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Corporate/Commercial: Equity Capital Markets — Malaysia


Adnan, Sundra & Low - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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 noted for its general corporate offering, with experience in advising on complex domestic and international M&A transactions, as well as joint ventures and real estate acquisitions.

Strengths  It is renowned in the market for its strong ECM practice, and sources are impressed by the team's "very good personal engagement with the client."

Work highlights  Acted for J.P. Morgan as the placement agent for edotco, in relation to Axiata's dilution of shares in the company.

Advised shareholders and directors of MISC on its acquisition of the remaining equity in Gumusut-Kakap Semi-Floating Production System.

Notable practitioners

The "excellent" Adrian Chee is highly rated among sources for his ECM expertise, as well as his extensive experience in M&A. He is prolific in IPOs and also acts on M&A and joint ventures for clients in sectors such as energy, finance and telecommunications.

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Albar & Partners - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for  Highly respected ECM offering, especially noted for its handling of large and complex IPOs and other transactions. Gains increased recognition for its diverse corporate practice, regularly advising leading energy, infrastructure, finance and real estate clients on M&A, reverse takeovers, joint ventures and venture capital.

Strengths  Client laud the team's collective strength and swiftness of response. Sources report: "They are a phenomenal team with an amazing work ethic. They are able to work through and deliver on compressed deadlines and are highly skilled in negotiating agreement terms."

Clients also commend the lawyers' "ability to come up with elegant solutions."

Work highlights  Acted for Maybank as the sole placement agent in Sime Darby's issuance of 5% of the company's issued and paid-up share capital, raising a total of MYR2.36 billion.

Advised Serba Dinamik Holdings on its IPO of approximately 29.17% of its shares, as well as assisting with related due diligence.

Notable practitioners

Lily Tan (Tan Chea Li) remains a respected name for ECM work, while also advising on M&A. Satisfied clients describe her as "service-oriented and great to bounce ideas with." She played a key role in assisting KIP REIT Management with its IPO, which raised MYR234 million.

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The Corporate team advises in domestic and cross-border M&A acquisitions and divestments, IPOs, take-overs and reverse take-overs, capital and/or corporate restructuring and fund-raising exercises, foreign direct investment including formation and restructuring advice of corporate entities, placements and underwriting agreements, joint ventures and partnerships, mergers and de-mergers, privatisation and de-listings, REITs and schemes of arrangements.

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Cheang & Ariff - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for  Fast-growing ECM practice gaining market recognition for its expertise on IPOs. Acts for both issuers and underwriters on rights issues, while its general corporate practice also covers M&A and joint ventures.

Strengths  Interviewees are impressed by the attentiveness and creativity of the team. Sources assert: "Their services are personalised, with hands-on involvement of senior partners. They are good at solving problems with innovative ideas."

Clients praise the lawyers' quality and speed of service, reporting: "They are responsive and provide value-added services to our commercial transactions."

Value for Money  Multiple commentators suggest that the firm's fees are especially reasonable, with sources reporting that they provide "very good value for the amount of detailed work the firm undertakes."

Work highlights  Advised CIMB Investment Bank, Maybank Investment Bank and Hong Leong Investment Bank on EcoWorld International's IPO, worth a potential MYR2.58 billion.

Acted for Bison Consolidated on its MYR88.68 million IPO, which involved the listing of 80,620,000 ordinary shares in the company.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Tan Ming-Li is a key contact.

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

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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. Especially acts on cross-border matters, with key expertise across countries such as Myanmar, China, the Philippines and Japan. Well equipped to assist a range of clients, from start-ups and SMEs, to large multinationals and GLCs.

Strengths  Clients appreciate the team's dedication, reporting that "they provide accurate and beneficial advice" and are "so committed to delivering."

Work highlights  Advised Taobao China Holding on the USD1 billion purchase of a majority interest in Lazada Group by Alibaba Group, the client's parent company.

Acted for the issuer Pecca Group on its MYR129.4 million IPO, while also assisting the client with its restructuring.

Notable practitioners

Jeff Leong is a key point of contact for clients.

