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Asia-Pacific Guide
Firm Profile

Adnan, Sundra & Low

Firm Profile

Kuala Lumpur

  • Profile
  • Level 11 Menara Olympia
  • 8 Jalan Raja Chulan
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Malaysia
  • 50200
  • Tel: +60 3 230 0466
  • Fax: +60 3 238 3382
  • Email: Contact Us

Firm profile submitted by Adnan, Sundra & Low

Managing Partner: Deepak Sadasivan
Number of partners: 17
Number of consultants: 3
Number of lawyers: 48
Languages: Bahasa Malaysia, English

Based in Malaysia, ADNAN SUNDRA & LOW was established in August 1975 and has been consistently ranked as a premier law firm in Malaysia with a reputation for delivering quality and effective legal services and solutions and commitment to achieving its clients’ commercial objectives.

Practice Areas:Banking & Finance Capital Markets Islamic Finance Corporate/M&A Dispute Resolution Real Estate
Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Islamic Finance:
The firm’s team is well-versed in the full spectrum of local and cross-border banking and finance transactions, inclusive of acquisition finance, corporate finance, re-financing, debt restructuring other financing arrangements and has advised on the following marketpioneering transactions:
■ The world’s first exchangeable Sukuk (and also the largest ever exchangeable issuance in Malaysia
■ The world’s first perpetual sukuk issuance
■ The first Islamic stapled securities transaction in Malaysia
■The first municipal bonds issuance in Malaysia
■ The first issuance of structured products pursuant to the Securities Commission Malaysia Guidelines on structured products
■ Project financing of the first independent power utility in Malaysia and the first coalfired independent power plant in Malaysia, also the biggest coal-fired independent power plant in Southeast Asia
■ The underwriting of many significant Malaysian IPOs including Malaysia’s largest IPOs in 2015 and 2017 (to date), Asia’s largest IPO in 2012 and Southeast Asia’s largest IPOs in 2009 and 2010 respectively

The team has a comprehensive experience with a vast array of transactions and is able to provide advice across a full range of corporate advisory issues and complete transactions in a manner tailored to suit the needs of our clients. The firm’s track record includes advising on the following significant transactions:
■ Establishment of the first Shariah compliant unlisted real estate investment trust (REIT), and also the first Education REIT in Malaysia focusing on educational assets
■ Advising the issuer on the listing of the first special-purpose acquisition company in Malaysia
■ Advising on a USD7 billion investment in a refinery and petrochemical integrated development project in Malaysia, Southeast Asia’s biggest M&A transaction in the first half of 2017
■ Advising on the acquisition of the first deepwater semi-submersible floating production system in the Asia Pacific and South East Asian regions
■ Advising on a merger between hypermarket operators creating the third-largest hypermarket operator in Malaysia

Dispute Resolution:
The team has represented most major Malaysian financial institutions and is experienced in handling a broad range of complex banking, contractual, commercial, employment, restructuring and insolvency matters in courts in Malaysia as well as commercial disputes before arbitration tribunals in Malaysia and worldwide. Some of the team’s notable work includes:
■ Acting for Malaysia’s largest bank in obtaining vesting orders effecting the ownership transfer of non-performing loans, part of the first ever sale of non-performing loans in Malaysia via open auction
■ Acting for the applicant in the issuance of the first ever High Court order preventing a party or its nominees from using section 176(10)(A) of the Companies Act 1965 to delay the rights of a lender or security holder
■ Acting for the security trustee in a foreclosure action resulting in the first ever decision of an Appellate Court in Malaysia affirming a Chargee’s right to stipulate the exclusion of a structure (where individual titles have not been issued) from foreclosure of the master title
■ Obtaining an order for the appointment of a Receiver and Manager over the estate of a missing person

Real Estate:
The firm’s real estate practice is premised on ensuring that its clients benefit commercially from real estate opportunities and the firm is known for its ability to handle large and complex transactions. The firm has advised and negotiated on a number of specialist real estate transactions including:
■ The joint development of over 110 acres of land in Melaka, which development will include the construction and sale of residential units, retail units, hotels, service apartments, office towers, commercial shops and offices
■ The sale and transfer of iconic national landmark structures in central Kuala Lumpur between the holding company and its group real estate investment trust
■ Complex land issues in the listings of significant listed property development companies and palm-oil plantation companies, involving some 350,000 hectares of land held under more than 1,200 titles
■ The development of two (2) tower blocks in the centre of Kuala Lumpur comprising one block of high end corporate offices and one block of internationally branded serviced residences
■ The sale and purchase of a five-star international hotel and hotel business in Kuala Lumpur

Recent Awards & Accolades:
■ Malaysian Law Firm Of The Year – Asian Legal Business (ALB) Malaysia Law Awards 2016
■ Islamic Finance Law Firm Of The Year - ALB Malaysia Law Awards 2016, 2017
■ Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year - ALB Malaysia Law Awards 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
■ Islamic Finance News (IFN) Deals of the Year Awards 2017 - Regulatory Capital Deal of the Year and Commodity Murabahah Deals of the Year 2017


  • Level 11 Menara Olympia,
  • 8 Jalan Raja Chulan,
  • Kuala Lumpur,
  • Malaysia
  • 50200
  • Tel +60 3 230 0466
  • Fax +60 3 238 3382
  • Email : [email protected]