasional in a voluntary takeover offer transaction, which concluded with the client owning over 90% of Integrax's total share capital.

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Mah-Kamariyah & Philip Koh - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for Established practice, highly proficient in the ECM space and offering extensive expertise in M&A and joint venture transactions. Especially active on behalf of clients from the real estate and construction industries.

Strengths Clients highlight the group's longstanding reputation and strong roster of practitioners as key strengths, reporting: "They are a long-established firm with a backbone of experienced lawyers."

Clients are also impressed by the team's "ability to handle complex cases."

Work highlights Assisted IOI Properties Group in its acquisition of the total ordinary share capital of both Mayang Development and Nusa Properties.

Represented Sunway Holdings in the MYR104 million purchase of 80% of the share capital of Winstar Trading and its subsidiaries.

Notable practitioners

Adrian Koh maintains a busy practice and is regularly mandated on both ECM and M&A transactions, lately advising NCB Holdings with regard to a takeover offer by existing shareholder MMC Port Holdings. Clients are impressed by his "overall knowledge, experience and attention to detail."

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Wong Beh & Toh - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Wong Tat Chung
- 7 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for ECM specialists, well known in the market for providing quality advice on IPOs and rights issuances. The practice also maintains a complementary general corporate offering, providing expertise in relation to M&A and joint ventures.

Strengths The firm's ECM prowess features prominently in client feedback, with one source remarking: "I would recommend them, especially for IPOs."

Work highlights Assisted Saudee Corporation with a proposed renounceable rights issue of 30 million shares.

Acted for CAB Cakaran in its purchase of 51% of the share capital of Tong Huat Poultry Processing Factory, a deal valued in excess of SGD7 million.

Significant clients China Automobile Parts, Hunza Properties, Juara Sejati, Multi Sports Holdings, Tiger Synergy.

Notable practitioners

Wong Tat Chung is a well-established presence in the ECM and M&A spheres. He "has very sound knowledge of the law and gives very good legal opinions," according to clients. He played a leading role assisting Cordlife Group in the completion of its takeover of Stemlife.

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Wong & Partners member firm of Baker McKenzie International - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Brian Chia
- 8 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Standout corporate group, with a deep bench of lawyers servicing a high-profile domestic and international clientele. Notable for its cross-border work, and especially expert in the handling of M&A, private equity investment and ECM transactions. Regularly acts for clients in such sectors as oil and gas, real estate and financial services.

Strengths Clients consistently praise the team for its responsive and well-targeted counsel. One client notes: "They've been excellent; the key was the turnaround time and the kind of advice they gave."

The team's business-savvy manner is also appreciated by clients, who report: "They are very commercial in their approach and always available for us."

Work highlights Assisted Shell Overseas Holdings in its USD66.3 million sale of a 51% interest in Shell Refining Company to a Malaysian subsidiary of Shandong Hengyuan Petrochemical.

Acted for Indonesian company Mulia Property Development in a MYR665 million land acquisition supporting the development of a large commercial tower project in Kuala Lumpur.

Significant clients AMMB Holdings, CIMB, Maybank, Navis Capital, Sime Darby.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Brian Chia is renowned for assisting leading international businesses with their Malaysian M&A, restructuring and private equity transactions, and is lauded by clients as "a fantastic lawyer who knows not only his work, but also his clients and their needs." He played a leading role in assisting Multi-Color Corporation in its MYR158.7 million takeover of Super Enterprise Holdings.

Andre Gan maintains an excellent reputation for corporate work, particularly where the financial services and healthcare sectors are concerned. He is "knowledgeable and has a wealth of experience in M&A," according to clients, and recently played a key role assisting AmInvestment on the sale of its 99% interest in AmCapital Indonesia to Yuanta Securities.

The well-regarded Munir Abdul Aziz's busy practice embraces M&A, joint ventures and ECM. He lately assisted a subsidiary of Media Prima in a joint venture with CJ O Shopping to establish a MYR65 million domestic shopping company. One enthusiastic client describes him as "completely brilliant" and as "very knowledgeable, quick and able."

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Zaid Ibrahim & Co. (a member of ZICO Law) - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Tan Wooi Hong and Gilbert Gan
- 15 partners
- 39 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected corporate practice, equally adept in the general transactional and equity capital markets spaces. Provides high-quality advice to an array of leading financial services clients, particularly where corporate restructuring, M&A and IPO mandates are concerned.

