Vincent Chan Siew Onn

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Vincent Chan Siew Onn is ranked by The Asia Pacific Legal 500 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 editions as a member of the elite list of Hall of Fame lawyers and a leading individual in corporate, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets and by Chambers & Partners in its 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 editions as a leading individual in Corporate / M&A. Vincent Chan has also been ranked as a Highly Regarded Leading Individual for Corporate / M&A by IFLR 1000 in 2022 and 2023. Comments included Vincent Chan provides ‘London / New York quality, top tier advice’ and is ‘100% client focused’ and he 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’, ‘thinking outside the box’ and being ‘leagues above other lawyers’, thanks to his ‘focus’, ‘trouble shooting skills’ and ‘pragmatism’, ‘industry knowledge’ and ‘strength in depth’, ‘professional’, ‘dedicated’ and ‘very hands on’ and ‘very responsive and will go out of his way to make sure we get the right advice’. The International Financial Law Review 1000 comments that he ‘receives positive feedback for his negotiating and drafting skills’. Vincent’s extensive practice experience includes corporate finance, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, privatisation, private finance initiatives, venture capital and private equity transactions, as well as cross-border joint ventures, investments and financing transactions. He has advised a wide range of clients including major domestic and international investment banks, multinational companies and government linked companies in connections with his areas of expertise.

Vincent was an Asean Scholar and is also a keen yachtsman and the skipper of a racing team that competes regularly with success in a number of international regattas. He has served as the Vice Commodore and also the Legal Adviser of the Royal Selangor Yacht Club for a number of years. Vincent also regularly lectures at seminars and conferences held by Lexis Nexis, Asia Business Forum, CCH Asia and the Malaysian Bar Council. Vincent has also written on various areas of securities and corporate law.

Some of the award-winning transactions Vincent has handled include Malaysia’s largest RM15 Billion M&A transaction by an infrastructure multinational company (Asian Counsel Deal of the Year Award), Malaysia’s largest RM9.6 Billion Islamic sukuk issue by Malaysia’s largest independent power producer (Asian Legal Business Award for ‘Asset & Corporate Finance Deal of the Year’), Malaysia’s largest Islamic sukuk issue by Malaysia’s largest port owner and operator (Malaysian Rating Corporation Berhad (MARC) ‘Best in Islamic Bond Issue Value’ Award) and the RM6 Billion takeover of the Road Builder Holdings Berhad group of companies, which was mentioned as one of the Best Deals of the Year by The Edge. He also handled Malaysia’s largest RM1.5 Billion securitisation and asset-backed securities issue, the Malaysian Government’s first telecommunications private finance initiative and the first Malaysian Government initiated Malaysian Life Sciences Capital Fund and was Pfizer Inc’s lead Malaysian counsel in many of its large cross-border M&A transactions including its US$15.9 billion worldwide sale of its consumer health business and its US$450 million surgical ophthalmic business. He has also acted as an expert witness for a Queen’s Counsel on securities law in a multi-billion dollar arbitration proceeding in Singapore between several major domestic and international investment banks.

Some of the major transactions handled by Vincent include the RM650 million bank merger between Asian Finance Bank Berhad and Malaysia Building Society Berhad, the RM3 billion bid by Genting Energy for the Prai Power Plant II and the RM1.5 billion bid by Genting Energy for the Kuala Langat Power Plant extension and the US$2.9 billion acquisition of Seadrill Limited’s tender rig businesses by Sapura Energy Berhad, Malaysia’s largest oil & gas multinational company (Asian Legal Business M&A Deal of the Year Award).

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