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Kadir Andri & Partners - Corporate/M&A Department

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  What the team is known for  Diverse corporate practice, notable for its proficiency in complex M&A and ECM transactions. Regularly acts for leading Malaysian companies, especially on IPOs, joint ventures, asset disposals and corporate restructuring. Active in a variety of sectors, with real estate as a particular strength.

Strengths  Clients are impressed by the lawyers' attentiveness. Interviewees attest: "They are very good in offering solutions and are open to suggestions. They will try to explore a way to meet our requirements."

The team's ability in complex matters is admired by clients, one of whom describes the lawyers as "very technical" and adds that the practitioners are "very good, capable and nice people."

Work highlights  Represented the issuer Sime Darby in its private share placement, which raised MYR2.5 billion.

Acted for DRB-Hicom on the divestment of MYR818.35 million worth of assets to POS Malaysia, which included all capital in KL Airport Services and a portion of industrial land in Selangor.

Notable practitioners

Senior partner Abdul Kadir Kassim has more than 46 years of experience in handling corporate deals, with commentators noting his "strong and enduring reputation in the industry." Further sources describe him as "a very shrewd operator."

Samuel Hong has a burgeoning corporate practice, which includes M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructuring. Clients declare themselves "extremely happy with his services," describing him as "very practical and accessible." He assisted CVC Capital Partners with the MYR4.16 billion acquisition of Nirvana Asia.

Tan Kong Yam heads the firm's corporate team, regularly handling matters in the finance and real estate sectors. He acted for UMW Oil & Gas Corporation in its MYR2.8 billion acquisition of ICON Offshore and Orkim.

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

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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. Well equipped to handle company takeovers and equity placements, with particular expertise in the construction sector.

Strengths  The firm's business-savvy approach impresses clients, who report: "The service is excellent. Their strength is that the lawyers are commercially minded."

Other clients appreciate the lawyers' attentiveness, noting that they "understand the needs of our company" and are "prompt in giving legal advice."

Work highlights  Acted for Ekovest on its sale of 40% equity in a concession holder to Employees Provident Fund, in relation to the Duta-Ulu Kelan Expressway in Kuala Lumpur.

Assisted ML Global with its purchase of MITC Engineering from LBS Bina Group, which involved the issuance of new shares.

Notable practitioners

Adrian Koh earns respect for his diverse corporate practice, with expertise in ECM, M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructuring. Clients describe him as "utterly commercially minded and fast in his service delivery, with the ability to find solutions that meet client expectations." He played a key role in advising Rohas-Euco Holdings and its shareholders on the sale of all shares in the company to Tecnic Group.

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Wong Beh & Toh - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for  Highly regarded and experienced team, with a vibrant ECM practice. Especially proficient in IPOs and equity placements, the team also provides solid advice on M&A, joint ventures and real estate matters.

Strengths  The firm enjoys an impressive reputation among market commentators for its ECM prowess. One source reports: "Wong Beh & Toh does the lion's share of IPOs in the market and gets good-quality work." The interviewee goes on to describe them as "up to the mark" on ECM deals.

Work highlights  Acted for the issuer 7-Eleven Holdings Malaysia on its proposed renounceable rights offering, involving up to 616,692,500 new warrants.

Advised Hap Seng Consolidated on its SGD240 million divestment of shares in Hap Seng Capital, as well as on the client's MYR395 million acquisition of a tower block in Kota Kinabalu.

Notable practitioners

Wong Tat Chung is a well-respected name for ECM, with expertise in IPO issuances. Of late, he acted for Berjaya Corporation on its MYR419.11 million purchase of 12% of shares in Berjaya Land.

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

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  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 expertise, the team has impressive credentials in M&A, franchise and venture capital deals, as well as equity placements. Especially active within the insurance, private equity and TMT sectors.

Strengths  Clients are impressed with the team's proficiency in complex matters, asserting that "their technical knowledge is beyond compare. They have come up with lots of innovative solutions for us."

A further client proclaims: "We are very impressed with Wong & Partners and the quality of work delivered. They have a very good team that works well together and they are great in turning around their work quickly and seamlessly." This source adds that the firm "understands our commercial objectives and tries to provide solutions where possible."

Work highlights  Acted for Ekuiti Nasional on the MYR2.8 billion disposal of its interests in Icon Offshore and Orkim to UMW Oil & Gas Corporation.

