Awards

2021 Asia Pacific Legal 500:

HALL OF FAME

Vincent Chan – Abdullah Chan & Co

Asia Pacific Legal 500 has ranked  Vincent Chan Siew Onn as a member of the elite “Hall of Fame ”  list for Corporate and M&A lawyers and a Leading Individual and Recommended Lawyer for both Corporate and M&A and Banking and Finance respectively.

MALAYSIA- CORPORATE AND M&A

Vincent ChanYap Hui LuShelina Razaly Wahi and Gopala Sundaram steer the corporate and M&A team at Abdullah Chan & Co. A key highlight for the firm is its role in advising YHL Holdings on its group restructuring (a case featuring Bernas and related subsidiaries). In broader terms, the team handles fundamental sector issues such as capital markets and foreign direct investments. Notably, it also has a developing reputation in the  aviation and aerospace.

MALAYSIA-BANKING & FINANCE

Vincent ChanGopala Sundaram and Shelina Razaly Wahi direct the banking and finance offering at Abdullah Chan & Co. Particularly notable for its expertise in aviation matters, it continues to handle a broad spectrum of issues within the sector. In addition, the team pursues licence approvals for remittance businesses, cases involving electronic money and changes to shareholder structures. Atlas Blockchain Ventures is a recent client win.

In addition, all partners are recommended in the The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 editorial :-

Capital markets and securities

–        Vincent Chan Siew Onn

–        Yap Hui Lu

Corporate advisory

–        Vincent Chan Siew Onn

–        Dato’ Muthanna Abdullah

–        Yap Hui Lu

Mergers and acquisitions

–        Vincent Chan Siew Onn

–        Yap Hui Lu

Venture capital/private equity

–        Vincent Chan Siew Onn

–        Yap Hui Lu

Corporate governance

–        Gopala Sundaram

–        Vincent Chan Siew Onn

–        Yap Hui Lu

REITs

–        Vincent Chan Siew Onn

–        Yap Hui Lu

Banking and finance, regulatory and compliance

–        Gopala Sundaram

Islamic finance

–        Gopala Sundaram

Energy

–        Vincent Chan Siew Onn

–        Yap Hui Lu

Corporate finance

–        Vincent Chan Siew Onn

–        Yap Hui Lu 

Oil and gas

–        Vincent Chan Siew Onn

–        Dato’ Muthanna Abdullah

Aviation and aerospace

–        Datin Shelina Razaly Wahi


2021 Chambers Asia Pacific:

Vincent Chan is ranked in Asia Pacific for Corporate / M&A and is a respected name in the market, with sources describing him as “an excellent lawyer.” He has a varied practice which includes M&A, joint ventures and capital markets transactions, acting for both domestic and foreign clients.

Vincent Chan has a notable practice acting for financial institutions and corporations on mergers, joint ventures and company restructuring. He is commended by a client for his “good customer service and experience.”

The team is known for Noted corporate team adept at handling M&A and FDI, corporate restructuring and joint ventures, with particular expertise advising on bank mergers. Frequently acts for financial institutions on corporate matters, as well as clients in the oil and gas, insurance and aviation sectors. Advises foreign and Malaysian entities.


2021 Asialaw Profiles:

Abdullah Chan & Co has also been ranked by Asialaw Profiles as “Recommended” for industry sectors for Aviation and Banking and Financial Services and “Recognised” for Corporate M&A.

Vincent Chan has been ranked by Asialaw Profile this year too as a distinguished practitioner in the area of Corporate and M&A in Malaysia.


Expert Guides:

Expert Guide has listed Datin Shelina Razaly who specialises in Aviation and Aerospace as an expert in the area of Aviation in Malaysia.


Chambers 2019

2019 Chambers Asia Pacific:

Vincent Chan is ranked in Asia Pacific for Corporate / M&A and is a respected name in the market, with sources describing him as an “excellent lawyer”. He has a varied practice which includes M&A, joint ventures and capital markets transactions, acting for both domestics and foreign clients.

Vincent Chan continues to advice on M&A and corporate restructuring concerns. He regularly represents clients across a number of industry sectors, including financial services, energy and manufacturing. Impressed interviewees say that “his responsiveness is unparalleled” and appreciate that “he brings great judgement combined with experience.”


