The followings are detailed information on ZUL RAFIQUE & partners firm analysis, client feedback, rankings and recognitions:


Zul Rafique & Partners maintains a solid reputation for its banking and finance, capital markets, construction and employment expertise. It has a standout banking practice, highly respected for its handling of complex debt restructuring, asset-backed securities, Islamic and project finance. The firm is also especially skilled in debt capital markets work, particularly with sukuks. Mei Mei Loh and Jayasingam Poopalasingam are key partners for banking and finance and labour and employment respectively.

Capital markets

Work highlights
Acted for CIMB Investment Bank as principal adviser and lead arranger in relation to Semangkuk 2’s asset-backed medium-term notes of up to $1.2 billion to finance the acquisition of commercial and industrial warehouses and logistic properties in Malaysia.

Key clients
Affin Hwang Investment Bank, Genting RMTN, HSBC Amanah Malaysia, Maybank Investment Bank, United Overseas Bank

Dispute resolution

Work highlights
Represented East Coast Economic Region Development Council in a dispute commenced by contractors seeking a declaration that the termination of its contract was unlawful, as well as an interim injunction to stop the client from liquidating the bank guarantee provided by the contractors.

Key clients
Bank Pembangunan Malaysia, PC Manufacturing Holdings, PETRONAS Dagangan, Sapura-Schulz Hydroforming

Labour and employment

Work highlights
Defended Eastern Pacific Industrial Corporation in an unfair dismissal claim by a former employee who was charged for misconduct relating to a breach of fiduciary duties.

Key clients
Fujitsu (Malaysia), KLCC Projeks, Maxis Broadband, News Straits Times Press (Malaysia), Public Bank

Real estate

Work highlights
Advised PCSB on the disposal of industrial land measuring approximately 28 acres in the area within Taman Meranti Jaya mixed development in Puchong to OSK Holdings.

Client feedback

Banking and finance
“Very responsive and good technical advice.”
“Ashela and Celine always respond very promptly with commercial advice and pre-empt us with any potential Malaysian law deal breakers or big issues.”
“Reactivity, knowledge of local regulations and also practices, as well as Islamic features.”
“It brings a positive outlook to the deal and offers ways around the difficult points rather than harping on about them in hopes of gaining brownie points with the client.”
“Quick turnaround time; informative legal advice on legal issues.”

Ashela Ramaya
“Ashela is very responsive and provides very clear legal advice.”
“Very responsive, articulate and commercial.”

Celine Rangithan
“Communication, reactivity and availability.”
“She understands commercial points very well, without forsaking the technical bits, and is always there to offer workaround solutions.”
“Knowledgeable, attentive, quick turnaround time.”

Leading Lawyers

Senior statesman
Wilfred Abraham

Elite practitioner
Jayasingam Poopalasingam
Loh Mei Mei

Distinguished practitioners
Darren Kor Yit Meng
Jerry Ong
Thavaselvi Pararajasingam
Tang Ai Leen
Wong Keat Ching


Industry sectors

Banking and financial services

Highly recommended
Real Estate


Other notable
Technology and telecommunications

Practice areas

Banking and finance
Capital markets
Labour and employment

Corporate and M&A
Dispute resolution

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