2018 Asia Pacific Legal 500:
Corporate and M&A
Abdullah Chan & Co handled a number of corporate restructurings. The firm’s other work included acting for Tropicana in the RM200m disposal of a 73% stake in Tenaga Kimia to industrial explosives manufacturer Austin Powder. Vincent Chan and Muthanna Abdullah co-head the practice.
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Abdullah Chan & Co’s practice is led by Gopal Sundaram, who is a regulatory expert in this area.
Chambers Asia Pacific 2018
Corporate/M&A (Leading Individual) – Vincent Chan Siew Onn
2015 Asia Pacific Legal 500:
Corporate and M&A
Abdullah Chan & Co recently acted on domestic and cross-border deals in the oil & gas sector, and advised on a number of corporate advisory matters. Vincent Chan advised Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation on various investments and commercial agreements. He leads the team, which hired Yap Hui Lu from Chooi & Co in July 2014.
Abdullah Chan & Co’s Vincent Chan is the key contact for capital markets work, and has experience in cross-border listings and issuances.
Abdullah Chan & Co’s Gopal Sundaram is a key adviser to International Islamic Liquidity Management and the Islamic Financial Services Board.
M&A DEAL OF THE YEAR
Combination and integration of tender rig businesses of SapuraKencana and Seadrill
Firms: Abdullah Chan & Co; Clifford Chance; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Banks: CIMB Investment Bank; Goldman Sachs; Maybank Investment Bank
Accounting firm: PwC
2014 Asia Pacific Legal 500:
Corporate & M&A
Vincent Chan and his team at Abdullah Chan ‘provide top-quality service’ with Chan attracting praise as ‘client-centric, with superior expertise in the Asian markets, especially Malaysia’. The team is very active in the energy market, and Chan’s recent work includes advising SapuraKenkana Petroleum on its $2.9bn acquisition of Seadrill.
Vincent Chan of Abdullah Chan has ‘an impeccable reputation for capital markets work’. His experience includes advising Maybank and Asian Plantations on structural and cross-border issues related to the latter’s RM255m MTN programme. Other clients have included Prestariang Group and AmInvestment Bank.
Abdullah Chan’s Gopal Sundaram and Vincent Chan ‘have extensive experience in Islamic regulatory and compliance matters perspective, as well as strong transactional experience’. Sundaram has ‘profound expertise’ in the Islamic Financial Services Act 2013, and has advising clients such as International Islamic Liquidity Management on the new legislation.
2013 Asia Pacific Legal 500:
Corporate & M&A
Abdullah Chan’s Vincent Chan provides ‘London/New York–quality, top–tier advice’, and is ‘100% client focused’. He leads a team of five fee–earners, which counts prominent Malaysian conglomerates such as Genting and Sapura among its clients. It also recently gained a new instruction from a major Middle Eastern bank. Highlights included advising C P Group on investments in Australia.
The ‘excellent’ Abdullah Chan is ‘very well versed and experienced in capital markets’. Vincent Chan, who attracts praise for his ‘depth and experience’, recently advised both Maybank Investment Bank and a subsidiary of Asian Plantations on Malaysia’s first–ever palm oil bond issuance by an LSE–listed company. Chan and Hamdi Abdullah advised IT company Prestariang on its restructuring and subsequent Malaysian Stock Exchange listing.
At Abdullah Chan, Hamdi Abdullah leads on Islamic financing transactions. The firm recently gained one of the world’s largest Islamic banks as a client, and has experience advising on debt securities and murabahah facilities.
2010/2011 Asia Pacific Legal 500:
“In a short period of time, Abdullah Chan has become a key player in equity and bond issuances. Clients include Maybank Investment Bank, AmInvestment Bank and RHB Investment Bank. Named partner Vincent Chan is ‘professional’, ‘dedicated’ and ‘very hands on’. ”
Corporate & M&A
“Abdullah Chan has evolved rapidly since its 2008 launch with partners Vincent Chan Siew Onn and Hamdi Abdullah commended for ‘thinking outside the box’ and being ‘leagues above other lawyers’, thanks to their ‘focus’, ‘trouble shooting skills’ and ‘pragmatism’. The team has genuine ‘industry knowledge’ and ‘strength in depth’, allowing it to represent major international names such as Temasek Holdings, Kuwait Finance House and new high-profile client, the Qatar Investment Authority. Domestic clients include Malaysian Technology Development Corporation and Genting Berhad.”
“Abdullah Chan is recognised for its Sukuk expertise, with clients highlighting the firm’s ‘industry knowledge’ and ‘value for money’. Clients include Asian Finance Bank Berhad and Kuwait Finance House. Hamdi Abdullah is recommended.”
2009 Asia Pacific Legal 500:
“Abdullah Chan is new on the market, but Hamdi Abdullah is a recognised expert.”
“The partners at Abdullah Chan are ‘attentive, experienced, and really know their stuff’. Highlights for the firm include advising RCE Marketing on the first ever ABS structure of securitisation of consumer loans receivables. Vincent Chan Siew Onn and Hamdi Abdullah are leading individuals.”
“Abdullah Chan is relatively new to the market, but its ‘superior’ partners are recommended for their impressive corporate expertise. Enviable domestic clients include Petra Energy, Temasek Holdings and Singapore Aerospace, which the firm acted for in its takeover of LKT Industrial Berhad. Vincent Chan Siew Onn is an acclaimed practitioner, described by clients as having ‘sound and deep technical skills and knowledge’, and is ‘meticulous and hardworking; a big picture person with a natural talent’.”