Kelvin’s primary areas of practice are debt capital markets, Islamic finance, and banking and finance. He has led numerous bond and Sukuk transactions (both in Ringgit and in foreign currency), including convertible and exchangeable bonds, guaranteed bonds, listed convertible loan stocks and Basel III-compliant bonds. Kelvin’s debt capital markets practice includes sustainability-linked finance, structured finance, asset securitization and listed convertible preference share issuances. Kelvin also regularly advises on syndicated loans, project finance (including cross-border project finance for the real estate, telecommunications, and oil and gas sectors), and debt restructurings.
In Malaysia, Kelvin is ranked in Banking & Finance in Chambers Asia-Pacific where a client comments that "Kelvin is quick on his feet, knowledgeable in his area of expertise and responsive to client requests and queries". He is also recognised as a Highly Regarded lawyer in Banking, Capital Markets and Islamic Finance in IFLR1000 where he has been endorsed for his "client-first, solution-oriented, speedy and practical advice" and is praised by sources as “a very technically sound lawyer who inspires confidence in his clients” and having “in-depth knowledge and understanding of financing/loan transactions, and his advice is always comprehensive”. Kelvin is a Recommended lawyer in Banking and Finance and Capital Markets in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific where he has been endorsed for being “competent and knowledgeable”.
Kelvin is concurrently a partner in Rahmat Lim & Partners, the Firm’s associate firm in Malaysia. Graduating with a double degree in Commerce (majoring in Accounting and Finance) and an LL.B. (Hons), Kelvin joined Rahmat Lim & Partners in 2012 after more than 12 years of legal practice in corporate, financial services and real estate law with a Malaysian firm.
- Advised Maybank Investment Bank Berhad and RHB Investment Bank Berhad as the joint principal advisers, joint lead arrangers and joint lead managers in relation to the issuance of Islamic medium term notes by Sarawak Petchem Sdn. Bhd. pursuant to an Islamic medium term notes programme of up to RM6.0 billion in nominal value (based on the Shariah principle of Wakalah Bi Al-Istithmar) to part-finance all fees, costs and expenses in relation to the development and operation of a methanol plant and export facilities on a land located in Bintulu, Sarawak with a production capacity of 5,000 metric tonnes per day. This deal won the “Project & Infrastructure Finance Deal of the Year” at the Islamic Finance News Deals of the Year Awards 2022 and won the “Best Corporate Sukuk of the Year” at the Alpha Southeast Asia 16th Annual Best Deal & Solution Awards 2022.
- Advised edotco Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. as the issuer in relation to an Islamic medium term notes programme for the issuance of Islamic medium term notes of up to RM3.0 billion in nominal value based on the Shariah principle of Wakalah Bi Al-Istithmar. This deal won the “Best Maiden Sukuk of the Year” award at the Alpha Southeast Asia 16th Annual Best Deal & Solution Awards 2022.
- Advised CIMB Bank Berhad, Malayan Banking Berhad, OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad and United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Bhd. as lenders in relation to syndicated banking facilities of up to an aggregate principal amount of RM1,117,500,000 granted to Regal Path Sdn. Bhd., for the purposes of financing the purchase consideration of a five-level retail mall and two levels of basement car park known as “Pavilion Bukit Jalil” located in Kuala Lumpur (“Property”) and the costs of the construction of structures such as underpasses, linkways and flyovers in the direct vicinity of, or on the Property.