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2020 Asia Pacific Legal 500:

Abdullah Chan & Co has been recommended in Banking and Finance, particularly active in the aviation and aerospace sector, with experience acting for both lenders and borrowers in aircraft financing transactions. Corporate partner Vincent Chan (who has experience advising financial institutions on M&A transactions), financing regulatory expert Gopal Sundaram, and aviation finance expert Datin Shelina Razaly Wahi are the names to notes in the team.

The corporate and M&A practice at Abdullah Chan & Co has experience across a range of corporate transactions and advice across corporate finance, capital markets, real estate and regulatory matters. Practice head Vincent Chan is experienced across the oil and gas, energy, plantation and financial services sectors while Yap Hui Lu has particular expertise in real estate, banking and financial services and foreign investment sectors.

Vincent Chan is listed as the “Leading Individual and Recommended Lawyer” in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020’s guide in the Corporate and M&A practice area.

In addition, all partners are recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 editorial:

Capital markets and securities

-Vincent Chan Siew Onn

-Yap Hui Lu

Corporate advisory

-Vincent Chan Siew Onn

-Dato’ Muthanna Abdullah

-Yap Hui Lu

Mergers and acquisitions

– Vincent Chan Siew Onn

– Yap Hui Lu

Venture capital/private equity

– Vincent Chan Siew Onn

– Yap Hui Lu

Corporate governance

– Gopal Sundaram

– Vincent Chan Siew Onn

– Yap Hui Lu

REITs

– Vincent Chan Siew Onn

– Yap Hui Lu

Banking and finance, regulatory and compliance

– Gopal Sundaram

Islamic finance

– Gopal Sundaram

Real estate

– Vincent Chan Siew Onn

– Yap Hui Lu


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2020 Asialaw Profiles :

Abdullah Chan & Co has also been ranked by Asialaw under the category of “Outstanding” for Aviation and Shipping and “Notable firm” for Corporate M&A.

Vincent Chan has been ranked by Asialaw as a distinguished practitioner in the area of Corporate and M&A.


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Expert Guide has listed Datin Shelina Razaly who specialises in Aviation and Aerospace as an expert in the area of Aviation in Malaysia.


Chambers 2019

2019 Chambers Asia Pacific:

Vincent Chan at Abdullah Chan & Co has been ranked in the Corporate / M&A sector for Malaysia, in the Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019 Guide – Vincent regularly represents clients across a number of industry sectors, including financial services, energy and manufacturing. Impressed interviewees say that “his responsiveness is unparalleled” and appreciate that “he brings great judgement combined with experience.”


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2019 Asia Pacific Legal 500:

Abdullah Chan & Co has been recommended in 4 practice areas – Banking and Finance, Corporate M&A, Islamic Finance and Real Estate and Construction, in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019.

Once again, Vincent Chan is listed in the elite “Leading lawyers” list, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019’s guide to outstanding lawyers in Asia Pacific, in the Corporate and M&A practice area.

In addition, all partners are recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 editorial:

Banking and finance
– Gopal Sundaram
– Muthanna Abdullah
– Shelina Razaly Wahi

Corporate and M&A
– Vincent Chan
– Yap Hui Lu
– Shelina Razaly Wahi

Islamic finance
– Gopal Sundaram
– Vincent Chan
– Shelina Razaly Wahi

Real estate and construction
– Vincent Chan
– Yap Hui Lu


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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.

Banking & Finance – Other Recommended Firms

Islamic Finance
Abdullah Chan & Co’s practice is led by Gopal Sundaram, who is a regulatory expert in this area.


Chambers 2018 Leading Individual

Chambers Asia Pacific 2018

Corporate/M&A (Leading Individual) – Vincent Chan Siew Onn

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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.

Capital Markets
Abdullah Chan & Co’s Vincent Chan is the key contact for capital markets work, and has experience in cross-border listings and issuances.

Islamic Finance
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.

Capital Markets
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.

Islamic Finance
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.
Capital Markets
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.

Islamic Finance
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:

Capital Markets

“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.”

Islamic Finance
“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:

Islamic Finance
“Abdullah Chan is new on the market, but Hamdi Abdullah is a recognised expert.”

Capital Markets
“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.”

Corporate/M&A
“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’.”