Strengths The team is applauded for its strong commercial acumen and expertise in handling sophisticated deals, with clients highlighting its "technical knowledge and exposure in dealing with complex transactions" and praising the lawyers for being "responsive and providing business-friendly solutions."

The group is also cited for its ready accessibility, one client reporting: "They are always available, whether late at night or at the weekend."

Work highlights Acted for Malaysia Airports Holdings in its purchase of 40% of the shares in each of the two companies running İstanbul's Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. The transaction was valued at EUR279 million.

Assisted Brahim's Holdings in its disposal of 49% of the share capital in its airline catering business to SATS Investments.

Significant clients CIMB Bank, Crowdo Malaysia, Maybank, RHB Bank, UBS.

Notable practitioners

Gilbert Gan is a respected ECM and M&A practitioner, highly valued by clients for his "appropriate strategic and tactical legal solutions" as well as his "ability to address concerns at all levels of senior management." He played a major role in assisting CapitaLand RECM in the disposal of its shareholding in Quill Capital Management to Malaysian Resources Corporation.

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Zul Rafique & Partners - Corporate/M&A

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Jerry Ong
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Esteemed corporate group, well respected in the market for its expertise in ECM and general corporate matters. Especially active for leading names in the financial services and oil and gas sectors, it provides high-quality advice regarding M&A, restructurings and IPOs.

Work highlights Acted for Red Sena, a special-purpose acquisition company, in its MYR400 million IPO, involving the issuance of 800 million shares on the Bursa Malaysia.

Assisted the placement agent, RHB Investment Bank, in relation to the placement of shares in GW Plastics Holdings, raising a total of MYR576 million.

Significant clients CIMB Bank, KSK Group, Petronas, RHB Bank.

Notable practitioners

A respected figure in the market, Jerry Ong is described by a source as "very responsive, smart and popular with clients." Highly capable in the handling of M&A, restructuring and ECM transactions, he played a leading part in assisting Compo AcquiCo in its disposal of all equity in its Malaysian subsidiary, Compo Expert Asia Pacific.

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The heart of our firm’s practice, our Mergers & Acquisitions practice group advises both local and foreign clients on structuring and negotiating shares, business and assets acquisitions and disposals, takeovers and mergers of corporations and businesses, demergers, consolidations and vesting and management buyouts.

Based on our extensive expertise in more than just a few industries, we have drawn from the wealth of such experience and are able to provide significant industry insights into the transactions at hand.

Our areas of practice include:

  • Structuring and negotiating shares
  • Business and assets acquisitions and disposals
  • Take-overs and mergers of corporations and businesses
  • Joint venture and strategic alliance
  • Demergers
  • Consolidation and vesting management buyouts

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Spotlight Table

Adnan, Sundra & Low

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Adrian Chee is highly regarded in the ECM shere, particularly for his handling of complex IPOs. Clients describe him as "an absolutely first-class guy" who "knows his stuff on ECM deals," with one observing: "We would definitely leave a deal in his hands." He also maintains an active M&A practice, and offers additional expertise in debt capital markets.

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Zaid Ibrahim & Co. (a member of ZICO Law)

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Gilbert Gan is a respected ECM and M&A practitioner, highly valued by clients for his "appropriate strategic and tactical legal solutions" as well as his "ability to address concerns at all levels of senior management." He played a major role in assisting CapitaLand RECM in the disposal of its shareholding in Quill Capital Management to Malaysian Resources Corporation.

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Mah-Kamariyah & Philip Koh

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Adrian Koh maintains a busy practice and is regularly mandated on both ECM and M&A transactions, lately advising NCB Holdings with regard to a takeover offer by existing shareholder MMC Port Holdings. Clients are impressed by his "overall knowledge, experience and attention to detail."

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Chea Li (Lily) Tan

Albar & Partners

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Lily Tan (Tan Chea Li) heads the corporate team and is noted for her prominence in the capital markets sphere in general and in "high-profile debt capital markets matters in particular." She played a leading role in the team advising Malakoff on its MYR2.74 billion IPO.

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Wong Beh & Toh

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Wong Tat Chung is a well-established presence in the ECM and M&A spheres. He "has very sound knowledge of the law and gives very good legal opinions," according to clients. He played a leading role assisting Cordlife Group in the completion of its takeover of Stemlife.

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