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DID YOU KNOW?
 
1. Datuk Syed Zaid Albar was recognized as “Managing Partner of the Year” and “Dealmaker of the Year” at the inaugural ALB Malaysia Law 2014 Awards. Albar & Partners also received two (2) main awards for “Malaysia Law Firm of the Year” and “Projects, Energy & Infrastructure Law Firm of the Year”.
   
2. Six (6) partners were recognized by the Asialaw Leading Lawyers in its 2014 edition: Datuk N Chandran and Mr. V. Vijayakumar (Dispute Resolution), Ms. Lily Tan Chea Li (Capital Markets and M&A), Mr. Chung Swee Loong (Banking & Finance), Ms Natalie Peh Suan Wan and Ms Cassandra Hogg (Capital Markets).
   
3. Albar & Partners won two awards for “Country Award for Malaysia” and “Best National Firm Mentoring Programme Award (Malaysia) at the Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards.


 

1. ALB Malaysia Law Awards 2014

In 2014, Asian Legal Business held the Malaysia Law 2014 Awards at the Westin, Kuala Lumpur. At this inaugural event, we swept four (4) awards - which included our Managing Partner (Datuk Syed Zaid Albar) being recognized as “Managing Partner of the Year” and “Dealmaker of the Year”. Albar & Partners also made headline news by winning two (2) main awards for “Malaysia Law Firm of the Year” and “Projects, Energy & Infrastructure Law Firm of the Year”.

2. Asialaw Leading Lawyers (2014 Edition)

Asialaw Leading Lawyers is one of the largest annual surveys conducted in the Asia Pacific region. It aims to identify the region’s highly acclaimed legal experts across key practice areas. In the 2014 edition, six (6) partners were acknowledged by in-house counsels and peers as some of Malaysia’s pre-eminent lawyers in the following practice areas:

a) Senior Partner Datuk N Chandran - “Leading Lawyer” in Dispute Resolution;
b) Senior Partner Mr. V. Vijayakumar - “Leading Lawyer” in Dispute Resolution;
c) Senior Partner Ms. Lily Tan Chea Li - “Leading Lawyer” in two (2) practice areas - Capital Markets and M&A;
d) Senior Partner Mr. Chung Swee Loong - “Leading Lawyer” in Banking & Finance;
e) Partner Ms. Natalie Peh Suan Wan - “Rising Star” in Capital Markets; and
f) Partner Ms. Cassandra Hogg - “Rising Star” in Capital Markets.

3. Asian-MENA Counsel Deals of the Year 2013 Awards

Now in its 9th year, the Asian-MENA Counsel Deals of the Year Awards recognises transactions for their overall excellence, based on a combined criteria of uniqueness, innovation, complexity and size.

The US$2.01 billion Corporate reorganisation to restructure Malakoff Corporation Berhad’s group debt instruments into Shariah compliant instruments earned plaudits from the panel of judges as an “Asian-MENA Counsel Deal of the Year” winner as it was the first holistic reorganisation in Malaysia based on an ‘Islamic first’ concept. Albar & Partners acted for Maybank Investment Bank Berhad in the transaction.

4. The Asian Lawyer’s Emerging Markets Awards 2014

The Asian Lawyer held the Emerging Markets Awards at the Fullerton Hotel, Singapore in November 2014 to celebrate the best transactions and recognise the top lawyers and firms servicing the ASEAN region. Amongst the judging criteria, firms and lawyers were selected premised on their innovation and creativity in advising the region’s exciting deals.

At this inaugural Awards, Albar & Partners was nominated as a “Finalist” for three (3) “Deal of the year” awards and two (2) “Lawyer of the Year” awards. We won the “Islamic Finance Deal of the Year” award, for our role as legal advisor to Boustead Holdings Berhad in relation to the privatization of Malaysian conglomerate Al-Hadharah Boustead real estate investment trust (REIT). Already unique within the market, as Malaysia’s first and only Islamic plantation REIT which invested in palm plantations and palm oil mills, Al-Hadharah Boustead REIT became the first ever Malaysian REIT to be privatized in a landmark transaction for Malaysian capital markets in April 2014. The novel deal was designed to allow Boustead to list its plantation business, Boustead Plantations Berhad, which owned a majority stake in the REIT. The privatization was financed via the establishment of a RM1.2 billion (US$360 million) sukuk programme, which issues Islamic-compliant medium-term notes.