Assisted Zurich with its MYR525 million purchase of MAA Takaful from MAA Group and Solidarity Group Holding, thus enabling the client to enter the Malaysian Islamic insurance market.

Notable practitioners  

Brian Chia commands respect among market sources, with his broad practice encompassing cross-border M&A and private equity deals. Also adept in corporate restructuring, he is lauded by clients as "a fantastic lawyer" who "always has good advice and is practical." He acted for FamilyMart on a franchise agreement with Maxincome Resources, which will enable the introduction of its convenience stores in Malaysia.

Managing partner Andre Gan attracts recognition for his impressive M&A practice, with particular expertise in the insurance and retail sectors. He assisted McDonald's with the transfer of its Malaysian franchise rights from Golden Arches Restaurants to Lionhorn.

Munir Abdul Aziz comes highly recommended by clients, who report that he is "quick to understand the commercial issues and objectives of the client and is a skilled negotiator." His diverse practice includes M&A, private equity deals, joint ventures and ECM. Of late, he assisted Employees Provident Fund with the MYR1.13 billion purchase of 40% of shares in Konsortium Lebuhraya Utara-Timur.

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

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What the team is known for  Respected corporate practice, equally adept in the general transactional and ECM spaces. Maintains a solid reputation for M&A and IPO expertise, while it can also leverage its ZICO Law network across South-East Asia to provide cross-border coverage.

Notable practitioners

Gilbert Gan has a broad corporate offering, with particular proficiency in M&A. Noted by sources as "very active in the capital markets space," he also gains market recognition for his busy M&A and joint venture practice.

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Zul Rafique & Partners - Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for  Esteemed corporate group, well respected in the market for its expertise in ECM and general corporate matters. Active for domestic and international clients on M&A, corporate restructuring, joint ventures and regulatory mandates, as well as IPOs and rights issues. Especially active in the oil and gas, insurance and banking sectors.

Strengths  A client lauds the firm's "outstanding legal advisers," with particular regard for the team's empathetic approach. This source praises "their ability to put themselves in our shoes to understand the matters at hand."

Additional clients appreciate the team's extensive experience in the Malaysian market, commenting that they "know the local market and situation very well."

Work highlights  Represented Matrix Reservoir in the MYR55 million sale of 51% of its equity to Ahmad Zaki Resources.

Acted for Bank of China (Hong Kong) on its MYR2.025 billion purchase of Bank of China (Malaysia), as part of an overall company restructuring by Bank of China.

Notable practitioners

Corporate practice head Jerry Ong impresses clients, who assert that he "understands commercial issues and finds solutions," while he also "reviews issues from all angles and is very responsive." He handles both M&A and IPOs, with particular know-how in the finance, oil and gas, real estate and telecommunications spaces.

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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.

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  • 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

The "excellent" Adrian Chee is highly rated among sources for his ECM expertise, as well as his extensive experience in M&A. He is prolific in IPOs and also acts on M&A and joint ventures for clients in sectors such as energy, finance and telecommunications.

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

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Gilbert Gan has a broad corporate offering, with particular proficiency in M&A. Noted by sources as "very active in the capital markets space," he also gains market recognition for his busy M&A and joint venture practice.

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Mah-Kamariyah & Philip Koh

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Adrian Koh earns respect for his diverse corporate practice, with expertise in ECM, M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructuring. Clients describe him as "utterly commercially minded and fast in his service delivery, with the ability to find solutions that meet client expectations." He played a key role in advising Rohas-Euco Holdings and its shareholders on the sale of all shares in the company to Tecnic Group.

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Chea Li (Lily) Tan

Albar & Partners

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Lily Tan (Tan Chea Li) remains a respected name for ECM work, while also advising on M&A. Satisfied clients describe her as "service-oriented and great to bounce ideas with." She played a key role in assisting KIP REIT Management with its IPO, which raised MYR234 million.

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Wong Beh & Toh

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Wong Tat Chung is a well-respected name for ECM, with expertise in IPO issuances. Of late, he acted for Berjaya Corporation on its MYR419.11 million purchase of 12% of shares in Berjaya Land.

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