5. The Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2014

Albar & Partners won two awards for “Country Award for Malaysia” and “Best National Firm Mentoring Programme Award (Malaysia)” at the Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards. The awards are held annually in Hong Kong to celebrate the advancement of women in the legal profession from across the region.

6. Corporate INTL Global Awards 2014

As a mark of practice excellence, Albar & Partners notched a brace as the “2014 Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year in Malaysia” and “2014 Corporate Finance Law Firm of the Year in Malaysia” at the annual awards for the second consecutive year.

7. Islamic Finance News Deals of the Year 2013 Awards

The SP Setia RM700 million Sukuk Musharakah transaction won double awards as “Musharakah Deal of the Year” and “Perpetual Deal of the Year” at the IFN awards 2013. Albar & Partners acted for the financiers in this transaction.

8. Legal’s Finest inaugural Guide Book 2014

Legal’s Finest is a premier guide to the leading attorneys across the world. In the inaugural 2014 edition, our Managing Partner, Datuk Syed Zaid Albar was acknowledged as the “Financial Services expert” for Malaysia.

9. Triple A Islamic Finance Awards 2014

The Asset’s Triple A Awards for Islamic Finance was held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Kuala Lumpur in June 2014. Winning deals were judged on their execution, success in achieving the issuers and investors’ objectives, innovation and impact on the Islamic finance market. Albar & Partners played a key role in three (3) transactions which won accolades in the following categories:-

a) “Best Islamic Equity”: UMW Oil & Gas Corporation (“UMW-OG”) RM2.7 billion IPO, in which Albar & Partners acted as Legal Adviser to UMW-OG.

b) “Best Islamic Privatisation”: Boustead REIT privatisation, in which Albar & Partners acted for Boustead Holdings Berhad; and

c) “Most Highly Commended Innovative Deal”: SP Setia RM700 million Sukuk Musharakah transaction in which Albar & Partners acted for the financiers.

10. Asialaw Profiles 2015 edition

Albar & Partners was highly recommended by Asialaw Profiles in its 2015 edition for the following practice areas :-

• Banking & Finance
• Capital Markets
• Construction & Real Estate
• Corporate/M&A
• Dispute Resolution
• Energy & Natural Resources

11. Chambers Asia Guide: 2015 edition

Albar & Partners was ranked as a Band 1 Firm in Malaysia by Chambers Asia Guide in its 2015 edition for the practice areas of Banking & Finance, Equity Capital Markets & debt Equity Markets, with both senior partners, Ms. Lily Tan and Mr. Chung Swee Loong, ranked as “Band 1 Lawyers” in the practice area of Banking & Finance. Ms. Lily Tan was also ranked as a “Band 1 Lawyer” in the practice area of Equity Capital Market. Chambers research revealed that Albar & Partners “…stands out as a market-leading firm with significant experience in representing large financial institutions in domestic and cross-border financings. Clients seek out its counsel for some of the most complex transactions, including Islamic finance, project finance, corporate banking and DCM work”.

12. IFLR1000 2015 edition

Albar & Partners was rated amongst the best law firms in Malaysia by IFLR1000. We were recommended as a TOP TIER FIRM in two (2) practice areas (Banking & Finance and Capital Markets). Our Senior Partner, Ms. Lily Tan Chea Li was recommended as “Leading Lawyer” in three (3) practice areas - Banking, Capital Markets and M&A. Our other Senior Partner, Mr. Chung Swee Loong was recommended as “Leading Lawyer” in Banking, Capital Markets and Project Finance. Meanwhile, Corporate Partner, Ms. Cassandra Hogg was acknowledged as “Rising Star” in M&A and Restructuring-Corporate.

13. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015 edition

Albar & Partners retained its top tier firm ranking in the practice areas of Banking & Finance, Capital Markets and Islamic Finance in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2015 edition). Our Senior Partners, Ms. Lily Tan and Mr. Chung Swee Loong were ranked as “Leading Individuals” in the practice area of Banking & Finance, while Senior Partner for litigation, Datuk Narayanan Chandran was acknowledged as “Leading Individual” in the practice area of Dispute Resolution.